February 14th, 2013

The Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Jason

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Hi there! It’s Thursday, which means it’s that fun time of the week where we introduce you to another member of the Credit Karma team! Last week, we introduced you to Danielle, our lovely business development operations manager.

Today’s interview features Jason, one of our software engineers. To be honest, I don’t know much about Jason. However, I do know that one of our coworkers thinks he looks a lot like this guy and I gotta say… I have to agree!

Read on for all the nifty facts I learned about Jason!

The Interview

What’s your title at Credit Karma?
Software Engineer

Describe in 25 words or less what you do.
I build features & improvements that our great product team designs, with the goal of making our users’ experience with Credit Karma that much better.

How long have you worked at CK?
1 Year

What’s your favorite thing about working at CK?
Working on a product that truly benefits its users. There are a lot of great tech reasons for why I enjoy working at Credit Karma, but to be able to do so on a product that serves its users and that I’m proud to recommend to others makes all the difference.

What’s your favorite snack in the CK kitchen?
Probably the English Tea cookies, which coincidentally are also on my ‘Stop Eating!’ list.

What is something your coworkers probably don’t know about you?
Size of my shoe collection? Scotch collection? Smashing Pumpkins concert bootleg collection? That any of these 3 exist?

What was your worst subject in elementary school?
English. I was just more of a Math & Science guy. Compasses, Bunsen burners, fancy calculators, that’s where it’s at.

What’s a secret (or not-so-secret) talent you have?
It’s been a few years, but I’d say I’m a pretty talented rollerblader. Ya, rollerblader.

If you could pick any superhero power, what would it be and why?
Not a very exotic choice here, but flying. Would save me quite a bit of time & money traveling, headphones would be allowed during takeoff, and I’d get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

What’s your best credit/money tip?
Do your research, understand how your financial decisions will affect you before making them. Don’t just sign on the line, give the OK, or assume things will work out.

Want to meet more members of the Credit Karma team?

Meet Ezra, Jonathan, Cathy, Greg, and Danielle!

Stay tuned as we continue to reveal the nerds behind Credit Karma!

Determined to see Jason rollerblade one day,

Jenna, Credit Karma Contributor

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  1. Thanks, Jason, for your work on this site. This has got to be, hands down, one of the most valuable sites I visit on a regular basis (at least a couple of times per week). I know how hard it must be to keep up with all of the tech changes that need to be made.

    Now, I need to know more about that Smashing Pumpkins concert bootleg collection!

    Dona Collins at 6:12 pm on February 14, 2013
  2. Hi I am a member of credit karma. I was wondering why my credit score changed from 724 to 643 from november 2012 to the day. I just openned a new credit card account and I dont have anything else than the student loans. I dont know anything about credit score but I thought when I openned a new credit card account my score would go up. please can you inform me why is this? Thanks

    Yara Sanchez at 1:11 pm on February 15, 2013
  3. Jenna

    Hi Yara! Credit scores can change for many reasons. Here’s a video on our blog explaining some of the common reasons why credit scores drop: http://blog.creditkarma.com/credit-101/credit-scores/why-did-my-credit-score-drop/

    As we pull our scores directly from TransUnion, we don’t have additional insight into why your score dropped, so the best thing to do is to continue to monitor your score and make good financial moves improve your score.

    Jenna at 2:08 pm on February 15, 2013
  4. I am frustrated trying to connect (or remove) a duplicate credit account from my “Manage your accounts page on creditkarma.” I wrote before and got an answer that didn’t help or make sense. Right now I have two Capital One Quicksilver accounts showing, both with the same balance. Capital One bought out HSBC in May 2012. That first account (ends with 2357) also shows and asks me to connect it but I can’t as it relates to the duplicated Capital One QS accounts. Ahhhh. I like this site a lot and have encouraged many people (friends & family members) to use it BUT I can’t seem to fix this problem. Can you help me? Thanks.

    Heide Ratliff at 9:47 am on December 8, 2013
  5. Why can’t I “Add a connection” to my JCPenneys, Lowe’s, or Rogue Federal Credit Union accounts. When I click in the box to “Search for Banks or lenders” they don’t appear in the pop-up box but all three are listed in the “Unmatched Credit Report Accounts” area on the bottom of the page. In other words how do they get moved up with all the other accounts that are matched? HELP!!!

    Heide Ratliff at 9:56 am on December 8, 2013
  6. Jenna

    Hi Heide, unfortunately we’re unable to look at your account from here, but if you email support@creditkarma.com, we’d be happy to help you out/answer any questions you have. Thanks!

    Jenna at 8:05 am on December 9, 2013
  7. Yo,Jason! You guys have a great site, a great service, but… dammit – nobody has a decent score simulator yet! Not CK, CS, Q, credit.com, anybody! I know that the real FICO sys is based on about 600 pages of top secret statistical algorithms, etc, but it would be nice to have an option to see what happens in a little more detail as things change: eg – baddies falling off, good records falling off, scrubbing off a bogus collection acct, having my 8 inquiries going past the 2 yr mark — ya know, where we could simply input the numbers on a calculator-type interface and see what number pops up. If you guys could pull that off, you’d be instant superheroes!

    Lee at 11:04 am on May 6, 2014
  8. Mike

    Hey Lee – Thanks for the comment. We’re always looking to improve the features on our site, including the score simulator. I’ll make sure your suggestions get in the right hands. Thanks again!

    Mike at 4:19 pm on May 6, 2014

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