We met in 2012 when a common friend said "You two have to meet. You're both women in finance who want to change the world. I don't see that every day."
We quickly bonded over shared experiences. Having come from immigrant families, we were no stranger to being "different". I grew up being the only Latin family in my neighborhood and Yuliya grew up in the former Soviet Union. As we both got older, we grew wiser, and realized that being different wasn’t a bad thing – it was actually an asset.
Ironically enough, that feeling of "other" hit both of us smack in the face when we entered the world of finance. It was bad enough to be a woman in finance, but a woman that called out how financial services is ignoring the vast majority of everyday Americans? Well good luck with that.
In 2016, we decided to channel our expertise in finance and passion for change to develop what is now CNote.
CNote was created from a place of optimism and determination. What if we could redesign finance – create products and services that inspire and empower, not confuse and frustrate. We are bringing back inclusivity, integrity and community and building them into every financial product we create.
Your feedback (including complaints!), interest and support is what fuels us everyday. It’s time to deliver a financial reality we can all be proud of.
Cat & Yuliya