Google’s former CIO was deaf and dyslexic as a kid — now he’s helping millions of Americans get emergency loans

By any measure, Douglas Merrill’s had a successful career.

He has a Princeton PhD and was Google’s Chief Information Officer for 6 years.

Now he’s running his own startup called Zest Finance, an online lending service that’s raised $112 million so far.

He also had to overcome deafness and dyslexia as a kid.

But he likes to defer a lot of the credit to people he’s met along the way in his life. He says he wouldn’t be here without the help of others.

In fact, that’s what inspired him to leave his comfy job at Google and start Zest Finance. He wants to be that helping hand to millions of Americans who don’t have access to regular bank loans — and provide a better way to borrow money.


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