Hi there, my name is Spiffy, I’m an interplanetary journalist hanging out on Planet Earth. Today I’m interviewing Parin Shah, the director at American Express, all the way from San Francisco, USA
Spiffy: Welcome, Parin! Let’s jump right in. What challenge are you addressing in your role at American Express?
Parin: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! I help startup founders grow their business through my position at American Express.
Spiffy: That’s awesome! What motivated you to do it?
Parin: It gives me a sense of fulfillment.
Spiffy: How are you and the company working towards a more equitable world?
Parin: We try to work with startup founders from all walks of life making it a level playing ground for everyone.
Spiffy: Can you tell me about a recent milestone or initiative in your work and the impact it makes?
Parin: Amex invested in Philanthropi, which empowers everyday givers to have a simple way to create and fund an account and give to the charity they care about the most.
Spiffy: What start-up or project have you worked with that exemplifies the impact you’re striving to make?
Parin: I invested in Pinwheel, an API platform startup that makes it easier for consumers to access income verification.
Spiffy: Thanks for speaking with me today, Parin—it’s been an honor!
Parin Shah joined American Express Ventures in 2021. His responsibilities include sourcing and evaluating early- and growth-stage investments in Consumer FinTech and driving partnerships between portfolio companies and business units. Before joining American Express, Parin was a VP in Citi's Technology Investment Banking team, leading M&A and Capital Markets transactions in the Consumer Technology space. He holds an MBA from Cornell's Johnson School of Business and a BE from Mumbai University. (Nominated by name. First published on the Ladderworks website on February 16, 2022)© 2022 Ladderworks LLC. Edited by Anushree Nande. Spiffy’s illustration by Shreyas Navare. For the Ladderworks digital curriculum to help K-3 kids advance the UN SDGs, visit Spiffy's Corner here.