CHARLOTTE – Since 2007, San Francisco-based financial technologies company Credit Karma has rarified its model of offering a free service to help individuals improve their credit.
Through online teaching and budgeting tools, Credit Karma helps to improve its members’ financial standings as quantified by an improvement in their credit score. Credit Karma receives a commission when members take advantage of the services offered through its partners. The model has proved sound as it made $500 million in revenue during 2016.
As the company has continued to grow, going from offering free credit scores to 1 million members in 2010 to offering full credit reports and free tax filing services to its 60 million members in 2016, it saw fit to open an East Coast office.
The company landed in Ballantyne Corporate Park.
The office employs approximately 100 people with continual hiring still going on.
The fourth floor space in the Calhoun Building is focused on providing employees what they need to be comfortable, fed and stimulated.
A commons area sits at the bend of an L-shaped floor plan. The space is flanked on either side by industrial but welcoming open rooms containing several rows of cubicles.
The predominant feature of the commons space is a floor to ceiling black and white mural by London-based street artist Vic Lee. The work depicts the connection between the company’s history in San Francisco and its future in the Queen City, with heavy nods to “Star Wars.” Employees gather here to partake in beer on tap, healthy brain-food snacks in free dispensers and of course, coffee. There is also a foosball table, good for dumping unwanted stress or just taking a break.
The office is filled with “Star Wars” references. “Star Wars” memorabilia is a subtle part of the meeting rooms and shared spaces. Each conference room is also named after a location in the Star Wars canon.