Saad started his career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working for a top-tier accounting firm. He was responsible for helping audit alternative investment funds. He later worked at a hedge fund where he was responsible for preparing financial statements and implementing new technology. He also ran a successful private tax practice for five years.
After completing his MBA at Duke, Saad joined The Boston Consulting Group to do management consulting. At BCG his experience spanned several industries and growth projects across Pharma, Retail, and Technology companies. His passion for democratizing finances led him to Plaid, a fintech, where he worked with large Banks and Financial Institutions to make finances and money easier for all.
Saad has always been very passionate about financial technology and Real Estate investing. He started investing in real estate and property management five years ago as a buy-and-hold investor and is very focused on growing his portfolio. As a financial technologist, he found it very frustrating to manage his properties. In every part of the journey, from finding the deal, to rehab, to renting and managing, he couldn’t find a platform that did it all and well.
That is why Saad joined Baselane. To build a platform that he loves and can use to run his real estate business.
Saad lives in New Jersey, where he enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and enjoying the outdoors. He loves traveling and is looking forward to doing more of it once his kids are older. You can connect with Saad on LinkedIn.
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Prior to founding Baselane, Thorben was a Principal at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he led work with clients in Financial Services, Technology, Real Estate and Private Equity on topics ranging from growth strategy to new business builds and operations.
Thorben spent a significant portion of his early career working with large institutional real estate investors – focusing on growth strategy, portfolio allocation, and operational opportunities in the wake of the global financial crisis. Later, he primarily focused on working with Financial Services and Technology companies to build and launch new digital financial products, including a new online banking platform for small businesses.
Thorben holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from McGill University.
Thorben co-founded Baselane together with Mathias Korder and Jad Yaghi with the goal of building modern financial technology to help individual landlords and real estate investors grow their rental investment portfolios and to make real estate investing more accessible.
In addition to having worked in institutional real estate, Thorben is a landlord himself – focusing on short term rentals. Having experienced both the institutional and the independent side of real estate investing, Thorben saw the opportunity for Baselane while working together at BCG with Mathias. Unlike institutional investors, independent landlords are forced to rely on manual processes, limited data, and fragmented solutions. Baselane is here to change this and to level the playing field.
Thorben is originally Swiss/Canadian and moved to the US in 2013. He lives in New York and together with his wife is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, skiing, and biking. You can connect with Thorben on LinkedIn.
Jad started his career building supply chain and logistics software. He has gone on to develop and lead the development of dozens of software products. Some of his largest projects were developing the latest generation of property tech software at Corelogic, leading teams of dozens of engineers and designers.
Jad now leads the engineering and delivery teams at Baselane. At Baselane, he combines his experience building products in property tech from zero and scaling them to millions of users, with his experience of building large and agile engineering teams. Jad has an undying passion for creating easy-to-use tools that solve hard problems.
Jad bought an investment property to rent it out but found the pains of being a landlord too much given the little time he had to manage both the property and finances himself. Unwilling to give the property over to an expensive property management firm, Jad realized there must be a far simpler way to manage the finances of a property without spending soulless hours with excel (and still getting the numbers wrong).
Jad lives in Toronto, where he enjoys cycling, hiking, and raising his two kids. He tries hard to create the time to scuba dive and work with shark conservation groups. You can connect with Jad on LinkedIn.