Chris Hale CEO of Kountable, Inc.
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Building a successful team is at the root of a company’s ability to thrive. How do you get people who don’t usually work together to work well with each other? Kountable, CEO, Chris Hale shares his top tips for building companies from the ground up.

Chris Hale is the founder and CEO of Kountable, Inc., a San Francisco-based start-up that combines data science, social capital, and proven financial instruments to provide highly-scalable financing solutions to underserved “missing middle” entrepreneurs in developing countries. Kountable™ creates a low-friction, cloud-based bridge between investors in developed countries and the massive opportunity to finance the most promising, driven, established and well-networked entrepreneurs in emerging economies.


I was a lead singer in a rock band based out of Miami–until he met the woman of his dreams!

Think Like A Journalist Quote

“Many folks think they aren’t good at earning money when what they don’t know is how to use it.” –Frank A. Clark

Success Quote or Tip

It’s always about the people.

Career Highlight

Closed $150 million line of credit from an investment firm based on Kountable’s ability to demonstrate its success and talent.  

When It Didn’t Work

Chris says his company developed a technology for the flip phone and it wasn’t the right fit. They missed the market. Find out what he learned about finding the right fit for a market. Build, measure, learn.

Top Tips How To Build A Successful Team

  1. Establish the core team. You don’t have to get it perfect the first time. Your best people will hire the best people.
  2. Culture wins. It is the single largest thing that we can control as an organization. You can curate and control it.
  3. Freedom is self-generating. Give to your team and they’ll give it back to you.

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