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UNest: Building a Brighter Future for Children and Families via Feasible Solutions

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UNest is re-imagining how families save and invest for their kids’ future with the leading saving and investment app for parents. The company believes creating a nest egg for children is not just for the 1%. Together with its growing community of hundreds of thousands parents and kids, the company is building a brighter future for families regardless of their backgrounds and income.

Inspired to Bridge Underlying Issues

Ksenia Yudina (CFA, Founder, and CEO of UNest) used her experience to tackle the mammoth challenge of student loans.

At the age of 18, Ksenia she moved to the US and worked as a housekeeper at a hotel to make ends meet and complete her education. She pursued her undergrad and then went to business school and acquired her CFA designation. Ksenia did complete her education remarkably well but was left with $180,000 in student loans. It was then she realized, students loans have turned into a national issue with every other student and their parents concerned about the debts and repay. While working in the finance industry, it became clear for Ksenia that there is no simple and affordable solution accessible to all parents to help them invest and save for their kids’ future, so she ended up leaving the industry to build it herself. 

Foundations Shaped by Personal Experiences

Ksenia’s personal experiences have helped her shape the foundation of the company. Being a parent herself she realized that every other parent’s priority is to save for their kids. While millennials depended on apps like Venmo and Robinhood, the parents would seek financial advice from Ksenia but her 15 pages of paperwork were off-putting for the parents. Despite being a feasible solution most of the parents did not open an account. She knew that a legacy institution wouldn’t move quickly enough to build an app that democratized access to smart financial solutions for all parents, so she decided to build it herself.

Stemming from a need to manage or minimize the student loans, Ksenia started UNest, with a mission to help families struggling to meet the cost of education. UNest started by offering 529s but soon pivoted to UTMAs, which offer enormous flexibility, based on customer feedback. It keeps the customer at the heart of everything they do. The team is constantly seeking feedback and suggestions from the customers. The new products are based on this feedback. Ksenia believes that building something on the basis of the requirements of the customers is better than assuming what they want and building the wrong product. Several companies build products on the assumption of what the customer wants. 

Comprehensive Solution for Aspiring Educators

UNest has never deviated from its mission to help all parents, regardless of income or background, build a better future for their kids. The members have access to a variety of products and features, which makes saving a fun and social event for everyone involved. UNest offers several creative and interactive programs to help parents save for their kids. These include Unlimited Gifting, which allows family and friends to contribute directly to a child’s account for holidays or special occasions:

  • UNest Rewards - parents can earn more money when they shop with their favorite brands; 
  • UNest Learn - an educational component built into the app to answer money questions. 

The key differentiator for UNest is its focus on saving and young families. The company establishes a relationship with parents and kids from the moment they are born all the way through adulthood.

Spearheaded by a Ingenious Leader

As a leader, Ksenia is continually looking for new ideas or upgrades while constantly inspiring the team to fulfill the vision. Sometimes coming up with innovative ideas is easy but the execution is difficult. In such circumstances, it is the leaders’ responsibility to inspire others and be willing to do what it takes to succeed. 

Since its inception, UNest is continually addressing the wealth gap in the country. In the coming years, the team of UNest is dedicated to roll out new products and features and also geographically expand the company. The company has recently received the broker-dealer license, so the team is striving to build a product that will allow parents to trade individual stocks and crypto for the kids. 

“We want to create a system where everyone has the opportunity to participate and flourish, not just a select few.”