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FALL 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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W alk into the Ballantyne offices of Credit Karma and you're greeted with pillows bearing an image of the Death Star. Employees meet in the Hoth conference room and take meditation breaks in a "quiet" room featuring a Lego wall and starships. Credit Karma's new offices in Ballantyne Corporate Park pay homage to the "Star Wars" movie and the code name engineers used when talking about their once-secret project. "The Force" was how they referred to the new business their San Francisco- based company was establishing in Charlotte: a free, do-it- yourself tax preparation service. As the home of Credit Karma Tax, the Charlotte office employs about 25 people, more than half of whom are software engineers. The office, which opened in May, plans to double its workforce by the end of the year. "We're building a team to disrupt an industry," says Andy Jenkins, director of engineering, who calls the group a "startup within a startup." Jenkins is leading the Charlotte office and manages the development and deployment of Credit Karma Tax, which started offering services last year. The fintech industry has been growing in Charlotte, Fintech Force San Francisco's Credit Karma Opens Location in Ballantyne By Kerry Singe Photos by Ray Sepesy Photo courtesy of Credit Karma BALLANTYNE FALL 2017 67 Feature

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