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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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City. Jenkins said he and Graciano would talk about the tax business and discussed using Charlotte as the home base. "We said we could build a team around tax and could build a really robust office culture," Jenkins says. "Because of the familiarity we had with the area — we knew banks are big technology employers and there are a lot of great computer science colleges in the Southeast — we knew we could build a sustainable office here." To maintain the company's culture and feel in Ballantyne, Credit Karma hired the same architects and design firm it used when designing its San Francisco headquarters. In addition to the "Star Wars" décor, the offices have a kitchen and full bar complete with three local brews on tap. Selections on a recent day were from Wooden Robot Brewery, NoDa Brewing Company and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. The company is a supporter of the LGBT community in San Francisco and a sponsor of San Francisco Pride. Jenkins says the Charlotte office plans to get involved in local Pride activities as well. "We wanted to come here as an employer that is LGBT-friendly and make sure people know that Credit Karma is a diverse employer," Jenkins says. "We consider diversity a strength, and it's something we look for." Today, at the Ballantyne office, the "Star Wars" references remain, but the code words are long gone. "We're very public about talking about taxes now," Jenkins says. Credit Karma: Online Finance Credit Karma, an online personal finance company, offers tools and recommendations to help consumers obtain loans, monitor their credit and prepare and file federal and state tax returns. The company reports having more than 60 million members. Employees can take a break in a "quiet" room featuring a Lego wall. BALLANTYNE FALL 2017 72 Feature

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