Co-Founder & CEO
Misha was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union. As the son of Soviet academics, he grew-up hopping between various college towns in the Midwest and East Coast. He studied Math and Finance at NYU and then completed an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before starting Nova Credit, he started his career in Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division where he focused on the global natural resources sector. After a few years at Goldman, he left to join the private equity team at Apollo Global Management. He worked with incredible teams at both Goldman and Apollo which developed a great foundation for how to think about both value and credit.
At Stanford, he realized that financial access for immigrants is a systemic problem and that the only way to actually solve it is to build a piece of financial infrastructure that was once thought impossible. Nova has now built the first cross-border credit bureau which links together the discrete credit databases around the world and in effect, enables people to move their financial identity wherever they go.