We are thrilled to announce that Uri Weg, a world-class software engineer, media strategist, and computer analyst, has joined First Access to build our patent-pending, cloud-based platform to help reduce the cost of lending and borrowing capital in informal markets. Uri works closely with colleagues in the US and Tanzania to test and pilot various systems that will be implemented as part of First Access’ core business service. His expertise is in product management, development, analytics, and strategy, as well as communication and problem-solving. Uri is the founder of Evolvist, a web-based application that allows users to find sustainable businesses around them, and serves as Vice President of Online Communities at Columbia Venture Community. Prior to these ventures, he worked as a Media Strategist at SAY Media and held analyst positions with Publicis Modem, Pronto.com, and the office of Nobel Prize-winning Economist and Columbia Professor Joseph Stiglitz. Uri is a graduate of Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.