Co-Founder and President of ZayZoon, Tate Hackert, was born in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario and sees himself as a British Columbian at heart since his family moved to Vancouver Island when he was younger. He attended the University of Victoria to study Economics and finished the final semester at the City University of Hong Kong.
Tate is the brain behind ZayZoon, developing the idea of providing access to funds before payday, in 2013. He feels gratified knowing “we get to improve the financial health of people each and every day.” One of his favourite ZayZoon experiences involves a business trip to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania where he helped film a Holiday Inn Express testimonial video. Wearing a ZayZoon shirt at the local Walmart, someone saw Tate and exclaimed, “Hey, ZayZoon! I use that!"
Tate is learning Spanish, loves to travel, as well as partake in activities that require him to be fully present and focused, like martial arts or a difficult hike. He admits he's happiest when he's “in the sun and close to an ocean, lake, or river.” Also a musician, Tate enjoys listening to and playing music of all types, with the flavour of May 2021 being Lana Del Rey, Alexisonfire, Mike Posner, and Lamb Of God.