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Profile: Hayden M. Simmons

Hayden has been working in emerging market fintech for most of his career. He graduated from Colorado College in 2007, with an Economic Development major and Spanish minor, having written his thesis on the impact of collectivized remittances in rural Mexico.

He is actively advising a number of early-stage African fintechs, is a fledgling angel investor, and recently joined Lateral Capital as a Venture Partner. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, guitar and tending to his agave farm.

As a business development and strategy leader, Hayden thrives in fast-paced, multi-hat startup environments. Hayden says he is fueled by creative and collaborative problem solving, and is attracted to team cultures that prioritize curiosity, passion, hustle and humor.


  • Business Development/Strategy role @ Facebook (Novi)
  • Venture Partner @ Lateral Capital; advisor and angel investor
  • 10+ years in emerging market fintech, with Facebook, Juvo, Migo & TIGRA

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