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Levi King

Levi King is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Nav. Raised on a farm in rural Idaho, King is a self-taught, serial entrepreneur who has started seven different small businesses in the last 20 years. During this time, he had to work to overcome the same issues faced by most small business owners – access to capital, financing, and marketplace credibility. After getting a handle on how business credit works, Levi was able to get business loans and financing more than 30 times.

Prior to starting Nav, he co-founded Lendio, a business financing marketplace that links commercial lenders and small business owners. While at Lendio, Levi saw too many applicants get denied for financing or only get approved for financing they couldn’t afford. He realized someone needed to help business owners become better-qualified applicants, which led him to start Nav.

Levi’s has regular columns in Inc., Entrepreneur and Forbes, and is a frequent conference speaker and source for reporters covering small business, credit, lending and fintech.

Articles by Levi King


Throw a Party, Learn a Skill, and Design a New Website: 8 Ways to Make the Most of a Slow Summer

Summer is coming. For many small business owners, a change of seasons means a slowdown in business as customers and …


How to Be a Terrible Leader (Hint: It’s Easy)

They say that leaders are born, not made, but a couple of decades at the helm of multiple companies has …


The Loaded Gun that Every Executive Carries (and When to Fire It)

This article originally appeared on Inc. Growing up in a small, religious community, I did my fair share of Bible …


3 Steps to Make You Happier & More Productive

To run a successful business, you have to be able to crank. You have to be able to dig in, …


Not an Early Bird? Here’s How Night Owls Can Still Find Success

I’ve never been an early bird. Early birds hit their stride at sunrise. As a night owl, my best ideas arrive …


The New Year’s Resolution Business Owners Should Make – and Keep

Well, that went by fast.  2016 is taking a bow, with 2017 waiting impatiently in the wings. Small business owners …


Two Stars on a Snowy Night, and Finding Common Ground

Many Christmases ago, my sister and brother-in-law were taking a nighttime drive from Boise to Salt Lake City. My sister …


How I Turned $1,000 and a Pickup Truck Into a $3 Million Revenue

This article was originally published on Inc. on Dec. 2, 2017. I started my first small business when I was …


Why You Can’t Afford to Skip This Oft-Forgotten Money Tip

This post originally appeared on Inc. on Nov. 21, 2016 You can’t afford to wait any longer to fatten up …