Levi King

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

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How to Use Work as a Motivation to Stay in Shape

I’ve never been a huge fan of exercise. It’s only fun if you’re playing a sport, and I’m not the most …

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How to Throw a Company Meeting People Actually Want to Attend

Twice a month, my colleagues and I gather at our Utah office for a company meeting. The meetings have a …

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How to Return From Vacation as if You’d Never Left, in 3 Simple Steps

You’ve just flown home from a long, glorious vacation. You should feel great, but you don’t. Tasks have been piling …

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A Love Letter to the American Entrepreneur

My oldest daughter is an artist. A talented one. As I write this, we’re separated by about 800 miles, but …

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What You’ll Give Up When You Start a Small Business

“I have never been this tired before,” says one of my colleagues, speaking about the birth of his son. “I never understood …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …