Lendit Podcast: Zest CEO On Machine Learning Underwriting and Explainable AI

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Our CEO Douglas Merrill was the guest of the LendIt Academy podcast last week with host Peter Renton. On the agenda: How Zest got started as a lender and evolved into a machine learning software business; why the invention of the credit score was so important to the 20th Century and why machine learning-based scoring will power the next wave of lending; why transparent AI is so important and why Zest made doing explainability well core to its business - a challenge Douglas compares to understanding who was the better basketball player, Scottie Pippen or Michael Jordan. Hint: It's not as obvious as you think.

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