We are passionate about creating vibrant and affordable housing for all. It is in our DNA.

ABOUT US

The people behind Builders Patch

We are determined to move the needle on creating more affordable housing and communities in our cities. With our combined experience in housing development, housing finance, and real estate tech products, we understand the nuances & processes as well as the problems on all sides of each transaction. We want to help developers & financial institutions build more housing faster by creating an efficient, transparent and supportive financial ecosystem for multifamily housing development.

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Kanan Ajmera
Founder & CEO

Kanan is passionate about bringing big ideas to the housing industry. She founded Builders Patch to bring efficiency, and accessible technology to housing developers, and to revolutionize affordable housing finance. Kanan is an experienced real estate professional who has worked with top tier banks and firms such as Citibank, PNC and The Richman Group to structure and finance affordable housing projects.

Kanan is a trained architect and urban designer with several years of experience in designing multi-family housing developments. She worked at POKO Partners, a socially responsible development firm that created high-quality energy-efficient affordable housing communities. As part of this organization, she worked to rehabilitate and adapt defunct buildings to new uses. There is nothing more fulfilling to her than breathing new life into an old landmark and community!
 
Kanan holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and has a B.Arch. from the University of Mumbai. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, Chair of the ULI Sustainability Taskforce in Westchester-Fairfield. She lives in the village of Chappaqua, New York, with her husband, 6-year-old twin boys, and an inordinate number of books, magnetic tiles, building sticks and blocks.

Uma Pandit
HEAD OF PRODUCT

Uma Pandit is an experienced product leader building and leading cross-functional development, product, and design teams. Her passion is developing great customer experiences with simple and beautiful products. Her specialties are crafting product strategy, building and scaling teams and user research. She previously led growth teams (scaling traffic as well as conversion rates) at PayScale and Care.com. 

She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University and has a B.E. from the University of Mumbai. Uma started her career as a software developer writing in-house applications at Intertek Testing Inc. and Mercer HR Consulting. Her previous entrepreneurial ventures include creating iPad apps for kids in the very early days of the App Store where they were voted as “Apps of the week” and had more than 100,000 downloads. She also co-founded Get Suppr, a personal chef and consumer platform that delivered more than 8,000 meals to over 100 consumers in the greater Seattle area.

She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters and loves to hand-build functional pottery. A recent transplant to Seattle, she loves exploring what the area has to offer - from Asian restaurants, breweries to breathtakingly beautiful parks and hikes. She has not experienced the “Seattle freeze” (yet).

Zeba Iqbal
Marketing

Zeba is a seasoned real estate professional who loves tech. Trained as an architect, Zeba pursued an MBA after one too many design projects died on the drawing table. She realized her calling when she visited her business school’s real estate department. 
In business school, Zeba was particularly drawn to the creativity and mission-driven aspects of real estate public/private partnerships. She started working at Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal’s Real Estate group (EY) during business school, and moved to New York after graduation to join EY’s real estate public private group.

At EY (1997 to 2008), she worked with local developers and numerous government agencies. Her projects included The Yards in Washington, DC; and Maxwell House in Hoboken, NJ to name a few. At Princeton University (2009 to 2013), she led fast-tracked predevelopment for three off-campus multifamily joint developments with private developer partners. 

In 2014, Zeba took a break from real estate to reinvent herself exploring non-profits and tech startups. In 2015, she worked at the RGA Techstars Connected Devices accelerator; and since 2015, with Shoplandia, a video commerce startup. 

Zeba has an MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC; and a B.Arch. from BMS College in Bangalore, India. She was a founding member of ULI Young Leaders Group in New York; and is on the board of New York South Asian Real Estate Network (NYSAREN). She lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband, two twenty-something stepdaughters, and a 4-year-old son who just learned how to do his first cartwheel. 

Ben Bollman
SALES

Ben is a seasoned sales professional who enjoys helping people find a path to continued growth. Through genuine curiosity and authentic communication he is able to build lasting relationships allowing him to be a trusted advisor with his clients. This trust is imperative for him, as he values transparency and honesty in all his relationships.  
Ben joined BuildersPatch in early 2020 to help build out the Sales Department. He holds a B.A. in Finance from Seattle University, and is a licenced Real Estate Broker in Washington State. Ben started his career at Microsoft in 2008. From there he has worked for multiple VC backed FinTech start-ups.  He is also a multi-family investor in the greater Seattle area. 

Blanka Szabo
DESIGN

Blanka is a product designer who loves getting to the bottom of things in order to solve a problem. She loves asking questions, often to realize there are more questions to be asked, before she dares to roll up her sleeves and start designing a product. Blanka has been sketching, arranging, erasing and re-arranging the digital interface of Builders Patch for the past two years. She previously worked with a startup helping to simplify the process of booking and tracking container shipments across oceans. 

Blanka followed a winding road to product design. She spent her formative years in Asia studying languages and she holds a BA degree in International Relations from National Taiwan University. After graduation, she decided to change direction and picked up user experience design. Her love for the visual arts and for keeping things structured her along the way.

Blanka lives in Budapest, Hungary and spends most of her working hours video-conferencing with the rest of the Builders Patch team. In her free time, she loves reading up on nature and biology, she’s a sci-fi aficionado, and she recently discovered the joy of good old-school radio plays. She also likes to experiment with vegan recipes, although she wouldn’t necessarily force what she cooks onto anyone. 

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