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Finance Grads Help Users Earn Cash, Gift Cards While Shopping Their Favorite Brands | CSUF News – CSUF News

It’s early 2020. The world is under lockdown. Like most college students everywhere, Cal State Fullerton finance undergrads Dylan Bertalli ’22 and Josh Paktan ’22 are studying from home, with idle time and little money.

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It’s early 2020. The world is under lockdown. Like most college students everywhere, Cal State Fullerton finance undergrads Dylan Bertalli ’22 and Josh Paktan ’22 are studying from home, with idle time and little money.

“Since I was working an unpaid internship with Titan Capital Management and had recently moved back home, I had no money to keep buying to adjust for the losses incurred in the stock market crash,” recalls Bertalli. “This led me to look for ways to make money online so I could keep adding to my trading account of stocks and cryptocurrencies. I discovered there were not many trustworthy websites where users could earn significant money and no websites where users can earn cryptocurrency. So, I bought the name EarnandTrade.com, secured the cheapest web hosting possible and started on a fun side project.”

With experience through Titan Capital Management and its feeder program, the Student Managed Investment Fund, Bertalli was ready to take on a finance-related business.

“Titan Capital pushed me because it’s all about stocks and finance. Every meeting we would have during COVID was about the market being at a bottom and it was a time to buy. I knew I needed more money to get in the market,” he says.

Bertalli’s ultimate concept was a platform where users could interact with brands and earn more than $500 by signing up for offers and trials, including an average of 3.5% back in points by shopping with advertisers, which now number more than 150 advertisers. Users can trade their points in for PayPal deposits and the gift cards of their choice. Soon, cryptocurrency will be available in addition to PayPal and gift cards, giving users even more options.

Two years ago, Bertalli knew almost nothing about coding or web design. But YouTube tutorials came to the rescue. After finishing the initial homepage design and a few other pages, Bertalli called up his classmate and friend, Josh Paktan.

“Dylan and I have always thrown around business ideas, but when I picked up the phone that evening and heard about the initial concept, I wanted to be all in,” recalls Paktan. “The opportunities which came to mind with this idea ignited my passion to work with Dylan on the company.”

Over the succeeding months, the two spoke by phone daily to plan strategy. They eventually enlisted a third partner as chief technology officer – CSUF computer science student Josiah Peedikayli ’22.

Fast-forward two years and Earn and Trade has a complete website, two interns on staff, and more than 150 advertisers.

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Source: https://news.fullerton.edu/spotlight/finance-grads-help-users-earn-cash-gift-cards-while-shopping-their-favorite-brands/

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