About Matthew Bjonerud

About Matthew Bjonerud

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Matthew Bjonerud

Matt is CEO and founder of Cerebro Capital, a data-driven corporate lending marketplace that matches mid-market companies to the top lenders. Expert in finance, FinTech, and entrepreneurship, he is passionate about helping others succeed. 


Matt has broad experience across many areas of corporate finance especially across debt and equity transactions. Previously at Laureate Education—a multi-billion dollar company with operations across 25 countries— Matt worked as part of the corporate finance team that ushered the company through $3.5 billion of transactions including Laureate’s IPO—the world’s first Public Benefit Corporation IPO. Prior to Laureate, Matt was a Vice President within the PNC Corporate Banking Group. He was responsible for growth and management of large-scale corporate and public finance portfolios.


Matt also served as the President of At Jacobs Well (AJW), a nonprofit that is the only exclusive provider of housing to the mentally ill homeless in Baltimore City. He is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.



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15 Finance Experts’ Tips For Business Owners Thinking About An Online Loan

Below, members of Forbes Finance Council offer 15 tips for business owners looking to explore online lending options. They explain what to look for in a lender and what to watch out for before you sign any virtual paperwork.

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An Interview with Matthew Bjonerud, Founder and CEO, Cerebro Capital

In this installment of our series of executive interviews, Charlie Perer sits with Matthew Bjonerud of Cerebro Capital to hear his perspective on the state of the debt capital markets, building a new distribution channel, the future of lending and technology, among other things.

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Cerebro Capital Wins Moxie Award for its Innovative Growth Strategy

"We were honored to be nominated and are thrilled to have won the Moxie Award. We were founded with a big goal - to make it easier for hard-working businesses to get the capital they need to thrive. To achieve it, we knew we would have to be bold, smart, strategic, and unafraid of challenges," said Cerebro Capital Founder and CEO Matthew Bjonerud. "