Our Story

We are obsessed with delivering better solutions for middle market lending. 

revolutionizing middle market corporate lending

Throughout his career in corporate finance, Cerebro Capital Founder and CEO Matthew Bjonerud noticed mid-sized companies faced difficulties sourcing and managing loans. This is why Matt founded Cerebro in 2017, to solve these problems. 

As Matt explains to The Baltimore SunNo company has a sense of how much they can borrow without calling 30 lenders and handing out their information to each of them.” Similarly, middle market lenders spend wasted hours chasing borrowers that might never pass their credit committee requirements. Cerebro’s Credit Explorer partners mid-market borrowers, intermediaries, and financial executives to lender’s with a matching risk profile.

Cerebro’s corporate loan management software tools are designed for corporate borrowers, intermediaries, lenders and PE firms who have financial interests in corporate debt. 

Our Values

Predictability and Intuitiveness

We believe in a better borrowing experience that makes it easy to decide and execute. Securing a loan should be so easy and predictable, that the only question a company will have to answer is, “How much do we need?”.

Excellence and Trust

We work tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence in the quality of our products, our services and our users’ experience. We will never sacrifice the trust of our users to advance profitability, product development, or corporate growth.

Innovation and Knowledge

We are obsessed with using creativity and technology to make things easier, faster, and smarter. We arm our customers with the knowledge, insight, and self-awareness necessary to optimize their financial decisions.

Data Driven and Accessible

We believe that our world is better when access to loans is based on the merits of company performance rather than the limitations of personal networks. We believe data driven processes are the easiest and best way to increase access to capital for all companies.

Our Leadership Team

Matt Bjonerud

Matthew Bjonerud

Founder & CEO

Matt has broad experience across many areas of corporate finance especially across debt and equity transactions. Most recently, with 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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Kevin Dieter

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin has over 25 years of experience designing and developing complex applications. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital, Kevin served as CTO at an expert network company serving the financial services industry. There he architected, designed, and built the core software platform products and services that were used by all employees, clients, and partners. Kevin graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a space & ground systems acquisition officer.

Chris Dalo

Chris Dalo

Executive Vice President

Chris has over 30 years of experience building, growing and leading commercial lending businesses at banks, non-banks, and Fintechs both in the US and Internationally.  He began his career at GE in their premier Engineering and Leadership Development Programs and soon after moved to GE Capital. He moved to Standard Chartered Bank to become the Global Chief Commercial Officer – Commercial Banking and prior to joining Cerebro led Sales, Business Development, and Digital Partnerships at a Fintech SMB Lender.  He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Michele Hsu

Michele Hsu

Vice President, Marketing

Michele has over 20 years of experience as a hands-on marketing leader for highly competitive businesses most recently leading the transition from entrepreneurial start-up to scalable growth for a real estate private lender in the B2B market. With a deep background in database and business analysis she has developed growth strategies for multiple companies in the financial sector. As Chief Marketing Office for a specialty financial services company, Michele executed marketing positioning, branding, and campaigns across all channels including web, social media, and direct mail. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University. 

Our Board Members

Doug Becker

Board Member

Mr. Becker is a lifelong entrepreneur, investor, and operator. In 1983 he co-founded Sterling Partners; since then the firm has become a leading investor across many industries, having made over 80 investments over the years. Sterling Partners, based out of Chicago, IL currently has over $2.5 billion of assets under management.


Steve Reale

Board Member

For over 20 years, Mr. Reale has worked with private companies and small capitalization public companies in both investing and operating roles. He is the co-founder of Madison Bay Capital Partners, a growth equity platform where he was an investing partner and oversaw all COO/CFO functions. He also spent 14 years at Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) where he worked on a wide range of companies and held several board seats. Steve is now the CFO and a Venture Partner at Ulu Ventures.

Jim McGuire

Board Member

Mr. McGuire’s background includes 16 years of leading a software-focused private equity firm. He has held executive positions, including CEO level, in the technology and software industry and early in his career was in commercial lending with a major U.S. bank. He has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Laureate Education, Inc. and Digital Insight Corporation. Digital Insight is now an NCR Corporation company.

Our Investors

At Cerebro Capital, our commitment to innovation continues as we work with our partners to provide intuitive, user-friendly solutions to commercial lending’s largest problems. In order to do this, we’ve assembled an experienced team of multifaceted experts who continuously work to change the commercial lending landscape. Learn more about our leadership team below or click to see our open positions.

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