Management Team

Steven Aldrich

Steven Aldrich, CEO

Steven loves small businesses. He had a paper route as a kid. Later he and 2 friends ran a small business in college picking up and storing other kids' stuff for the summer. After grad school he founded a web company to simplify the process for shopping for insurance. Steven's Dad, who researches what makes entrepreneurs successful, warned Allison - at the time Steven's fiancée - that the likelihood of success for any start-up was low. Steven started the business anyway (and Allison married him). After that business was acquired, he spent over a decade at Intuit building solutions to help small businesses get paid, use the web to grow their businesses, and run their stores more easily. Outside of Outright, Steven is President of the Board of the Bay Area Glass Institute (, a non-profit glass studio, and enjoys spending time with Allison and their son, Jackson, at many sports and arts events.

Ben Curren

Ben Curren, CTO

Ben has spent the last 12 years developing web and desktop applications for both small and large corporations, including several years in Intuit's QuickBooks Group. He specializes in using technology to solve real world problems by creating easy-to-use solutions.

Christie Strasia

Christie Strasia, Customer Care

Christie brings over 15 years of customer care and operations experience to the Outright team. And 20 years wowing audiences as a modern / jazz dancer has carried over nicely too. At Outright, she is responsible for developing the Customer Care team and processes, and above all, a customer-centric culture where delivering "wow" is again, the definition of success.

Laurel Lee

Laurel Lee, Product Leader

Laurel has been focused on financial management products for small businesses for over a dozen years. Initially, at Intuit, leading product management for QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online Edition, and now here at Outright. Her favorite part of the job is always hearing the stories of the courageous people who make a living by doing what they love. It's these stories that inspire her daily to strive to enable small businesses to do more of what they love. In her free time, she enjoys quiet time with her family, but is happy with whatever volume they have to offer.

Laura Messerschmitt

Laura Messerschmitt, Marketing

Laura has over 10 years of experience working with small businesses at Deloitte Consulting, the Export-Import Bank, and Intuit.  Her first job was in a small business (an after school tutoring program for young kids) and she's still serving small businesses today at Outright. While at Intuit, Laura spent 7 years in marketing and product management for QuickBooks. She launched multiple versions of QuickBooks and led up an effort to sponsor $1M in grants for small businesses. In her free time, Laura likes spending time with her young son and husband. She also enjoys dragonboat racing and speed-walking.