As underwriting turns toward AI, experts agree if credit solutions have a hope of meeting their potential, alternative data is vital.
Personal credit and financial management firm Credit Sesame raised $42mn in equity and venture debt; investors include Menlo Ventures, Inventus Capital, Globespan Capital, IA Capital and SF Capital; the capital will be used for growth, hiring, customer acquisition and to build out their machine learning technologies. Source.
Simility, a machine learning adaptive fraud prevention product, raised $17.5mn from PayPal, The Valley Fund and Trinity Ventures; the company helps to prevent fraud and abuse in real time using machine learning and big data analytics; Rahul Pangam, Co-Founder and CEO of Simility, tells Crowdfund Insider, “Digital disruption in the financial and commerce sectors has resulted in the need for a fraud and risk management solution that goes beyond legacy.”; the company plans to build out data science teams and continue expanding globally. Source.
BB&T announced last week that they were committing $50mn to fintech; the company plans implement what they are calling intelligent automation; plans include AI & machine learning, robotics processing automation, chatbots and virtual assistance & conversational commerce according to TearSheet; the company also announced they are looking at transforming branches and looking to move as much of their business to the cloud. Source.
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Bias in credit underwriting is an issue some worry will be exacerbated by AI others believe it is the only way forward. At Fintech Nexus USA 2022, approaches were discussed to mitigate concerns.
With AI and machine learning technology becoming better banks of all sizes have started to employ chatbots with more regularity; Crowdfund Insider takes a look at 5 banks employing the technology; banks include Bank of America’s Erica, Swedbank’s Nina, Capital One’s Eno, SEB’s Aida and Wells Fargo; in most cases the chatbots help with simple tasks like checking balances, paying bills and finding the closest ATM. Source.
Pagaya is an asset manager based in New York; they announced that they have received $75 million in debt financing from Citi; the funds will be used for its Opportunity Fund to invest in loans by online lenders such as Prosper and LendingClub; the company uses machine learning to determine loans worthy of investment. Source
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