Vehicle subscription app Fair today announced it has closed a $100 million debt facility and an equity investment as it expands its relationship with Ally Financial. The debt facility, provided by Ally Bank to a subsidiary of Fair, is designed to help the fintech startup secure vehicles for entry-level car customers who might not otherwise qualify for a traditional loan or lease.
Ally joins Fair’s list of credit providers, which include: Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Silicon Valley Bank. The Ally facility and investment come on the heels of Fair’s SoftBank-led $385 million Series B last year, which included investments from Exponential Ventures, Munich Re Venture’s ERGO Fund, G Squared, Expanding Capital and CreditEase.
Fair and Ally initiated a strategic alliance in 2018 that includes Fair using Ally’s SmartAuction and Clearlane tools to manage vehicle inventory and provide customer access to an alternative to traditional financing channels. Under its pilot program in Southern California and South Florida, Fair is using Clearlane, Ally’s digital financing platform, to help consumers who can’t otherwise secure traditional financing. Fair is also using Ally’s digital wholesale auto auction tool, SmartAuction, to acquire and remarket vehicles.
“Ally is an important strategic partner to Fair, and deepening the relationship represents the type of strategic alliances that are at the cornerstone of building a hyper-growth company like Fair,” said Scott Painter, Fair Founder and CEO. “Through this partnership, Ally provides us with a foundational strategic building block and gives us access to an important source of capital to scale our solution and meet the ever-changing needs of the modern car shopper.”
Since launching in August 2017, Fair has provided cars for more than 45,000 users in more than 30 markets across the United States. Fair is an app that puts the entire end-to-end process of getting a car on a customer’s phone. Qualified users can shop pre-owned cars based on all-in monthly payments they can afford, sign for the one they want with their finger, pick up their keys and drive it for as long as they want—with no long-term commitment, debt or even physical paperwork.
“We’re excited about the future of our alliance with Fair and look forward to taking it to the next level with continued investment in its groundbreaking subscription model,” said Dinesh Chopra, Ally’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Fair is transforming the way consumers get and access pre-owned vehicles, and we are eager to be a growing part of a new flexible, completely digital solution that supports both consumers and dealers.”
“This deal is the latest evidence that institutional debt markets are highly receptive to the way Fair is transforming vehicle financing,” said Georg Bauer, Fair Co-Founder and Chairman. “It’s clear we’ll be able to continue to access the capital we need in order to connect dealers and consumers through a fully digital end-to-end experience.”
Qohash launches its first commercial data security solution, aimed at protecting financial institutions
Qohash today announces the launch of its first data security solution to help financial institutions protect their sensitive data. With a focus on performance, the solution provides lightning-fast and accurate sensitive data classification along with support for data risk management and compliance. With the launch of this new solution, the company aims to significantly reduce the threat of insider breaches for financial institutions.
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The Quebec-based company delivers a hybrid-SaaS solution designed to find and risk-manage sensitive data at scale. It features a web-based dashboard for configuration and reporting and on-premises components for analysis. By using Qohash, customers are able to scan sensitive data while keeping it under their constant control.
The platform runs a number of data sources, including cloud, shared drives, devices, and proxies, meaning thousands of file types are supported, and new connectivity is added with each update. Pilot deployments of Qohash’s solution are now available for financial institutions located in the USA and Canada, with the company focusing on making the solution completely available in Montreal, Toronto and New York.
Qohash has grown rapidly since its creation in January 2018 and continues to attract world-class data security and product talent with its mission to significantly reduce the threat of insider breaches. While the data discovery solutions market may be competitive, Qohash has been listening closely to its customers since the founders started shaping the company’s idea over two years ago. Today, Qohash bets on the superior performance of its solution and narrow focus on the financial sector to attract customers looking for better sensitive data management alternatives.
Data breaches continue to take place all over the world. During the third quarter of 2019, a Risk-Based Security report showed that data breaches went up by 33.3% over 2018. In fact, finance is being hit especially hard: the Boston Consulting Group found that cyberattacks hit financial services firms 300 times more than other companies.
Qohash helps financial institutions not be part of these statistics. Its arrival to the fintech and security market represents a big step forward for banks, insurance companies, wealth management firms, and other financial services providers looking for high-performance and scalable ways to protect against one of the most dangerous threats: insider breaches.
“Risk management professionals want to know exactly where their sensitive data is at all times, who has access to it, and how to reduce the risks associated with insider breaches,” said Jean Le Bouthillier, CEO at Qohash. “Customers have had enough of lethargic classification engines that won’t scale and are too complex to manage. We provide purpose-built, lightning-fast and accurate solutions that get the job done,” he added.
Qohash benefits from solid governmental support from both the Province of Quebec and the Government of Canada who recognize that innovation and vigilance in cybersecurity are crucial in today’s climate. Beyond the high-performance solution, the company sets its differentiating point with a team that has extensive knowledge of cybersecurity, data protection and product development.
Finastra Strengthens Its Position in Israel With New Office Opening
Finastra is investing further in Israel with a new office in Kfar Saba, just outside Tel Aviv. The office, which is home to over 330 employees, offers more space for the Finastra team to grow as the company strengthens its position in the country, and provides an ultra-modern workspace to inspire creativity and facilitate collaboration. The move will help the company support technological and financial innovation in the region, and drive adoption of its open development platform, FusionFabric.cloud.
To mark the opening, Finastra welcomed an audience of banks, fintechs, government bodies and industry partners to a celebration event, with keynote speakers Chemi Peres (Co-Founder, Pitango Venture Capital) and Dr Amiram Appelbaum (Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy and Industry). Also on the agenda, the “Fintech Factor” showcased four of Israel’s most innovative fintechs – AIO, CRiskCo, Sonarax and Vala – who delivered rapid-fire pitches. AIO, voted as the favorite by the audience, is now integrating its solution to Finastra’s APIs through FusionFabric.cloud.
Eli Rosner, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Finastra, said, “Finastra has been operating in Israel for many years, and during the last few, we’ve seen a surge in the number of fintech developments. According to PitchBook data, fintechs headquartered in Israel raised over US$143 million in funding in 2018, 145% more than 2017’s $58 million. As we step up the pace of adoption on FusionFabric.cloud, it’s crucial for Finastra to have a more significant presence in the region and help drive innovation and collaboration in the industry. We look to strengthen our collaboration with local financial institutions, academia, fintechs and government bodies to achieve this.”
Sagive Greenspan, SVP, General Manager, Payments and General Manager of Finastra Israel said, “Israel has been Finastra’s main hub for payments for many years. We have developed a team of research and development and global services specialists who deliver payment solutions for some of the leading banks in the world. The new office offers a collaborative environment that will inspire our employees, breed creativity and encourage innovation. Ultimately, this will enable Finastra to increase its footprint with existing clients as well as to grow its customer base by positioning innovative solutions in payments and across other business lines.”
Finastra aims to become the most inclusive and diverse employer in fintech, a key part of which includes ensuring its offices deliver a modern working environment to drive collaboration. To facilitate this, the office in Israel blends some of the most modern technology with fun and creative décor, which includes themed scrum areas and a fully equipped music room.
Emmanuel Coulon named Chief Technology Officer at OANDA
A global leader in online multi-asset trading services and currency data and analytics, OANDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Emmanuel Coulon as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for driving the firm’s global technology strategy and providing technical leadership across all areas of the business.
With a career that spans almost three decades, Coulon has worked with several leading financial services and technology firms over the years. He joins OANDA from ADSS where he served as Global Head of Technology, having previously worked at leading firms such as ICAP, Grupo CIMD and Effix Systems / Reuters.
Gavin Bambury, Chief Executive Officer of OANDA, commented, “With almost 30 years’ experience, Emmanuel combines deep-seated technical expertise with an in-depth understanding of the electronic trading industry, which will be critical to our success as we explore new ways to leverage our technology and drive future growth. I’m delighted to welcome him as our new Chief Technology Officer.”
Coulon commented, “A Fintech company at heart, OANDA has long been driven by a culture of innovation and technical excellence. As such, I’m excited to being part of such a dynamic team and look forward to enhancing our technology solutions even further.”
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