Founded by Nick Perrett of digital bank Tandem, Ricky Knox of Tandem and Azimo, and Phil Bungey of Nutmeg, new wealth-tech platform Prosper plans to revolutionise how we save and invest.
Like other fintechs have done for currency exchange and banking, Prosper is building a customer champion business, because it is on a mission to maximise its members’ long-term wealth potential. It will do so by launching with the highest interest rates on cash, offering zero cost index funds* from major asset managers, and opening access to alternative private market investments that offer higher potential returns.
The founders of Monzo, Capital One, World First, Tandem, Azimo, Embark, Comply Advantage, and the Connect, MMC and Portfolio Ventures all contributed to Prosper’s £3.2 million angel round, backing the company to shake up the way people manage their wealth.
“Most people are totally unaware of what they are paying to have their money managed nor that these costs can literally cut their future wealth in half,” stated Nick Perrett, founder and CEO of Prosper.
“It’s probably the largest bill you get but never see. Our mission is to change that for millions of people worldwide.” [OR: It’s probably the largest bill you get, but you never even see it.]
“We also know just how much interest customers fail to get on their cash. We want to change that by making it easier to just keep cash on top rates. We are excited to give more back to our members, helping them get more of the life they want.”
And it’s not just about costs. As Ricky Knox, Prosper’s co-founder and chairman notes, it’s about access to the best returns, net of those charges. Prosper believes the days of the mutual fund supermarket are over.
“The investment universe has moved on,” stated Ricky. “There are less than half the number of public companies that there were 30 years ago, and over 85% of all US companies with more than $100 million in revenue are not listed on the stock market. And yet the investment products we put money into haven’t changed!”
“Unless you’re ultra wealthy and have enough money to essentially buy access, you’re at a disadvantage because you can’t access these potentially higher-yielding private investment opportunities. We want to give our members that access to level the playing field for the everyday consumer.”
Early investors in Prosper’s vision include Tom Blomfield, founder of Monzo, which now has over £6 billion in deposits and 7.4 million customers, and Matt Cooper, cofounder of Capital One Bank, one of the world’s first true fintech business, which he helped grow to 2 million customers and £275 million in revenue.
Prosper’s founders’ prior experience lends itself to the challenge of building a wealth-tech:
Nick Perrett and Ricky Knox built digital bank Tandem together. It now has over £2bn in assets under management and is one of the leading purpose-driven fintechs in the UK being focused on green lending.
Phil Bungey is the former COO of Nutmeg, which is one of the most successful digital challengers in the British wealth management market. It had a customer base of over 140,000 investors and amassed over £3.5 billion of assets under management before being bought by JP Morgan for £700 million in 2021.
With around 1 billion high net worth and mass-affluent investors worldwide getting a raw deal on the money they’ve earned, Prosper will be on their side, a consumer champion business that will help them to realise the full potential of the largest financial asset they have.
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* For founding members (initial offer terms apply)
Accura Scan, The Only Certified Biometric Solution Provider in Middle East & Africa for Banks and Telcos
Global Identity Verification and Digital KYC solutions provider, Accura Scan is pleased to announce being awarded ISO/IEC 30107-03 compliance after passing a presentation attack detection (PAD) iBeta Level 2 audit with 0% FAR, making it one of the few companies worldwide and the only in India, Singapore, APAC & Middle East to have such a recognition.
As part of the testing procedure to assess the performance of Accura Scan face biometric liveness system, which is already being used by clients globally, it was successfully tested with millions of data points in alpha & beta testing modes. Its algorithms were pitted against various forms of spoofing attempts, including but not limited to 3D-printed and curved masks, silicone and paper masks, and videos of real subjects.
Yasin Patel (YP), Accura Scan’s CEO & Founder, expressed great pride in the achievement, adding, “Obtaining the ISO 30107-03 standard after passing the rigorous iBeta level 2 test demonstrates the effectiveness of our solutions against spoofing attacks.” He further announced that in keeping with their motto of ‘Biometrics for All’, Accura Scan would be offering its trusted Identity Verification Suite for free to all start-ups, while established entities would be offered various modules for as little as USD 5,000 a year onwards.
Commenting on this feat, Director – International Sales, Reza Writer, added, “Ambition greater than resources is in the DNA of Accura Scan. We have achieved this feat with a very small but highly skilled & dedicated team that has executed the organizational goal beautifully.”
The ISO 30107-3 framework measures a biometric system’s false acceptance rate (FAR) and false rejection rate (FRR) at the point of presentation. Passing the evaluation with an FAR of 0%, means that the company’s biometric algorithms offer a high level of spoof resistance in all environments.
Headquartered in India, Accura Scan has been completely bootstrapped & profitable since its incorporation. It has firmly established itself in the MENA region over the last 4 years, working with some of the most esteemed Banks, Telecoms & Fintechs globally. As a part of its global strategy, it has now registered itself in Singapore, the EU, the UK, & the US. With top-notch Identity Verification & Digital KYC products, it is confident of making a mark in these markets.
BIM Exchange integrates traditional currency option for buying and selling cryptocurrencies
BIM Exchange revolutionizes the purchase of crypto-currencies: implicity and security guaranteed
BIM Exchange, the French pioneer of crypto-currency exchange platforms, today announces a major breakthrough in the ease of access and security of crypto transactions. With its new feature, it has never been easier to buy and trade crypto-currencies, bridging the gap between the traditional Web and Web 3.0.
Integration of payments in tradtional currencies: Euro, Dollar, Pound Sterling and Swiss Franc
BIM Exchange now enables its users to buy crypto-currencies directly by bank transfer in less than 24 hours, regardless of their currency. The funds are then securely transferred to the user’s decentralized wallet, such as Ledger, TrustWallet, MetaMask or other.
This method considerably simplifies access to digital currencies, while guaranteeing maximum security.
Monzo founder talks Prosper. Company sees incredible demand for its Crowdfund, smashing 130% of its target, raising over £785,000.
Having recently announced its crowdfund was open to the public and with a little more than a week to go, Prosper today confirmed it has hit 130% of its funding target, raising over £785,000.
The company is backed by some of the biggest names in fintech. One of those, Tom Blomfield, the founder and former CEO of digital bank Monzo, said:
“The crowdfunding community was vital to Monzo’s growth and helped us engage with our early users. Like Monzo, Prosper is a customer champion brand shaking up the wealth industry. As I invested in Prosper, it became clear that speaking to the community would also play a part in their journey. It’s only the beginning, but I’m excited to help more people prosper!”
Monzo’s first crowdfunding campaign raised just under £1m at a £30m valuation. Today, that valuation stands at “around £4 billion”, according to Sky News. With a week of its own crowdfund still to go, Prosper hopes to build on that success, already closing in on Monzo’s original raise achievement.
“We’ve been blown away by the demand we’ve seen from our community. It’s a testament to the value we can create building a customer-championing business in the world of saving and investing,” said founder and CEO Nick Perrett.
Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment, and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong. Take 2 minutes to learn more.
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