Inswitch and Mastercard | September 30, 2022
Inswitch, a fintech technology company with focus on embedded solutions for banking and payments, and Mastercard International Incorporated have partnered to design and deliver digital payment solutions and issuing programs starting with selected countries across LAC.
Inswitch will start issuing cards as a Mastercard principal member in Mexico, with plans to expand quickly to key markets in LAC and other regions in the future. This collaboration will allow the company to extend its value proposition by offering digital and physical Mastercard branded cards for a broad range of applications across industries: Now our clients can issue branded cards to support different use cases: digital wallets, Buy now pay later, supplier payments, working capital for corporate expenses or cash management necessities; among others, said Ronald Alvarenga, Inswitch's CEO.
In addition to the issuing program, Inswitch and Mastercard will work together to integrate their respective assets and solutions offering an agnostic platform supporting different types of businesses: Business-to-Consumer, Business-to-Business, Consumer-to-Business. Through this strong collaboration, Mastercard and Inswitch are position to deliver a robust turnkey solution in several verticals like eCommerce, Retailers, CPGs. Banks, Gig economy among others.
Inswitch solves two urgent problems for enterprises moving to the digital world: it provides a varied payment infrastructure to accelerate the transformation to e-commerce; and innovating beyond payments with a full digital wallet and banking platform; allowing any company to build and launch financial services fast, reliable and around the world. In addition to offering payments and banking all-in-one platform, and a superior user experience; Inswitch will be providing Mastercard and its clients strong management tools to manage the business, including reporting, analytics, white label channels, automatic settlements, and reconciliations.
"We are very excited to have Inswitch as a Mastercard Issuer in Mexico to integrate issuing capabilities and extend the value proposition to all B2C and B2B clients for Inswitch and Mastercard. Inswitch is a company that combines payments, core banking and issuing products in a single stack, that facilities all companies to develop and launch financial services in multiple markets.''
- Pablo Cuaron, Vice President Fintech & Enablers for Mastercard Mexico and Central America
Inswitch is a global integrated financial technology company that helps companies to rapid activation of digital financial services through its omnichannel 360 Fintech-as-a-Service platform.
Since 2002, Inswitch has implemented more than 100 platforms in 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, Inswitch has processed over USD 9 billion in Total Payment Volume for more than 80 million users.
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.
PNC Bank | September 28, 2022
PNC Bank today announced a strategic partnership with Blend, a leader in cloud banking software, to digitally optimize the company's end-to-end online mortgage application process for an improved customer experience.
"Over the last few years, we've seen first-hand the growing customer demand for simplified, digital-first interactions, Through our partnership with Blend, we're now able to deliver a state-of-the-art experience that provides an ideal combination of digital self-service technology and support for our customers as they navigate one of the biggest and most important purchases in their lifetimes."
-Peter McCarthy, PNC executive vice president and head of Mortgage
Through PNC's enhanced mortgage application platform, customers now are able to digitally apply for a mortgage and import bank or payroll information directly into their application simply by providing their necessary credentials decreasing the amount of time it takes to locate necessary documents. Once an application is submitted, customers have a single portal for tracking its status, completing outstanding tasks, and reviewing and electronically signing loan documentation. PNC mortgage loan officers also can collaborate real-time with customers through their online portal.
As an organization, our goal is to continue to partner with companies across the country to build the digital-first future of financial services, We're proud to work alongside PNC as they introduce a leading-edge, self-serve digital mortgage application solution — making the overall user experience easier and quicker for their customers and employees,said Erik Wrobel, head of Product at Blend.
About PNC Bank:
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.
Secfi | September 28, 2022
Secfi, the leading provider of equity planning, today announced the launch of Secfi Wealth, offering personalized financial advice, investment management, and access to alternative investments opportunities for those with startup equity. As a registered investment advisor (RIA), Secfi will now expand on its equity planning expertise to provide comprehensive financial advice and ongoing investment management specifically for the startup community.
Equity is the most exciting yet daunting aspect of a startup employee’s financial life, and requires dedicated expertise and guidance to get it right. The startup community is underserved by today's wealth managers who lack extensive experience with stock options, advanced tax planning, and a deep understanding of venture valuations. In addition, they often require clients to have at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in investable assets. Secfi provides investment advice when it matters most early in one’s financial life which is why Secfi doesn’t require a minimum amount of investable assets to work with an advisor.
Secfi brought John Morrison on to lead the design and management of client portfolios, as well as educate clients on investing. John brings over a decade of portfolio management experience to Secfi. He was a portfolio manager of systematic active strategies at Dimensional Fund Advisors for several years. He also spent a number of years evaluating alternative investments from a risk management point of view at Goldman Sachs, and consulted at Bain and Company.
We listen to our clients and build a portfolio that suits them and their unique situation. Our goal is to save them money, make them money, and/or lower their risk by taking a systematic, data driven approach to investing while controlling what we can control in the structuring and management of their portfolio, Many of our clients reached their current level of financial wealth by taking a chance at a startup, working hard, and reaping outsized returns as a result. We help them grow that wealth in a way that avoids single points of failure so they can have the freedom to live the life they want to live and potentially take another chance on something with confidence,said Morrison.
“Startup equity is an important gateway to future wealth, which is why it’s key that it be incorporated into financial planning, Historically, access to this level of expertise and wealth management would be limited to startup founders. But the reality is that it’s needed by all levels of startup employees. We’ve been waiting for this day ever since we started Secfi to provide a holistic offering to our clients.”
-Frederik Mijnhardt, CEO and Co-Founder of Secfi
With this additional offering, startup employees receive access to specialized expertise in pre-and post-IPO equity planning, stock option exercise and selling strategies, tax planning, preparation and filing, secondary and tender offers, and investment diversification creating a one-stop shop for employees to understand their choices around their stock options and how this impacts their larger financial goals.
Since 2017, Secfi has been the startup community’s leading equity advocate, and has worked with employees from 90% of all U.S. unicorns including Airbnb, Palantir, and Doordash, helping them understand, maximize, plan, and provide cash to unlock the value of their stock options. More than 30,000 startup employees have used Secfi’s platform for equity planning, representing $48 billion in equity.
Secfi is trusted by startup employees for equity planning, stock option financing, and wealth management. We’re the first to provide a digital platform for equity planning, 1:1 financial advice, and ongoing investment management, as well as financing products that enable employees to own a stake in the company they helped build. We’ve worked with employees from more than 90% of all U.S. unicorns, and built more than 30,000 equity plans worth $48B in equity value. As an expert in valuing private companies, Secfi has studied and underwritten hundreds of high-growth startups.