Credit Karma Tops $1 Billion Valuation For Personal-Finance Tools - Venture Capital Dispatch
Hoping to do for personal finance what Expedia and other sites did for travel, Credit Karma Inc. has raised $75 million in growth funding from major late-stage investors at a valuation of more than $1 billion.
Previous investors Google Capital , Tiger Global Management and Susquehanna Growth Equity contributed to Credit Karma's new financing.
Investors have poured money into services like LendingClub, Prosper, SoFi, LendUp and Avant Credit that offer new ways for consumers to obtain loans online. Unlike these peer-to-peer and alternative loan providers, San Francisco-based Credit Karma helps consumers figure out which financial institutions offer the best terms.
The company provides free credit reports and helps consumers search for favorably priced financial products, such as credit cards, loans or mortgages. U.S. consumers topped $3 trillion in debt last year, according to the Federal Reserve.
Less than a year ago, the company raised $85 million in Irvine credit card debt consolidation a Series C round of funding led by Google Capital, a late-stage investment vehicle launched last year by Google Inc. The new investment brings Credit Karma's total venture funding to $193.5 million.
Credit Karma Chief Executive Ken Lin described the company as "Expedia for financial services products," recalling a time when it was difficult for travelers to book a trip online with confidence they were getting a good deal.
Credit Karma also provides its users with tools to track their finances, and educational materials to help them understand everything from how to improve their credit scores to what their options may be for a student or auto loan given their current income.
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Instead of charging consumers for these services, Credit Karma makes money through partner sponsorships with financial institutions. Financial institutions pay Credit Karma only when its members actually buy one of their products.
"We understand a financial institution's credit requirements and complex underwriting algorithms. We also understand what consumers need and what will bring them the best value," the CEO said.
Founded in 2008, Credit Karma works with dozens of major banks including nine out of the top ten in the U.S., Mr. Lin said, and increasingly a range of alternative credit providers such as Lending Club and Prosper. It does not work with so-called payday loan businesses, which Mr. Lin said are predatory.
The company claims to have about 32 million users. It does not sell user data or send its users frequent emails or advertising. All promotions that users receive are opt-in.
The company has never suffered a data breach, Mr. Lin said. However a vendor that Credit Karma no longer works with once temporarily disabled an encryption feature of its mobile apps, leading to a complaint and settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy risk concerns.
The company now does its mobile development and user management in-house.
Tiger Global declined to comment. Google Capital and Susquehanna didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
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