86 Fintech Companies in NYC Shaking Up Finance

Here are some of the most prominent leaders in NYC fintech, along with a few upstarts worth watching.

Written by Emerson Dameron
Published on Jun. 19, 2024
86 Fintech Companies in NYC Shaking Up Finance
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New York is one of the world’s great tech innovation hubs and is arguably the most powerful city in finance. Inspired by veteran companies such as LearnVest and receiving mentorship from programs such as the Fintech Innovation Lab, fintech startups in NYC are shaking up finance. Here are some of the most prominent leaders in NYC fintech, along with a few upstarts worth watching.

Top Fintech Startups in NYC

  • Valon
  • Alloy
  • Chainalysis
  • Ocrolus
  • Landis
  • Pitchbook Data
  • YieldStreet
  • Better.com
  • Fundera
  • Policygenius
  • OnDeck
  • Bread
  • Riskified
  • Betterment
  • Venmo


Founded in 2020, Pumpkin aims to make pet insurance more affordable and accessible by offering accident and illness insurance plans for cats and dogs, covering vet expenses through online claims and reimbursements. Serving over 65,000 pets nationwide, the company also provides Preventive Essentials, a wellness package for routine care that includes parasite screenings, annual wellness checkups and vaccines. 


Pinwheel enables companies to provide direct deposit payments to their employees, contractors and customers. Its software is built to integrate with client payroll and billing systems through APIs that connect the Pinwheel platform to the client’s digital ecosystem. The company’s headquarters are in New York City. 


Chapter offers financial navigation for Medicare insurance plans. Medicare is a complex program with limited participant support services, so participants often feel unsure of how to best make use of its services and savings. Chapter care advisors are specially trained and licensed to provide advice on how to access Medicare services like drug coverage and dental care, with the goal of maximum savings and benefit utilization for participants.  


Bilt Rewards extends fee-free credit cards to consumers and operates a rewards-points ecosystem in which users can accumulate points by paying rent on Bilt cards. Rent is a major and regular expense that’s usually exempt from earning rewards because it’s somewhat uncommon to be able to pay rent on a credit card. The Bilt card offers the option to pay participating properties and simultaneously earn rewards.


Opto Investments offers a platform for wealth managers, who use it to access private market investment opportunities on behalf of clients. The platform also has features like the ability to personalize investment portfolios for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, or UHNWI, and families alike. Opto facilitates investments in real estate and private equity, with risk assessment and management baked into the process.  


Check is a fintech company offering “payroll-as-a-service” software that integrates with existing HR platforms. Its two main products cover payroll and benefits administration, and companies can customize the components to meet specific needs. Check’s technology also includes fraud monitoring capabilities to stay on top of suspicious activity and protect against losses.


CAIS provides an alternative investment platform, which is used by financial advisors to research and manage assets other than stocks, bonds and cash. Alternative investment products include real estate, commodities, private equity, hedge funds, art and cryptocurrencies. The CAIS platform provides resources for learning about and accessing alternative investment strategies and connects finance professionals with asset managers. 


Flourish gives independent investment advisors access to financial products for cryptocurrency, insurance, annuities and other assets. Built to support finance pros who are managing portfolios on behalf of clients, Flourish’s secure, compliant technology helps more than 700 registered investment advisors deliver quality service.


Morningstar is a fintech company that uses independent investment research to provide analysis, fund ratings and other investment services to financial services professionals. It offers software products and platforms, including an advisor workstation for financial advisors, a research portal for analysts and Morningstar Direct, which is a platform for asset and wealth managers that includes support for product creation, positioning, marketing and distribution.  


Navan’s travel and expense management software is designed to simplify booking, compliance and oversight for corporate travel and spending. Businesses that use Navan’s solutions can issue their employees physical and virtual corporate cards, as well as quickly reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses even while they’re abroad, with support for reimbursements in more than three dozen countries. Well-known brands like Lyft, Asana, SurveyMonkey, Ancestry and Zoom trust Navan’s products and services.


Global trading firm DRW harnesses a combination of expertise and advanced technologies to support operations in traditional and cutting-edge markets. The company has multiple subsidiaries, including Cumberland, which is focused on cryptoassets, and Convexity Properties, which invests in real estate properties and projects.


iCapital operates a fintech platform for alternative investments — that is, assets other than stocks, bonds and cash. On the B2B platform, which is used by bankers as well as wealth and asset managers, financial advisors can invest on behalf of clients with a relatively small minimum. This brings hedge funds and private equity opportunities to investors who would traditionally be priced out.  


SoFi is an online banking platform that brings users services like loans, credit score insights and rewards points that incentivize them to make progress on their financial goals. The company has over 7.5 million members who have earned more than $35 million in rewards and paid off upwards of $34 billion in debt using SoFi’s tools.


Checkout.com’s digital payment platform enables businesses to accept dozens of global currencies and various payment methods, including Apple Pay, Klarna and PayPal. The company also provides its customers with tools for critical functions such as verifying a user’s identity and detecting and responding to instances of fraud.


Enigma specializes in collecting data on small and medium sized businesses and providing insights on their identity and financial health to banks, lenders and payment processors. Enigma’s solutions can, for example, offer comprehensive data visibility to inform credit card issuers’ approvals for small business applicants.


Cedar makes a platform that combines relationship management and payment processing for businesses in the healthcare industry. Patients can pay bills, access support for understanding their charges and benefits and communicate with medical offices from a single platform. Cedar’s software solutions are meant to reduce administrative friction while improving patient outcomes and experience.


Canoe has a fintech product for alternative investments. Its cloud-based tech uses machine learning to automate data extraction, document collection and data science management, giving users the ability to glean actionable insights from huge datasets. With investments from Blackstone, Nasdaq and Portage Partners, the company has been able to expand into the European market and develop new data products.


Businesses that rely on contractors can use Wingspan’s software platform to automate and streamline onboarding, payments, compliance and benefits processes for their contingent workers. The company says its tech solutions have been used to manage more than $1 billion in contractor payments.


Adyen is a digital payments platform with a global presence. The company’s financial technology solution lets businesses accept payments online or in person. It also offers client companies data-driven insights to help them simplify operations, examine payment method effectiveness and more. Companies like  Facebook, H&M and Uber have partnered with Adyen to process transactions.


Current gives consumers access to mobile banking services that include a direct deposit feature that gets them their money up to two days early. Users can build their credit by making purchases with the card connected to their Current account, and Current’s automatic round-up feature allows them to save money each time they spend. The Current app also comes with capabilities for crypto trading.


Cash App, a financial services platform that offers peer-to-peer money transfers, has a New York hub based in SoHo. The company makes financial services accessible to thousands of monthly users, providing them with features like debit cards, tax filing, investing, goal-oriented savings and Bitcoin buying.


Businesses use Order.co’s platform to manage their purchasing and payment processes. It includes features for establishing a custom vendor catalog, tracking orders, ensuring compliance with purchasing policies, automating invoice coding and generating detailed reports. Order.co says its tech has been used to process more than $300 million in spending and fulfill over 1 million orders.


Enfusion is a fintech company offering an investment management platform with capabilities for front-, middle- and back-office operations. It’s designed to serve hedge funds, institutional asset managers, traders, portfolio managers, CFOs, accountants and other professionals. The company maintains offices in multiple countries staffed by experts prepared to assist clients.


Founded in 2019, Valon is a tech-enabled residential mortgage servicer. The company calls itself a financial wellness platform and aims to improve the outdated technology and inefficient practices that cost prospective homeowners time, energy and money. A Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-approved lender, Valon also offers homeowners insurance to help homeowners streamline the home-buying process. It’s backed by venture powerhouses like a16z.


Narmi is working to help financial institutions deliver “world-class digital banking experiences” for both consumers and businesses. Its tech platform allows banks, credit unions and other institutions to offer their customers secure digital solutions for activities like opening accounts, hitting savings goals and managing finances. Narmi says financial institutions that use its tech are able to get digital banking platforms into the hands of consumers faster and can see growth in the form of increases in new accounts and deposits.


Gynger helps companies finance their initial software spending, which allows them to get rolling with deeper tech stacks and smaller credit burdens. Client companies can defer their monthly SaaS and cloud usage bills by spreading out payments over a period of months, freeing up cash for growth operations. Gynger provides financing options that can help SaaS vendors close on more deals without having to worry about billing or the risk of potential non-payment.


Reorg provides financial and legal professionals with articles, breaking news alerts, data and other credit market intelligence. Its team members aim to turn complex information about the credit lifecycle into meaningful, expert analysis that subscribers can understand and act on. The company serves more than 28,000 professionals working in markets worldwide. That includes investment bankers, capital market lawyers and portfolio managers. Reorg says it is committed to helping them “make better business decisions.”


 Northwestern Mutual provides underwriting services, insurance products, and other financial solutions to everyday consumers. Additionally, when clients have questions about reaching solid financial ground, they can utilize the advice from Northwestern Mutual’s financial representatives. Because clients have come to expect fast and efficient service, Northwestern Mutual has embraced a tech-first approach. Now clients can access insurance plans, set financial goals, and keep track of their financial habits all through online and mobile formats. 


The D.E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology firm that supports its clients with diverse investment options, ranging from alternative investments to long-oriented investments. Blending data analysis with financial services, the D.E. Shaw group has transformed the investment landscape. State-of-the-art tools like Jupyter and IPython enable the firm to analyze investment options and pinpoint the best next steps for its clients.  


Residing at the crossroads of financial services and technology, Capco modernizes financial groups with advanced solutions. The firm guides clients through the transition to embracing the latest technologies while ensuring these tools increase revenue and efficiency within the work environment. Businesses are gaining an advantage from Capco’s cutting-edge thinking. Capco specializes in areas like IT infrastructure, data analysis, and revenue generation. As a result, companies can rely on Capco to align their digital transformation efforts with goals to improve their overall financial performance.


Clear Street has designed a trading platform for customers to effortlessly complete transactions involving U.S. equities and options. Customers can enjoy competitive rates and electronic trading that is transparent, allowing traders to get started quickly. With Clear Street’s platform, customers can access excellent service and prices for execution, securities lending, and margin financing. Intuitive financial reports provide a comprehensive picture of one’s portfolio, allowing customers more control and flexibility during the trading process.


Loan Street has developed a solution that makes it easier for community lenders to share loans and support often underserved neighborhoods. Credit unions, banks, direct lenders, and loan investors can now access financial reports and finalize deals at a faster pace. With a single platform, organizations are able to detect event information, adjust loan terms, automate reporting, and more. LoanStreet’s efficient and secure platform removes uncertainty and manual work, creating frictionless experiences for lenders and their customers. 


For those who have to manage their own finances, Lili is providing a convenient way to operate. Freelancers and small business owners can access bank accounts, debit cards, mobile and cash deposit options, and more. With the Lili mobile app, independent professionals can stay on top of their finances. The app connects to popular digital payment platforms, delivering faster access to online funds. In addition, the Lili tax bucket feature sets aside a personalized amount for tax season, ensuring users are ready for any upcoming tax responsibilities. 


To make the funding landscape more accessible, Biz2Credit is on a mission to support the financial needs of small businesses. The organization makes customized funding methods available to clients just 48 hours after approval. As a result, Biz2Credit has produced over $7 billion in small business loans and financing. An automated funding platform allows owners to apply for funds after completing a quick profile and application. Biz2Credit then tailors its offerings to the situation of each company, boosting businesses with working capital, term loan, and CRE loan options. 


January removes distrust from the debt-collecting process, providing a platform that caters to the unique needs of borrowers and creditors. Recovering debt becomes a convenient endeavor, thanks to the transparent platform of January. Borrowers can personalize their experiences, creditors can remain compliant with government laws, and both parties can enjoy a frictionless process when it comes to sensitive financial transactions. 


NYDIG operates an end-to-end financial services platform dedicated entirely to Bitcoin. In addition to offering brokerage and mining services, NYDIG’s platform features asset management, custody, execution, derivatives, financing, research and advisory capabilities, enabling people and institutions to keep their assets secure while growing.


Alloy operates a powerful Identity Decisioning Platform that enables banks and fintech companies to automate the decision-making process so they can spend more time working with meaningful customers and less time outmaneuvering fraud. The platform runs on a single API that connects bank and fintech customers to the right data that helps them understand their customers’ behaviors as soon as they’re onboarded, leading to better conversions and less fraud while also making onboarding a breeze.


After decades of phone-based trading, MarketAxess has created a fully electronic marketplace that is changing how the $100+ trillion credit market trades bonds. Its developers are directly responsible for modernizing the trading platform and moving the bond market into the 21st century, empowering more than 1,800 global clients to trade bonds and additional fixed-income instruments more efficiently across numerous time zones and regions. Unlike the majority of equities trading, only 20 to 25 percent of corporate bond trading occurs electronically. Simply put, the growth potential is enormous, and MarketAxess is at the forefront of using technological innovation to change user behavior and completely transform the market.


Chainalysis helps uncover obscurities in the cryptocurrency marketplace by producing software, services, data and research that allows government agencies, exchanges, financial institutions and companies to better understand the real-world entities behind crypto transactions. The data platform features powerful tools for accomplishing investigation, compliance and risk management and has been instrumental in solving some of the world’s most high-profile cyber criminal cases.


Ocrolus utilizes automation to analyze financial documents with 99+% accuracy, virtually eliminating errors found in the manual review process. The platform analyzes everything from bank statements to pay stubs, tax documents and mortgage forms with ease, combining pattern recognition and data verification capabilities to create robust products with enormous potential.


Addepar's flagship product is a centralized platform with which investors and their partners can maintain control over their key assets in all currencies. Addepar's scalable system allows financial managers of all backgrounds unprecedented visibility into their finances, allowing them to transfer funds and share information with investors securely. Their track record of reliability and success has led them to be trusted by over 200 businesses and foundations across the United States, and their technologies have tracked over $550 billion in assets since their founding.


PitchBook Data provides a more insightful way to research companies, deals, funds and investors in the private and public markets. The company’s analysis helps professionals in venture capital find thorough price-to-earnings ratios, discover recent mergers/acquisitions and execute opportunities, leading to better overall decision making.


Attune’s platform streamlines the insurance process for small businesses. Instead of requiring hundreds of questions, multiple weeks review and confusing policies, Attune makes it easy for small businesses to get insured. By only answering a few important questions, small companies can now be insured within minutes.


Landis helps people attain their dream home by working with agents to purchase properties as an intermediary party.

Once approved, Landis will purchase a property and rent it to the user for a period of one year, with a portion of the rent acting as a down payment on the property — streamlining the transition from rent payments to mortgage payments.


Gemini’s platform allows traders to build their crypto portfolio. Gemini offers traders a more regulated, secure and compliant way to trade assets, manage holdings, and set recurring buys. In doing so, the company allows traders to participate in the frontier of decentralized finance (DeFi).


Kensho Technologies builds tools that help people make objective, fact-based decisions. The company’s suite of investigative analysis tools and machine learning algorithms, Visallo, helps analysts discover, visualize and understand complex relationships within large amounts of data.


Better.com makes it possible for people to access the tools needed for homeownership without getting boxed out by unnecessary fees. With services including mortgage lending, real estate, title insurance and homeowner’s insurance, Better.com provides instant loan estimates and access to dedicated real estate agents with no commission fees and a focus on radical transparency.


SmartAsset helps users make smarter financial decisions by providing easy access to financial advisors and online tools so users can better understand their financial health. The platform provides a wealth of resources through its website, from blogs and articles to online calculators, allowing visitors to dive deeper into financial education and improve their financial health over time.


Petal is a credit card and fintech company that utilizes multiple types of data to offer users more credit options. Because they analyze more financial data, Petal can offer higher limits to first time credit users or those without traditional credit scores. Petal helps users build a healthy credit history while staying on top of payments and under spending limits. 


CB Insights uses software to mine data for a variety of industries, including finance to predict technology trends and aid companies in strategic planning. The startup enables economic development firms and investment banks to build target lists, pinpoint growing industries, identify future clients and predict emerging trends. With funding from the National Science Foundation and venture capital investors, CB Insights believes decisions should be based on more than the “three Gs,” (Google searches, gut instincts and guys with MBAs).


YieldStreet is a technology platform that provides access to asset-based investments. YieldStreet allows you to participate in opportunities with low market correlation and target yields of eight to 15 percent across litigation finance, real estate and other alternative asset classes. The company creates a unique experience for investors at every level and provides valuable diversification and strength to most portfolios.


Policygenius helps users find the most effective, personalized insurance policy. Policygenius helps users choose the insurance policy that fits best for them. Those looking for life, disability, auto, homeowners and more have to fill out a small questionnaire and Policygenius will match them with the top three insurance policies for their needs.


Stash is a mobile investment platform that provides users with the freedom to invest in small amounts, learn about the markets and maintain a portfolio unique to them. Stash helps smaller investors get started with ETFs, providing tips and tools along the way.


IEX is an equity trading platform that is the first registered Alternative Trading System (ATS) funded exclusively by a group of mutual funds, hedge funds, family offices and individuals. The company's technology is designed to neutralize predatory practices that occur with high-frequency trading. CEO Brad Katsuyama was prominently featured in author Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.  


Many, many denizens of the tech startup world know the frustration of trading illiquid equity for cash. EquityZen brings together such employees and investors seeking access to valuable pre-IPO shares. It aims to maximize opportunity and minimize frustration and risk for shareholders, investors, and companies alike. EquityZen's booming success hasn't slowed its commitment to improving its own ecosystem — the company isn’t too busy to travel the world attending relevant events, or even field public inquiries on the popular Q&A platform Quora.


If you can't say anything nice about predatory lenders, just thank them for inspiring Bread. With its network of merchants and friendly one-stop consumer interface, Bread allows consumers to set up monthly payment plans for much-needed provisions, emphasizing speed, transparency, and dignity for those in need. It isn’t a bank, it isn’t a credit card and it definitely isn’t a payday loan — it’s a new sort of platform that treats financially challenged consumers with class, while providing merchants a means of working with them that is mutually beneficial for both parties. 


Cadre connects individuals and institutions looking to invest in real estate with vetted brokers. Cadre’s method of connecting investors directly to real estate brokers allows for a more efficient transaction process. The company offers interested investors the ability to invest in quality properties all over the United States.  


Riskified is the world’s largest e-commerce fraud prevention solution.  The company manages a suite of fraud prevention tools that allow businesses to build trustworthy brands. Riskified, trusted by leading e-commerce retailers like Finish Line and Canada Goose, allows companies to focus on building trustworthy customer service and sales experiences. The company’s machines use artificial intelligence in order to separate the fraudulent customers from the true customers.


Deutsche Bank uses cutting-edge technology to become a twenty-first-century financial institution. The company offers financial guidance to governments, major corporations and private individuals. Deutsche Bank’s technology team has developed algorithms to determine stock price changes to the microsecond and are working with other businesses to make the financial giant a technology-first bank.


The fast-growing Betterment aims to democratize investment for those who want to make extra cash or plan for retirement (and may not wear suits to work). Its fill-in-the-blank UX is about as simple as an investment platform can get. Betterment aims to build a portfolio designed to achieve optimal returns at every level of risk. That's certainly ambitious, but it seems to be working. Betterment relies on an array of tech-savvy strategies, including automation.


SeedInvest is a platform that brings together investors and startups through the power of crowdfunding. With a network of more than 17,000 accredited investors, it handles seed, early-stage, later-stage, and equity crowdfunding rounds in sectors including hardware, software, health tech, fintech and even cutting-edge fields such as robotics and virtual reality. The SeedInvest process is as simple as it can be: join for free, browse deals, do your homework and invest. At a $25,000 minimum, you can be a small-scale VC using only your smartphone. SeedInvest was on the front lines to pass the JOBS Act and works hard to democratize the investment market while keeping it exciting and secure. And if that's not impressive enough, even Mark Cuban uses it. 


OpenFin provides HTML5 runtime technology based on Google's Chromium open-source project, and is specifically tailored to the needs of the financial industry. The financial world has salivated over this sort of out-of-the-box container solution for decades. Now that it's working with some of the world's top banks and trading platforms, it's obvious that creative coders have a lot of value to companies that don't have the time to build this sort of product in-house.


Before there was Bond Street, there was OnDeck. Since 2007, OnDeck's friendly B2B platform has been helping smaller, tech-savvy businesses get loans approved more quickly than any traditional bank is able to. After a successful fundraising round during a dark recession and going public in 2014, OnDeck is indisputably among the original giants in NYC fintech — one of the legacy companies that helped make the city's fintech boom a thing. Its legion of successful offspring owe it a debt, so to speak.


Axial is an online business development platform, as well as a social network of sorts, that focuses on anyone who runs, advises, acquires, or finances private companies. Founded in 2009, it is now the largest hub of its kind. With the volume and geographic disparity of promising private companies and their potential partners—to say nothing of the significant workloads they face day-to-day— leveraging social networking in this space is a no-brainer. Axial is focused around the entire process from (virtual) handshake to closed deal, and has built a network of over 20,000 professionals.


Axoni is providing the world’s prominent financial institutions with full stack blockchain services, including workflow automation, data privacy, external integrations and high throughput. Axoni is operating with the support of investors like Wells Fargo, J.P.Morgan, Citi, Goldman Sach and Fintech Collective to develop a new generation of capital markets technology.


StockTwits is a real-time communication platform for all-things finance and investing. Because StockTwits uses stock ticker symbols ($TSLA for Tesla, $FB for Facebook, etc.) like a hashtag, community members are able to access real-time data and news on all of their investments. Additionally, the platform acts as a social media outlet for the fintech community, where more than 40 million members exchange ideas about the market and talk about trending topics.


Artivest is an investment platform that allows registered investment advisors to access private equity and hedge funds. The startup streamlines communication between advisors and clients, and allows access to an array of research materials from a single login. Artivest's technology is used by 150 advisory firms representing more than $500 billion in assets under management.


Fast-growing Fundera provides a marketplace for small-business loans. It works with a group of hand-picked and rigorously screened vendors, giving borrowers a safe place to comparison-shop and apply. Fundera emphasizes efficiency and transparency on both sides, and serves as a safe entry point into the world of “alternative lending” for frazzled new entrepreneurs. It's gotten big by thinking small. “We’re not interested in having 1,000 lenders,” said Fundera Head of Content Meredith Wood.  “We just want the best in each product class.” It brings startup values into a tricky new world, and the model has proved so alluring that Fundera made our list of the top 50 NYC startups to watch.


Big money meets big data at Plaid, an investment insights company that gathers a mind-blowing array of financial information in one smart, simple, visually intriguing platform. There's going to be a lot more financial data out there before there is less. A bright future awaits firms who know how to crunch it and can bring younger, less sophisticated investors into the financial world. 


From the people who helped build Paypal and Skype comes Wise, a company that enables users to send money to other currencies with real exchange rates and no fees. Wise can save users up to 90 percent and allows them to dodge the fees that come with transferring money through banks or Western Union.


Although it may seem as though no one carries cash anymore, anyone who's frequented enough businesses knows that accepting iOS, Android, or even plastic credit card payments can be a challenge when the right software and hardware isn't in place. CardFlight helps integrate mobile payments for real-world commerce with a range of products, from developer tools to turnkey solutions. With a tight focus on all things point-of-sale, CardFlight provides merchants with the technology they need to accept POS mobile payments, enabling them to march boldly and safely into a cash-free future.


The Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) is a Bitcoin derivatives trading platform. The company’s platform is currently the largest crypto derivatives platform available. Traders can buy or sell crypto like Bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple. Over the last 30 days, BitMEX has facilitated over $77 billion in crypto trades.


Operating online for over two decades, Bankrate.com is an experienced financial destination for users who need to compare rates on car loans, credit cards, mortgages, home equity loans, savings accounts and more. Bankrate hosts more than 15 million visitors a month, offering comparison rates, as well as objective content, to aid in important financial decisions.


According to its stated mission, LearnVest exists “to make financial planning affordable, accessible, and even delightful.” Its journey starts with three simple goals: manage debt, save money for emergencies, and retire comfortably. Customized planning and coaching are offered to help users expand from there. Founded in 2007, LearnVest was an early entrant to the personal investment boom. Even after being acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015, it remains one of the highest-profile and most influential players on the NYC fintech scene. 


Bloomberg is a leader in global business and financial information, providing technology, data and tools to solve the industry’s biggest problems. Bloomberg has been an innovator since its inception in the early 80s. Bloomberg was the first to provide investors with real-time financial information through the Bloomberg Terminal and today, they continue to develop new products and produce billions of market data messages all while delivering the latest industry news and research.


Bond Street Marketplace gives smaller businesses simple, transparent, and fair access to loans. Using technology, data, and design, it presents a friendlier loan application experience and takes as little as a week to provide startups with the cash they need to survive and grow. Headed by two finance veterans and a former engineer at Venmo, Bond Street is in a unique position to transform the world of small business investment and to grow the larger economy. It aims to create a loan experience for startups that is less like an FBI interrogation and more like two founders talking shop. 


TradeBlock is a new sort of international currency analysis company with a special focus on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With a position on the financial mountaintop that is NYC, TradeBlock is in a unique position to make sense of an exciting and rapidly changing landscape, giving old-school financial pros the information and tools they need to make sense of it all.


Founded with a mission to fundamentally alter the banking process and a credo that “you shouldn't have to pay money to spend your own money,” Moven is one of the most sophisticated personal finance products around. It comes with a bank account, a debit card, and a multifaceted suite of monitoring tools, helping customers keep track of their spending habits, while removing frustration and fees along the way. 


Thinknum monitors information on companies and markets to facilitate data-driven investment. Want to know what kind of day your favorite company had, or who's primed to benefit from political shakeups in faraway towns? Thinknum will tell you, with user-friendly charts and animations. Thinknum products provide tech-savvy young bankers with access to the sort of crucial financial models that old pros developed behind the scenes, facilitating more collaborative evaluations with a nod to open-source repositories such as GitHub. In an era of continuing speed and uncertainty, it's easy to see the promise in this approach.


Onevest's original mission is to democratize the startup investment in anticipation of the JOBS Act – Title III, which will bring non-accredited investors into the mix for entrepreneurs. But accredited and even very traditional investors are curious about the startup landscape. In tribute to a simplified approach, Onevest's ecosystem has swollen to 15,000 investors and 80,000 entrepreneurs already. Onevest has had wild success courting startups and investors alike by providing specially designed communities for both, while streamlining the system for all. It has gained accolades throughout the financial press and many imitators to come.


True to its name, Openfolio brings the power of networks and the wisdom of crowds to the often confusing and intimidating world of personal investing. Download the iOS app and track your 401K, IRA and personal accounts against the rest of its 60,000-strong community with no shared numbers or security concerns. A thriving peer community can help demystify the rough patches and expose opportunities that individuals might not catch wind of on their own. As the landscape opens up for younger, less hardened, more connected investors, who tend to be particularly drawn to tech startups, expect platforms such as Openfolio to gain prominence.


TruMid describes itself as “a revolutionary electronic trading marketplace for corporate bonds,“ but don't worry, its team has a combined 100 years of experience selling and buying, so they're not going to do anything too crazy. Its deep relationships have helped it build a strong community devoted to real liquidity and open access. TruMid allows buy-side and sell-side users to work with each other securely. It is a relatively new company with a strong mission: to create enough liquidity and access to alter credit markets forever. After two hugely successful funding rounds, investors are eager to see where it's headed.


Volant provides proprietary trading, technology and execution services to global markets. The technology analyzes huge amounts of data to find trading opportunities, value derivative sets and stream quotes to exchanges around the world, at all hours. Everyone from programmers to traders collaborate and work side-by-side at Volant to build the most innovative approaches.


Venmo is a mobile app that allows users to quickly and safely send and receive money with friends, family or any other Venmo user. Acquired by PayPal in 2013, Venmo makes IOUs a thing of the past. The app enables those without mobile banking capabilities to sync their bank accounts, debit or credit cards and share payments with anyone.

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This story was originally published in 2016. Rose Velazquez, Margo Steines and Sara B.T. Thiel contributed reporting to this story.

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