As a category, moving money instantly is often called “faster payments.” Faster payments are defined by three attributes: speed (instant), availability (24x7x365), and confirmation (available to both sender and receiver immediately). And though we think of the United States as a global leader in innovation, when it comes to faster payments, we are lagging way behind.
In order to pay many types of counterparties, businesses need to collect and track Social Security Numbers (SSN) or Employer Identification Numbers (EIN). This is required in cases where you need to file a tax document, such as a 1099, and can also support compliance and control processes inside your company.
This is where two goals can sometimes come in conflict: responding to customer requests as fast as possible, and managing the financial controls around payments. So we’ve built tools for a customer support team to get access to the information they need while creating flexible controls to ensure a business is safe and protected.
There’s a myth going around now that fintech is a new industry, poised to take over, and that now that it’s here, every company will be a fintech company. In reality, though, fintech is just as old as "tech." For as long as engineers and entrepreneurs have been coming up with new technology amongst the hills of Cupertino and the orange groves of Mountain View, there have been fintech entrepreneurs right amongst them. And in many instances, the two groups have utilized the same technology advances to push the world forward.