The world around us is far more layered than we usually think. So, to add value to our experiences, it’s imperative that we try and make sense of as many facets as possible. Now, this isn’t, by any means, a walk in the park. In fact, many human beings spend their entire lives around the said pursuit without ever achieving any meaningful success. Considering what is a complicated nature of all the elements in play here, the world will put-together various tools to inspire itself through both big and small challenges. If we are to pivot the conversation towards these tools for a second, we can see how each one, so far, really brought a unique offering to the table. However, the most impactful tool of the whole lot has clearly been technology, and it’s ahead by quite a distance. You see, with technology’s groundbreaking framework running the show, we finally had a real shot at digging extensively into our surroundings’ fabric. When such a dynamic becomes active, the ripple effects are almost always far-reaching. In technology’s case, they clocked the entire spectrum, including a highly essential financial sector. The idea of finance would change drastically once we see the new fintech concept announcing its arrival. While, since that moment, the world has continued to make big strides within this area, there is still a lot to explore, and helping us trudge forward seems to be a recently-concluded funding round.
Fintech unicorn, Petal has formally announced fresh funding worth $140 million following a Series D round. Led by Tarsadia Investments, the round also witnessed close participation from Valar Ventures, CUNA Mutual, Encore Bank, Volery Capital Partners, Gopher Asset Management, RiverPark Ventures, Afore Capital, Gaingels, and “a number” of other new and existing investors. Building on the back of this new investment, Petal currently boasts a valuation of $800 million, which is threefold more than the company’s worth after it completed Series C round in September 2020.
Founded in 2016, Petal has displayed a firm growth pattern. The startup’s focus on making credit available to customers with no prior credit history has popularized it among the millennials, who prefer convenient and quick procedures over everything else. Apart from scaling up on a personal level, Petal is using products such as Prism Data to guide other businesses too in terms of constructing a more universal service for their customers. Powered by company’s CashScoring technology, Prism Data is all about basing your credit criteria on cash-oriented factors such as income and savings, a setup that suddenly makes appreciably more people eligible for a financial boost.
“In addition to exponential user growth, Petal has proven the power of its tech as evidenced by stellar credit performance and the rapid scaling of Prism. We are excited to double down on Jason (CEO of Petal) and the team as they pioneer a new way to accelerate financial inclusion,” Rishi Reddy, head of venture and growth investing at Tarsadia Investments.