Dwolla Helps Status Streamline Cash Rewards for Savings

Status Money, the personal finance app that leverages peer comparisons and cash incentives to encourage users to make better financial decisions, announced a payments partnership with fellow Finovate alum, Dwolla, earlier this month. Status Money will leverage its new relationship with Dwolla to access the ACH network, so it can send earned cash rewards to members more efficiently.

Dwolla will also be a major part of the company’s referral program, which offers cash rewards for referring non-members to the app. Status members earn $1 for each referral who signs up, with the new referred member earning a $7 reward. After a member accumulates $10 or more in total rewards, they can redeem them for cash by way of a Dwolla-enabled, free ACH bank transfer.

Status Money CEO and co-founder Majd Maksad praised cash rewards as a new way to incentivize savings in the PFM industry, and said that working with Dwolla would enable the company to get cash rewards to members quicker. Status offers users powerful financial insights based on peer comparisons, national averages, and more than one million custom groups. This data, combined with personal finance algorithms, helps users better manage spending, savings, debts, and investments, and connects them with partnering FIs that offer relevant financial services.

Status Money demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2018. With more than 200,000 members, the company has raised $4 million in seed funding from Altpoint Ventures. Earlier this month, Status announced adding its first $100 reward. Founded in 2016, the company is headquartered in New York City.

Dwolla demonstrated its FiSync technology at FinovateSpring 2015. Earlier this year, the company announced that it was powering AutoInvest, a new automatic investing feature from OneGold. Late last year, Dwolla announced a pivot to focus on its white-label API, discontinuing its final branded solution, Transfer. The Des Moines, Iowa-based company was founded in 2008, and has raised more than $54 million in funding.

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Dwolla Launches Start, a Pay-as-You-Go Payment Solution

Payments platform Dwolla introduced a new product plan today. It’s called Start, and it offers a white-labeled, out-of-the box way for businesses to send and receive money without a large time or money commitment.

Launching in beta today, Start will complement Dwolla’s other offerings: Scale, which provides a consistent monthly bill with a set number of transactions; and Enterprise, which the company describes as a customizable, “white-glove” approach for complex businesses. Start is differentiated from Scale and Enterprise because it does not lock businesses into contracts, nor does it require monthly minimums. Overall, the new offering helps Dwolla deliver on its commitment of “helping businesses of all sizes start and scale their growth.”

Businesses can integrate their existing app with the Start API or they can use Start’s dashboard, which does not require any coding. After signing up, businesses simply complete AML and KYC checks and can then go live after being contacted by a Dwolla representative.

The beta version of Start is currently being rolled out to select businesses. There is no word on when Dwolla will open the product for a full launch.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Dwolla offers a white-label payments API that allows firms to credit or debit any U.S. bank account the user has connected. The company integrates with Sift Science to help reduce fraud by leveraging real-time identity verification. And in May of 2017, Dwolla integrated with Plaid to instantly verify and authenticate customers’ bank accounts using tokenization.

The company most recently demoed FiSync at FinovateSpring 2015. Earlier this year, Dwolla closed a $12 million investment led by Foundry Group that brought its total funding up to $51.4 million. Last month, the company partnered with Cryptanite Blockchain Technologies to process their online payments.

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