PayPal Acquires Simility for $120 Million

Just days after announcing its decision to purchase Hyperwallet, PayPal is back – purse in hand – for another big buy. The company will acquire fraud prevention and risk management specialist Simility for $120 million.

“This acquisition, like the acquisitions of Swift Financial, iZettle, Jetlore, and Hyperwallet that we’ve announced in the last twelve months, is part of a concerted effort to strengthen the suite of services we can provide to merchants in order to become the one-stop solution for global commerce,” Bill Ready, PayPal COO and EVP, wrote at the company blog.

Ready noted that PayPal has long been interested in the company, having invested in them in 2017, and currently owns 3% of the firm. He complemented the Palo Alto, California-based anti-fraud company’s technology and the way it “allow(ed) merchants to adjust individual risk rules to reduce fraudulent payment activity and, in some cases, verify transactions that may have otherwise failed.”

The acquisition is anticipated to close in Q3 of this year. Simility CEO Rahul Pangam, along with his team, will report to VP of Enterprise Services, Platforms Tushar Shah. PayPal will also pick up an office in Hyderabad, India, which Ready said “enhanc(ed) our presence in a key strategic market.”

A veteran of our developers conference FinDEVr, Simility showed how its advanced machine learning technology provides businesses with an adaptive anti-fraud solution. The company’s presentation, Fraud Mutates – Detect, Understand, and Block It, showed how a combination of flexible data ingestion and signal analysis – supported by advanced ML modeling and human analysis can help secure new account originations and wire transfers, support AML efforts, prevent account takeover, and more.

“Our vision for Simility was to create an adaptive risk management platform that empowers organizations operating in a digital world to manage an evolving fraud and risk landscape where data breaches are the new normal,” Simility’s Pangam said. “We are excited to enter the nest phase of our growth with PayPal and are thrilled to join them to help drive the next generation of payment and commerce solutions while scaling our business together.”

Founded in 2014, Simility had raised more than $24 million in funding prior to today’s announcement. The company has spent the summer adding executive talent: hiring Anupam Bagri as Director of Sales and Business Development for India and Asia-Pacific in the first half of June, and appointing Vanita Pandey as Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy just last week.

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Simility Adds PayPal as Strategic Investor in Latest $17.5 Million Fundraising

Fraud and risk management innovator Simility locked in $17.5 million in new funding today. The Series B was led by Accel and featured a strategic investment from fellow Finovate alum, PayPal. “This latest funding round will enable us to enter our next phase of growth by bolstering our world-class team of industry veterans in sales, customer success and data science to meet market demand,” Simility co-founder and CEO Rahul Pangam said.

Current investors The Valley Fund and Trinity Ventures also participated in the round, which brings Simility’s total capital to $25 million. Team members from Simility shared their thoughts on the funding and the future of the company in a blog post this morning.

“My team has helped turn our visionary idea into leads among banking customers,” Head of Latin America Sales Paulo Moura wrote. “This second round of funding means more to us than money; it’s also the touching realization that we’ve earned investors’ confidence in our viability as a company, not just a promising startup.”

Above: Simility Head of Engineering Ravi Sandepudi (left) and CTO/Co-Founder Kedar Samant (right) during their presentation “Fraud Mutates – Detect, Understand, and Block It” at FinDEVr London 2017.

“Everything follows from a great team, I’ve learned,” Simility co-founder and CTO Kedar Samant added. “This new funding round will empower Simility to grow our teams and scale up our operations so that more enterprises can better manage fraud and risk.”

Recent news from Simility only underscores the company’s commitment to adding talent. Simility hired Mick Martin as VP of Sales, named Glenn Cobb as VP of Solution Engineering in August, and brought onboard Lynn Strand as VP of Marketing – all in Q3 of this year. The company noted that today’s investment will enable it to grow its sales operations in the U.S., Brazil, and Europe, as well as expand its data science teams in Europe, and add to partnerships in Europe and India.

Founded in 2014, Simility is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. This summer at our developers conference FinDEVr London, Simility’s Kedar Samant (co-founder and CTO) and Ravi Sandepudi (Head of Engineering) led a presentation titled Fraud Mutates – Detect, Understand and Block It which explained how feature engineering and real-time fraud detection pipelines gives businesses the ability to adapt to evolving cyber threats.

Simility’s technology was featured in Network World’s New Products of the Week in March, the same month Simility unveiled its AI-powered Adaptive 3-D Secure solution. Adaptive 3-D Secure is designed to identify high-risk transactions, leveraging machine learning to examine a wide variety of attributes in real-time, including device fingerprinting, geolocation, and in-session behavioral analytics.

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FinDEVr Preview: Simility

FDNY17-Logo-RevFinDEVr Previews highlight companies presenting new developer tools, platforms, and integrations at FinDEVr New York 2017, March 21 & 22. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our registration page and save your spot today.

“Fraud Mutates – Detect, Understand, and Block It.” Simility will demonstrate how a combination of flexible data ingestion and signal analysis, bolstered by advanced machine learning models in combination of human analysis can provide you an adaptive fraud prevention solution.

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Why it’s a must-see:

Fraudsters are conjuring up new techniques to compromise systems and today’s digital businesses are constantly evolving. Simility’s fraud prevention solution can effectively adapt to both the changing and evolving threat vectors, as well as take into account the evolving business scenarios.


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