All posts by Ryan Lawler

Plaid puts out a ‘request for startups’ in nine underserved fintech sectors

 Plaid wants to make it easier for financial services companies to serve consumers and businesses, but it sees significant holes in the fintech ecosystem. As a result, the company has issued a Y Combinator-like “request for startups” to tackle particular issues where it believes significant innovation is lacking.  Read More

With $13.5M in new funds, Pillow partners with building owners to make rentals Airbnb-friendly

 Short-term rental management startup Pillow has raised $13.5 million in new funding, and is launching a new product to provide more transparency to apartment owners when renters make their apartments available on platforms like Airbnb. A few years ago, Pillow launched to help make renting out your apartment on Airbnb less of a hassle. That included this like helping hosts manage their… Read More

Final: One credit card account to rule them all

 A startup called Final wants to change the way people use credit cards — or rather, the company wants to change the credit card industry to fit consumers’ lifestyles. With a 1% cash-back bonus and no annual fee, Final offers a competitive credit card product, but it really excels in the flexibility it provides in the way consumers can manage virtual cards across multiple vendors.  Read More

Tally wants to automate your financial life, with managing credit cards as its first step

 It’s not easy to get out of credit card debt, but a startup called Tally wants to do just that, as its first step in helping to automate their personal finance. That company is launching a mobile app today that is designed to help consumers avoid late fees, lower credit card balances and maximize their savings. Read More

Justin Kan confirms $10.5 million in funding for his legal tech startup Atrium LTS

 In April we reported that Justin.tv founder and Y Combinator alum Justin Kan had assembled a team to “disrupt the legal industry” and was raising $10 million to do so. This week Kan confirmed that the company has completed its fundraising process, raising $10.5 million in what ended up being one of the biggest “party rounds” I’ve ever seen. Read More

Fairy wants to make daily housecleaning a thing

 A startup called Fairy wants to change the way consumers get their homes cleaned. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the company is betting the providing frequent, hotel-like housecleaning, it can actually lower the cost of the service and provide a higher quality of service. Now operating in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, Fairy has raised $4.1 million in funding from investors… Read More