|By Marketwired .||
|July 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT||
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/24/14 -- Affirm today announced it has hired Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Enforcement Attorney Manuel (Manny) Alvarez as its first chief compliance officer and general counsel.
The appointment coincides with Affirm naming investment partners Keith Rabois, from Khosla Ventures, and Jeremy Liew, from Lightspeed Ventures, to the new financial services technology company's board of directors.
Affirm was started in 2012 by Max Levchin, co-founder of the digital payments giant PayPal; Jeff Kaditz, formerly chief data officer of gaming company, ngmoco; and Nathan Gettings, co-founder of Palantir, the go-to company for mining massive data sets. They started Affirm on the belief that the current FICO-based credit rating system is not working for many consumers.
The announcements today come just weeks after Affirm launched its new Split Pay service that lets online merchants offer consumers simple installment payment alternatives at checkout. With Split Pay, online shoppers can spread a purchase across multiple months. Split Pay interest rates start as low as 6 percent, depending on a shopper's payment history, the dollar amount being financed, and the number of installments.
"Consumers often don't understand the fees or interest they pay on a revolving account. That has to change," said Alvarez. "Affirm's commitment to delivering honest and transparent financial products totally aligns with my long-standing commitment to consumer protection."
In his new role at Affirm, Alvarez will oversee and manage the company's regulatory compliance program and related actives to prevent illegal, unfair or deceptive conduct. He will also take charge of liaising with regulators and Affirm's service providers.
Alvarez was one of the earliest enforcement attorneys at the CFPB where he investigated and civilly prosecuted violations of federal consumer financial laws. He served as lead attorney in CFPB v. Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC, et al., the first-ever enforcement action of the Mortgage Loan Originator Compensation Rule under Regulation Z. He also liaised with other federal and state regulators, trained housing advocates on the new mortgage servicing standards, and supported several bank examinations.
Before joining the CFPB Alvarez served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Law Section of the California Attorney General's Office.
"Banks today are stuck in the 1950s in so many ways," said Levchin. "Manny's history of consumer advocacy and regulatory knowledge will be essential as Affirm reimagines financial services from credit cards to deposit banking."
New Board Members
A partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners since 2006, Liew's current investments include Snapchat, Whisper, LivingSocial, Bonobos, Kixeye, PetFlow, Slice, The Honest Company and Zest Finance. He was also responsible for several successful Lightspeed investments including Playdom (acquired by Disney), Flixster (acquired by Warner Brothers), Kongregate (acquired by GameStop) and Serious Business (acquired by Zynga).
Rabois began his career in the technology industry as a senior executive at PayPal (acquired by eBay) and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn and as chief operating officer of Square. As a board member, Rabois guided Yelp and Xoom from inception to successful initial public offerings. Simultaneously, he also invested in other like-minded entrepreneurs with early stakes in YouTube (acquired by Google), Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Palantir, Lyft, AirBnB, Eventbrite and Quora.
"The industry knowledge, insights and business building knowhow that Keith and Jeremy bring to Affirm are truly priceless," said Levchin. "Having them on our board only makes our vision for financial utilities loved by consumers all the more attainable."
Affirm is reimagining financial services -- from credit cards to deposit banking. Starting with an amazingly simple, new way to get affordable financing at the online point of sale, Affirm lets shoppers pay for purchases across multiple months with transparent, fairly-priced fees built into every payment, and boosts conversion and basket size for eTailers at less than the cost of credit cards. Created in 2012 by PayPal Co-founder Max Levchin, Palantir Co-founder Nathan Gettings, and former Chief Data Officer of ngmoco, Jeff Kaditz, Affirm is based in San Francisco. To start working with Affirm go to affirm.com.
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Feb. 20, 2017 08:30 AM EST Reads: 5,105
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
Feb. 20, 2017 08:30 AM EST Reads: 940
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive ad...
Feb. 20, 2017 08:30 AM EST Reads: 2,194
There are 66 million network cameras capturing terabytes of data. How did factories in Japan improve physical security at the facilities and improve employee productivity? Edge Computing reduces possible kilobytes of data collected per second to only a few kilobytes of data transmitted to the public cloud every day. Data is aggregated and analyzed close to sensors so only intelligent results need to be transmitted to the cloud. Non-essential data is recycled to optimize storage.
Feb. 20, 2017 08:15 AM EST Reads: 1,135
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Feb. 20, 2017 07:45 AM EST
WebRTC is the future of browser-to-browser communications, and continues to make inroads into the traditional, difficult, plug-in web communications world. The 6th WebRTC Summit continues our tradition of delivering the latest and greatest presentations within the world of WebRTC. Topics include voice calling, video chat, P2P file sharing, and use cases that have already leveraged the power and convenience of WebRTC.
Feb. 20, 2017 07:30 AM EST Reads: 139
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before. So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition? Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews ...
Feb. 20, 2017 07:30 AM EST Reads: 1,386
Stratoscale, the software company developing the next generation data center operating system, exhibited at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, in June 2016.Stratoscale is revolutionizing the data center with a zero-to-cloud-in-minutes solution. With Stratoscale’s hardware-agnostic, Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution to store everything, run anything and scale everywhere, IT is empowered to take control of their data ce...
Feb. 20, 2017 07:15 AM EST Reads: 665
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Robert Doyle, lead architect at eCube Systems, will examine the issues and need for an agile infrastructure and show the advantages of capturing developer knowledge in an exportable file for migration into production. He will introduce the use of NXTmonitor, a next-generation DevOps tool that captures application environments, dependencies and start/stop procedures in a portable configuration file with an easy-to-use GUI. In addition to captur...
Feb. 20, 2017 07:15 AM EST Reads: 3,376
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Feb. 20, 2017 07:15 AM EST Reads: 111
SYS-CON Events announced today that SD Times | BZ Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BZ Media LLC is a high-tech media company that produces technical conferences and expositions, and publishes a magazine, newsletters and websites in the software development, SharePoint, mobile development and commercial UAV markets.
Feb. 20, 2017 07:00 AM EST Reads: 1,457
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
Feb. 20, 2017 06:45 AM EST Reads: 270
In the first article of this three-part series on hybrid cloud security, we discussed the Shared Responsibility Model and examined how the most common attack strategies persist, are amplified, or are mitigated as assets move from data centers to the cloud. Today, we’ll look at some of the unique security challenges that are introduced by public cloud environments. While cloud computing delivers many operational, cost-saving and security benefits, it takes place in a public, shared and on-demand ...
Feb. 20, 2017 06:30 AM EST Reads: 1,087
Both SaaS vendors and SaaS buyers are going “all-in” to hyperscale IaaS platforms such as AWS, which is disrupting the SaaS value proposition. Why should the enterprise SaaS consumer pay for the SaaS service if their data is resident in adjacent AWS S3 buckets? If both SaaS sellers and buyers are using the same cloud tools, automation and pay-per-transaction model offered by IaaS platforms, then why not host the “shrink-wrapped” software in the customers’ cloud? Further, serverless computing, cl...
Feb. 20, 2017 06:00 AM EST Reads: 1,629
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin, ...
Feb. 20, 2017 05:30 AM EST Reads: 4,580