Credit Karma

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Credit Karma, Inc.
Subsidiary
IndustryPersonal finance, Software, Financial technology
FoundedMarch 8, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-03-08)
Founders
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Key people
Products
RevenueUS$370 million (2015), over US$500 million (2016)[1]
Number of employees
700[2]
ParentIntuit
Websitewww.creditkarma.com Edit this at Wikidata

Credit Karma is an American multinational personal finance company founded on March 8, 2007[3] by Kenneth Lin, Ryan Graciano and Nichole Mustard.[4] It is best known as a free credit and financial management platform, but its features also include free tax preparation, monitoring of unclaimed property databases[5] and a tool to identify and dispute credit report errors.[6] The company operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

All of Credit Karma’s services are free to consumers.[7] Revenue from targeted advertisements for financial products offsets the costs of its free products and services. Credit Karma earns revenue from lenders, who pay the company when Credit Karma successfully recommends customers to the lenders.[8]

On February 24, 2020, Intuit announced its plan to acquire Credit Karma for $7.1 billion.[9]

Products and services[edit]

Credit Karma provides free credit scores and credit reports from national credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax, alongside daily credit monitoring from TransUnion.

Credit Karma also provides tax filling,[1] loans, credit card, ID Theft Protection, credit tools, such as a Credit Score Simulator, which simulates the effect of potential financial actions on a user's credit score;[10] and tailored financial recommendations based on each individual user's credit profile.

Credit Karma Tax, its free tax filing service, was announced in December 2016.[11] Credit Karma Tax does not participate in the Free File Alliance,[12] and so is not bound by its requirements to restrict eligibility for free filing.[13] The company's primary competitors in this area are TaxAct, TurboTax and H&R Block.[2]

On May 9, 2017, Credit Karma launched Unclaimed Money in seven states. The product aims to help users find unclaimed money, such as unclaimed refunds and insurance payouts.[14]

Acquisitions and expansion[edit]

On December 30, 2015, Credit Karma acquired mobile notifications app developer Snowball for an undisclosed amount.[15]

On December 7, 2016, Credit Karma acquired AFJC Corporation, owner of OnePriceTaxes.com, to accelerate its entry into the tax preparation market.[1][16] Related to the launch of tax preparation services, the company also increased its workforce and opened offices in Los Angeles and Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]

In 2016, Credit Karma acquired money reclamation service Claimdog.[17]

On March 14, 2018, Credit Karma acquired personal finance company Penny for an undisclosed amount.[18]

On August 16, 2018, Credit Karma acquired mortgage platform Approved for an undisclosed amount.[19]

In May 2019, the customers of the Noddle credit reporting service in the United Kingdom were acquired from TransUnion.[20]

Founder and investors[edit]

Kenneth Lin, who previously founded Multilytics Marketing and worked with E-Loan and Upromise,[21] launched Credit Karma in 2007 with the website going live in February 2008.[22] Early investors include Chris Larson, CEO of Prosper, and Mark Lefanowicz, former president of E-Loan.[23]

In November 2009, Credit Karma closed a $2.5 million Series A funding round led by QED Investors with participation from SV Angel, Felicis Ventures and Founders Fund.[24] In 2013, Credit Karma secured $30 million in Series B funding led by Ribbit Capital and Susquehanna Growth Equity.[25] In March 2014, Credit Karma raised $85 million in Series C financing, led by CapitalG with participation from Tiger Global Management and existing investors.[26] The company followed that with $75 million in follow on funding in September 2014 from CapitalG, Tiger Global Management and Susquehanna Growth Equity.[27]

As of 2015, Credit Karma had raised $368.5 million in financing, at a valuation of $3.5 billion.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Lawler, Ryan (June 27, 2017). "Credit Karma touts $500 million in revenues". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "CREDIT KARMA, INC. :: OpenCorporates". opencorporates.com. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "About Credit Karma | Credit Karma". www.creditkarma.com. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Lawler, Ryan. "Credit Karma now helps users find unclaimed cash". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Popper, Nathaniel (December 7, 2016). "Automated Assistants Will Soon Make a Bid for Your Finances". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Vance, Ashlee (July 30, 2014). "A Free Credit Report With No Strings Attached. Honest". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "How it Works". Credit Karma. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016. If you get a product through one of our recommendations, the bank or lender pays us.
  9. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (February 24, 2020). "Intuit confirms that it is buying Credit Karma for $7.1B in cash and stock". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Kim, Jane J. (October 8, 2009). "Credit Scores: Can You Get Them Free?". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Credit Karma's Lin: The Goal Is To Make Financial Services Frictionless". CB Insights - Blog. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Paul Kiel, Justin Elliott (February 28, 2020). "TurboTax's Bid to Buy Free Tax Prep Competitor Might Violate Antitrust Law, Experts Say". ProPublica. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  13. ^ Justin Elliott, Paul Kiel (October 17, 2019). "Inside TurboTax's 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free". ProPublica. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Lawler, Ryan. "Credit Karma now helps users find unclaimed cash". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Credit Karma Acquires Innovative Mobile Notifications Startup Snowball". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Rudegeair, Peter (December 7, 2016). "Credit Karma Hopes to Score on Tax Preparation". WSJ. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Credit Karma now helps users find unclaimed cash". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "Credit Karma has acquired an instant message bot, Penny, that helps people track their spending". Recode. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  19. ^ "Credit Karma acquires mortgage platform Approved". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "Credit score firm Noddle tries to rival Experian". Which? News. May 7, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  21. ^ ""Kenneth Lin", LinkedIn".
  22. ^ Kincaid, Jason (November 4, 2009). "Credit Karma Raises $2.5 Million To Take The Mystery Out Of Credit Scores". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  23. ^ Levinson, Rick (June 9, 2009). "Credit Karma Introduces Free Credit-Card, Debt-Tracking Tool". Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  24. ^ Kincaid, Jason (November 4, 2009). "Credit Karma Raises $2.5 Million To Take The Mystery Out Of Credit Scores". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  25. ^ "Credit Karma Secures $30 Million In Series B Funding". Credit Karma. April 2, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  26. ^ Shieber, Jonathan (March 12, 2014). "Credit Karma Confirms New $85M Financing Round Led By Google Capital". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  27. ^ Perez, Sarah. "Free Consumer Credit Monitoring Company Credit Karma Raises $75M, Now Valued At Over $1 Billion". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  28. ^ Sharf, Samantha. "Credit Karma Raises $175 Million At $3.5 Billion Valuation". Forbes. Retrieved June 1, 2015.

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