|Founded||1 July 2015|
|Founder||Nikolay Storonsky, Vlad Yatsenko|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Nikolay Storonsky (CEO)|
|Products||current accounts, debit cards, insurance, peer-to-peer lending, remittance|
|Services||peer-to-peer payments, currency exchange|
Number of employees
Revolut Ltd is a digital banking alternative that includes a pre-paid debit card (MasterCard or VISA), currency exchange, cryptocurrency CFDs (contracts for difference) exchange (Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ripple (XRP) and peer-to-peer payments. Revolut currently charges no fees for the majority of its services (but for a capped usage), and uses interbank exchange rates for its currency exchange on weekdays, and charge a markup from 0.5% to 1.5% on weekends. The Revolut App gives customers instant access to Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple by exchanging to/from 25 fiat currencies. However, cryptocurrencies remain locked in the app and cannot be moved to another cryptocurrency wallet.
The London-based startup was founded by Nikolay Storonsky and Vlad Yatsenko and currently supports spending and ATM withdrawals in 120 currencies and sending in 26 currencies directly from the mobile app.
Revolut launched to the public in July 2015 with the aim of "building a fair and frictionless platform to use and manage money around the world" by removing hidden fees and offering interbank currency rates. Nikolay Storonsky, a former trader at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers, said in an interview with Forbes that:
I thought of the business three years ago. I was travelling a lot and wasting hundreds of pounds on foreign transaction fees and exchange rate commissions which just didn’t feel right. As someone with a financial background I knew exactly the rates I should be getting. As a solution, I tried to find a multi-currency card and was later told it wasn’t possible. But I was determined to make it work.
On 26 April 2018, Revolut announced that it had raised a further $250 million in a funding round led by Hong Kong-based DST Global, reaching a total valuation of $1.7 billion and thus becoming a unicorn.
In November 2018, the company has secured licences to operate in Singapore and Japan. It expects to launch its service in Q1 2019. In Singapore, the company was granted a Remittance License by the Monetary Authority and a Stored Value Facility approval — these two things combined let Revolut users hold money as well as send and spend money. In Japan, the company has been authorized to operate by Japan’s Finance Service Agency.
In December, 2018, Revolut secured a Specialised Bank licence from European Central Bank, facilitated by the Bank of Lithuania. Having secured a Specialised Bank licence, Revolut is authorised to accept deposits and offer consumer credits. The main difference between a specialised and a full-range bank is that the former is not authorised to provide investment services. At the same time, an Electronic Money Institution licence was issued by the Bank of Lithuania.
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