81 startups that will boom in 2021, according to the startup experts: venture capitalists

January 20, 2021

Investors at the best venture capital firms name the startups poised for a big 2021 inside and outside of their portfolios and across industries. 2021 is fast approaching, and the startup market is red-hot as VCs fight harder than ever before to get into deals.
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Built In Honors SoLo Funds in Its Esteemed 2021 Best Places To Work Awards

January 7, 2021

Built In today announced that SoLo Funds was honored in its 2021 Best Places To Work Awards. Specifically, SoLo Funds earned a place on the Best Places to Work, Best Paying Companies, and Best Small Companies to Work For on Built In’s 2021 Los Angeles Lists. The annual awards include companies of all sizes, from startups to the enterprise, nationally and in the eight largest tech markets and nationally.
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Established® Announces SoLo Funds Wins Startup of the Year at the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit

November 23, 2020

After a year-long, worldwide search for diverse early-stage startups, Established (the company behind Startup of the Year Summit) announced that SoLo Funds was named the Startup of the Year Champion at the first online Startup of the Year Summit on November 18. The Los Angeles, CA startup was represented by co-founder Travis Holoway. SoLo Funds is a mobile lending exchange that allows people seeking small-dollar loans to borrow from other individuals with financial means.
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Visa Expands Fast Track Program to Enable Next Generation of Fintechs to Rebuild the Global Economy

November 18, 2020

Fintech leaders around the world are increasingly choosing to work with Visa across key categories including digital wallets, digital banking, ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’, B2B payments, cross-border remittance, bill payments, payments infrastructure, and person-to-person payments. Recent examples of fintechs partnering with Visa include Affirm, BillGO, Finix, Gojek, PayPal, Rappi, Stripe, Varo Bank, and Venmo, among many others, such as SoLo Funds. With the expansion of Visa’s industry-leading Fast Track program, fintechs are armed with the tools to become category winners. Fast Track participation has grown 360% year-over-year, and Visa has welcomed hundreds of fintechs who are actively engaged in the program.
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New Daylight And Visa Partnership Fuses Tech And Inclusion For LGBT+ Banking

November 18, 2020

The modern world of finance and banking has complicated queer lives, with outdated banking IT systems that consistently deadname those who identify as trans or nonbinary. Same-sex couples face a 73% higher chance of being denied when they apply for a mortgage. Ask anyone who’s had to navigate the banking system while queer and you’ll likely hear a common refrain: “Banking and financial technology weren’t built for us.” Find out more about how SoLo is helping secure financing for traditionally marginalized groups.
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SoLo & Kiva – Partnering to Strengthen the Capital Ladder for Financially Excluded Americans.

June 16, 2020

For the lowest-income individuals, it’s disproportionately expensive to borrow money. With predatory interest rates and unattainable criteria, getting a loan in America is a defeating — if not dangerous — process for many. SoLo Funds and Kiva are partnering to strengthen the capital ladder for financially excluded Americans. Tackling the same problem through two different solutions, SoLo Funds and Kiva offer affordable loan products - one of personal lending, one of business lending. Through their respective communities of lenders, both SoLo Funds and Kiva have supported thousands of Americans — and now are forming a partnership. The aim is to build out the safe and reliable financing options available for low-income and financially excluded individuals and entrepreneurs.
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SoLo Inc. and Microloans During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 23, 2020

Solo Funds Inc. and people on the technology-oriented financial platform is one positive outcome of this coronavirus. People have stepped up to lend to each other in times of need. SoLo Funds Inc. started with a simple mission, help those who need microloans in the United States and provide them with lower interest rate loans. The mission of SoLo Funds Inc. is to step up and help those who find themselves living paycheck to paycheck and assist them through trying times. It is a platform that makes a lot of sense during the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting people across the world.
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Online lending platform SoLo Funds opens spigot on interest-free peer-to-peer microloans for cash-strapped Americans

April 16, 2020

“We now are facing the greatest financial emergency the nation has ever faced in recent history,” says SoLo Funds co-founder and CEO Travis Holoway. “Thirty-four percent of Americans have zero dollars in savings. A few weeks ago people began to realize they may have only one or two paychecks left. Many have been furloughed and cannot go back to work.” Recognizing the urgent need facing families across America, Williams and his partner are relaunching their two-year-old online lending platform with a new model for peer-to-peer lending. It will provide microloans of between $50 and $1,000, with terms set by the borrower. There is no interest charged for the loans on the platform. Borrowers set their own terms, select the repayment date, how much they need, the reason they need it and what they would like to tip the individual lender. Tips are capped at 10%. “We didn’t build the platform knowing the coronavirus pandemic would happen, but now that this has happened, this is an option for an alternative form of financing,” Williams notes. “SoLo Funds is poised to enable $10 million in loans during this critical time.”
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Closing the gap: How to overcome obstacles as a female entrepreneur

July 19, 2019

Co-founder and CDO Taylor Bruno of SoLo Funds, says, “As a female co-founder in the predominantly male-led tech industry, I’ve worked for the last 10 years in close proximity to the challenges facing female entrepreneurs.” She says her approach has everything to do with relationships.
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SoLo Funds reaches $2 million worth of loan transactions in 11 months

April 23, 2019

SoLo Funds Inc CEO Travis Holoway tells Proactive Investors the California-based peer-to-peer lending platform company has processed $2 million worth of loans since it was launched almost one year ago, providing users with loans less than $1,000.
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Where customers are also lenders: One fintech’s payday alternative

April 4, 2019

SoLo Funds specializes in small-dollar loans with a $1,000 cap, allowing consumers to act both as lender and borrower. It's a market generally viewed as underserved given that banks generally avoid small-dollar loans because of compliance concerns. Travis Holoway, SoLo’s co-founder and CEO, started the company last year after he saw the relatively high fees and interest rates charged by many payday lenders.
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Interview: Travis Holoway, CEO & Co-Founder of SoLo Funds

March 12, 2019

"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable because it’s critically important for both personal and professional growth.” Travis Holoway is the co-founder and CEO of SoLo Funds, a mobile lending exchange that connects lenders and borrowers for the purpose of providing more affordable access to loans under $1,000. SoLo was created to disintermediate the predatory payday lending system. Today, SoLo is one of the fastest-growing fintech companies in the country."
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An App For Borrowers Living Paycheck To Paycheck

August 21, 2018

How does SoLo work? Potential borrowers are vetted with a scoring process that includes information like cash flow history, as well as social data, such as how many friends someone has on Facebook. Borrowers and lenders also provide access to their bank accounts, to make money transfers easier and automatic.
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How Digital Disbursements Tools Are Changing Low-Dollar Lending

August 2, 2018

“Technology like Venmo and Cash App have made it really easy for people to ask for money because it’s no longer a convoluted process,” Holoway said. “I just assumed there had to be someone using the same technology for lending, but when I looked for that solution, I couldn’t find it. What we’re trying to do is bring that technology to lending.”
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SoLo Funds gets $1.2M to expand its affordable loaning platform

April 5, 2018

In addition, most of the times these financial instruments are not focused on small amounts, which is not useful for people going through a short financial struggle. In order to solve all these issues, we have SoLo Funds, a lending exchange that allows people to obtain loans of small amounts (under $1,000). The idea for SoLo came from the fact that its founders were often faced with loan requests of small amounts from their family and friends. Realizing that there are currently a lot of ways to easily send money to any two people, they tried to find a solution that made these loans possible but was not successful.
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