Galileo Financial Technologies Raises $77 Million Series A Led by Accel
Already profitable Galileo crosses $26B of annual processing volume in September as global growth accelerates
SALT LAKE CITY, October 17, 2019-- Galileo, the company whose APIs power the next generation of banking products globally, announced its first institutional funding round today—a $77 million investment led by venture capital firm Accel with participation from Qualtrics Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Smith. The company, which is already profitable and growing rapidly, plans to use the funds to accelerate growth, including expansion into Latin America, the UK and Europe, and for continued product expansion.
Many of the most discerning tech companies globally—including Chime, Robinhood, Monzo, Revolut, Transferwise, Varo and many others—trust Galileo's APIs to open and verify new financial accounts, issue and process payment cards, and launch new products. Whether an account is accessed via debit, credit, prepaid or mobile, with Galileo all fintech products are integrated on one API platform.
Galileo Founder & CEO Clay Wilkes said, "Over the years, we've built the API standard for card issuing programs and fintech innovation, focusing on a feature- rich product set, profitability and delighting our clients. This funding will help us double-down on these themes, while also becoming more aggressive in expanding geographically and providing the building blocks for the world's most innovative payments programs. We're thrilled to be working with Accel and Ryan Smith."
As of September 2019, Galileo manages over $26B in annual payments volume, a 130 percent increase over September 2018. Galileo's APIs are used widely throughout the neobank, payments, gig economy, investing and SaaS market segments.
Accel Partner John Locke, who is joining the Galileo Board of Directors as part of the investment, said, "We're in a golden era of fintech innovation and Galileo has quietly built the API infrastructure layer powering the industry's most innovative products. Clay and his team have built a very impressive business with many parallels to companies like Qualtrics and Atlassian: bootstrapping first to build a quiet, profitable powerhouse and now, ready to go big globally. We're excited to help Clay and team take Galileo to the next level."
With more services in the pipeline and an aggressive roadmap for adding new platform features, Galileo continues to enable its clients to challenge the status quo in payments.
Galileo is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company is actively hiring in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and New York City.
Based in Salt Lake City, Galileo is the API standard for card issuing programs. The payments technology company powers the world's most innovative card and fintech programs in North America. Check out Galileo at www.galileo-FT.com.
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