British fintech start-up Bud says it secured $20 million in a funding round co-led by HSBC and Goldman Sachs.Australia's ANZ, South Africa's Investec and Spain's Banco Sabadell also backed the Series A round.CEO Ed Maslaveckas says the investment is about partnering with banks and expanding overseas.
British fintech start-up Bud said Monday that it had secured $20 million in a funding round co-led by HSBC and Goldman Sachs. The London-based company's platform lets banks update their apps to give users access to financial services products from rivals. Banks can also categorize a customer's spending data using Bud's technology to help them find more cost-efficient products. Its offering is part of an emerging theme in the world of fintech known as "open banking," which essentially means banks sharing their customer data with third-party providers to enable them to create new financial products. Proponents of open banking say that it will increase competition in the industry and benefit consumers, giving them more choice over who they bank with.