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LifeLock Review – Protecting Your Identity

LifeLock is the most recognizable identity theft protection company. But does it work, and is it worth the cost? Our LifeLock review has the answers. LifeLock Identity Theft Kevin Mercadante's rating 9.5 Security Features 9.5 Program Cost 9.0 ...
Tags: Google, Personal Finance, Microsoft, Marketing, Samsung, Customer Service, Bank, LifeLock, Credit Karma, Norton, U S Postal Service, Standard, Equifax, Tempe Arizona, TransUnion, Advantage


Equifax, Western Union, Priceline settle with New York attorney general over insecure mobile apps

New York’s attorney general has settled with five tech and financial giants, requiring each company to implement basic security on their mobile apps. The settlements force Credit Sesame, Equifax (yes, that Equifax), Priceline, Spark Networks, and Western Union to ensure data sent between the app and their servers are encrypted. Specifically, the attorney general said their apps “could have allowed sensitive information entered by users — such as passwords, social security numbers, credit card nu...
Tags: New York, Tech, House, Federal Trade Commission, Credit Karma, Western Union, Underwood, Equifax, Wi Fi network, Barbara Underwood, Equifax Western Union Priceline, Credit Sesame Equifax, Equifax Priceline Spark Networks


Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this deal. Others participating include existing investors Altos Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Goodwater Capital, KTB Network, Novel, PayPal and Qualcomm Ventures. The de...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Money, Finance, Southeast Asia, Softbank, Funding, Samsung, America, Tech, E-commerce, Economy


Credit Karma acquires Noddle from TransUnion and expands to the UK

Credit Karma, the US startup with 85 million users that offers credit reports and a platform to browse and buy other financial services, has made an acquisition to help it kick-start its first overseas expansion beyond the US and Canada: it has acquired Noddle, a UK-based credit reporting service with 4 million users, from TransUnion. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but Valerie Wagoner, Credit Karma’s VP of International (who had previously been at Twitter), said that it wil...
Tags: TC, Twitter, UK, US, Tech, Canada, United Kingdom, Credit Karma, Equifax, Wagoner, TransUnion, Callcredit, John Danaher, Noddle, TransUnion Financial, Valerie Wagoner Credit Karma s VP of International


The 25 most valuable private tech companies in the US

Tech companies are continuing to garner major investments from venture capitalists. Major tech startups like Uber, Airbnb, and SpaceX are among the most highly valued private companies, PitchBook reports. But recent major investments into burgeoning tech startups — including Slack, Instacart, and Stripe — have brought new players into the spotlight. At this point, there are almost too many billion-dollar startups to count. Uber's $72 billion valuation solidifies the company's spot at the top. H...
Tags: Uber, Spacex, US, Trends, Houzz, Credit Karma, San Francisco California, PitchBook, Palo Alto California


The Best Free Credit Score Apps

Your credit score determines the interest rate that lenders charge you for debt (and whether you can secure a loan at all). That means your credit score affects everything major you buy—your car, your house, and even your education. It makes sense not only to track your credit score but also take the necessary steps to improve it. These apps will help you do both. Will Checking My Credit Score Impact My Credit Score? No. Checking your credit score is usually a “soft request” or a “soft pull,”...
Tags: Crafts, Credit Karma, Equifax, TransUnion, VantageScore, Credit Score Impact My Credit Score


Back-to-Business Basics: Get a Great Start on the Upcoming Year

By Steve Cohen When autumn rolls around it marks a new beginning as kids make their way back to school. This time of year is also one of the best times to get back to business basics and prepare for success in the upcoming year. To help you, I worked with my team at Excelsior Growth Fund to put together this list of essential business items that you should review. Each of these is critical to small business success and updating and improving them today means that when 2019 rolls around, you’ll b...
Tags: Business, Money, Credit Karma, Right Now, Steve Cohen, Equifax, TransUnion, Excelsior Growth Fund


This week’s best deals include, free theater, a free car wash, free children’s days in San Diego and more

You can’t say the word free without smiling and there are so many free things coming up this month that you’ll be grinning like a Halloween jack-o’-lantern. It’s Kids Free San Diego time with a long list of deals and you can see a wide range of entertainment during the Binge Free Festival, plus you can sample food and get your car washed for free and that’s just the start. TIME TO TOAST Specialty Restaurants Corporation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by offering the Dave’s Margarita for 6...
Tags: Deals, California, Sport, Dave, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Castaway, AAA, San Diego Zoo, Credit Karma, Southern California, San Bernardino, Rubio, Anaheim, Burbank


Credit Karma Gets Kooky Again With Its Latest Cracked Campaign

These days, you can bank on Credit Karma to deposit the funny. Back in July, a kooky cat lady and wind-chime-obsessed doofus appeared in ads that explored how using Credit Karma to improve your scores can help you get a new place and escape annoying roommates and neighbors. Now, the brand returns with similarly silly...
Tags: Advertising, Credit Karma, AdFreak


Fintech investment powerhouse Ribbit Capital aims for $420 million with its latest fund

Ribbit Capital, the financial technology investment firm whose portfolio includes hits like the no-fee mobile investment platform, Robinhood; cryptocurrency wallet and marketplace provider, Coinbase; and Root Insurance, the automotive insurance platform that just joined the billion dollar startup club; is raising $420 million for its latest fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund would be Ribbit’s fifth foray out with limited partners and its $420 millio...
Tags: TC, Tech, Brazil, Venezuela, South America, New York Stock Exchange, North America, Max Levchin, Robinhood, Securities And Exchange Commission, Credit Karma, Malka, Brian Armstrong, Ribbit, Meyer Micky Malka, Andreessen Horwitz


LendingTree is the secret success story of fintech

For all of the excitement centered around fintech over the past half-decade, most venture-backed fintech companies struggle to acclimate to public markets. LendingClub and OnDeck have plummeted since their late 2014 IPOs after several years of darling status in the private markets. GreenSky, which went public in May of this year, has been unable to return to its IPO price. Square is the exception to the rule. Sometimes we overlook the companies that hail from the era that precedes the current wa...
Tags: Personal Finance, TC, Finance, Tech, Banking, M&a, Square, IAC, Zillow, John Malone, Opentable, Pittsburgh, Credit Karma, Glassdoor, Lendingtree, Blend


Geek Estate Mastermind Newsletter #42 – Shifting the Balance of Power with Pocket Listings, & Techno Fools and Certainty for All

Last week, I dove deep on pocket listings and the strategic implications of the 2018 landscape I laid out. The key question is whether the strategy of using pocket listings to build a buyer audience that sticks around after the market turns prove fruitful for the brokerages and startups working on it? If you’re interested in the research that went into my article, you should read this blog post from last week. Greg talked about the fact that most technos overlook is that the process isn’t as bad...
Tags: Radio, Big Picture, Credit Karma, Redfin, Greg, Andrew Carnegie, Greg Fischer, Mike Maples, Bob Noyce, Balance of Power, Ibuyers, Geek Estate Members, Geek Estate Mastermind, Geek Estate Mastermind Newsletter, Agents and Brokers, Pocket Listings


Credit Karma acquires mortgage platform Approved

Credit Karma, the service best known for providing free credit score monitoring and other financial advice (mostly to millennials), is getting into the mortgage business. The company today announced that it has acquired Approved, a mortgage platform that brings modern technology to a process that even today often still involves faxing documents back and forth. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction. At first glance, this may seem like a bit of an odd acquisition,...
Tags: Tech, Taylor, Zillow, Cto, Credit Karma, Redfin, Singhal, Andy Taylor, Indeed Credit Karama, Nikhyl Singhal, Navtaj Sadhal, Credit Karama


How this woman went from a Pizza Hut employee to a founder of a $4 billion startup

When Nichole Mustard found herself adrift after college, she made a simple promise to herself: Be happy. Time and again, that choice led her to revamp her life and start over someplace new. Ten years ago, it led her to sell her house, take a 60% pay cut, and move her family across the country to found Credit Karma, a startup that today employs 800 people and is valued at $4 billion. But it almost fell apart months after she risked it all.  Nichole Mustard isn't your classic Silicon Valley te...
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How this woman went from a Pizza Hut employee to founder of $4 billion startup

When Nichole Mustard found herself adrift after college, she made a simple promise to herself: "be happy." Time and again that choice led her to revamp her life and start over someplace new. Ten years ago, it led her to sell her house, take a 60% pay cut and move her family across the country to found Credit Karma – a startup that today employs 800 people and is valued at $4 billion. But it almost fell apart months after she risked it all. Nichole Mustard isn't your classic Silicon Valley te...
Tags: Amazon, California, La, Stanford, Boston, Virginia, Time, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, United States, Reddit, Pizza Hut, Silicon Valley, Kmart, Fedex


Banking on the cloud: how financial services organizations are embracing cloud technology

Like any industry, financial services organizations face challenges like managing risk, striving for new levels of growth and profitability, and providing great user experiences. But they also grapple with dynamic market forces and shifting regulations, and on top of that, many contend with decades worth of data and legacy systems. As a result, a growing number are turning to the cloud.When I talk to these financial institutions, they tell me they look to the cloud to help them drive growth and ...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, London, Singapore, Paypal, Hsbc, Tokyo, Zurich, Cto, Credit Karma, Osaka, NIST, Google Cloud, GCP


Jina Choi, SF Regional Director of the SEC, is coming to Disrupt to talk ICOs and more

The Securities & Exchange Commission, the federal agency responsible for protecting investors and maintaining fair and orderly functioning of our securities markets, has 11 regional offices, including in Miami, New York, Boston, and Chicago, None has quite the workload as the SEC’s San Francisco regional office, where a major area of focus in recent years has been investor fraud in pre-IPO companies, particularly the many startups that in an earlier era would have either have gone public or else...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Washington, Finance, Government, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, SEC, Silicon Valley, Parker Conrad, Pacific Northwest, Justice Department, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain


What credit score is needed to buy a car

Your credit score needs to be as high as possible before you buy a car — ideally this means more than 740. A credit score this high puts you in prime position to get the best interest rates with the added benefit of not having to worry about whether or not your loan will get approved. You can also save massive amounts of money on your car loan if you have your credit score in check. How much can you save? Let’s assume you have a credit score of 600. If you improved your credit score by just 60 p...
Tags: Credit Cards, Marketing, New York Times, Credit Karma, Wells Fargo, Don, IWT, FICO Score APR Monthly, MyFico Your, MyFico


The 17 Financial Tools I Use

I often get asked what credit cards I recommend, or budgeting software, or how I invest. So, I decided to put it all in one place for your convenience and give you a peek inside my wallet as well! Listed from left to right: My Saddleback wallet – love that thing A well worn photo of the love of my life My TN driver’s license My debit card that I never use (only as a backup) Chase Sapphire Preferred (details below) Medi-Share insurance card (details below) Chase Ink Business Preferred (deta...
Tags: Religion, Warren Buffett, Saddleback, Credit Karma, Vanguard, Linda, TransUnion, No-thumb, Financial Help, B, Chase Ink Business Preferred, Chase Business Unlimited, Equifax Check


Employee burnout is a huge problem in the tech industry. This survey shows which companies have it the worst

Employee burnout and stress is a big problem in the average American workplace, but it's especially true among some of the country's biggest tech companies, many of which have famously rigorous workplace cultures that often encourage long hours, favor young people, and sometimes require unreasonably high levels of productivity.  Blind, a message board app created for employees to talk about work anonymously, surveyed more than 11,000 employees at 30 of the biggest tech companies to find out jus...
Tags: Trends, Nvidia, Blind, Credit Karma


5 Characteristics of High Performance Culture

Sponsored Post It’s no secret that motivation is important to doing good work. “Company culture” has become a popular term among corporate leaders; more and more companies are focusing on creating a culture that fosters motivation in their workforce. This is more than a simple fad: According to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), “Why we work determines how well we work.” Motivation is the key to unlocking performance. In a study conducted on the effects of motivation, groups were given the same...
Tags: Sponsored, Sales, Management, Virgin, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Salesforce, Southwest Airlines, Harvard Business Review, Credit Karma, Campbellsville University, Empowered, Because Credit Karma, Customer Centric Mission Customer


This $4 billion company is betting big on Google Cloud as it makes its algorithms smarter and its employees more productive (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN)

Credit Karma CTO Ryan Graciano tells us that the personal finance company is betting big on Google Cloud to do all of its data processing.  He says that the bet on Google wasn't based on saving money on servers, but rather because it makes the company's 350-person-plus engineering team more productive. He also says that eventually, Credit Karma will want to shut down all of its data center infrastructure, which is where most of its applications and data are still hosted.    Google Cloud is h...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Amazon Web Services, Credit Karma, Google Cloud, Ryan Graciano, Credit Karma CTO, Graciano Amazon Web Services, Graciano, Graciano Once Credit Karma, Graciano He


4 Free Tools to Monitor Your Credit

Financial woes are scary.  They can make you feel like your life is spinning out of control.  But one of the biggest lessons that you can learn from financial hardships is the importance of protecting your credit.   Your credit score is literally your lifeline to making important life purchases . So, if you’re having trouble with your finances and find yourself starting to get into financial difficulties, you should consider using credit monitoring services. A credit monitoring might n...
Tags: Finance, Sales, Credit Karma, Credit Sesame, WalletHub WalletHub, Credit Karma Credit Karma, Credit Monitoring Service, TrueCredit TrueCredit, TrueCredit


This Is How Much Money Millennial Women Save To Attend Weddings

It's widely known that getting married can be expensive: For the typical wedding, there are venues to secure, DJs to pay, invitations to send out, and maybe a signature cocktail cleverly named after the newlyweds (or their wedding hashtag). In 2017, The Knot found that the average cost of a wedding in America was a staggering $33,391. But what's also staggering — and talked about a lot less — is the steep cost of simply showing up as a guest.Attending a wedding can involve a lot of spending: Th...
Tags: Fashion, Music, California, Washington, Boston, America, Los Angeles, Canada, San Diego, Katherine Heigl, Kansas City, Cape Cod, Pittsburgh, Credit Karma, Maine New Hampshire, Airbnbs


Credit Karma expands its identity theft monitoring tool to include dark web data

Credit Karma is best known for being the only reason anyone is ever willing to peek at their credit score, but the company has other things it wants you to be less stressed out about too. After introducing a free identity monitoring tool for its users late last year, Credit Karma is widening the scope of its fraud-fighting scans to include data from the dark web. Credit Karma’s existing ID monitoring tool searches 4.5 billion public breaches for a user’s personal data, but the improved servic...
Tags: Tech, Credit Karma, Acharya, SpyCloud, Anish Acharya Credit Karma, TechCrunch Credit Karma


How to find your credit history (and improve it)

Your credit history details all of your past credit transactions to give lenders a sense of how “safe” you are to lend to. And a good credit history can mean the difference of THOUSANDS over the life of loans such as your mortgage. FICO Score APR Monthly Payment Total Interest Paid 760 – 850 4.103% $967 $148,028 700 – 759 4.325% $993 $157,365 680 – 699 4.502% $1,014 $164,899 660 – 679 4.716% $1,039...
Tags: Google, Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Scripts, Marketing, Data, New York Times, Social Security, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Credit Karma, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Equifax, TransUnion, Equifax Experian TransUnion, MyFico com Data


Time To Check Your Credit Score!

It is time to check your credit score once more. It is good to always keep on top of what your credit score is. Even if you don’t currently need to apply for credit, you should still check. You can always use a site to get your FREE score. I personally use Credit Karma and Mint to stay on top of my scores. I check at the beginning of every four months so that I have the most up to date information. When was the last time you checked YOUR score? The post Time To Check Your Credit Score! appeared ...
Tags: Marketing, Credit Score, Save Money, Mint, Credit Karma, Credit Capital One Now


Silver Lake is buying a $500M stake in Credit Karma in a massive secondary round

Credit Karma, which once started as a simple credit report system and is now looking to expand into a true financial assistant, announced today it is getting a massive $500 million secondary investment from Silver Lake. As part of the investment, Credit Karma says it is getting a 23% bump in the valuation from its last secondary round, which was around $3.25 billion. That means the company is now going to be worth roughly $4 billion altogether, while founder and CEO Kenneth Lin will remain th...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Silver Lake, Credit Karma, Kenneth Lin, Mike Bingle


Silver Lake invests in Credit Karma

Silver Lake will acquire a minority stake in Credit Karma, a personal finance tech company, in a secondary transaction worth about $500 million. In addition to the investment, Silver Lake Managing Partner Mike Bingle will join Credit Karma’s board of directors. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Credit Karma, the leading personal finance technology company in North America, today announced that Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire a signifi...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Canada, United States, North America, Silver Lake, Credit Karma, Ken, Silver Lake Partners, PE Deals, Kenneth Lin, Mike Bingle, Silicon Valley New York London Hong Kong, Tokyo Silver Lake, Ryan Graciano, Nichole Mustard


Silver Lake to invest in Credit Karma

Silver Lake will acquire a minority stake in Credit Karma, a personal finance tech company, in a secondary transaction worth about $500 million. In addition to the investment, Silver Lake Managing Partner Mike Bingle will join Credit Karma’s board of directors. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Credit Karma, the leading personal finance technology company in North America, today announced that Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire a signifi...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Canada, United States, North America, Silver Lake, Credit Karma, Ken, Silver Lake Partners, PE Deals, Kenneth Lin, Mike Bingle, Silicon Valley New York London Hong Kong, Tokyo Silver Lake, Ryan Graciano, Nichole Mustard