Earnin is Reinventing Payday
Regulators Take an Interest in Earned Wage AccessFebruary 4, 2021
Millions of consumers rely on earned wage access on a regular basis. If it was legislated out of existence it would have severe negative effects on people who are already struggling to get by.
Here’s how long the $600 stimulus checks will last for Americans living paycheck to paycheckJanuary 4, 2021
Using data from over a million app users, Earnin analyzed how long it will take for bank account balances to return to the average amount they were prior to the federal payments hitting the account.
Earnin Combats Expensive Payday Loans by Providing No-Interest Advances on Upcoming PaychecksNovember 6, 2020
Earnin not only steers people away from payday loans, but it also helps people develop healthy saving habits and reduce medical debt.
New online tool providing easy access to community resources during COVID-19 pandemicMay 18, 2020
Financial company Earnin is connecting service providers to neighbors in need; Earnin CEO Ram Palaniappan, plumber Richard Nielsen and customer Anila Jetaan join 'Fox & Friends'.
Earnin Offers Advanced Access to Unemployment BenefitsMay 18, 2020
To help the community grapple with the impact of COVID-19, Earnin opens unprecedented early access to unemployment benefits.
ABC News – Cash advance apps like … Earnin see use surge amid COVID-19May 16, 2020
The main attraction for using payday advance apps is quick cash.
Earnin B2B Program Marks Key Milestone for Small BusinessesMay 12, 2020
Earnin is leveling the playing field for 183,000 small businesses; providing earned wage access benefits that are often reserved just for large companies.
Earnin partners with Harvard-based Opportunity Insights to help policy makers understand the economic impact of Covid CrisisMay 7, 2020
Earnin, the leader in innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest financial problems, today announced that it is partnering with Opportunity Insights to help launch a new economic tracker, which will provide a deeper understanding of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Opportunity Insights (OI) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based at Harvard University. Earnin contributed to the OI Economic Tracker by providing an understanding of COVID-related employment trends in different areas of the country.
Earnin Unveils Tip Yourself – A New Way to Build Savings in the Earnin AppMay 7, 2020
First Community-Supported Financial Platform Offers New Ways to Save.
Nerd Wallet’s Sean Pyles in the AP – Millennial Money: A Q&A to build your financial resilienceApril 14, 2020
A few months ago you may not have thought much about strategies for managing credit balances or how much of an emergency fund you really need. But with finances strained by the coronavirus pandemic, making smart money decisions is crucial.
4 startups that have collectively raised $300 million explain how the coronavirus is a 'watershed moment' for instant paycheck cashouts Demand for same-day pay is exploding amid record joblessnessMarch 31, 2020
Demand for same-day pay is exploding amid record joblessness. Here are 4 startups that could be on the forefront of a payday revolution.
Fintech App Says Coronavirus Has Caused 30% Drop In Hours WorkedMarch 19, 2020
The coronavirus is already causing a sharp drop in the number of hours people are working in places like Washington, D.C., and New York State. New data from Earnin, a personal finance app with millions of users that helps people access their already-earned wages immediately after they leave work each day, gives an early indication into the economic impact of the pandemic.
More Companies Help Employees With “Financial Wellness” PlansFebruary 9, 2020
Services range from emergency-savings funds and payroll advances to student-loan-repayment support.
You can hire this startup -- for free -- to negotiate down your medical billsMay 22, 2019
Plenty of folks get hit with hefty and unexpected medical bills they have a hard time paying. Earnin, a Palo Alto, California-based startup, thinks it can help.
The company, which already offers customers an alternative to high-interest payday loans, on Wednesday introduced a new service called HealthAid. It lets people take pictures of their medical bills and load them into Earnin's app. From there, the startup's team, which is trained in medical billing, will negotiate with doctors and hospitals for lower bills or installment payments. These workers will also try to line up financial aid through a medical provider if a patient qualifies.
How One Company Wants to Reduce or Even Eliminate Your Unpaid Medical BillsMay 22, 2019
Most Americans believe we live in a country with quality medical care—and have long considered it to be the best in the world. However, the reality is that life expectancy is declining as healthcare costs are rising; so, it’s no surprise that it’s becoming more and more expensive to afford medical care. Relying on personal savings or insurance may not even be enough to pay off expensive medical bills. As a result, 41% of working age Americans have medical bill problems or are paying off medical debt, up from 34% in 2005. For many, a costly medical bill is all it takes to trigger financial ruin as it is now the number one cause of personal bankruptcy. What’s worse is that people may just forego doctor’s visits to avoid the burden of medical expenses.
Earnin Announces HealthAid and Cash Back Rewards, Two Products to Help Its Community Fight Financial UnfairnessMay 22, 2019
Earnin, a community-supported financial platform, is launching two new products – HealthAid and Cash Back Rewards – as part of its mission to give people the tools to take control of their financial future. Medical bills – especially unexpected ones – are one of the most likely reasons people end up in financial trouble. Forty-one percent (41%) of working-age Americans have medical bill problems or are paying off medical debt, up from thirty-four (34%) percent in 2005. In the United States, just $5002 in unexpected bills can lead to bankruptcy and medical debt is the #1 cause of personal bankruptcy.
Earnin raises $125M to help workers track and cash out wages in real timeDecember 20, 2018
Before Ram Palaniappan founded Earnin, he developed a system for employees at a payments company called UniRush, where he spent eight years as president. If you needed money before payday, he would write you a check from his checking account and when payday rolled around, employees would reimburse him.
Earnin Closes $125 Million Series C to Build Next Generation Financial SystemDecember 20, 2018
Earnin, an app that allows anyone with a job and a bank account to get paid the minute they leave work, announced today the close of a $125 million round of equity financing from DST Global, Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, March Capital Partners, Coatue Management and Ribbit Capital.
Verify: Can payday be every day with new 'Earnin' app?December 17, 2018
Wouldn't it be nice to have Christmas money now from the paycheck you'll get next week? A new app claims to do exactly that.
Earnin Wants to Put End to Two-Week Pay CycleDecember 5, 2018
Fintech start-up Earnin is looking to put an end to the two-week pay cycle, and put money into workers pockets at a faster rate. The company's CEO, Ram Palaniappan, explains his strategy for reinventing how employees get paid.
How One Founder Is Joining Workers In The Fight For Financial EqualityOctober 18, 2018
The current system is broken for those who most need it to work, but Earnin is one of the few companies trying to do something about it.
Earnin review — a new payday loan alternative?November 9, 2017
Withdraw small amounts from what you’ve already earned before payday — no wait, no fees and no interest.
Activehours Rebrands as Earnin, Takes Aim at Rigid PaychecksNovember 1, 2017
Activehours, the mobile app that gives people access to their pay directly from their smartphones, whenever they need it, has rebranded as Earnin. Earnin users – employees from more than 25,000 companies – are seeing its new name, logo, app and website starting today.
Activehours Review: Pick What You Pay for a Cash AdvanceNovember 23, 2016
Activehours is an app that lets you draw small amounts of your check before payday. To learn more about whether Activehours is a good fit for you, read on.
Sears Makes Drastic Change to Payroll OperationsNovember 14, 2016
Instead of having to wait for a weekly paycheck Sears' associates are now able to access pay the day they earn it.
Activehours and Sears Holdings Bring On-Demand Pay to Shop Your Way® Members, and Sears and Kmart AssociatesNovember 14, 2016
Activehours and Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), announced a strategic partnership today that integrates the Shop Your Way rewards program into the Activehours mobile application.
Activehours Connects to Uber Services to Give Driver Partners Instant Access to EarningsOctober 26, 2016
Activehours, the company that helps people get their pay when they want it, today announced it has integrated with the new Uber® driver API to give driver partners quick access to their earnings.
How The 'Pay-What-You-Want' Model Can Work For YouNovember 24, 2015
This “pay-what-you-want” (PWYW) model can be traced back to the earliest street performers, and it entered mainstream consciousness in 2007 in conjunction with the release of Radiohead’s 7th album...
New Budgeting Apps Aim to Disrupt Payday LendingNovember 12, 2015
At a time when the industry is moving towards faster payments, a handful of entrepreneurs are looking to narrow the gap between an honest day's work and an honest day's pay...
How To Avoid Payday Lenders: 3 AlternativesOctober 21, 2015
Payday lending is one of the most usurious ways to borrow money imaginable. The industry is scandalous to the point that many states have regulated it so heavily that lenders have actually exited certain markets...
The Future Of Work Might Not Include PaydayJuly 15, 2015
Most on-demand companies are focused on creating greater efficiency for employers, not employees. But Activehours hopes to buck that trend, making payday as flexible as the future of work is supposed to be...
What Employers are Missing With Employee Wellness ProgramsJuly 13, 2015
As employment opportunities abound and workers aim to find life balance, corporate wellness programs (and those companies that offer them) are gaining appeal for job seekers. Google offers...
Your Bank Should be More Like Your Waiter And Less Like Your LandlordJune 29, 2015
The financial services industry in America is locked into a business model of exploitation. For far too long, this has gone largely unchecked and unquestioned, even when advances in technology...
Introducing Activehours: Waiting for Paychecks is a Thing of the PastJune 15, 2015
Today’s consumers are all about instant gratification. But most workers still have to wait two weeks between paychecks. The Activehours app allows hourly workers or on-demand workers like Uber drivers to submit a photo of their online or electronic time sheet, or trip summaries, in the case of drivers. They can then request the money that they have earned but haven’t yet been paid.
7 Startups That Will Revolutionize Their IndustriesMarch 16, 2015
American workers have gotten used to getting paid every two weeks, but ActiveHours is trying to turn that custom on its head. The lag time between work completed and pay received causes financial concerns for thousands of Americans every day. With ActiveHours, employees can "unlock" their earnings and cash in their hours in as soon as they've completed their shifts...
A Brief History of 'Pay What You Want' BusinessesNovember 11, 2014
A pay-what-you-want investing service? Yes, it's here--and it's hardly the only business bold (crazy?) enough to all customers to pay whatever they feel is appropriate, even $0...
Fox 4 News On Your Side: Activehours
Cash In On Your Paycheck Before Payday? There's An App For That
Waiting two weeks for payday is a pain. Isn’t there a better way?
According to startup Activehours, the answer is yes. Their app lets you withdraw money from your paycheck before payday rolls around. You plug in some info about your job and bank account, request a portion of your earnings, and it’s wired to you the next day. It’s free, too—the service simply suggests you “tip” it whatever you think is reasonable. On payday, Activehours withdraws the same amount you were advanced (plus any tip that you authorized) from your bank account.
The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup Offers Payday Advances Without The Pesky Loan-sharking
Payday lenders aren’t the most scrupulous of operations. Preying on the desperation of people who don’t have enough money to make it to their next payday, these lenders dole out short-term loans with exorbitant interest rates, forcing already cash-strapped customers deeper into debt. And while many have tried to reform the payday lending industry, we’re still awaiting the right answer.
Ram Palaniappan has a new approach. He wants to solve the problem at its root, by eradicating the payday altogether.
New App Offers Access To Your Pay As You Earn It
Sometimes, you just need a few dollars between paychecks. About the only options for someone with bad credit is to borrow from a friend or family member or take out a high-interest payday loan. A new app-based service called Activehours offers another way. It gives you access to your pay as you earn it.
Getting Your Wages, Before Payday.
Last fall, Stephen Prentice found himself short on money for rent after his girlfriend moved out. He was wary of using a payday lender, having incurred big fees using one previously. Instead, he said, he used a new service called Activehours to get an advance on his biweekly paycheck to help tide him over.
Activehours Gives You Your Paycheck Early, Free of Charge
Sometimes payday can't come early enough. Bills come too soon or an emergency occurs and you need money you don't have. Advanced paycheck services allow you to get your money sooner, but they generally come at a high cost. ActiveHours provides you with your paycheck when you want it, and they won't charge you a cent.
Earnin Offers New Feature for Remote WorkersApril 30, 2020
Earnin now enables community members to track hours worked from home, keeping access to earned wages online through COVID lockdowns.
Earnin Partners With Employers to Improve Financial Wellness for All EmployeesFebruary 19, 2020
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earnin, the leader in innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest financial problems, today announced the launch of a new Employer Partnership Program. The first-of-its-kind program enables employers of all sizes to offer Earned Wage Access (EWA) benefits in an innovative “Zero Integration” model that raises the industry standard for employee benefits.
Earnin Appoints Erbil Karaman as Head of ProductJanuary 21, 2020
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earnin, the leader in innovative solutions to the world’s toughest financial problems, today announced the appointment of Erbil Karaman as Head of Product. Karaman, a veteran of Facebook and Lyft, will lead the future development of the company’s product roadmap, reporting to Earnin Founder and CEO Ram Palaniappan and working alongside recently appointed VP of Engineering, Richard Liu, another Facebook alumni. Karaman’s appointment is the latest in a series of executive hires boosting Earnin’s senior team across the organization.
Earnin Continues to Expand Leadership Team; Names Sean Delehanty Chief Financial OfficerDecember 9, 2019
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earnin, a community-supported financial platform that allows people to access their earned wages before payday, helps prevent overdrafts and helps reduce unpaid medical bills, today announced that Sean Delehanty has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. The appointment comes as Earnin continues to expand its leadership team, mapping to the company’s strong growth in the rapidly expanding financial wellness category.
Richard Liu Joins Earnin as VP of EngineeringDecember 3, 2019
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earnin, a community-supported financial platform that allows people to access their earned wages before payday, helps prevent overdrafts and helps reduce unpaid medical bills, today announced the appointment of Richard Liu as Vice President of Engineering.
Earnin Introduces Free Service to Combat OverdraftsMarch 27, 2019
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Earnin, an app that allows anyone with a job and a bank account to get paid the minute they leave work, announced today the launch of a new and free service called Balance Shield Alerts.
Activehours Ending the Status Quo of Delayed Payroll
PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 15, 2015) - The No. 1 financial resource workers wish their employers would offer is a flexible payday. This is according to a new survey of more than 300 consumers in the U.S. conducted on behalf of Activehours by Google Consumer Surveys. To combat this issue, Activehours, the company that lets workers access their pay as they earn it, is expanding its efforts to reach even more employees by announcing today partnerships with two new timesheet providers, Deputy and Nimble Schedule.
Activehours and Processing Point Partner to Bring On-Demand Pay Benefits to Workers
PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 15, 2015) - In a display of continuing momentum, Activehours, the app that allows workers to create a flexible payday schedule, is announcing a partnership with Processing Point, Inc., the maker of two highly regarded time clock brands, uAttend and uPunch. This partnership will enable hundreds of thousands of workers to seamlessly access their wages without having to wait for payday.
Activehours Debuts Lightning Pay, Meeting Demands For a New Era Of Pay
PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - A new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. Millennials, conducted on behalf of Activehours by Ypulse, found the generation wishes its paychecks would follow the same flexible, convenient model of other routine life amenities, like on-demand cabs with Uber or movie streaming on Netflix. Today, with the release of Activehours' Lightning Pay, hourly workers can access earned wages in seconds introducing a new era for the paycheck -- on-demand pay. This new service is now offered in beta to select users on the Activehours mobile app.