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Jessica Chen Riolfi and Chris Goodmacher co-founded the company in March 2021 as a free financial planning tool for Gen Zers. Around the same time, they watched young people randomly invest in certain stocks or cryptocurrencies with no real money behind them. education, and lost money. With Uprise, they want to provide a tool that equips users with best practices and diversification techniques to invest with more specific goals.
Chen Riolfi knows about this struggle. Her background is in consumer fintech and was previously a product lead at Robinhood. She learned a lot about finance from her mother, who was an immigrant to the US, and she taught herself by passing this knowledge on to her daughter. In turn, Chen Riolfi created Uprise to pass on her mother’s knowledge to the masses.
“Like many of the incredible fintech companies, they were still only able to solve a fraction of your finances,” she told TechCrunch. “I constantly heard from people: “What am I missing?” “How do I manage my money?” “Am I doing it right?” I feel like it’s something that resonates with all of us. That feeling of wanting to make sure everything is okay.”
Uprise is not alone in targeting finance in the Gen Z market. Over the past two years, we have reached many startups around the world, offering a variety of approaches to this, including twig, Anfin, fampay as well as Mitto. The founders of the company also consider their competitors to be similar to LearnVest and the launch of a family office Use wealth.
This company also considers itself a family office, but what’s a little more unique about Uprise’s strategy is that it takes into account the user’s full financial picture, including some of those aspects that are overlooked, such as employer benefits, and the Uprise algorithm and peer review person offer recommendations. on what to do with your money based on this historical data and best practices.
For example, you may be told that you have too much money in your checking account, so you will transfer a certain amount to a savings account. Or increase your 401(k) contribution from 2.2% to 3.6% to take advantage of the company.
“One of the coolest things is that we were able to find $1.5 million per plan to increase every customer’s lifetime net worth,” said Chen Riolfi. Basically, there’s a lot of money on the table that people don’t use.”
This approach really resonated with people. After launching Uprise, Chen Riolfi and Goodmacher, who was co-worker at payroll and benefits startup Justworks, saw their waiting list grow 33% to 7,000 in May.
The company has also raised $1.4 million in pre-financing from institutional investors such as Contrary Capital, Hustle Fund, On Deck and Dash Fund, as well as a large group of individual investors including SoFi co-founder Dan Makin, Gusto co-founder Eddie Kim, co-founder and Cash App CEO Michael Giles and Kin co-founder and CEO Sean Harper.
Uprise is still in closed beta but has already tracked $50 million worth of assets. The company is in the pre-earnings tier and will always have a free component, but plans to make money in two ways: by creating a premium tier that offers additional features such as the ability to Zoom with your financial advisor, and monetization of some financial products recommended by financial advisors.
According to Chen Riolfi, the new funding will be used to speed up the company’s hiring of new talent, to take more people off the waiting list, and to start integrating so that recommendations can be made with a single click.
“We still have a lot to learn to make sure we can hit the target,” she added. “We remain focused on making sure our product has value. Helping people follow recommendations goes a long way.”
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