Digital Bank Starling to Penetrate the UK Banking Market

Starling Bank, a UK-based digital banking corporation and a strong supporter of Bitcoin and the distributed ledger technology has secured a US$70 million funding round to penetrate the UK banking market.

The organization, led by a group of experienced veterans in the finance sector including former Allied Irish Banks CEO Anne Boden, former Head of Technology for Barclays Mark Hipperson, and former Divisional Risk Officer at Lloyds Banking Group Tony Ellingham attempts to use advanced and innovative financial technologies to enable real-time intelligence, intuitive money management, and most importantly, a PSD2 implemented payment network.

According to Starling Bank CEO Anne Boden, the bank is set to release credit and debit card networks which will allow its clients to settle transactions directly with another party, without the involvement of a third party application or a mediator with the exception of the bank.

For example, when a traditional bank or financial platform user deals with an e-commerce platform such as Amazon, the financial data and credit information is passed onto Amazon, who then stores it and contacts the customer’s card scheme, like MasterCard or Visa who will pull the payment and debit the customer’s bank account.

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