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US Bank Ambitions revealed by Blockchain and Crypto Unicorn

Blockchain-based loaning organization Figure Technologies, a fintech unicorn established by previous SoFi CEO Mike Cagney, has uncovered it's applying for a public bank sanction. 

Mike Cagney

A figure, after a year ago raising $103 million at a valuation of more than $1.2 billion, asserts a completely fledged public bank contract would enable the organization to all the more likely explore guideline, lessen costs and improve security. 

"Figure is pursuing the charter to reduce the complexity of our business," Cagney said in a public statement, highlighting the organization's destined to-be 200 different state licenses. 

"This charter will allow Figure to originate loans to a greater number of consumers," added Nick Ambrosini, chief VP at credit association and Figure key accomplice Valley Strong. 

Album Davies, at present head of loaning at San Francisco-based Figure, is set to lead the organization's endeavors to acquire the bank sanction from the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC) and will, in the end, become Figure Bank's CEO. 

"This national bank charter will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to develop and deliver new financial products and services to communities across this country that really haven’t had access to affordable offerings,” said Davies, who made the transition to blockchain-based banking subsequent to holding senior functions at Citibank and Capital One. 

Figure utilizes its blockchain stage, Provenance, to digitize the "lumbering paper-based [loan] cycles" and Cagney claims conventional banks are starting to do likewise. 

"Our loan buyers all utilize Provenance blockchain, and are now looking at originating on their own on the chain," Cagney said by means of email. "Figure has de-risked blockchain across a variety of verticals—lending, fund services, payments."

While Cagney said Figure Bank will "not at first" offer bitcoin and cryptographic money administrations, it "will authority advanced protections local to the blockchain, notwithstanding." 

A year ago, close by its $103 million financings round, Figure added Morgan Creek Digital's Anthony "Ceremony" Pompliano to its board.

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