Tala is an innovative, mobile technology company, that provides a credit scoring and reporting platform to financial services institutions in emerging countries. Company's technologies are unlocking trillions of dollars in purchasing power in the world’s fastest growing economies. Tala is a mobile technology and data science company that is flipping the traditional credit scoring model by putting power into the hands of newly empowered consumers in emerging markets.
HQSanta Monica, US
Size (employees)290 (est)+7%
Tala was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, US
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Key People/Management at Tala

Shivani Siroya

Shivani Siroya

CEO & Founder
Kevin Novak

Kevin Novak

Chief Data Officer
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Tala Office Locations

Tala has offices in Nairobi, Manila and Santa Monica
Santa Monica, US (HQ)
910 Colorado Ave
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Tala Financials and Metrics

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Tala total Funding

$44.2 m

Tala latest funding size

$30 m

Time since last funding

2 years ago

Tala investors

Tala's latest funding round in February 2017 was reported to be $30 m. In total, Tala has raised $44.2 m
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Tala Operating Metrics

Tala's Borrowers was reported to be 1.3 b in Apr, 2018.
Apr, 2018


1.30 b
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Tala News and Updates

Video: Tala CEO says AI will create an 'equal playing field' in lending

Many individuals in emerging markets lack credit scores but have a wealth of financial data on their smartphones. Here's how alternative lending companies are stepping in.

Modi slams opposition on Triple Talaq Bill

In a veiled attack on the Congress and other opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said there were some people who did not allow the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament during the just concluded monsoon session.

Tala CEO Talks Resolving The Identity Verification Problem In Financial Services

Imagine trying to open a bank account or take out a loan without a recognizable form of identification. For some, that’s a reality. An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide cannot officially prove their identity, according to the World Bank. Lending …

With loans of just $10, this startup has built a financial services powerhouse in emerging markets

Peris Kimeli and Betsy Cheruyot were students at Kenyatta University thinking about launching a business when they applied for their first loans from the mobile lending company, Tala. Hoping to get a clothing business off the ground and make some money to live on while going to school, the two young…

Tala’s local approach to global growth fuels $50 million Series C

Micro-lender Tala has proven, in the seven years since its launch, that it’s possible to effectively underwrite borrowers in emerging markets without credit bureaus. Using nontraditional data pulled from mobile phones, the Los Angeles-based startup has extended credit to over 1.3 million customers. …

The IndieBeat: Tala is a puzzler that brings the forests of Australia alive with tiny creatures

Tala is a cozy puzzle adventure on the miniature scale. Indie developer Matthew Petrak combines photography and hand-drawn animation to create a tiny world where a toadstool becomes a home and the forests of his native Australia transform into fantasy realm populated with small creatures and travele…
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Tala Blogs

Nikhil’s Summer with Tala’s Engineering Team!

Nikhil Ghosh is a rising junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where he studies computer science and economics. Nikhil recaps his summer at Tala and reflects on the work he did as an intern on Tala’s backend engineering team!Q: Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what brought y…

Molly’s Summer with Tala’s Engineering Team!

Molly’s Summer with Tala’s Engineering Team!Molly Kim was a summer intern on Tala’s backend engineering team. A rising junior at Brown University studying Applied Math-Computer Science, Molly shared her thoughts with us on building a product for millions of customers for the first time and what she’…

Fighting Fraud with Adam Badawy, Tala’s Summer Data Science Intern

Adam Badawy was a summer intern on Tala’s data science team. He is a computational social scientist and a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department and Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California (USC). Working at the Machine Intelligence and Data Science La…

Why I’m taking the lead on Tala’s global diversity & equity initiatives

Tala is excited to announce the recent internal appointment of a #TeamTala veteran who has been committed to our mission since day one.Get to know Bonnie Oliva-Porter, our first Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Workplace Culture! Below, she shares her story, reflects on our industry and mi…

This is not a diversity report.

As a team working to unlock access and opportunity for billions around the world, Tala believes that having equitable representation and opportunities within our workforce is critical to successfully fulfilling our mission. Following the end of 2017 — a year in which our company more than tripled in…

Meet Anay, Tala’s VP of Country Growth!

Anay Shah is the VP of Country Growth at Tala. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Anay is responsible for growth across all of Tala’s markets by driving marketing strategies and Tala’s global partnership vision. He comes to Tala from Remitly, the largest independent digital remittance company in the United St…
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Tala Company Life and Culture

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