Interview with Shivani Siroya, Tala

Interview with Shivani Siroya, Tala

In emerging markets and the developing world, access to banking, capital, and financial resources is far more difficult than here in the U.S., due to a less developed financial system, lack of credit tracking, and oftentimes and informal economy. Santa Monica-based Tala, backed by Google Ventures and Lowercase Capital, has developed a tool that allows anyone with a cell phone to build a financial track record, specially for people in emerging markets. The company’s CEO and founder, Shivani Siroya, talked to us recently about the startup and what it’s doing.