Tech company Welcome Technologies recently closed its Series A funding for $8 million and employed several Tinder founders as it looks to expand its digital services.
The venture will help the Los Angeles-based B-corporation, which provides information to immigrants about life in the US, improve its services and create the first operating system for immigrants.
Amir Hemmat, chief executive of Welcome Technologies, said in a press release: “Government systems and policies have struggled to keep pace with the growing needs of our immigration system.
“We believe the solution to this challenge will be developed with technology that makes it efficient for immigrants to find trusted services that will empower them to be more informed consumers and active participants in society.”
The company aims to help immigrants adjust to American life by providing them with digital help, such as accessing affordable healthcare, organising micro-loans and offering educational resources.
It has nearly two million members and the resources to reach nine million a year. In an effort to offer better assistance, it has also used information from its members to build products and AI-powered services.
Its efforts have received the support of several high-profile executives, including Joe Munoz, technical founder of Tinder and Christopher Gulczynski, founder and former CCO of Tinder, both of whom now work at the company.
Over the past few years, xenophobia has increased in the US which has worried some in the dating community, including Tinder co-founder & chairman, Sean Rad, who spoke out against President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ in 2017.
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