Web3 credit scoring start-up Spectral raises $23m
Web3 credit scoring infrastructure start-up Spectral has raised $23 million in a funding round led by General Catalyst and SocialCapital.
Samsung Next, Gradient Ventures, Section 32, Franklin Templeton Investment, Shrug Capital, Circle and Jump Crypto also participated, among others.
The firm, which leverages blockchain technology to calculate credit scores, says the funding will support its mission to transform credit scoring into “an open and publicly accessible network”.
The platform allows users to determine their web3 creditworthiness, Spectral says, in contrast to “opaque and siloed” institutions determining an individual’s financial reputation and credit score.
Announcing the funding round on LinkedIn, Spectral says: “Authoritarian governments make headlines regularly for imposing new social credit systems restricting economic freedom. With AI and blockchain technologies we can now build a more equitable and capital-efficient future together.”
Much like a traditional FICO score, the metric lenders use to determine a borrower’s creditworthiness, Spectral’s Multi Asset Credit Risk Oracle (MACRO) score leverages on-chain data, providing a more complete picture of a borrower’s credit history and broadening financial inclusion.
Talking to TechCrunch, CEO Sishir Varghese says the firm has now raised around $30 million to date, adding that the latest funding will allow it to build out and scale its credit scoring network.