After nearly a decade from its inception, TransferWise, a British payments group, is rebranding itself to Wise. With this move, Wise wants to showcase that it is more than a money transfer company. The name change is aimed to highlight the company’s growing range of services over the past few months.
Though the existing website is still accessible, customers can update to the company’s new website wise.com. Further, it also mentioned that the complete switchover to the Wise brand for its customers will be carried out in March 2021.
Kristo Käärmann, co-founder and CEO, said, “Our name catches up with who we’re already building for — a community of people and businesses with multi-currency lives. We’ve evolved to fix more than just money transfer, but the core experience of using Wise will remain.”
Enabling cross-border payments
Currently, Wise provides three products which include a business account, an international currency account, and a platform that enables its fintech clients to leverage its infrastructure to complete their cross-border transactions. Read more about Wise’s products below. The company processes transactions worth around £4.5 Billion per month and has 10 million customers.
The company was evaluated at $5 Billion in 2020 after completing a $ 319m secondary share sale. During its launch in 2011, Wise was backed by notable businessmen such as Peter Theil and Richard Branson.
More about Wise’s products
Wise offers 3 main products:
- Wise – It allows users to transfer money internationally and hold money in 55 currencies. At present, customers around the world hold over £3 billion in Wise with over 1.4 million debit cards issued to date.
- Wise Platform – The platforms allow fintech companies such as GoCardless, Monzo, etc to make the most of the Wise infrastructure. It provides customers with faster and cost-efficient payments along with international banking features.
- Wise Business – Apart from the features of the personal account, Wise Business includes other features such as mass payouts, multi-user access, and bank feeds. More than 150,000 businesses have joined Wise Business over the past year.
New ties with Visa
Wise announced its partnership with Visa last month to work on Visa’s Cloud Connect platform. Visa Cloud Connect is an innovative way for Fintechs to connect with Visa’s global processing network, VisaNet.
Cloud Connect will facilitate the expansion of Wise’s multi-currency debit cards and make them available across the world.
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