Consent-Based Identity Platform Truework Raises $30 Million

By Annie Baker ● May 22, 2020
  • Consent-based identity platform Truework announced it raised $30 million in funding

Truework, a consent-based identity platform that gives consumers control over their personal and professional information founded by Ryan Sandler, Ethan Winchell and Victor Kabdebon in 2017, announced it raised $30 million in funding. Activant Capital led the funding round with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures.

This round of funding also included LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Docusign founder Tom Gonser, Plaid President and CTO William Hockey, and Checkr Co-Founder and CEO Daniel Yanisse. Activant Capital partner Steve Sarracino will be joining Alfred Lin and Keith Rabois on Truework’s board of directors.

And this round of funding comes at a time when Truework is continuing to expand its product offerings thus helping address the changing demands companies face as the impact from COVID-19 ripples across the economy.

A couple of months ago, Truework launched the first ever API to verify source-of-truth income and employment data thus allowing high-volume user groups like lenders and medical staffing agencies to integrate Truework’s verification service directly into their applications and workflows. And last week, Truework went live with a product for HR teams to track COVID-19 related data among their workforce while maintaining employee consent.

Truework’s core product — which is a verified identity platform — protects sensitive personal data behind consumer consent. And the automated service removes the need for HR departments to respond directly to requests from lenders, landlords, background check companies, and others.

Whenever a third-party requests sensitive data such as income, the respective employee receives an email or text with specific details about the inquiry and is given the option to approve or deny the request. And with an emphasis on privacy and security, Truework maintains best-in-class security certifications, including ISO27001, SOC2 Type, 1 & SOC2 Type 2.

Truework also recently announced the first free verification tool for employers to determine which employees can safely return to work, and when by verifying employees’ COVID-19 health status.

Truework’s network of more than 40,000 lenders, and background check companies, and other verifiers completes thousands of employment and income verifications every day with industry-leading turnaround times. And Truework’s employer network includes nearly 100 enterprise companies and over 20,000 small businesses across all industries — from healthcare to technology — including The College Board, The Real Real, Oscar Health, The Motley Fool, and Tuft & Needle.

Key Quotes:

“We’ve always known income and employment verification was just the first step in our mission of creating a holistic identity API that puts each individual in control of how their sensitive data is shared online. In the months and years to come, we plan to expand our consent-driven model into every aspect of identity verification, from education to credit history, and beyond. We’re committed to leading an industry-wide transformation that puts consumers first. Eventually, we hope that selectively sharing your private Truework profile will be all you need to apply for a new job, apartment, or loan—and to keep your information safe, you won’t need to do anything at all.”

“Getting Americans back to work will require a safe and secure way of tracking medical information related to COVID-19. We saw a clear need from our customers, and realized our platform was uniquely positioned to help solve this problem.”

– Truework CEO Ryan Sandler

“Truework’s platform sits at the center of consumers’ most important transactions and life events – from purchasing a home, to securing a new job. Up until now, the identity verification process has been painful, expensive, and opaque for all parties involved, something we’ve seen first-hand in the mortgage space. Starting with income and employment, Truework is setting the standard for consent-based verifications and unlocking the next wave of the digital economy. We’re thrilled to be partnering with this exceptional team as they continue to scale the platform.”

– Steve Sarracino, Founder and Partner at Activant Capital

“The increasing momentum Truework has seen since its founding in 2017 demonstrates the critical need for transformation in this space. Privacy, especially around identity data, is becoming increasingly top of mind for consumers and how they make transactions online.”

– Alfred Lin, partner at Sequoia Capital


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