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FEBRUARY 1, 2024 | 21NINETY
Head of Community Monique White shares her personal credit journey and discusses methods for building credit.
FEBRUARY 1, 2024 | NBA
Self sponsors the Spurs Fan Fest.
JANUARY 29, 2024 | DELAWARE.GOV
Deadline announced for the Delaware State Housing Authority rent reporting pilot in partnership with Self.
JANUARY 26, 2024 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Self included in a feature about rent reporting to build credit.
JANUARY 18, 2024 | NPR
Head of Community Monique White shares methods for saving up for a large purchase.
JANUARY 17, 2024 | PULSE 2.0
Self Founder James Garvey discusses the evolution of Self, the launch of free rent reporting and Julie Szudarek joining the team as CEO.
JUNE 20, 2023 | LOS ANGELES TIMES
Self included as a way to build credit without a credit card.
JANUARY 4, 2024 | THE NEWSETTE
Self's Head of Community Monique White shares how consumers can protect their finances during while holiday shopping.
DECEMBER 20, 2023 | TRANSUNION
Kristian Lund, SVP of Rent and Bills Reporting at Self, discusses the impact of rent reporting.
DECEMBER 14, 2023 | YAHOO FINANCE
Self and SpringFour deliver more than 3 million financial referrals to consumers.
DECEMBER 14, 2023 | FINTECH IS FEMME
Self CEO Julie Szudarek discusses 3 million financial health referrals milestone in partnership with SpringFour.
DECEMBER 13, 2023 | THE SCORE PODCAST
Kristian Lund, SVP of Rent and Bills Reporting at Self, discusses the impact of rent reporting on TheScore podcast.
DECEMBER 5, 2023 | GLOBENEWSWIRE
Self launches free rent reporting to the three major credit bureaus.
NOVEMBER 7, 2023 | BANKING DIVE
Self partners with Regions Bank to offer rent reporting to bank customers.
NOVEMBER 7, 2023 | REGIONS BANK
Self partners with Regions Bank to offer rent reporting to bank customers.
OCTOBER 24, 2023 | AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL
Self CMO Brett Billick discusses season two of the company's partnership with the San Antonio Spurs.
OCTOBER 19, 2023 | BUILT IN AUSTIN
Julie Szudarek joins Self as CEO.
OCTOBER 11, 2023 | PYMNTS
Self Founder James Garvey weighs in on consumer debt and credit in a panel discussion.
OCTOBER 1, 2023 | FORBES
Self's Head of Community Monique White discusses steps to build credit for consumers paying off student loans.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 | WASHINGTON POST
Self's Head of Community Monique White spoke with Washington Post about strategies for managing credit and finances at any stage of life with student loans
SEPTEMBER 8, 2023 | BLACK ENTERPRISE
Black Enterprise Magazine spoke with Self's Head of Community Monique White about ways to build credit given the rise of national credit card debt.
AUGUST 14, 2023 | CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Self's Head of Community Monique White shares strategies for building credit to help qualify for personal loans.
JULY 28, 2023 | ENTREPRENEUR
Self listed among the top 50 fintech companies hiring right now.
JULY 10, 2023 | FORBES
Self's Head of Community Monique White discusses ways students can start building credit.
JUNE 30, 2023 | CBS
Self's Head of Community Monique White joins CBS News’ Weekender program to discuss how consumers can prepare their finances to pay back student loans & protect their credit in the process.
JUNE 22, 2023 | ADAGE
CMO Brett Billick weighed in on what a top draft pick for the Spurs could mean for Self's brand as the team's jersey patch partner
JUNE 8, 2023 | EVERYONE'S TALKIN MONEY
Self’s Head of Community Monique White talks about how to use credit to accomplish your money goals on this episode of the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast with Shannah Game.
JUNE 5, 2023 | AMERICAN BANKER
Self featured in American Banker's annual roundup of the best places to work in fintech.
MAY 30, 2023 | THE EVERYGIRL PODCAST
Self's Head of Community Monique White was a featured guest and shared her financial journey and practical steps for those who need a fresh start on their finances.
MAY 10, 2023 | GOBANKINGRATES
Self's Head of Community Monique White discusses secured credit cards as a credit building tool.
MAY 6, 2023 | GOBANKINGRATES
Self's Head of Community discusses the importance of having a strong credit score in an article about ways to know your finances are above average.
MAY 2, 2023 | MARKETWATCH
Self's Head of Community Monique White explains the importance of building credit during a credit crunch.
APRIL 24, 2023 | PODCAST NEWS DAILY
Self's podcast was recognized as a Platinum Award winner of the Hermes Creative Awards.
APRIL 14, 2023 | WELL+GOOD
Lauren Bringle, Accredited Financial Counselor at Self discusses a popular budgeting method.
APRIL 12, 2023 | LINKEDIN
Self's Head of Community discusses best practices for managing a credit card for Gen Z.
MARCH 21, 2023 | MONEY
Self Head of Community, Monique White, breaks down some common financial mistakes that might be hurting consumers’ credit and best practices for building credit.
MARCH 15, 2023 | NEWSETTE
Accredited Financial Counselor© at Self, Lauren Bringle, discusses how women can protect their finances during a divorce.
MARCH 15, 2023 | GOBANKINGRATES
Accredited Financial Counselor© at Self, Lauren Bringle, discusses how women can save for retirement.
MARCH 3, 2023 | GOBANKINGRATES
Self Head of Community, Monique White, shares best practices for feeling more in control of finances.
FEBRUARY 10, 2023 | CNBC SELECT
Self Head of Community, Monique White, discusses credit as a tool for building generational wealth.
JANUARY 18, 2023 | NERD WALLET
Article highlights features from the Self Visa® Credit Card.
JANUARY 11, 2023 | ROLLING OUT
Self. podcast host Jacent Wamala discusses Self's six-episode podcast series.
JANUARY 11, 2023 | HERMONEY
Self Head of Community, Monique White, discusses budgeting in your 20s and 30s.
JANUARY 9, 2023 | DELAWARE STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY NEWS
Self partners with the Delaware State Housing Authority on a new rent reporting pilot program.
JANUARY 2, 2023 | EBONY MAGAZINE
Self Head of Community, Monique White, discusses side hustles in an article about best practices for financial health in 2023.
DECEMBER 28, 2022 | FORBES
Accredited Financial Counselor© at Self, Lauren Bringle, discusses credit as a way to make your money go farther in 2023.
DECEMBER 15, 2022 | YAHOO FINANCE
Self offers rent and utility reporting to new and existing customers.
DECEMBER 14, 2022 | MONEY
Self's Head of Community Monique White discusses how consumers can financially prepare for a recession.
DECEMBER 9, 2022 | FORBES
Self CEO and founder James Garvey included in a roundup of recommendations for personal finance checks to complete at the end of the year.
DECEMBER 7, 2022 | PODPOD
Self launches new podcast on financial well-being in partnership with Acast
NOVEMBER 15, 2022 | SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE
Self's Credit Builder Account mentioned as a tool for college students to build credit.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 | AMERICAN BANKER
Interview with Self CEO and Founder James Garvey about Self's credit-building products.
AUGUST 28, 2022 | SILICON HILLS NEWS
Self listed among the top 25 Austin startups to watch in 2022.
AUGUST 11, 2022 | TODAY.COM
Self spokesperson and former customer Sharita Humphrey discusses helpful habits for back to school shopping.
JULY 25, 2022 | UPROXX
San Antonio Spurs share new SATX alternate uniforms featuring Self logo patch.
JUNE 22, 2022 | CHEDDAR
Interview with Self CEO and Founder James Garvey about Self's new partnership with the San Antonio Spurs.
JUNE 22, 2022 | AUSTONIA
San Antonio Spurs announce Self as the new official jersey patch sponsor.
JUNE 21, 2022 | SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
San Antonio Spurs announce Self as the new official jersey patch sponsor.
JUNE 21, 2022 | AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL
San Antonio Spurs announce Self as the new official jersey patch sponsor.
JUNE 21, 2022 | NBA
San Antonio Spurs announce Self as the new official jersey patch sponsor.
JUNE 1, 2022 | USA TODAY
Self spokesperson and fomer customer Sharita Humphrey discusses the impact of inflation on credit.
JUNE 1, 2022 | GLOBENEWSWIRE.COM
Self adds former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin and T-Mobile’s Dara Bazzano to its board of directors.
MAY 18, 2022 | YAHOO FINANCE
New survey from Self reveals the toll of financial strain on Americans.
MAY 12, 2022 | AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL
Self founder and CEO James Garvey is named a finalist for 2022 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Central South award
MAY 1, 2022 | TECHCRUNCH
Self becomes the first consumer credit company to report rent payments to all three major credit bureaus.
APRIL 29, 2022 | FINURAH
Self spokesperson and former customer Sharita Humphrey discusses her credit journey with Self.
APRIL 29, 2022 | BLACK ENTERPRISE
Self debuts new advertising campaign directed by Grammy award winner Alan Ferguson.
APRIL 27, 2022 | NATIONAL MORTGAGE NEWS
Self becomes the first consumer credit company to report rent payments to all three major credit bureaus.
APRIL 27, 2022 | GLOBENEWSWIRE.COM
Self becomes the first consumer credit company to report rent payments to all three major credit bureaus.
APRIL 6, 2022 | FRIENDLIKEUS PODCAST
Self spokesperson and former customer Sharita Humphrey discusses credit during podcast interview.
APRIL 1, 2022 | ESSENCE
Expert shares money tips for recent graduates.
MARCH 3, 2022 | TEARSHEET
An interview with Self CEO and founder, James Garvey, about the company's acquisition of RentTrack.
FEBRUARY 17, 2022 | GLOBENEWSWIRE.COM
Self acquires RentTrack to offer credit reporting for rent and utility payments.
MARCH 3, 2022 | TEARSHEET
Tearsheet speaks with Self Financial CEO James Garvey about Self's recent acquisition of RentTrack and LevelCredit.
JANUARY 5, 2022 | BUILT IN AUSTIN
Self recognized in 3 categories: Austin Best Places to Work, Austin Best Midsize Companies to Work For, Austin Best Benefits
JANUARY 4, 2022 | DAILY MOM
Roundup about the best apps for recent college graduates. Includes Self as a recommendation.
DECEMBER 3, 2021 | FINLEDGER
Commentary about how our customer success team manages a successful working relationship with external contractors to most effectively serve our customers.
DECEMBER 2, 2021 | AUSTIN INNO
Self named one of the hottest startups in Austin.
NOVEMBER 1, 2021 | HERMONEY
Includes Self commentary in a story about financial planning for next year.
OCTOBER 26, 2021 | PARENTS
Budget recommendations from Self.
OCTOBER 13, 2021 | WHARTON FINTECH PODCAST
CEO James Garvey interviewed about the company mission, business growth and the industry
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 | BRIDES
Includes Self commentary about how marriage impacts credit.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 | CHEDDAR NEWS
Interview with CEO James Garvey about Series E funding, company growth and industry trends
SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 | TECHCRUNCH
Features Self's Series E funding news and company updates such as the new capabilities to serve Self Visa® cardholders and the hiring of our new chief compliance officer.
AUGUST 6, 2021 | APARTMENT THERAPY
Sometimes saving money takes time, but it's worth it. Self recommends reviewing your credit card and bank statements carefully every month to know where your money's going - and to catch mistakes.
AUGUST 5, 2021 | BLACK BRIDE
Self spokesperson Sharita Humphrey stresses the importance of having financial conversations before - and after - getting married.
AUGUST 4, 2021 | BUILT IN
Self engineering manager Karthic Hariharan recognized as a tech innovator!
JULY 29, 2021 | WOMAN'S WORLD
Self's Credit Builder Account is included in a list of 7 smart ways to build credit.
JULY 21, 2021 | HERMONEY
Self suggests ways to save money on summer travel.
JUNE 9, 2021 | REAL SIMPLE
Self Financial's Lauren Bringle provides tips for saving money if you find yourself attending a lot of weddings in this post-pandemic wedding season.
JUNE 2, 2021 | YAHOO MONEY
Self CEO James Garvey explains to Yahoo! how in order to get access to credit, you need a credit history.
JUNE 1, 2021 | WASHINGTON POST
Self Financial's Lauren Bringle quoted describing homeownership as a top reason Self customers are building their credit.
MAY 19, 2021 | CNBC
Self Financial joins BlackRock's efforts to help Americans build emergency savings.
MAY 18, 2021 | YAHOO! FINANCE
Self Financial co-founder and CEO James Garvey discusses the financial impact being felt from the pandemic and what we need to do to stay on top of our credit.
MAY 5, 2021 | THE FINANCIAL BRAND
Self Financial CEO James Garvey is quoted describing the collaboration between fintechs and banks as a way to increase access to financial products.
APRIL 27, 2021 | TEARSHEET
Self Financial partner SpringFour referred hundreds of thousands to local resources for financial assistance during the pandemic.
MARCH 31, 2021 | AMERICAN BANKER
Self Financial makes American Banker's list of best fintechs to work for in 2021.
JANUARY 17, 2021 | CNBC
Jernessa Jones, a financial counselor for Operation Hope, tells CNBC how she turned her financial life around, a journey that included a Self Credit Builder Account.
MARCH 11, 2021 | BLACK ENTERPRISE
A Self Financial survey of Black Americans found many worry about being judged because of their credit score.
JANUARY 31, 2021 | MADAMENOIRE
Financial educator, and former Self customer, Sharita Humphrey walks through what consumers should know about building and maintaining their credit.
JANUARY 19, 2021 | HUFF POST
If your credit suffered during the pandemic year, the latest stimulus money may be an opportunity to get it back on track. Self Financial is an option to consider.
DECEMBER 15, 2020 | FORBES
JULY 30, 2020 | WEALTH AND FINANCE MAGAZINE
Wealth & Finance magazine’s FinTech Awards recognize companies that are redefining finance and banking for the modern age and modern consumer.
MAY 18, 2020 | MARKETS INSIDER
Previously a member of Self's board and VC firm Silverton Partners, Adam Chibib has now joined Self's C-Suite as CFO.
MAY 5, 2020 | GLOBE NEWSWIRE
Self Financial CEO James Garvey interviews Cordray about his upcoming book, “Watchdog” in the context of turbulent times for consumer finance
FEBRUARY 19, 2020 | GLOBE NEWSWIRE
Investors for Series C include Conductive Ventures and Altos Ventures
FEBRUARY 5, 2020 | YAHOO FINANCE
The results were based on a survey of all company employees and the list of 49 companies was published by Ariznet Brands, which includes industry-leading publication American Banker.
OCTOBER 2, 2019 | U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. news covers the launch of the Self Visa Credit Card and evaluates it as a credit-building tool.
AUGUST 24, 2019 | SELF FINANCIAL
Self Lender Becomes Self.
Increasing the focus on solutions to help customers build credit and save, Self Lender rebrands as Self Financial and incorporates as Self Financial, Inc.
JUNE 19, 2019 | PR NEWSWIRE
Self Financial is one of the global winners of the Inclusive Fintech 50 in the category of credit. The competition was organized by MetLife Foundation and Visa Inc., with global nonprofit Accion and World Bank Group member IFC.
MAY 23, 2019 | FOX BUSINESS
More than half of workers surveyed felt they weren't fairly compensated. This is just one of several areas for employers to optimize for employee retention.
FEBRUARY 20, 2019 | SELF FINANCIAL
Self Partners With Atlantic Capital Bank
Atlantic Capital provides innovative financial technology companies a banking partner that has significant operational expertise and processing scale to meet the demands of a rapidly growing national client base.
JANUARY 29, 2019 | SELF FINANCIAL
Self Announces Partnership with Steady
Self announces a new partnership with Steady, to help more Americans achieve financial stability and build credit.
NOVEMBER 15, 2018 | SELF FINANCIAL
Self Raises $10 Million Series B Funding
The money will be invested in growing the team, and expanding product and marketing capacity to help more consumers establish or improve their credit.
OCTOBER 30, 2018 | MONEYISH
A Self Lender survey finds most millennials are more forgiving about money mistakes than you think — if the other person is honest.
OCTOBER 2, 2018 | SELF FINANCIAL
Self Teams Up With Neighborhood Trust
At participating employers nationally, workers will be able to seamlessly access Self's credit building and savings product as part of their Trusted Advisor Financial Action Plan, with guidance from their Neighborhood Trust Financial Counselor.
JULY 11, 2018 | NAV.COM
Strong personal and business credit scores can help small business owners qualify for better financing which, in turn, can help them grow their business.
JUNE 13, 2018 | SELF FINANCIAL
Self Surpasses 120,000 Accounts, talks 2018 Growth
Self Financial talks 2018 account growth, an expanding team, and introduces a veteran CMO.
MARCH 28, 2018 | BADCREDIT.ORG
Establishing or rebuilding a good credit score can be tricky, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Self Lender offers an alternative way to improve your credit while accruing personal savings.
FEBRUARY 26, 2018 | CARDRATES.COM
Consumers with bad or no credit histories were traditionally relegated to high-fee loans or credit cards that provided minimal help to their credit-building journey. Fintech companies are creating products with lower fees & greater impact on credit scores.
AUGUST 10, 2017 | SELF FINANCIAL
UC Berkeley student wins 2017 Self Financial scholarship
Lourdes Matute of Chicago, who’s entering her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, has won Self's $1,000 Scholarship for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.
MAY 11, 2017 | AMERICAN BANKER
Self Lender is making their marks on the savings app space by providing incentives to users to manage their money wisely.
MAY 13, 2017 | NEWSWEEK
Startups like EarnUp and Self Lender work to help consumers with financial questions and planning while also protecting them by working with regulators.
JULY 19, 2017 | BUILTIN
Self Lender, an Austin fintech startup, secures $5 million series A financing.
OCTOBER 7, 2016 | ABC NEWS
Today, it's possible to build a good credit score in a year without a big chunk of cash upfront or a large debt at the end. You can make yourself look better to lenders while keeping more money in your pocket. Here's how to do it right.
OCTOBER 10, 2016 | THE COLLEGE INVESTOR
A Credit Builder Account is a low cost loan that you essentially make to yourself that allows you to build savings and your credit. Even better, Self Lender does not require a credit check. But before you open a loan, these are the things you should know.
OCTOBER 5, 2016 | AMERICAN BANKER
The 20 startups selected for this year's FinTech Forward Companies to Watch are helping banks replicate, and in some cases enhance, the close bonds they often share with their customers in person through digital channels.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 | SUPERMONEY
Self Lender offers a fix to a serious problem in our credit system. If lenders don’t give your loan applications a second look because of your limited credit history, you know what I mean.
JUNE 13, 2016 | BLOOMBERG
With credit-builder loans, you're basically borrowing from yourself to build a credit history. An Austin startup, Self Lender.com, launched its version in March, in partnership with Austin Capital Bank.
JUNE 3, 2016 | CONSUMER AFFAIRS
between paychecks, and the payday lenders know the consumers will not be able to pay back the loan," said James Garvey, co-founder and CEO of the start-up Self Lender.
MARCH 17, 2016 | NERDWALLET
If you have no credit or — worse — bad credit, establishing good credit can seem impossible, because no one will approve you for a card or loan. A credit-builder loan, like the ones offered by Self Lender, offers consumers a chance to build credit.
MARCH 10, 2016 | CREDIT.COM
Without a credit score, prospective borrowers may have a hard time buying a home, a car or getting a credit card. But one Austin-based startup says it can make it much easier for consumers to establish creditworthiness.
JUNE 19, 2015 | AMERICAN BANKER
Austin Capital Bank, a $71.4 million-asset institution based in Texas, will originate loans for a new online consumer lending platform called Self Lender.
JUNE 17, 2015 | FINEXTRA
Self Lender, Inc., a financial technology start-up that helps consumers establish credit history and gain access to mainstream financial products, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Austin Capital Bank.
MARCH 24, 2015 | XCONOMY
Techstars posted the names of the 10 companies yesterday that will participate in its three-month intensive boot camp from now through June, culminating in demo day presentations on June 17.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | THE STREET
For young adults just starting out, or recent immigrants with solid incomes but no credit files, it can be a barrier to a better life. Perhaps the solution is to do it yourself.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 | TECHCRUNCH
Today at the Disrupt Startup Battlefield, Self Lender launched its consumer finance service to help people with limited credit history build credit, as well as assist people with weaker credit profiles boost their scores.
JANUARY 11, 2024 | THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Self mentioned as a way to build credit without a credit card.

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