Y Combinator backs payment startup Ping in $15 million seed round

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  • Freelancer-focused Neobank Ping closed a $15 million seed round backed by Y Combinator, Race Capital, BlockTower, Danhua Capital, Signum Capital and Goat Capital.

Ping, a new freelancer-focused neobank, raised $15 million in a seed round as it plans to expand its focus from Latin America to new regions.

Firms including Y Combinator, Race Capital, BlockTower, Danhua Capital, Signum Capital and Goat Capital participated in the round.

"We’re going to be expanding big time,” Ping co-founder Jack Saracco said in an interview. He noted that the company currently serves users in 16 countries and hopes to expand its focus to markets including Southeast Asia and Western Africa. The company will also put the funding toward marketing and sales. 

Ping’s app-based platform focuses on digital nomads and freelancers working internationally. It aims to ease the process of getting paid in dollars and converting those funds to local currency. It allows users to create a U.S.-dollar bank account, invoice their employers and receive local currencies or crypto through bank transfers.

The Miami-based company, founded in 2021, said it has processed more than $1 million in payment volume in its first few months of operations. It launched through Y Combinator about four months ago. 

Ping is built on the rails of Latamex, which offers on- and off-ramps for exchanging crypto and fiat. Its platform allows users to buy and sell bitcoin, ether and Litecoin, as well as Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC). Users can also deposit or withdraw U.S. dollar fiat currency. The company also has a waitlist open for a new international Visa card. 

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