Bank verification for developers in just a few lines of code

#2 Product of the DayDecember 19, 2015

Dwolla.js powers instant bank verification within your Dwolla API application, never hitting your servers with customers’ sensitive financial information.

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Our new app is currently working with the Dwolla API as well. We're pretty excited about it. Our partnership was recently covered on VentureBeat here: http://venturebeat.com/2015/12/0...
@melissamonteee We are excited about working with Lenny!! Cheers
Is this any different from Plaid.com?
@arush - The biggest difference is that this is not a standalone auth service that Dwolla sells. Dwolla.js is designed to make authorization easy for the purpose of transferring money as a part of Dwolla's white label product. - https://www.dwolla.com/white-label For those using our white label services Dwolla.js makes authorization very simple.
Very cool. I could see this being used for B2B platforms for eCommerce or Vendor management/billing. Also, B2C luxury or high-price item online shops should love this too.
@jareddellitt @dpmilne - tell us the story behind Dwolla :) Obviously this touches on sensitive information, how do you plan on getting and keeping users trust? What are the biggest issues you find that you feel Dwolla is here to solve?
@bentossell I'll let @bpmilne jump in on the first two, but as for your third question, Dwolla's platform is about providing access and power to developers. Today's underlying bank transfer system, called ACH, is great. It's low-cost, works with 99.9% of all bank accounts in the U.S., and moves over $40T annually, but ACH is also extremely hard to access—often requiring platforms to go to through banks (no #APIs) or platforms that constrains its use to certain use cases (e.g. pay-in with a card, payout with a bank transfer). The 40-year-old transfer system is also woefully ill-prepared to handle the unique requests/needs of today's digital platforms. Developers shouldn't have to piece-mail 4 or 5 different services to be able to obvious things, like hold balances, create a P2P platform, or do payouts. Dwolla's developer platform was designed to offer fast, simple, and seamless access to ACH. It's built to do things ACH couldn't do on its own.
@jslampe agreed that such a traditional business needs a real update and awesome to see that you are trying to solve this :)
@jslampe @bentossell So what other things can you get with this API? (can you view transactions of the user? - Given permission is given)
@bentossell - "tell us the story behind Dwolla :)" Dwolla's been around for a while but was originally launched in 2010 as a way for e-commerce merchants to accept payment without paying interchange fees. Adding a bank has always been central to the experience and now that we're rolling out new white label ACH API (https://www.dwolla.com/white-label), we wanted bank authorization to be as easy as humanly possible for any third party app and for the team developing it as it is on Dwolla.com. I don't think it's lost on anyone that whether you charge a credit card, debit card, send a wire transfer, or an ach transfer, money is moving between 2 bank accounts. We've always focused on making that as easy as possible while saving our members from costly transaction fees. Focusing on bank transfers has really helped us specialize in that. "Obviously this touches on sensitive information, how do you plan on getting and keeping users trust?" Our technical and infosec teams that manage this for the core Dwolla.com services are handling data management and best practices. I'll ask them to get something up that's more detailed. "What are the biggest issues you find that you feel Dwolla is here to solve?" Saving everyone time and money (2.5%+ to charge a card, 0% to use Dwolla) is something that we generally feel puts a lot of money back into everyone's pockets. While Dwolla doesn't sell authorization services we do think this is an important part of making money transfer easy in the US and Dwolla.js makes integrating that functionality much easier.
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@aaran_mcguire @bentossell Once a customer bank account has been verified, it can then be used to initiate the transfer of funds using the /transfers endpoint in Dwolla's API (https://docsv2.dwolla.com/#trans...). These transfers can be to other customers within the White Label account's list of customers or to the White Label account itself.
@jareddellitt @dpmilne in the real code, do you put the credentials in the bank providers site? like OAuth?
@aaran_mcguire Bank credentials are provided through the Dwolla hosted IAV experience to our technology provider. This offloads the risk of capturing sensitive bank information for applications building on Dwolla's White Label API, where we require bank verification before we'll move funds from the account.