Nearly 400 million people in Southeast Asia will gain access to banking systems in the coming decades, and good data is crucial to achieve such goal, says Katherine Shen, CEO and co-founder of Defi.
For lending institutions, the current data collection process is expensive, inefficient and full of privacy concerns, Shen noted.
An increasing need to assess creditworthiness against the backdrop of secure and authentic data nonetheless presents unique opportunities to entrepreneurs to deploy innovative solutions.
She described Defi as a highly anticipated project that makes authentic and reliable credit-risk data available to lenders.
Its system allows multiple lending institutions to pool their borrowers’ data through a highly secure cross-enterprise data collaboration platform.
The underlying blockchain-based protocol ensures that the data is decentralised and not owned by a single party.
The platform also utilises trusted computing technology which takes privacy and information security protection to the next level. This creates ideal conditions for lending institutions to extract value from data securely.
With data from more than 10 million borrowers in Southeast Asia, Defi is cementing partnerships at a rapid pace.
Lending companies, by plugging their data to the system, benefit too in the form of rewards and free queries on borrowers' credit background.
But Defi is not satisfied with just this, Shen said. She wants to launch a product suite for both lending institutions and individuals.
“We already have more than a million fraud-data items in the network. In the coming months, we will launch more products and platforms that will enable lenders to identify over-borrowers, calculate credit scores using scientifically advanced and flexible models, and identify product fit for specific customers using big data.
“We are also working on data-wallet apps for individuals to make available a wide range of financial services,” Shen said.