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IndustryFinancial technology
Founded 📆May 1, 2012; 12 years ago (2012-05-01)
Founders 👔Erin Collard
Eugene Marinelli
Nima Ghamsari
Headquarters 🏙️, ,
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Nima Ghamsari (Chief Executive Officer)
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Blend is a financial technology company. It uses data integration software to digitize pay stubs, tax forms and bank statements. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.[1]

It has partnered with big banks including U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo,[2] as well as government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.[3] The company imports borrowers' financial information in order to decrease mortgage application wait times.[4]


The company was founded in 2012 by a group of former Palantir engineers.[5] Its name is an amalgam of "better" and "lending".[6][7] Blend raised $40 million in Series C funding in January 2016 in a round led by Founders Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Formation 8.[8] In 2017, the company received an additional $100 million in funding led by Greylock Partners.[9]

In February 2018, Blend was named by Fannie Mae as the first online point of sale system to supply asset validations on its list of Day 1 Certainty report suppliers.[10][11]

Blend's customers control more than 25 percent of the United States mortgage market.[12] The company was listed on the Forbes Fintech 50 for 2018.[13] In September 2018, the company announced that former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew would chair its advisory board.[14]


In 2018, the company created the Blend Marketplace for companies to integrate mortgage workflow tools.[15] It also developed Blend Vision technology to digitize paper documents.[16]

Blend Intelligence, a predictive engine for mortgage origination automation, was released in 2018.[17] Blend introduced its app on Salesforce AppExchange.[18]

Blend has partnerships with companies including Wells Fargo, MetLife, Flagstar Bank, Lennar[19] and Black Knight.[20]

Further reading[edit]


  1. Rao, Leena (20 January 2016). "Blend Wants To Approve Mortgages In Minutes, Not Weeks". Fortune.
  2. Rooney, Kate (14 September 2018). "After the crisis, a new generation puts its trust in tech over traditional banks". CNBC.
  3. Moore, McKenna (25 September 2018). "This Tech Company Is Trying To Make Mortgages More Accessible". Fortune.
  4. Harris, Ainsley (14 July 2017). "5 Startups Changing How Americans Buy Their First Home". Fast Company.
  5. Feldman, Amy (26 September 2017). "Blend Wants To Bring The $2 Trillion Mortgage Market To The Modern Era". Forbes.
  6. Taruc, Paolo (7 August 2018). "Mortgage lending platform Blend launches insurance division". Insurance Business.
  7. Pressman, Aaron; Lashinsky, Adam (25 July 2018). "Data Sheet—Automating Away the Long, Annoying Mortgage Application Process". Fortune.
  8. Zerucha, Tony (25 January 2016). "Mortgage fin-tech Blend celebrates $40M Series C". Bankless Times.
  9. Lawler, Ryan (24 August 2017). "Mortgage technology provider Blend raised another $100 million led by Greylock". TechCrunch.
  10. Sinnock, Bonnie (13 February 2018). "Fannie taps Blend to expand Day 1 Certainty's digital mortgage options". National Mortgage News.
  11. Casperson, Nicole (18 February 2018). "Blend to Further Digital Mortgage Process With Fannie Mae". Daily Dose.
  12. Verhage, Julie; Chiglinsky, Katherine (6 August 2018). "Mortgage Startup Blend to Offer MetLife Policies With New Unit". Bloomberg.
  13. Sharf, Samantha (13 February 2018). "Forbes Fintech 50 2018: The Newcomers". Forbes.
  14. Rooney, Kate (13 September 2018). "Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to advise mortgage start-up Blend". CNBC.
  15. Sharf, Samantha (17 April 2018). "In Fight To Make Mortgages More Nimble, Blend Bets On Partners". Forbes.
  16. Ramírez, Kelsey (21 June 2018). "Blend launches tech to help lenders keep origination costs down". Housing Wire.
  17. Monfort, Francis (19 September 2018). "Blend launches predictive engine for mortgage automation". Mortgage Professional America.
  18. Monfort, Francis (3 October 2018). "Blend rolls out digital lending app on Salesforce AppExchange". Mortgage Professional America.
  19. Truong, Kevin (28 March 2018). "Lennar is the latest big name to partner up with this red-hot San Francisco fintech". San Francisco Business Times.
  20. Swanson, Brena (23 October 2017). "Blend's digital mortgage platform integrates with Black Knight". Housing Wire.

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