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Astra Inc. was founded in October 2016 by Gil Akos and Sam Morgan, modern finance executives who believed in the power and potential of advanced, automated technologies. Observing a need for a full stack money movement platform with risk mitigation, anti-fraud and accelerated settlement capabilities, the co-founders set out to create an infrastructure that supports financial transfers at a market competitive price.

"Our mission is to increase the efficiency of the financial system for all by mapping the financial graph and automating the movement of funds through it," Morgan said. "Our technology is designed for all so that any two accounts can be connected and leverage automation to ensure more automation and less manual management in personal finance."

Morgan recalled that Astra launched its Automated Bank Transfer API in 2021, and subsequently entered into numerous strategic partnerships with leading fintech firms, including Daylight, Dwolla, Unifimoney, Overflow and Purple Financial. In addition, he noted, Astra launched a mobile-friendly web app that enables users to manage their Astra profile quickly and easily from any device. Developers can also use the web app for authorizations and graceful fallbacks to facilitate customer onboarding in multiple web environments, he added.

Full stack APIs

Morgan characterized Astra's Automation as a Service offering and full stack API as its primary differentiators, stating that the SaaS provides clients, partners and resellers with competitively priced, essential infrastructure. He also noted that the full stack API provides developers with a lightweight integration that facilitates funds transfers between depository accounts, either on demand or using prebuilt automations such as round ups or sweeps. He cited the following additional products and services:

  • Peer-to-peer transfers: Utilize peer-to-peer transfers within a mobile app enhanced by Astra's settlement improvements and risk mitigation for B2B and B2C bank-to-bank transfers.
  • Fund new customer accounts: Leverage the Astra API to connect and fund existing user accounts and create one-time, recurring or automated transfers through the same API.
  • Instant direct deposit shipping: Instantly set up recurring transfers from existing user accounts to new accounts, moving up to $25,000 with no additional coordination required between employer or payroll provider. These funds transfer routines from old to new accounts remain in place until deactivated.
  • Secure ACH transfers: Confidently move funds backed by fraud detection and prevention, automated balance checking, and healing for returned or failed transfers. Users are protected from fraud and return codes and can reliably send large sums of money between their accounts – default fast (sometimes in just one business day and up to $25,000 per transaction).

Built for security, speed

Designed to remove friction, delays and uncertainties from money movement, Astra solutions eliminate cumbersome balance reconciliation processes and use integrated anti-fraud to prevent lost funds, Morgan stated. He also pointed out that Astra solutions facilitate fast and accurate funds transfers without return codes or transfer failures.

"By working across the payments ecosystem, with ISOs, MLSs and other payments enterprises, Astra forges symbiotic partnerships, especially with companies that receive or originate funds transfers," Morgan said. "Astra's orchestration technology benefits these organizations, eliminating any worry about return code errors or fraudulent transfers. Partners can instead focus on other aspects of their operations or differentiating features for their products."

As he looked ahead to Astra's near-term product road map, Morgan indicated the next big releases will be all about payment rails. After spending years developing complex financial automations that leverage the ACH network and successfully completing millions in transfers, we're going to open them up to even faster payment rails like push-to-debit and RTP, which are coming later this year, he stated. end of article

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Astra Inc.

Astra Inc.

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Sam Morgan
COO & Co-founder

Company Profile originally appeared in
The Green Sheet Issue 210802

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