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Employee Stories: This College Dropout Android Developer is Glad to Start his Career with Mantra Labs

The culture of a workplace – an organization’s values, norms and practices – has a huge impact on our happiness and success ~ Adam Grant

We glad that we work with people who are inspired by our values and are willing to walk and grow with us.

Krishna Tanmay is one of them

Krishna Tanmay spent his childhood in queen of the hills, Mussoorie, college dropped out. He is an Android developer and likes to learn about development and programming even he is free and tired after working. Apart from work, he mostly spends his time with friends, travelling and try adventurous sports. 

He believed that the secret to success is in good company culture and we are glad that he found us and got whatever he believed in.

He says- 

During my internship, I was learning a lot and was enjoying working here at Mantra Labs. I had no previous experience to compare it to but then I talked to a few my batchmates from college. Some of them were either not satisfied with the work and the culture while the others seemed to be struggling with the learning part as they didn’t have proper guidance at their workplaces. I found that very surprising and was not able to believe them as it didn’t seem relatable at all.

In another couple of days, I realised that not all companies are the same, the people mentoring you at these companies are not that brilliant and at times, and if they are, they might not be interested in your growth or learning. I understood that I was the lucky one who landed an internship at Mantra Labs where my mentors were amazing, the culture was welcoming and supporting and the growth of the employees was the top priority for the people running this organisation.

At this point, I realised that I want to start my career and that I had to enter the IT industry with this company. So in another couple of weeks, after a lot of deliberation and analysis, I decided to not waste any more time and to stay on the safer side, I dropped my engineering degree immediately and joined Mantra Labs as a full time employee.

It’s been over 3 years now, and I would do and make the same decisions all over again if given a choice. I am glad that I took a risk with Mantra Labs.

Read here the complete story why he dropped out No explanations. No excuses. No regrets.


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Open Finance: Reality or Hype?

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Open Banking has reshaped the fintech industry. Customers want a seamless experience with more convenient and flexible access to services. Technological innovation and digital transformation have led to the emergence of neobanks which offer a banking experience similar to delivery apps. Now the customers can avail of services like opening an account in minutes. In the last few years, another new concept- Open Finance has joined the queue. What exactly is open finance? Is it just hype or reality? And how open finance might improve customer experience (CX). These are some of the questions that we’re going to talk about in this blog. 

Open Banking

In open banking, banks and other financial institutions allow third-party financial service providers to access the bank’s customers’ data via APIs (application programming interfaces). This helps banks to create more personalized offerings and meet the changing needs of their customers.

What is Open Finance?

Open Banking and Open Finance are similar. However, Open Finance is slightly more advanced in the process. Simply put, it is the next step in open banking. 

Open Finance is a more customer-centric approach. It gives users a safe and dependable way to share their data with the financial tools and apps they prefer to use.

How is Open Finance different from Open Banking?

How is Open Finance different from Open Banking?

Source: Accenture

Open Banking has certain limitations when it comes to sharing of financial data. Here, only that data can be shared which is related to financial operations made within the bank’s app or in a branch office. Open finance goes beyond this limitation.

In Open Finance, non-banking financial data including mortgages, savings, pensions, insurance, and consumer credit – basically your entire financial footprint – could be opened up to trusted third-party APIs if you agree.

Open finance will help open new gateways for financial institutions to improve CX. Let’s dig deeper to understand how this concept will change CX in the Fintech world for the next-Gen customers. 

  1. 360-degree Customer Insights: Data acts as a tool to study deeply about your customers. Organizations can analyze the customer data and extract some valuable insights to design the complete customer journey. Open Finance opens a more secure pathway for financial institutions and gives a more complete picture of their customer’s finances. 
  2. Partnerships & Collaborations: With open finance, comes an opportunity for the financial institutions to network and collaborate with various providers. This means they could deliver a wider variety of services based on consumer data, uncovering new business models and innovations.
  3. Transparency for the Lenders: Lenders can evaluate and measure the creditworthiness of potential borrowers, audit documents, and offer customized solutions by securely collecting customer data. Machine learning algorithms may help to extract valuable insights from raw data.

Open Finance offers freedom and flexibility to consumers giving more options and control over the data they share and how they engage with their finances. With just 8 seconds of attention span, the new age consumers want better experiences to get hooked to one brand. Open finance creates unparalleled access to a broader range of products and services. With data sharing, banking organizations can keep track on the changing customer expectations who want frictionless interactions and hyper-personalized experiences across all touchpoints of the customer journey.

The Road Ahead

Statista predicts that there will be 63.8 million open banking users globally by 2024, increasing at an average annual rate of about 50% between 2020 and 2024. This means there will be more demand for innovative products and services in the industry. Banking organizations would need to analyze the rising customer expectations more closely than ever. And for this, data would act as a key to designing the experience of tomorrow. 


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