CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mispelled Deepak Rao's name in a quote attribution. The spelling of his name has been updated. Additionally, the article incorrectly stated why the Thrivecash team is focusing on spreading primarily to the East Coast and Midwest schools. The are focusing on this because it was faster to start operating in those regions because the price is so low and they allow businesses who don’t charge high rates to go to market faster. The article has been updated with the correct information. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the errors.
This semester, some students have noticed flyers advertising an app called Thrivecash posted in their classrooms. The flyers simply say “borrow cash in school, pay back when you start working.” They promise students loans that can be unlocked with proof of an internship or job offer and no hidden fees.
Thrivecash was designed to be easy to use and the story behind its creation is anything but ordinary.
“The app is extremely simple,” said co-founder Deepak Rao. “If you’re a college student that has either an upcoming internship lined up, or an upcoming full-time job lined up, you can borrow 25 percent of your internship salary or 25 percent of your first three months’ salary after graduation, today during the school year. You don’t have to pay back a single dollar until you get your first paycheck.”
Rao and his co-founder, Siddharth Batra, worked at Twitter after it acquired their first company, Mine, which was an e-commerce startup. They left Twitter in September of 2017 to start Thrivecash. The Thrivecash team raised most of its first seed round funding from Rao and Batra’s former bosses at Twitter.