Neobank Oxygen Raises $20 Million; Introduces New CEO David Rafalovsky
  • Neobank Oxygen has raised $20 million in Series B funding, taking its total capital to $45 million according to Crunchbase.
  • The funding -“led largely by return investors” – will help Oxygen further develop its product, improve the user experience, and grow its workforce.
  • San Francisco, California-based Oxygen won Best Digital Bank in the 2021 Finovate Awards.

San Francisco-based digital banking platform Oxygen has secured $20 million in Series B funding. The funding round was “led largely by return investors,” and will support product development and enhancements to Oxygen’s core offerings. The funding will also help Oxygen grow its team to help meet demand. The company’s total capital raised now stands at $45 million, according to Crunchbase.

Oxygen’s funding announcement comes at the same time that it is introducing a new CEO. David Rafalovsky, former Group CTO and Global Head of Operations & Technology for European digital banking ecosystem Sber, will take the helm, succeeding company founder Hussein Ahmed. Ahmed will remain with the company as Oxygen’s Chief Product Officer.

The new funding and new CEO “mark a new era” for Oxygen, Rafalovsky said in a statement. He underscored the size and importance of the small business community in the United States, and said that he believed Oxygen should play a role in helping these enterprises grow and thrive. “I look forward to charting the path forward for the company, building world class solutions for small businesses and gig economy participants,” Rafalovsky said. “Not only are small businesses driving the U.S. economy, but they also keep the American dream alive.”

A neobank designed from the start to serve both consumers and small businesses, Oxygen offers digital natives, creatives, and entrepreneurs an all-in-one digital banking platform that provides cashback rewards, early direct deposit, money transfers, and high-yield savings. Oxygen offers four tiers of membership – from the $0 annual fee “Earth” level to the $199.99 annual fee “Fire” level – which enable accountholders to choose their preferred debit card spending and payroll direct deposit limits – as well as the annual spending required in order to access these features. Banking services are provided by The Bancorp Bank, which also issues the Oxygen’s Visa debit card.

Founded in 2020, Oxygen was named Best Digital Bank in the 2021 Finovate Awards and Best Overall Mobile App in the Fintech Breakthrough Awards that same year. In December, the company launched its OTags functionality that makes it easier for Oxygen accountholders to send and request money, OGifts – which enable multiple Oxygen members to send money to a single Oxygen member – and more.

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