Former Robinhood Employees Launch Parafin, a Finance Startup for Small Business

Several former employees of stock-trading platform Robinhood Markets Inc. are building a new fintech startup for small businesses.

San Francisco-based Parafin Inc., which is also backed by some of Robinhood’s early venture investors, is reaching small businesses via partners to offer online cash advances, a type of financing that’s repaid as a percentage of a business’s daily sales. Parafin is an early-stage alternative to the likes of Square Inc.’s Square Capital, Stripe Inc.’s Stripe Capital, and other providers of financing for small businesses.

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