Okra Product Update: September 2021

Our September product update includes the new Okra widget, new integrations, recent blog posts, open positions and more...

Okra Product Update: September 2021

What's New?

โšก๏ธ Widget

The new Okra widget is here! With the all new widget, we've modified for faster load times even with slow internet, improved compatibility across devices and added smarter experiences for returning users, verification and payments. We've started the rollout process, diverting a larger percentage of Okra traffic to the new widget each week. No technical updates are needed on your end. Stay tuned for the official launch announcement on September 14 to learn more about all the new optimizations and enhancements!

In the meantime, here is a preview of the new returning user experience. When a user gives consent through any application on the Okra network, the next time they interact with Okra to login to a new app, we've enabled an efficient and secure, 3-click returning user experience.

๐Ÿฆ Financial Institutions:

Building on traditional banks, we continued our expansion to non-traditional institutions such as micro-finance banks, digital wallets and more this month with an integration with OPay. With monthly transaction volumes exceeding $3 billion, OPay is a fast-growing payment platform offering web and mobile money services in Africa, reaching a company valuation of $2 billion last month. If you have any specific requests for integrations, please contact me.

๐Ÿ‘€ ICYMI:

  • Our co-founders, Fara Ashiru Jituboh and David Peterside, had an exciting chat with Tom Lounibos, Managing Director of Accenture Ventures. It was a deep-dive into how Okra is accelerating the impact of Africa's digital economy. Check out the full video. ๐ŸŽ‰
  • Open finance helps businesses offer better services with their customers' financial data. However, that comes with the great responsibility of keeping data safe. At Okra, we built a strong encryption system with Evervault and comply with international and local regulations. Read more about our data protection efforts.
  • Building a digital bank in Africa comes with unique challenges, but Umba is able to overcome some of these challenges with Okra APIs. Today, Umba has a credit verification system powered by our Transactions API and is able to provide instant loans for anyone regardless of their income level!

๐Ÿ‘ซ We are hiring!

Know somebody that could be interested in joining our team?

Current openings include: Customer Engineer (Technical), Sr. DevOps Engineer, Sr. Frontend Engineer, Sr. Software Engineer (Core Services), Data Scientist (Machine Learning Engineer), Data Analyst, Sr. Product Designer or tell us your dream job! Apply to all of our job posts on our site.

๐Ÿš€ What's Next?

We are working on some major updates to Okra dashboard!๐Ÿ™Œ ย Make sure to subscribe to the Okra blog so you do not miss anything. Cheers!

The Okra Team.