California and Hyderabad-based adaptive fraud prevention startup Simility have raised $17.5 Mn (INR 112.6 Cr) funding from Accel Partners in a Series B round. Existing investors The Valley Fund and Trinity Ventures also participated in this investment along with the new strategic investor PayPal.
The startup will use the funds to expand its partner network, sales, partnerships, customer success and data science teams. Prior to this, Simility has raised three funding rounds in August 2015 (Seed, $3.45 Mn), October 2015 (Seed, $2.25 Mn) and June 2016 (Seed, $1.5 Mn).
“Enterprise fraud has grown dramatically over the past decade and can cost organisations millions of dollars in loss annually. We invested in Simility because of its leadership team and its adaptive fraud prevention platform which combines the power of data, machine learning, and people to protect organisations against the growing and costly threat of fraud,” said Ryan Sweeney, the Partner at Accel.
Launched in 2014 by ex-Googler Rahul Pangam, Uttam Phalnikar and Kedar Samant, Simility helps companies with fraud prevention and abuse using machine learning, big data analytics and data visualization capabilities. Simility levels the playing field against even the most sophisticated fraud ring by enabling analysts to create and configure detection mechanisms without having to write one line of code. The core technologies behind Simility are a mix of open-source and purpose-built proprietary code.
“Digital disruption in the financial and commerce sectors has resulted in the need for a fraud prevention and risk management solution that goes beyond legacy, static rule-based offerings to offer protection in a digital first, big data analytics-focused environment,” said Rahul.