Albert joins Santander
December 18th, 2018
Today is a momentous day for Albert.
We are thrilled to share with you that we are joining Santander Group, the major global bank and financial services company.
Freelancers ourselves, we started Albert at the end of 2014 when we built the first prototype on a flight from L.A to London. The first proper product went live early 2016. With an extremely small but extremely talented team, Albert quickly became the top-rated, fastest-growing bookkeeping platform in the UK in just under three years. In this time we have achieved exponential month-over-month usage growth, over half a million invoices have been sent by you, we’ve gained over 3,500 five-star ratings, we have over 55,000 UK users on iOS alone, have been featured many times by Apple, and we were the first B2B app with ‘Open Banking’ integration at the end of 2017. We just closed a second seed round in May of this year. Seeing Albert grow to where we are today blows our mind.
We started Albert to help the self-employed by reinventing bookkeeping, putting it in the pocket. Our aspirations have always been much bigger. Joining the Santander family gives us the backing and resources to accelerate what we stand for: building beautiful, high-quality, mobile solutions for the people who will be truly helped by it.
So, what will change for you, Albert users? Nothing right now. Our team will continue to support the Albert app day in and day out. Users have told us time and again how they fell in love with Albert’s simplicity, delightfulness, and beautiful engineering. We will continue to work on perfecting that.
On a personal note, we couldn’t be more proud of the whole Albert team. Together with them, our investors including our fantastic lead investors Mangrove Capital, our advisers and - of course - you, our users, we turned an idea into a fantastic reality.
Thank you all.
Dan & Ivo
- Co-founders of Albert