LatestJanuary 9, 2019

How do sweep transfers work?

We recently announced the launch of Sweep Transfers in the Astra app (release v1.1.0), which marks the first time this advanced banking feature is directly available to consumers! Since “sweeps” are typically only available via private banking accounts, we thought we should share a little more about why we’ve developed them for Astra, outline how […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

September 23, 2018

What goes into a great product?

This is Week 04 of 10 of Astra’s Y Combinator Startup School Journal. The lectures for this week’s curriculum concluded the focus on product, with an amazing presentation by Garry Tan (Initialized Capital, formerly YC Partner) on “Design for Startups.” Next up was “PR and Content for Growth” by Kat Mañalac (YC Partner) and Craig […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

September 16, 2018

Measuring Product Market Fit and “Core” Data

This is Week 03 of 10 of Astra’s Y Combinator Startup School Journal. Continuing last week’s focus on product and growth, this week’s Startup School lectures focused more on the latter aspect of the topic. Gustaf Alstromer (YC Partner, formerly Growth at Airbnb) presented “How to Get Users and Grow” and Suhail Doshi (Mixpanel) shared […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

September 7, 2018

Your Problem, Clearly and Narrowly

This is Week 02 of 10 of Astra’s Y Combinator Startup School Journal. This week the content and focus for Startup School shift to product and growth. The weekly Tuesday lecture included a talk by YC CEO Michael Seibel on Building Product and a second on How to Find Product Market Fit by David Rusenko […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

August 31, 2018

Spontaneous Word of Mouth

This is Week 01 of 10 of Astra’s Y Combinator Startup School Journal. Startup School is off and running. Ten weeks, lectures by leaders in tech weekly, ~15k companies jump-starting various growth goals – rad! In this first week, the program officially started, the first four lectures have been given, and the SUS portal and […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

August 24, 2018

Our YC Startup School Gameplan

Astra was accepted to the Advisor Track for Y Combinator’s Startup School! Yes, as was pretty widely discussed on Hacker News and Social, we also felt the emotional roller coaster of being first rejected for the program. Y Combinator’s solution was pretty graceful and it means we get to connect with and learn from 1,000s […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

July 27, 2018

3 Unexpected Benefits From Sharing My Goals With Other Makers

At the beginning of this year, our team started building our soon-to-be-launched Astra app for iOS. We got to work on refining the mockups and developing the codebase, but we also knew we needed to engage potential users for feedback and build a community around our product before it went live. Product Hunt is the go-to platform for this […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

July 13, 2018

Why Astra? Three Years Later.

Last year we shared an article about the origins of our startup, Astra. Back then, we were in the process of developing our “beta” web app and we outlined our commitment to developing smart technology to help people make empowering decisions about their finances. Since we published that article, our original commitment has remained, but […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO

May 12, 2017

How Deep Learning helped us launch our Financial Intelligence startup

Every startup has a unique origin story. Certainly there are some common themes — a genius founder, recognizing a great trend, or just grinding tirelessly out of a garage. But what if you have an idea for a company without all the key ingredients on-hand? You are passionate about the problem, and you have ambitions […]

Gil Gil | Co-founder, CEO