Based out of London, Curve is an Over The Top banking platform that consolidates all bank cards into a single, smart card and app. In the latest announcement, the company is taking the unprecedented step of closing all its offices for a day on Friday in preparation for a COVID-19 emergency.
With the current figure now up to 87 confirmed cases in the UK, the banking platform has taken the unusual step to ensure that it is prepared for any sudden escalation in the spread of COVID-19.
The announcement affects almost 300 employees who have been asked to work from home for the entire day from each of its offices in London, Bristol, and a new US office in Brooklyn.
The company sees this as an essential exercise that will enable the startup to learn how the communication, operational, and technical infrastructure copes under this high-stress scenario.
Matt Collinge, CTO at Curve said:
We are committed to being operational for our customers in a 100% remote scenario, and this is why Friday’s remote test day is an important exercise. This isn’t just a work from home scenario, this is a simulation of 100% remote working environment. Being a relatively young company, we are already set up to support this mode of operation across the majority of our business processes, the one exception we are working through is on-boarding new starters.
Back in January, Curve launched Apple pay across Europe which made all banks on Visa or Mastercard networks compatible with the service. And in February Curve also became the first UK fintech to open an office in Brooklyn.
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