CASE STUDY: TALA

Expert software engineers drive fast expansion of pioneering global FinTech

“Distillery is responsive and reliable. Their developers can closely collaborate with internal teams to speed up timelines and help stabilize mission-critical projects. They’re a valuable addition, and their work contributed to successes like meeting funding goals and doubling the number of app users.”

Johnny Lee
Chief Technology Officer, Tala

$1B+

Credit disbursed

4M

Customers

20

Distillery engineers

2016

Partnership began

CHALLENGE

In 2016, Tala struggled to find the highly skilled software engineers needed to help them achieve their ambitious market expansion goal of providing microloans to underserved populations. Tala’s Head of Engineering recommended Distillery to his CTO, having worked successfully with Distillery on several projects at his prior company.

VALUE DELIVERED

  • Fast placement of fully integrated Android developers, front- and back-end developers, and QA automation engineers
  • Cost-effective scalability to meet changing business needs
  • Support for Tala team as they expand into new markets
  • Implementation of market-specific user interfaces
  • Assisted transition to microservices to improve availability and scalability
  • Contributions to multiple app services and features
  • Strategic engineering partnership with Tala team since 2016

SOLUTIONS

STAFF AUGMENTATION

WEB DEVELOPMENT

ANDROID DEVELOPMENT

QA & TESTING

TECHNOLOGIES

JAVA
SCALA
KOTLIN
REACT
GOLANG
MARIADB
MYSQL
REDIS
CASSANDRA
JENKINS
APPIUM
SNOWFLAKE
DOCKER
KUBERNETES
AWS

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?

Tala continues to expand into new markets, broadening its reach and gaining impressive backers like PayPal. In 2019, Tala’s Series D funding raised more than $110 million to enter India’s fast-growing FinTech space.

As Tala has grown, they’ve augmented their expert Distillery team with expanded capabilities and additional developers and QA engineers. In 5 years of partnership, our team has established the trust, collaboration, and deep relationships formed by working toward shared outcomes.

CLIENT

Tala offers the world’s most accessible consumer credit product, instantly underwriting and then disbursing loans to people who have never had a formal credit history. The Tala app uses advanced data science alongside users’ smartphone data to instantly underwrite and disburse microloans ranging from $10 to $500.