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Onfido’s Husayn Kassai on his plans to bring ID verification tech to the masses

I spoke to Husayn Kassai, CEO and co-founder of Onfido, which uses machine learning to validate a user’s identity document and compares it with their facial biometrics.

Kassai spoke about the challenges that come with operating a machine learning platform, the difficulties of finding and retaining talent and much more.

Q: What made you set up Onfido?

We founded Onfido in July 2012. My two co-founders and I had experience working in the City during and after university, and it soon became evident through our own first-hand experience that there was a problem.

Though the world was moving online, the identity verification processes required for opening a bank account or starting employment still resided in an offline, manual world. With turnaround times, cost and human error proving frequent pain points, it was clear that a technological solution was required. We set out to solve this problem with machine learning-based identity verification, offered alongside various sanctions and compliance checks....