Ex-Microsoftie looks to transform banking with new startup Booyami

Booyami, a Seattle area startup that’s looking to streamline aspects of the banking process, has raised $905,000 in startup capital, according to a SEC filing.

The company, which operates under the brand BBC Easy, was founded by James Walter and Corey Ross in August 2010. Walter spent seven years at Microsoft working on Xbox and Windows 7. Before that, the computer science grad from the University of Alaska ran the engineering and IT groups for the venture-backed startup MidStream Technologies. Ross is a former vice president at Banner Bank and Bank of America.

Also on the team are Joe Donahue, a former Microsoft and Amazon.com manager, and Gregg Blodgett, the former chief financial officer at Twisted Pair Solutions and Midstream Technologies.

Booyami says it is “revolutionizing the banking industry” — commercial lending specifically — with a way to eliminate the pain for borrowers dealing with banks that track their collateral. The system is designed to automate what’s known as Borrowing Base Certificates.

“BBC Easy automates Borrowing Base Certificates by eliminating printing, scanning, faxing, and providing bankers with electronic data via graphs & trends,” the company writes in a description. “Borrowers submit a BBC in a single click, as the system calculates and prepares the BBC for them saving massive time and pain.”

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UPDATE:  Here’s more from Walter: “We’ll use the money for additional key hires, to secure patents, and build additional products to help the commercial lending industry. Our customers love the product and I’ve never seen a product that sells itself so well.”

Investors in the round include Seattle area angels from the technology and banking industries.

  • http://twitter.com/parkerknapp David Milesi

    I like it! As an ex-banker I can certainly relate. There are so many “pains” in the banking industry. Good Luck!

  • Devin Miller

    Looks like a solid use of software to solve a real problem.  Best of luck guys!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, James. Building a startup business focused on addressable customer pain points is the new web (web $.0, pronounced web money dot oh?:)

  • http://twitter.com/mave99a Robert Mao

    Awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fuzesocial Chuck Van Court

    Good place to start in an industry that is surprisingly antiquated in so many operational areas.  Lots of opportunities dealing with the pain banks are still unnecessarily putting retail customers and businesses through.  Good luck .  

  • http://www.lawjock.com/chalktalk Joe Stansell

    Really well done.