Tech tool rates applicants on ‘kindness’ – not just credit score

In the wake of the massive security breach by Equifax, a Victoria-based company is getting attention for developing a new screening tool that looks beyond credit scores to assess the suitability of would-be renters and borrowers.

The company, named Certn, rates potential tenants and borrowers using databases that analyze their social and behavioural profiles instead of purely financial criteria.

“A credit check doesn’t really assess how clean or credible or kind an applicant is,” Andrew McLeod, a CEO of Certn told On the Island host Gregor Craigie.

Last month, the software company took a welcome piece of hardware back to their eclectically furnished downtown office, which features a black helicopter that was a prop in the film Oceans Eleven.

It was an award worth $10,000 from the BC Innovation Council and the non-profit New Ventures BC Society, recognizing the year-old company as the province’s top regional startup.

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