18 months | 135k lines of code | 5 PhDs | thousands of false positives later..
.. we have an answer – a renter is much more than their credit score.
Today we celebrate 250 happy families who rent a home in a community they love, thanks to Beekin. The zipcodes for these properties reflect high crime rates, low college attainment levels and the distribution of credit scores is poor.
As we look back on Riskpro, our workforce housing product, which picks great residents from screening rejects, we can’t help but feel proud. The residents approved through Riskpro performed great compared to those approved by a traditional credit score based screening approach.
Moreover, given the areas where Riskpro is deployed (low-income mid west), it provides affordable rental housing to the Nation’s workforce (employment data is a positive input in credit performance and Riskpro’s approach).
Particularly relevant at this time, as there is understandable outrage against racism and attitude towards minorities. It is in times like these, where we remind ourselves that science can build a better society. Such as giving someone a home to live, when a 60 year old credit score deems them unworthy.
Everyday, machine learning, mathematics and data is help us better understand space, medicine, online shopping. The same toolkit can remove biases and build efficient markets where few exist.
To every data enthusiast we know – think hard about using your toolkit to solve problems. The end goal is beautiful.
As we look back on our 18 month journey for Riskpro, the Beekin analytics and engineering teams send thanks to – Dr. Marina, Prof. Tony, Dr. Christian, and Chao. Your efforts at applying science to everyday problems have paid off. Big socially distant pat on the back since COV-19 makes everything else impossible.
And finally, to all the Riskpro residents – you will never know who we are, but we hope you enjoy your stay.
For more details on Riskpro read our 2019 paper here