Nikolay Storonsky, chief executive officer of Revolut Ltd., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
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March 30, 2022 6:21 AM EDT

Revolut—Britain’s biggest financial-­technology startup, worth $33 billion—has captured global attention amid Russia’s war in Ukraine by allowing refugees from the region to sign up for accounts without the usual documentation, like proof of European citizenship. “We felt it was imperative to help those most affected by providing a service that gives them easy, quick access to their money,” says co-founder and CTO Vlad Yatsenko, whose company offers money transfers, prepaid cards, and currency swaps. While the move drew widespread praise, Revolut has faced accusations of a cutthroat corporate culture (which Revolut denies, pointing out its positive working culture), while a focus on growth has delayed profitability.

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