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Fintech One-on-One Podcast with Peter Renton, Chairman and Co-Founder of LendIt Fintech

by Melissa Lafsky
May 23, 2022 · 2 minutes
by: Melissa Lafsky
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The use of AI underwriting models has become widespread in recent years as lenders look to expand their credit boxes without taking on additional risk. But there has been a lot of talk, particularly in the last year or so, about bias in these lending models. There is a real need to address this bias problem head-on.

My next guest on the Fintech One-on-One Podcast is Kareem Saleh, the CEO and Founder of Fairplay. Their mission is to bring fairness to automated decisioning models in something they call Fairness-as-a-Service.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • Why Fairplay’s mission is personal for Kareem.
  • The origin story of Fairplay.
  • The state of fairness in underwriting models today.
  • Why there is still bias in assessing credit.
  • A detailed explanation as to how they add a fairness aspect to AI models.
  • How they define fairness.
  • How fairness differs between lending verticals.
  • How they created their Algorithmic Bias map on their home page.
  • Why fairness through blindness hasn’t worked.
  • Some of the lenders they are working with today.
  • Why lenders are more receptive today than they were a year or two ago.
  • The feedback he is getting from regulatory agencies.
  • What we should be doing as an industry to engage lawmakers in Washington.
  • How he was able to build such an impressive group of advisors.
  • Why this is about more lending.


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