For immediate release
- Michelle Hutchison
- Global Head of Communications & Money Expert
- +61 403 192 994
- Skype: michelle.hutchison.finder
Finder.com first Australian-owned comparison website to launch in USA
- finder.com launches in the U.S. to help Americans make better financial decisions
- Launching in the U.S. was decade-long dream for co-founders
- Plans for U.S. growth over next 12 months
September 10, 2015, Sydney, Australia – One of Australia’s biggest comparison websites finder.com.au, has become the first Australian-owned comparison website to expand into the U.S.
finder.com was officially launched at a USA-themed event in Sydney last night (September 9, 2015) with a crowd of almost 200 and the world’s top Barack Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, flying in from the U.S. as special guest for the launch.
With more than 1 million visits each month on average across the Australian website finder.com.au, co-founders and directors Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia and their crew of more than 70, have launched the new website finder.com in a bid to help more people across the world make better financial decisions.
“We first launched our comparison site in Australia in 2006 because we wanted to help and empower as many people as possible. We’ve always had that dream of doing this on a global scale,” said Mr Schebesta. “Now we’ve grown into an international team that’s driven by that same desire – and boy does America need it.
“There are about 14-times more Americans than Australians (321.6 million compared to 24 million) and they have $906.5 billion worth of credit card debt compared to Australia’s $51.6 billion.
“They need our help and we can’t wait to be that go-to site for Americans who are seeking better, or simply weighing up their options.”
The duo began a credit card comparison website, creditcardfinder.com.au, in 2006, which grew to become the biggest in Australia, experiencing an average 207 percent growth rate year-on-year since then. finder.com.au now compares thousands of products across more than 20 niches including home loans, credit cards, savings accounts and investments, insurance, shopping and more. This past financial year saw 63 percent revenue growth year-on-year.
After acquiring the domain finder.com in 2013, they have focused on optimising their user experience before officially launching the U.S. site, which will be based out of their office in Santa Monica in Los Angeles, California.
“Since we first began in Australia, we’ve always been about identifying actual money problems and outlining better options for the everyday person. We’re excited to do this for Americans and genuinely help them make smarter financial decisions. Watch this space!” said Mr Schebesta.
Credit cards, personal loans, money transfers, internet TV, and shopping deals are the first niches to launch on finder.com, with new providers coming on board regularly. finder.com is also planning to hire a team of at least five people in the next six-12 months and focus on building more tools and resources to help Americans make better informed decisions.
Check out videos and photos of the finder.com launch party on September 9, including president-spotting around Sydney on September 8: www.finder.com/finderparty. We will be updating this page with more videos, tweets and photos.
For further information
The information in this release is accurate as of the date published, but rates, fees and other product features may have changed. Please see updated product information on finder.com's review pages for the current correct values.
finder.com is a personal finance website, which helps consumers compare financial products online so they can make better informed decisions. Consumers can visit finder.com to compare credit cards, mortgages, personal loans, life and travel insurance, shopping coupon codes, and so much more before choosing the option that best suits their needs.
Best of all, finder.com is completely free to use. We’re not a bank or insurer, nor are we owned by one, and we are not a product issuer or a credit provider. We’re not affiliated with any one institution or outlet, so it’s genuine advice from a team of experts who care about helping you find better.
finder.com launched in the U.S. in September 2015 and is privately owned and self-funded by two Australian entrepreneurs – Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia – who successfully grew finder.com.au to be Australia's most visited personal finance website (Source: Experian Hitwise).