A start-up that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out complex background checks needed in today's "sharing economy", has raised $25 million from venture capital firms that have previously invested in the likes of Spotify and Dropbox.
With the rise of on-demand companies such as Uber, background checking has become critical but also needs to be done in a fast way, often from a different part of the world. How can a company based in San Francisco verify a cleaner in London, for example?
This is where Onfido comes in. Its software carries out background checks across numerous databases, checking out credentials in areas including education and driving. A user is then required to scan an official identity document such as a passport, then take a selfie to verify the actual person.
"Background checking companies were built for an offline world. They would do database searches and employers would do identity verification with passports in house. But today we live in an online world where that model doesn't work," Husayn Kassai, CEO and co-founder at Onfido, told CNBC in a phone interview on Wednesday.
"By using machine learning we can identify a person better than humans. We can detect fraudulent patterns on documents to say whether the person is using a fake identity."