It’s your hard-earned money
You shouldn't pay for feeling confused about it. That's why I, a UX designer, co-founded Selma.
Why do you need a designer in FinTech?
I'm Valeria, the UX and visual lead at Selma. 👋
I co-founded Selma because of my mixed feelings with investing.
For me, a financial newbie, the idea of investing sounds like expensive gibberish. Search for "investing" and you're guaranteed to get progressively confused.
It's not about making things pretty.
Despite these associations, I know investing is important for anyone who can put savings aside. Taking care of your hard-earned money would be an adult thing to do.
Don't feel confident or excited about investing?
It’s not your fault.
I can easily relate to people who struggle to even get started.
The complexity and gibberish are rooted in finance.
- Intimidating interviews about your money
- Lingo and hidden information
- Weird prices
- Weird services
- Products named by falling asleep on a keyboard
...to name a few.
The complexity and gibberish is rooted in finance.
What can design do?
Sadly, there's no "design wonder-slap-on" that could make things perfect in an instant. 🦄
Design is about understanding what's wrong with the big picture.
We've established that coins make bad soil for plants. 🌱
That's a start.
To make investing really click we need to do more: to look at the individual pieces such as language, price, transparency, and support.
There are many practical ideas that can make investing better. The best ones usually come from the people who would like to try, learn and enjoy investing.
Here's what our Selma crew have done so far.
1. Chat with Selma bot online to start
How do you feel about talking to your private banker?
For me, it sounds intimidating.
It's a bit awkward to expose your financial life to a person across the desk.
To be honest, I'm even more annoyed about the part that follows. I feel like an imposter trying to wrap my head around prices, volatility, strategies, and performance. 👀
Set up things with friendly Selma bot whenever you like.
That's why we built Selma – our friendly personal investor that gets you started.
The unique thing about Selma is that she'll take your answers and create a personalized mix of investments that fits your life.
... and explain everything in plain language along the way.
Everything we do for you, in case you invest, is included in one price.
There's no hidden management costs or withdrawal fees or any other weird stuff that you might come across when investing.
People who use Selma are experts of what should be improved.
We absolutely love to hear our contributor's suggestions. Our open roadmap of development shows what kind of things are popping up on the wish list and what comes next.
4. Human support
Investing online can feel like a big leap of faith, of course. It's good to be careful!
That's why our Selma crew includes humans.
You can ask us anything!
It's just a start.
Selma's open roadmap is filling up with genius ideas from visitors and clients.
Our future to do list includes topics, bot checkups, mobile app, master level spellchecking 🙈.
All sort of things we'd love to do as soon as possible. That makes this work exciting.
Give Selma a go
I would love to hear your feedback!
Valeria Gasik is a UX designer and a seasoned entrepreneur with M.Sc in IT. She makes complex stuff simple and enjoyable. You’ll likely find a lot of doodles on her desk.