Erin Mapes

User Experience Strategist, Designer and UI Developer with over 10 years in the industry. My career has spanned a wide area of product/development in the software industry including: User Experience Research/Design/Strategies, Product Management and Ownership, and Front-End Development. I can work with HTML5/CSS3 in .Net and Ruby platforms. I have formal training in graphic design and can produce agency quality branding, and marketing.
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Recent Posts

Dec 12

Akouba announced as a member of the FIS High Potential Fintech Network

Akouba was announced as one of six fintech startups that will be part of their HiPo Network this morning. The FIS HiPo (short for “high potential”) Network is a collection of firms that have demonstrated substantial promise in the development of new tools and technologies that deliver purposeful innovation for our clients around the world.

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Sep 09

We're working to streamline the internal bank process of small business loans

In addition to providing technology for online applications, we also provide technology for banks to internally streamline the process.

Once an application is submitted through our online application portal, Akouba starts to build a story around the business. Our small business origination platform is designed to let you see the who, what, why and where of the business that is applying. We use information from the application and suppliment it with 3rd party data then point out areas that need your special attention.


Once you know the basics of the company, your underwriters can go into the financial analysis that manifests on our system as a credit risk rating. This is simply the organization of the factors that you are usually looking at into.  What we call dimensions, often times they are referred to the 5 c’s. Your bank has complete control over what these dimensions are and the weighting of them for the overall score that is assigned to the application.

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Sep 09

UX case study and the importance of online applications

As a user experience expert, I have the opportunity to speak to small business owners through interviews, surveys and casual conversations. There's is a common statement that I hear from so many owners:

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