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Founded Year

2015

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised

$3.64M

About Slash

Slash is a smart mobile keyboard making it easy to share anything, without switching apps. The keyboard lets users share rich media, including videos, GIFs, emoji, links, products, news articles, maps, music, and more without having to turn to a separate application.

Slash Headquarter Location

150 East 69th Street 5F

New York, New York, 10021,

United States

718-404-4510

Latest Slash News

Sharing your Netflix account with your cord-cutting friends just got easier

Apr 22, 2021

on Hulu A new service called Slash is making that value exchange even easier. Slash lets you sign up for streaming services such as Netflix with virtual Visa payment cards, then lets you divvy up the credit card payments with other people through their own bank accounts. It’s a way to share the costs of cord-cutting without the awkward quid pro quo of having each person pay for a different service. (You can also use Slash cards to set up free trials without being billed at the end.) While Slash isn’t the first tool for helping people share their subscriptions , it is a slick way to make sure everyone pays their share. And while some streaming services might  publicly fret about this kind of password sharing, I still think it ultimately does those services more good than harm. Sharing passwords with Slash Because Slash is creating new payment cards and transferring money on your behalf, it must verify your identity before you can start using the service. That means you need to provide a social security number alongside your name and address, which is admittedly a bit unnerving. Still, Slash says it doesn’t store social security numbers on its own servers , and instead relies on a pair of well-regarded services to process and store the data. You must also connect a bank account to pay off Slash’s virtual cards, but that part’s pretty easy if you use online banking. Slash works with a widely used service called Plaid to log into your bank account during the setup process, and it never sees those credentials itself. Once all that’s squared away, you can start creating virtual cards, each with their own nicknames and monthly spending limits. Clicking on a card reveals the full number, expiration date, and CVV code, which you can use just like any other card while signing up for subscriptions online. Jared Newman / IDG Slash lets you create virtual cards with monthly spending limits. Each card can also be shared with others by clicking an “Add” button, which generates a link you can send to other Slash users. Once they sign up, Slash will automatically split the monthly payments. Each card supports up to five payees, and you can have up to 10 cards in total for now. Mentioned in this article on Disney+ Even if you don’t use Slash to share subscriptions, it’s also useful for joining free trials without linking your real credit card. Slash suggests setting a spending limit of $2 for this purpose, which should be enough to complete the signup process but not enough to actually get billed at the end of the trial. Although streaming services seem to be moving away from free trials in general, I was able to use Slash to get a one-week subscription to Starz without issue. The only problem is that Slash doesn’t provide a way to share your actual login credentials. For that, you can either use a separate service like Jam , share logins through a password manager or rely on the old-fashioned way of just telling people what your credentials are. Is Slash password sharing legit? As with any service that helps facilitate password sharing, Slash operates in an ethical gray area (and using someone else’s password could be considered illegal under an extremely broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ). Streaming services’ terms of service typically stipulate that you should only share accounts with people in the same household, and media companies have been known to moan about how password sharing is a problem . Netflix even went a step further recently, testing out a system that asks for extra verification —via email or text message—in suspected cases of account sharing. But despite all the public hand-wringing, I’m not convinced that streaming services are all that worried about the kind of casual sharing that Slash helps facilitate. Media executives have told me that they’re wary of frustrating customers with draconian anti-sharing measures, and that their bigger concern involves passwords being bought and sold on the black market. Meanwhile, a source told The Hollywood Reporter this week that Netflix’s much-publicized test was mainly about protecting customers whose passwords may have been stolen. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings even said in an earnings call that “we would never roll something out that feels like ‘turning the screws’” on customers. Related product

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