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Alumni News-- July 28, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPayPal announces partnership with MyOrder to enable PayPal payments at 1,500 locations in the Netherlands.
  • SecureKey launches new single-stack API integrations for card-present, card-not-present, and ACH transactions.
  • Concur adds gamification features to TripLink, the company's spend management solution.
  • Expensify changes report submission and approval process for those using Expensify outside of an expense policy.
  • Concur partners with Airbnb to make it easier for business travelers to file expenses when booking on Airbnb.
  • RazorSocial takes a look at simplifying Google Analytics using Quill Engage from Narrative Science.
  • Financial Guard featured in Investment News' review of "robo-advisors" and online investment managers.
  • Huffington Post: Pellucid Analytics turns data into content to make lives easier for investment bankers.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Alumni News-- July 25, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFox Business News features Kabbage's small business lending process.
  • Huffington Post describes how DemystData's big data analytics help evaluate creditworthiness.
  • Cartera Commerce's CFO Karen Cambray named a finalist in Boston Business Journal's 2014 CFO of the Year Awards.
  • Bloomberg: BillGuard programmers code in bomb shelters.
  • Coinbase launches Coinbase Vault to Better Secure Your Bitcoins.
  • MoneyDesktop appoints Brandon Dewitt as its first ever CTO.
  • SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert stepping down in order to refocus his attention solely on bitcoin.
  • InvestmentNews features roboadvisors Jemstep, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Personal Capital.
  • The Irish Times looks at Holvi's move into Ireland.
  • CMS Wire: Actiance wants to help companies curb social media mistakes.
  • Karen Webster of Market Platform Dynamics interviews Zooz CEO Oren Levy.
  • eToro announces new version of OpenBook for iOS.
  • Mobile Entertainment talks with Adam Levene, SVP of Strategy at Monitise Create.
  • LendingTree launches personalization platform.
  • Pymnts takes a look at the partnership between Malauzai Software and Trusteer. See Malauzai at FinovateFall in September.
  • interviews Bill Siegel, interim CEO of SecondMarket.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Calling it "the next step forward to help(ing) consumers take control of their financial lives," Doug Lebda, CEO and founder of LendingTree, announced the launch of the new LendingTree personalization platform.

The platform incorporates LendingTree's VantageScore 3.0, credit scoring technology designed for the post-financial crisis era. VantageScore is a tri-bureau credit scoring model that can generate credit ratings for more than 30 million more consumers than with traditional methods.

Peer comparisons and credit education are also components of the platform, giving users a level of transparency to the credit-scoring process. And by integrating users' financial accounts, LendingTree's personalization platform gives consumers the ability to see an analyze their overall credit profile, as well as spot opportunities to save money.

The key is LendingTree's ability to leverage its network of banks, peer-to-peer lending platforms, and other credit and financial institutions to provide users with insights into how their behavior affects their credit profile. It also is easier to provide consumers with cost-saving offers that are more relevant and more likely to be used.
A leading online lender, LendingTree has facilitated more than 30 million loan requests and more than $200 billion in closed-loan transactions. The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was founded in 1996. LendingTree demoed its mobile app at our spring conference in San Jose this year. See a video of the company at FinovateSpring 2014 here.

If you follow digital currency news, it's likely you remember the crumbling of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox in February. The site went bankrupt when 850,000 Bitcoins (then worth around $450 million) were stolen from users' accounts.

Coinbase today launched a new product, Coinbase Vault, that aims to keep it from sharing Mt Gox's fate by keeping a portion of users' bitcoin safe from hackers and unauthorized withdrawals.


The free new account has three features that contribute to increased security:

    • Time-delayed withdrawals
      There is a 48-hour waiting period before withdrawals are transferred from the Vault account. During the waiting period, the transaction can be cancelled at any time.
    • Multiple approvers
      For joint accounts, approval from multiple parties is required in order to begin the withdrawal.
    • Offline storage
      97% of bitcoin is held offline in safe deposit boxes.

Coinbase showcased Instant Exchange at FinovateSpring 2014. You can check out the demo video here.

LoopPay Earns Investment from Visa

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You know you're a Finovate fan when you skip over the report that Visa and Apple are talking just to get to the news that Visa has made an investment in mobile wallet innovator, LoopPay.

In a statement, LoopPay CEO, Will Graylin said he was "thrilled to have Visa as a partner and investor." Visa SVP of innovation and strategic partnerships Jim McCarthy praised the company's technology, particularly the fact that merchants can accept payment via LoopPay using their existing point-of-sale infrastructure.

The investment from Visa is part of the larger funding round LoopPay announced a few weeks ago. Amounts have not been disclosed.

LoopPay's innovation is its expertise in Magnetic Secure Transmission™ (MST) technology. The technology uses an app, a secure chip, and an embedded magnetic loop to collect, store, and transmit mag stripe data from our added cards to the POS terminal when making a payment.  The loop is built into accessories such as the fob and, most recently, the LoopPay ChargeCase.

LoopPay made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2014 in San Jose, winning Best of Show honors. The company was founded in 2013, and is based in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Alumni News-- July 24, 2014

  • C. Hoare & Co. choose TSYS's Prime 4 card management solution.
  • Pymnts interviews Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterCard's MasterPass about digital wallets.
  • CSI globalVCard launches B2B payment system called globalVCard travel, designed to alleviate many of the corporate travel industry's biggest pain points
  • FreeAgent integrates with PayPal Here to make it easier for UK small businesses to get paid faster.
  • Xero confirms it's planning on filing for a U.S. initial public offering in 2015.
  • Actiance expands on its support of Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online, to help manage risks of Office 365 Lync Online.
  • LoopPay earns investment from Visa.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Featuring former New York State attorney general, governor, and so-called "Sheriff of Wall Street" Eliot Spitzer as one of its investors, TipRanks has just closed an initial round of funding, raising $3 million.

Also participating in the Series A round were Roni Michaely, a professor of finance from Cornell University, and John Nakamura, an angel investor. The completed round takes the company's total funding to $3.7 million.

TipRanks leverages machine learning and natural language processing technology to analyze and rank more than 6,500 financial analysts and bloggers online. This enables the company to provide accurate performance measurements on anyone giving investment or stock trading advice online.

Uri Gruenbaum, TipRanks CEO and co-founder, explained, "Let's face it, not all analysts are created equal."

"By scanning leading (financial) websites for analyst recommendations, TipRanks is able to provide its users (with) relevant information regarding the analyst's performance history."

TipRanks was founded in 2012 by Uri Gruenbaum (CEO) and Gilad Gat (CTO). The company includes Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi among its financial institution customers. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, TipRanks demoed its technology at FinovateFall 2013, taking home Best of Show honors. See TipRanks in action here.

Finovate joins the fintech community in expressing our sadness at the passing of Priya Haji, CEO and founder of SaveUp. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.

SaveUp co-founder and CFO Sammy Shreibati praised Priya as a "wonderful leader, innovator, and friend" in a statement confirming the news.


A socially-conscious entrepreneur from an early age, Priya founded a free health clinic while she was still in high school. In addition to earning degrees from Stanford University (BA) and University of California Berkeley (MBA) - and before founding SaveUp - Priya launched a company called World of Good. 

World of Good, acquired by eBay in 2010, is a fair trade and sustainable products marketplace for women artisans in the developing world.

A crowdfunding campaign at Fundly has been established to help provide support to her 11-month old daughter and two-year old son. Finovate has contributed to this fund.

Alumni News-- July 23, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTaulia raises $27 million in series D funding.
  • CU Service Network partners with Insuritas to generate fee income for credit unions.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions partners with top five commercial bank in the U.S. to implement a prepaid mobile platform for supermarket chain.
  • BioCatch raises $10 million in Series A round. See them demo at FinovateFall 2014.
  • Malauzai Software partners with Trusteer to bring mobile security solutions to Customers Bancorp. Join Malauzai in New York in September for FinovateFall.
  • Place2Give launches to enable individuals to set up their own charitable giving fund.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Israel-based biometric security specialist BioCatch announced today that it had raised $10 million in an initial Series A funding round.

The Series A was led by Blumberg Capital and equity crowd funding firm, OurCrowd, and included participation from unnamed existing investors. The company says that the new funding will go toward research and development, as well as expanding the service in North America, Europe, and Latin America.
BioCatch CEO Benny Rosebaum said in a statement, "This funding will allow us to continue strengthening our offering and expand our globe reach in strategic markets, while keeping the world's largest and most influential institutions safe and secure."

BioCatch is an innovator in the biometric authentication space. The company's technology examines more than 400 behavioral, cognitive, and physiological markers to help determine when unusual activity is taking place. These markers range from how a person's finger tends to move across a trackpad or interface, or even the angle at which a mobile device is typically held while being used.

And while stopping fraud is the important, headline goal, the more fundamental objective of the technology is eliminating friction. This translates into both a more secure experience for online and mobile banking customers and e-commerce consumers, as well as a more efficient and seamless transacting process.

BioCatch cyber strategy chief Uri Rivner suggested as much in an interview with Gigaom. "The problem today is not necessarily fraud, but (that) they want to make sure it's really you, so they add a lot of security, which is friction."

"We've demonstrated that we can reduce that friction and operational costs."

Founded in 2011, BioCatch will make its Finovate debut this September. To take advantage of early-bird pricing to the New York City event, register here.

Taulia, a company that aims to ease cash flow issues faced by small and medium sized businesses, announced today it raised $27 million in Series D funding.

This newest installment, which brings Taulia's total funding to $67.2 million, comes from QuestMark Partners, which led the round, and existing investors Trinity Ventures, Matrix Partners, Lakestar and DAG Ventures.


When Taulia launched in 2009, its primary service was Dynamic Discounting, a product that helps suppliers receive faster cash flow, and gives buyers more flexibility and discounts if they pay early. Now Taulia offers seven products, including einvoicing and supplier management tools that help small businesses interact with their suppliers.

Of the 225,000 suppliers on Taulia's platform, 55 rank among the largest corporate companies. The San Francisco-based company plans to use the funding to sign more large corporate clients and expand into Asia.

Taulia is now valued at $200 million.

To learn more about Taulia, check out its FinovateSpring 2012 demo where it debuted its Early Payment Network.


We recently caught up with Jim Collas, founder, president, and CEO of OnBudget. The San Diego-based company made its Finovate debut at our Spring show, demoing its Budgeting Solution.

OnBudget takes the tried-and-true Envelope Budgeting System used by our parents and grandparents and updates it for the 21st century. The technology consists of a prepaid card for daily purchases and a mobile app that automatically sets up a budget.


Finovate: You demoed OnBudget at FinovateSpring in April. What was the question you heard most frequently from attendees?

Collas: The most frequently asked question from people who saw us at Finovate was, "How is this different from other PFM tools, like Mint." 

It's a good question, and rather than focus on a person's total financial life, OnBudget is completely focused on daily living expenses. Since the OnBudget platform is connected directly to the prepaid card processing systems, we get real-time transaction information, which allows us to present real-time notices and trends, including a "Left to Spend" amount for each budget category that's always up-to-the-second accurate.

Beyond that, it's effortless to set up. Unlike most PFM tools, a user doesn't have to input any account information or spending data. Perhaps most importantly, it uses the prepaid card as digital envelopes, which is a huge consumer trend for segmenting, tracking and controlling spending.
Finovate: Any news to report since April's FinovateSpring 2014?

Collas: At OnBudget, we have shifted our focus exclusively to private labeling the solution for bank partners and distributing through the banking channel. We're primarily focused on banks with assets of $10 billion and above, whose debit profits have been severely affected by the Durbin Amendment. We have significant traction with our Business Development activities and we are currently in discussions with 15 of the top 50 U.S. banks.

Finovate: What is the best way for people new to OnBudget to understand how your technology helps people better manage their finances?

Collas: People seem to get the concept and how it can hep them when we describe the service as the digital version of the Envelope Budgeting System: where a prepaid card replaces physical envelopes and the mobile app tracks various spending categories (i.e. envelopes) in real-time.
Finovate: OnBudget is different from other prepaid cards because it's free. What's the catch - how does OnBudget make money.

Collas: Like all prepaid cards, OnBudget Card makes money on interchange fees. What sets us apart is that our mobile app motivates and compels users to use the card for all their daily living expenses, which generates significant revenues.

The average U.S. household spends $1,800 per month on the categories we track for them, which is 38% of total household spend. That generates monthly recurring interchange revenue of $22 per month per account.

Finovate: How does OnBudget remove the pain from the traditional budgeting process?

Collas: It's effortless to set up and manage a budget. The cardholder just uses the card for 30 days and the app automatically categorizes transactions, tracks the user's spending, and then suggests a budget for each of their budget categories. To adjust their budget, users can use our simple budget balancer, a slider tool that easily adjusts budgets. Meanwhile the card continues to auto-categorize spending and offer insights with no additional effort required.
Finovate: You've mentioned that the number one reason consumers use prepaid cards is to help them budget. Why do you think this is the case?

Collas: Prepaid cards have a high propensity to help consumers budget because they are a physical metaphor for and follow the same dynamic that makes the Envelope Budgeting System so popular. Segmenting by spending buckets (envelopes) that are easily trackable makes it easy to understand and simple to use.

Finovate: Do you view OnBudget as a competitor of banks or as a more complementary solution?

Collas: Since we've shifted our focus to partnering with banks, it is totally complementary. In fact, we believe it's really compelling way for banks to regain their competitive advantage in prepaid and debit, as well as recover lost Durbin revenue. 

It also increases debit spend per household from $843 to $1,596. Banks can quadruple debit revenue on an average of roughly 90% increase in spending.

Finovate: What can we look forward to seeing from OnBudget in the second half of 2014 and into 2015?

Collas: We will be launching a version of a student and teen card, and we will be launching our private-label service with our first bank partners later this year.

Learn more about OnBudget. Watch their live demo from FinovateSpring 2014 here.

Alumni News-- July 22, 2014

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  • Finovate alums win honors at inaugural Mobile Innovations Awards event.
  • IDology teams up with to boost activation and combat prepaid card fraud.
  • Micronotes releases Micronotes Social to retarget bank customers in their Facebook News Feed with relevant content.
  • SureSwipe Move using Handpoint to power acceptance of all major card payments.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

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Congratulations to four Finovate alums that took home top honors at the Mobile Innovations Awards.

The Mobile Innovations Awards "pay tribute to those pushing the boundaries of what is possible using a mobile device." Focused on innovation in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region, the awards are designed to help companies raise their profile in the area, as well as network with peers and potential partners.

A total of 21 awards were given: 18 mobile categories and three "special recognition awards". More about the award categories here.

The Mobile Innovations Awards is organized by the founders of The Card & Payment Awards and The Loyalty Awards. Finovate alum TSYS was a prime sponsor, and Monitise Create, another alum, was a category sponsor.

The Mobile Innovations Awards of 2015 will make its Call for Entries on November 1, with an entry deadline of February 28, 2015. EMEA-area businesses with live products or services in 2013 are eligible to apply.

See the most recent demo videos from our award-winning alums below:

Arxan Technologies (FinovateEurope 2014)
Top Image Systems (FinovateEurope 2014)

Alumni News-- July 21, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgACI Worldwide announces plans to acquire fraud prevention specialist, Retail Decisions (ReD).
  • Monitise and IBM formalize multi-year partnership to enable broader mobile banking and e-commerce technology adoption.
  • Standard Bank to be first southern African FI to offer MasterPass from MasterCard.
  • American Banker covers how Dwolla payment network enables Google Glass payment technology.
  • PBS Newshour considers how HelloWallet helps users meet their financial goals.
  • InfoWorld: Ping Identity wants to replace sign-ons with smartphones.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.


It's summer here in Seattle. But here at Finovate, we're already looking forward to the fall.

FinovateFall 2014 will return to New York City on September 23 and 24 to showcase an interesting blend of bold startups and industry veterans.

Without any further ado, here's an introduction of the FinovateFall 2014 presenting companies:

  • Algomi is a markets social network for voice trading in professional finance.
  • AnchorID replaces all your different usernames and passwords with a single Universal Username from Anchor ID.
  • Ayasdi uses Topological Data Analysis to transform how the world uses data to solve problems.
  • Backbase provides Backbase Engage for Retail Banking, out-of-the-box widgets and industry best practices to modernize your digital retail banking experience.
  • BCSG offers unrivaled experience and expertise in helping large organizations deliver cloud-based services to their SMBs.
  • BioCatch is a leading provider of behavioral authentication and threat detection solutions for mobile and Web applications.
  • BizEquity is the ultimate lead generator for banks and financial advisors serving small business owners.
  • blooom is a whole new way to 401(k).
  • BlueVine Capital lets small business get an immediate advance on their invoices, freeing up cash for paying expenses and growing their business.
  • CR2 provides innovative self-service banking solutions including ATM, Kiosk, Internet banking and Mobile banking solutions.
  • CrowdFlower is a people-powered data enrichment platform to collect, label, and clean financial data at scale.
  • eMoney Advisor is changing the way financial advisors serve their clients.
  • eXscan is a proactive defense technology that guards against financial abuse of older Americans.
  • EyeLock is a global leader in iris-based identity authentication solutions focused on changing the way identities and information are protected.
  • FamDoo has automated the traditional allowance process and helps teach kids financial literacy.
  • Financeit is a platform that makes it easy for businesses of any size to offer consumer financing to their customers.
  • Finovera provides an online bill management and financial document storage product that complements the online banking experience.
  • Fiserv is a leading global provider of information management and electronic commerce systems for the financial services industry.
  • FlexScore, the industry's first personal finance score, engages customers by recommending products via "gamification" strategies.
  • Geezeo provides a Business Financial Management platform, offering business customers predictive insight and capability beyond the expected.
  • Global Debt Registry is the independent, digital, Chain of Title tracking system for the consumer debt industry.
  • Gremln is the complete social media management tool for marketing success while maintaining regulatory compliance.
  • HedgeCoVest brings hedge funds to the investing public through its revolutionary Replicazor technology.
  • Hoyos Labs is a digital infrastructure security company with security, computer vision, biometrics, and big data experts.
  • iQuantifi is a virtual financial advisor helping young families and millennials achieve their financial goals.
  • Kabbage funds small businesses in fewer than 7 minutes.
  • Kapitall, the fusion of investing and gaming, is the next-generation financial platform for Millennials.
  • Knox Payments allows people to make ACH payments via their online banking credentials.
  • Larky helps consumers save $1,000+ per year while boosting loyalty and transaction revenue for financial institutions.
  • LendKey provides cloud-based lending solutions for 285+ banks, credit unions, and peer-to-peer lenders.
  • Linqto connects you to a live teller or loan officer from your phone or website.
  • Luxoft is a leading provider of software development services and innovative IT solutions to a global client base consisting of multinationals.
  • Malauzai Software provides Cool SmartApps for community banks and credit unions that are easily managed and measured.
  • Matchi is a global innovation matchmaking platform that brings the best minds in banking and the world's brilliant innovators together.
  • MaxMyInterest is an intelligent cash management solution that helps you earn more on FDIC-insured bank deposits, automatically.
  • mCASH lets you pay to anyone. Anytime.
  • Minetta Brook is augmented intelligence for surfacing trading ideas from real-time developing news.
  • Misys Digital Channels is the leading innovators of digital banking technology for financial institutions.
  • MoneyStream is a next-generation PFM service that lets consumers see and manage their day-to-day spending in one place.
  • NICE Systems gets you closer to your customers, analyzing every interaction and transaction to build a detailed picture of the customer journey.
  • NopSec is a vulnerability risk management software-as-a-service that helps businesses to reduce IT cyber-risk by remediating the vulnerabilities that matter most.
  • Patch of Land is crowdfunding's leading peer-to-peer real estate lending marketplace.
  • PayItSimple enables merchants to offer their customers the option of paying for purchases in installments via the customer's existing credit card, interest free.
  • Powerlytics is a market intelligence platform that powers better decisions by using the most accurate comprehensive business and consumer finance data available.
  • Progresso Financiero is the leader in responsible and affordable small dollar credit for underserved Hispanics.
  • SelfScore is a better way of qualifying credible young people. We are like FICO for millennials.
  • Sonavation is a pioneer in advanced biometric authentication solutions leveraging patented deep scan imaging and data encryption technologies.
  • Sr. Pago is a mobile payments platform for the unbanked in Mexico.
  • Thinknum is a web platform to value companies.
  • TickSmith makes financial big data usable with its big data platform.
  • Toopher is the most usable and most secure multifactor solution for logins and critical action authentication.
  • Top Image Systems is an innovator of enterprise solutions for managing and validating content entering organizations from various sources.
  • True Potential is one of the UK's fastest-growing and most innovative financial services technology groups.
  • Vantiv is a leading integrated payment processor focused on helping its clients be more successful.
  • VerifyValid is an innovator in providing electronic check payments for businesses, consumers, banks and their customers.
  • WingCash is a unique payment and promotion platform allowing individuals and businesses to pay one another with cash from mobile devices.
  • Yodlee is a Financial Cloud, powering digital financial innovation globally.
  • Zenmonics & Diebold combine to pioneer technology that innovates customer engagement within the branch.
In addition to the companies listed above, we'll have a few more stealth companies to announce as we get closer to the event.

Be sure to stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series, which will help you get to know each company in advance of the show.

Join us in New York! Get your ticket to FinovateFall 2014 before August 16 to qualify for Early Bird savings.

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Less than a month after being acquired by Intuit, Check has announced that it is expanding the beta program for its latest innovation: photo bill pay.

Starting this week, tens of thousands of Android users will have the opportunity to take Check's photo bill pay technology for a trial run. The company hopes to have its photo bill pay solution available on all platforms by the end of the year.

How does Check's photo bill pay work? Start with an Android smartphone, an installed Check app, and an unpaid bill. Users open the camera icon on the app, and then take a photo of the bill with their smartphone. The next screen provides the user with some basic information, as well as a scanned copy of the bill.

Consumers can pay with whatever payment method they prefer, such as a bank account or credit card. The bill can be paid immediately or scheduled for payment at a later date.

As Check sees it, not only is photo bill pay a great convenience for the consumer, but also the technology supports the company's mission to promote a paper-free world when it comes to managing personal finances.

Note that the photo bill pay technology is free to use and works with any payment method.

Launched in 2008 under the name Pageonce and demoing under that name at FinovateFall 2010, the company rebranded as Check in the summer of 2013. It was acquired by Intuit in May 2014. The company has more than 11 million users. Guy Goldstein is CEO.

Alumni News-- July 18, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgInnotribe finalists include early stage companies CurrencyTransfer and LendingRobot.
  • Innotribe finalists include growth stage companies Advanced Merchant Payments, Fastacash, Mambu, and Wallaby.
  • Pymnts talks with PaySimple CEO and founder Eric Remer to discuss how PaySimple looks at B2B payments.
  • Check announces major expansion of photo bill pay beta.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Password management platform Dashlane recently released an update that will give organizations more control over accounts that need to be shared across team members.

The New York-based company's latest release will include three major upgrades:

1) Sharing Center, a dashboard that displays all of a user's accounts synched with Dashlane. It enables them to share the passwords with others, automatically informing all users when a shared password changes.

From the Sharing Center, users can also manage access levels, giving others full rights or limited rights to the password.

2) Emergency Contacts gives users the ability to provide a trusted emergency contact with access to select accounts in case of emergency.

3) View Password History gives users a comprehensive view of all of the passwords they have previously held in Dashlane.

In addition to the new sharing functionality, it is also releasing an upgrade to its user interface.

Dashlane was founded in 2009. At FinovateEurope 2013 it demoed how its online and mobile interfaces make online transactions easier and faster.

Alumni News-- July 17, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPaySimple to enable SMBs to accept payments and automate billing under Zen Planner's software solution.
  • Dashlane launches password management for teams.
  • Top Image Systems acquires eGistics for $18 million.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.


Almost a year ago to the day, we featured Zooz CEO Oren Levy as part of our CEO interview series.

Today, we learn that the e-commerce payments innovator has announced a new $12 million investment, courtesy of a funding round led by Blumberg Capital. Zooz's total capital now stands at more than $30 million.

Existing investors participating in the round were lool ventures, Rhodium, and XSeed Capital. New investors included Access Industries and Camp One Ventures. Zooz plans to use the new capital to further develop its technology, as well as to support the company's growth as it looks to add new offices and scale up operations.
Speaking of the funding, Zooz CEO Oren Levy pointed to the challenges of "globalization, omni-channel retail, and coordination between multiple financial institutions" to help explain his company's mission - and its attractiveness to investors. By providing retailers with greater payment flexibility, Zooz helps businesses grow revenues, gain new customers, and participate in new markets. 

Blumberg Capital's Alon Lifshitz added:

"There is clearly a need for an advanced payment technology that can help businesses stay ahead of their competition through optimization and technology differentiation, and that is where Zooz excels."

Zooz enables enterprise-class retailers to optimize their payment process through a broad network of acquirers and payment methods. Zooz helps companies access these acquirers and methods, as well as making it easy for new acquirers and methods to be added and integrated into the network. The company's Smart Routing solution allows retailers to achieve and provide a consistent, cross-channel payment experience for both sides of the transaction.

Zooz was founded in 2010. The company made its Finovate debut at FinovateFall 2013, showing its Global Payments Platform.

Alumni News-- July 16, 2016

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgpeerTransfer and Nelnet expand partnership, enhancing international payment options for educational institutions.
  • Xero MD Chris Ridd featured on Qantas radio. Check out Xero at FinDEVr, the first event for fintech developers.
  • Micronotes releases Mobile-SMS to automate the referral process through the mobile SMS channel to drive more sales.
  • Lendio launches program for brokers that helps more SMBs find financing by giving brokers and ISOs access to Lendio's lending options.
  • New app from The Members Group alerts Google Glass wearers if a Dwolla-accepting merchant is nearby.
  • mBank deploys authentication technology from HID Global.
  • Jack Henry launches jhaEnterprise Workflow solution.
  • Coinbase integration brings bitcoin payments to Shopify merchants.
  • Zooz raises $12 million in round led by Blumberg Capital.
  • MasterCard's MasterPass to enable in-app payments by August.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

If you're a merchant on the Shopify e-commerce platform with a hankering to join the cryptocurrency revolution, then Coinbase has some very good news for you.

Thanks to a new integration of Coinbase's technology, the more than 100,000 merchants that rely on Shopify to do business online will be able to start accepting payment in bitcoin as early as Tuesday.

The process involves setting up a Coinbase account, initiating the integration on Shopify, providing account credentials, and that's it. Already on board are merchants such as Leap Motion, Soylent, and iOgrapher.
Coinbase is a bitcoin payment processing and digital wallet platform that makes bitcoin transactions easier and safer. The company holds more than one million consumer wallets, and enables more than 28,000 merchants to accept payment in bitcoin. There are no fees charged for the first $1,000,000 in transactions, with merchants paying a 1% exchange fee beyond that amount. Coinbase's most recent innovation, demoed at FinovateSpring in San Jose this year, is called Instant Exchange and helps remove exchange rate risk from bitcoin transactions.

Coinbase has had a busy first half of 2014. The company's technology was integrated with Intuit's PayByCoin in June. And Coinbase earned a spot on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list shortly after announcing its acquisition of Kippt in May.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in San Francisco, Coinbase was co-founded by Brian Armstrong (CEO) and Fred Ehrsam (President).

Developers! Curious how Coinbase makes it easy for merchants to add bitcoin payment functionality to their businesses and apps? Learn more about Coinbase's Bitcoin API here. And be sure to check out our FinDEVr page for updates on the first event for fintech developers.

Alumni News-- July 15, 2014

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  • Fiserv partners with ChannelNet to provide self-service options for LoanLink borrowers.
  • MasterCard introduces its MasterPass e-commerce technology in South Africa.
  • Upstart Business Journal features Taulia.
  • TSYS' ProPay partners with ThreatMetrix to provide fraud prevention solutions to its customers.
  • Top Image Systems announces appointment of Lyron Bentovim to CFO.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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For all the anticipation of draft day, there's nothing like the excitement on the day when fans get to see the new addition finally take the field.

That team is PayPal and their newest addition, Braintree has just made its first big play: is a major overhaul of Braintree's Software Development Kit (SDK) that puts PayPal integration front and center for app developers eager to add in-app payment functionality to their solutions.

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Writing at the Braintree blog, Ben Mills and Tony Pitluga point to the new SDK as a major, post-acquisition goal. "From the moment we joined forces with PayPal in December 2013, we have been working hard to make accepting PayPal as simple as we made accepting credit cards."

Braintree also provides a Sandbox to let developers test without needing a PayPal account. The SDK offers both online/web integration via Javascript, and mobile by way of Android and iOS. A complete PayPal integration guide is available here.
Here's a look at some of the issues raised in the coverage of the announcement late last week.

Forbes focused on the "D" in Braintree's SDK, making the point that the new tools will make it that much easier for mobile app developers to get paid for their work. This is no accident. Forbes notes how Braintree is pursuing the "long tail" of startups whose services tend to require "payments on the spot" and are "built exclusively for smarphones."

Forbes also highlights on beta tester, retailer The company says that it now gets 11% of its sales through PayPal since integrating Braintree's new tools.
TechCrunch makes sure to put the new SDK in the context of the recent acquisition that brought Braintree into the PayPal tent. In addition to noting that the SDK is the "first significant product announcement" since the acquisition, TechCrunch underscores how the technology has been "rebuilt from the ground up."

The goal of the rebuilding is to make it easier and faster for merchants to integrate the tools into their own systems. Speed (10-15 minutes) is one factor, but TechCrunch also noted features like the "drop-in" user interface that makes it easier for smaller startups to further minimize the time spent in integration.

TechCrunch's reporting also provides a handful of interesting quotes from PayPal CEO, Bill Ready. In particular, Ready's idea of being able to change payment methods in app as simply as "flipping a switch" is part of what he considers "future proofing" the technology.
And with a bit of prompting, it is clear that the future Ready is proofing for includes everything from international commerce, non-card payments, and even crypto currencies like Bitcoin.

We also get the names of some additional beta testers, with Chargify, GitHub, and ParkWhiz also reportedly taking out for a spin. Twilio is also said to be planning to integrate the SDK.

Other interesting observations included a note in VentureBeat that PayPal's current mobile API will continue to exist. But that it is clear that the will be treated as the "preferred way to integrate PayPal" going forward.

Founded in 2007, Braintree demoed its recently-acquired Venmo Touch technology at FinovateSpring 2013 in San Francisco. See the company on stage here.

And if you like coverage of developer issues, then you'll love FinDEVr. Brought to you by a team from Finovate, FinDEVr is the first event for fintech developers and will take place September 30 and October 1 in San Francisco. Take a look at some of the innovators who are already on board:
Join us! Early bird discounts are in place until July 25. Visit our registration page here to save your spot.

Alumni News-- July 14, 2014

  • Webster Bank to deploy online banking platform from ACI Worldwide.
  • MasterCard's e-commerce enabler MasterPass launches in Poland.
  • Wall Street Journal features Klarna and its plans for expansion.
  • WSJ features BehavioSec. Get a closer look at BehavioSec at the very first FinDEVr.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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In late May, we were very excited announce the launch of our new event series called FinDEVr which is focused on the latest tools, APIs, and platforms for fintech builders -- i.e. developers, VPs of engineering, software architects and CTOs -- because we were sure it was a missing piece of the innovation ecosystem.

After two months and a ton of conversations, it is clear that the event has struck a nerve with the market as the response has been tremendous and momentum has been building with every week.

We already have commitments from top-notch presenting sponsors like TD Ameritrade, Yodlee, PayPal, Xero, Avoka, FinancialApps, Cardflight, Behaviosec, Mifos Initiative, Modo Payments, and Cloud Lending -- with many more to come.

In addition, tickets have been selling strongly and we're pleased to be projecting an audience of 400-500 for the debut event in San Francisco on September 30 - October 1st. The room is going to be packed with developers and technical execs from startups as well as financial institutions like CIBC, Wells Fargo, BlackRock, USAA, Capital One, and Western Union.

If you and/or your technical colleagues are interested in attending to learn about the latest innovations for fintech builders, tickets are on sale at the super early-bird price of $300 off through Friday July 25th. And if you're a company with an innovative API, platform or tool for building the next generation of fintech, we're still accepting applications to present through July 31st -- please email for more details.

We'll see you there!

FinDEVr San Francisco 2014's industry sponsor is: Life.SREDA

FinDEVr San Francisco 2014 is partners with: BankersHub, BayPay Forum, California Bankers Association,, Hotwire, Mercator, PaymentWeek & The Paypers

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Thanks to Personal Capital, when it comes to finance and investing, you can take it with you.

Personal Capital announced yesterday that its finance management app is now available on Android's smart watch, Android Wear.

Personal Capital Chief Product Officer Jim Del Favero called wearable devices "the next evolution of mobile."  When users have Personal Capital on their Android Wear device, they can access a full suite of PFM functionality with them wherever they go.

The free app is available for download in the Google Play Store. Features include:

    • YouIndex: end of the day notification feature that compares your portfolio (your "YouIndex") to the S&P 500 and other stock market indices
    • Advice and Alerts: personalized notifications for goal-tracking
    • Actionable Information: an omni-channel experience that allows users to access the app on more than one device
Part of a growing ecosystem of alternative investment management services, Personal Capital differs from so-called "robo-advisors" by not just relying on algorithms to make investment decisions. Technology plays a role, of course. Personal Capital CEO Bill Harris said in a June interview with CNBC that automated tools helped "discipline" the investment process, and refers to his company as "technology-assisted." But in combining technology with what he calls "sophisticated and customized management" Personal Capital brings a wealth management model that has worked for high net worth individuals to a broader, "mass affluent" market.

Personal Capital is headquartered in Redwood City, California, and was founded in 2009. The company last demoed at the FinovateSpring conference in San Jose earlier this year. See a video of the company on stage here.

Alumni News-- July 11, 2014

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  • Taulia launches Early Payment Quick Start Initiative to facilitate early payment financing for small businesses.
  • SecureKey teams up with Oberthur Technologies to offer new, device-based online authentication solutions.
  • Guest column by Monitise in Forbes says Turkey is fertile ground for technology innovation.
  • Germany-based ayondo opens office in Singapore.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Guess who quietly just went public?

Cachet Financial Solutions announced the pricing of its initial public offering this week. The remote deposit capture (RDC) and mobile wallet solution provider will trade on the OTCBB under the ticker, CHTF CAFN (see update below). Four and a half million shares priced initially at $1.50 have been made available to the public.

Update: Cachet Financial Solutions changes their ticker symbol to CAFN.

Late in trading on Thursday, shares were up more than 1%.
The goal of the offering is to raise as much as $7.7 million (if an over-allotment option is fully exercised; closer to $6.7 million). Northland Capital Markets is the book-running manager for the IPO, with The Benchmark Company and MLV & Co. serving as co-managers.

Cachet's SEC filings provide some insights into the company's finances - at least as of this spring. Cachet Financial Solutions' revenues of more than $476,000 for the three months ending March 31, 2014 were up more than 145% from the same period a year ago. A comparison of Cachet's net losses between the two periods reflects similar improvement, with the company trimming its losses by more than 53%. As of March 31, Cachet had more than $91,000 in cash and cash equivalents.

Known for its RDC and mobile money management solutions, Cachet Financial Solutions is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service innovator. With recent deployments at Navy Federal Credit Union, FirstView LLC, and The Bancorp Bank in just the past month, Cachet Financial is taking advantage of the growing interest among banks and FIs to provide better experiences for their customs via technology.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cachet Financial Solutions demoed its technology at FinovateFall 2012 in New York. See a video of the company on stage here.

Alumni News-- July 10, 2014

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  • Braintree releases SDK, featuring support for Pay with PayPal.
  • Bank Innovation highlights leaders at Ripple, LoopPay, Finect, and Fiserv in its list of 30 key innovators in fintech.
  • Segmint named a Preferred Vendor of MAGNET Global Network.
  • Holvi preps to launch into Irish marketplace.
  • doxo named one of Washington State's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2014 by Seattle Business magazine.
  • Think Advisor features the different approaches of 3 robo-advisors: Betterment, Personal Capital, and Wealthfront.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions prices Initial Public Offering.
  • DoubleBeam's GoPago POS system is enabling Slyde, a mobile commerce beacon-enabled shopping app.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

btn3_ov.pngWith summer well underway, it means that fall is just around to corner. And that we're hard at work putting together FinovateFall 2014 which will take place on September 23 & 24 in New York City. 

Last year, FinovateFall welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 1,100 executives. This fall, based on record-setting interest (and a slightly bigger auditorium at our new venue) we are projecting the largest FinovateFall to date (and another sell out crowd) with over 1,200 fintech innovators in attendance.

In case you're curious, here is a small sample of the great organizations already committed to attend:

  • Adobe
  • American Express
  • Bain Capital
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Barclays
  • BBVA Compass
  • C1 Bank
  • Capital One
  • CIBC
  • Citi
  • Citi Ventures
  • Discover
  • Equifax
  • Everbank
  • Experian
  • FIS Global
  • Forbes
  • Gartner
  • IBM
  • Jack Henry
  • Liberty Mutual
  • MassMutual
  • MasterCard
  • MACU
  • New York Life
  • Nordea
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Paypal
  • Primerica
  • PwC
  • QED Investors
  • RBC
  • Rockland Trust
  • Route 66 Ventures
  • S&P Capital IQ
  • SAP
  • Saxo Bank
  • Sberbank VC
  • Scottrade
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • SixThirty
  • Societe Generale
  • Sony
  • Swedbank
  • Tangerine Bank
  • TD Ameritrade
  • The Huffington Post
  • The Principal
  • Umpqua Bank
  • USAA
  • Venrock
  • Wells Fargo
  • Yankee Group
  • Zions Bank
  • And many more!

If you're interested in attending FinovateFall to watch the future of fintech unfold live on stage, tickets are now on sale at the very early-bird price but only through this Friday. Please get yours today to lock in the savings and your seat before we sell out!

We'll see you in New York in September (or in San Francisco for FinDEVr)!

FinovateFall 2014 is sponsored by: The Bancorp, CapitalSource, Financial Technology Partners, Greater St. Louis Financial Forum, Hudson Cook LLP, Life.SREDA, UK Trade & Investment, Visa

FinovateFall 2014 is partners with: Aite, ABA, Bank Innovators Council, BankersHub, Bobsguide, California Bankers Association, Canada, Celent, Filene Research Institute, Hotwire PR, Javelin Strategy, Mercator, NYPAY, Payment Week, The Paypers, SME Finance Forum, & Visible Banking


Late last month, mobile payments platform company LoopPay released its ChargeCase, a battery case for iPhone 5 and 5s.

Now, two weeks later, the Massachusetts-based company has announced it received an undisclosed amount of funding from Synchrony Financial. This adds to the $10 million in Series A funding LoopPay raised last November from Beta Fund.

Under this strategic investment, LoopPay will provide Synchrony Financial with special features and benefits to provide greater convenience and utility to its cardholders and retail partners.


LoopPay uses Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) to enable a contactless payment experience in which customers use LoopPay's ChargeCase and Fob Button Pay devices to pay at a merchant's existing credit card swipe reader.

To see LoopPay demonstrate its MST technology live, check out its FinovateSpring 2014 demo.

Alumni News-- July 9, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBank Systems & Technology: Consumers CU Expands National Footprint with Andera's Online Account Opening Solution.
  • Lendio launches free version of prospect mgmt software, Pipeline, for the business loan process.
  • Encap Security joins the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance to change the nature of online authentication by reducing reliance on passwords.
  • LendAcademy takes a look at $146 million in new loan originations in June for Prosper.
  • And speaking of Prosper, Altifi.con's This Week in Crowdfunding features Prosper CEO Ron Suber.
  • Rebranded version of Ripple Client, Ripple Trade emerges from two-month soft launch.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Alumni News-- July 8, 2014

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  • Prestadero raises more than $670K in series B funding round.
  • ACI Worldwide to bring electronic billpay to Southern Auto Finance Company (SAFCo).
  • P2Binvestor crowdlends $2 million line of credit to fellow Finovate alum.
  • Mike Branton of StrategyCorps discusses the "three big threes of checking" in CB Insight.
  • Lending Club facilitates $1 billion of loans in Q2 2014, which brings it to a total of $5 billion since its inception.
  • ReadyForZero announces two new resource centers: Get Out of Debt and Auto Loan Resources.
  • First American Credit Union hires Insuritas to launch insurance agency to build non-cyclical fee income.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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A week after we published our quarterly alumni funding roundup for Q2 2014, it looks like Q3 is already off to a nice start on the funding front.

At the beginning of the month we shared news of Moven's $8 million funding. And the strides Yodlee is making toward an IPO sooner than later made headlines soon after.

And now today we can add Prestadero to the list of Finovate alums that find themselves in a money-raising mood. The peer-to-peer lender finished its second round of funding by raising $677,000 (8.8 million Mexican pesos).

The investment more than doubles the company's previous total of $400,000 - raised almost a year ago to the week - taking Prestadero's total capital to more than $1.7 million (more than 13.8 million Mexican pesos).
Specific investors in this round were not disclosed, but the company referred to the contributors in a statement as "international leaders in the financial services sector in Mexico and abroad."

Prestadero will use the additional capital to add new functionality to its platform, and to accelerate growth.

  • Founded in 2011
  • Headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Provides unsecured personal loans ranging from 10,000 to 250,000 Mexican pesos
  • Offers approved borrowers rates ranging from 8.9% to 28.9% annually
  • Offered lenders net annualized returns of 15%
Gerardo Obregón is CEO.

Prestadero demoed its technology at FinovateSpring 2013 in San Francisco. See a video of the company on stage here.
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