Finovate Alumni News– October 31, 2011

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  • creates account enhancements for investors.
  • Bank Technology News looks at Pageonce’s decision to add a bill pay service.
  • PSFK gives a sneak peek of BankSimple’s mobile app.
  • CNN Tech discusses the differences between Intuit’s Quicken and
  • Clairmail announces a record increase in cumulative mobile banking transactions.
  • ReadyForZero now supports auto loans, mortgages, and student loans.
  • The Des Moines Register looks at how Dwolla & T8 Webware contribute to Des Moines’s startup culture.
  • Benzinga looks at DoughMain’s family finance tool.
  • CU Times examines the usage of’s iPad app.
  • The Republic examines LearnVest’s budgeting and advice platform.
  • explores its history as an infographic and includes being a two-time Finovate Best of Show Winner.
  • Intuit receives two prestigious awards for social customer support, engagement.
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.

ReadyForZero Now Supports Auto Loans, Mortgages, and Student Loans

ReadyForZero.pngLast Thursday, online debt-tracking startup ReadyForZero launched several significant new features: 

  1. Expanded coverage beyond credit cards; now all loan types can be linked (auto, mortgage, student).
  2. Improved how users monitor debt payoff and added the ability to increase the payment amount to speed up the process (see below).
3. Added actionable advice and activities to keep users focused on goals.

More developments, such as increased automation and better financial options, are expected in the weeks ahead.

To learn more about ReadyForZero’s debt-tracking platform, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.’s iPad App Now Available, Includes Transaction Feed


Yesterday, launched its much-anticipated iPad app. The Intuit-owned company decided to wait until iOS 5 was released before launching the app to its 7 million users. One of the most-innovative features is the new Facebook-like transaction feed. 

The app also allows users to view bill reminders, alerts, and advice all in one place. 
To learn more about watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– October 28, 2011

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBank Technology News reports BankSimple benefits from fee discontent.
  • Jason Calacanis interviews BillShrink (Truaxis) CEO during “This Week in Startups.”
  • LearnVest CEO Alexa Von Tobel provides advice in Forbes on how to save $1k by 2012.
  • SafetyPay partners with Brazil’s sixth-largest bank,
    HSBC Bank Brazil.
  • CashStar raises $12 million in series C financing.
  •’s iPad app now available, includes transaction feed.
  • Under the Radar blog interviews Expensify CEO David Barrett.
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.

CashStar Raises $12 Million in Series C Financing

CashStar.jpgYesterday, e-gifting platform CashStar announced that it raised $12 million in Series C financing:

“The funding will be used to help drive continued adoption of digital gifting and grow CashStar’s retail brand network. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is another brand that has just partnered with CashStar to offer consumers a more personalized way to gift and incent.”
Investors included FTV Capital, Steven Boal (President & CEO of, and Passport Capital. 
To learn more about CashStar, watch its demo from FinovateFall 2011.

Bank of America Will Use Yodlee’s FinApp Platform

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for yodlee.jpgYesterday, California-based Yodlee announced an extended service arrangement with Bank of America to implement Yodlee’s FinApp platform. 

FinApp capabilities include:

    • Transaction-based offers (i.e. merchant-funded rewards)
    • Tax preparation from H&R Block
    • Custom savings plans
    • Credit score improvement module
    • P2P money transfers
To learn more about how Yodlee is helping banks to tailor the client’s experience, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo

Finovate Alumni News, October 27, 2011

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCredit Karma is giving away free credit-monitoring service to first 12,500 readers.
  • HelloWallet opens a second office in San Francisco.
  • FreeMonee tells AOL Daily Finance that it is to launch a merchant-reward plan with a major U.S. bank on Nov 17.
  • Credit Union Times reports that mShift is one of the three largest providers of mobile banking tools to credit unions.
  • ABC News looks at BankSimple’s alternative banking approach.
  • Auto insurance & finance providers The General, Mark One Holdings, &  Freeway Insurance add BillFloat as a payment option.
  • Continuity Control endorsed by Western Independent Bankers.
  • Expensify launches an app for the Windows phone.
  • recommends using BillShrink (Truaxis) to avoid an outrageous mobile bill.
  • and are recommended as two tools for mitigating financial mistakes.
  • Bank of America will use Yodlee’s FinApp Platform.
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.

The Super Early-Bird Ticket Deadline for FinovateEurope 2012 is Friday October 28. Lock in your spot now!


As I watch the discussion of the EU’s (and the world’s) financial state in the media these days, I can’t help but see tremendous entrepreneurial opportunities. From helping individuals to manage their money more confidently to helping banks to find new revenue streams to helping small businesses with alternative lending options and much more, there has never been a better time to be innovating in financial technology.

As I write this, our team is hard at work on our next showcase of the companies that are on the cutting-edge of those opportunities — FinovateEurope 2012 — which will take place February 7th in London. Over the last two weeks, we’ve begun screening the applicants that want to demo their latest fintech innovations at the event and it’s shaping up to be an incredible roster of companies.

If you’d like join us in London and watch the future of financial and banking technology debut on stage via our fast-paced demo-only format, please get your ticket soon. Tickets for the event are selling strongly — well ahead of last year’s pace when we sold out weeks ahead of the conference — and registering now is the only way to guarantee your spot and the affordable super early-bird ticket price!

FinovateEurope 2012 is sponsored by: BlueRock Consulting

FinovateEurope 2012 is partners with: Deutsch Startups, The Financial Services Club, and the Financial Services Innovation Centre

Wikinvest Launches iPad Version of its Portfolio Tracker

Thumbnail image for wikinvest.jpgToday, Wikinvest launched Wikinvest Portfolio HD, an iPad version of its portfolio tracker. The app aggregates accounts from more than 60 of the largest U.S. brokerage firms. 

The app features: 
  • Visual analytics to provide insight into metrics
  • True asset allocation
  • Geographic allocation (shown below)
To learn more about the technology behind the app, watch the Wikinvest demo from FinovateSpring 2011 and its SigFig demo from FinovateFall 2011.