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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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBoku partners with Deutsche Telekom to power the MNO's payments offerings, provide it with a mobile app, and give customers the ability to pay for digital goods and services simply using their existing mobile phone account.
  • ProfitStars named among the 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky.
  • American Banker: Andera Acquisition to Bolster Bottomline's Digital Banking Business.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions files initial registration statement with the SEC looking to raise $20 million through a public stock offering.
  • MasterCard Accelerator for European startups announces May 16 deadline.
  • Motif Investing raises $35 million in move toward wealth management market.
  • RevolutionCredit announces $10 million investment from Accion Venture Labs.
  • Coinbase's acquisition of Kippt to bring usability to bitcoin.
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.

Finovate Alumni News-- April 2, 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.jpgBottomline Technologies buys Andera for $48 million.
  • Marketing Land takes a look at Narrative Science's free, Google Analytics app, Quill Engage.
  • Saudi Arabian Bank Albilad to deploy FIS' card management system and switching platform.
  • TradeKing promotes Kevin Delo to Chief Information Officer.
  • Startups.co.uk interviews Tradeshift CEO, Christian Lanng.
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle looks at Pindrop Security's growth: doubling its workforce and has quadrupled its workspace.
  • Check Point Software Technologies launches new ZoneAlarm 2015 security product line.
  • Finovate alums raise $600 million in first quarter of 2014.
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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Innovations in customer onboarding may be one of the less glamorous niches in financial technology. But there's no denying the value of meeting your customers on the channel of their choice.

This is the thinking that helps explain Bottomline Technologies' purchase of financial software-as-a-service specialist Andera.

In a deal valued at $48 million ($44.5 million in cash and just over 100,000 shares of stock valued at just over $35 per share), Bottomline sees its acquisition as a way of helping its digital banking clients "grow revenues and compete and win" in the words of Norm DeLuca, General Manager of Banking and Financial Services for Bottomline.

Of Andera's virtues, none is more vivid than its oFlows platform, which the company purchased in 2011. The Best of Show winning technology (FinovateSpring 2010) makes customer onboarding and account opening easier for banks and credit unions whether customers are accessing their financial institution online, in-person, or through a mobile device. Most recently, the company made headlines with a software upgrade enabling mobile photo capture of data on driver's licenses.

Andera was founded in 2000, and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. The company has helped its more than 500 banking and credit union clients process more than 4.5 million online account applications. American Banker called Andera one of its "Top 10 Tech Companies to Watch" in 2012. Charlie Kroll is founder, president, and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News-- February 27, 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.jpgMountain America CU chooses ProfitStars' ImageCenter and Enterprise Payment Solutions.
  • TSYS renews payments agreement with Commerce Bank.
  • ProfitStars announces partnership with OnDeck to deploy LendingNetwork platform.
  • Wealthfront's automated investment advisory service goes mobile with new app.
  • Arroweye's 2013 performance reveals 25% growth & 60%+ increase in open loop card fulfillment compared to 2012.
  • SpendMatters covers Tradeshift's and Taulia's divergent yet converging cases and value propositions.
  • Tradeshift raises $75 million, plans to open office in Tokyo.
  • Andera upgrades software to enable mobile applicants take photos of their driver's licenses during the application process to populate data fields automatically.
  • Kabbage now extending more than $1 million per day in funding to small businesses.
  • Kony and AirPlug partner to deliver enterprise-grade mobile solution to mobile network operators.
  • CashStar wins Digiday Retail Award for achievement in online retail marketing and advertising.
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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network named one of the top financial services companies of the year at the 11th Annual American Business Awards.
  • American Banker looks to Zigrhra, GoodApril, Realty Mogul, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab for innovation.
  • Lead411 names Cartera Commerce to Hottest Companies in Boston list.
  • TIBCO and Western Union partner to leverage Big Data to anticipate consumer trends and customize customer engagement.
  • Banking2020.com interviews Andera and Intuit on the branch of the future.
  • Tagit to expand in the Philippines by offering mobile-banking application software to banks.
  • Manilla adds email integration feature to personal finance platform.
  • Acculynk announces RuPay debit cardholders in India can make online purchases using the card.
  • Keynote DeviceAnywhere to be acquired by private equity investment firm, Thoma Bravo in a $395 million, all-cash, deal.
  • Adotas column on mobile commerce for SMBs takes a look at Zooz.
  • NordFX and Currensee launch partnership as former joins Trade Leaders Investment Program.
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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTitan Bank and Congressional Bank now buying loans through the Lending Club platform.
  • Nexonia integrates its expense reports solution with Bill.com.
  • Mexican Airline Volaris adds SafetyPay to payment method options.
  • Prosper reduces maximum loan percentage to 50% for investors in any one loan.
  • Geezeo signs Corporate America Family Credit Union.
  • Andera's oFlows platform will be the new account opening technology for Intuit's financial institution clients.
  • Check (formerly Pageonce) announces expedited payments.
  • Consumer Reports takes a look at the growth of Better ATM Services.
  • Wallaby releases version 2.0 for iPhone with new interface, Foursquare integration.
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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgExpensify makes Reconciliation and Central Administration features available for American Express corporate cardholders.
  • Micronotes providing series of marketing campaigns for USAlliance FCU to help cross-selling efforts.
  • Palo Alto Software announces launch of EntrepreWorld, a virtual environment to test business plans in a virtual world of avatars. Come see Palo Alto demo its latest technology at FinovateSpring.
  • Consumers CU chooses Andera's oFlows platform for online account opening and lending.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Molly Gregg Otter as Vice President.
  • Bloomberg looks at how Jemstep, SigFig, and FutureAdvisor help manage your portfolio online. See Jemstep's new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Forbes takes a close up look at London's FinTech Innovation Lab, including participants BehavioSec, Kiboo, and Open Bank Project.
  • Huff Post blog considers Lighter Capital's Revenue Loans as alternative to VC funding.
  • GCN looks at Dwolla's use in government.
  • Huff Post blog considers automated report-writing software company, Narrative Science. See its new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Y C Universe profiles Trust Egg. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • MicroStrategy signs technology alliance agreement with MapR.
  • Berry Review takes a look at Pageonce Money and Bills on Blackberry 10.
  • Times of India highlights Klarna's growth in Europe.
  • Incentive Mag previews the launch of CashStar's table gifting solution.
  • Eye Verify announces results from biometric standard, performance and assurance lab survey. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • IntelliResponse selected by KMWorld as one of "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" for 2013. Come see them in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially 'opened the doors' to On Deck Capital's new NYC HQ.
  • Global Payments and edo Interactive launch pilot for card-linked offers network.
  • Boston Business Journal interviews Leaf CEO Aron Schwarzkopf. See Leaf's demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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.

Finovate Alumni News-- March 25, 2013

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  • Innovations in gamification help True Office win Computerworld Honors Program award.
  • Aiming for the enterprise: Mobile Payments Today features Corduro.
  • American Banker reports: Randolph-Brooks chooses Andera's online account opening platform.
  • The gamification revolution interviews Michelle Katics, CEO of BankersLab.
  • Kabbage takes home first place for Top B2B Innovation from PYMNTS.com.
  • Virtual Piggy taps into $10Bn Annual Market with epay Partnership.
  • eToro placed on the 2013 FinTech50 Watchlist, a shortlist of 50 companies in Europe that are redefining financial services through technology.
  • Macgasm features Tuition.io as 1 of 5 apps of the week.
  • Tradeshift features Intuit's Eric Dunn to talk about the recent partnership.
  • TechCrunch reports: Yodlee Interactive now powers financial data for 300 apps and businesses; on pace to surpass 500 in 2013.
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.

Finovate Alumni News-- March 4, 2013

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  • Online Broker Review takes a look at the TradeKing iPhone app.
  • Ayondo's investing and trading app TradeHub available on the iPhone.
  • Entrepreneur interviews Candance Klein, CEO of SoMoLend.
  • Brr Media interviews Kiboo founder and CEO Lisa Halpern.
  • TechCrunch chats with Simple CEO and co-founder Josh Reich to find out why Simple is better than your bank.
  • Lend Academy reports: Lending Club Issues $120 Million in New Loans in February.
  • American Banker reports: Bank of Zachary Selects Andera's Account Opening System.
  • Check Point positioned as leader for 16th consecutive year in 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewall.
  • The WSJ reports: SecondMarket to Launch Student-Loan Securities Platform.
  • Blippy for iPad available at the iTunes App store.
  • Comarch announced as a sponsor of Loyalty Expo 2013 in Orlando, Florida.
  • Prepaid Resources announces partnership with IDology.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker highlights Simple and Jwaala's natural language search.
  • Metaforic extends its app protection system to be compatible with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system.
  • Plastyc powers online banking and payments services for H&R Block, launches new white-label service.
  • Andera increases sales bookings by 59%, sees 5x increase in oFlows customers.
  • Cambodia's leading commercial bank adopts Temenos Group technology upgrade.
  • Fiserv completes acquisition of Open Solutions.
  • AppShopper features eDeposit's first mobile app.
  • Edelweiss Securities launches real time news terminal powered by Heckyl Technologies.
  • Google Analytics touts Kapitall's content experiments.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBremer Bank to implement Fiserv's mobile banking and payment technology.
  • Boeing Helicopters Credit Union moves to Andera's oFlows for online account opening.
  • SaveUp launches a no spend challenge: a financial detox.
  • Pageonce featured in Gentle9.com's Top 10 Apps of the week.
  • Jwaala helps Michigan First Credit Union improve remote deposit capture services.
  • The Swedish Wire lists Klarna as one of Sweden's more popular employers among young professionals. 
  • Nomis Solutions announces Global Pricing Forum in April.
  • Monitise appoints Brad Petzer as new CFO, Executive Director.
  • Alior Bank to deploy Comarch Smart Finance.
  • AllAfrica.com interviews CR2 CEO, Martin Dolan about Nigeria's Cashless Lagos Project.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAmerican Banker features Banno CEO Wade Arnold, calling him a "coder in the cornfields."
  • American Banker names PayPal and Wonga 2 of 8 non-banks to watch in 2013.
  • Mint.com encourages users to add goals by holding $500 sweepstakes.
  • Deccan Herlad examines Yodlee's plan to move into India.
  • Forbes considers the best job titles of 2012: Min Xuan Lee, PlayMoolah's Princess of Possibility named #1.
  • MoneyDesktop to power Cubus Solutions' online banking services.
  • Geezeo to power Wings Financial PFM.
  • Billion Success blog interviews David Barrett, Expensify CEO.
  • OneDayGlobal blog profiles Entrepreneurial Finance Lab.
  • Silicon Prairie reports: Dwolla-powered Koala Pay aims to help merchants, customers connect.
  • Andera adds Gesa CU & Central Star CU for online account opening, loan applications.
  • Marketing Technology Blog highlights Flint Mobile and its camera-based payment processing system.
  • Ixaris completes move to new offices in San Gwann.
  • TSYS announces ProPay acquisition now complete.
  • Experian is offering a searchable consumer credit database.
  • Locaid Technologies wins FastPitch competition at Locations & Beyond Summit 2012.
  • Billhighway provides mobile donation services for Make A Difference animal rescue event.
  • Huffington Post features WattzOn among its best apps for tracking home energy use.
  • The Tennessean takes a look at the rebranding of Portfolio Football as Sports Lever.
  • LifeHacker quotes SmartCredit.com president of consumer education on credit and credit scores.
  • Betterment and PageOnce earn spots in TechCrunch's feature: "7 Apps That Will Keep Your New Year's Resolutions Alive".
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.

Finovate Alumni News-- December 17, 2012

  • FiservThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpg launches mobile app for UChoose Rewards.
  • Affinity Solutions brings "Big Data" capability to card-linked offers.
  • StockTwits launches a new app for HootSuite.
  • Business Insider looks at Expensify's team building trip overseas.
  • HelloWallet launches financial wellness workforce assessment for employers.
  • Des Moines Register considers Giftly's remote gift card giving app.
  • American Banker reports Lawrence Summers, formerly one of President Obama's top economic advisors, joins Lending Club's board of directors.
  • Tyfone is expanding into Latin America through a deal with Protege Sistemas of Brazil.
  • Gesa Credit Union chooses Andera's oFlows platform.
  • Reuters recommends visiting Betterment, Personal Capital, and LearnVest for year-end money advice.
  • Bill.com launches new application platform powered by open APIs for third-party developers to integrate native apps with Bill.com's software.
  • New miiCard DirectID Check allows SMBs & professionals to perform bank-level ID proofing online.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgVentureBeat talks with PayPal's Dan Schatt about its integration with Coinstar kiosks.
  • Philly.com interviews VirtualPiggy CEO, Dr. Jo Webber.
  • The Australian reports: Cloud computing firm Xero could give Reckon a run for its money.
  • Union State Bank of Fargo chooses Andera's oFlows platform for online account opening and lending.
  • Credit Union Journal reports KBR Heritage FCU To Offer Geezeo.
  • AndKeepGoing.com reviews TradeKing.
  • Renaud Laplanche, Lending Club CEO, hints at IPO.
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.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMore than half of the companies recently highlighted in American Banker's "Top 10 Tech Companies to Watch" are Finovate Alumni.

Below are the six companies featured in the article, along with a link to their most recent appearance and product demo at Finovate.

Read the full article from American Banker here.
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  • American Banker lists Andera, Banno, BillFloat, BillGuard, Mortgage Harmony, and Lighter Capital as top 10 tech companies to watch in 2013.
  • ZDNet reports UBank gears up for mobile banking site with beta program.
  • Frost & Sullivan recognizes Virtual Piggy with the 2012 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company of the Year.
  • ProfitStars adds new protections against malware.
  • Sybase 365 and Globe Telecom partner to launch LTE roaming service with China Mobile.
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.
  • Interactive Investor purchases DCisions, closes InvestorBee service.
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  • Finextra reports Rabobank Australia and NZ selects ThreatMetrix to secure online channels.
  • InComm & SkyMall Ventures partner to launch electronic gift card program.
  • Opus Research report recognises ValidSoft as leader in voice biometrics.
  • AloStar Bank of Commerce chooses Andera's oFlows for online account opening.
  • TIO adds mobile bill pay app to its suite of services for El Paso Electric.
  • Radian Mortgage Insurance now available through Mortgagebot's loan origination system.
  • E-invoicing Platform features AcceptEmail.
  • Xconomy examines how Giftly will disrupt traditional gift card market.
  • Luup signs partnership with Arab Link, provider of money transfer and exchange services in Abu Dhabi.
  • Crunched lists On Deck in top 25 startups to work for.
  • TechCrunch reports Holvi Plans To Disrupt Traditional Bank Accounts With Simple But Powerful Services.
  • Citi Innovation Lab and SapientNitro honored at National Infocomm Awards in Singapore for next-generation banking experience.
  • ActivePath merges with PowerInbox.
  • Experian expands debt-collection product suite with TrueTrace.
  • DeviceFidelity launches moneto prepaid MasterCard.
  • BlinkMobile announces five more councils to adopt BlinkForms.
  • Klarna earns 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award from European Tech Tour Association.
  • Money Smart Life reviews Betterment and Kapitall.
  • American Banker reports Betterment deepens finance advice features.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgShares Magazine recognizes eToro for Best Use of Social Media.
  • Business Insider tours LearnVest's New York office.
  • American Banker reports: Artisans' Bank Chooses Andera's Account Opening System.
  • American Banker looks at how Banno's (formerly T8 Webware) Help Me Decide feature gives consumers an advantage when selecting which card to use.
  • Bazaarvoice completes $6.7 million financing related to acquisition.
  • Zions Bank and Access Development introduce mobile payments 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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHelloWallet launches new design for web app.
  • TIO Networks signs 5 yr agreement with City Utilities of Springfield to provide financial services.
  • TechCrunch reports Tradeshift Lands Huge Global Client For Its New CloudScan Product.
  • FutureAdvisor wins Bronze in Best in Biz Awards 2012.
  • Finextra reports Artisans' Bank chooses Andera oFlows for online deposits.
  • American Banker reports CFPB to Collaborate with Startups BillGuard, Plastyc and Simple.
  • Ping Identity ranked Number 166 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte's 2012 Technology Fast 500.
  • Braintree expands to Australia, Providing Sophisticated Payment Tools for Australian Merchants.
  • Kony Solutions opens Brazilian office, announces Itau Unibanco as a client.
  • Allfiled today announced the addition of miiCard verified identities to its personal data service 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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSimpleTuition acquires textbook marketplace ValoreBooks to help college students save
  • Virtual Piggy partners with skateboard brand, GoldCoast. Come see Virtual Piggy's live demo at FinovateFall.
  • Acculynk wins Lion's Den competition at the ATPS Latinoamerica in Miami.
  • Planwise gives a sneak peek demo of platform upgrades.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald reports UBank wins 2012 Financial Review Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Award for its variable home loan. Come see UBank at FinovateAsia in Singapore.
  • Digital Trends looks at how (Bank)Simple is jumping through regulatory hoops.
  • NY Times suggests FamZoo to help children & parents manage allowance.
  • Millennial Vision and Cachet Financial Solutions partner to remarket mobile remote deposit solution. Come check out Cachet Financial at FinovateFall this week in New York.
  • Huff Post reports: Andera CEO Charlie Kroll Builds Business To 'Help Small Banks Compete Against The Big Guys'.
  • TechCrunch reports: Doxo Uses QR Codes To Bridge The Gap Between Paper Bills And Mobile 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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Andera announced earlier this week that PerkStreet Financial will use its paperless system for account opening and lending. The system was developed by oFlows, which Andera acquired in October of last year.

Jason Henrichs, PerkStreet COO, said that they chose the solution in order to deliver a fast and convenient account-opening process that customers can access 24/7.

To learn more about Andera, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTSYS forms joint venture with Central Payment Co.
  • TechCrunch features Akamai for its study about broadband speeds. Come see Akamai demo its new tech at FinovateFall.
  • Computerworld features Personal Capital's app for iPhone and iPad.
  • MiiCard works with recruitment software to validate candidates' IDs, adds Yodlee's Joseph Polverari to board.
  • PerkStreet Financial to use Andera's oFlows 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.
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  • National Standard Bank goes live with TranzWare from Compass Plus. Come to FinovateFall to see Compass Plus demo.
  • Directions Credit Union selects Andera oFlows for account opening and lending.
  • Monitise partners with U.K.-based Associated Newspapers.
  • ReadyForZero commends the Yodlee team and 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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThis is Money Blog compares Zopa with RateSetter and Funding Circle.
  • Geosho brings location-based visualization to Tradeshift.
  • TechCrunch lists reasons why its okay to trust FutureAdvisor to manage your money.
  • Credit Union Journal reports Star One CU Launches Tyfone's Mobile Banking.
  • American Banker reports Andera's oFlows supports paperless account opening.
  • Kony and Wipro form partnership to speed up mobile app development.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCashSherpa.com reviews FutureAdvisor.
  • SuccessStories.com features Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest CEO.
  • MyBankTracker reports TIO Networks gives underbanked a mobile wallet. See TIO Networks demo live at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Wisconsin State Journal features TASCET, who will demo its Financial Iconn technology at FinovateSpring in San Fran, May 8-9.
  • Northwest Credit Union Association reports Oregon Employees FCU is piloting SaveUp's prize-linked savings alternative. See them at FinovateSpring.
  • Business Insider names Yodlee and Andera as 2 of 5 faceless companies that control your money.
  • MSNBC consults BillGuard to determine the validity of certain questionable charges. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Financial Planning takes a closer look at Balance Financial.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgRobotDough leaves GoDaddy due to SOPA support conflict.
  • Philly.com describes the Jemstep signup process.
  • Providence Business News reports Andera moves to a new office building.
  • eToro blog launches new column dedicated to analyzing the weekly activity on eToro OpenBook.
  • Forbes looks at Dwolla's payment revolution.
  • Ping Identity announces PingFederate is now available as an Amazon Machine Image on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  • Credit Karma launches free credit monitoring service.
  • The Receivables Exchange announces strategic alliance with Insperity Investment.
  • Lending Club removes service fee on large loans.
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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  • Credit Karma correlates consumers' credit scores with their email domain name.
  • Fierce Finance IT looks to Cardlytics, BillShrink, Clovr Media, FMN Technologies & Segmint for transaction-driven marketing.
  • Credit Union Times shares Andera's stats from bank-transfer day.
  • GCS Federal Credit Union to offer Geezeo's online PFM tools.
  • CIBC selects Kony Solutions to develop and deploy CIBC's mobile brokerage app.
  • City AM lists eToro as a way to sell your trading homework.
  • Citywire money discusses P2P platforms Zopa, Prosper, and Lending Club.

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.
Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete. 

Out of 268 alumni, 80 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in September 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 33 (41%) had more visitors in September than August. Year-over-year, 42 (52%) had traffic increases.

Private Companies

  • Seeking Alpha and Cortera had the highest traffic in September with 2.1 and 2.0 million unique visitors, respectively. Cortera also had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visits with over 1.5 more visits in 2011 than in 2010.
  • Kabbage had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 280x.
  • Weemba saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 7.5 times the number of unique visitors in September compared to August.
  • SmartCredit.com had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 126,000.
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 2011

1) The previous month recorded was August 2011
2) Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue

Public companies

  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 7 times the number of visitors this year than last year.
  • Intuit had a notable increase in number of unique, year-over-year visitors, increasing by 300,000 visits.
  • Check Point had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 41% more visitors in September than in August.
PublicWebTrafficSeptember2.jpgSource: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 2011

1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = not measurable
4. t= tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.
Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete

Out of 268 alumni, 75 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in August 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 41 (55%) had more visitors in August than July. Year-over-year, 45 (60%) had traffic increases.

Private Companies

  • Seeking Alpha -- the most-trafficked in August with 2.5 million unique visitors -- also had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits with 300,000 more visits in August than in July.
  • Budgettracker.com saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 6.5 times the number of unique visitors in August compared to July.
  • Betterment had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 88x.
  • Cortera had the highest number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 1.5 million. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011
2) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue
5) Checkingfinder.com is powered by BancVue

Public Companies

  • Fiserv had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 50% more visitors.
  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 5 times the number of visitors.
  • S1 also had a high percentage growth year-over-year, doubling its visitors.
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. t= Tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.
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  • Hastings Mutual Insurance Company selects Identity Theft 911 to offer Security Breach Response Coverage.
  • Andera acquires oFlows to "deliver the whole enchilada."
  • mFoundry opens office in San Francisco.
  • Backbase announces Netherlands insurance co-op Univé, has chosen Backbase software. 
  • USA Today lists TradeKing as an option to help beginner investors.
  • Clairmail enhances adoption-services program with new benchmarking service.
  • Q2ebanking enhances mobile banking solution, supports clients' mobile strategies.
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.
Anderaoflows.jpgThis morning, customer acquisition company Andera announced that it has acquired San Francisco-based oFlows to deliver a paperless experience to online bank customers signing up for new products or services:

"The combination of Andera and oFlows technology and services will provide the first truly integrated acquisition and origination platform for all products across all channels--branch, call center, online, and mobile. You couldn't ask for a better match"

The deal, which closed October 5, will combine the two companies. Andera will retain its branding and take on the oFlows brand as a product or platform name. 

Former oFlows CEO Scott Pitts will join Andera as chief product officer. Pitts says. "Together we deliver the whole enchilada."

To learn more about Andera and oFlows, watch Andera's demo from FinovateStartup 2008 and oFlow's demo from FinovateSpring 2011.
Andera (2).jpgNext this afternoon, Andera demonstrated FortiFI, a product that aims to discover and flag fraudulent account applications sent to banks:

"It scans applications submitted online to over 500 financial institutions discovering patterns used by fraud rings only visible on an industry-wide scale, and flags applications matching known patterns before an account is opened at the bank. FortiFI is available as both a feature of Andera's hosted account origination solution and its Software Development Platform (SDK). 

The SDK gives developers instant "plug and play" access to the many services and software components (e.g., ID verification, application risk management, funding risk management, funds transfer, etc.) used by Andera's popular hosted online account opening solution, reducing the time and cost to bring innovative online services to market."

Product Launched: July 2011

HQ Location: Providence, RI 
Company Founded: 2001 

Presenting Ted Brown (Sales) & Bob Chatham (CMO)

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Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete

Out of 255 alumni, 59 (23%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in July 2011 (see tables below). Of those, 19 (32%) had more visitors than in the previous month and 25 (42%) were flat. Year-over-year, 26 (44%) had an increase, 10 (17%) were flat, and 23 (39%) were down. 

Private Companies
Notable successes:
  • Seeking Alpha had the most traffic in July with more than 2 million unique visitors.
  • eToro saw the highest monthly growth percentage with 3 times the number of unique visitors in July compared to June.
  • Bundle had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits, with 450,000 more visitors in July than in June.
  • eRollover had the highest percent year-over-year traffic increase, with 260,000 more visitors from last July. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011
2. Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3. Kasasa is powered by BancVue

Public Companies
Notable successes:
  • PayPal had the highest number of U.S. visitors in July, with more than 30 million visitors.
  • Jack Henry & Associates saw the highest monthly growth with twice as many visitors in July than June.
  • Wipro Technologies had the highest year-over-year growth, with 3 times as many visitors this year compared to last year.
  • FIS Global and Online Resources also doubled their traffic compared to last year. 

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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 255 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.

FInFallLogo.jpgMore than 60 leading fintech innovators, both startups and established companies, are gearing up to present at the biggest Finovate ever, Sept. 20/21 in NYC.

Each company provided a sneak peek of what they'll be demoing on stage next month. Below is the second installment of these teasers (see part 1 here). We'll have more next week. 

Don't miss your chance to see the live demo from each company and meet the execs responsible. Get your FinovateFall ticket here

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Customers use different communication channels throughout the day and expect the same from their FI. But to reach and interact with the greatest number of customers - and deliver reward value to both institutions and their customers - banks and reward vendors alike must fully support the growing range of channels: online, mobile, social, e-mail and more, while providing requisite security and privacy for email communications featuring sensitive data. 

Cardlytics & ActivePath combine powerful technology to personalize reward offers based on transaction data that can be securely delivered and transacted directly within interactive email, enabling customers to respond at their convenience, anytime, anywhere.

Innovation type: Cards, communications, rewards


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Andera's FortiFI product stops online new account fraud. It scans applications submitted online at over 500 institutions, discovering patterns used by fraud rings only visible on an industry-wide scale, and flags applications matching known patterns before an account is opened. 

FortiFI is available as part of Andera's hosted account-origination solution and its Software Development Platform that gives developers "plug and play" access to the services and software components (e.g., ID verification, application risk management, funding risk management, funds transfer, etc.) used by Andera's popular hosted online account-opening solution, reducing the time and cost to bring innovation to market.

Innovation type: identity, marketing, sales


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Online and mobile banking has created a new breed of cybercriminal. New forms of defense are needed.  

Authentify will unveil publicly for the first time, Authentify 2CHK. It is an app that will transform an end user's mobile device into a secure transaction authenticator. The device becomes a defensive weapon in the battle against cybercrime. Authentify 2CHK is a natural extension of Authentify's out-of-band technology and will help satisfy audit requirements for end user and transaction authentication spawned by FFIEC guidance updates.

Innovation type: Identity, payments, security


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BillGuard is the world's first antivirus for bills. This free, Web-based solution empowers consumers with the assurance of an unheard-of level of personal finance security. The easy-to-use service has already saved consumers more than $300,000 from unwanted or unauthorized charges.  

BillGuard aims to be the "seal of approval" that merchants and financial institutions display so consumers recognize that their accounts are protected and that all posted charges are accurate. In the future, it will be imperative to display a BillGuard badge to gain customers.

Innovation type: cards, identity, security


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Gen Y embraces frugality and seeks "engagement banking" with rich, interactive online experiences around their $200 billion in income.

Bobber represents a profound shift in how Gen Y relates to their money, integrating the most effective social engagement mechanics for cost-efficient acquisition, sustained loyalty, and increased wallet share. Bobber's cash-management tool simplifies daily spending and incentivizes goal achievement. Users engage in a highly interactive debit rewards program grounded in their personal savings goals.

Bobber's technology is architected into the Facebook ecosystem for low-friction onboarding, social collaboration, and experiences tailored to users' Facebook data.

Innovation type: banking products, cards, marketing, online UI


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CarryQuote IntelliCast is a private-labeled solution that allows you to securely deliver proprietary research and multi-media content directly to your clients' Apple, Android, BlackBerry, or Microsoft smartphones and tablets. 

Through CarryQuote's unique, SaaS-based mobile technology platform, which offers compatibility across all five major mobile platforms, CarryQuote IntelliCast allows you to place a highly advanced, branded mobile application in your clients' hands, and become their "go to" source for the latest financial research. Notably, this turnkey solution can be customized and deployed across all platforms in fewer than six weeks.

Innovation type: communications, investing, mobile and tablet UI


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Cartera Commerce is re-inventing the deal with card-linked offers. 

Cartera, the leading provider of card-linked marketing solutions, will unveil its solution that enables banks to tap the explosive growth of the local deals market popularized by daily deal sites.

For banks, issuers and loyalty programs, Cartera provides the industry's most comprehensive card-linked offer platform powering personalized in-store and online shopping programs that build consumer engagement, maximize card spend and create new revenue streams. For merchants, Cartera powers the industry's largest card-linked advertising network, targeting and tracking shopping offers to 150 million+ loyal consumers. 

Innovation type: cards, marketing, rewards


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CashStar, the preferred digital gifting and incentives partner for retailers and incentive partners, provides consumers with the most personal, compelling and convenient gifting experiences available. The only company to successfully combine an on-demand digital gifting and incentives platform with innovative multichannel marketing strategies, CashStar is changing the way rewards currency is exchanged from the digital world to the brick and mortar.

At FinovateFall 2011, CashStar will unveil a first-of-its-kind, location-based iPhone application that enables consumers to instantly turn credit card points into digital currency while they are in a participating retailer's store.

Innovation type: cards, marketing, rewards


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How do you know whether to trust online profiles? Where do you turn for assurance or accountability? The ability to demonstrate financial 'good sense' would give you an invaluable edge to stand out and succeed in career, business and personal objectives.

At FinovateFall 2011, Credit Sesame, one of the Internet's most trusted credit management sites -- backed by global financial institutions and world-class science, technology and financial experts -- will reveal how to get that "edge."

Whether you're applying for a new job, transacting commerce online, or interacting with someone on the Web for business or personal reasons, Credit Sesame can help.

Innovation type: identity, lending, PFM


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You've seen it all: savings tools, financial games, virtual banks and so on. But these products have a limited reach with your customers. DoughMain is the first and only service to combine family coordination and financial education into one simple and convenient platform.  

Achieve a new level of engagement with your adult customers who have active families. Integrate your bank and financial service products in a completely new way and upsell your offerings to a lucrative market.

Innovation type: banking products, marketing, PFM


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Samurai is the easiest and most elegant gateway on the market. It gives you ultimate flexibility at an affordable price.

With Samurai, you'll be able to integrate payments on your site in minutes. Samurai boasts premium features such as intelligent routing, data portability, and gateway emulation. Send payments anywhere with Samurai -- it's universally compatible. Oh yeah, and that's just a sneak peek at all that Samurai has to offer.

Innovation type: back office, payments, small business


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Google Advisor makes it fast, safe, and easy for consumers to find personal finance products. Google will be showing the latest version of Advisor and be available for conversations with potential partners who are interested in the platform.

Innovation type: banking products, online UI


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IND Group "wow" innovation is a new online and mobile banking platform that has reinvented the way a bank can communicate with its customers. The platform's simplicity and ease of use is underpinned by natural language and data visualization -- key differentiators.

Easy-to-use main features are the account and transaction visualization, wizard-type money transfers and investments, zero-effort personal finance management, online sales engine and the support center. IND Mobile banking is more than just the extension of online banking features, unique ergonomic design, user experience, security and the fact that it is always-online.

Innovation type: mobile and tablet UI, online UI, PFM


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See Kony's mobile commercial banking solution in action. It allows the corporate treasurer and executives to approve transactions from any mobile device, including tablets. 

Each user is able to view the transaction amount, date, account involved, the approval status of other users, and a memo. This speeds the process of approving transactions as well as tracking the progress. Plus, from the development perspective, the application is updated and deployed to any mobile device, mobile Web or tablet from a single application definition.

Innovation type: banking products, mobile and tablet UI


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LearnVest believes that financial planning should not be a luxury.

LearnVest is making personal financial advice accessible and affordable to millions of Americans. The company does this by providing the content, tools and advice to help women get informed, get organized, and get support.  

LearnVest's new My Money Center and the LearnVest Advice Center are the keys to this transformation. By helping members create everything from a personalized budget to a retirement savings plan, LearnVest empowers women to build their wealth and afford their dreams. Come learn more about the new LearnVest Method and see where the company is headed.

Innovation type: communications, PFM


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There's a tremendous opportunity to gain share of cash and check spending by small businesses; if only business owners felt they could adequately delegate and manage the credit, debit or prepaid card spending of their employees. Now they can. 

MasterCard inControl Small Business Controller empowers small business owners to more confidently and securely delegate card spending to employees, improving expense control and helping to better manage cash flow. Small business owners can also create profiles with controls and alerts for each employee card and use virtual card numbers to shop more safely online.

Innovation type: cards, online UI, small business


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miiCard is a revolutionary digital passport. It enables users to prove their identity online to the same level of authority as a drivers license or passport would do offline. 

By creating trust in an environment characterized by anonymity and transient identities, miiCard will open up opportunities for business online and put Internet users back in control of their personal information on a global basis.

Innovation type: identity, payments, security


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Retailers are constantly looking for new ways to increase sales.
Over US$20 billion is spent on consumer promotions each year, but while promotions can be effective, they are costly and reduce margins.

Offermatic already enables any merchant today to precisely target Offermatic members based on their actual spending history. Merchants can acquire guaranteed-new customers, who are already spending in the category, on a 100% pay-for-performance basis.

At FinovateFall 2011, Offermatic will announce its latest innovation. This new model will enable merchants to run a free promotion and grow sales at no cost!
See you on September 21st.

Innovation type: marketing, rewards, coupons, small business 


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PayNearMe offers a convenient payment option to individuals who prefer to make payments in cash, as well as the more than 60 million adults who are unbanked or underbanked. 

PayNearMe will demonstrate an easy and inexpensive way for these consumers to pay their rent and auto loans with cash at their local 7-Eleven store. And with our self-service portal, merchants of any size will soon be able to take advantage of this simple payment alternative.

Innovation type: payments


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RobotDough will be presenting a new product that helps people protect their investments.

Innovation type: investing and asset management, PFM


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Wall Street Survivor is relaunching at FinovateFall 2011 with a website that finally demystifies investing. Wall Street Survivor couples a real-time stock market simulator with content to create missions. 

The product helps users understand financial concepts, such as creating a virtual portfolio, how to manage it, and how to find good stocks, all in a fun and rewarding way. If you want to learn how to invest better, or just want more confidence when speaking to your financial advisor or stockbroker, then the new Wall Street Survivor is for you.

Innovation type: Investing and asset management
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BankSimple announced a new round of VC funding, $10 million from IA Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and other existing investors. 

The banking startup also announced partnerships with Finovate 
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alums Visa and Andera, along with The Bancorp Bank, TxVia, Allpoint, and CBW Bank. 

Andera's press release reports that BankSimple,

"...will use the Application Risk Management and Funding Risk Management components of Andera's software development kit (SDK) to power its online account opening process."

BankSimple is readying for its launch later this year. Come see its first live demo at FinovateFall in New York next month where Andera will also be showcasing its new technology. Get your FinovateFall ticket here

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