The Favorites of FinDEVr 2017 New York

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FinDEVr  2017 New York is in the books. Our second developers conference in New York was a great opportunity to take a look at some of the technologies that continue to drive fintech innovation forward. As always, we asked our attendees to tell us which companies and technologies were best positioned to make the greatest impact on the financial services industry in terms of providing greater security, increased efficiency, and a better user experience for consumers. Here is what our attendees had to say:

Favorite FinDEVr Debut

  • HackerOne for its bug bounty and vulnerability platform that leverages the talent of trusted hackers to improve the online security of organizations and institutions ranging from Twitter and Uber to Qualcomm  and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Favorite FinDEVr Alum

  • Quovo and SoFi for their partnership that shows how an easy-to-use authentication API provides security to accounts at more than 200+ FIs while improving and streamlining the user experience.

Day One Attendee Favorite

  • MapD for its database and visualization layer that transforms Big Data into immersive, instantaneous, and actionable analytics.

Day Two Attendee Favorite

  • Prevoty for its insight into the way embedded, runtime security enables cybersecurity professionals to provide an additional layer of defense against vulnerabilities and fraudulent behavior.

Favorite Established Company

  • BlueMetal for its virtual agents, natural language processing, and conversational UX that transforms the nature of customer engagement in financial services.

Favorite Startup Company

  • ModelShop for its analytic decision platform that enhances the loan origination, portfolio optimization, and fraud prevention processes for both FIs and consumers.

Media Favorite

  • Vantiv for its cloud-based payment app that removes the complexity from financial transactions for both developers and merchants.

Our thanks to our presenting companies, sponsors, partners, and all of you who attended our second developers conference this year in New York. The excitement and enthusiasm for our events only makes us that much more excited for our upcoming FinDEVr debut in London, England in June. If you’re in the U.K. and looking for more insight into the technological side of the fintech ecosystem, then FinDEVr London is the place to be June 12th and 13th. Visit our FinDEVr London 2017 page for more information.

Finovate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Fenergo adds 200 new jobs to support global growth, taking worldwide employee count to 500.
  • ACI Worldwide to provide AML compliance for bitcoin payments courtesy of new partnership with Payment21.
  • OnDeck adds former Morgan Stanley exec to its board.
  • TechCrunch: Coinbase has added margin trading to its bitcoin exchange.
  • Market Exclusive: Paypal Is Winning Person-to-Person Payments War

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.

FinDEVr New York 2017: Welcome to Day Two

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Day One of FinDEVr New York 2017 is in the books – and what a great start to our second developers conference! From APIs, bug bounties, and card-linking to payments, risk management, and smart contracts, the first day of FinDEVr New York was a testament to the technology that continues to drive fintech innovation forward.

And that makes us all the more excited for what we’ll see on Wednesday. Day Two will feature more than a dozen presentations from a diverse array of fintech companies. But we’ll also announce the winners of our FinDEVr Favorite Awards, including Crowd and Media Favorites, Favorite Debut, Startup, Established Company, and Alum. So be sure to join us Wednesday morning at the Metropolitan Pavilion to check out the presentations, meet the presenters, and make your preferences known.

Here’s the agenda for Wednesday.

Session 1: 9:30am – 10:35am

Networking and Coffee Break: 10:35am – 11:00am

Session 2: 11:00am – 12:20pm

Buffet Lunch: 12:20pm – 1:20pm

Session 3: 1:20pm – 2:40pm

Networking and Coffee Break: 2:40pm – 3:05pm

Session 4:  3:05pm – 4:45pm

Networking and Open Bar with Appetizers: 4:45pm – 6:00pm

We hope you had as much fun at Day One of FinDEVr New York as we did. So grab your badge and a handful of business cards and we’ll see you bright and early Wednesday morning for Day Two.

FinDEVr New York 2017: Welcome to Day 1

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FinDEVr New York is finally here! If you have your ticket, we’ll see you at 9 a.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion where the first company will take the stage.

Today’s presentations will be interspersed with networking and coffee breaks and will conclude with an open bar at the end of the day. We have a stellar presenter lineup for today; check it out:

Session 1 

Session 2 

Session 3

Session 4

We’ll see you all tomorrow for the second day of FinDEVr New York. We’ll have free coat check at the venue. Don’t forget your badge!

Celebrate the Start of Spring with the Return of FinDEVr New York

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FinDEVr New York 2017 begins tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21st. And after the successful launch of FinDEVr New York last year, we can’t wait to see what this year’s collection of developers, engineers, and technologists have in store for us.

FinDEVr is a bicoastal affair, with conferences in Silicon Valley in the fall and New York in the spring. And this year, much the same can be said of our presenters. As our FinDEVr New York 2017 presenter map below reveals, the majority of this year’s presenters hail from either California on the west coast or from any one of a number of locations from as far north as New York City to as far south as Florida on the east coast.

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And this takes nothing away from the legions of talented fintech developers innovating in places as diverse as Utah and Wisconsin, Missouri and Ohio, Washington state and Georgia. From companies and startups large and small, we’re looking forward to two days of unique insights into the way some of our most talented developers, engineers, and CTOs put the “tech” in fintech.

So to help you make the most of FinDEVr NewYork, here are a few notes and things to keep in mind:

  • Who and What? You – and maybe a colleague or two – joining dozens of companies for two days of high-level, code-friendly demonstrations and presentations on the key technologies driving fintech innovation today. If you haven’t picked up your ticket, visit our registration page and save your spot. But before you buy, be sure to use the promo code “FinDEVrBlog” and save 10% off the ticket price.
  • When and Where? This year, FinDEVr New York 2017 will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street.
  • How and Why? To learn a little bit more about the companies that will be presenting on stage Tuesday and Wednesday as well as the technologies they specialize in, check out our FinDEVr New York 2017 Preview series.

We’re excited for FinDEVr New York 2017 and hope to see you there. If you’ve got any questions about the event, please check the FAQ section of the FinDEVr New York website or contact us at newyork@findevr.com.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is sponsored by Google Cloud and Box.

FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum,BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service,Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, CooperPress, Distributed, Economic Journal,Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39,Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, Plug and Play Tech Center,SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

Sentifi Brings Market Insights from Social Media to Bombay Stock Exchange

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Courtesy of a new partnership with the Bombay Stock Exchange, Sentifi will begin providing Asia’s first (“and fastest”) stock exchange with social media updates on 40,000 stocks, currencies, and commodities from around the world. The updates will be available on the Bombay Stock Exchange website and will include a ranking of the most widely-discussed stocks, a longitudinal comparison between market attention and stock price, “most relevant and influential voices,’ trends driving market attention, and more. The goal is to make it easier for investors to take advantage of the most relevant information and market sentiment data available on social media while at the same time avoiding “information overflow.”

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Pictured: Sentifi founder and CEO Andres Bally demonstrating Sentifi Alerts at FinovateEurope 2017 in London.

Explaining his company’s technology, Sentifi founder and CEO Andres Bally said “With an AI-based technology platform built over the past four years, Sentifi extracts insights of billions of (data points) while at the same time reduces this information to a summary of a handful (of) events and pattern events driving market attention and (the) valuation of stocks.” Bally credited the combination of the “social media sharing culture” with big data and self-learning algorithms for making technology like Sentifi’s possible, adding that “the financial information market is in a paradigm shift providing a better understanding of market attention and financial value drivers than ever before.”

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Sentifi demonstrated Sentifi Alerts at FinovateEurope 2017, and unveiled its MySentifi ecosystem last fall at FinovateAsia 2016 in Hong Kong. Winner of the Swiss Fintech Award in 2016, Sentifi has raised more than $7 million in funding from private investors in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as well as the company’s native Switzerland.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Celebrate the Start of Spring with the Return of FinDEVr New York.
  • Sentifi Brings Market Insights from Social Media to Bombay Stock Exchange.

Around the web

  • SecureKey and IBM team up to develop digital identity and attribute sharing network using blockchain technology.
  • MarketInvoice announces Zopa co-founder and former CEO Giles Andrews as new board chairman.
  • Ripple joins Bank of England fintech accelerator program to demo blockchain solutions for cross-border payment and settlement.

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.

FinDEVr Dawns in New York this Week

It’s the final countdown! FinDEVr New York begins this week and we’re excited to host the dozens of presenters on stage March 21 and 22 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets are available online (and the promo code “FinDEVrBlog” will save you 10%).

Here’s what you need to know about this week’s event:

  • Sponsors
    Google Cloud and Box are sponsoring the event this year. Not only will you be able to see them on stage, but you can also catch up with them at their sponsor booths.
  • Presenters
    The presenter roster includes established companies and small startups, alike. Each has an innovative API, tool, or platform to showcase live on stage. Check out the full presenter roster and FinDEVr Preview series on the blog for a more in-depth look at what you’ll see on stage.
  • Why
    All the presenting companies bring unique innovations to the stage — here’s a sneak peek of the themes:

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  • When
    On March 21 and 22, presentations kick off at 9:30 a.m (with check in and breakfast open an hour before). The remainder of the day is split between presentations, networking and delicious food and beverages, plus a happy hour networking session closing out the day. Check out the full agenda below:

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We’ll see you in New York on Tuesday!

If you have any questions, check out the FAQ section on our website or email newyork@findevr.com.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is sponsored by Google Cloud and Box.

FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum,BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service,Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, CooperPress, Distributed, Economic Journal,Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39,Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, Plug and Play Tech Center,SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

RegTech: providing a step up the financial services pyramid

by Lisa Moyle, Brand Strategy Director, Fintech Futures. First published on FinTech Futures.


There was an interesting discussion at the recent Finance Disrupted event in London, organised by The Economist, that highlighted the opportunity for regtech to support financial inclusion.

Jo Hill, director of market intelligence, data and analysis/strategy and competition (whew…) at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), noted the potential for regtech to make day-to-day banking operations more efficient and effective, ultimately resulting in better experiences for consumers and enabling access to financial services more broadly.

Following an overview of the ways in which Tinkoff Bank and Kreditech were opening up both access and offering improved products and services across Russia and a range of developing markets, a key question was raised with regards to the ideal role of the regulator. Is innovation best supported by a helpful regulator or is the most helpful move they can make to simply stay out of the way? Hill noted the convening power of the regulator and the ways in which the FCA TechSprints, for example, enabled cross organisational teams to come together and create innovative ideas and ways of working.

The link between regtech and financial inclusion may not be as clear as providing a payments app where nothing existed previously. The barriers that regulatory compliance and risk management can throw up when trying to serve the non-textbook consumer, can result in financial institutions simply deeming some customer segments too costly or risky to serve.

Regtech, by driving down the cost of regulatory compliance – estimated to take $270 billion a year and around 10% of operating costs – creating stronger and more robust systems for identifying certain risks, can make more customers more economically feasible to serve and serve well.

As Bank of England Governor Mark Carney noted in his recent speech at the Deutsche Bundesbank G20 conference on digitising finance, financial inclusion and financial literacy, “the twin imperatives of greater inclusion and more competition point to the value of digital identities. Billions of people are still under- or unbanked across advanced and emerging economies”.

Regtech can underpin solutions not simply by creating innovative products but also by enabling financial services institutions to serve more customers without fear of falling foul of existing regulatory frameworks.