Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out our latest FinovateSpring Sneak Peeks featuring Tyro, FUCO & SOLUTION, Eltropy, AFS, cyberProductivity, and Tavant Technologies.
  • Mastercard’s Biometric Payment Card: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Around the web

  • Business Today India features algorithm-based, stock market research platform, MarketsMojo.
  • Tennessee-based SouthEast Bank to deploy DNA core account processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Yorkshire Building Society to leverage technology from Capriza to support transition to mobile.
  • CoverHound to offer insurance quotes for rideshare drivers.

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.

Robo Advisor Wealthfront Launches Line of Credit to Make Users More Liquid

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Robo advisor pioneer Wealthfront must know that opposites attract: in this case, it’s saving and investing. Today, the company launched a securities-based lending option– a line of credit that allows its users borrow against their own savings accounts.

Through the new Portfolio Line of Credit program, the Redwood City, California-based company will enable users with taxable accounts of over $100,000 to access cash from their portfolio without disrupting their investment strategy. There is no application process or credit check to access the funds, which can amount to up to 30% of the user’s account total and can be accessed within one business day. Because the loan is backed by the borrower’s existing savings, the company is offering rates ranging from 3.25% to 4.50%– much lower than the industry standard.

Wealthfront offers a range of savings accounts, including trust accounts; joint accounts; traditional, SEP, and Roth IRAs; 401(k) rollovers; and a 529 college savings account. In addition to managing these account types, the company offers Selling Plan, a program to help employees diversify their concentrated holdings of company stock.

Founded in 2008 as kaChing, Wealthfront is managing $6 billion for 115,000 clients. The company debuted at FinovateSpring 2009. Earlier this year, Nerdwallet named Wealthfront a Top Pick, placing the company among the best robo advisors overall.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: HEDG

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HEDG is changing the investment industry by creating an ultra-personalized investment experience, eliminating generic ETF offerings and enabling human advisors and investors to engage.

Features

  • Builds unique “funds” for each user rather than a generic ETF
  • Offers personalized investment advice due to the unique portfolio of each investor via AI engine
  • Connects users with an advisor

Why it’s great
HEDG has changed the dynamic in digital investing. Rather than treating people as a generic risk score, HEDG builds personalized investment funds and connects users with human investment advisors.

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Robert Rutherford, Founder, CEO
Rutherford is the founder and CEO of HEDG. He has extensive experience across fintech and financial services from the Fortune 500 – JP Morgan and VISA – to venture-backed startups such as Dwolla.
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HEDG_DanHoffmanDan Hoffmann, Co-founder, Product and Engineering
Hoffmann has been in product and engineering for over a decade, building technical solutions for a variety of industries including sports, music, and advertising.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: SynapsePay

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SynapsePay provides instant identity authentication via a 5 second, user-uploaded video. No need for live agent nor associated costs. All technology powered by AI using vision, speech, and lip reading algorithms.

Features

Video Auth: Vision, Speed, and Lip Reading. All  three work together to eliminate the chance of fraudulent transactions and account openings. Also eliminates staffing and customer acquisition costs.

Why it’s great
Identity authentication using just a five-second video. No human intervention. Eliminates fraud. Instant, accurate, reliable, and easy to integrate into your platform and processes.

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Sankaet Pathak, CEO and Founder
Pathak lay the foundations of Synapse while completing a Master’s in computer engineering at the University of Memphis. He is driven by a need to make quality banking products accessible to all.
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FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Unison

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Unison is the leading provider of home ownership investments: a new and revolutionary financial product category based on partnership, not debt.

Features

  • Financing for home owners and home buyers
  • Use the money for 30 years with no interest or payments
  • As a partner, Unison shares in the home’s change in value

Why it’s great
This is a game changer – it’s the biggest innovation to come along in residential real estate financing in recent memory.

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Jim Riccitelli, Co-CEO
Riccitelli leads the product design, business development, and operating platform teams responsible for the company’s flagship programs: Unison HomeBuyer and Unison HomeOwner.
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FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Hedgeable AI Lab

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The Hedgeable AI Lab builds artificial intelligence applications utilizing machine learning, deep learning, and NLP for Hedgeable and partner financial institutions globally.

Features

  • Hedgeable’s artificial intelligence platform Katana automates sophisticated wealth management.
  • Intelligent personal assistant replaces need for an advisor.
  • Bot uses voice and chat technology.

Why it’s great
According to a recent PWC report, 61% of U.S. financial services jobs can be automated by AI. The Hedgeable AI Lab is working to replace human across all advisory and wealth management functions.

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Matthew Kane, Co-Founder
Kane is co-founder and Chief Ninja of Hedgeable and co-founder of Hedgeable AI Lab.
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SiddharthSharma_HedgeableSiddharth Sharma, Co-Founder
Sharma is Tech Shogun of Hedgeable and co-founder of Hedgeable AI Lab. He was a senior risk analyst at McKinsey & Company, and a senior software engineer at S&P Capital IQ.
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FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: AccountScore

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FS2017-Logo(rev)V1A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateSpring on April 26 & 27 in San Jose. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

AccountScore is a technology, data, and analytics platform for lenders and other financial services providers, analyzing bank transaction data to transform their credit processes.

Features

  • Clean, structured, and categorized transaction data set
  • Usable automatically via API or manually through the AccountScore dashboard
  • Specifically optimized insights for lending

Why it’s great
A bank transaction data set that is fully optimized for lending with state of the art categorization and insights to incorporate into a credit model.


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Emma Steeley, Commercial Director
With ten years’ experience of fintech consumer lending, Steeley is passionate about connecting financial services businesses to AccountScore’s cutting-edge data and technology platform.
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FinDEVr APIntelligence

FDLD17_EventLogoV1_wdate(large) (1)We saw some great stuff at FinDEVr New York last month; stay tuned for videos of the live presentations! If you missed out, check out FinDEVr London on June 12 & 13 during London Tech Week. Register today and save big time.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Xero sees $26.4 Million investment

Alumni updates

  • Money management app, TD MySpend from TD Bank, closes in on one million users.
  • ACI Worldwide broadens its relationship with Ant Financial Services mobile payment provider, Alipay.
  • PayPal teams with Android to launch a new way to pay.
  • i-exceed earns Gartner Magic Quadrant recognition as notable vendor in Asia Pacific for mobile app development platforms.
  • Former Kabbage CTO Amala Duggirala joins Regions Bank as its new CIO.
  • FICO announces partnership with economic empowerment non-profit, Operation HOPE.
  • Forrester names Kofax a leader in ECM transactional content services.
  • OutSystems launches global partner program, connecting integrators, resellers, and consultants to its low-code development platform.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • Robo Advisor Wealthfront Launches Line of Credit to Make Users More Liquid.
  • Our latest FinovateSpring Sneak Peeks are up! Meet Unison, Hedgeable AI Lab, AccountScore, SynapsePay, and HEDG.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Xero Sees $26.4 Million Investment

Around the web

  • Money management app, TD MySpend from TD Bank, closes in on one million users.
  • mBank launches mobile app with Android Pay.
  • ACI Worldwide broadens its relationship with Ant Financial Services mobile payment provider, Alipay.
  • PYMNTS reportsTransferWise To Move Headquarters Out Of UK Due To Brexit.
  • NICE Actimize Launches ActimizeWatch, a Fraud Analytics Optimization Solution.
  • Fiserv to power core processing for SouthEast bank.

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.

Women in FinTech: “Be brave and dare and you will succeed.”

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FrancoiseThis article was first published on FinTech Futures. Françoise Lamotte, SVP, Head of Direct and Digital, MetLife EMEA, tells us about her path to becoming a distinguished leader within the FinTech industry and gives some invaluable advice for companies and women aiming to give rise to Women in Tech. Lamotte is on the Advisory Board for InsurTech Rising 2017, the leading InsurTech showcase for the future of insurance.

How did you start your career?

I started my career 25 years ago in Japan – I was absolutely fascinated by the country after spending 18 months there as a scholar funded by the Japanese government. At that time there was no internet, no mobile or smart phones; it sounds like pre-history!

What sparked your interest in FinTech?

In 2007, I became the first chief digital officer of AXA group. I realized the tremendous challenge for a large multinational company to digitally transform itself and bring innovation to the forefront. Large companies have assets like brand, customers, data, capital, but often lack the agility and the willingness to experiment. Fintech is the primary stimulus for more customer centricity. More importantly, smart partnering with startups is, for me, the best way to prepare the future when you are a large incumbent.

What was your lightbulb moment?

I had the opportunity to work at a very successful start-up of the sharing economy and experienced how company culture is critical for success: sharing the same vision, strong values, leadership and transparency, customer focus – these are key ingredients that need to be seeded from the very beginning to ensure success and growth.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by courage and determination – a mix of “anything is possible” and “I can do it”.

Why is the #WomenInFinTech movement important?

Diversity in the workspace is very important. Organizations perform better when they are inclusive and when women are strongly represented at all levels. However, when you add “tech” to the equation, it seems it raises an additional barrier.  Right from the source, the pool of female talents is currently more limited – fewer female engineers, fewer female studying computer science, etc. The #WomeninTech movement will help inspire female students and young professionals to choose careers in that space and create an inclusive environment where they can thrive and succeed.

What piece of advice would you give women starting their careers in fintech?

Choose the right environment for you, meaning the project that inspires you and the colleagues and leaders who develop a great company culture. Get support and coaching from a mentor. Join Women’s network. Give visibility to your work and achievements – speak up, promote what you do, share your opinion, get on stage. Be brave and dare.. and you will succeed.

Throughout the year we will be profiling women in fintech, not simply to celebrate their success but also to hear what has worked for them during the course of their careers. Read more inspirational stories from fintech’s leading women >>