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Finovate Alumni News-- December 12, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMasterCard collaborates with Samsung, Commonwealth Bank of Australia to enable contactless payments via NFC.
  • Heckyl Technologies announces more than $3.5 million raised in Series B funding.
  • NetBanker: Mobile payments specialist Loop raises $10 million in Series A round.
  • Striata announced as a finalist in the Best Use of Technology category at 2013 Debt Collection Awards.
  • miiCard to help power ID verification for myrentalcv's tenant screening platform.
  • Updated Advisor Pages platform from BrightScope drops charge for online profile maintenance.
  • Mitek and Kony collaborate to Deliver Mobile Photo Bill Pay With Mitek MiSnap Automatic Image Capture.
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.jpgMarketWatch mentions BrightScope and FutureAdvisor as two ways to enhance your retirement portfolio.
  • Quippi to use PayNearMe to enable cash payments for its international gift cards.
  • MoneyDesktop launches Client Services product to offer employee training, marketing, tech support & other services to increase ROI PFM investment.
  • Atlanta-based Cardlytics opens first NYC office.
  • The Guardian mentions SumUp in its review of popular mobile apps for business.
  • Finovate alums FIS, Fiserv, ACI Worldwide, Jack Henry Banking, and Temenos earn spots on IDC Financial Insights tenth annual FinTech 100 list.
  • PandoDaily takes a look at Netswipe 2.0, Jumio's payment card scanning solution.
  • Celent reviews Comarch Wealth Management Platform.
  • Ignite Sales launches mobile recommendation guides to accelerate bank customer on boarding.
  • Multicom announces partnership with pre-paid virtual card provider, Ixaris.
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.
  • Webmasterchecks drops PayPal and makes Dwolla its exclusive payment service provider.
  • Mobile World Live considers Braintree's offline strategy. Come to FinovateSpring to check out its live demo.
  • Kony Solutions talks to banks about selling shares in a public offering as early as this year.
  • Xero releases updates that facilitate payroll reporting.
  • Chicago Tribune takes a look at TipRanks. Join TipRanks in San Francisco in May for FinovateSpring.
  • Alliance Data Retail Services reports on its geofence pilot program with Locaid.
  • EyeVerify wins third eyeprint patent for its mobile security technology. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • ACI Worldwide announces latest version of ACI Issuer, a cost-savings solution for card-issuing and account management.
  • Actiance partners with Symantec to provide integrated compliance, eDiscovery and archiving for social business.
  • BrightScope brings Nerd's Eye View publisher Michael Kitces to its advisory board.
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 12, 2013

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  • RIA Biz takes a look at BrightScope's plan to make advisory fees public.
  • DietBet.com crowdfunds more than $300,000 via SeedInvest. Join SeedInvest in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • Finovate alumni make a strong showing in GoodApril co-founder's list of tax preparation innovation. Meet GoodApril at FinovateSpring.
  • VentureBeat features Ripple developer OpenCoin. See OpenCoin in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • DroidBeans reviews Pageonce for Android.
  • Puget Sound Business Journal highlights the role of Realty Mogul in a local real estate deal. Join Realty Mogul at FinovateSpring.
  • PayPal buys Iron Pearl, a startup that helps companies make their products more attractive to customers.
  • Reuters looks at a case study of how FutureAdvisor is used to save for retirement.
  • PYMNTS looks at Kabbage's "secret weapon"
  • New York Times Business Day interviews Sabrina Parsons, Palo Alto Software CEO. Come to FinovateSpring to watch it demo LivePlan.
  • Channelnomics reports: Check Point Launch Makes Small Branch Foray.
  • Dwolla takes top honors at Prometheus Awards in Des Moines.
  • Massolution's Crowdfunding Industry Report places Lending Club and Prosper as leaders in the industry.
  • American Banker considers On Deck Capital's growth.
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.jpgFamZoo and Transcard roll out family banking. Come see FamZoo demo it live at FinovateSpring.
  • Sigma Phi Lambda Sorority selects Billhighway for enterprise payment solution.
  • Linkable Networks partners with Lyfepoints, enabling users to apply savings to utility payments.
  • Business news Daily reports: Dashlane Makes Remembering Passwords a Breeze.
  • Bank Systems & Technology reports PayPal partners with Chilean payment network Multicaja.
  • HeathWallace & Backbase partner to implement Backbase Bank 2.0 Portal throughout Middle East.
  • The Examiner recommends BillGuard to identify fraudulent credit card charges.
  • Payments Journal reports Fiserv Launches Remote Deposit Capture Product.
  • TechCrunch looks at Yandex's use of gesture-based interfaces to power apps.
  • PVAngels features TrustEgg. Join TrustEgg in San Francisco in May for FinovateSpring.
  • BrightScope is collecting fee data from advisory firms, report expected by fall 2013.
  • MC Helper looks at EyeVerify and the future of internet security. See EyeVerify in action at FinovateSpring.
  • Nomis Solutions unveils their latest pricing management software tool, the Nomis Discretion Manager.
  • Thomson Reuters announces launch of insurance compliance solution, Accelus.
  • InvestorIdeas takes a look at TipRanks. Join TipRanks in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • TransferWise to provide $100,000 in free international money transfers to 1,000 start-ups.
  • Lake Trust Credit Union to be the first CU to deploy MasterCard's MasterPass digital wallet.
  • Kalixa Group launches a trio of mobile payment products: Pro, Pay, and Accept.
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-- February 27, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgappPicker reviews Pageonce - Money & Bills app.
  • BrightScope announces top finance, insurance companies with the best 401(k) plans.
  • Device Fidelity announces Incipio partnership, new line of NFC enabled cases for iPhone.
  • NerdWallet interviews Bolstr co-founders, Larry Baker and Charlie Tribbett.
  • The Monitise-powered mobile wallet from Blackberry, BBM Money, launches pilot in Indonesia.
  • Cortera Pulse wins Gold Stevie Award for new version of business intelligence solution.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Molly Greg as VP.
  • SaveUp's CEO & Co-founder Priya Haji awarded a Social Innovation Leadership Award by the World CSR Congress.
  • US News Money looks at LearnVest, FutureAdvisor, and Personal Capital.
  • Forbes speaks with Actiance CEO to learn how Socialite helps companies overcome challenges using social media.
  • Prepaid Resources adds FraudGuard security services to their BenefitsDirect Direct Deposit management solution.
  • MasterCard wins Mobile Money Innovation award at the GSMA World Congress in Barcelona, along with partners Etisalat and Oberthur Technologies.
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.jpgCachet Financial Solutions integrates with CU Mobile Apps, a provider of mobile banking solutions.
  • Finextra reports SafetyPay opens up to German-speaking markets.
  • Lendio reports 2012 growth metrics.
  • Expensify listed as 1 of 4 apps to helps save and manage your money.
  • TechFaster interviews BillGuard CMO Mary Anne Keegan.
  • Business Insider interviews Josh Reich, Simple founder and CEO.
  • Xero makes Bank Reconciliation available to Android users.
  • edo Interactive's new Marketplace platform targets small, local businesses.
  • Check out Finovate's infographic of FinovateEurope 2013 innovation themes.
  • Billhighway named as finalist in the 2013 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
  • SigFig-powered USA Today Money Portfolio Tracker launches in app store.
  • CashStar reports record holiday season; 800% increase in mobile eGift Card purchases.
  • Continuity Control partners with Community BancService Corporation.
  • TSYS technology at work in Visa's Saral Money program in India.
  • Rabobank launches Figlo-powered widgets for online banking homepage.
  • BrightScope ranks top 25 law firms with highest-rated 401(k) plans.
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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  • Bolstr featured on Fox Small Business News.
  • InComm and Dollar General launch Microsoft Xbox LIVE Prepaid PIN on receipt service.
  • BMO Bank of Montreal and Monitise partner on mobile money solutions for BMO Customers.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions and PSCU partner to provide remote deposit capture technologies to Nation's Credit Unions.
  • Dating service Soul2Match selects miiCard to combat fraud and help members prove they are real people.
  • MoneyDesktop develops partnership with CUBUS Solutions for online banking PFM integration.
  • Church Community Builder to integrate with ProfitStars Remote Deposit Capture.
  • SGEntrepreneurs.com talks TradeHero on the iPhone.
  • Fuze Network surpasses 3.5 million mark in processing cash-to-card transactions.
  • Motley Fool features BrightScope and the best 401(k) plans of 2012.
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.

BrightScope Featured in The New York Times

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Looking for a reliable guide to the top 401(k) plans? The New York Times is sending inquisitive investors in the direction of BrightScope.

An independent provider of 401(k) ratings since 2008, BrightScope provides an annual list of the top 30 401(k) plans. The company leverages the largest private database of 401(k) data to empower plan sponsors, advisors, and participants.

BrightScope incorporates 200 different factors into each individual 401(k) plan rating, making it easy to quickly evaluate and compare different plans. Importantly, as The New York Times points out, BrightScope makes it easy to compare plans by peer group, as well. This way a 401(k) plan participant can compare his or her plan to other plans in similar industries and businesses.

For more on BrightScope, take a look at the company's Finovate demo here.

Finovate Alumni News-- December 12, 2012

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  • BrightScope's annual list of top 401(k) funds has been highlighted in The New York Times.
  • Two credit unions sign deal with TSYS to provide payments services for consumer credit businesses.
  • MasterCard announces investment in and partnership with C-SAM.
  • British government to loan 10 million pounds to SMEs by way of P2P lender, Zopa.
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.jpgBrightScope adds Dr. Stephen Coggeshall, CTO of ID Analytics, to Advisory Board.
  • ChannelAdvisor partners with Kabbage to enable retailers to secure funding for e-commerce growth.
  • Fiserv adds features to wealth management platform.
  • The Paypers interivews Andreas Baumhof of ThreatMetrix.
  • The New York Post features SecondMarket.
  • Compliance Week explains how Bolstr enables small business capital ahead of JOBS Act.
  • Digital Money Blog features podcast of Michael Laven of The Currency Cloud.
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.jpgArroweye Solutions announces 1Q of 2012 was its largest with 9 new clients & sales of over 2 million cards.
  • Check out this month's CEO interview with Lending Club's Renaud Laplanche.
  • ValidSoft partners with Adeptra to power a detection & prevention application that helps mitigate SIM card fraud.
  • eToro announces launch of mobile Trade Alerts app that creates actionable trade notifications.
  • Fast Company considers how Tradeshift could disrupt the banking industry.
  • TechCrunch reports: Wall Street Survivor Gamifies Financial Education With Help From Bunchball.
  • AdvisorOne reports BrightScope to propose universal performance standard for financial advisors.
  • Internet Evolution reports: Dwolla Could Speed Online Payments, If Banks Go Along.
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.jpgCNBC covers how SecondMarket is looking to move from trading Facebook to Pinterest.
  • TechCrunch reports Boku launched billing partnership with Sprint, giving it partnerships with all 4 major U.S. carriers.
  • Meniga's PFM solution powers Sweden's first Smartbank, launched by Skandia.
  • SecureKey adds 40 staff in past six months, reaches business and recognition milestones.
  • Lendio sees nearly 500% increase in matching businesses with small business loans.
  • Check Point launches free ZoneAlarm anti-virus/firewall combo.
  • Forbes features article by Mike Alfred, CEO of BrightScope, discussing the differing opinions he, Personal Capital and FutureAdvisor have on the role of financial advisors.
  • Fiserv to offer global ACH payments through partnership with Earthport.
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.

Earlier this week, we attended the Future of Money conference in San Francisco. Over 20 Finovate Alumni companies were represented in the audience, and many of them presented or were included on panels.

During the conference, we gathered tidbits from some of the companies. Here are a few highlights:

Personal Capital
Bill Harris, CEO, (pictured below) spoke about how wealth management needs to be more virtual, secure, and personal. He provided some stats 
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about the wealth-management platform:

    • Average account size nearly $500,000
    • Operates on a freemium model with $100,000 minimum account size
Mike Alfred, Co-founder and CEO, (pictured right) commented on BrightScope's role in the advisor business:

    • Seeks to bring transparency to the market
    • Helps consumers steer away from "funds that suck"
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Bo Lu, Co-founder and CEO, (pictured right) commented on FutureAdvisor's platform:

    • Makes the advisor process more convenient than traditional advisors
    • Scales the advisor process to take less of a percentage than traditional advisors
Bertram Meyer, CEO, (pictured below) discussed how Taulia helps small businesses 
get paid faster:

    • The platform is free for suppliersIMG_1093.JPG
    • Charges corporations (buyers) for either:
      1. A license subscription
      2. A gain share from the additional discounts earned against the target rate
Tradeshift
Christian Lanng, CEO and Founder, (pictured right) described Tradeshift's platform:

    • It differs from banks because it has the ability to sift through the data that backs both the buyers and suppliers
    • The platform is free for suppliers
    • It sells connectivity to buyers as a SAAS platform to connect with supply chain
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Priya Haji, CEO and Co-founder spoke about SaveUp's user base:

    • Skews towards users in their 20s and 30s
    • Half male, half female
    • Middle to upper-middle class
    • Average income ranges from $75,000 to $125,000
    • 30% of users are on the site every day
    • 60% of users are on the site every week
To learn more about these companies check out their demos:

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  • BrightScope adds Josh Brown, financial advisor & author to advisory board.
  • AppStorm shares how Enloop can help you move your business into the VC world.
  • GigaOM rumors that PayPal will launch a mobile payment dongle to compete with Square and Intuit.
  • The Urban Twist lists HelloWallet as one of seven scorching hot tech startups in D.C.
  • INTTRA, independent transactional network for ocean freight, and Tradeshift partner to help manage ocean freight invoices.
  • Entrepreneur lists Kashoo & Xero as 2 of 4 online apps that can be handy for tax time.
  • Backbase announces most successful year to date, doubling software revenue & adding multiple tier-1 customers.
  • eToro closes $15 mil funding round led by spark capital.
  • CashStar upgrades web gifting interface.
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.jpgBank Technology News reports HomeDepot now accepts PayPal payments at all 2,000 retail stores.
  • Des Moines Register interviews Jordan Lampe, Dwolla's director of communications.
  • BancVue completes sale of $120 million credit card portfolio to First Arkansas Bank & Trust.
  • ThreatMetrix launches program to report malware capabilities.
  • Accounting Today selects Bill.com Receivables for its Top New Products of 2012.
  • Diversinet names Dr. Hon Pak as CEO.
  • Sallie Mae & peerTransfer partner to facilitate international tuition payments.
  • Reuters looks at FINRA and Brightscope to give more information on financial advisors.
  • Omaha.com looks at how Dwolla survived the downturn.
  • Weemba celebrates 6 months of operation, unveils operating stats.
  • Handpoint Headstart wins 2012 Channel Awards.
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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On the heels of FiPath's announcement yesterday, BrightScope revealed it is also partnering with social media engagement company Arkovi:

"Financial services professionals using BrightScope Advisor Pages can now activate Arkovi with an exclusive 30 day free trial. Once activated, each advisor and firm will have a permanent record of their social media participation on BrightScope and other prominent sites."

BrightScope advisors who use Arkovi will benefit from:

    • Real time ability to tap into social media website activity
    • Ability to access stored content 24/7
    • Easy activation

To learn more about BrightScope, watch its Finovate 2009 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgReady Receipts officially launches paperless receipt technology.
  • nFinanSe seeks to halt new debit card network by InComm, alleges price-fixing conspiracy.
  • VentureBeat discusses the IPO market with SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert.
  • On Deck partners with the National Association for Small Business.
  • SignatureLink to integrate ThreatMetrix's Cybercrime Defender Platform with its technology
  • Intuit hires former Apple executive to lead Canada division.
  • Fox Business News interviews LearnVest founder and CEO, Alexa von Tobel.
  • The Next Web compares and contrasts PayPal and Dwolla with other payment methods.
  • Plastyc's UPside cardholders can now load cash onto cards at 7-Eleven stores.
  • Oregon-based Credit Union launches BancVue's Kasasa.
  • BrightScope partners with social media expert Arkovi.
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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  • Prosper launches web app for Apple and Android Mobile devices.
  • ActivePath appoints former President & CEO at Oversee.net, Jeff Kupietzky, as CEO.
  • Investment News recommends advisors introduce HelloWallet to their clients.
  • The Huffington Post names BrightScope a "civic startup."
  • miiCard partners with consumer data company Callcredit.
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.jpgMaine Public Broadcasting Network profiles CashStar.
  • Bank Technology News describes how Bill.com uses capital infusion to build a cash flow dashboard for businesses.
  • SecondMarket's homepage gets a makeover.
  • The CBS Early Show features Weemba, Lighter Capital, and Rebirth 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.
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  • BrightScope plans to tweak its blog & redesign its homepage.
  • SimpliFi wins four Achievement in Marketing awards from Columbus chapter of American Marketing Association.
  • New York Shop Exchange interviews Brock Blake, Lendio CEO, about small business loans.
  • MyBankTracker looks at Yodlee's FinApps and the evolution of Mobile Banking.
  • Fifth Third Bank launches mobile banking apps powered by Clairmail.
  • TechCrunch reports Braintree receives investment from Capital One co-founder, Nigel Morris.
  • Currensee launches Trade Leaders Program for institutional clients.
  • TechCrunch explores the differences between Mint.com and HelloWallet's mobile apps.
  • Family blogger Darcy shares five of DoughMain's features.
  • Xero doubles its customer numbers, gains traction overseas.
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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BrightScope, a financial information company that publishes retirement plan ratings and provides a free directory of financial advisors, recently announced that it plans to launch a new consumer-comment section:

"BrightScope, which provides background on 450,000 advisors based on reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA, is adding a section to its Advisor Pages that will let consumers write reviews about advisors - a concept akin to popular consumer websites like Yelp or Tripadvisor.com."

The company plans to integrate this feature into the Advisor Pages by the end of this year.

To learn more about BrightScope, watch its Finovate 2009 demo.
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.

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Bobber Interactive
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Tech Flash interviewed Eric Eastman, Bobber Interactive's CEO, on how the gamification of money management aims to help Generation Y better manage their money. Link 

BrightScope
BrightScope released a report detailing the top 12 small-cap funds in America's 401k plans. This report is part of a series that provides insight into the top funds and managers in the retirement marketplace. Link

ChargeSmart
Discover is offering an instant rebate to customers who pay their utility bills using a Discover Card on ChargeSmart's website. Link

Check Point Software Technologies
  • Check Point enhanced its Software Blade Architecture by releasing R75.20, a comprehensive approach to security that includes a URL filtering Software Blade, SSL inspection, and data loss prevention. Link
  • The Wall Street Journal discussed Check Point's ZoneAlarm SocialGuard that helps parents protect children on Facebook in a non-intrusive manner. Link
Clairmail
Clairmail announced  record growth this quarter, with more than a 60% increase in bookings from last quarter. Link

Clovr Media
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  • BostInnovation stated that Clovr Media is changing the way consumers collect loyalty rewards through its Card-Linked Ads that allow consumers to access rewards by clicking on an advertisement. Link
  • Mass High Tech's weekly Startup Watch listed Clovr Media as one of five startups to follow. Link
Credit.com 
EQuicknews listed Credit.com as a free way to check your credit score with no strings attached and highlighed the Credit Report Card feature. Link

doxo 
The Appvita blog profiled doxo, noting insider tips and practical uses, such as comparing bills on a month-to-month basis. Link

Dwolla
Bank Technology News looked at the players in the mobile payments space and listed Dwolla as a formidable competitor. Link

EDO Interactive
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EDO Interactive received $20 million in Series B funding to grow its Prewards platform that enables advertisers to offer digital deals and incentives that consumers redeem by using their existing credit, debit, or prepaid cards. Link

eToro
eToro began a trading contest for users with both demo and live trading accounts. Traders who accumulate the greatest gains will win each round. Link

eWise
eWise added Renasant Bank to its customer base, providing Renasant customers access to Secure Vault Payments, an alternative payment method. Link

Expensify
  • Expensify added a new feature that provides QuickBooks users a way to easily identify billable expenses to add to invoices. Link
  • The Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal listed Expensify as one of ten business apps for empowering your inner geek. Link
Kony Solutions 
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Tower Group, in its Review of North American Consumer Mobile Banking Technology Vendors, ranked Kony Solutions among the top mobile banking technology vendors. Kony excelled in the feature/function and customization categories. Link

Lending Club 
TechCrunch highlighted Lending Club's announcement of $25 million in Series D financing from Union Square Ventures and other existing investors. Link

Lendio
Lendio added Cardinal Bank to its network of lenders providing clients with more options in finding equipment loans, business lines of credit, acquisition financing, commercial real estate, SBA 7(a) and SBA 504 loans. Link

Mitek Systems
Mitek Systems launched  Mobile Imaging Cloud Service that captures, extracts, and routes information contained in documents. The service helps app developers create smartphone and tablet apps that use a camera input function. Link

Monitise 
Monitise Asia Pacific launched its mobile banking, payments, and commerce services in Indonesia and signed a joint venture agreement with PT Astra Graphia Information Technology, an information and communication business. Link

On Deck Capital
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On Deck Capital raised $19 million of its own in a Series C round of funding. Link

RobotDough 
RobotDough founder, Wilton Risenhoover, revealed why he started RobotDough and how it works. Link

SafetyPay
SafetyPay received a Payment Services Directive License to provide cross-border payments throughout Europe strengthening its position in that market. Link

SecondMarket 
BostInnovation used SecondMarket's alternative investments platform to discover top Boston companies. Link

Striata
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Baton Rouge Water Company selected Striata, along with payment services company Western Union, to provide email billing with integrated electronic payment service. Link

The Receivables Exchange 
Treasury & Risk profiled The Receivables Exchange, describing the process companies use to sell their receivables on the online platform. Link

TradeKing
TradeKing launched a $100 bonus for new customers who open an account by August 31, 2011. Link

Wonga 
Smarta interviewed Wonga director, John Moorwood, about Wonga's growth over the past 12 months. Wonga is now issuing over 1.5 million short-term loans. Link

Xero
Xero released Xero Touch, its new accounting app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Link

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Last week, AlwaysOn released its 2011 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies List that represents the top emerging companies Worldwide. Twelve Finovate Alumni were selected:
  • BillFloat
  • Bling Nation
  • Boku
  • Cardlytics
  • ClairMail
  • Expensify
  • IDAnalytics
  • Lending Club
  • SecondMarket
  • Wikinvest
  • Wonga
  • Yodlee
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In other Alumni News:

Aptys Solutions
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Aptys Solutions announced that the ACH functionality in its PayLogics payment platform provides same-day settlement. Link 

Balance Financial
  • Balance Financial launched Balance Certified Pro, a new software that is geared toward professionals. Link
  • Balance Financial released an iPhone App. Link
BillGuard
TechCrunch reported that BillGuard's "Anti-virus for Bills" is now completely free for users. Link

BrightScope
CNNMoney's article, Simplify Your Retirement Savings, pointed to BrightScope to provide a clear understanding of retirement savings. Link

ChargeSmart
ChargeSmart announced that its Bill Payments customers can now pay many of their utility bills with an American Express card. Link

Continuity Control
Continuity Control raised $1.1 million in financing from convertible promissory notes and warrants. Link

Cortera
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The Miami Herald reported that Cortera's Risk Data and Reporting is now an SAP-endorsed business solution. Link

Cortal Consors
Institutional Investor ranked Oliver Le Grand, CEO of Cortal Consors, number 13 of 50 in its Tech 50 ranking of financial tech leaders and innovators. Link

Credit Karma
Credit Karma's new feature, Credit Alerts is available for free to the first 200 people to click the link. Link

Credit Sesame
The Hands On Home Buyer blog recommended Credit Sesame for its interactive property taxes tool. Link

Currensee
The Business Insider reported that Currensee plans to launch its Trade Leaders program in China. Link

Dwolla
  • The E-News publication, Business Record, commented on Dwolla's positive impact on Iowa's startup culture. Link
  • Financial Plus Credit Union adopted Dwolla's FiSync integration. Link
Dynamics
Dynamics revealed its angel investors in Series A and Series B funding rounds. Link

Guardian Analytics
  • American Banker reported that Guardian Analytics is planning to launch an outsourced fraud prevention service that will help financial institutions meet new FFIEC guidelines. Link
  • Guardian Analytics introduced its FraudDESK service to provide fraud analytics support to financial institutions. Link
  • Guardian Analytics is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday that will explore FFIEC guidance. Link
iPay Technologies
iPay Technologies helped Generations Community Federal Credit Union increase bill pay adoption and its number of transactions. Link

Lending Club
  • San Francisco ABC News Channel 7 explained the benefits of P2P loans from Lending Club. Link
  • Finextra news blog discussed Lending Club's success. Link
  • American Banker reported that, in June, Lending Club saw an increase of 7% in loans originated that totaled a record $20 million. Link

Lodo Software
The Silicon Prairie News reported that Lodo Software is seeking to raise $5 million in a round of Series D funding. Link

mFoundry
Columbia Credit Union announced that it deployed mFoundry's mBanking, a mobile banking platform. Link

Mitek
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MSN Money reported that Mitek Systems began a NASDAQ market listing on July 14th, and is trading under the symbol MITK. Link

Monitise 
  • CNBC reported that Monitise's ReliaCard will be offered to U.S. Bank's Visa cardholders in some states. Link
  • Monitise, US Bank, and FIS announced that they are planning to offer a mobile app for Visa's ReliaCard users. Link
Prosper
  • San Francisco's ABC News Channel 7 explained the benefits of P2P loans from Prosper. Link
  • Finextra news blog discussed Prosper's success with its P2P lending service. Link

Q2ebanking
Q2ebanking's director of security solutions, Ward Howell, published an article detailing a Credit Union's perspective of the FFIEC guidelines in The Credit Union Times. Link

Receivables Exchange
Institutional Investor ranked Justin Brownhill and Nicolas Perkin, Co-Founders of The Receivables Exchange, as number 42 of 50 in its Tech 50 ranking of financial tech leaders and innovators. Link

Standard Chartered
Institutional Investor ranked Jan Verplancke, CIO of Standard Chartered, as number 37 of 50 in its Tech 50 ranking of financial tech leaders and innovators. Link

TILE Financial
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Daily Finance interviewed Amy Butte, CEO of TILE Financial. Link

TradeKing
TradeKing announced the public availability of its API. Link

Tyfone 
CoVantage Credit Union chose to implement Tyfone's mobile wallet solution. Link

Zopa 
  • Zopa founder Giles Andrews was interviewed on BBC's The Bottom Line. Link
  • Finextra news blog discussed Zopa's success as a P2P lending service. Link

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Boku
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CNNMoney examined Zong's competition with Boku. Link

BrightScope
  • The Forbes blog recommended BrightScope as a tool to check your financial advisor's history. Link
  • The Washington Examiner discussed how BrightScope helps consumers make informed decisions about their 401(k) plan. Link

Clairmail
Clairmail increased its security by using authentication from the RSA Secured Partner Program. Link

Credit Karma
The Forbes blog recommended Credit Karma as a tool to track and monitor your credit score. Link

Credit Sesame
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The Forbes blog recommended Credit Sesame as a tool to track and monitor your credit score. Link

Dwolla
Dwolla updated its iPhone app to allow customers to send money via email. Link

Dynamics
American Banker discussed Dynamics' adaptability to the mobile payment world. Link

Enloop
Small Biz Technology outlined three of Enloop's features. Link

eToro
AlphaTrade Finance discussed eToro's CopyTrader network. Link

Expensify
Expensify's app was listed as Gearburn's App of the WeekLink

Finsphere
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GeekWire reviewed Finsphere's new round of $1.75 million funding. Link

Geezeo
American Banker reported that Geezeo's partnership with Sharetec Systems will help Geezeo reach more credit unions. Link

Guardian Analytics
The Street reported that Guardian Analytics' Anomaly Detection & Fraud Monitoring will help financial institutions meet updated FFIEC guidelines. Link

Kony Solutions
Kony Solutions announced a partnership with Donriver for the delivery of multi-channel mobile apps. Link

Mint.com
The Quickbooks blog examined Mint.com's PFM tool. Link

Monitise Americas
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Monitise developed two banking apps designed for the iPad for NatWest and RBS. Link

PayNearMe
The Paypers interviewed Avangate and PayNearMe regarding their partnership and various future endeavors. Link

PayPal
TechCrunch speculated that eBay's acquisition of Zong  will advance PayPal's mobile payments. Link

ProfitStars
Credit Union Times discussed ProfitStars' partnership with Corporate One Credit Union. Link

Prosper
The Social Lending Network reviewed Prosper's new Quick Invest feature. Link

Q2ebanking
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Q2ebanking commented on the security implications of the new FFIEC guidelines. Link

RobotDough
The Motley Fool highlighted RobotDough as a powerful new tool for individual investors. Link

SilverTail Systems
  • Credit Union Times reported that SilverTail Systems' capabilities enable financial institutions to comply with FFIEC guidelines. Link
  • Homeland Security Television profiled SilverTail Systems. Link

ThreatMetrix
ThreatMetrix enhanced its security in anticipation of FFIEC guidelines. Link

TradeKing
Stockbrokers4u.com analyzed TradeKing's services. Link

Xero
Xero hired a CFO onto to its team. Link
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Yodlee
  • Yodlee released its new MoneyCenter app. Link
  • Quickbooks' blog examined Yodlee's PFM tool. Link
  • TechCrunch reported that Yodlee reached 30M users. Link

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of our alums, using data from Web-analytics company Compete to review the sites they operate. 

Out of 255 alumni, 62 (24%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in May 2011 (see tables below). Of the 62 reviewed, 25 (40%) had fewer visitors than in the previous month and 28 (45%) saw a decline year-over-year.

Private Companies
The 44 private companies are as follows:

Notable successes:

  • Cortera saw the highest number of unique U.S. visitors in May, with almost 2 million hits.
  • HelloWallet experienced the greatest month-over-month growth, with more than four times as many visitors.
  • Betterment saw its traffic increase an impressive 38 times from May of last year.

Private Finovate Alumni With More Than 10,000 Unique Visitors in May 2011

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Source: Compete.com retrieved June 29, 2011

Public Companies
The 18 public companies are as follows:

Notable successes:

  • PayPal experienced the highest number of U.S. visitors in May, with over 32 million visitors.
  • TransUnion Interactive saw the highest month-over-month growth with more than two times the number of visitors in May than in April.
  • Sybase 365 experienced the highest year-over-year growth, with its traffic up almost 80% from last year.

Public Finovate Alumni With More Than 10,000 Unique Visitors in May 2011 

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Source: Compete.com retrieved June 29, 2011

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Notes:

1. We reviewed 255 unique sites. Data was unavailable or irrelevant for 201 sites because: 

  • They had been acquired.
  • They were no longer available online.
  • They were not covered by Compete for various reasons (including some that were not U.S. domestic companies).
  • The number of unique visits was too small to be considered accurate.
  • They were subdomains of larger websites.

2. Numbers have been rounded to three significant digits.

3. The charts include companies that did not have measurable traffic in May 2011, indicated by "N/A."

4. Compete draws its information from the online 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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AlphaClone
AlphaClone launched a new feature that measures sentiment. Link

BillFLO
Taulia acquired BillFLO. Link

Bills.com
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Bills.com shared money-saving strategies for recent college graduates. Link

BrightScope
BrightScope was highlighted on the Tuscon NBC news channel series, "4 Your Money." Link

CashEdge
Ally Bank began offering CashEdge's Popmoney service. Link

Continuity Control
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LEVERAGE, the Service Corporation for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, began offering Continuity Control's CreditUnion Assistant program. Link

CreditKarma
Credit Karma introduced its Approval Odds service to help avoid being declined for a card. Link

Currensee
Currensee reached $6 billion in trading volume and $12 million under management. Link

doxo
The MakeUseOf blog reviewed doxo's online filing cabinet. Link

Dwolla
  • Dwolla CEO commented on the Bitcoin virtual currency debate, exchange, and hysteria.  Link
  • Dwolla's fees were compared to PayPal's. Link
  • Silicon Prairie News discussed Dwolla CEO's comments on Bitcoin. Link
eWise
eWise Payo's smartphone app won the Editor's Award for Consumer Focus at the 2011 Cards International Awards. Link

Expensify
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  • The Dallas News highlighted Expensify. Link
  • Expensify was listed as one of 25 tools to help you manage spending by cmvlive.com Link
HelloWallet
HelloWallet posted a short video series explaining its wealth-tracking service. Link

Jwaala
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KEMBA Financial Credit Union implemented Jwaala's platform. Link

Lending Club
  • Lending Club is approaching its financial breakeven point. Link
  • Reuters commented on Lending Club's P2P marketplace. Link
Lendio
Lendio helped banks increase business loans by finding qualified borrowers. Link

Mortgagebot
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Mortgagebot and Business Solutions extended their Tech Alliance to provide mortgage application solutions at preferred terms. Link

PayNearMe
PayNearMe facilitated 7-Eleven's partnership with Greyhound for cash transactions. Link

Prosper
Reuters commented on Prosper's P2P marketplace. Link

Receivables Exchange
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The Receivables Exchange won 2011 "Management Team of the Year" at the Stevie Awards. Link

Strands
Strands Personal Finance landed in the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 North America list. Link

TradeKing
TradeKing announced its free webinar series on trading advice beginning July 12th. Link

Voice Commerce
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Voice Commerce launched its CashFlows app. Link

Xero
Getapp.com reviewed Xero's cloud-based software. Link

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AcceptEmail
AcceptEmail partnered with WorldPay to launch an e-billing and online payment service. Link

Balance
GeekWire interviewed Balance Financial CEO, Devin Miller. Link

BancVue
BancVue executives won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Link

BankOns
Examiner.com referred to BankOns as the new GroupOn. Link
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BillShrink
BillShrink was featured in The New York Times. Link

BrightScope
Forbes reported on BrightScope's list of exchange-traded funds held in America's 401k plans. Link

CheckFree
CheckFree expanded its functionality to support account-to-account and peer-to-peer transfers. Link

Clairmail
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Clairmail joined the RSA Secured Partner Program to provide secure access to mobile banking. Link

doxo
  • doxo CEO explained paperless billing in a video interview, highlighting the mobile app. Link

  • doxo was featured on the Top Productivity Apps website. Link

  • Northwest Innovation reviewed doxo's mobile app. Link
Dwolla
TechCrunch reported that Dwolla hit a milestone of $1M in transactions per week. Link

Enloop
  • Business News Daily interviewed Enloop CEO, Cynthia McCahon, about creating a "living business plan". Link

  • Huffington Post spotlighted Enloop. Link
eRollover
eRollover launched an online solution for financial advisors to grow practices. Link

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eWise announced its partnership with Affirmative Technologies to speed the adoption of alternative payment methods. Link

Kiboo
Kiboo launched a public site called "Know Your Money".  Link

Lending Club
  • Lending Club posted a video of their five-word acceptance speech at the Webby Awards. Link

  • The Wall Street Journal noted Lending Club as leading the way in P2P lending. Link
mFoundry
  • mFoundry helped Starbucks build an app for Android. Link

  • mFoundry passed the 400 customer milestone. Link
Mitek
Mitek's mobile check deposit was cited as the number one feature that would cause you to switch banks. Link

Monitise
  • ComputerWeekly discussed the survey Monitise conducted on mobile banking. Link

  • Forbes discussed Monitises' deal with Visa. Link
peerTransfer
  • peerTransfer is hosting a free webinar on international student payment processing this Wednesday, June 22. Link

  • peerTransfer won the Innovation Award from Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. Link
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  • Prosper announced that it is giving away an iPad2 to new investors. Link

  • The Wall Street Journal noted Prosper as leading the way in P2P lending. Link
SafetyPay
SafetyPay was selected by BorderJump as its preferred payment solution for cross border transactions. Link

SmartyPig
Fox Business News suggested using SmartyPig.com as a tool to help "pump up" savings. Link

Tagit 
Tagit helped Commonwealth Bank launch its first mobile app. Link

ThreatMetrix
  • ThreatMetrix announced its cloud-based fraud prevention platform. Link

  • ThreatMetrix launched "ThreatMetrix Fraud Facts," a free downloadable report. Link
Tyfone
  • Tyfone was awarded an NFC over-the-air and over-the-wire seminal patent. Link

  • American Banker reviewed Tyfone's mobile payment patent. Link

  • NFC Rumors looked at how Tyfone uses SD cards to enable NFC transactions. Link

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Betterment
Medill Reports discussed the benefits of Betterment and Currensee, claiming that the social networking craze changes the way some people invest. Link

BrightScope
BrightScope announced the top 10 treasury inflation protected securities funds in America's 401ks. Link

ChargeSmart
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Fox News' Studio 10 reviewed ChargeSmart, PlasticJungle, and Bills.com and found a number of money saving tools and ideas. Link

Check Point Software Technologies
Check Point Software Technologies won The Ten Best Web Support Sites of 2011 Award from The Association of Support Professionals for its exceptional web support design, implementation, and customer experience. Link

ClairMail
ClairMail announced record customer expansion with a 300% year-over-year growth in users. Link

Corduro
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The New York Times reported that Corduro's cloud platform challenges PayPal and Square's mobile payment services. Link

Credit Sesame
The Wisdom Journal depicted Credit Sesame's services as more than just credit scores. Link

Currensee
See Betterment above.

doxo
  • doxo explained how to use its online filing cabinet and "due date" alerts to help organize GroupOn, Living Social, and other daily deals. Link
  • TheFinancialBrand.com discussed Oregon Federal Credit Union's use of doxo and discussed other usage ideas such as uploading a scan of your passport prior to travelling. Link
Dwolla 
  • Credit Union Times listed Dwolla as a contender in the P2P payment space. Link
  • Dwolla rallied community efforts to gather donations for the tornado-stricken town of Joplin by selling its t-shirts and accepting donations. Link
  • Omaha World-Herald covered Dwolla's arrival into Nebraska. Link
Enloop
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  • About.com highlighted Enloop's business plan creation service. Link
  • Forbes blog discussed "How Not to Fail" by using Enloop to assess the potential success of a business plan. Link
Geezeo
Call Federal Credit Union, based in Richmond, VA, selected Geezeo for its PFM solution. Link

Guardian Analytics
Guardian Analytics positioned by Gartner in the "Visionary" quadrant for web fraud detection. Link

HelloWallet
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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom urged residents to improve their money management by using HelloWallet. For every five subscriptions purchased, HelloWallet will give away one subscription to a family in need. Link

Hidden Levers
Financial Advisor Blog discussed using Hidden Levers to build better portfolios, highlighting risk management and accuracy of the service. Link

Lending Club
  • Lending Club exceeded a quarter million dollars in cumulative loans and is offering cash bonuses. Link
  • Wall Street Journal blog discussed growth of P2P Lending sites Prosper and Lending Club. Link
Lendio
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Lendio raised $2 million in debt financing. Link

PayNearMe
PayNearMe founder Danny Shader, in an interview with Vator News, revealed the service is used beyond the unbanked population, including teens who prefer to pay with cash and consumers who would like to keep their online transactions private. Link

Prosper
See Lending Club above.

RobotDough
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Dow Jones Financial reports that a UCLA professor backed RobotDough. Link

SecondMarket
The Washington Business Journal discussed SecondMarket's recent popularity. Link

Sybase
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Sybase launched the M-Commerce Guide, a publication for examining global market opportunities for mobile network operators, advisors, and FIs. Link

TradeKing
TradeKing CIO Dan Raju discussed security issues that may arise with the NYSE cloud community, citing its security. Link

Tyfone
Tyfone contracted with Star One Credit Union to use its NFC technology. Link

UBank
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CEO of UBank examined security concerns and competitors during an interview with ZDNet. Link

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Bill.com
Practical Ecommerce listed Bill.com as 1 of 19 tools for online bookkeeping and invoicing Link

BrightScope
BrightScope announced the top 10 commodities funds held in America's 401k plans Link

Frazier & Deeter, FD Alliance, BrightScope and SignatureFD conducted a national webinar on BrightScope's tool that rates employee benefit plans. Link 

ClairMail
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ClairMail reported record growth with a record number of customer acquisitions and a 300% increase in user growth Link  

eRollover
eRollover announced its Facebook Early Retirement Vacation Sweepstakes Link

Finantix
Wealth Management 360 highlighted Finantix's Finovate Europe demo Link

Intuit
Intuit reported an increase of internet banking users by 9% and bill pay users by 23% Link

iPay Technologies
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iPay Technologies reached 1 Million users of its P2P electronic payment service, with almost 8 million payments processed to date Link

Kapitall
Kapitall implemented an alert system for current news on stocks and funds. These new alerts will keep users informed and will link directly to Kapitall's analytical tools for a quick understanding of changes. Link

Kashoo
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Practical Ecommerce listed Kashoo as 1 of 19 tools for online bookkeeping and invoicing  Link

Kashoo was selected by IDC as one of Canada's Top 10 cloud companies to watch Link

On Deck Capital
Tech Crunch reported On Deck Capital's announcement of the On Deck Score, a credit score for small businesses. This program seeks to fix the problem of businesses borrowing money as consumers http://tcrn.ch/kNjGX6 Link

Outright.com
Practical Ecommerce listed Outright.com as 1 of 19 tools for online bookkeeping and invoicing Link

SecondMarket 
SecondMarket experienced $115M in private stock sales during Q1 Link

TradeKing
TradeKing ranked number four in customer service for the second consecutive year in the Annual Broker Survey by Wall Street Journal's magazine, SmartMoney Link 

Wonga
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Wired UK mag covered Wonga's disruptive process of making borrowing money completely automatic. Are they transforming personal finance? Link

Wonga should have won of Startup 100 Awards, not Spotify Link

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Backbase

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Backbase will provide TCS Bank in Russia with a website integration solution through Bank 2.0 Portal. Link


Bill.com

Bill.com rolled out Sage Peachtree Sync, software for controlling bill payment and management. Link


BrightScope

BrightScope released its second annual list of the Atlanta-based companies with the best 401k plans. Link


CashEdge

CashEdge expanded Popmoney service by adding Popmoney for Prepaid. It also announced a partnership with TxVia. Link 

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Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point was listed on Acadian Asset Management's Top 15 Buys list.  Link


Cortera

Cortera announced a new version of its PULSE app, a customer monitoring service. The new version will add Growth Clues alert.  Link


DebtGoal

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DebtGoal hired Igor Vaks, former Experian CIO, as new COO. Link


eToro

eToro emerged as the preferred platform for building forex wealth through web trading.  Link


Expensify

Expensify advertised on giant billboard in the Bay Area. Link


Fiserv

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Fiserv announced improvements to its Relationship Rewards. Link


ID Analytics

CoreLogic partnered with ID Analytics to integrate ID Network with LoanSafe Fraud Manager. Link


ID Analytics will host Advance 2011, its 9th Consumer Risk Management Conference, this September.  Link


IP Commerce

IP Commerce recently raised another round of funding. Link

Lending Club

Lending Club issued a record high of $17.5M loans in April. It is the 4th record month in the past 5. Link


Lending Club won Webby Award for the Banking/ Bill Paying category. Link


Mint 

Mint won Webby Awards for the Financial Services category. Link


MoneyAisle

MoneyAisle launched live auctions for unsecured personal loans to help consumers across a wide range of credit scores. Link


PayNearMe

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PayNearMe raised $16M in funding from new and current investors. Link




Plastyc

Plastyc won a patent for improved online payment methods. Link

Prosper

Prosper increased loan volume by more than 50% compared to 3 months ago, issuing over $5M in new loans in April. Link


Yodlee

Yodlee is looking into developing mobile apps with new "FinApp Store" strategy. Link

Last week, BrightScope launched Advisor Tool, a new and improved way to search for investment advisors.

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Twin brothers Mike and Ryan Alfred founded BrightScope in 2007 with a goal to "bring transparency to opaque markets." It accomplishes this through two free services:

  • A tool that allows users to view the ratings and rankings of public-company retirement plans (401ks) accessed through a public database.
  • The new Advisor Tool, which provides key info for selecting an advisor such as experience, fees, and average account balance.
Here's how Advisor Tool works:
  1. Decide: Choose to search for an individual advisor or firm
  2. Set parameters: Enter what you're looking for, such as the advisor's name, city or state, the value of assets, and so on (see inset below).
  3. Compare: The results include basic info: location, qualifications, area of specialty, client types and more detailed data such as legal disputes, formal complaints, cost of services, and a list of exams passed.  
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It allows you to compare and contrast the following characteristics of up to three advisors at a time:
  • Type of registration held
  • Current employer
  • Dollar value of the assets under management
  • Average account balance
  • Primary client type
  • Years of experience
  • Fees the advisor charges
  • SEC & FINRA disputes

Results can be filtered by the following criteria:
  • Number of assets
  • Average account balance
  • Current employer
  • Client types

Analysis
Besides sitting down with a phone book, asking Aunt Laura, or Googling financial advisors, users can search directly through the FINRA and the SEC databases. However, both have been described as "clunky" and "needlessly complex." BrightScope brings web 2.0 search and discovery to this important area.
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While the tool is powerful, it is not without limitations. The results are only as good as the sources of information used, primarily Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) BrokerCheck database and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investment advisor database. 

But as advisors upgrade their listings, for a fee, with photos and other detailed information,
search results will prove even more useful. BrightScope expects to be one of the most effective marketing tools available to advisors. 

And BrightScope has ambitions beyond investment advisors. It's already working on a similar service for insurance agents that should be available later this year.


Search results allow for a quick view of advisor info (5 May 2011)
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On April 27, Prosper gave 200 new lenders $104 to get started. The company is celebrating the news that prosper lenders are averaging 10.4% returns. http://bit.ly/finovate426111

American Banker on Yodlee and Geezeo growth in the PFM market. Yodlee grows French market, and Geezeo signs more credit unions. http://bit.ly/finovate429111

Author Jean Chatzky opens her Debt Diet Challenge to 5 Credit.com readers who are in debt. http://bit.ly/lDmZ54

Bank Innovations highlights six companies as noteworthy to see at Finovate Spring on May 10th & 11th in San Francisco. http://bit.ly/kqBr39

Bill.com releases site upgrade. The upgrade, made over the Easter weekend, includes improved calendar, a revised mobile application, receivables managements and online payments and more. http://bit.ly/finovate427113

BrightScope featured on TechCrunch. The post highlights BrightScope's launch of advisor pages. http://tcrn.ch/finovate426113

Capital Access Network awarded prestigious award. The company won the 2011 Monarch Innovation Award from Barlow Research Associates. http://bit.ly/finovate425113

CashEdge's Small Business Survey finds that small businesses want electronic payment solutions. http://bit.ly/kmC1lM

Consumer Reports integrates BillShrink's recommendations into reviews. BillShrink has similar affiliate relationships with Walmart.com and T-Mobile. http://tcrn.ch/finovate426112

Credit Karma releases Credit Score Climate Report stating credit scores fell two points in the Q1 2011. http://mwne.ws/lnXZn7

Currensee makes Lead411's Hottest Boston Tech Companies list second year in a row. See them at Finovate Spring. http://bit.ly/lmrLNK

H&R Block names former eBay exec as new CEO. http://buswk.co/ipszZa

Mengia signs with Icelandic banks, Arion and Landsbanki. Mengia will provide PFM services to both banks, which will provide 90% of Icelandic banking customers with access to an integrated PFM platform. http://bit.ly/finovate427112

Monitise launches Hong Kong mobile service with JETCO, which will help it break into the Asia Pacific market. http://bit.ly/kEEcCP

Stock Twits names Francisc Costello chief operating officer.  http://bit.ly/finovate429114

Tile Financial releases the "Spend Grow Give" app. Now available free in the App Store. http://bit.ly/finovate425111

USA Today covers BrightScope's new tool for choosing the right financial adviser & informs what attributes to look for. http://usat.ly/msrb7l

Wescom Resources Group offers Geezeo PFM to clients. Wescom will be rolling out Geezeo as a complement to the Credit Union's existing online banking platform. http://bit.ly/finovate425112

Xero releases Xero Touch, its new app built on HTML5 that will run on iPhone, Android, Windows7 and Blackberry. http://bit.ly/eLPrdA

Yodlee holds a mobile banking webinar on May 3. Attendance is free. Details online at  http://bit.ly/finovate427111

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