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Alumni News-- December 17, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Jerusalem Post profiles Israeli startup, TipRanks.
  • CashStar Market Solution is now powering 150 promotions during this year's winter holiday season.
  • Enterprising Investor highlights Betterment, LearnVest, Motif Investing, Venmo, and Wealthfront in its column on Millennials and money.
  • TechZone 360 discusses CrowdFlower in a review of "What's Hot and What's Not on Data Science for 2015."
  • Yahoo! Finance features an interview with Rippleshot co-founder and CPO Yueyu Fu.
  • WingCash unveils Brand Cash, a digital currency that replaces merchant-specific gift and loyalty cards.
  • Financial Times profiles Betterment CEO and co-founder, Jon Stein.
  • After Manilla's demise, Mint launches bill pay and bill management platform.
  • Time, Inc partners with Coinbase to accept bitcoin for subscriptions to Fortune, Health, This Old House and Travel + Leisure.
  • Tradeshift to waive 30% revenue share from organizations that build apps to support the circular economy http://bit.ly/13cY6S6
  • Wealth Management looks at the human advisors behind Personal Capital and SigFig.
  • Money Talks News lists alternative lending sites to consider: Prosper, Lending Club, and Kabbage.
  • ID Analytics names Timothy Laughlin as new CFO.
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.

Alumni News-- November 19, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgeFLOW Crowdbridge from Top Image Systems voted one of the three best ECM Solutions for 2014.
  • Technocular interviews WePay founder and CEO, Bill Clerico.
  • Allied Payment Network launches its new small business payments solution, BizPay.
  • Kapitall and Motif Investing both referenced in Investment News column on data visualization.
  • Kahuna Payment Solutions chooses e-SignLive by Silanis, bringing e-signatures into its lending platform for retailers.
  • Syd Youth partners with CSI globalVcard to promote Spend Secure.
  • Banking 20/20 interviews EyeVerify EVP of Global Sales & Marketing, Chris Barnett.
  • Silicon Republic features Fenergo software developer, Marcio Duarte.
  • Business Insider reviews FutureAdvisor.
  • Credit Sesame wins IMA Outstanding Achievement Award in Financial Services.
  • FinovateEurope 2015 Presenting Companies Revealed. Get Your Ticket this Week for Very Early Bird Pricing!.
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.

Alumni News-- August 27, 2014

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  • ThinkAdvisor takes a look at the deal between the San Francisco 49ers football team and Wealthfront.
  • The Globe and Mail profiles David Lloyd and IntelliResponse as part of its Innovators at Work contest.
  • Fortune magazine column discusses Ripple and the "Internet of value exchange."
  • ValueWalk: FutureAdvisor can be used as a free tool to rate your own investment decisions or a low-cost asset management service.
  • Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation visits Bolstr for video interview.
  • Bill.com CEO and co-founder Rene Lacerte writes about the "new sharing economy" for Inc.com.
  • CashStar announces spot in Inc 500|5000 for a second year in a row.
  • EyeVerify opens new offices to accommodate recent growth.
  • Locaid partners with Danal to leverage location services in fight against financial fraud.
  • Wallaby Financial named finalist in Samsung Gear App Challenge 2014.
  • ZDNet: Xero continues march into U.S., launches partner marketplace.
  • The Independent looks at how BehavioSec uses behavioral biometrics.
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.

Alumni News-- June 16, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBillGuard named one of Business Insider's "20 Hottest Startups from Israel in 2014."
  • Luxoft announces new offices in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Mobile Payments today interviews CashStar president and CEO, Ben Kaplan.
  • Investor Place looks at Blackhawk Networks' place in ecommerce.
  • SecondMarket to form a syndicate to bid on upcoming bitcoin auction by the U.S. Marshals service.
  • Kiboo launches getback.net to tackle employee expenses.
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 Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLeaf adds chief operating officer, vice-president of finance, and vice-president of engineering as company expands to bigger offices.
  • Fiserv appoints Kevin Gregoire as group president of financial institutions group.
  • CashStar launches new edition of digital gifting platform, CashStar 5.
  • Actiance Socialite available through the EMC Select Program.
  • IDology's ExpectID Global launches in Canada.
  • Tactile Finance PRO's new features target mortgage loan officers' ability to compete and increase referrals. See its live demo at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Pikanik Bakery discusses its experience with ShopKeep POS.
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, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMountain America CU chooses ProfitStars' ImageCenter and Enterprise Payment Solutions.
  • TSYS renews payments agreement with Commerce Bank.
  • ProfitStars announces partnership with OnDeck to deploy LendingNetwork platform.
  • Wealthfront's automated investment advisory service goes mobile with new app.
  • Arroweye's 2013 performance reveals 25% growth & 60%+ increase in open loop card fulfillment compared to 2012.
  • SpendMatters covers Tradeshift's and Taulia's divergent yet converging cases and value propositions.
  • Tradeshift raises $75 million, plans to open office in Tokyo.
  • Andera upgrades software to enable mobile applicants take photos of their driver's licenses during the application process to populate data fields automatically.
  • Kabbage now extending more than $1 million per day in funding to small businesses.
  • Kony and AirPlug partner to deliver enterprise-grade mobile solution to mobile network operators.
  • CashStar wins Digiday Retail Award for achievement in online retail marketing and advertising.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Last year, Forbes selected four Finovate alums for its "America's Most Promising Companies" roster.

This year, Forbes picked five.

Lending Club is back, the veteran of last year's list climbing from a #12 ranking in 2013 to a #5 in 2014. Also returning is On Deck Capital, which soared from a #94 ranking last year to an #11 ranking this year.

When you look at the other alums to make the 2014 roster, it is clear that success in the lending  and capital-raising businesses are what bring in the votes over at Forbes. In addition to Lending Club and On Deck Capital, there is Kabbage coming in at #37. 

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Rank: #5
Revenue: $98 million
Employees: 379

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Rank: #11
Revenue: $65 million
Employees: 240

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Rank: #37
Revenue: $17 million
Employees: 80

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Rank: #81
Revenue: $16 million
Employees: 88

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Rank: #98
Revenue: $0
Employees: 12
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Congratulations to six Finovate alums named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest growing companies.

The list included two Finovate alumni in the top 500: Kony Solutions (#28), and CashStar (#108). Prosper just missed the top 500, ranking #548. Also on the list were OnDeck (#660), Authentify (#2,328), and Capital Access Network (#4,535).

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Rank: #28
Description: Offers a codebase for developing mobile and multichannel applications
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3-year revenue growth: 79x (eg. 7,900%)
2012 revenue: $51.1 million
2009 revenue: $648,000
Employees: 1100
3-year employee growth: 1003
Founded: 2007
Additional honors: #2 Top 100 Software Companies, #4 Top 100 Florida Companies


Rank: #103
Description: Hosts and maintains a transaction platform for retailer-branded gift card programs
3-year revenue growth: 35x
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2012 revenue: $9.7 million
2009 revenue: $276,000
Employees: 96
3-year employee growth: 73
Founded: 2008
Additional honors: #6 Top 100 Software Companies, #3 Top 100 Maine Companies


Rank: #548
Description: Peer-to-peer lending marketplace
3-year revenue growth: 9.3x
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2012 revenue: $6.8 million
2009 revenue: $732,000
Employees: 84
3-year employee growth: 50
Founded: 2006
Additional honors: #36 Top 100 Financial Services Companies #97 Top 100 California Companies, #31 San Francisco Metro Area


Rank: #660
Description: Small business lender
3-year revenue growth: 8x
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2012 revenue: $36.7 million
2009 revenue: $4.6 million
Employees: 153
3-year employee growth: 117
Founded: 2007
Additional honors: #41 Top 100 Financial Services Companies, #40 Top 100 New York Companies, #5 New York City Metro Area


Rank: #2,328
Description: Delivers automated, multi-factor authentication services
3-year revenue growth: 2.6x
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2012 revenue: $14 million
2009 revenue: $5.5 million
Employees: 37
3-year employee growth: 13
Founded: 1999
Additional honors: #36 Top 100 Security Companies


Rank: #4,535
Description: Provides working capital and data services to small businesses
3-year revenue growth: 49%
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2012 revenue: $152 million
2009 revenue: $102 million
Employees: 425
3-year employee growth: 144
Founded: 1998

Finovate Alumni News-- July 10, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgAuthentify launches security app for mobile devices, replacing passwords with digital images and spoken pass phrases.
  • Google Wallet's "Buy with Google" promotion provides discounts via Android apps ranging from Airbnb to Uber.
  • IBS Intelligence ranks SAGE SA's Prospero 2nd in 2013 Sales League Table.
  • Manilla's activated user base surpasses half million mark.
  • CashStar announces new clients for its digital gifting program.
  • Moven's beta program expands to add additional testers as company anticipates mobile signup by year's end.
  • Bank Innovation reviews GoBank's progress toward customer engagement and mobile centricity.
  • American Banker reports: Mitek Receives Patent for Mobile Card Balance Transfers.
  • SecondMarket launches General Solicitation solution in response to the SEC lifting of the ban on general solicitation by the JOBS Act.
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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  • miiCard partners with authentication company, Toopher, to help users and businesses more effectively fight fraud and secure new services online.
  • BBVA Compass deploys Mitek's Mobile Photo Bill Pay.
  • TIBCO Software acquires StreamBase Systems.
  • Kofax issued patent that covers sending receipt confirmation for a fax.
  • AU Arts Hub profiles Narrative Science's approach to journalism.
  • Cashstar announces patent for virtual gift card technology.
  • Keynote brings MITE Enterprise, DeviceAnywhere Enterprise to UFT users.
  • Green Dot to acquire Walmart's reloadable prepaid card business, MoneyCard.
  • Affinity Solutions raises more than $21 million.
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-- May 22, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgBangor Daily News blogger interviews CashStar CEO Steven Boal.
  • Service2Media announces implementation of mobile app development platform.
  • Locaid CEO Rip Gerber wins CTIA "Ingenious Innovator" award for product and service innovation.
  • Temenos unveils DataSource, their new enterprise data management system.
  • Take a peek at the new look of Comarch Smart Finance.
  • Swipely earns $12 million in Series B funding.
  • Big banks boost Capital Access Network's lending capacity by more than 50%.
  • SimpleTuition announces $4 million Series D round.
  • Pandai brings on John Porter as Chairman.
  • PandoDaily reports: Google closes Checkout, pushing thousands of merchants into Braintree's arms.
  • Arxan's mobile app integrity protection platform now supports the Tizen OS, protecting Tizen apps from cyber threats.
  • eToro reaches 50 million trades landmark.
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-- May 17, 2013

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  • Serverside Group grants license for its US card customization patents to financial services provider, DimpleDough.
  • CashStar announces year-over-year growth in Mother's Day eGifting cards sold.
  • MobilePaymentsToday takes a look at Zooz In-Ad Payments service.
  • FlexScore provides waiting list for access codes to beta version of their web-based financial advisor platform.
  • American Banker features crowdfunders LendUp and Realty Mogul.
  • TransCard congratulates technology partner FamZoo on winning FinovateSpring 2013 honors.
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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  • Expensify adds corporate card reconciliation for more banks, including Wells BofA, and Citi. See Expensify's demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Forbes interviews Marc Gorlin, co-founder of Kabbage. See Kabbage's new tech next week at FinovateSpring.
  • PayNearMe hires Billy Robbins, former VP of PFM at Wells, as its VP of business development. Come see PayNearMe's demo at Finovate.
  • Kashoo tops 100,000 registered users and more than 50,000 iPad downloads of its cloud accounting app.
  • PaymentsSource interviews CashStar chief marketing officer Gene Cornfield on mobile commerce.
  • Kalixa to become its own company, separating from Bwin.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgExpensify makes Reconciliation and Central Administration features available for American Express corporate cardholders.
  • Micronotes providing series of marketing campaigns for USAlliance FCU to help cross-selling efforts.
  • Palo Alto Software announces launch of EntrepreWorld, a virtual environment to test business plans in a virtual world of avatars. Come see Palo Alto demo its latest technology at FinovateSpring.
  • Consumers CU chooses Andera's oFlows platform for online account opening and lending.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Molly Gregg Otter as Vice President.
  • Bloomberg looks at how Jemstep, SigFig, and FutureAdvisor help manage your portfolio online. See Jemstep's new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Forbes takes a close up look at London's FinTech Innovation Lab, including participants BehavioSec, Kiboo, and Open Bank Project.
  • Huff Post blog considers Lighter Capital's Revenue Loans as alternative to VC funding.
  • GCN looks at Dwolla's use in government.
  • Huff Post blog considers automated report-writing software company, Narrative Science. See its new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Y C Universe profiles Trust Egg. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • MicroStrategy signs technology alliance agreement with MapR.
  • Berry Review takes a look at Pageonce Money and Bills on Blackberry 10.
  • Times of India highlights Klarna's growth in Europe.
  • Incentive Mag previews the launch of CashStar's table gifting solution.
  • Eye Verify announces results from biometric standard, performance and assurance lab survey. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • IntelliResponse selected by KMWorld as one of "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" for 2013. Come see them in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially 'opened the doors' to On Deck Capital's new NYC HQ.
  • Global Payments and edo Interactive launch pilot for card-linked offers network.
  • Boston Business Journal interviews Leaf CEO Aron Schwarzkopf. See Leaf's demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
  • American Banker reports: Union Bank signs up for Fiserv's Bill Pay.
  • Bolstr featured on MSNBC's Your Business.
  • Backbase gives a glimpse of the Digital Marketing Module it showed at FinovateEurope.
  • Triple Pundit looks at how the SEC is holding SoMoLend and other debt/equity crowdfunding platforms hostage.
  • CIO lists Expensify as 1 of 3 apps to help at tax time.
  • BellaDati releases updates to its platform.
  • Med Gadget interviews Diversinet CEO, Dr. Hon Pak.
  • Finextra reports Geezeo signs 1st United Services Credit Union.
  • CashStar announces availability of tablet gifting.
  • Android, iOS updates now provide card-to-card payments with Pageonce.
  • Dough Roller blog names PocketSmith one of the best calendar-based personal finance apps.
  • Continuity Control to partner with cbanc Network to provide regulatory briefing via RegAdvisor.
  • Koolspan and DeviceFidelity team up to build TrustSleeve, bringing microSD-based voice encryption to the iPhone.
  • Locaid and Life360 join forces to help parents stay in touch with their kids.
  • The Financial Brand highlights 50 of the most spectacular website designs in banking: Simple (formerly BankSimple), Standard Chartered, Mint, & Moven. See Netbanker's take on the list here.
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.jpgMetaforic's self-defending software immune system named the Gold winner by Info Security Products Guide's 2013 Global Excellence Awards.
  • Worldwide Insure names Expensify the February Travel App of the Month.
  • TIO Networks expands Services with First Data's Money Network Prepaid Services.
  • Bloomberg Television interviews Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski.
  • CashStar co-founder, CEO David Stone to lead panel on mobile shopping and gifting at Prepaid Expo.
  • AEGON Turkey insurance sales processes go mobile with Figlo tablet solution.
  • Lending Club appoints former Visa President as Director.
  • Apps from BBVA Compass, Pageonce, and Simple highlighted in American Banker's list of the top ten, most progressive mobile banking apps.
  • My Money Blog reviews Jemstep Portfolio Manager.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Birdback, Nicolai Watzenig named guest speaker at eDeal Summit.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

CashStar Reports Record Holiday Season

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for CashStar.jpgStrong holiday sales for the company's eGift Cards have made CashStar optimistic about the prospects for mobile gift card and "last-minute gifting" demand in 2013.

Why are eGift Cards working for CashStar? In part, it may be because they are working for merchants. According to CashStar:
  • The company enjoyed a 800% increase in mobile eGift Cards purchased compared to 2011
  • Brands with mobile-optimized eGift Card websites outperformed non mobile-optimized websites in purchases by smartphone by more than 50% in December 2012
  • Brands from mobile-optimized sites earned 3,700% more in sales in 2012
CashStar has a network of more than 250 brands, including Brooks Brothers, Jiffy Lube, Harry & David, and Petco. The company's support for Passbook on the iOS platform has added new retail partners like Home Depot and The Body Shop.

See CashStar's most recent demo from FinovateFall 2011 here.
  • 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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After an impressive 2011, where more than $423 million was raised, 2012 was even better, with more than $450 raised.

A few stand-out metrics for the year:

  • A total of 44 companies received funding, some more than once in 2012
  • Combined, more than $450 million was raised
  • The best quarter for raising capital was the first quarter when more than $150 was raised
  • The biggest funding month this year was March, with more than $68 million raised by three companies
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received.

January -- $25 million raised by 3 companies
Currensee: $2 million -- blog post
Finsphere: $11.3 million -- blog post
HelloWallet: $12 million -- blog post

February -- $57 million raised by 5 companies
Capital Access Network: $30 million -- blog post
Dwolla: $5 million -- blog post
Jemstep: $6 million -- blog post
Kabbage: undisclosed -- blog post
Xero: $16.6 million -- blog post

March -- $68 million raised by 3 companies
Boku: $35 million -- blog post
eToro: $15 million -- blog post
ThreatMetrix: $18 million -- blog post

April -- $2.5 million raised by 1 company
miiCard: $2.5 million -- blog post

May -- $55.5 million raised by 5 companies
Kony: $15 million - blog post
Pindrop Security: $1 million -- blog post
SecureKey: $30 million -- blog post
SoMoLend: $1.17 million -- blog post
Yodlee: $8.3 million -- blog post

June -- More than $62 million raised by 8 companies
Affinity Solutions: $14.5 million -- blog post
Arroweye Solutions: $3 million -- blog post
Cartera Commerce: $12.2 million -- blog post
Credit Sesame: $12 million -- blog post
Doughmain: undisclosed -- blog post
Lending Club: $15 million -- blog post
Nutmeg: $5.3 million -- blog post
Planwise: $200,000 -- blog post

July -- $6 million raised by 2 companies
Continuity Control: $1 million -- press release
SaveUp: $5 million -- blog post

August -- More than $49 million raised by 6 companies*
DemystData: undisclosed -- blog post
FutureAdvisor: $5 million -- blog post
FreeMonee: $34 million -- blog post
The Currency Cloud: $3.1 million -- blog post
CashStar: $5 million -- blog post
Continuity Control: $2.25 million -- blog post

September -- More than $59 million raised by 5 companies
Banno: $2 million -- press release
Betterment: $10 million -- press release
Edo Interactive: $15 million -- press release
Fuze Network: $2.5 million -- press release
Kabbage: $30 million -- blog post

October -- $37 million raised by 2 companies
The Currency Cloud: $1.9 million -- blog post
Braintree: $35 million -- blog post

November -- More than $23 raised by 4 companies
ActivePath: $10 million -- blog post
Jingit: $7 million -- blog post
Bazaarvoice: $6.7 million -- blog post
Xero: $49 million -- blog post

December -- More than $16 million raised by 4 companies
Waspit: $3 million -- blog post
Controlabill: $570,000 (A$600,000) -- blog post
Zopa: undisclosed -- blog post
ShopKeep POS: $10 million - blog post
Clover Networks: $3.3 million - blog post

*In addition to the companies listed for August, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at Julie@Finovate.com or David@Finovate.com.
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August was the biggest funding month of the third quarter. Six companies raised more than $49 million, led by FreeMonee, which alone raised $34 million.

In addition to the eight companies listed below, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments in late August. 

Here's the Q3 summary for 2012:

July -- $6 million raised by 2 companies

August -- More than $49 million raised by 6 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at Julie@Finovate.com or David@Finovate.com.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFinextra features Simple (formerly BankSimple).
  • HID Global and BehavioSec join forces to add new layer of protection to fraud detection system.
  • Entrepreneurial Finance Lab reflects on FinovateAsia.
  • Personal Capital working with Pershing Advisor Solutions to make the sign-up process for investment clients even easier.
  • Lending Club debuts low-interest, fixed-rate personal loan platform to Indiana residents.
  • CashStar partners with Punchbowl to provide eGift-enabled digital greeting cards.  
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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  • Payelp Global partners with SafetyPay to expand online payment options for merchants and customers worldwide.
  • Enloop releases the next generation of its business planning app to help entrepreneurs plan businesses.
  • Social Money announces launch of new product, CorePro, with a new partner, The Bancorp.
  • Tradeshift announces partnership with Verbella CMG, an SAP Content mgmt. solutions provider.
  • Anton Commissaris, a founding exec of Mint.com, joins Credit Sesame as COO.
  • Betterment enhances advice for life goals.
  • Capital Access Network names advisory board to guide launch and growth of latest offering to small businesses, CapTap.
  • CNBC reports CashStar, WEX partner to provide eGift card services.
  • New partnership with Klarna helps 3dcart reach European customers.
  • Compass Plus earns high ranking in annual PayX report.
  • AdExchanger interviews Bazaarvoice Media GM Barkow.
  • Team Bronson Moneymakers reviews Jingit.
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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  • Thomson Reuters launches mobile web app for investor relations.
  • CashStar and Comet launch UK's first comprehensive eGift card program.
  • PaySimple appoints former PayPal employee Andrew Lanthier as CTO.
  • Upstart Business Journal looks at the approach Kabbage and Lighter Capital take on small business financing.
  • Q2ebanking introduces Q2clarity, customizable analytics across mobile, online and security platform.
  • Barron's recommends using findabetterbank.com to cut bank fees.
  • City AM reports Monitise user numbers quadrupled in the last year to 17m.
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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  • The WSJ compares The Currency Cloud, Currency Fair, Wonga & Nutmeg with Britain's traditional banks. Come check out The Currency Cloud at FinovateFall in NYC September 12 & 13.
  • My Bank Tracker reports on a Dwolla integration at a Pittsburgh-based supermarket chain.
  • Virtual Piggy service will be integrated into Girly Stuff's e-commerce launch. Check out Virtual Piggy at FinovateFall.
  • FutureAdvisor raises $5 mil, launches 401(k) fee analyzer tool.
  • Currensee and Direct FX form partnership.
  • Jwaala and Truaxis team up to provide credit unions with StatementRewards platform. Come to FinovateFall to check out Truaxis' live demo.
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.jpgCortera launches B2B Purchase Insights solution to enable sales, marketing & finance execs to research & understand customers.
  • American Banker reports: Guardian Analytics Offers Behavior-Based Fraud Prevention. Come to FinovateFall to check out its new technology.
  • miiCard joins Open Identity Exchange to help develop online trust standards.
  • Spa & wellness eGift cards by Spa Week available through CashStar's B2B Partner Network.
  • Verallia North America chooses Taulia to provide dynamic discounting to supplier network.
  • Commercial Business Systems & RC Olmstead partner with MoneyDesktop. Come see MoneyDesktop's live demo at FinovateFall.
  • SoMoLend launches small business competition.
  • Mashable features LearnVest. Check out their live demo at FinovateFall.
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Today digital gifting company, CashStar, announced a $5 million round of funding. Intel Capital led the round, followed by:

    • Passport Capital
    • FTV Capital
    • Steven Boal, Co-founder and Chairman of CashStar, and president and CEO of Coupons.com 

This installment brings the Portland, Maine-based company's total funding to over $26 million.

CashStar will use the funding to expand its focus in mobile and social media.

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

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgKabbage to provide Monsoon Commerce customers $20 million in capital.
  • Paul Farmer joins Silver Tail Systems as CFO.
  • BofA to provide Acculynk's PaySecure to enable PIN debit payments online.
  • peerTransfer now supports Indian Rupee and 36 new partner schools.
  • Angry Birds creator selects Braintree's payments platform.
  • Continuity Control reels in $2.25 million in funding.
  • CashStar receives $5 million in funding.
  • Farm Credit Services of Mid-America selects ProfitStars for ALM reporting.
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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFinovate Alums take the stage at the Future of Money Conference 2012.
  • Netbanker: Pageonce Removes Billpay Subscription Fee in Favor of Per-Transaction Pricing.
  • Hypebot.com followed Personal Capital, Intuit, Boku, Tradeshift, and CashStar at the Future of Money Conference.
  • Backbase & GFT sign European partnership agreement.
  • State of Washington picks Doxo for paperless files.
  • BehavioSec chosen as one of the "Cool Vendors" in Identity Access Management, 2012 report by Gartner.
  • Alpena Alcona Area CU selects MoneyDesktop's PFM to offer members a better online banking experience.
  • Northwoods CU signs onto Cachet Financial Services' mobile remote deposit capture.
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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgeMudhra partners with Monitise to help launch mobile payments service.
  • Credit Karma profiles SaveUp. Come see SaveUp at FinovateSpring in May.
  • David Stone, CashStar CEO, named business leader of the year.
  • VentureBeat explores PayPal Here's packaging.
  • ChargeSmart blog looks at what's behind Dynamics smart cards.
  • AcceptEmail and PostNL enter into a strategic partnership.
  • Meniga takes its PFM to Australia.
  • Lighter Capital makes borrowing even easier by launching Design-A-Loan.
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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCashStar brings eGifting platform to the UK.
  • Service2Media signs AppCenter Partner agreement with HintTech.
  • Clairmail appoints former Apple executive, Mitch Stein as new Director of Innovation and Design.
  • Lazy Man and Money blog covers SigFig, calling it the best way to track your investments.
  • Wonga launches Easter Egg hunt on Facebook.
  • eToro's OpenBook wins 2011 Superior Trading and Resource (STAR) Award.
  • WSJ's MarketWatch suggests using HelloWallet to help employees build wealth.
  • Relevantly Speaking highlights Offermatic in a podcast.
  • NY Times Bucks blog describes the experience of using Citi's rewards card powered by Dynamics.
  • Finextra looks at Mint, HelloWallet, and Lodo to consider benefits of implementing a PFM.
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Since its launch, digital gifting company CashStar has helped over 250 North American brands take their gift card programs online. Now its bringing the customizable eGifting program to the United Kingdom.

The company has recruited Arun Glendinning to oversee the expansion as Director of Business Development in the U.K.

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

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Yesterday, digital gifting company CashStar announced Web Gifting 2, a new user interface that will make the user experience more engaging, interactive, and convenient. 

With this new interface, CashStar's 250+ retail customers will see upgrades such as:

    • Capability to upload personalized videos and photos
    • Animated gift cards 
    • Option to print gift cards
    • Tool to remind users of holidays and occasions
    • More card design options

In another release, CashStar also announced that The Home Depot, Staples, CVS/pharmacy, and Landry's have renewed their digital gifting offerings.

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

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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.
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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSmartMoney (Feb 2012) article, "Attack of the 6.5-point Typeface" cites research from Transparency Labs.
  • Rescuecom asks if Dwolla can become the new PayPal.
  • CNN Money names SmartyPig "Best Savings Alternative".
  • Missouri News channel KY3 recommends using Prosper and Lending Club as a creative way to fund your business.
  • NY Times blog talks about LearnVest as a financial planner for the middle class.
  • AARP lists ChargeSmart as a future way to pay bills using unwanted gift cards.
  • FeeFighters hosts webinar about ecommerce on January 16.
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  • 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.
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The results were impressive:

  • A total of 34 companies received funding, some more than once
  • The companies collectively raised over $423 million dollars
  • The months with the highest number of companies receiving funding were June August, both with 8 companies
  • The highest amount of funding came in the month of June, when the alumni brought in over $124.4 million
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received:

January -- $40.8 million raised by 3 companies

February -- $10.3+ million raised by 3 companies

March -- $20.4 million raised by 4 companies

June -- $124.4 million raised by 8 companies

July -- $1.1 million raised by 1 company

August -- $103.4 million raised by 8 companies

September -- $33 million raised by 1 company

October-- $22 million raised by 2 companies

November -- $16.3+ million raised by 3 companies

December -- $52.2 million raised by 5 companies
Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. If you see any funding that is not on this list, please send the name of the company along with a link to the funding information to julie@netbanker.com and I will add it.

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