Finovate Alumni News


  • Nordic Capital Fund Acquires Majority Share of Trustly.

Around the web

  • Coinbase granted e-money license by U.K’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); joins Faster Payments Scheme courtesy of partnership with Barclays Bank.
  • ACI Worldwide announces contract extension with DBS.
  • Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade for Vietnam (Vietcombank) picks trade finance platform from Finastra.
  • nCino and Enforce partner to accelerate cloud adoption for financial institutions.
  • Tradeshift partners with Canon Business Process Services.
  • Pindrop partners with Aeriandi to detect fraudulent calls through cloud platforms.
  • GMO’s Trade adds Trustly as payment option.
  • Kabbage teams with New Media to advertise to more than five million small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that do business in New Media’s markets.
  • OnDeck appoints Kenneth Brause as CFO.
  • Sandia Area Credit Union hires Insuritas to launch member-owned, digitally-powered insurance agency.
  • Oregon Community CU selects Alkami Technology’s digital banking platform to provide its more than 150,000 members with a modern digital banking offering.
  • Bankjoy selected to compete in Google Demo Day in March.
  • TSYS implements new payment solution, Advanced AuthControl, with Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the U.S.

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.

Alkami Scores $70 Million in Series D Funding

In a round led by General Atlantic, and featuring participation from current investors S3 Ventures and Argonaut Private Equity, digital banking solutions provider Alkami has raised $70 million in new funding. The Series D round, which represents a strategic investment in the company, takes Alkami’s total capital to more than $116 million.

“In an era of digital transformation, our clients, who consist of credit unions and banks in the U.S., count on Alkami to inspire and power their digital strategies through enhancing value, growth, service, efficiency and relationships,” Alkami CEO Mike Hansen said. He added that the strategic investment from General Atlantic will “accelerate the delivery of our world-class technology and innovative solutions to our clients, ensuring Alkami remains synonymous with digital transformation in finance.”

Alkami enables financial institutions to take advantage of the latest trends in online and mobile banking technology through its cloud-based digital banking platform. With more than 4.5 million users across its community bank and credit union client base, Alkami provides a unified solution that works across devices and channels to deliver retail and business banking services, billpay, PFM, marketing, and more.

As part of the strategic investment, Raph Osnoss and Gene Lockhart will join Alkami’s board of directors. Lockhart is a Special Advisor of General Atlantic and former President and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide. He is also Chairman and Managing Partner of MissionOG, a technology investor that also participated in Alkami’s Series D. Osnoss is Vice President of General Atlantic, and praised Alkami’s “vision, technology, client success, and business model” as well as the way the fintech helped FIs better engage with their customers.

“Digital banking needs are evolving along with consumer and business behaviors,” Osnoss said. “And we believe Alkami is at the center of this industry-wide shift.”

Plano, Texas-based Alkami made its first Finovate appearance in 2009 as iThryv. In November, the company was highlighted as the 13th fastest growing company in Dallas by Southern Methodist University’s Cox Dallas 100 and ranked 66th fastest growing company in North America by Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500. Alkami announced a deployment of its digital banking platform with Veridian Credit Union ($3.4 billion in assets) late last fall, and in August, the company inked a deal with Mountain America Credit Union ($6.7 billion in assets) to integrate its digital banking technology with Mountain America’s existing core system.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Urban FT and Fortress Plus to Co-Market Digital Banking, Fraud Prevention to Community Banks
  • Alkami Scores $70 Million in Series D Funding

Around the web

  • Privakey joins the FIDO Alliance.
  • Featurespace opens U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.
  • NCR wins four GOOD DESIGN 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.

Mountain America CU Chooses Digital Banking Platform from Alkami Technology

Utah-based Mountain America Credit Union (MACU), with $6.7 billion in assets, will deploy a new digital banking platform courtesy of Alkami Technology. The new platform will integrate with Mountain America CU’s existing core system and enable the 650,000 member institution to provide a variety of digital banking services including billpay and PFM. “With our growing number of account holders, Alkami’s platform will enable us to deliver unique products and features that will set us apart, giving us a true competitive edge,” Kelly Albiston, SVP of Digital Banking at Mountain America CU said. “We look forward to offering this new platform to members.”

Once deployed, Mountain America will be able to customize their new digital banking experience by creating its own apps and products. The platform includes a fully-hosted business intelligence technology with analytics and reporting, marketing, and educational content. “Mountain America Credit Union recognizes (the) shift in consumer preferences to interact digitally in a way that is convenient, straightforward and intuitive,”Stephen Bohanon, founder, chief strategy and sales officer for Alkami Technology said. Emphasizing that technology in general and Alkami’s platform in specific should “enrich the life of the user, not encumber it,” Bohanon added that the solution will enable MACU to give its members “a simple, consistent, digital banking experience that meets their needs.”

Mountain America CU maintains 88 branches in five states, thousands of shared branch locations around the country, and more than 50,000 surcharge-free ATMs. Earlier this month, MACU was named “Best Credit Union” by readers of  Provo, Utah’s Daily Herald and St. George, Utah’s The Spectrum. The credit union was also recognized by KSL Jobs as a “top workplace culture in Utah.”

MACU is the second big credit union partnership Alkami has forged this summer. In June, the company inked a deal with Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union ($2.4 billion in assets; 84,000 members), the largest credit union in New Mexico, to deploy Alkami’s ORB Digital Banking Platform. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alkami demonstrated its technology (as iThryv) at FinovateSpring 2009. A member of the Inc. 5,000, Alkami is ranked in the top 10 of Dallas-area companies and in the top 15 of all Texas companies. With 2016 revenues of $12 million, Alkami recently reported a 38% growth in its client base, 103% growth in users, and 51% growth in contracted users since January 2016. In July, the company announced a new set of Amazon Alexa skills, including balance requests, spending tracking, money transfers, and billpay. Mike Hansen is Alkami CEO.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Mountain America CU Chooses Digital Banking Platform from Alkami Technology.

Around the web

  • i-exceed to power CANDI, a fully digital banking branch of Canara Bank. Come see i-exceed demo at FinovateFall next month.
  • highlights Flywire’s progress in Asia.
  • SocietyOne Celebrates Five Year Anniversary Of Helping Customers.
  • Visions FCU Implements Gro Solutions’ Digital Sales Platform to streamline new member acquisition. Check out Gro Solutions at FinovateFall next month.
  • First Alliance Credit Union Latest to Implement Larky Engagement Platform.
  • Fenergo earns top spot in the 2017 RegTech Performance Report for second year in a row.
  • Chase and OnDeck agree to continue collaboration on small business lending solutions.
  • NICE unveils its compliance recording solution, NICE Compliance Center.
  • Eugene Danilkis, CEO and co-founder of Mambu, talks digitization, credit scoring, and lending to small businesses.

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.

12 Alums Earn Their Place on Inc. 5000 List

Inc. released its lists of the fastest-growing 5,000 private companies in the U.S. and Europe this week. Eight Finovate alums made the U.S. list and four earned spots on the Europe list. To qualify*, companies were required to be privately-owned and independent.

Inc. 5,000 U.S.

Overall in the U.S., financial services companies saw a 151% growth rate, while IT services experienced 112% growth, security 171% growth, and software grew 134%. Out of the 5,000 companies listed in 28 industries, here are the eight Finovate alums that earned their place on the list:

Alkami Technology

  • Rank: 176
  • 2016 revenue: $11.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 24x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 192
  • Ranked number 11 in top software companies, number 8 in top Dallas companies, and number 13 in top Texas companies.

Alkami debuted under the name iThryv at FinovateSpring 2009 in San Francisco.


  • Rank: 361
  • 2016 revenue: $26.1 million
  • 3-year growth: 12.2x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 273
  • Ranked number 24 in top software companies and number 10 in top North Carolina companies.

nCino debuted its bank operating system at FinovateEurope 2017 in London.

Tango Card

  • Rank: 373
  • 2016 revenue: $10.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 11.6x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 57
  • Ranked number six in top Seattle companies and number six in top Washington companies.

Tango Card debuted its Rewards as a Service API at FinovateFall 2016 in New York.


  • Rank: 449
  • 2016 revenue: $172 million
  • 3-year growth: 9.8x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 325
  • Ranked number 24 in top financial services companies, number 14 in top Atlanta companies, and number 16 in top Georgia companies.

At FinovateSpring 2015, Kabbage debuted the Kabbage Card. Kathryn Petralia, the company’s President, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, will be featured on our Digital Lending Summit panel on September 13. Register today to save your spot.

Lighter Capital

  • Rank: 634
  • 2016 revenue: $6.4 million
  • 3-year growth: 7.1x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 36
  • Ranked number 10 in top Seattle companies and number 11 in top Washington companies.

Lighter Capital debuted its Next-Generation Loan Analysis & Monitoring at FinovateFall 2013 in New York.


  • Rank: 771
  • 2016 revenue: $11.4 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.9x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 59

defi SOLUTIONS showcased its loan origination solution at FinovateSpring 2014.


  • Rank: 1069
  • 2016 revenue: $112.8 million
  • 3-year growth: 4x
  • Founded: 2008
  • Employees: 325

At FinovateFall 2013, Cardlytics showcased its geolocation application.


  • Rank: 1912
  • 2016 revenue: $100 million to $500 million
  • 3-year growth: 2x
  • Founded: 2005
  • Employees: 100 to 249
  • Is a five-time Inc. 5,000 honoree
  • Awarded as a Best Place to Work

Payoneer showcased its Commercial Account at FinovateAsia 2013.

Inc. 5,000 Europe

This is Inc’s third annual ranking of private companies in Europe, based on three-year revenue growth. In its analysis, Inc. ranked Paris, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, and London as the top five regions with the highest number of fastest growing companies in Europe. Four Finovate alums landed on Inc.’s Europe list this year:

True Potential

  • Rank: 900
  • 2015 revenue: $52.6 million (€44.9 million)
  • 3-year growth: 6.9x
  • Founded 2010
  • Employees: 29

True Potential demonstrated impulseSave at FinovateFall 2014


  • Rank: 909
  • 2015 revenue: $32.9 million (€28.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 6.9x
  • Founded: 2004
  • Employees: 111

Zopa showcased its P2P lending platform at FinovateSpring 2008.

Fidor Bank AG

  • Rank: 4413
  • 2015 revenue: $35.5 million (€30.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 2x
  • Employees: 148

At FinovateEurope 2011, Fidor Bank demonstrated its Fidor Pay account.


  • Rank: 4183
  • 2015 revenue: $42.9 million (€36.6 million)
  • 3-year growth: 2.9x
  • Founded: 2001
  • Employees: 522

Truphone showed off Truphone Mobile Recording at FinovateEurope 2014.

*Other qualifying criteria include

  • Have started earning revenue by March 31st, 2013
  • Had revenue no less than $100,000 in 2013
  • Had revenue no less than $2,000,000 in 2016
  • Revenue in 2016 exceeds revenue in 2013

Finovate Alumni News


  • Six Alums Earn a Spot on on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List


  • Online Lending Innovator SoFi Launches Robo Advisor

Around the web

  • Upserve grows 100%, Boasts 32 Million Active Diners, 21 Million Meals per Month, $11 Billion in Annual Transaction Volume.
  • Passport Launches Mobile Parking App in Ann Arbor.
  • Alkami has increased client base by 38%; grown users by 103%,  & grown contracted users by 51% since January 2016

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.

Alkami Brings its ORB Digital Banking Platform to Open Technology Solutions


Alkami Technology is partnering with credit-union service-organization Open Technology Solutions (OTS) to bring its ORB Digital Banking Platform to member CUs in states from Colorado to Maryland. ORB from Alkami will give credit unions a “unified platform across all devices and functional offerings” including PFM and P2P payments, billpay, retail and business financial services, mobile, and more. The platform also supports the ability of CUs to develop their own apps and product extensions, as well as add new features. Credit unions can take advantage of ORB’s integrated content-management system to conduct “one-to-one” product marketing and cross-selling.

User experience and cross-channel consistency were two aspects of Alkami’s technology that were underscored by Open Technology Solutions CEO Mike Atkins: “With Alkami’s ORB platform, our member institutions can deliver the same capabilities across different platforms while optimizing user experience.” Atkins says he believes the new solution will lead to better member engagement as well as help with prospective member acquisition.

Stephen Bohanan, founder as well as chief strategy and sales officer for Alkami Technology, praised the credit unions working with OTS for recognizing the increased consumer preference for the mobile channel in banking. Citing a Javelin report that said half the U.S. adult population used smartphones and tablets to do their banking—a 29% gain over the previous year—Bohanan said growing pressure will require FIs not only to provide a digital experience for their customers, but also a “superior” experience, as well. “We look forward to supporting this journey as their digital banking partner of choice,” he said.

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alkami demoed at FinovateSpring 2009 as iThryv and rebranded as Alkami a year afterward. The company has been busy this fall, forging partnerships with the largest credit union in Arizona, Desert Schools FCU, in September, and teaming up with Idaho Central Credit Union earlier this month. The company earned a spot on Fintech Forward’s “20 Companies to Watch” this fall. Alkami has 196 employees, more than 60 clients, and more than three million users. Mike Hansen is CEO.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Fintech Trending: P2P, EMV, NFC, NLP … OMG
  • Alkami Brings its ORB Digital Banking Platform to Open Technology Solutions

Around the web

  • Thomson Reuters launches Thomson Reuters Labs, Capetown, the latest addition to the firm’s global network of innovation labs.
  • Islamic Finance House upgrades to latest version of Temenos T24 core banking system.
  • Ripple says Crypto Facilities will be first derivatives-exchange to list regulated XRP futures contracts.
  • Misys to provide cloud-ready corporate banking technology to Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

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


  • A Deep Dive into the Upcoming FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016

Around the web

  • Idaho Central CU to deploy Alkami ORB platform.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils blockchain dev platform, BlockOne ID.
  • Banking Technology looks at Misys and its plans for a November IPO.
  • Revolut partners with Bank of Lithuania to promote cross-border payments.
  • Hyperwallet introduces its Tax Compliance Services initiative.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions appoints new chief revenue officer and chief financial officer.
  • Yandex.Money to offer mobile money-transfers and support-group chats for crowdfunding via Apple’s iMessage.

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.