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.

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

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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

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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.

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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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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 Alums Earn Spots in FinTech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch”


Half of the companies in the FinTech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch” list presented by American Banker and BAI this week are Finovate/FinDEVr alums. These 10 companies range from payments innovators and security specialists to alt-lending platforms and mobile banking app builders—the list even includes a pair of alums that have earned multiple Best of Show awards.

“The following 20 companies are the standouts among a pool of companies that nominated themselves and ones familiar to our judges,” American Banker declared in an announcement accompanying a slideshow of the FinTech Forward 20. When evaluating the various companies, judges were encouraged to ask themselves questions such as: “Is this organization solving relevant problems for the banking industry?” and “Does it speak to the challenges the industry faces now.”

Below are the ten Finovate/FinDEVr alums that made the cut. The rest of the FinTechForward 20 is listed below.

  • Currency cloud (FF16)
    • Founded in 2012
    • Headquartered in London, United Kingdom
    • Michael Laven is CEO
    • $35 million raised
  • identitii (FF16)
    • Founded in 2014
    • Headquartered in Sydney, Australia
    • Nick Armstrong is co-founder and CEO
  • BehavioSec (FF15)
    • Founded in 2007
    • Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden
    • Neil Costigan is CEO
    • More than $8 million raised
    • Two-time Finovate Best of Show winner
  • InSpirAVE (FF16)
    • Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City, New York
    • Om Kundu, founder, is CEO and chairman
  • Moven (FF16)
    • Founded in 2011
    • Headquartered in New York City, New York
    • Brett King, founder, is CEO
    • More than $24 million raised
    • Two-time Finovate Best of Show winner

Commenting on its spot on the list, Finovate newcomer InSpirAVE founder and CEO Om Kundu said the recognition was a “testament that our patent-pending technology enables financial institutions partnering with us to set themselves apart.” Kundu said his company’s solutions help FIs “tangibly boost deposits and payments revenues” as well as improve customer engagement and share-in-wallet in enduring ways.

Co-founder and CEO of CUneXus credited his firm’s one-click consumer-lending technology for catching the Fintech Forward judges’ attention. He said banks and credit unions were growing the size of their loan portfolios and “competing with emerging technologies” by adopting CUneXus’ solutions.

Speaking for Alkami Technology, which demoed at Finovate 2009 as iThryv, founder Stephen Bohanon, chief strategy and sales officer, pointed to his company’s flagship Alkami ORB platform and called it an example of the sort of “user experience brought about by great design and tightly coupled integration” that increasingly will set FIs apart. “ORB gives banks and credit unions a competitive advantage by placing strong emphasis on delivering the ultimate digital banking experience,” Bohanon said.

Also on the Fintech Forward 20 Companies to Watch list were:

  • Autobooks
  • Kasisto
  • ClickSWITCH
  • Built
  • BookingBug
  • Lenndo
  • Supipay
  • Self Lender
  • Private Wealth Systems
  • Yantra Financial Technologies

Fintech Forward is a collaboration between American Banker and BAI that combines research, media, and event hosting into a single professional, educational enterprise. In addition to its Fintech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch” list, Fintech Forward also publishes a Top 100 Companies and Top 25 Enterprise rankings.

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Alkami Technology Inks Digital Banking Deal with Desert Schools FCU


One of our oldest alums just inked a deal with the biggest credit union in Arizona.

Alkami Technology, which demoed at FinovateSpring 2009 as iThryv and transitioned to its current incarnation a year later, announced this week that Desert Schools Federal Credit Union will use its ORB (Online Relationship Builder) digital banking platform. Desert Schools FCU is the largest credit union in Arizona, with $4 billion in assets and more than 220,000 online banking users.

Stephen Bohanon, chief strategy and sales officer for Alkami Technology, cited research indicating that mobile banking provided an “immediate lift in overall satisfaction” in praising his company’s partnership with Desert Schools. “Financial institutions like Desert Schools are embracing this shift in consumer expectations by investing in digital technology that delivers a superior, engaging experience,” Bohanan said.

Alkami’s ORB platform will give members of Desert Schools FCU access to a wide array of features inducing retail and business banking tools, mobile, billpay, PFM, P2P payments, and more. The technology will also enable Desert Schools to build their own apps and product extensions, as well as introduce additional, new features to provide its members with what Alkami calls a “highly, customized digital banking experience.”

And this is exactly what the Arizona-based credit union was looking for. “We selected Alkami for their modern and engaging user experience,” SVP of digital strategy for Desert Schools FCU, Tim Lipsky, said, “as well as their flexible and extensible platform, which aligns with our vision to strengthen our digital capabilities to meet our members’ needs.”

Based in Plano, Texas, Alkami Technology teamed up with security specialist Easy Solutions this spring, bringing enhanced fraud protection to Alkami’s digital banking platform. The company’s ORB was recognized in the 2015 GonzoBanker awards as part of Tim Daily’s “Online Banking/Mobile Banking Franken-Banking Product.”