Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finovate Debuts: Moonraft Innovation Labs

Around the web

  • Huron Community Bank of Michigan to leverage Insuritas to launch insurance agency.
  • Experian partners with reporting and analytics platform dv01 to enable dv01 clients to access to richer borrower credit attributes.
  • FIS teams with Verifone to enable consumers to pay at the point of sale using loyalty points linked to a credit or debit card.
  • Business Insider names Gusto, App Annie, and BlueVine as 3 startups to bet your career on in 2017.
  • Token announces strategic partnership with VirtusaPolaris.
  • TransferTo to provide bridge linking between EcoCash and Mama Money mobile money services.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Dashlane Brings on Former Fab.com CFO”
  • Check out this week’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”

Around the web

  • ACI Worldwide teams up with Verifone to provide European food retailer Auchan Group with a pan-European card payments platform.
  • Misys earns 2016 Excellence Award for Transformational Client Engagement at the Global Summit on Customer Engagement.
  • PYMNTS.co takes a look at App Annie and its recent acquisition of AppScotch.
  • Geezeo announces partnership with King Fish Media.
  • MicroStrategy launches version 10.3 of its enterprise analytics platform, MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise.
  • Markit acquires credit default swap (CDS) pricing service from Fitch Solutions.
  • Money Summit interviews Mohamed Khalis, Moven’s head of product, data and marketing, in a discussion on UX.
  • Ignite Sales and Central Bancompany are recognized as award finalists at The Best of FinXTech 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “DealFlow Closes Million Dollar Convertible Note”
  • “Algomi Gains Investment, Strategic Advisory from Tom Glocer, former Thomson Reuters’ CEO”
  • “Prosper Marketplace Teams Up with HomeAdvisor to Improve Access to Home Improvement Financing”

Around the web

  • Misys FusionBanking Loan IQ goes live at Virtus Partners.
  • Top Image Systems launches its next-generation accounts-payable automation solution, eFLOW AP.
  • Blackhawk Network names Anil D. Aggarwal to its board of directors.
  • App Annie acquires app marketing data company, AppScotch.
  • Temenos again recognized by IBS Intelligence as best-selling core banking software provider.

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

On Finovate.com

  • FinovateEurope 2016: Meet the Faces of Fintech.

Around the web

  • Ixaris CEO Alex Mifsud shares his payment predictions for 2016.
  • i-vest.de reviews social trading platform, ayondo.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at App Annie’s recent $63 million funding.
  • Currency Fair considers plan to offer Irish businesses free money transfers abroad.
  • EyeVerify earns FIDO Alliance certification for its Eyeprint ID authentication technology.
  • Investment News features several Finovate alums in a look at roboadvisors attracting investment dollars as 2016 begins.
  • Zopa gives account views a makeover for the new year.

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.

 

App Annie Reels in $63 Million

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App analytics, market data, and insights company, App Annie, closed on $63 million in debt and equity funding today.

The Series E round, consisting of “mostly equity,” was led by Greenspring Associates. Previous investors e.Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital contributed to the equity, while Silicon Valley Bank furnished the debt.

This is the company’s sixth and largest round of funding, which now totals $157 million. The funds will be used to improve and expand upon the company’s products, as well as scale its business operations.

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App Annie also announced that Netsuite CEO Zach Nelson has joined its board of directors. This follows the company’s recent hiring spree of C-level execs, including Chief Financial Officer Mark Vranesh and Chief Revenue Officer Ted Krantz.

According to TechCrunch’s interview with App Annie CEO Bertrand Schmitt, the company is open to acquisitions in 2016, adding to its acquisitions of Mobidia and Distimo in 2015. Additionally, Schmitt made it clear that App Annie will not file for an IPO in 2016.

App Annie has 425 employees across 15 offices around the globe. The San Francisco-based company has 500,000 members, hundreds of which pay a yearly subscription fee, averaging $80,000, for advanced services. App Annie was recently recognized by Deloitte for its 54X revenue growth between 2011 and 2014.

The company demoed at FinovateAsia 2013 in Singapore.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • PayPal Taps into Bitcoin by Adding Wences Casares to Board”
  • Taulia Raises $46 Million in Series E; Names New CFO”
  • Check out “Finovate Debuts: Authy’s Password Alternative”

Around the web

  • DriveWealth teams up with StockRadar to provide investors in China with access to U.S. stocks.
  • DNB Luxembourg goes live with Temenos core banking system.
  • Three credit unions in British Columbia—Bulkley Valley Credit Union, North Peace Savings and Credit Union, and Spruce Credit Union— choose DNA account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • Wealthfront launches new, free portfolio review service.
  • Insuritas to power insurance agency solution for Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: FINANTEQ Helps Innovative Banks Succeed in Mobile with SuperWallet”
  • Check out this week’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”
  • “Union Bank & Trust Picks Prairie Cloudware’s Digital Payments Guardian to Power its Mobile Wallet”

Around the web

  • Iberiabank to deploy retail and SME platform from D3 Banking.
  • New savings app, Hip Money, featured in new video.
  • Fiserv and Alpha Payments Cloud team up to bring easier, faster payment processing to Australia.
  • Markit to begin using Amazon web services.
  • Earthport launches distributed ledger hub with single API access to Ripple.
  • Network International plans UAE deployment of cashless, cardless payment technology developed by Quisk.
  • TechCrunch: “App Annie Adds Support for Apple TV Apps, Including a ‘Top Charts’ Section”

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

 

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Hip Pocket Introduces its New PFM Solution, Hip Money
  • “FinDEVr Newcomer Praesidio Rakes in $3 Million Investment”

Around the web

  • Cachet Financial Solutions to deploy its Select Mobile Money platform with a global payment solutions provider seeking U.S. expansion.
  • Currency Cloud launches its Payment Engine Two API to enable faster payments and greater scalability.
  • D+H Global PayPlus teams up with Ripple, integrating its payment-services hub with Ripple’s distributed-ledger technology.
  • Thomson Reuters announces content update to its Checkpoint Catalyst FASB reporting solution.
  • Ahead of its impending IPO, Worldpay firms up IPO price range.
  • Self Lender names MX as one of three startups “absolutely crushing it” in fintech.
  • Wealthfront lists App Annie, Avalara, Credit Karma, and Twilio on its list of career-launching companies.
  • Expensify launches new integration features for Xero.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Nearex Closes Series B Funding”
  • “Avalara Integrates Automated Sales Tax Solution with Stripe”
  • “Finovate Debuts: itBit’s Regulated Bitcoin Trading Platform”

Around the web

  • American Banker article notes Vouch is bringing social connections back into lending in the 21st century.
  • Xero updates Tracked Inventory feature.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions partners with risk-management software company Advanced Fraud Solutions.
  • Kansas City Business Journal considers how Tradeshift is igniting renewed interest in its new partner, C2FO.
  • TechCrunch: “App Annie Integrates with Google Analytics, Launches Free In-App Analytics for Developers”
  • Insuritas to power multistate insurance agency solution for Enterprise Bank.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

$680 Million Raised by 29 Alums in Q1 2015

cartoonmoneystackThe biggest surprise in our look at first-quarter funding is that the $677 million amassed by 29 Finovate alums was more than 20% of the $3.2 billion invested in the entire worldwide fintech sector.

The $677 million raised was $85 million (+14%) above the same quarter a year ago, and more than triple the first quarter of 2013.

Q1 2015 was also $133 million above the $544 million mark set in the fourth quarter of 2014.

It will be worth watching to see if this record-setting first quarter for Finovate alum fundraising will be a sign of more great things to come for capital-raising in 2015.

Top 10 Overall Investments

  1. Xero: $111 million in February
  2. Coinbase: $75 million in January
  3. Betterment: $60 million in February
  4. TransferWise: $58 million in January
  5. App Annie: $55 million in January
  6. Ayasdi: $55 million in March
  7. Motif Investing: $40 million in January
  8. Ripple Labs: $30 million in January
  9. Bill.com: $50 million in February
  10. Pindrop Security: $35 in February

Previous Quarterly Comparisons

  • Q1 2015: More than $676 million raised by 29 alums
  • Q4 2014: More than $544 million raised by 25 alums
  • Q1 2014: More than $600 million raised by 8 alums
  • Q1 2013: More than $155 million raised by 14 alums

January: More than $275 million raised by 14 alums

February: More than $264 million raised by 8 alums

March: More than $136 million raised by 7 alums

If you are an alum that raised money in the first quarter of 2015, and do not see your company listed, please drop us a note at research@finovate.com. We would love to share the good news! Funding received prior to becoming an alum not included.