Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Behavioral Biometrics Specialist BioCatch Raises $30 Million in New Funding.
  • Gro Solutions Partners with 4Front CU, NBKC to Ease Onboarding, Support National Rollout.

Around the web

  • Nordic digital lender Folkefinans chooses Mambu’s SaaS core banking engine.
  • BBVA Compass opens up its Express Personal Loan solution to both customers and non-customers.
  • American Banker highlights Kasasa. Come see Kasasa’s latest tech at FinovateSpring in May.
  • OurCrowd expands global operations, opens office in London.
  • Authy’s Twilio launches Flex, a programmable contact center.
  • Ohio Healthcare FCU selects Digital Onboarding to maximize member engagement rates.

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 Debuts: Authy’s Password Alternative

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The question isn’t whether the password’s dead, but rather, is it enough.

Authy Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) offers a scalable secondary authentication method that provides protection beyond the basic user name plus password. Only 36% of financial websites use a secondary authentication method. Authy seeks to improve that by offering an intuitive user experience that removes login friction while adding security.

Stats

  • 11,000+ applications protected
  • 2 million+ end users served
  • Available globally
  • ~10 million customers between Authy and Twilio combined
  • Access to Twilio’s developer ecosystem of 700k

Products

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The company, owned by Twilio, offers three products:

  1. Authy OneCode sends a one-time verification code via SMS or automated voice call (illustrated far left)
  2. Authy SoftToken is an app that runs on any device and generates a one-time code (illustrated far right)
  3. Authy OneTouch allows the user to approve or deny the authentication with a yes/no response (illustrated middle)

Authy OneTouch is the easiest to use since it requires only the push of a yes button rather than entering a code.

OneTouch has a variety of use cases, including:

  • Account login
  • Large-value transaction validation
  • Multi-approval solution:
    • Escrow model (both parties need to approve)
    • Sequential approval (manager’s manager’s manager approval)
    • Primary user approval (parent approval of child’s request)

Authy OneTouch example

AuthyApproveDenyHere’s how Authy OneTouch works to authenticate a high-value money transfer:

  1. Sender enters the amount to transfer, in this case $5,300
  2. Authy sends an approval request to the sender (pictured right) as well as to the recipient. The approval screen notes the institution, transaction amount, account number, and a request for the user to confirm or deny the transaction.
  3. If both parties accept, funds are transferred

For new or stolen devices, Authy offers the ability to add or replace devices to a trusted circle. This prevents fraudsters from confirming transactions using a stolen phone.

Twilio acquisition

Before it was acquired by messaging API provider Twilio in February 2015, Authy was a Twilio customer.

To preserve Authy’s product after the acquisition, Twilio incorporated Authy’s offerings into its developer portal to complement its own products. As Twilio’s founder and CEO Jeff Lawson states, “This isn’t a typical acquisition where the Authy team members will be absorbed into the borg and the product slowly forgotten. Nope. Just the opposite – we love the Authy product and are investing massively in expanding its footprint with developers of all kinds.”

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

At its live demo at FinovateFall 2015, Authy was new to the Finovate stage but the technology was not. Alums Coinbase, Knox, Loyal3, and LendUp are all Authy customers. Dan Killmer (Lead Solutions Architect), Marc Boroditsky (VP and General Manager), and John Lindsay (CEO, Bitwage) debuted Authy OneTouch at FinovateFall 2015 in New York:

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr2016-NY-(Stacked)V2Are you building new financial technology? Be sure to check out coverage from our recent developer conference in San Francisco. We’re taking the fintech developer tool showcase to New York on 29/30 March 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Developer news

  • Harvard Business Review: The Changing Economics of App Development.

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • Aberdeen Asset Management selects Markit to value hard-to-price assets for positions with limited market data.
  • Developer reviews Authy’s two-factor authentication.
  • PayPal among the companies highlighted in Inc.’s look back at Money20/20.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its new desktop platform, grouping all of its FX transaction venues into one single point of access.
  • Business Insider lists BehavioSec and Fidor as “companies we wish were big the U.S.”
  • Silicon Slopes Podcast hosts Ryan Caldwell, MX CEO, as he discusses how to improve online banking.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils latest version of its tax-technology platform, Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE.
  • Yodlee’s Ynext unveils new incubator class.
  • Business Insider names BehavioSec among the 12 hottest Nordic fintech startups.

Alumni updates

  • “Trulioo Selected as Runner-up for Startup Canada Award for Innovation”
  • Xero reaches 600,000 subscribers in 180 countries.
  • VentureBurn features Entersekt CEO Schalk Nolte.

Stay up to date on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Make Mine Meniga: Santander Selects a PFM Partner”

Around the web

  • First Tennessee Bank licenses digital banking platform from D3 Banking.
  • Nutmeg goes live with new back office courtesy of Babel Systems.
  • Canadian Innovation Exchange names TIO Networks as one of Canada’s 20 hottest and most innovative public tech companies.
  • Actiance releases expanded supervisory review capabilities for Alcatraz, its cloud-based archive for a broad range of communication channels.
  • Coinbase launches bitcoin price charts, international translations, and consolidated accounts.
  • Dealflow to launch Dealflow 2.0 in webinar next week.
  • Aberdeen Asset Management selects Markit to value hard-to-price assets for positions with limited market-data.
  • Developer reviews Authy’s two-factor authentication.
  • Motif teams up with U.S. Bank’s Ascent Private Capital Management to offer new digital tools to Ascent’s advisers.
  • Kantox partners with NoviCap to offer customers a stronger financial service.
  • Central Bank of Kansas City to issue Cachet’s prepaid cards.

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.

 

FinDEVr Live: Authy Shows Two-factor Authentication in 20 Minutes

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AuthyFor security-aware companies, Authy Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) provides a proven fast-to-implement, highly scalable, and reliable alternative to passwords. Offering an intuitive user experience and a powerful API for developers, Twilio’s Authy 2FA is used by more than 10,000 websites and apps serving millions of new economy and fintech consumers the way they like their apps: single touch with self service. Our cloud-access solutions are beloved by our users and promise to bring 2FA to all apps and users.

Authy 2FA in 20 minutes
In this session, we’ll share some of the pitfalls of 2FA projects and how Authy and Twilio tackle these issues. We’ll show you with live coding that no special security know-how is required to add SMS/Voice, SoftToken and Push-style 2FA to your project with as few as three lines of code using either REST, or a library for your favorite language. The Authy REST API takes care of the tedious details like key management, secure data structuring, intelligent SMS routing, client components, push notifications, and user self-service for phone number or device changes.

Key takeaways:

  • Possible key reasons to switch to non-password Authy instead of building in-house
  • 2-factor authentication options offered by Authy can be done using their code or our language
  • How quickly Authy can be added to our apps and users

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Presenter:

Dan Killmer, Lead Solutions Architect
dkillmer@twilio.com | 917-426-4857
Dan Killmer is a technical presales professional with 25 years of experience building customer confidence by demonstrating, architecting and proving technology solutions, encompassing a large spectrum of technologies.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr2015LogoV2DateAre you building new financial technology? Be sure to register soon for the only event exclusive for fintech developers, FinDEVr 2015, 6/7 October (just a few days away!) in San Francisco.

Developer news

  • “Thomson Reuters considers how APIs are changing the fintech narrative”

The latest from upcoming FinDEVr 2015 presenters

  • FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 Presenters All Mapped Out.
  • PayPal unveils its chip-card reader in the U.S.
  • Hyperwallet counts down to next week’s FinDEVr developer conference.
  • Munich-based Fidor Bank Launches in the U.K.
  • OnDeck partners with Association for Enterprise Opportunity to facilitate up to $10 million in small-business loans.
  • Aerospike releases version 3.6 of its NoSQL operational database.
  • TechCrunch: Klarna adds American Express as a partner.
  • Emerging Payments Awards selects Hyperwallet as a finalist for the Best Corporate/Government Payments Program award for 2015.
  • Braintree and PayPal reflect on their two-year anniversary.
  • CNET features Personal Capital in a look at investment in robo-advisers.
  • Kaspersky’s blog mentions Twilio’s Authy as a way to protect your ID on a smartphone.
  • Avalara announces the availability of a benefits program exclusively for U.S. QuickBooks ProAdvisors® and their clients.
  • Celent advises banks to be more like Fidor Bank in order to remain relevant.
  • The Neutral Internet Exchange NL-ix will use Interxion Cloud Connect to connect to Microsoft Azure as a part of its new cloud connectivity services.
  • MX Lands $4 Million from CheckFree Founder Pete Kight.

Alumni updates

  • Xero surpasses milestone of 100,000 subscribers in the U.K.

Stay up to date on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Commentary: “”Prosper Signals Move into PFM with $30 Million Acquisition of BillGuard
  • Thanks to Xignite, the #FintechRevolution Will Be API’d”

Around the web

  • Lending Club adds Indiana, Kansas, and Nebraska, expanding its services to 36 states.
  • Premier Bank in Bangladesh extends payments agreement with TSYS, upgrading to PRIME4.
  • iSignthis to provide KYC services to Danish payment processor and card acquirer, Clearhaus, beginning in early 2016.
  • LeasePlan Bank implements Matrix digital banking platform from Five Degrees.
  • Peoples Bank & Trust hires Insuritas to launch turnkey insurance agency.
  • Kaspersky’s blog mentions Twilio’s Authy as a way to protect your ID on a smartphone.
  • Avalara announces the availability of a benefits program exclusively for U.S. QuickBooks ProAdvisors® and their clients.
  • Celent advises banks to be more like Fidor Bank in order to remain relevant.
  • The Neutral Internet Exchange NL-ix will use Interxion Cloud Connect to connect to Microsoft Azure as a part of its new cloud connectivity services.
  • TABB Research features Heckyl Technologies, Market Prophit, PsychSignal, and TickerTags in its new report on “social alpha 2.0.”
  • Nexmo teams up with mobile operator, H3G, to bring its SMS-based user-authentication technology to Sweden and Denmark. See Nexmo at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco next month.

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.

Twilio’s Authy Debuts OneTouch Authentication

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2015.

AuthyLogoAuthy a division of Twilio, showed how its OneTouch streamlines two-factor authentication:

Authy OneTouch is the next generation in strong authentication: frictionless and more secure. Authy OneTouch streamlines 2FA for consumers by making it a simple “yes” or “no” approval of a push notification initiated-request on an authorized mobile or wearable device—there are no one-time password codes for users to enter or manage. Based on public cryptographic key processes, Authy OneTouch provides nonrepudiation and protects against phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks for any logon or event, such as changes in account settings, high-risk transactions, or credit card purchases.

Presenter in center: Dan Killmer, lead solutions architect

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Metrics: 11,000 apps in-site protected; millions of users worldwide
Product distribution strategy: Developer-driven sales, outbound enterprise and channel sales

HQ: San Francisco, California
Founded: 2012
Website: Authy.com
Twitter: @Authy