Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Enabled by AI, Self-Service Is the Future of Banking

Around the web

  • eWise offers free access to Categorization-as-a-Service (CaaS) API.
  • Mastercard to introduce contactless payments in Myanmar courtesy of partnership with Co-Operative Limited Bank (CB Bank).
  • Michigan-based Marshall Community Credit Union hires Insuritas.
  • Tesobe announcing APIDays Berlin on 7 & 8 November
  • Pascal Gauthier nominated President of cryptocurrency & blockchain security company Ledger
  • Hyundai Capital America joins the AutoGravity car shopping and financing platform
  • Coinbase announces Ethereum & Litecoin vaults
  • Pirean’s Access: One wins Cloud Security Product of the Year at the 2017 Computing Cloud Excellence 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

  • Behalf Teams Up with FinWise Bank to Boost Small Business Lending Options
  • Samsung to Power Biometric Authentication Pilot for Bank of America
  • ACH Alert’s Fraud Prevention HQ Empowers Account Holders to Stop Suspicious Transactions

Around the web

  • PayPal unveils two new innovation labs in India.
  • Albany, New York-based SEFCU chooses Fiserv as technology partner.
  • FICO selects Amazon Web Services as its cloud provider.
  • SF Chronicle profiles mortgagetech innovator, Unison, in feature on downpayment assistance for Bay Area homebuyers. Join them next month in New York for FinovateFall.
  • GoBankingRates highlights AutoGravity, M1 Finance, Venmo, Mint in list of best personal finance apps
  • ID.me hires Julie Filion as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • eMoney Advisor moving into Rhode Island offices, expects to hire 100 by 2020.
  • Flywire Offers Summertime Deal for International Tuition Payments with Mastercard.
  • StreetShares adds Heather Tuason as new Chief Product Officer.

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

  • Shoeboxed Launches Fetch to Remove Blood, Sweat, and Tears from Expense Reporting

Around the web

  • AutoFinance highlights AutoGravity as 1 of 10 auto finance and mobility companies leveraging AI
  • Biometric Signature ID partners with National Fingerprint to provide virtual ID proofing and verification 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

  • Roostify Celebrates Growth, Role of External Developers on its Platform.
  • Emirates NBD Enlists Efigence for UX/UI Makeover.

Around the web

  • Icon Solutions initiates functional testing between the Instant Payments Framework and EBA Clearing’s RT1 platform.
  • Infosys to acquire product design and CX specialist, Brilliant Basics.
  • TechCrunch: Coinbase to provide support for Bitcoin Bash in 2018.
  • RealtyMogul.com celebrates the first anniversary of the first crowdfunded REIT, MogulREIT 1.
  • AutoGravity announces reaching 500,000 download milestone for its app.

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.

Volkswagen Finance Arm Invests in AutoGravity

Volkswagen’s finance arm, VW Credit, has agreed to make an equity investment of an undisclosed amount in auto financing platform AutoGravity. This will be the company’s fifth round of funding since it was founded in 2015, bringing its total raised to more than $50 million. Andy Hinrichs, CEO at AutoGravity, said the company will use the funds to “accelerate in the face of rapidly growing consumer and industry demand.”

Also of note, VW will be using AutoGravity to power its Volkswagen Credit iOS and Android app. The app, which matches users with financing options for their VW vehicle purchase, will offer Volkswagen dealers a new source of potential clients. Volkswagen credit options are also now available to the 400,000 users who have downloaded the AutoGravity app.

Horst Meima, President and CEO at VW Credit said, “Customers are becoming more demanding of mobile technology and the world of auto financing is no exception.” Meima continued, “We are ready to become a leader in shaping this part of the industry and believe that AutoGravity can help get us there.”

AutoGravity aims to simplify the car shopping and financing experience by offering access to transparent loan and lease offers on a user’s mobile device. CEO Hinrichs notes that offering the service via a mobile app “saves time and improves satisfaction for all parties.” The app gives consumers up to four personalized financing offers on a vehicle of their choice before visiting a dealer. By providing the customer with this type of information up front, AutoGravity is arming consumers with the information they need to make educated purchase decisions.

At FinovateFall 2016, AutoGravity took home a Best of Show award. The company recently began offering its auto loan financing app to car shoppers in New Jersey. Earlier this year, AutoGravity landed a multi-million euro investment from Daimler, adding to the $50 million the company raised in 2015.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Volkswagen Finance Arm Invests in AutoGravity
  • CASHOFF Earns Spot in Inaugural Innotribe Startup Challenge Russia

Around the web

  • Xero launches new e-invoicing solution for SMEs, Xero Connect.
  • Boku extends direct carrier billing relationship with Microsoft.
  • American Banker looks at Klarna and the rise of “high-tech, low-effort” online lending.
  • Xero rolls out automated Stripe reconciliation to match transactions to the Stripe statement line.

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.

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.

Algomi

AutoGravity

Avalara

Behalf

Betterment

Blend

Chain

Coinbase

Credit Karma

Currencycloud

CurrencyFair

Fenergo

Financeit

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Juvo

Kabbage

Kensho

Kreditech

Klarna

LendUp

Moneytree

PayNearMe

Payoneer

Personal Capital

Plaid

Quantopian

Quovo

Revolut

Ripple Labs

Roostify

Signifyd

SocietyOne

Socure

Tink

Token

Tradeshift

Transferwise

TrueAccord

Trulioo

VATBox

Wealthfront

Xignite

Zooz

Zopa

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • StockViews Closes Second Round Equity Funding, Earns FCA Authorization.

Around the web

  • EverSafe picks up $250,000 in capital from JP Morgan as one of eight FinLab startup winners.
  • Affinity Plus FCU ($2 billion in assets) to deploy Fiserv’s Architect platform to power its online and mobile banking services.
  • Trusted Key CEO Prakash Sundaresan looks at changing customer expectations, security challenges, and the shifting regulatory landscape through the lens of FinDEVr London.
  • Payfone wins patent for technology that fights SIM swap fraud.
  • Ghana’s Premium Bank chooses NetGuardians’ anti-fraud solution, FraudGuardian.
  • LendingTree acquires DepositAccounts for undisclosed sum.
  • AutoGravity unveils partnership with Fletcher Jones Auto Group.

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.

AutoGravity Brings its Auto Loan Financing Solution to the Garden State

“You from Jersey?” If so, buying a car in your home state just got a lot easier.

AutoGravity, the Best of Show winning fintech that has pioneered car shopping and financing by smartphone, is now an option for auto loan borrowers in New Jersey. Via digitization and an engaging, smartphone-based user experience, AutoGravity’s solution is “transforming how people buy and lease cars by decreasing the financing time from hours to minutes for car shoppers,” according to CEO Andy Hinrichs.

With more than 400,000 downloads since its launch last summer, AutoGravity provides car shoppers with up to four financing offers on new and used cars from thousands of dealerships. The four-step process – choose a car, find a dealer, search for financing, select a lender – leverages AutoGravity’s unique partnerships with banks, lenders, and dealerships to provide users with a “single, convenient digital marketplace,” Hinrichs said. Available on iOS and Android, as well as online, AutoGravity is free to download and use, and is now available in 49 states in the U.S. (Nevada is the exception).

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Irvine, California, AutoGravity demonstrated its car shopping app at FinovateFall 2016, winning Best of Show.  AutoGravity also presented “A Digital Marketplace for the Auto Financing Space” at our developers conference, FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 last fall. The company has raised $50 million in funding, and includes Daimler Financial Services among its investors. Winner of the 2017 North American Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award, AutoGravity added to its financing options earlier this year courtesy of a partnership with Westlake Financial Services in February and another with First Investors Financial Services in January. Read our Finovate Debut profile on AutoGravity featuring an interview with company CMO, Serge Vartanov.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AutoGravity Brings its Auto Loan Financing Solution to the Garden State.

Around the web

  • Roostify names Sandeep Aji as Vice President of Products.
  • Symbiont partners with PrivateMarket.io to build alternative investment marketplace for closed-end funds.
  • Myanmar-based AYA Bank (Ayeyarwady Bank) chooses core banking technology from Misys.
  • NetGuardians wins spot in Euro Banking Association’s EBAday 2017 conference.
  • Clients of Nodus Technologies gain access to PCI-validated P2PE technology courtesy of new partnership with Bluefin Payment Systems.
  • Wall Street Journal reports Coinbase meeting with investors over a new round of funding that would lead to a billion dollar valuation.

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.