Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • WorkFusion Closes $35 Million in Funding

Around the web

  • Klarna teams up with ASOS Partners to bring “pay after delivery” to Nordics.
  • Luxembourg’s Rakuten Europe Bank goes live with core and digital banking technology from Temenos.
  • Wipro to acquire Brazilian IT banking services provider, InfoSERVER.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Kontomatik CEO Marcin Truszel.
  • Financial transactions optimized using Nomis Solutions technology exceeds $1.5 trillion in 2016.
  • Finextra: Worldpay partners UnionPay for bumper Chinese New Year.
  • Truphone launches Global SMS recording solving the Blackberry migration challenge.
  • Sberbank launches a new corporate online banking platform designed together with IBM iX.
  • WISeKey partners with Stratumn to use Blockchain for real-time accountability and traceability.

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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On FinDEVr.com

  • SimplyTapp Launches New Payments and E-Commerce App, Gane.

Alumni updates

  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Marcin Truszel, Founder & CEO of Kontomatik.
  • StockTwits Partners with TradeIt to Expand Beyond Robinhood’s Brokerage.
  • Xignite adds senior sales, business development talent; unveils new offices in New York financial district.
  • Arxan Technologies partners with Cisco as to protect connected medical devices.
  • CurrencyCloud Taps Former Misys Executive Ed Addario as New CTO.
  • Quicken to Leverage PayNearMe’s Prism API.
  • The Banker interviews Avoka European GM, Richard Austen.
  • Persia International Bank chooses core banking technology from Temenos.
  • WISeKey and Stratumn partner to provide enterprise-grade process security software based on blockchain technologies.
  • EVO Payments acquires Sterling Payment Technologies.
  • Rabobank to deploy UP Immediate Payments from ACI Worldwide.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • CurrencyCloud Taps Former Misys Executive Ed Addario as New CTO.
  • Quicken to Leverage PayNearMe’s Prism API.

Around the web

  • Gillian Davies joins Boku as new CFO.
  • Paducah Bank to launch Insuritas insurance agency platform to drive fee income.
  • The Banker interviews Avoka European GM, Richard Austen.
  • Investopedia profiles Chicago-based robo advisor, M1 Finance.
  • Forrester features WorkFusion in list of important AI technologies in 2017.
  • HelloWallet unveils version 5.0 with improved app navigation and streamlined dashboard.

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

  • Microsoft Marketing Vet Jeremy Korst Joins Avalara as New CMO.

Around the web

  • New York-based BizFi reaches $2 billion in originations.
  • LTP: Trulioo CEO Stephen Ufford writes about the problem of gift card fraud.
  • Boku extends partnership with Microsoft to support carrier billing to France.
  • Exostar teams up with Taulia to bring supply chain finance to the aerospace and defense industry.
  • Avoka, SocietyOne, and SuiteBox named finalists for Fintech Business Awards.
  • HBR: Narrative Science CEO Stuart Frankel writes about talking chatbots.
  • Quantopian recognized by Boston Globe as a “Company to Watch in 2017.”
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Kontomatik’s successful 2016.
  • Dashlane to support Intel Software Guard Extensions to help protect your passwords with hardware-enhanced security.
  • OurCrowd marks 4 years, $320m raised, 100 startups, 9 exits.

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, FinDEVr Alums Earn AWS Financial Services Competency Status

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Amazon Web Services has introduced a pair of new competencies as part of its AWS Competencies Program. The program is used by AWS to designate specific industry expertise or “competency” among its network partners. And this week we learned that one of these new competencies, AWS Financial Services, features more than a handful of Finovate/FinDEVr alums.

Earning spots in the Risk Management category of AWS Financial Services Competency Partners were FICO (FD16), FIS-Prophet (F16), and NICE Systems (F15). Four alums—Avoka (F16), Corezoid (F16), Mambu (F13), and Moven (F16)—made up more than half of the companies in the Core Systems category. IHS Markit (FD16) earned a place in the Data Management category along with two other alums, Infosys (F09) and Wipro (F15).

Avoka CMO Don Bergal credited the AWS Cloud for enabling the company to deliver solutions with the speed, security, and regulatory compliance needed to serve “the largest financial institutions worldwide.” Mambu CEO Eugene Danilkis called AWS “the future of agile, cost-effective infrastructure” for both fintech companies and FIs. Speaking for FICO, which made its FinDEVr debut in New York this spring, CTO Stuart Wells said his company will increase the amount of its risk management and compliance technology available via the cloud “powered by AWS.”

The AWS Competency Program is designed to help customers use Amazon Web Services by connecting with the company’s network partners in a variety of fields. For the Financial Services competency, these fields include banking and payments, capital markets, and insurance. Amazon Web Services made the new competency announcements at its re:Invent conference this week.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “SigFig to Power Digital Wealth Management for Citizens Bank”

Around the web

  • IBM helps The Mahindra Group test blockchain technology to innovate supply-chain finance in India.
  • Digital River World Payments integrates its online payments platform with ACI PAY.ON Payment Gateway from ACI Worldwide.
  • Bank Innovation looks at the Secure Private Login launched by Civic.
  • Avoka wins AWS financial services competency status with its account-opening solution.
  • Kasasa named a BankNews Innovative Solution Award Winner.
  • PayPal revamps its business app with new capabilities.
  • CAN appoints Parris Sanz, chief legal officer, as the company’s interim CEO while CEO Daniel DeMeo takes a leave of absence.

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

  • Live Safe and Prosper: The Themes of FinovateAsia 2016

Around the web

  • Algomi partners with Euronext to develop corporate bond trading network.
  • Fiserv adds SAS endpoint protection from CrowdStrike to its cyber security suite.
  • Top U.K. mobile wallet Yoyo picked by Caffé Nero for its mobile payment and loyalty rewards program.
  • Avoka unveils new analytics module, Transact Insights, to support digital account opening.
  • New partnership with Swisscom enables Boku to provide carrier biting for users of Spotify.
  • Overbond integrates fixed-income market-data from Thomson Reuters.

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.

Fintech Trending: Australia and the Road to Fintech in Asia

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When we talk about financial technology in Asia, we typically turn to places like Singapore, widely regarded to be the fintech “hub” of the region, or to Japan, with its advanced consumer economy (and increased participation in fintech events in the West, like Finovate and FinDEVr, or to China which was recognized by H2 Ventures and KPMG in their 2016 Fintech 100 report as follows:

China now tops the global ranks—swithin three years, China’s fintech ventures have gone from only one company included in the top Established 50 rankings in 2014, to this year China featuring four of the top five companies and eight of the top 50.

This includes Ant Financial, formerly known as Alipay, which as the world’s largest third-party payment platform, is the #1 company in the report, as well as Qudian, a Beijing-based student micro lender, ranked #2.

But there’s a reason why analysts refer to the area as the Asia-Pacific region, and part of that reason is the presence of countries like Australia and New Zealand which, while very much a part of the Asian financial ecosystem, are often overlooked in discussions about the growth of fintech in the area.

Turning back to the H2 Ventures/KPMG report, we see that of the top 100 companies highlighted, while 14 are from Asia, 1o are from Australia and New Zealand. This compares well with the U.K., a long-standing global fintech center, that landed 12 companies in the top 100. These companies include:

  • #14 Xero (F11; FD14) – New Zealand
  • #31 Prospa – Australia
  • #43 Tyro – Australia
  • #50 SocietyOne (F12) – Australia

As well as emerging stars:

  • AfterPay – Australia
  • Bright – Australia
  • Data Republic – Australia
  • HashChing – Australia
  • Identitii (F16) – Australia
  • springy – Australia

Australian and New Zealand fintech companies are clearly punching above their weight. As one illustration noted by Let’s Talk Payments, in December 2015, 5% of Australian fintech startups raised capital. Yet that 5% represented 14% of all capital raised by fintechs in December. Compare this to the United Kingdom where 15% of fintechs received investment dollars in December 2015, yet the amount raised was 11% of the total for that month. It is no surprise that China stands out as the true overachiever, with only 2% of Chinese companies raising capital in last December, but those companies represented 17% of all financing raised.

The takeaway here is more than a call for FinovateDownUnder—although that’s an intriguing idea. It suggests that more attention paid to Australia—as both a developing fintech nation in its own right, as well as a way for Western companies, technical talent, and capital to begin making its way eastward—could be well-rewarded.

See also:

  • 9 Australian companies have made it to the latest global Fintech 100 – Business Insider Australia
  • Australian FinTech Firms Recognized as World Leaders in FinTech – Cryptocoins News
  • Australian fintech founders recognized as world leaders next to tech giants Stripe, Xero and Square – Startup Smart
  • CBA takes pop-up innovation lab on a tour of Australia – Finextra

Our friends from Down Under

This discussion of Australia and New Zealand merits a reminder of how many innovators from Down Under are alums of our Finovate and FinDEVr conferences. In addition to those mentioned above, here’s a quick look at some of our more recent Australian and New Zealander alums:

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The latest from FinDEVr Silicon Valley presenters

  • BBVA chooses Amazon Web Services as its preferred cloud infrastructure services provider.
  • Extended partnership makes Yodlee’s data aggregation available via Backbase’s Open Banking Marketplace.
  • Hyperwallet announces support for real-time, push-to-card payments-solution,Visa Direct.
  • Full Envestnet | Yodlee Integration Give Advisers Big Picture View of Client Finances.
  • Modo to give the Bank of America access to its COIN Operated Digital Payments Hub.
  • Expensify launches direct integration with Zenefits.

Alumni updates

  • InComm launches new brand of solutions for cash-based consumers, VanillaDirect.
  • Temenos launches Digital Engagement modules to offer real-time customer marketing and engagement.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems launches cloud-based hosting option for its DecryptxPCI-validated P2PE product through Amazon Web Services.
  • Intuit expands partnership with PayPal to provide QuickBooks Online customers with a new way of accepting payments via PayPal.
  • Chain launches open-source edition of its distributed ledger, Chain Core Developer Edition.
  • Avoka earns a pair of “XCelent Awards” for service and breadth of functionality from Celent.
  • Trulioo announced that its GlobalGateway platform now reaches 60 countries.
  • On Deck Capital and Kabbage agree to disclose SMB loan pricing.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Lendio Closes $20 Million Funding Round
  • Lending Club Launches Car Loan Refinancing Product
  • Check out today’s sneak peeks of upcoming FinovateAsia demos:

Around the web

  • AdviceRobo reaches 900k credit scores
  • Bill.com partners with Intuit to power end-to-end accounts payable within QuickBooks Online
  • Actiance appoints Cynthia Crossland as CMO
  • Entrepreneur Magazine names Cardlytics One of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America
  • American Banker: Bizfi Hires Former Lending Club Exec as New CEO
  • Intuit expands partnership with PayPal to provide QuickBooks’ Online customers with a new way of accepting payments via PayPal
  • Farm Credit Services of America picks DNA from Fiserv to support agricultural lending
  • Extended partnership makes Yodlee’s data aggregation available via Backbase’s Open Banking Marketplace
  • Chain launches open source edition of its distributed ledger, Chain Core Developer Edition
  • Avoka earns a pair of “XCelent Awards” for service and breadth of functionality from Celent
  • Trulioo announced that its GlobalGateway platform now reaches 60 countries
  • Hyperwallet announces support for real-time, push-to-card payments solution, Visa Direct

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.