BBVA Partners with Azlo to Empower Workers in the Gig Economy

In a bid to help the growing number of workers making a living via the so-called “Gig Economy,” BBVA has partnered with digital business account platform Azlo to make it easier for SMEs take advantage of both domestic and cross-border banking services.

“Azlo’s goal is to level the playing field for the growing number of entrepreneurs and small businesses who wish to participate in an expanding global economy that is driven by entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelance professionals,” said Azlo CEO Brian Hamilton.

Azlo, of which BBVA is the majority-owner, provides online banking services as well as workshops, live events and a community of entrepreneurial talent. Founded in 2017, the firm leverages BBVA’s banking license and payment infrastructure to offer its services in the U.S., and observers believe that the launch of Azlo will make it that much easier for BBVA to access the American market. In a press release accompanying the announcement, BBVA noted that 43% of workers in the United States are expected to be serving as freelancers by 2020.

“What distinguishes Azlo is its focus on the new economy,” Azlo Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ramona Ortega said. “(This includes) millennials and underrepresented entrepreneurs, and creating a deep and valuable relationship with its customers through community engagement.”

Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, BBVA demonstrated its Stockbuzz.es technology at FinovateEurope 2013. The solution enables users to monitor market sentiment as expressed on Twitter for potential insights into future market activity. Regarded as one of the most innovative European banks in terms of fintech adoption, BBVA was founded in 1857, and now has more than 117,000 employees working in more than 30 countries. The bank’s Group Executive Chariman, Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez, was named to One World Identity’s Top 20 Identity Influencers earlier this month.  Last fall, BBVA announced a partnership with Samsung last fall to bring iris scanning technology to smartphones.

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  • BBVA Partners with Azlo to Empower Workers in the Gig Economy.

Around the web

  • Wipro named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere for seventh time in a row.
  • LendUp CEO Jake Rosenberg talks about providing “fair financial products” to the underbanked in a conversation with Y Combinator.
  • Technology from Quid helps Walmart build its American Family Today report.
  • Milwaukee Public Radio features BanQu and its ability to leverage blockchain technology to help refugees reclaim their identities.

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20 Finovate Alums Earn Spots on One World Identity’s Top 100 Influencers List

When you think about it, what’s cooler than being named to a Who’s Who list in the world of digital identities?

One World Identity, an independent identity research and strategy company that specializes in cybersecurity, digital commerce, and risk management, published its roster of the Top 100 Influencers in Identity this week. This year, 20 Finovate alums made the cut. The individual influencers – as well as the companies they work for- are listed below.

As with last year’s roster, this year’s list was compiled by taking nominations submitted via Twitter, LinkedIn, and at oneworldidentity.com. The staff and advisory council for One World Identity whittled down the initial list of more than 1,000 nominees to a final 100.

One World Identity began as a project from a group of Google employees back in 2015. The company was officially launched the following year as a way to help spur innovation and collaboration in the field of digital identities. Travis Jarae is founder and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Digital Experience Specialist Configo Launches Cloud Environment.

Around the web

  • Spanish bank IberCaja deploys digital banking technology from Meniga.
  • Fiserv to help prepare European banks for transition to real-time payments.
  • BBVA and Samsung partner to bring iris scanning technology to smartphones.
  • VISA announces bank partnerships in preparation for Visa B2B Connect commercial launch in 2018.
  • Everest Group names billpay service specialist doxo to list of Top 40 FinTech Trailblazers.
  • FST Media interviews Avoka Chief Experience Officer Derek Corcoran.
  • RealtyMogul wins Gold Stevie Award for Company of the Year in the Consumer Services category.

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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  • Leondrino Exchange launches its own digital currency, XLEO.
  • BBVA forges global strategic agreement with Telefónica.
  • Revolut announces plans to build its own in-house processor.
  • Cybersecurity specialist DefenseStorm hires Terrie O’Hanlon as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Expensify and Wells Fargo ink data exchange agreement.

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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  • HooYu Brings Identity Confirmation Technology to BCRemit.
  • StreetShares Raises $10.3 Million for “Shark Tank Meets eBay” Approach to P2P Lending.
  • Flywire Expands Operations in Japan, Forms Partnership with Volvo.

Around the web

  • UPS Capital launches cross-border B2B payment service powered by Payoneer.
  • Risk Ident opens new U.S. office at Cambridge Innovation Center, near Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Venmo introduces QR code feature to help users find payee profiles faster.
  • eMoney launches redesigned website with a new UX enhanced navigation and multimedia content.
  • Digiliti Money (formerly Cachet Financial Solutions) appoints interim CEO.
  • Qapital now offers checking account and debit card.
  • BBVA joins Singapore-based trade finance platform Capital and Credit Risk Manager
  • Al Masraf selects Temenos’ digital banking technology
  • Kony announces V8 release of Kony AppPlatform to help developers design, develop and deliver omnichannel apps fast.
  • Shoeboxed launches Fetch, a new expense system
  • Trusona opens new office in Tokyo, Japan.

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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  • Mexican Payment Processor Chooses Fraud Fighting Technology from Featurespace.
  • Ripple Unveils Expanded Suite of Offerings

Around the web

  • BBVA announces record product sales through digital channels in June.
  • Tennis star Andy Murray revealed to be among 40,000 Revolut users pre-registered for the company’s crowdfunding initiative.
  • DefenseStorm hires Bob Thibodeaux as Chief Information Security Officer.
  • Modo Payments goes dark in Monday “Unnouncement.” Affirms plans to refocus on payments after hiatus.
  • Mashreq deploys Vipera for mobile wallet.
  • NICE inContact introduces CXone cloud customer experience platform.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

Our first developers conference in the U.K. is next month. Join us for two days of developer-focused presentations, demonstrations, and conversations at FinDEVr 2017 London, June 12 and 13. Stop by our registration page today and save your spot.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Trulioo and the Regtech Revolution: How Smaller Teams Tackle the Compliance Challenge.
  • Inside BBVA’s Open API Marketplace

Alumni updates

  • NuCypher earns finalist spot in BBVA Open Talent 2017. Join NuCypher at FinDEVr London, Jun 12 & 13.
  • Expensify exceeds 35,000 global customers, adding Xero, HappyFresh, GoCardless, and Adroll as clients
  • Cisco and IBM team up on security.
  • Glenmede taps IHS Markit for data management.
  • Bank of Sydney replaces its digital banking platform with DigitalAccess from Fiserv.
  • eWise integrates its Aegis data aggregation platform into Backbase’s Open Banking Marketplace.
  • Xero Partners with Expensify for In-House Expense Management.
  • PYMNTS.com features The CardLinx Association’s success.
  • Xero expands online-invoice payment options in Xero for Australia.
  • Worldpay tests payments in virtual reality

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Inside BBVA’s Open API Marketplace

Earlier this week, BBVA launched its API Market, making eight of its APIs commercially available. The launch comes after the Spanish bank worked for more than a year with developers and businesses to determine the optimal delivery for the APIs.

This not only enables app developers to integrate BBVA customer data into their applications, it also complies with pending PSD2 compliance in the U.K. The early adaption to the upcoming open banking requirement makes BBVA well-positioned to compete in the changing regulatory climate. Shamir Karkal, head of Open APIs at BBVA said, “This is the perfect moment to do this, because there is a whole revolution happening in the financial and the technology space. What the Open Platform does is support that innovation. And, by supporting it, we make that ecosystem move much faster. So, in the end, we enable this whole revolution to happen.” Karkal added, “Sometimes you have to be the change you want to see in the world.”

The new APIs allow third parties to use customer data sets (with the customer’s permission) in eight categories, each of which can be broken down into geographical regions:

At FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, Karkal launched BBVA’s initial four APIs; accounts, payments, customers, and cards, to the audience of developers. In the presentation, the company’s Diego Blanco, Head of PaaS & Open APIs Platform CTO demonstrated the payments ACH API, showing how the white-labeled API can be used to originate customers and accounts. Check out the full, 15-minute presentation:

The APIs will be piloted by invitation-only with BBVA clients in Spain and the U.S. The bank plans to roll it out with clients in Turkey, Mexico, Latin America and other regions in the future. Interested in seeing more fintech APIs? Tickets for FinDEVr London are on sale now. Hurry! Prices go up May 27.

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  • Xero Partners with Expensify for In-House Expense Management.
  • Kony and Diebold Nixdorf Enter into Strategic Partnership.
  • banqUP Previews its Bank-as-a-Platform Solution for European SMEs
  • Inside BBVA’s Open API Marketplace.

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Around the web

  • PYMNTS.com features The CardLinx Association’s success.
  • Xero expands online-invoice payment options in Xero for Australia.
  • Zopa introduces flexible Innovative Finance ISA.
  • NelsonHall’s ‘Digital Transformation Services NEAT’ report lists NIIT Technologies as an ‘Innovator’.
  • Worldpay tests payments in virtual reality
  • Misys to power corporate banking, treasury and capital management (TCM) and trade finance operations for Amsterdam Trade Bank.

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