Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NuCypher Raises $4.3 Million from Token Sale and VC Funds
  • Simility Adds PayPal as Strategic Investor in Latest $17.5 Million Fundraising

Around the web:

  • INETCO adds centralized switch application performance monitoring capabilities within the INETCO Insight software platform.
  • CFCU Community Credit Union Selects nCino to Boost Operational Efficiencies.
  • Blackhawk’s CashStar powers the launch of enhanced consumer gift card ecommerce program for Chico’s FAS
  • Tuition.io to power Student Loan Debt Reduction benefit to their Educational Assistance Program for MidWestOne Financial Group.
  • VentureBurn lists Entersekt as 1 of 8 12 South African startups to watch in 2018.
  • Vanguard turns to Symbiont smart contracts to simplify index data sharing process.

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

  • HooYu to Provide Verification Services for U.K. Challenger Bank Countingup.
  • Following J.P. Morgan Chase Acquisition, WePay to Power Payments for Volusion.

Around the web

  • Temenos named a leader in global retail core banking by Gartner for eighth year in a row.
  • Bloomberg looks at the blockchain-based digital identity solutions from SecureKey.
  • CBInsight features Expensify among its 4 Mobile Apps Every Executive Should Download Now.
  • CII Industrial Innovation Awards 2017 recognizes Wipro as one of India’s most innovative companies.
  • Zinnov Zones 2017 features Persistent Systems in the “leadership zone” for enterprise software and consumer software for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Blackhawk’s CashStar wins a 2017 Emerging Payments Award.
  • Capgemini names Backbase Growth Partner of the Year.
  • Neustar moves its website from Neustar.biz to Home.Neustar.
  • Lendio opens new Lendio franchise in Nashville, Tennessee

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.

Blackhawk Network Acquires CashStar in $175 Million Deal

With Blackhawk Networks’ $175 million acquisition of fellow Finovate alum CashStar, we may soon learn just how good digital gifting is going to get.

Talbott Roche, CEO and president of Blackhawk Network, said the deal “strategically enhances Blackhawk’s ability to provide the right digital solutions to our partners to meet the changing needs of business customers and consumers.” She added that the acquisition made Blackhawk “a leading provider in the fast growing, first-party digital (gift card) market.” CEO and president of CashStar Ben Kaplan added that the combination of CashStar’s platform and Blackhawk’s “product breadth and global reach” would deliver “more powerful capabilities and new revenue opportunities for our clients and partners.” The acquisition will make CashStar a part of Blackhawk’s digital and incentives business, with Kaplan remaining on board to manage the business.

The acquisition is an all-cash deal which Blackhawk CFO Jerry Ulrich said would be “at least earnings neutral in fiscal 2017 and meaningfully accretive after synergies in 2018.” Ulrich also anticipates the acquisition will “generate positive cash flow in 2018” as well as boost topline growth.

CashStar’s platform gives retailers the ability to market, sell, and distribute both plastic and digital gift cards. The company offers a Commerce platform for merchants and an Exchange platform for gift card distributors and loyalty program managers. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, CashStar demonstrated its Digital Gifting and Incentives platform at FinovateFall 2011. The company added real-time card activation, security improvements, and streamlined ordering in its last platform upgrade in July, and in May, CashStar’s Velocity B2B division helped global prestige retailer Sephora to introduce a B2B gift card program.

This spring, the company partnered with discount gift card marketplace Raise in a deal that will give the Chicago-based startup access to more than 250 merchants and 40 payment processors. CashStar had raised $44 million in funding previous to this week’s acquisition, most recently completing a $15 million Series D in 2015. The company’s customers include Starbucks, The Home Depot, and Uber.

Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, Blackhawk Network demonstrated its GoWallet solution at FinovateFall 2012. Last month, the company partnered with fellow Finovate alum PayNearMe, giving the cash transaction network access to Blackhawk’s retail partners. In May, the San Francisco Business Times recognized Blackhawk’s Roche with its Inspire Award as part of its annual “Most Influential Women in Business” initiative. Also honored by the Times was the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Teri Llach. Blackhawk Network trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker “HAWK” and has a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Avoka Reports Record Growth for Second Consecutive Year.
  • Blackhawk Network Acquires CashStar in $175 Million Deal.
  • Temenos to Power Cloud-Based Lifecycle Management Suite for Baxter Credit Union

Around the web

  • Jumio partners with Plynk to bring instant verification to Europe’s first money messaging app.
  • Alaska USA FCU chooses Ignite platform from banking solutions provider Jwaala.
  • Ondot Systems joins Symitar Vendor Integration Program (VIP).
  • Tavant Selected by Newfi Lending To Provide Next-Generation Digital Platform.
  • Plaid delivers bank account integration to enterprise developers.
  • Personal Capital Reaches $5 Billion in Assets Under Management.
  • PayPal launches Mastercard– it’s first cashback credit card offering.

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

  • You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright: Revolut Raises $66 Million Series B.
  • Finicity Inks Data Sharing Deal with JPMorgan Chase.
  • Fintech 71 Accelerator Application Deadline Less Than One Week Away.

Around the web

  • Forrester names Backbase a leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud earns Fin5ive Payments Award at BankTech Asia.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews SecureKey CIO Andre Boysen.
  • Finland-based Aktia goes live with T24 core banking system from Temenos.
  • FICO enables identification of fourth party risks with new Security Score upgrade.
  • iSignthis subsidiary iSignthis eMoney teams up with Worldline to provide Paydentity services in EU.
  • CashStar adds real-time card activation, improved security, and streamlined ordering in new platform upgrade.
  • Dream Payments opens Centre of Excellence in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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

  • Polly Portfolio Unveils Bespoke Custom Investing Platform for Financial Advisers”
  • “Top Direct-to-Consumer Wealth Tech Plays”

Around the web

  • CashStar announces digital gift card agreements with online marketplace OpenSky and Marcus Theatres.
  • Nasdaq.com profiles Moven, “the future of banking.”
  • Charlotte Business Journal names Passport among its Fast 50 award winners for its more than 475% revenue growth from 2013 to 2015.
  • Inc. lists Xero, Gusto, and PayPal among 8 business apps that will crush it in 2017.

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 Alums Are Top Tech Startup Fundraisers in Four States

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An interesting infographic from CB Insights reveals four Finovate/FinDEVr alums to be the most well-funded tech startups in their respective states.

“Using CB Insights data, we analyzed the most well-funded startups by state, based on disclosed equity funding,” read the CB Insights blog accompanying the map. The survey did not include debt funding and companies that had to have raised at least $5 million. The survey also excluded Alaska or Hawaii, which had no qualifying startups.

Avalara_FinDEVr2015_logoAvalara (Washington State)

CashStar_Grayscale_Logo_No_TagCashStar (Maine)

edo_Interactive_logoedo Interactive (Tennessee)

 

Kabbage_logoKabbage (Georgia)

For more on funding for Finovate alums, check out our funding year-in-review, Finovate Alums Raise More than $3 Billion in 2015.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: Emailage Detects Fraud Through User’s Email Address”
  • “Finovate Debuts: FundAmerica Helps Crowdfunders Stay Compliant”
  • “TIO Networks Garners $1.7 Million From Secondary Stock Offering”

Around the web

  • CashStar names Katherine Edenbach as its new corporate controller.
  • E-SignLive by Silanis picked as a KMWorld Trend-Setting Product of 2015.
  • CIO cites Avoka’s win of most innovative customer solution during Citi’s demo day in London.
  • Aquiline Capital Partners reveals an investment in Fenergo, an Irish-client, lifecycle-management specialist.
  • Intuit to sell off Quicken with no plans to divest Mint or Mint bills.
  • Holvi launches app for iOS and Android.

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

  • “Holy Yodlee! Envestnet to Buy Yodlee for $660 Million”
  • “Artificial Intelligence Innovator Kensho Locks in $48 million Series B Round”
  • “Digital Retail Apps Raises C$1 Milllion in Round Led by Texas Ventures”

Around the web

  • Misys shortlisted in three different categories in the CIR 2015 Risk Management Awards.
  • Bloomberg TV looks at Fenergo in a discussion on investment in startups.
  • NICE Systems wins “8-figure contract” to bring call recording and incident-management technology to NYC’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).
  • Personal Capital CEO Bill Harris writes about the rise of robo-advisors in a column for Investment News.
  • CashStar to power digital gift card offerings from Maritz Motivation Solutions.
  • KCUR 89.3 FM interviews EyeVerify CEO Toby Rush.

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.

 

CashStar Raises Capital: New Investment Boosts Total to $50 Million

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A $15 million Series D round led by FTV Capital has boosted to $50 million the total capital of prepaid solutions provider CashStar. New investor Mosaik Partners and current investors, Passport Capital, Intel Capital, and North Hill Ventures also participated. The additional capital will help CashStar invest in product innovation, sales, and “client success.”

CashStar_Grayscale_Logo_No_TagFounder of Mosaik Partners, Miles Kilburn pointed to CashStar’s “exceptional growth potential” as one reason for his firm’s decision to support the company. “CashStar is reinventing the prepaid industry for retailers with innovative digital and mobile solutions that drive business growth,” said Kilburn, who will be joining the CashStar board of directors.

CashStar President and CEO Ben Kaplan saw the investment as part of a larger wave of momentum the company has enjoyed in recent months. The company made two executive appointments this year: Martin Hood as vice president of channel partnerships in May, and Matt Kerper as vice president of strategic business development in July. May was also the month CashStar moved into new offices in Portland, Maine, and announced that Studio Movie Grill would be launching CashStar-powered digital gift cards. In July, CashStar was named to the AlwaysOn Global 250 for the second year in a row; in March, CashStar won a 2015 PYMNTS Innovator Award in the Best Prepaid Innovator category.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, CashStar demonstrated its Digital Gifting and Incentives Platform as part of FinovateFall 2011 in New York.