DriveWealth and Bambu Join Forces on Roboadvisory Tool

Two wealthtech companies from opposite sides of the globe have built upon their partnership this week. New Jersey-based DriveWealth and Singapore-based Bambu have collaborated on the launch of a white-label, roboadvisory platform for U.S. wealth managers.

While the two have worked together for the past three years on products for overseas markets, this is their first joint offering in the U.S. Robert Cortright, DriveWealth CEO, described the new platform as “a streamlined product for wealth managers seeking to offer a unique, easy-to-use investing platform directly to their retail customers.”

The solution is the result of an integration between DriveWealth’s suite of wealth management APIs, which facilitate everything from customer onboarding to U.S. stock market ordering and reporting; and Bambu’s roboadvisory software, which automates financial planning, saving, and investing for end consumers. More simply, the new offering pairs DriveWealth’s fractional share technology with Bambu’s front-end user interface.

The new platform has three major components:

  • An advisor dashboard that provides an overview of client activities and alerts, and tracks invested capital and cash balances.
  • A CIO dashboard with portfolio-building capabilities that assist in simulating, creating, and rebalancing portfolios.
  • A client application that allows them to adjust investment goals, access investments, and perform investment analyses.

Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu said, “We are confident that this end-to-end service for financial institutions in the U.S. will be a game changer in simplifying investing.”

Founded in 2012, DriveWealth’s clients include MoneyLion, a lending and wealth management app, and INVSTR, a U.K.-based stock trading application. At FinovateAsia 2016, the company released a new API to enable partners to offer a roboadvisory product suite and a self-directed equity investing platform. Earlier this year, DriveWealth closed a $21 million investment, bringing its total funding to $30 million.

At FinovateAsia 2017, Bambu won Best of Show for its demo of People Like Me, a tool that leverages machine learning to help users define their financial goals. Last month, the company raised $3 million in funding and earlier this year it expanded into London.

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DriveWealth Closes $21 Million in Funding

Wealthtech company DriveWealth has closed a Series B round of funding this week. The $21 million investment was led by Raptor Group Holdings, SBI Holdings, and Point72 Ventures. Existing investor Route 66 Ventures also participated. This brings the company’s total funding to just shy of $30 million.

DriveWealth will use the funds to enhance its existing products. The New Jersey-based company offers a suite of APIs that help online brokers, digital advisors, and financial services companies access the U.S. securities market. DriveWealth also has an API that allows partners to integrate native investment experiences into their own mobile applications. Among the company’s investment offerings are real-time, dollar-based investing capabilities that enable any investor to own shares in U.S. equities, regardless of stock price or deposit size.

Robert Cortright, CEO of DriveWealth, said that the company’s mission is to “provide global partners low cost, frictionless access to wealth building products.” He added, “Our solutions provide our partners native integration into their customer facing, mobile applications and reimagine investing for the clients they serve.”

As you may expect, today’s investors had positive things to say about DriveWealth and its business model. Yoshitaka Kitao, Chairman of SBI Holdings commented: “As a pioneer of internet-based financial services, we are excited to add DriveWealth to the world’s first ‘financial ecosystem’ that SBI has now expanded from Japan to worldwide.” Pete Casella, Head of Fintech Investments at Point72 Ventures, said, “DriveWealth has built a world class tech-driven brokerage stack that allows fintech firms to incorporate a wide range of investments capabilities into their product offerings.”

Founded in 2012, DriveWealth’s clients include MoneyLion, a lending and wealth management app, and INVSTR, a U.K.-based stock trading application. At FinovateAsia 2016, the company released a new API to enable partners to offer a robo advisory product suite and a self-directed equity investing platform. In 2016, the company partnered with Alkanza to bring robo advisory solutions to Latin America.

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  • Symbiont Brings the Blockchain to Mortgagetech in New Partnership with Raneiri Partners.
  • Micronotes to Scale AI-Enabled Marketing Platform with $3 Million in Funding.

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  • Insuritas to power digitally powered insurance agency for Priority Bank.
  • Kofax reports that 50% of top U.S. life insurers leveraging TotalAgility.
  • Temenos tables takeover of Fidessa.
  • FierceCEO features DefenseStorm CEO Sean Feeney.

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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  • 35 Finovate alums named in IDC Financial Insights’ top 100 fintech rankings

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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We saw some great stuff at FinDEVr New York last week; stay tuned for videos of the live presentations! If you missed out, check out FinDEVr London on June 12 & 13 during London Tech Week. Register today and save big time.

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Alumni updates

  • FinDEVr New York newcomer Fiserv announces enhancements to its real-time, loan servicing solution, LoanServ.
  • Swiss financial sector infrastructure operator SIX partners with IBM Watson to build cyber-security hub.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at speculation that Kabbage may acquire OnDeck.
  • BBVA among the latest companies to join Hyperledger.
  • MasterCard introduces new fraud detection solution, Decision Intelligence.
  • Credit Donkey lists StockTwitsDriveWealth, and Personal Capital among its Best Investing Apps of 2017.
  • Forrester recognizes FinDEVr newcomer Outsystems as a leader in low-code development platforms.
  • E-commerce services from Vantiv achieve Oracle Validate Integration. Video of Vantiv’s FinDEVr 2017 New York presentation will be available soon.
  • VISA to enable electronic business payments for SME clients of B2B electronic invoicing network, Viewpost.
  • Fiserv reports nearly 30 banks and CUs deployed its digital banking technology in 2016, taking the total number of FIs using its online banking solutions to 3,500.

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  • Twitter Talk from FinDEVr 2017 New York.

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  • FinDEVr New York newcomer Fiserv announces enhancements to its real-time, loan servicing solution, LoanServ.
  • Credit Donkey lists StockTwits, TradeKing, SigFig, DriveWealth, and Personal Capital among its Best Investing Apps of 2017.
  • Swiss financial sector infrastructure operator SIX partners with IBM Watson to build cyber-security hub. Video of IBM’s FinDEVr 2017 New York presentation last week will available soon in our video archives.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at speculation that Kabbage may acquire OnDeck.

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.

All News is Good News from 2016 FinovateEurope Best of Show Winners

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At FinovateEurope 2016, six companies took home Best of Show trophies after an audience vote favored their seven minute demos on the Finovate stage in London. FinovateEurope returns to London in less than two weeks, on February 7 and 8, where we’ll see 55 companies debut their newest technology and vie for a chance to win the audience’s vote for Best of Show. Tickets are still available. Register to save your spot today.

Today, we’re taking a look at the successes from the six Best of Show-winning companies from last year.


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Offers natural language trade automation for automatically managed investment portfolios
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What’s new:

  • Recognized by PYMNTS.com as representing fintech innovation in Israel
  • Cited as a top B2B wealth tech player
  • Listed by The Next Web as 1 of 6 fintech startups to help you make the most of your money

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Enables real-time fractional share investing and trading in U.S. equities for mass retail investors
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What’s new:

  • Brought Roboadvisory to Latin America in new partnership with Alkanza
  • Added a new real-time margin feature
  • Expanded APIs for wealth managers
  • Brought robo advisory to China in new partnership with CreditEase
  • Inked new partnership with Stoxs

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Offers a scalable biometric authentication solution
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What’s new:

  • Acquired by Ant Financial
  • Partnered with Bioconnect to boost payment security
  • Selected by Wells Fargo for its biometric authentication technology

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Offers a digital onboarding suite with facial recognition technology
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What’s new:

  • Acquired by GBG Group
  • Included in Mercator Advisory Group’s biometric authentication report

 


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Offers a mobile, social trading 25082834042_60b88fc576_kapp that enables users to copy single trades of other users
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What’s new:

  • Won Digital Top 50 Award
  • Won Wolves Summit 2016
  • Launched WebTrader to expand beyond mobile
  • Launched Live Trading on its app

The sixth Best of Show winner, Valuto, shut down in August of 2016. Its parent company Currency One cited “an unsatisfactory pace of development” as the reason for the closure.

DriveWealth Brings Roboadvisory to Latin America in New Partnership with Alkanza

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This summer, Best of Show winner DriveWealth announced a partnership with Chinese marketplace lender and wealth manager CreditEase to bring roboadvisory to China. Today we learn the innovative broker-dealer has made a deal with Silicon Valley-based Alkanza to bring similar services to Latin America.

DriveWealth founder and CEO Robert Cortright credited his company’s platform for helping bring access to U.S. equities to “investors everywhere, at every income level.” Cortright said, “Our partnership with Alkanza makes it possible for investors in Latin America not only to gain access to the U.S. stock market, but also have their portfolios be managed by experienced professionals for an affordable cost.”

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DriveWealth Chief Information Officer Harry Temkin demonstrated Real Time Fractional Trading with Passport 2.0 at FinovateEurope 2016.

This combination of access and advisory is what Andrés Villaquiran, founder and CEO of Alkanza, praised in his firm’s new partnership with DriveWealth. “By marrying our premium investment advisory programs with DriveWealth’s low-cost access to U.S. securities,” Villaquiran said, “our Latin American clients can now add a unique investment option to their investment plans.” Alkanza will use DriveWealth’s wealth management APIs, which were launched earlier this year. Advisers will be able to offer their clients varying levels of support: non-discretionary, blended, and fully discretionary—the latter level giving Alkanza full management, trading, and rebalancing of client portfolios. Alkanza will first offer the new services in Argentina and Chile.

DriveWealth demonstrated its Real Time Fractional Trading with Passport 2.0 at FinovateEurope 2016, winning Best of Show. In August, the company added real-time margin to its platform. DriveWealth was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Chatham, New Jersey. The company will be making its FinDEVr debut next week at FinDEVr Silicon Valley. For more information, visit our FinDEVr page. To pick up your ticket and save your spot, visit our registration page.

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  • FinDEVr Silicon Valley: When You’re a Dev, You’re a Dev All the Way
  • DriveWealth Brings Robo-advisory to Latin America in New Partnership with Alkanza. See DriveWealth make its FinDEVr debut next week at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016.

Around the web

  • Personetics launches Chatbot Bootcamp.
  • Klarna unveils online retailer financing.
  • ACI Worldwide to provide back-end tech for TransferWise’s integration into the Faster Payments Scheme.

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.