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  • AlphaPoint Raises $15 Million in a Series A Led by Galaxy Digital Ventures.
  • Nextmarkets Picks Up $6.9 Million in New Funding.

Around the web

  • NetSuite names Expensify Innovation Partner of the Year.
  • Passport hires its first Chief Corporate Development Officer.
  • Signicat to offer Freja eID for customer onboarding thanks to partnership with IT security firm, Verisec
  • Equifax appoints former IBM Watson and Cloud Platform CTO Bryson Koehler as its new Chief Technology 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.

Expensify Seals Deal with Wells Fargo

This week, expense reporting app provider Expensify debuted the launch of a deeper bank integration program called ExpensifyApproved! Banks. Wells Fargo, which serves one in three households in the U.S., will pilot the launch.

“Bank integrations have been in the Expensify DNA since day one, and the ExpensifyApproved! Banks program is the next step toward providing a consistent transaction import process for our mutual customers,” said David Barrett, founder and CEO of Expensify. “Wells Fargo has always been a great partner at the forefront of innovation, so it was a natural fit for them to be our first major partner as we launch this exciting new endeavor.”

Expensify users can connect their Wells Fargo bank cards for a smoother expense-tracking experience to help them organize receipts for tax purposes, self-employment expenses, or small business purchases. The ExpensifyApproved! Banks API allows for more secure data sharing between banks and Expensify, and offers banks more control over what data they share with the company.

The new integration offers mutual customers of Expensify and Wells Fargo a faster card setup process, the ability to seamlessly import transactions, access to historical account activity, and a detailed view of transaction data. Ben Soccorsy, Head of Digital Payments for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels said, “With API connectivity, Wells Fargo cardholders in Expensify can trust that they’re getting a smooth and efficient transaction import experience. Robust card connections that run dependably in the background are the perfect complement to fully automated expense reporting in Expensify.”

This launch comes at a time when consumers and businesses are laser-focused on how their data is collected and used. It also coincides closely with the E.U.’s implementation of PSD2, which mandates that banks must open their consumer data stores to third-party providers upon consumer consent. The ExpensifyApproved! Banks API is ahead of the curve on both of these items, and presents an opportunity for U.S. banks to mindfully and securely share consumer data.

At FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, Expensify presented Bedrock, an open sourced relational database management system. The company last demoed at FinovateSpring 2013, where Barrett showed off integrated invoicing technology. Earlier this year, Expensify unveiled website enhancements to improve credit card imports and simplify billing currency selections. The company was founded in 2008 and has raised $27.2 million.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Deserve Raises $50 Million in Debt Financing.
  • Payworks Teams Up with Ghana-based Payment Platform Hubtel.

Around the web

  • Wealthify added to Starling’s in-app marketplace.
  • InComm plans $20 million expansion in Georgia, will add more than 150 jobs.
  • Fiserv launches FinKit for Open Banking to help banks keep up with rapidly unfolding regulations.
  • Horizn helps RBC win a Celent Model Bank 2018 award for Employee Productivity.
  • OutSystems to power digital transformation for Principality.
  • TransferWise introduces its multi-country bank account.

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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  • Onfido to Power KYC for Arro Money.
  • IdentityMind Global Introduces Anti-Fraud Solution for ICOs.
  • Entrust Datacard Teams with Gemalto.

Around the web

  • Fiserv sells 55% of Lending Solutions business to Warburg Pincus.
  • Lendio announces new Lendio franchise in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region.
  • Financeit appoints Dante Tamburro as general counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Ripple to power instant payments to China courtesy of new partnership with LianLian International.
  • The Future Laboratory leverages technology from Quid to build its Trends of the Trends 2018 report.
  • Mint2Save reviews universal mobile wallet app, Soundpays.
  • Gartner recognizes NICE as a leader in Workforce Engagement Management for a second year in a row.
  • PYMNTS interviews Jumio Director of Product Management, Reinhard Hochrieser on the challenges of abandonment in online banking.
  • Expensify unveils website enhancements to improve credit card import, simplify billing currency section.
  • Lend Street Financial and Marqeta earn spots in The Tech Tribune’s list of the 10 Best Tech Startups in Oakland.
  • National Australia Bank (NAB) to allow business customers to make payments directly via Xero’s accounting platform rather than its own online banking site.

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.

Expensify Reports More than 1 Million New Users and Double the Partnerships in 2017

Travel and expense management company Expensify released strong growth figures this week, summarizing a successful 2017. So successful, in fact, the company ended the year with the highest growth rate in its 10-year history.

Here are the highlights:

  • Surpassed $100 billion processed
  • Exceeded 660 million expenses created (more than 180 million expenses were created in 2017 alone)
  • Ended the year with more than 50,000 customers and five million end users across 170 countries
  • Doubled the number of companies in its partner program
  • Received Xero’s App Partner of the Year Award

The San Francisco-based company also enhanced its expense reporting product by adding new features. Expensify improved its report approval workflow and has added the ability to automatically export approved reports in real time. Additionally, at the start of 2018, the company introduced a new user interface and a friendlier user experience.

“The past year has been full of tremendous progress and learnings, and we’re deeply grateful to our customers old and new for their enthusiasm along the way,” said David Barrett, founder and CEO of Expensify. “We have ambitious dreams for 2018 and will continue doing everything we can to make life easier for everyone out there who has better things to do than keep track of receipts.”

At FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, Expensify presented Bedrock, an open sourced relational database management system. The company last demoed at FinovateSpring 2013, where the company showed off its integrated invoicing technology. Last month, CB Insights featured Expensify in its list of four apps every executive should download now. In November of last year, the company arranged a data sharing agreement with Wells Fargo.

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  • Japanese Telecom NTT to Distribute Trusona Technology in Japan.
  • RealtyMogul Introduces new President, Aaron Halfacre.
  • Tradeshift Launches Innovation Center to Bring the Blockchain to Business Commerce.
  • Payfone Teams Up with U.K. Mobile Network Operator.
  • Expensify Reports More than 1 Million New Users and Double the Partnerships in 2017.

Around the web

  • Auto Finance Excellence talks with AutoGravity CTO Sheng Wang, who discusses the company’s new security features.
  • Sam Maule talks with Kabbage founder Rob Frohwein.
  • F&M Bank selects Geezeo to enhance digital banking.
  • Kantox partners with BELLIN to help support SMEs expanding globally.
  • Mitek and IdentityMind announce integration to enhance their digital ID verification capacities.
  • Zopa re-opens its platform for new customers.

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

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  • Revolut Adds Travel Insurance to its Insurtech Offerings.
  • Going Beyond the Demos this Year
  • Envestnet | Yodlee Unveils Single API Solution to Support PSD2, Open Banking Compliance.
  • Upserve Bolsters Online Ordering Features

Around the web

  • Expensify celebrates 10 years of expense reports.
  • Handelsblatt features Kreditech (article in German).
  • Kinetica and UClick push solutions to South Korea.
  • NCR to power prototype branch for UnionBank of the Philippines
  • Bluefin partners with AvantCom Payments Corporation (APC) to provide PCI-Validated P2PE to Oracle clients.
  • Worldpay expands payment processing into Turkey with iyzico.
  • VietinBank announces migration of debit card transactions to Compass Plus’ TranzWare system.
  • Barbican Insurance Group teams up with FICO to better measure the cybersecurity risk of the insured.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions unveils Xcelerate Software Implementation Program.
  • Panalpina World Transport chooses Tradeshift to support digitization of its procure-to-pay process.
  • Ripple joins sharing economy startup Omni’s $25 million fundraising with an investment of XRP.
  • Overbond wins Most Innovative Third-Party Technology Vendor (Front Office) category at American Financial Technology 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.

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  • Intelligent Environments Appoints New CEO.
  • TransferWise Brings New Multi-Currency, Borderless Accounts with Debit Cards to Public.
  • Dream Payments Integrates with QuickBooks and First Data’s Clover.

Around the web

  • Meniga announced as FStech Awards 2018 finalist for ‘Challenges’ financial fitness.
  • Foundr Magazine interviews Expensify CEO David Barrett.
  • The Asian Review features Financial data and chat startup Symphony Software Foundation.
  • Forbes highlights AutoGravity’s take on lending.
  • Privakey is the latest fintech to join the FIDO Alliance.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems partners with Choice Ticketing to support PCI-validated ticketing payments.

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

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  • 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.

Finovate Alumni News

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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.