Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Baker Hill Inks Loan Origination Deal with West Texas State Bank.
  • Finicity and Cre8tech Labs’ Lender Price Partner to Streamline Digital Lending.

Around the web

  • LendInvest partners with Onfido to bring identity verification to LendInvest’s Buy-to-Let digital applications.
  • Malauzai and Somerset Trust Company declare August 20th as National Fintech Day.
  • Thomson Reuters launches Compliance Management solution, an addition to its Connected Risk platform.
  • Ripple announces the transition of David Schwartz from Chief Cryptographer to Chief Technical Officer.
  • Identity verification startup Sedicii earns a finalist spot in BBVA’s Open Talent competition.
  • Barclays to deploy Finastra’s Fusion Loan IQ system.
  • AlphaPoint wins Best Distributed Ledger Technology Provider by the 2018 Water Technology customer survey.

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.

Finastra Acquires Malauzai

Global financial software provider Finastra, the combination of D+H and Misys that was forged a year ago this month, has added a new major element to its mix. The company announced today that it would acquire fellow Finovate alum Malauzai, a firm that specializes in retail and business banking solutions for community banks and credit unions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Calling these smaller financial institutions “the fabric of American financial services,” Finastra CEO Simon Paris said bringing Malauzai into the Finastra fold will be a major boon for large and small FIs. “Together, our two companies deliver a fully integrated open core platform for payments, lending, and digital, across Finastra’s 4,500-strong U.S.-based community market customers and Malauzai’s non-core U.S.-based customers.” Paris added that Malauzai’s “leadership” and “open approach” are in “perfect alignment with our open platform vision.”

Malauzai co-founder and Chief Product Officer Robb Gaynor during a live demo of the company’s Conversational Banking for Business solution at FinovateFall 2017.

It’s also worth noting that the acquisition was the consumption of a relationship between the two companies that began years ago. Finastra and Malauzai have been collaboration partners with more than 130 shared customers since 2015. As such it was no surprise to hear Malauzai CEO Tom Shen echo Paris’ praise for the synergies between the two companies. “By combining a best-in-class core experience, backed by leading innovative mobile and Internet banking capabilities and our mobile-only design approach, community financial institutions win,” Shen said.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Malauzai has distinguished itself as a major provider of digitally-innovative products and solutions for local and community-based financial institutions. For the company’s FinovateSpring 2015 demo, co-founders Robb Gaynor and Danny Piangerelli were joined on stage by representatives from six different community banks that were offering Malauzai-powered features including P2P payments, picture bill pay, and debit card on/off to their customers and members.

Solutions like MOX Pay and Conversational Banking for Business, both demoed at recent Finovate events, further distinguished Malauzai has a partner for financial institutions looking to provide their retail and business customers with the same level of digital innovation as the larger banks.

“The acquisition creates a compelling proposition for our existing customer base and enables Finastra’s customers to deliver a seamless banking experience with a robust breadth of services, via a single provider,” Shen said. Malauzai serves more than 350 community financial institutions in the U.S. and has more than one million active users of its solutions.

Malauzai has raised more than $24 million in funding from investors including Wellington Management and Live Oak Banking Company. In May, the company teamed up with its future acquirer to help Horicon Bank launch its digital banking platform . InApril, Malauzai partnered with fellow Finovate alum Geezeo to develop a new mobile app for Axiom Bank, the second-largest community bank in Florida.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Baker Hill Brings its Cloud-Based Loan Origination Solution to First Bank.

Around the web

  • Online banking innovator Dollar Bank to upgrade its digital offerings with technology from Fiserv.
  • Brazil’s Nubank reaches milestone of 1.5 million digital account openings in six months.
  • Aire, Onfido, Trunomi, TransferWise, YoYo Wallet and Revolut earn finalist spots in TechCrunch Europas Awards.
  • Emailage announces expansion across APAC and plans to double the size of its Phoenix, Arizona office.

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

  • Splitit expands payment options with debit card installments.

Around the web

  • Exela launches Zuma, a new invoice financing platform.
  • Tavant receives HousingWire Tech 100 Award.
  • Horicon Bank teams up with Finastra and Malauzai to launch new digital banking platform.
  • RISK IDENT wins top spot for anti-fraud transaction security at the 2018 FinTech Breakthrough 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Lender Price Integrates with Mortgage Management Solution from Ellie Mae.
  • WorkFusion’s $50 Million Round to Fuel Robotic Process Automation.
  • $1.32 Billion Raised by 26 Alums in Q1 of 2018.

Around the web

  • Retail chain Speedway names InComm Innovative Business Partner of the Year.
  • Technology from Malauzai and Geezeo contributes to new mobile app for Florida’s Axiom Bank.
  • YellowDog announces new partnership with [RE]DESIGN.
  • Mr. Cooper awarded Top Servicing Performance Rating from Fannie Mae. Come see Mr. Cooper’s demo at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Arxan launches new app security monitoring and analysis service, Arxan Threat Analytics.

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.

Malauzai to Power Mobile Banking Tech for Axiom

Community banking app provider Malauzai announced today it has been tapped by Florida’s second-largest community bank.

Under the agreement, the Austin-based company will design and deploy a mobile app for Axiom Bank’s AxiomGo, a platform that serves the underbanked community. The digital, checkless checking account provides a bilingual alternative to prepaid cards and traditional checking. AxiomGo is a low-fee way for users to pay bills, pay a friend, deposit checks, and transfer funds on a mobile-first user interface.

The bank’s goal is to give users an app to manage all banking activity from their mobile phone. As Ron Strand-Sorrell, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Axiom Bank explained, “essentially we wanted to give them the bank in the palm of their hand.” He added, “For many of our customers, this is their first experience with the U.S. banking system and we wanted to ensure the app was intuitive and brought value to their daily lives.”

Upon launching the app, Axiom expanded the capacity of its call center to accommodate an increase in call center activity. However, while users of AxiomGo have increased 300% since launching last December, the number of calls to the call center have significantly decreased because of the robust in-app help capabilities.

“It’s important that underserved markets gain access to traditional banking services, said Robb Gaynor, chief product officer for Malauzai. “The bank designed the app to eliminate many of the barriers that often make it more difficult for this market to take advantage of banking services, and in turn has enabled Axiom to better serve its current customers, while also reaching a new audience and expanding its footprint.”

Founded in 2009, Malauzai last demoed at FinovateSpring 2016, where it debuted MOX Pay powered by Visual App Builder. In May of last year, the company teamed with Vantiv to leverage the company’s Ondot CardControl tool.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • TESOBE’s Open Bank Project Powers API for Forty Seven Bank.
  • TD Bank to Deploy nCino’s Bank Operating System.
  • Malauzai to Power Mobile Banking Tech for Axiom.
  • Endor Raises $45 Million in ICO.

Around the web

  • ayondo celebrates being the first fintech to list in Singapore.
  • TD Bank leverages nCino’s Bank Operating System across corporate and commercial lending divisions.
  • CustomerXPs‘ Clari5 to power real-time AML solution for Bank of Ceylon.
  • PayActiv appoints COO.

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.

Southern Bank Leverages PicturePay from Malauzai to Offer Digital Payment Service

With more than $2 billion in total assets, North Carolina’s Southern Bank will leverage its deployment of Malauzai’s Picture Pay to provide its customers with a new digital payment option: Photo Billpay.

“Providing our customers with modern, digital payment tools is a priority for the bank,” Sondra McCorquodale, SVP and alternative delivery channel manager at Southern Bank said. McCorquodale highlighted the importance of giving customers “easy to use” self-service channels, and offering a variety of payment options as “key to providing a superior customer experience and in turn … a significant competitive advantage.”

Southern Bank, which has been a Malauzai partner for years, said that it has seen a 20 percent gain in customer usage of all digital payments and an increase of 38 percent in the average value of money movement transactions. Southern Bank has deployed a variety of additional money management features including remote deposit capture (RDC) and P2P transfer.

“Mobile-based money movement features like PicturePay, RDC, A2A, and P2P are growing in demand and popularity,” Malauzai CPO Robb Gaynor said, “whatever we can do to help our customers like Southern Bank have access to the latest innovations and stay competitive, we fully support.”

Malauzai’s PicturePay technology was developed in collaboration with Allied Payment. The technology was designed to serve as a stand-alone mobile billpay solution that is mobile banking provider agnostic. PictuePay is compatible with any core banking system or mobile platform and requires no technology integration.

“The simplicity of Picture Pay makes it ideal as a stand-alone application that runs separately from a bank or credit union’s current mobile banking app,” Allied Payment Network president Ralph Marcuccilli said. “We have received a tremendous response to the Picture Pay product offering and wanted to accommodate these institutions quickly without waiting for other mobile vendors to develop their own product.”

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Malauzai Software demonstrated its Conversational Banking for Businesses solution at FinovateFall 2017. Also this fall, the company announced that Somerset Trust would extend its deployment of the MalauzaiOne digital banking platform to retail customers. Colorado’s Public Service Credit Union (PSCU), with more than $2.3 billion in assets, completed its rollout of MalauzaiOne in August. And earlier this year, the company collaborated with payment processing giant Vantiv to introduce a youth spending solution called Family Manager: SmartKid Control.

With more than $24 million in funding, Malauzai includes Wellington Management and Live Oak Banking Company among its investors. The company was founded by Danny Piangerelli (CTO) and Tom Shen (CEO and Chairman of the Board).

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Ripple Establishes Infrastructure Innovation Initiative.
  • Southern Bank Leverages PicturePay from Malauzai to Offer Digital Payment Service.

Around the web

  • Credit Karma announces former Renew Financial president Gannesh Bharadhwaj as general manager of credit cards.
  • Payworks extends partnership with Verifone.
  • Bluefin issues first Japanese patent for creating fingerprints for encryption devices.
  • RealtyMogul hires Soley Van Lokeren as its first Chief People 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.

Somerset Trust Leverages MalauzaiOne to Bring Digital Banking to Business Customers

Courtesy of its partnership with Malauzai, Somerset Trust Company is extending its digital banking service to its business customers. The West Pennsylvania-based community bank will use the same MalauzaiOne digital banking platform it rolled out to retail customers last year, giving business users digital access to their accounts and easier ways to manage payments and receivables.

“The response to our digital banking offerings from our retail customers has been tremendous,” Somerset Bank COO John Gill said. He credited the alliance with Malauzai for giving the bank the ability to “design a cutting-edge banking solution that both our retail and business customers can use interchangeably and seamlessly.” Somerset Bank’s deployment of Malauzai’s technology for retail users was recognized by the inaugural Best of FinXTech Awards, sponsored by Bank Director.

In his statement, Malauzai Chief Product Officer Robb Gaynor highlighted this same advantage of using a single platform for both retail and business banking. “It is great to see banks like Somerset benefit from what Malauzai’s single platform delivers: better engagement with customers, less complexity in their back office and ultimately much lower costs to support the digital channels.”

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Malauzai demonstrated its Conversational Banking for Businesses at FinovateFall 2017 (demo video available soon). The company has more than 425 customers using its technology and more than 800,000 active end users. In August, Malauzai added the Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) with more than $2.3 billion in assets and 219,000 members to the list of FIs using MalauzaiOne Digital Banking. Back in May, Malauzai’s partnership with fellow Finovate alums OnDot and Vantiv enabled Vantiv to launch a youth spending solution called Family Manager: SmartKid Control.

Malauzai has raised more than $25 million in funding and includes Live Oak Banking Company and Wellington Management among its investors. Tom Shen is CEO.