Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Lendio Brings the Franchising Model to Small Business Lending.
  • Excited to see Symphony Software Foundation at FinDEVr NY March 21 & 22. Check out our interview with Executive Director, Gabriele Columbro.
  • Scotiabank and AlphaPoint Wrap Up Blockchain Trial.

On FinDEVr.com

  • RSVP for FinDEVr’s International Debut.
  • PwC Brings Blockchain PoC to London’s Specialty Insurers.
  • Shwayhat Steps Up: Greenkey Technologies Announces New CEO.

Around the web

  • Vantiv to provide payment processing for Tyndall FCU ($1.3 billion in assets). See Vantiv at FinDEVr New York this month.
  • Scalable Capital recognized as only European startup on CNBC Upstart 25 roster.
  • Wealthify lowers minimum investment to £1.
  • Mambu goes live in the Americas with new offices in Miami and new regional managing director.
  • Trustly processes more than €3 billion in payments in 2016, announces UK expansion.
  • Fiserv Expands Contact and Servicing Center into Florida.
  • Yandex Money brings bankers onboard.
  • D+H Mortgagebot named HW Tech100 winner.

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.

Why PropTech and MortgageTech Are the Future of Fintech

If this is the first time you’ve heard the term proptech, it won’t be the last. Proptech (also known as real estate tech or REtech) and its subset mortgagetech have been around since 2014. Here’s why 2017 is poised to place proptech among the ranks of wealthtech, insurtech, regtech.

This year has already been favorable to mortgagetech and proptech companies. SoFi, for example, is about to close a massive, $500 million round, its competitor LendingHome topped $1 billion in mortgage loan originations last year, and RealtyShares has seen over $300 million raised on its platform. According to CB Insights, since 2012 the real estate technology sector has closed 817 deals worth $6.4 billion. Of that amount, $2.6 billion closed in 2016 alone, which represents a 40% increase from that sector’s funding in 2015.

In the U.S., there are a handful of reasons 2017 will be favorable to real estate. Interest rates are projected to rise for the second time, millennials are starting to buy their first homes, and investors are looking to diversify out of the volatile stock market. On top of all of this, regulations are slated to loosen under the Trump administration, and changing in regulation brings opportunities for innovation.

Players

The broader category of proptech can be broken down into four basic segments.

1- Mortgagetech
These are mostly B2B companies specifically focused on facilitating part of all of the mortgage application process. They do not lend or service the loan.

2- Digital mortgage lending companies
These online lenders facilitate the mortgage application process and service the loan.

3- Real estate investment tech
Companies in this category are focused on the investment aspect of commercial and residential real estate.

4- Pure property plays
These don’t have a fintech angle but play a role in the broader proptech industry. Since this category is out of scope for this blog, this list only encompasses a fraction of companies in this category. Check out CB Insights’ coverage of commercial real estate technology for more.

What’s ahead in 2017

  • Expect to see more mortgagetech-bank partnerships along the lines of Roostify’s recent deal with JP Morgan Chase. As banks try to gain a competitive edge for market share, more established banks will need to leverage mortgagetech offerings.
  • We’ll see more niche alt-lending solutions such as SoFi that facilitate the application process and save borrowers on closing costs.
  • Expect to see more players offering real estate investment technology, coupled with some consolidation in real estate crowdfunding companies.
  • Outside of fintech, we’ll see more platforms aimed at cutting out the middle person, the realtor; and more business models such as Knock and GoldenKey that make the selling process easier.

You don’t have to take my word for it

We posed the question, How do you see proptech/ mortgagetech growing in 2017? to these Finovate alums working in the space. Here’s how they responded:

BhatRajesh Bhat, CEO and cofounder of Roostify:

“We expect to see further widescale adoption of digital mortgage solutions – to the point where one should expect it to be table stakes in 2018. We should also expect to see more players emerge in the space as investors see larger market adoption and validation.”

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 9.52.53 AMLinda Schicktanz, Chief Advisor of CK Mack*:

“If there is one area ripe for fintech innovation, it’s real estate investing. Why put 30% down just to gain massive management headaches when you can now invest in rental cashflow online with very similar returns? Fintech and Real Estate are like peanut butter and jelly, they just go together!”

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 8.30.31 AMNima Ghamsari, cofounder and CEO at Blend:

“There is going to be an explosion in the use of data driving the mortgage process in 2017. Both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have announced their data initiatives toward the end of 2016, and lenders are starting to push consumer financial data aggregation into the core components of their customer experiences. This ties in nicely to the industry-wide push forward to a more digital, end-to-end process that started in 2016.”

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 4.07.54 PMJilliene Helman, CEO at RealtyMogul

“The impact of digital technology on the real estate industry and mortgage technology is still in its infancy, but I see both less experienced and more sophisticated investors, alike, moving toward a process that takes place entirely online. With over $250 million of capital invested and 100,000 registered investors on the platform, RealtyMogul.com is a testament to this change. The more that technology can offer real estate borrowers and lenders transparency, as well as the efficiency of process and convenience, the faster both sides will adapt.”


*Full disclosure: I’m related to Linda Schicktanz. Yup– she’s my mom.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Trunomi Closes $3 Million Seed Round
  • Symbiont Completes Proof of Concept with R3, Credit Suisse, Ipreo
  • Qumram Unveils Compliant WhatsApp Social Media Recording Solution
  • Mastercard Now Allows Developers to Access Suite of APIs through Single Gateway
  • Check out today’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.

Around the web

  • D+H Expands Mortgagebot Platform with MortgagebotMobile.
  • Gusto (fomerly ZenPayroll) now serves 40,000 small businesses.
  • Entersekt and Meniga listed among 100 most promising African fintech companies of 2016.
  • Motif Investing transitions to subscription service; hints at plans to launch roboadviser.

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

  • TransferWise Launches TransferWise for Business to the Public
  • RealtyMogul to Raise $50 Million with New REIT, MogulREIT I

Around the web

  • ACI Worldwide integrates Ethoca Alerts into its UP eCommerce Payments solution.
  • Trulioo announces enhancements to the global AML watchlist capabilities of its GlobalGateway platform.
  • Realty Mogul launches REIT investments.
  • Two credit unions select Fiserv’s OnCU for core account processing.
  • Payoneer releases automated tax-form service to its mass payout offering.
  • D+H brings on 100+ new lenders to its MortgagebotLOS solution after signing reseller agreement with DocMagic in October of 2015.
  • FT.com looks at Quantopian in a feature on DIY algorithmic trading.
  • Jumio VP of Product Philipp Pointner writes about digital ID verification in AltFi News.

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

  • “Finovate Alums Win Leading Vendor Honors from MyPrivateBanking Research”
  • Last Chance for FinovateSpring Early-Bird Tickets… Save $100″
  • “ReadyForZero Acquired by Avant in Cash and Stock Deal”
  • “Wallaby Launches Wise Bread Rewards Maximizer”

Around the web

  • Nomis Solutions announces new partnership with Tangerine.
  • blooom wins Kansas City’s InnovateHER pitch competition.
  • PYMNTS.com MPD CEO Karen Webster interviews Todd Doherty, TSYS senior director of analytics.
  • Tech City highlights TransferWise and Azimo in its look at the remittance industry.
  • GMC Software named Xplor’s Technology of the Year for its Inspire Dynamic Communications solution.
  • “D+H to Buy Payments Firm Fundtech for $1.25 Billion”
  • Google Cloud Platform launches Cloud Console for Android.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and Phoenix Managed Networks partner to provide Bluefin’s Decryptx P2PE Solution to clients of Phoenix Managed Networks.
  • Xero reaches 200,000 customers in Australia.
  • Prosper reaches record loan originations for March, surpasses $3 billion in lending.

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.

Alumni News– August 26, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgACI Worldwide ranks #36 in Apps Run the Cloud’s Top 500 application vendors.
  • Startups.co.uk interviews Michael Kent, CEO and founder of Azimo.
  • TechCrunch profiles Finland-based startup, Holvi.
  • American Banker looks at how banks can use BizEquity’s app that enables small businesses to estimate the value of their company.
  • Wade Arnold, founder of Banno which was sold to Jack Henry & Associates, is 1 of 5 finalists honored in annual Silicon Prairie Awards.
  • SecureKey and Trustonic partner to enable SecureKey’s briidge.net Connect services to work with Trustonic in select mobile devices. Check out SecureKey at FinDEVr this fall.
  • Bank Mutual selects D+H’s Mortgagebot solution for end-to-end mortgage lending.
  • India’s Bank of Maharashtra deploys FIS payment platform.
  • The new Citi Wallet supports digital payments via MasterPass from MasterCard. See the company present at FinDEVr in San Francisco this fall.
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.

Alumni News– August 20, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCUneXus improves loan acceptance by 68% over 2013 for Educational Employees CU.
  • With Simple’s 2.0 mobile app update, users can send paper check payments via mobile.
  • ID Analytics names Daniel Rawlings as Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Essent Guaranty offering lenders access to rate quotes through an interface with D+H’s MortgagebotLOS.
  • ThreatMetrix selected as one of CIOReview100s Most Promising Technology Companies.
  • EyeVerify and Zumigo selected for Wells Fargo’s accelerator.
  • Expensify integrates with Uber’s API to launch SmartRides feature.
  • PayNearMe and SIMI partner to offer cash collection services to US government agencies.
  • Kony launches MobileFabric to Accelerate Speed of Delivering Great Enterprise Mobile Apps.
  • PayPal announces access to its One Touch mobile payment solution. Join PayPal in San Francisco for FinDEVr this fall.
  • Cartera Commerce unveils new website.
  • Wallaby Financial launches CardBase and The Card Guide, opening its credit card database to the public.
  • National Real Estate Investor features Realty Mogul CEO and co-founder, Jilliene Helman.
  • Forex Brokerz talks about the beta release of Darwinex’s social trading platform.
  • peerTransfer tops $1 billion in international education payments, announces 500th client.
  • Bloomberg.com features Venmo, Fiserv’s Popmoney, and Dwolla in column on Millennials and mobile 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– January 28, 2014

  • DailyFinance looks at Kabbage’s “war” on banking.
  • Blackhawk Network powering Mobile Money by T-Mobile.
  • Credit Sesame launches mobile credit dashboard for easy credit and financial monitoring.
  • Actiance launches Alcatraz, a cloud-based archive that combines a focus on context with the traditional requirements of an email archive.
  • New York Bankers Association endorses Gremln.
  • Service2Media unveils version 4.4 of M2Active mobile app development platform.
  • Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand featured in Xconomy column on University of Colorado at Boulder’s New Venture Challenge program.
  • Be sure to check out the latest installment of our FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek series.
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– December 17, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgIn The Capital features Tuition.io’s student loan gift payment feature.
  • First Internet Bank leverages Mortgagebot Enterprise Solution to Win 2013 Online Mortgage Originator Award.
  • Coinbase: SecondMarket’s Bitcoin Investment Trust Amasses $61.1m in 3 Months.
  • TIO Networks to launch a full suite of electronic bill payment services for Gulf Power Company.
  • Realty Mogul CEO Jillene Helman talks about crowdfunding real estate on Bloomberg TV.
  • FIS wins Javelin’s Best in Class Overall Mobile Banking Vendor award for 2013.
  • Kashoo, Mint named among “6 great iOS accounting apps for small business” by Business News Daily.
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– October 10, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBackbase on Track to Expand into UK Market. 
  • Arroweye Solutions launches EMV On-Demand.
  • ICBA Mortgage extends its agreement with D+H Mortgagebot.
  • InComm partners with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service to unveil new GPR card.
  • Digital Insight working with Delta Community CU to offer members digital banking services and solutions.
  • Guardian Analytics announces FraudMAP Connect, real-time collaboration platform & fraud intelligence community.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions launches new mobile money management application and platform, Select Mobile Money.
  • Equifax enhances underwriting decisions for lenders and businesses with release of advanced decisioning attributes.
  • Simple announces new MoneyDrop, instant P2P $$ transfer technology.
  • OnDeck ranked #20 in SellingPower Magazine’s 50 Best Companies to Sell For List.
  • Ven partners ValidSoft to secure virtual currency transactions.
  • SecondMarket CEO explains latest Bitcoin move.
  • Tyfone powers P2P m-payments in BVCU m-banking platform.
  • MasterCard joins Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance in support of innovation in online authentication.
  • Inaugural issue of FIS’s digital magazine FIS InMotion now available.
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.