Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Scalable Capital Raises $33 Million in BlackRock-Led Series B.

Around the web

  • TSYS reups payments partnership with Tesco Bank.
  • Payoneer expands to the U.K., opening new office in London.
  • Zopa launches IFISA for tax free interest on up to £20,000 of their P2P investments.
  • ACI Worldwide to power Pan-European faster online payments.
  • PYMNTS talks with WePay Co-Founder Rich Aberman.

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.

Six Alums Earn a Spot on on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List

CNBC released its 2017 collection of 50 disruptive tech companies today. The fifth annual list names private companies “whose innovations are changing the world” and meet additional criteria according to CNBC’s methodology.

The list, which boasts 31 unicorns, includes household names such as Airbnb, Uber, and SpaceX. The 50 companies have an aggregate market valuation of $239 billion, and almost 20% of the list consists of fintech companies, six of which are Finovate and/or FinDEVr alums.

Trulioo
Identity verification specialist for AML/ KYC compliance
Rank: 37
Launched: 2011
Funding: $23.3 million
Showcased GlobalGateway at FinovateFall 2016

Payoneer
Global mass payout service platform
Rank: 40
Launched: 2005
Funding: $234 million
Debuted the Payoneer Commercial Account at FinovateAsia 2013

SoFi
A unique, online lending company that prides itself on social finance
Rank: 45
Launched: 2011
Funding: $1.9 billion
Presented its use of Quovo’s authentication API at FinDEVr New York 2017

Persado
Automated marketing messaging company
Rank: 48
Launched: 2012
Funding: $66 million
Debuted PersadoGo at FinovateEurope 2016

Quid
Offers unstructured data analysis
Rank: 50
Launched: 2010
Funding: $56.2 million
Demoed Opus at FinovateSpring 2016

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out sneak peeks from FinovateSpring demoing companies SpeechPRO, CallVU, ACH AlertnanoPay DefenseStorm, and SuperMoney.
  • InComm Partners with WeChat Pay Parent Tencent.

Around the web

  • PYMNTS.com looks at Payoneer and escrow service as a way to support B2B payments.
  • SelfScore launches Achieve Card to provide international students with access to credit.
  • New service from Azimo enables money transfers with just a phone number.
  • PYMNTS profiles LendUp’s target market focus.
  • Loan validation firm Global Debt Registry Adds Prosper to Network.
  • DemystData celebrates its one-year anniversary in Singapore by expanding its offices.
  • EyeLock receives patent for sequentially linking iris matching with facial imaging.
  • Wired gets into the algorithmic brains of Quantopian.

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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On FinDEVr.com

  • Payoneer Launches Cross-Border, Mass Payment APIs.

Alumni updates

  • FinDEVr veteran Hyperwallet adds former SecureNet Payments EVP, Mark Engels, as Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Best of Show winner AutoGravity forges new partnership with Westlake Financial Services to expand financing options for car shoppers.
  • The Paypers interviews Nicole Mantow, General Manager of EVO Payments, parent company of FinDEVr veteran, EVO Snap.
  • PayPal Acquires TIO Networks in $230 Million Deal.
  • Thomson Reuters Labs’ latest data science lab opens in Singapore.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems powers payment processing solution for ticketing and ecommerce platform, AudienceView.
  • Mitek to provide AML and KYC compliance technology for European blockchain firm, Nocks.
  • AutoGravity Earns Multi-Million Euro Investment from Daimler.
  • Northern California’s Kaiperm Diablo FCU to deploy core banking technology from NYMBUS.
  • Arxan launches Arxan Application Protection for JavaScript to protect JavaScript-based applications.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AutoGravity Earns Multi-Million Euro Investment from Daimler.
  • Roostify to Power Self-Serve Mortgage Platform for Chase Bank.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Payoneer Launches Cross-Border, Mass Payment APIs

Around the web

  • Northern California’s Kaiperm Diablo FCU to deploy core banking technology from NYMBUS.
  • Shopkeep integrates its POS technology with First Data’s Clover platform in extension of current partnership.
  • Arxan launches Arxan Application Protection for JavaScript to protect JavaScript-based applications.
  • CuBroadcast interviews CUneXus CEO Dave Buerger.

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.

Forecasting Fintech for 2017

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It takes more than just one crystal ball to discern which trends will drive fintech innovation in 2017. To this end, here’s a roundup of predictions and prognostications on what the new year will bring in everything from artificial intelligence and the blockchain to payments and banking for the underbanked.

  • Banking ‘Disappears’ and Other Fintech Predictions for ’17 – American Banker
    • Hot Take: “Whether it’s through IoT devices, fintech platforms, virtual assistants or chatbots, people will likely spend more time connecting to their money through such channels and less time directly interacting with their banks.”
  • 3 Key Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Banking.com
    • Hot Take: “As much as 80 percent of the (African) continent is unbanked and up to 90 percent of retail payments are made using cash. This opens the door for fintech players to target consumers and workers who do not have access to traditional banking. Because of this banking gap, it is likely that some countries will entirely skip one generation of payment types (e.g. cards and start building a more innovative, mobile-drive(n) payments infrastructure.”
  • 11 Fintech Trends You Need to Follow – The Finanser
    • Hot Take: “According to EY, China has now taken the lead as the #1 fintech market in the world. Organizations should be looking east for business model innovations that can drive new revenues and sources of profit. New business models, such as Ant Financial and WeBank services, will start influencing fintech in the U.S. and Europe, as they are driven by mobile money services.”
  • Top 10 Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Daily Fintech
    • Hot Take: “Bitcoin moves from its Darknet phase (illegal) to the early adopter Clearnet phase. This is when legitimate people charge in Bitcoin for legal transactions. This will start with cross border digital products. Because this brings new bitcoins into ‘circulation’ with owners who also then want to pay in bitcoin, this starts a sustainable move to mainstream use which supports the price.”
  • Five fintech trends for 2017 – bobsguide
    • Hot Take: “Innovation in artificial intelligence is set to increase in 2017. AI will provide business users with access to powerful insights before they are available to them. This will be done through the use of cognitive interfaces in complex systems, advanced analytics, and machine learning technology.”
  • Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Crowdfund Insider
    • Hot Take: “The rebirth of trust is upon us with the advent of distributed ledger. Many issues such as fraud, verification of true ownership, clearance of multi-party transactions and chain-of-events are easily solvable. Insiders have been calling the distributed database, ‘The New Internet.'”
  • Fintech Predictions for 2017 – TechCrunch
    • Hot Take: “2016 brought rocky times for some FinTech lenders, especially in the first half of the year, but through the tumult came maturity. The complexity and challenges of running capital intensive businesses in a highly regulated industry was never more real than 2016, but the top platform weathered the storm, and most are long-term stronger for it. 2017 will continue to be the year where the top players pull away from the pack. At the beginning of 2016, there were an estimated 400+ fintech lenders in the U.S. – in 2017, I expected the supermajority of the lending to come from just 10 or so platforms.”

Fintech 2017 – The Roundtables

  • Fintech: What’s Next? – Breaking Banks
    • Brett King, Moven (F16); Chris Skinner, The Finanser; Jim Marous, The Financial Brand; Dave Birch, Consult Hyperion; Ghela Boscovich, FemTech Leaders; and Penny Crosman, American Banker
  • Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Fintech Insider
    • David M. Brear, 11FS; Chris Skinner; Jason Bates, 11FS; Simon Taylor, 11FS; David Birch; Ben Brabyn, Level3
  • Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2017 – The Financial Brand
    • Last, but not least, this 90+ page report features insights from a panel of more than 100 global financial service leaders from around the world. Includes Don Bergal, Avoka (F16, FD16); Mike Carter, D3 Banking (F15); Scarlett Sieber, Shamir Karkal, Teppo Paavola, Maria Jose Jorda Garcia, BBVA (F13, FD16); Jon Ogden, MX (F16, FD16); Frank Schwab, Sberbank (F16); Sophie Guibaud, Fidor (F11, FD16); Matthew Wilcox and Deva Annamalai, Fiserv (F16); Bob Legters, FIS (F16); John Waupsh; Kasasa (as BancVue F09); Jelmer de Jong, Backbase (F16).

“F” refers to the company’s most recent Finovate conference appearance. “FD” refers to the company’s most recent presentation at our developer’s conference, FinDEVr. Find out more about our upcoming events FinovateEurope in February and FinDEVR New York in March.

H2 Ventures and KPMG Unveil 2016 Fintech 100

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H2 Ventures and KPMG have released their Fintech 100 roster for 2016. Divided equally between 50 “industry leaders” and 50 “emerging stars,” the roster features 17 Finovate/FinDEVr alums in the first category, and 10 in the second. Calling its roster a “celebration” of the most compelling innovators in this “bold new space,” the H2 Ventures/KPMG 2016 Fintech 100 covers a variety of different shades of fintech:

  • Lending (32 companies)
  • Payments (18 companies)
  • Insurance (12 companies)
  • RegTech (9 companies)
  • Data & analytics (7 companies)
  • Wealth management (6 companies)
  • Blockchain (5 companies)
  • Digital currency (5 companies)
  • Capital markets (3 companies)
  • Crowdfunding (2 companies)
  • Accounting (1 company)

And here is a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums fared. Earning recognition among the companies in the Leading 50 group are:

Also noteworthy in the Leading 50 are Ant Financial, which acquired Best of Show-winning EyeVerify in September 2016, and Avant, which acquired Finovate alum ReadyForZero in the spring of 2015.

Additionally, Finovate/FinDEVr alums earning spots in the Fintech 100’s 50 Emerging Stars roster were:

The H2 Ventures/KPMG report includes a geographic breakdown of the 2016 Fintech 100, as well as a set of key takeaways such as increased geographic diversification, the return of lending, the continued ascent of Insurtech, and the appearance of RegTech. The report also notes that China now has four out of the top five companies in the report’s top 10, and eight companies in the top 50. The report says funding for fintech “continues to rise,” and its authors cite more than $14 billion in capital was raised by the Fintech 100 in the past year.

Payoneer Closes $180 Million Series E Round

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Global mass payout services provider Payoneer announced a $180 million round of funding today. The Series E round is from Technology Crossover Ventures, the same firm that has backed Facebook, Netflix, and Spotify.

This new round doubles the New York-based company’s previous funding amount, bringing its new total to $270 million. Payoneer CEO Scott Galit said the company will use the funds for further expansion, as Payoneer receives 250,000 business applications per month. While Galit would not comment on Payoneer’s valuation, Business Insider estimates that it is “likely in the billions.”

Payoneer has 800 employees across the globe; it recently opened offices in India, Japan, and the Philippines. According to TechCrunch, today’s round is the company’s last before it will begin seeking an IPO.

At FinovateAsia 2013, Payoneer launched a commercial account that offers businesses the ability to receive funds from a global network. Payoneer’s money-transfer solutions process “many billions of dollars a year” in 150 currencies for small businesses and professionals. The money-transfer solutions enable clients to withdraw the money at their local bank account in their own currency. The company also facilitates mass payouts for businesses looking to transfer money internationally, a service that supports companies such as Newegg, Airbnb, and Fiverr.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • Payoneer Closes $180 Million Series E Round
  • Finovate Alums Earn Spots in FinTech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch”

Around the web

  • IBM announces $200 million investment in its Watson IoT business in Munich. See IBM at FinDEVr Silicon Valley, October 18 & 19.
  • Novum Bank chooses Netverify from Jumio to speed client onboarding. Be sure to check out our recent interview with Jumio CEO Stephen Stuut.
  • Thomson Reuters launches ONESOURCE InDirect Tax Development Partner Program.
  • Top Image Systems wins $450,000 deal with U.S. government to deploy eFLOW.
  • BankNXT interviews Dwolla’s Jordan Lampe about real-time ACH.
  • PaySimple introduces an online store built specifically for service providers.

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

  • CrowdFlower Brings AI to Business Processes via Partnership with Microsoft
  • Fintech Trending: Bots Break Out, AI Gets Personal, and Blockchain Buys the Farm
  • SocietyOne Strikes Up Partnership with Beyond Bank, Reeling in $1.5 Million

Around the web

  • Payoneer to facilitate cross-border payments for e-commerce marketplace, Rakuten, in new partnership.
  • eWise unveils its new financial transaction Categorization-as-a-Service (CaaS) API for FIs.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Swych CEO Deepak Jain. See video of Swych’s Best of Show winning performance at FinovateFall.
  • Bank of America, Santander, and the Royal Bank of Canada to form global blockchain payments network with distributed ledger technology from Ripple.
  • Azimo’s Facebook Messenger bot is now live.
  • Project Juno highlights Featurespace in its European Machine Intelligence Landscape.
  • Larky partners with Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD).

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.