Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Eight Finovate Alums Join Plug and Play Accelerator’s 2017 Class
  • True Potential Exceeds $7.8 Billion Assets Under Management.

Around the web

  • Zighra Appoints Hari Koduvely As Chief Data Scientist
  • Small businesses name Xero the most-loved accounting software for the third year in a row.
  • Pindrop research scientist Dr. Elie Khoury quoted in Speech Text on the rise of voice biometrics.
  • M1 Finance founder and CEO Brian Barnes talks with U.S. News about getting started as a beginning investor.
  • Chain partners with SIX Swiss Exchange and Nasdaq to build blockchain solutions for OTC structured products.
  • ThreatMetrix adds data discovery and visualization features to its fraud prevention solution, Dynamic Decision Platform.

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

  • Mastercard Adds to Authentication Arsenal with Acquisition of NuData Security.

Around the web

  • Scalable Capital doubles assets in three months.
  • Pindrop’s Security and Authentication Technology Will Be Available With Amazon Connect.
  • HSBC announces fintech partnership with Tradeshift.
  • Xero named a “2017 Top Rated Accounting & Budgeting Software” on TrustRadius.
  • nCino to power commercial lending for Valley National Bank.
  • Iroquois Federal Savings & Loan Association to deploy core processing system from Fiserv.
  • Trustly unveils new solution for recurring payments, Trustly Direct Debit.
  • Braspag announces integration of e-commerce and anti-fraud technology from ACI Worldwide.
  • Mid-office operations automation from Five Degrees, Matrix, goes live at GarantiBank International.
  • New York-based CFCU Community Credit Union taps Insuritas to install full services insurance agency solution.

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

  • Women on the Finovate Stage.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.

Around the web

  • mBank partners with Cloudera to handle its big data processing.
  • Careington Health Products leverages SmartCART platform from Insuritas to deploy advisor services and discount programs.
  • BBVA Compass adds cash-back incentive to stimulate interest in mobile banking app.
  • Fiserv launches Credit Sense, combining credit monitoring with digital banking.
  • Kontomatik nominated at the Dutch FinTech Awards 2017.
  • PayPal partners with Oro ecommerce platform.
  • Arxan Application Protection named Best IoT product at the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
  • Zopa wins Top Consumer Lending Platform at LendIt awards.
  • Pindrop to mitigate call center fraud for Credit union service organization PSCU.
  • Motif jumps on the robo advisor bandwagon.
  • Tradeshift to acquire Capgemini’s IBX Business Network.
  • Linqto and Western Independent Bankers Launch New Apps Store for Banks.

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.

Pindrop Receives Investment from Cisco’s John Chambers

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Phone-based fraud prevention company Pindrop Security received a major endorsement yesterday. The Atlanta-based company announced this week that it has received an investment from John Chambers, Executive Chairman at Cisco. The exact amount is undisclosed, but Chambers stated, “for me it’s sizable.” This marks the company’s fifth round of funding and brings its total raised to more than $123 million.

Also of note, Chambers, along with Andreessen Horowitz General Partner, Martin Casado, have joined Pindrop’s board of directors. Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has also joined as a board observer. Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO and co-founder of Pindrop, described how he plans to leverage the expertise of each new board member:

“John is going to help scale Pindrop to new heights, Marc is helping with our audacious vision, and Martin knows how to create and dominate a market. These three entrepreneurs have all created global ecosystems and will help accelerate our growth and expansion in the voice security and authentication market.”

Pindrop reported these 2016 milestones:

  • Customer base doubled, revenues increased more than 100% year-over-year
  • Clients include eight of the top 10 U.S. banks and two of the top five insurance carriers.
  • Calls protected by Pindrop increased 500% year-over-year.
  • More than 100 employees were added, bringing Pindrop’s total workforce to 255 employees

Founded in 2011, Pindrop debuted its Phoneprinting technology at FinovateFall 2012 in New York. The technology detects 80% of fraudulent calls into call centers and protects “hundreds of millions” of calls annually. In October of 2016, Pindrop announced a partnership with Lloyds Bank, the company’s first customer in Europe.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Pindrop Receives Investment from Cisco’s John Chambers.
  • SecureKey Wins Funding to Build Blockchain Digital Identity Network.

Around the web

  • Wealthify publishes first-year performance data, reporting benchmark-beating returns for customer plans.
  • RealtyMogul.com opens its MogulREIT I fund to IRA investments.
  • Best of Show winner CREALOGIX named one of the “10 Swiss growth champions” by Swiss economic newspapers. [in Swiss]

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.

Pindrop Debuts Phoneprinting Technology with Lloyds Banking Group

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Lloyds Banking Group will be the first European institution to use “phone printing” technology to help fight fraud. The technology comes courtesy of Pindrop Security, which has developed a solution that creates an “audio fingerprint” that makes it easier to spot the kind of unusual behavior that can be the first clue that fraudulent activity is taking place.

“Our Phoneprinting technology is highly resilient and very quickly identifies and analyses a call’s audio to indicate if a caller is suspicious,” says Matt Peachey, Pindrop’s VP and GM International. “This shines a spotlight on fraudulent activity before it becomes an issue—both for the organization and the customer—and also helps ensure a positive customer experience.”

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CEO, CTO, and founder Vijay Balasubramaniyan demonstrated Pindrop’s Fraud Detection System at FinovateFall 2012.

The technology uses 147 unique call features such as location, number history, and call type to defend against many common fraud tactics such as ID spoofing, voice distortion, and social engineering. Lloyds Banking Group will deploy the technology across its Lloyds Bank, Halifax, and Bank of Scotland brands in early 2017. “Protecting our customers, their money and their information is our priority. Investing in ground-breaking technology is just one of the many ways we are able to remain a step ahead of potential fraudsters,” Lloyds Banking Group MD Martin Dodd explained. “Our partnership with Pindrop will enable us to further strengthen our multilayered defenses and allow us to continue to lead the industry in this important area.”

Writing about Lloyds Banking Group for Banking Technology, Antony Peyton noted that the firm has been on a fintech innovation streak of late. At its Bank of Scotland subsidiary, the firm this week unveiled “selfie technology” to enable customers to open current accounts online using their smartphones. CNBC reported that when Lloyds initially trialed Pindrop’s technology, the solution accurately identified fraudulent calls 85% of the time. The success rate has since reached 95%.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Pindrop Security demonstrated its Fraud Detection System at FinovateFall 2012. The company has raised more than $122 million in funding, most recently picking up $75 million in a Series C investment in January. Vijay Balasubramaniyan is CEO, CTO, and founder.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Pindrop Debuts Phoneprinting Technology with Lloyds Banking Group

Around the web

  • Malauzai Software teams up with Guardian Analytics, adding new fraud detection functionality to mobile banking apps.
  • Q2 launches Centrix Dispute Tracking System Fraud Alerts module.
  • UAE Exchange partners with Jumio for identity verification. Read our interview with Jumio CEO Stephen Stuut.
  • Edison TV interviews Martina King, Featurespace CEO, about the company’s ARIC Engine.
  • CoverHound launches CyberPolicy.com to help small businesses protect against cyber attacks.
  • Pendo Systems announces new application for Gainsight and CRM Systems.
  • Yseop to ship Narrative Charts to Information Builders.
  • GuardStreet and WellCard Savings launch products on Insuritas SmartCard insuretech digital platform.
  • Crowdfund Insider reports: Bitbond receives BaFin license.

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

  • “BizEquity, Malauzai Take Top Honors at Bank Director’s FinXTech Awards”
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “Finagraph Picks Up Investment from Moody’s”
  • “Cloud Lending Solutions Launches Asset Leasing Product”

Around the web

  • Vietnam’s Techcombank to support treasury, capital markets operations with FusionCapital from Misys.
  • Top Image Systems partners with TerraQuest to bring content processing to British government agency.
  • American Banker uses data from Pindrop Security to examine call center fraud.
  • Sparkroom wins Gold LeadsCouncil LEADER Award for Most Valuable Tech, and the Silver Award for Best Marketing Agency in Education.
  • Luxoft integrates P2P payment technology to enable IoT Solutions in Rinspeed’s Autonomous Driving Car.
  • Air Europa adds SafetyPay as a payment method.

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

  • Dream Payments Unveils Mobile Merchant Platform for Banks and Acquirers.
  • Blackhawk Network Names Talbott Roche New CEO.
  • Coinbase and Motif Investing Earn Spots on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016 List.

Around the web

  • Fiserv named to Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016.
  • Pindrop launches its comprehensive call center fraud-prevention platform, IVR Anti-Fraud.
  • Sussex County FCU picks Insuritas to deploy new insurance agency solution.
  • iSignthispaydentity KYC service is suitable for use by businesses in the regulated sector of the Isle of Man, a global financial hub.
  • Inc. profiles Sweden’s Klarna and its plans for U.S. expansion.
  • Co-founded by former Check CMO Daniel Kjellen, MovoCash announces $700,000 seed investment.
  • Ingo Money partners with PayPal, adds instant check-splitting.
  • Roostify to integrate with zipLogix to facilitate communication between lenders and realtors.
  • American Banker features SecondMarket.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and Worldnet partner for PCI-validated P2PE on Worldnet’s payment platform.
  • Cachet appoints new Chief Financial Officer Bryan Meier.

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.

Pindrop Raises $75 Million for Phone-printing Authentication

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Voice-fraud prevention and authentication startup Pindrop closed a $75 million funding round. This installment brings the company’s total funding to $122 million since its founding in 2011.

Google Capital, a new investor to the Georgia-based company, led the Series C round. Additional contributors include GV, another new backer, and existing financiers Andreessen Horowitz, IVP, Citi Ventures and Felicis Ventures.

Pindrop works with three of the top-four largest U.S. banks to authenticate their calls using phone-printing technology that analyzes and assigns risk to the caller. The technology helps a bank’s call center answer key questions:

  • Where does the call originate?
  • Is it a trusted number?
  • Does the caller’s voice sound as it should?
  • What device is the caller using?
  • Should the person’s attempt be blocked?

Pindrop will use the new funds to fuel international expansion. The company already has a small office in the United Kingdom, an area in which, according to Fortune, phone-fraud rates are fourfold higher than those in the United States. Pindrop is also in the midst of expanding to Latin America and plans to extend operations into Asia Pacific later this year.

PindropCEOIn a release today, the company notes highlights from 2105:

  • Saved tens of millions of dollars for enterprise customers
  • Tripled revenue in the last year
  • Doubled its customer base in the last year, including adding two of the top-three U.S. banks
  • Protected 360+ million calls

Pindrop CEO Vijay Balasubramaniyan (pictured) debuted the company’s Fraud Detection System at FinovateFall 2012.