Finovate Alumni News


  • Credit Karma Teams with American Express to Offer Advance Tax Refund.
  • Insuritas Launches i-Insure Platform with 42 P&C Carriers.
  • Finova Financial’s New Fundraising Process Leverages Cryptocurrency to Serve Non-Accredited Investors.

Around the web

  • interviews BRIDGEi2i Analytics Co-founder and CTO Pritam Kanti Paul.
  • Entrepreneur names Kabbage, Cardlytics, BlueVine among top 360 best entrepreneurial companies in America.
  • launches Accountant Partner Program.
  • Global Debt Registry earns spot in IBM mentoring program for blockchain app developers.
  • Moven founder and CEO Brett King discusses the AI race between China and the U.S. on CNBC’s Closing Bell.
  • Wall Street Journal leverages Quid to spot fraudulent entries on FCC website during net neutrality debate.

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


  • TrueAccord Lands $22 Million to Humanize Debt Collection
  • Rising in the East: Asian Fintech Startups Shine in Showcase
  • BOKU to Raise $60 Million Ahead of London IPO

Around the web

  • UBS Card Center leverages AI technology from FICO to lower fraud write-offs.
  • D3 Banking adds new payment options, flexible card controls to its digital banking platform.
  • Thomson Reuters introduces new set of MiFID II reference data capabilities available on its data and analytics platform, DataScope.
  • Prosper Reports Third Quarter Growth; Closes $1.5 Billion of Securitizations in 2017
  • AngelList picks Quid as a top machine learning company.
  • Lighter Capital partners with Intuit to launch $15M fund for QuickBooks developers.
  • Blackhawk Network Expands Partnership with eBay to Provide B2B Gift Card Solutions

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


  • HotDocs Integrates with Data Management Solutions Provider, Advologix.

Around the web

  • iSignthis to gain from proposed bill to strengthen Australia’s AML laws.
  • Alkami Adds Adrianne Court as New Chief Human Resources Officer.
  • TransferWise brings its Borderless Accounts to Canada.
  • Quid unveils new platform redesign.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions launches upgrades to existing lending solutions; launches CL Portal.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Quid Unveils New Data Visualization Solution, Opus


San Francisco data-visualization specialist—a Finovate Best of Show winnerQuid has launched a new solution to help make big data a little easier to manage. Opus, introduced this week, enables anyone to turn text-based data into colorful visualizations that make it simpler to spot patterns and relationships among ideas, themes, and concepts.

With Opus, organizations can take a wide variety of unstructured data, from online forums and survey responses to corporate filings and call center transcripts, and turn it into what Quid calls “interactive visual maps.” These maps make patterns in data easier to discern, enabling deeper insights and faster decision-making. The technology, which leverages big data, natural language processing, and network science, is available for free for Quid customers.


“Imagine seeing, at scale, everything your customers, prospects, competitors, and employees are talking about,” a video introduction to the technology intoned, before delving into a sample case study using Opus to analyze more than 300 reviews of a Nissan car dealership. In addition to spotting patterns in comments related to topics like “salespeople” or “cleanliness,” Opus uses a sentiment layer to reveal emotional attitudes expressed in the language of the reviews. All data uploaded to Opus for analysis is stored securely and is only available to the client. Quid will host a free webinar about using Opus on Tuesday, 13 December.

Founded in 2010 and based in San Francisco, Quid demonstrated Opus at FinovateSpring 2016, earning a Best of Show award. The company has raised $66 million in funding after a successfully completed, $39 million Series D round in the spring of 2015. This summer, Quid opened its first international office in London as part of the company’s effort to attract European clients and take advantage of the growing London fintech scene.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Finovate Debuts: Daon Brings Security and Convenience to Mobile Authentication”
  • “Quid Unveils New Data Visualization Solution, Opus

Around the web

  • Thomson Reuters partners with FX analytics firm, BestX.
  • Visa announces two-day, digital payments hackathon during 2016 UAE Innovation Week.
  • First Financial Bank chooses Fiserv as new technology partner.
  • FXCM and QuantConnect team up to offer live trading integration.
  • Kontomatik expands to Italy, now the tenth country served by Kontomatik’s banking API.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee unveils incoming 2016-2017 incubator class.
  • The Age reports SocietyOne to start making profits within the next 12 to 18 months.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.


Best of Show Winner Quid to Open London Office


San Francisco-based, text-analytics innovator Quid is opening up its first international offices in London.

Quid CEO Neville Crawley said that London was a “perfect base” to better engage European clients such as Siemens, BCG, and the World Economic Forum. He added that the new location would also help his company “benefit from the ideas, energy and diversity of the London tech scene.” The new offices will be in Shoreditch in London’s East End.


Pictured: Quid Principal Sarah Pilewski demonstrated Opus at FinovateSpring 2016 in San Jose.

Quid specializes in leveraging machine intelligence to read massive amounts of text and then turning that data into interactive visual maps. These maps enable users to better observe and understand patterns and relationships that may have been too difficult to recognize otherwise or too time-consuming and inefficient to try and spot using a manual process.

In her demonstration at FinovateSpring in May, Quid’s Sarah Pilewski called the technology a “platform for understanding complex questions” and used the example of a researcher analyzing the impact of Apple Pay in the retail market. While in the past, work like this would be characterized by what Pilewski called “a room of smart people and a white board” or, more recently, hours of pouring over Google search results. But Quid organizes information based on logical topics which can differentiate a column on the partnership between Apple and Ali Baba from an article on RiteAid’s adoption of ApplePay. This spring Quid previewed its Opus technology, which expands the ability of the platform to analyze and visualize unstructured data from a wide range of sources such as earnings reports, customer feedback, and other text datasets.

Founded in 2010, headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York City, Quid demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2016, taking home Best of Show honors. The company was named to Fast Company’s 2016 Most Innovative Companies list in February, and has been profiled by the San Francisco Business Times and featured on CNBC. Quid counts Intel, Pfizer, and Walmart among its U.S. customers and has raised $66 million in funding.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Best of Show Winner Quid to Open London Office.
  • Reverse Takeover IPO Places ayondo on the Singapore Exchange.
  • Sezzle Scoops Up $500,000 Investment from Brussels-based E-Merge.
  • MX Adds Cash Flow Feature to MoneyDesktop Platform.


  • Markit Agrees to Acquire Prism Valuation.

Around the web

  • Australia’s Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to deploy cloud development platform from IBM.
  • itBit and Euroclear announce plans to use blockchain technology to provide a settlement service for the London gold market.
  • Trulioo expands to South America as part of Canada’s Fintech Mission to Brazil.
  • IBS Intelligence features Yoyo Wallet as startup of the month.
  • Payworks extends Stripe POS integration effort.
  • Trustly opens London office and hires General Manager from Worldpay.

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.

FinovateSpring 2016 Best of Show Winners Announced


Heading into FinovateSpring 2016, we knew that one of the big themes would be the use of video for everything from authentication to improving customer engagement. And it seems like the hundreds of votes cast in our FinovateSpring 2016 Best of Show awards saw it the same way. Of the six Best of Show trophies awarded on Wednesday afternoon, two went to companies—SaleMove and Silver6that are helping to make visual technology a bigger part of fintech innovation.

In fact, the more we think about it, the more we see how Best of Show award winner Quid—with its interactive maps that help businesses better navigate big data—is part of this larger trend toward leveraging the visual. Whether to better connect customers and clients with merchants and advisers, or to help make data more accessible and actionable, when it comes to fintech innovation, the “eyes” have it.

Our Best of Show voters were also impressed by the way innovators are using technology to solve the challenges of refugee populations and the underbanked (BanQu); the cash-flow struggles of working families (PayActiv); and even to help middle-class investors better track their finances across peer lending platforms (LendingRobot). This year’s Best of Show vote is real testament to both the diversity and social engagement that defines fintech in 2016. And truth told, it is a beautiful thing to see.

So let’s take a closer look at the award winners for Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2016 (in alphabetic order):

BanQu - true vector copyBanQu for its blockchain-based identity platform that enables financial inclusion and empowers the underbanked to join the global economy.



LendingRobot copyLendingRobot for its dashboard that helps investors track investments across peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper.


PayActiv Logos CMYKPayActiv for its real-world alternative to payday loans that gives workers access to earned but unpaid wages.


Quid copyQuid for its web-based intelligence platform that leverages big data analytics, natural language processing, and network science to turn data searches into visual explorations.


SaleMoveSaleMove for its engagement platform that creates high-touch customer interactions using video, voice, and chat.


Silver6 copySilver6 for its financial video platform that enables businesses to use video personalization to provide custom communications.


We hope you enjoyed FinovateSpring 2016. We had a great time hosting this year’s event and are already looking forward to our return to San Jose next year. Many thanks to all those who supported, attended, sponsored, partnered with, and demoed their latest and greatest innovations live on stage. We’ll see you again in 2017!

Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The six companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from FinovateEurope 2015 are here. Best of Show winners from FinovateSpring 2015 are here. Best of Show winners from FinovateFall 2015 are here. Best of Show winners from FinovateEurope 2016 are here.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Quid


FS2016-wdateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500+ fintech professionals on May 10 & 11. Register today.

Quid is radically changing how you interact with information, turning a simple search into a profound, visual exploration of your data.


  • Users have access to integrated global data sources
  • Users can visualize and explore any textual data stream to gain insights
  • Users can upload and visualize custom data


Quid_LowellDoppeltLowell Doppelt, VP of Sales
Doppelt brings a decade of strategic decision-making expertise to Quid from both the public and private sectors. Before Quid, he served financial services clients at McKinsey & Co.



Quid_SarahPilewski2Sarah Pilewski, Principal
Pilewski is an early member of the Quid team, and principal of Quid’s Financial Services practice. Prior to Quid, she worked in private equity and strategy consulting.