Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Ayondo Opens Offices in Barcelona and Madrid

Around the web

  • Financial Times profiles Avi Turgeman, founder of BioCatch.
  • Metro Bank to deploy workforce management technology from NICE.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews OneVisage founder, Christophe Remillet.
  • Darwinex reveals winners of its DarwinIA Trading Challenge.
  • Synergix features CashSentinel (in French).
  • Siam Commercial Bank deploys Ripple technology for cross-border payments between Japan and Thailand.

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.

 

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.

Algomi

AutoGravity

Avalara

Behalf

Betterment

Blend

Chain

Coinbase

Credit Karma

Currencycloud

CurrencyFair

Fenergo

Financeit

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Juvo

Kabbage

Kensho

Kreditech

Klarna

LendUp

Moneytree

PayNearMe

Payoneer

Personal Capital

Plaid

Quantopian

Quovo

Revolut

Ripple Labs

Roostify

Signifyd

SocietyOne

Socure

Tink

Token

Tradeshift

Transferwise

TrueAccord

Trulioo

VATBox

Wealthfront

Xignite

Zooz

Zopa

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • FutureVault Partners with BlueRock Wealth Management.

Around the web

  • Fiserv to enhance digital banking strategy for Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union.
  • American Banker profiles Ripple’s strategy to partner with– and compete with — banks.
  • U.S. News profiles PayNearMe as a tool to help consumers shop online without a credit card
  • Revolut launches business accounts in U.K. and Europe to complete with Transferwise
  • FICO launches new fraud solution to identify the source of compromised cards faster

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.

Blockchain – a Revolution for the Patient

Written by Lisa Moyle, Director of Strategy, Finovate

The excitement surrounding blockchain or the somewhat less jazzy sounding Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT – in all its forms and incarnations) has been much discussed and taken up many column inches over the past few years. The conversations around the potential of the technology to upend entrenched processes has extended well beyond financial services and use cases have been explored across a broad range of industries – from music and entertainment copyrights to the provenance of organic coffee beans. And what has followed, more recently, is the almost inevitable questioning of whether it’s all been overly hyped. A recent estimate from Gartner indicates that 90% of enterprise blockchain projects launched in 2016 and the first half of 2017 will fail within two years.

“Most revolutions occur over time rather than in a high profile moment and whilst commentators may be impatient for results, there is a lot of activity going on,” Lisa Moyle, Director of Strategy, Finovate

Operating from the assumption that the broad range of stakeholders involved haven’t collectively lost the plot or the ability to apply an economic calculus to an assessment of technology, interest is clearly being propelled by some powerful drivers. The potential to make significant cost savings, streamline processes and create more secure and, indeed, tamper proof systems, are powerful incentives to explore and invest in use cases and proof of concepts. High levels of failure are not therefore a signal that the technology has a weak use case but rather that interest remains high and the potential rewards considerable.

Given JP Morgan’s recent exit from R3, following other large players like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley last year, it is easy to yearn for the tangible and believe that the ‘trial’ stage will continue for the foreseeable future. Yet, we need to follow the practical implementations that are happening and there are a good many examples across financial services.

“Identity is an area where DLT is being explored by many financial institutions in partnership with start-ups,” Lisa Moyle, Director of Strategy, Finovate

Ripple [FS13] has recently added 11 new banking members to its network and now has 75 bank customers using its Interledger protocol. Whilst still far off from overtaking Swift’s 11,000 member banks, it is creating the standards for financial institutions to follow and use DLT. Creating a new process in a new institution is likely to be far easier than attempting to get agreement on changing incumbent processes from 11,000 members. Enabling financial institutions to connect to payment networks and distributed ledger technology to send and settle international payments among one another in almost real time presents a powerful alternative to the current model.

Identity is also an area where DLT is being explored by many financial institutions in partnership with start-ups. SecureKey [FF12], for example, is creating an identity and authentication network underpinned by DLT. It has signed up a number of financial services institutions to its network and received grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security in the US. There are many start-ups operating in the Identity space and beyond (think KYC/AML), harnessing blockchain technology to provide RegTech solutions to the financial services industry where the opportunity to cut costs and provide more robust regulatory compliance is enormous. Regulators at the national, supranational and international levels have taken notice and are compounding interest rapidly.

“Central to the potentially transformative potential of DLT technology is not simply to replace old tech with new but to fundamentally change processes in ways that have not yet even been formulated,” Lisa Moyle, Director of Strategy, Finovate

Looking at a newcomer, blockchain based start-up banki Humaniq, which is targeting the unbanked across emerging markets though a mobile app, recently received investment from Deloitte. It also raised funding through an Initial Coin Offering. Included in its ambitious objectives to harness the blockchain for good to meet the needs of unserved communities are to leverage biometric, voice and location technologies to overcome the hurdles of a customer base who often lack conventional identity proofs.

Big tech is also forging ahead with the creation of blockchain products and services and with both IBM and Microsoft creating blockchain-as-a-service applications for businesses, one can assume that DLT technologies are no flash in the pan. It takes time to work through both the use cases and practical implementation of new technologies; legacy technology cannot be simply replaced in short order. Central to the potentially transformative potential of DLT technology is not simply to replace old tech with new but to fundamentally change processes in ways that have not yet even been formulated. Most revolutions occur over time rather than in a high profile moment and whilst commentators may be impatient for results, there is a lot of activity going on.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Twitter Talk: The Top Tweets from FinovateSpring 2017
  • FinDEVr Alum Quovo Raises $10 Million

Around the web

  • TransferWise unveils new APAC hub in Singapore.
  • Temenos adds open banking, PSD2-based services to its MarketPlace initiative.
  • Ten FIs join Ripple’s cross-border, blockchain network.
  • Prival Bank of Panama to deploy Temenos’ core banking solution, T24.
  • Qumram wins “Best RegTech Company” in 2017 FinTech Breakthrough Awards.
  • Pendo Systems completes first full deployment of the Pendo Data Platform and receives certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise.
  • Trulioo adds new Canadian data sources to its GlobalGateway verification technology.
  • Jay Shah promoted to CEO of Personal Capital
  • Xero awarded the Best Overall Fintech Platform by the Fintech Breakthrough Awards.
  • Jumio wins Best Fraud Prevention Platform Category in 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

  • Coinbase Launches Open Source Ethereum Wallet to Promote Financial Inclusion.

Around the web

  • Expensify partners with TravelPerk to make business travel easier.
  • Bento for Business welcomes Lou Friedmann as Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Featurespace’s ARIC platform to power fraud prevention for GoHenry.
  • BBVA and Ripple complete blockchain cross-border money transfer pilot.
  •  Larky to power location-based perks platform for Sharetec’s CU clients.
  • Icon Solutions enhances Instant Payments Framework (IPF) to connect to The Clearing House for US Real-Time Payments.
  • Walletron helps Transactis grow its electronic billing and payments service, BillerIQ.
  • NICE Actimize unveils new, cloud-based, fraud analytics optimization technology, ActimizeWatch.
  • Global financial services firm chooses Mobile Verify and Mobile Fill from Mitek.
  • IBS Sales League recognizes Temenos as “number one best-selling digital and channels solution” worldwide.
  • Algomi teams up with OpenFin to deploy software updates faster.

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

  • Take a look at our latest FinovateSpring Sneak Peeks featuring Microblink, HotDocs, Lleida.net and SATEC, Capsilon, RFM, and TALK Accounting.

Around the web

  • Private bank Julius Baer teams up with CREALOGIX for new mobile banking solution.
  • Ripple hires SWIFT business director Marjan Delatinne as new sales director for Europe.
  • Former Kabbage CTO Amala Duggirala joins Regions Bank as its new CIO.

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

Around the web

  • Tyfone Named Top 10 Mobile Banking Solution Provider for Third Consecutive Year by Banking CIO Outlook.
  • American Banker: Coinbase granted N.Y. approval to offer ether trades.
  • Citi takes API developer hub to Hong Kong.
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to join Ripple’s Global Payments Steering Group.

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

  • Celebrate the Start of Spring with the Return of FinDEVr New York.
  • Sentifi Brings Market Insights from Social Media to Bombay Stock Exchange.

Around the web

  • SecureKey and IBM team up to develop digital identity and attribute sharing network using blockchain technology.
  • MarketInvoice announces Zopa co-founder and former CEO Giles Andrews as new board chairman.
  • Ripple joins Bank of England fintech accelerator program to demo blockchain solutions for cross-border payment and settlement.

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 FinDEVr.com

Around the web

  • Barclaycard adds free Uber ride as reward for loyal cardholders. See Barclaycard next week at FinDEVr New York.
  • Revolut teams up with Lending Works to deliver lower-cost loans.
  • Geezeo powers new financial wellness solution from Jack Henry & Associates, JHA Online Financial Manager.
  • Partnership with BBVA marks Fenergo’s expansion into Spain.
  • Ripple launches cost model to help banks estimate their cross border payment costs.
  • EarlyBird unveils new SmartTracks to enable investment banks, hedge funds to better track European news on Twitter.

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.