Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright: Revolut Raises $66 Million Series B.
  • Finicity Inks Data Sharing Deal with JPMorgan Chase.
  • Fintech 71 Accelerator Application Deadline Less Than One Week Away.

Around the web

  • Forrester names Backbase a leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud earns Fin5ive Payments Award at BankTech Asia.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews SecureKey CIO Andre Boysen.
  • Finland-based Aktia goes live with T24 core banking system from Temenos.
  • FICO enables identification of fourth party risks with new Security Score upgrade.
  • iSignthis subsidiary iSignthis eMoney teams up with Worldline to provide Paydentity services in EU.
  • CashStar adds real-time card activation, improved security, and streamlined ordering in new platform upgrade.
  • Dream Payments opens Centre of Excellence in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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 Alums Populate RegTech Top 100 Power List

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Call it them the Finovate Fifth.

Nearly 20 of the companies highlighted in Planet Compliance’s new RegTech Top 100 Power list – and five of the top ten – are Finovate and/or FinDEVr alums. To measure “power”, Planet Compliance used an algorithm that measured a company’s activity in the media, as well as online and in social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Wikipedia.

Interestingly, Planet Compliance says it has added a “secret ingredient” to the ranking system. It is also worth noting that their definition of RegTech is broad enough to include not just ID verification/authentications specialists, but biometric security innovators, as well.

So let’s take a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums stacked up.

(1) Temenos (FE15, FD15)

  • Founded 1993. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Market capitalization of $5.63 billion.

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Pictured: Aaron Phethean, Marketplace Director for Temenos B2B Financial Services Marketplace, during his FinDEVr Silicon Valley presentation.

(3) Trulioo (FF16, FD14)

  • Founded in 2011. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Raised $23 million in funding.

(5) Qumram (FF16)

  • Founded in 2011. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Raised $4.5 million in funding.

(8) Socure (FF15)

  • Founded in 2012. Headquartered in New York, New York. Raised $18 million in funding.

(10) Feedzai (FE14)

  • Founded in 2009. Headquartered in San Mateo, California. Raised $26 million in funding.

(11) Ayasdi (FF14)

  • Founded in 2008. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Raised $106 million in funding.

(18) NetGuardians SA (FA16)

  • Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Vaud, Switzerland. Raised $5.5 million in funding.

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Pictured: Mine Fornerod, Net Guardians Digital Marketing Manager, demonstrating FraudGuardian at FinovateAsia 2016.

(19) BioCatch (FF14)

  • Founded in 2011. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. Raised $11.6 million in funding.

(34) Investglass (FA16)

  • Founded in 2014. Headquartered in Plan-les-ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. Raised $100,000 in funding.

(38) Mitek (FE17, FD15)

  • Founded in 1985. Headquartered in San Diego, California. Market capitalization of $218 million.

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Pictured: Sarah Clark (General Manager, Identity, Mitek) demonstrating Mobile Verify at FinovateEurope 2017.

(39) nCino (FE17)

  • Founded in 2012. Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina. Raised $64.7 million in funding.

(45) SecureKey (FF12)

  • Founded in 2008. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised $89 million in funding.

(48) Rippleshot (FF14)

  • Founded in 2012. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Raised $4.6 million in funding.

(63) Trunomi (FE15)

  • Founded in 2014. Headquartered in San Jose, California. Raised $6 million in funding.

(66) BehavioSec (FF15, FD15)

  • Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Raised $8.2 million in funding.

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Pictured: Olov Renberg, BehavioSec COO, demonstrating BehavioSec On Demand at FinovateFall 2015.

(76) DemystData (FA12)

  • Founded in 2010. Headquartered in Singapore. Raised $12 million in funding.

(77) Fenergo (FE12)

  • Founded in 2009. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Raised $80 million in funding.

(84) Trustev (FE14)

  • Founded in 2013. Headquartered in Cork, Ireland. Acquired by TransUnion.

(96) Global Debt Registry (FF14)

  • Founded in 2005. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. Raised $7 million in funding.

Stay tuned for more coverage of RegTech and other growing industries within fintech as we begin previewing the presenters of FinovateSpring 2017. Finovate returns to San Jose on April 26 and 27 for our annual spring conference. Visit our registration page today to save your spot.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finovate Alums Populate RegTech Top 100 Power List.

Around the web

  • Moven announces five-year extension of partnership with TD Bank.
  • PyraMax Bank selects DNA account processing platform from Fiserv. Visit our FinDEVr video archives soon to see Fiserv’s presentation this month from FinDEVr 2017 New York.
  • BBVA and SecureKey among the latest companies to join Hyperledger.
  • E-commerce services from Vantiv achieve Oracle Validate Integration. Video of Vantiv’s FinDEVr 2017 New York presentation will be available soon.
  • Netverify from Jumio to validate customer drivers licenses for mobility app, Free2Move. See Jumio at FinovateSpring 2017 next month.
  • Forrester recognizes FinDEVr newcomer Outsystems as a leader in low-code development platforms. Check back soon for video of Outsystems’ FinDEVr presentation from last week.
  • Trulioo expands coverage to Republic of Korea.
  • DAVO Technologies reaches 1,000-customer milestone for its sales tax platform.
  • Blackhawk Network rebrands incentives division as Hawk Incentives.

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.

SecureKey Wins Funding to Build Blockchain Digital Identity Network

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With the assistance of an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Canadian authentication innovator, SecureKey will develop a digital identity network using blockchain technology. SecureKey will work with the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) to build the network.

Calling the funding “essential” in making a national digital identity ecosystem a reality, SecureKey Chief Identity Officer Andre Boysen emphasized “putting customers first” in a system that “increases both their digital security and privacy.” DIACC president Joni Brennan said investment in digital ID and authentication technology was “critical to enabling Canadian citizens, businesses and governments to capture the full potential of the global economy.”

The digital identity network will enable individuals, organizations, and institutions to connect using trusted log-in credentials. Blockchain technology minimizes the amount of data transferred between parties, providing a “secure blinding infrastructure” Boysen says was key to attracting DHS’s attention. “When paired with the appropriate resources,” he wrote in December at the SecureKey blog, “blockchain has the power to improve the state of digital identity altogether – an opportunity we have recognized and invested in.”

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, SecureKey demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2012. The company announced this week that Affinity Credit Union had become a “trusted sign-in” partner for its SecureKey Concierge program. A member of H2 Ventures and KPMG’s Fintech 100 for 2016, SecureKey has raised $89 million in funding and includes BlueSky Capital, Intel Capital, and Rogers Venture Partners among its many investors.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Switch Announces Early Access to Online Card Account Management Platform.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Excited to see Softjourn at FinDEVr New York on March 21 & 22. Check out our interview with Project Manager Yuriy Kropelnytsky.
  • NYMBUS Scores with $16 Million Investment Led by Home Credit Group.

Around the web

  • Lleida.net wins 20-year European patent for its registered email technology.
  • Savedroid adds money-saving, AI-based algorithm to its personal finance app.
  • Payworks provides SIX Payment Services with mPOS solution, mCashier.
  • Thomson Reuters enhances data analytics platform with ultra high-speed processing of real-time and historical data functionality.
  • France’s PayPlug to deploy ACI PAY.ON Payments Gateway from ACI Worldwide.
  • Entersekt announces original equipment manufacturing agreement with transaction processing specialist, Global Kinetic.
  • Affinity CU becomes “trusted sign-in” partner in SecureKey Concierge.
  • BBVA to leverage mobile accounting opening technology from Oracle Communications.
  • GMC Software awarded the Xplor Application of the Year Award.
  • Striata named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Customer Communication Software.
  • Signifyd joins Salesforce Partner Program.

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.

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.

SecureKey Raises $20 Million in New Funding

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Q. If you are Toronto-based identity and authentication specialist, SecureKey Technologies, what’s a nine-letter word for Canadian FIs commited to improving online security?

A. Investors.

SecureKey announced this week that it picked up $20.6 million ($27 million CAD) in new capital from BMO Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Desjardins, Royal Bank of Canada, and TD. The investment brings SecureKey’s total funding to $89 million and serves as growth capital to support the introduction of SecureKey’s digital identity network.

Greg Wolfond, SecureKey founder and chairman, said the support from “Canada’s largest financial institutions” would help his firm “develop and deliver a national ecosystem that puts consumers first.” Rizwan Khalfan, EVP and chief digital officer for TD, echoed this point and credited SecureKey for leading the way in making it easier for customers to manage their digital assets, as well as for the company’s willingness to work with and receive “substantial input from TD and other banks.” Khalfan added that TD was “uniquely positioned to help shape [SecureKey’s] offering” due to TD’s commitment to security and privacy.

Along with its collaborators, SecureKey anticipates launching its digital identity network in 2017. And with Wolfhound’s return as CEO, the company plans to further drive development of its SecureKey Concierge service, as well. “We want to help put the consumer back in the middle and let them take control of their digital assets, to share what they want, with whom they want, and always with informed consent,” Wolfond said.

Founded in 2008, SecureKey last demoed its technology at FinovateFall 2012. A Best of Show winner from its demo at FinovateFall 2010, SecureKey announced in September that CBIC had joined its authentication service, SecureKey Concierge. In 2015, SecureKey was named to KPMG and H2 Ventures’ Fintech 100.