Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Socure Raises $14 Million in New Funding
  • BioCatch Partners with LexisNexis to Leverage Data and Analytics for Better Risk Management
  • Colorado’s PSCU Completes Digital Banking Roll Out Powered by Malauzai Software

Around the web

  • Voice collaboration specialist GreenKey wins patent for speech-to-text technology.
  • NCR deploys Windows 10 IoT Enterprise with major European financial institution.
  • IdentityMind Global announces enhancements to its Enterprise Fraud Prevention platform.
  • Vantiv goes live with its cloud payment API, triPOS.
  • Forbes lists SoFi, Credit Karma and Prosper in its list of the 10 biggest fintechs in America.
  • ABN AMRO selects DemystData for Launchpad 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.

Europe’s Got a Brand New Bank as Klarna Earns License

As former Vice President Joe Biden might put it, today’s news that Klarna has been granted a full banking license is truly a BFD.

“Big Fintech Deal,” that is.

“We are now one of Europe’s largest banks with 60 million customers, 70,000 merchants, and working seamlessly across borders,” Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski said (pictured). He called the banking license an “exciting milestone” for the Stockholm, Sweden-based company, in specific, and for the European banking sector, in general. The full banking license was granted by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, Finansinspektionen, and will enable Klarna to provide a range of new services – from payment cards to digital wallets – to consumers throughout the continent. Indeed, TechCruch reported today that as part of the licensing, Klarna will legally change its name to “Klarna Bank” – though it will continue to operate in the market as “Klarna.”

Highlighting the company’s history as a e-commerce innovator and its future as a “consumer-oriented, product driven, and technology intensive bank,” Siemiatkowski trained his sights on retail banking itself. “We will … (provide) solutions that ensure a smooth customer experience, help people streamline their financial lives and continue to support businesses by solving the complexity in handling payments,” he said, adding, “the opportunities are tremendous, it is a thrilling prospect.”

Coverage of the news in The Financial Times notes that Siemiatkowski had planned on making this kind of move for some time. Blaming regulations for helping limit banks’ exposure to the competition that is commonplace in the technology world, Siemiatkowski criticized the way too many banks provide customer service that is both poor and overpriced. Ironically, he suggested that new, disruptor-friendly, regulations might be just the fix that’s needed, saying new rules might “set the right prerequisites for the destruction of that industry.”

Founded in 2005, Klarna demonstrated its after-delivery payment solution at FinovateSpring 2012. Earlier this month the company announced a major new strategic investor, Brightfolk, which acquired shares valued at more than $225 million from existing Klarna shareholders. Brightfolk is held by Anders Holch Povlsen, owner of European fashion company, BESTSELLER, which is a long-time partner of Klarna. In February, the Klarna integrated with Radial’s Payment platform, expanding e-commerce payment options for the company – the same month Klarna announced that it was acquiring German online payment provider, BillPay, from Wonga. Klarna began the year with news that it was teaming up with ASOS Partners, bringing its “pay after delivery” option to consumers in the Nordic region.

With more than $376 million in funding. Klarna is believed to have a valuation of $2.25 billion. The company is among a number of fintech companies in Europe and the U.S. that are pursuing banking licenses to diversify their businesses of late. Online lender SoFi applied for federal deposit insurance earlier this month, one significant step toward launching an digital-only SoFi Bank. And London’s TransferWise unveiled a new “Borderless” foreign exchange account in May that observers believe is part of the company’s goal to more directly challenge banks.

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On FinDEVr.com

  • Trulioo Bolsters Regtech Solution with Mitek Partnership

Alumni updates

  • Trulioo Bolsters Regtech Solution with Mitek Partnership
  • Greenkey Technologies announces interconnection partnership with iMarket.
  • FinDEVr alum OutSystems expands to Asia with new office in Japan.
  • Ohio-based First National Bank of Pandora chooses core account processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Xero announces new partnership with Capital One to give SMEs more control over their data.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

SoFi Unveils Digital Wealth Management Platform, SoFi Wealth

Originally published at FinDEVr.com

Less than a month after announcing its new $105 million SoFi Prime Income Fund to help raise funds to issue loans, online lending innovator SoFi is making headlines again with the launch of SoFi Wealth. The new initiative, the company’s first digital wealth management offering, will allow investors in the U.S. to invest as little as $500 (or a $100 monthly recurring deposit) in automated, low-cost, ETF portfolios. But unlike many roboadvisors, clients of SoFi Wealth will have phone and/or chat access to human financial advisors.

SoFi believes that keeping human advisors as part of the overall investment picture is a plus for investors, especially the younger professionals that are a significant part of the company’s user base. “People love the low fees and automation of robo-advisors, but they struggle with not having an actual human being to talk to when facing big financial questions,” SoFi Wealth general manager, John Gardner said. “That guidance from a live advisor can help give them the confidence they need to start planning for a lifetime of financial success.”

Pictured (left to right): SoFi Wealth Head of Strategy Stephen Sikes and Quovo CTO and co-founder Michael Del Monte during their FinDEVr 2017 New York presentation, How Quovo & SoFi Perfected Bank Authentication.

In addition to providing live human advisors, low investment minimums, and access to low-cost automated ETF-based portfolios, SoFi Wealth also charges no management fees for clients who are also SoFi loan borrowers. Others pay a modest management fee of 0.25%, with no charge on the first $10,000 invested. Clients can access their accounts online, as well as via the SoFi Wealth app. Both Android and iOS versions are available.

The company also announced that it is developing a broader range of personal finance and financial planning solutions geared toward first-time home buyers and young families. SoFi anticipates rolling out these products and services over the summer of 2017.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, SoFi made its FinDEVr debut earlier this year at FinDEVr 2017 New York. The company, in partnership with Quovo, discussed the challenge of managing consumer financial accounts in a presentation titled, How Quovo & SoFi Perfected Bank Authentication. The presentation focused on how Quovo developed a bank authentication API for SoFi that both improved security and streamlined UX. FinDEVr attendees gave the presentation a FinDEVr Favorites awards in the Favorite FinDEVr Alum category.

A member of CNBC Disruptor 50 for 2017, SoFi has raised more than $1.8 billion in funding – making the company one of fintech’s true “unicorns” – and includes Baseline Ventures, DCM Ventures, Discovery Capital, East West Bank and Morgan Stanley among its equity and debt investors. With origins in student loan financing, SoFi has since expanded significantly to include mortgage lending, personal loans, life insurance, and wealth management among the services it provides. Mike Cagney is CEO.

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

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

On FinDEVr.com

  • Online Lending Innovator SoFi Launches Robo Advisor

Around the web

  • Upserve grows 100%, Boasts 32 Million Active Diners, 21 Million Meals per Month, $11 Billion in Annual Transaction Volume.
  • Passport Launches Mobile Parking App in Ann Arbor.
  • Alkami has increased client base by 38%; grown users by 103%,  & grown contracted users by 51% since January 2016

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.

The Favorites of FinDEVr 2017 New York

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FinDEVr  2017 New York is in the books. Our second developers conference in New York was a great opportunity to take a look at some of the technologies that continue to drive fintech innovation forward. As always, we asked our attendees to tell us which companies and technologies were best positioned to make the greatest impact on the financial services industry in terms of providing greater security, increased efficiency, and a better user experience for consumers. Here is what our attendees had to say:

Favorite FinDEVr Debut

  • HackerOne for its bug bounty and vulnerability platform that leverages the talent of trusted hackers to improve the online security of organizations and institutions ranging from Twitter and Uber to Qualcomm  and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Favorite FinDEVr Alum

  • Quovo and SoFi for their partnership that shows how an easy-to-use authentication API provides security to accounts at more than 200+ FIs while improving and streamlining the user experience.

Day One Attendee Favorite

  • MapD for its database and visualization layer that transforms Big Data into immersive, instantaneous, and actionable analytics.

Day Two Attendee Favorite

  • Prevoty for its insight into the way embedded, runtime security enables cybersecurity professionals to provide an additional layer of defense against vulnerabilities and fraudulent behavior.

Favorite Established Company

  • BlueMetal for its virtual agents, natural language processing, and conversational UX that transforms the nature of customer engagement in financial services.

Favorite Startup Company

  • Modelshop for its analytic decision platform that enhances the loan origination, portfolio optimization, and fraud prevention processes for both FIs and consumers.

Media Favorite

  • Vantiv for its cloud-based payment app that removes the complexity from financial transactions for both developers and merchants.

Our thanks to our presenting companies, sponsors, partners, and all of you who attended our second developers conference this year in New York. The excitement and enthusiasm for our events only makes us that much more excited for our upcoming FinDEVr debut in London, England in June. If you’re in the U.K. and looking for more insight into the technological side of the fintech ecosystem, then FinDEVr London is the place to be June 12th and 13th. Visit our FinDEVr London 2017 page for more information.

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FDNY17-Logo-RevFinDEVr New York will be here in less than one week! Check out company features and take a look at the previews from upcoming presentations. And of course, don’t forget to register today to save!

On FinDEVr.com

Alumni updates

  • Citi introduces new mobile passcode solution for its Treasury and Trade clients. See Citi at FinDEVr New York next week.
  • Putnam-Greene Financial Corporation to deploy core banking technology from Fiserv. Join Fiserv in New York next week for FinDEVr New York.
  • Capital One Financial Corporation appoints Amy Lenander as UK CEO.
  • Barclaycard adds free Uber ride as reward for loyal cardholders. See Barclaycard next week at FinDEVr New York.
  • OutsideIQ partners with SAP Ariba to help corporations quickly screen vendors for risk and regulatory compliance.
  • FinDEVr alum Capital One joins the chatbot revolution with its new SMS virtual assistant, Eno.
  • Currencycloud Collects $25 Million in New Funding.
  • BBVA Compass unveils BBVA Momentum, a seven-month accelerator for socially-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Kabbage nabs $500M for small business loans.
  • Fidor partners with Van Lanschot to create the first PSD2-inspired Payment Avenue.
  • MX to power digital money management tools for Travis CU.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

FinDEVr Preview: Quovo & SoFi

FinDEVr PreviewsFDNY17-Logo-Rev highlight companies presenting new developer tools, platforms, and integrations at FinDEVr New York 2017, March 21 & 22. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our registration page and save your spot today.

Quovo will be presenting its new Authentication API alongside its partner, SoFi. Together they will demonstrate how developers can quickly call Quovo’s Authentication API to instantly connect financial accounts to verify key account data, facilitating payments and transfers while streamlining the onboarding process.

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Why it’s a must-see:

Whether you’re looking at payments, lending, or personal finance, you can’t build a product without connecting to your users’ financial accounts. They will show you how SoFi uses Quovo’s Authentication API to quickly connect with their users’ accounts at more than 200 financial institutions!


Check out more previews of upcoming FinDEVr New York 2017 presentations and don’t forget to register before it’s too late.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • SWITCH Lands $400,000 Angel Investment.

On FinDEVr.com

Around the web

  • Customers can now host Actiance Vantage on Microsoft Azure
  • Handpoint launches EMV Tip Adjustment feature for MPOS.
  • Financial Times reports: Starling Bank strikes money transfer deal with TransferWise
  • ShopKeep expands into online ordering and delivery with ChowBOT acquisition.
  • Narrative Science launches Narratives for Business Intelligence API.
  • Strands to power PFM for Kenya’s largest bank, Commercial Bank of Africa.
  • Citi introduces new mobile passcode solution for its Treasury and Trade clients. See Citi at FinDEVr New York next week.
  • BBVA to focus on identity, AI, and “fintech for companies” in ninth installment of its Open Talent innovation competition.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions aims to raise more than $9 million in initial public offering this week.
  • Following its platform limit announced in December, Zopa has set up a waiting list for new prospective investors.
  • Capital One Financial Corporation appoints Amy Lenander as UK CEO.
  • Putnam-Greene Financial Corporation to deploy core banking technology from Fiserv. Join Fiserv in New York next week for FinDEVr New York.
  • PaySwag to power mobile loyalty and instant rewards to the underbanked for Sionic Mobile.

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.