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

  • Expensify Announces Five New Receiptburner Partners.
  • Flybits Raises $6.5 Million to Help Banks Put Data to Work

Around the web

  • Jumio introduces eyeball tracking to the “liveness” check of its biometric authentication solution, Netverify.
  • NYMBUS adds executive talent, opens center of strategic excellence in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
  • Co-founder Kristo Käärmann takes the helm at TransferWise.
  • PayPal announces strategic partnership with Samsung Pay.
  • ThreatMetrix named the Leader in The Forrester Wave: Risk-Based Authentication, Q3 2017.

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

  • Fidor Solutions Brings on former ABN Amro Exec as CIO.
  • European Alums Shine in FinTechCity’s FinTech50 2017 Roster.
  • Klarna Receives Investment from Brightfolk
  • Newchip Helps New Investors Own a Piece of the Startup Economy.

Around the web

  • PSCU partners with Ethoca to improve CNP fraud loss recoveries for CUs.
  • Zopa opens development centre in Barcelona, Spain ahead of bank launch.
  • HedgeCoVest launches DEPLOY to handle day-to-day operations of separately managed accounts
  • StrategyCorps BaZing rewards-based mobile app has deployed nearly 400k geofences in conjunction with local deals
  • Western Union reveals pilot Coinbase integration.
  • DefenseStorm experiences 100% customer renewal rate for second consecutive year.
  • Moven fintech partnership wins CANSTAR Award for innovation excellence.

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.

ThreatMetrix Teams Up with Gemalto

Authentication and fraud prevention company ThreatMetrix announced a new partnership with digital security company Gemalto. The two fintech players will offer “holistic authentication” to banks, payment services providers, credit card networks, international payment transfer companies, and fintech companies across the globe. Specifically, the companies have joined forces today to combine insights from ThreatMetrix’s Digital Identity Network with Gemalto’s authentication solutions. The user-friendly security solutions help financial institutions expand their online offerings securely.

“Authenticating digital identities has become essential for the financial services industry,” says Pascal Podvin, SVP of field operations for ThreatMetrix. “This allows financial institutions to deliver superior customer experiences while driving online revenue growth. Crucially, this also prevents massive losses from rising fraud attacks, particularly in cases of identity spoofing.” Podvin added that today’s partnership also helps banks “deliver superior customer experiences” and prevent “massive losses from rising fraud attacks.”

ThreatMetrix’s Andreas Baumhof (CTO) and Dean Weinert (Sr. Director Product Management) demo at FinovateSpring 2017

Founded in 2009, the San Jose-based company verifies more than 20 billion annual transactions supporting 30,000 websites and 4,500 customers across the globe through its Digital Identity Network. The network feeds into ThreatMetrix’s Digital Identity Graph. Launched at FinovateSpring 2016, the Digital Identity Graph gathers information on billions of transactions collected from tens of thousands of websites to build a user’s digital identity by analyzing connections between the user, their locations, behaviors, and devices. At FinovateSpring 2017, the company’s CTO, Andreas Baumhof, and Sr. Director Product Management, Dean Weinert, launched SmartAuthentication for banks with multiple authentication methods.

Finovate Alumni News

On FinDEVr.com

  • Check out today’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • Moneytree Sees Green with $9 Million Funding Round.
  • New Funding for Savedroid Boosts Total Capital to More than $22 Million.

Around the web

  • Rebar to market Cachet Financial Solutions’ Select Mobile Money Prepaid Mastercard and companion app.
  • ThreatMetrix’s new release delivers end-to-end identity, fraud and authentication through an advanced decisioning platform.
  • iSignthis subsidiary granted an eMoney Institution license by the Central Bank of Cyprus.
  • Kabbage extends $3 billion in funding to more than 100,000 small business customers.
  • Kony’s AppVantage enables orgs to create apps from packaged components.
  • PayPal extends partnership with Visa into Asia-Pacific region.
  • FICO launches cloud-based origination solution to help mid-market lenders automate small business lending decisions.
  • HyperPay to leverage ACI Worldwide’s Mobile Commerce SDK to offer merchants a mobile checkout solution.
  • Misys onboards Natalie Gammon as its Chief Information Officer.
  • Ignite Sales launches Sales Compliance Monitor for banks to monitor and ensure compliant sales.

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.

Spring Forward: FinovateSpring 2016 Alums Top $200 Million in Funding

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With FinovateSpring 2017 coming next month, we thought we’d take a look back at how the alums from our last spring conference a year ago have fared on the fundraising front.

And after a quick review, it seems that investors continue to be interested in the innovations of Finovate alumni. In fact, even without the $1.8 billion Golden Gate Capital spent on its acquisition of Neustar late last year ($2.9 million with debt included), the alums from FinovateSpring 2016 have had an impressive year of fundraising. While the specific funding amounts for a number of alums were not officially disclosed, our review shows more than $200 million raised by 20 FinovateSpring 2016 alums over the past year alone.

Among the bigger deals of the past year, the $72 million raised by OurCrowd stands out. OurCrowd, a crowd investing platform for venture capital, was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel. With a growing network of more than 17,000 investors, OurCrowd has raised $400 million on its platform, providing funding for 110 companies. Also noteworthy was the $29 million raised by FinDEVr/Finovate alum NYMBUS in two separate fundings in August and February. NYMBUS is an innovator in developing advanced, cloud-based core banking systems. Known as a “bank in a box” NYMBUS technology gives smaller banks and credit unions the ability to compete with larger FIs when it comes to providing customers with the latest digital banking services.

So to help get you ready for FinovateSpring 2017, here’s a list of the investments scored by alums from last year’s conference. And remember you can see live demos from all 20 of our fundraising FinovateSpring 2016 alums in our Video Archives.

February 2017

  • FinDEVr New York Alum NYMBUS Announces $16 Million in New Funding
  • Qumram’s Regtech Offering Lands $1.49 Million
  • Empyr Raises $3 Million in Funding

January 2017

  • ForwardLane Raises $1.1 Million in New Funding
  • Earnix Receives $13.5 Million in Growth Capital from New and Existing Investors

December 2016

  • Cyberfend Acquired by Akamai Technologies for Undisclosed Amount

November 2016

  • Sezzle Raises Seed Funding Ahead of Shopify Debut ($1.85 million)
  • Neustar Acquired by Golden Gate Capital for $1.8 Billion (including debt $2.9B)

October 2016

  • ThreatMetrix Picks Up $30 Million in Growth Capital from Silicon Valley Bank (debt financing)

September 2016

  • OurCrowd Pulls In $72 Million
  • WealthForge to Raise $2.5 Million in New Convertible Note Offering
  • OneVisage Earns Seed Funding in Round Led by Polytech Ecosystem Ventures (amount undisclosed)

August 2016

  • CUneXus Closes $5 Million Series A
  • Automobile Title Lending Platform Finova Financial Raises $52.5 Million
  • NYMBUS Raises $12 Million in Round Led by Vensure Enterprises

July 2016

  • Linqto Announces New Venture Funding from Keiretsu Capital (amount undisclosed)

June 2016

  • NICE Funding! CallVU Raises $3 Million
  • Civic Announces New Debt Financing from Blockchain Capital (amount undisclosed)
  • savedroid AG Completes €1 ($1.1 USD) Million Seed Round; Announces Beta Launch
  • Cyberfend Earns Undisclosed Non-Equity Assistance from MasterCard Start Path Global Program.
  • BanQu Secures $100,000 in Financing (convertible note)

Are you a FinovateSpring 2016 alums whose funding we missed? Send us an email research@finovate.com and we’ll be happy to make the update.

ThreatMetrix Shows Off its Strongest Year Yet

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Digital identity authentication company ThreatMetrix released key growth metrics today from 2016. The San Jose-based company views last year as the “strongest year in company history.”

Here are the 2016 highlights:

  • Prevented more than 500 million attacks
  • Protected 20 billion transactions
  • Safeguarded 4,500 customers
  • Helped prevent $15 billion in fraud losses
  • Analyzed transactions from 4.5 billion devices (one third of which were on mobile)
  • Protected 1.4 billion online accounts
  • Prevented 1 billion bot attacks and 500 million fraud attacks

ThreatMetrix found particular success with financial institution clients. More than half, a total of 55%, of its new customers in 2016 were financial institutions. The company is now working with top banks across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Additionally, ThreatMetrix grew into more verticals, including government, healthcare, and insurance.

The company attributes its 2016 success to the increased depth and breadth of its solutions. For example, at FinovateSpring last year ThreatMetrix debuted Digital Identity Graph, a network that gathers information on billions of transactions collected among tens of thousands of websites to create a user’s digital identity by analyzing connections between the user, their locations, behaviors, and devices. The company also launched a Decision Management Portal, an Integration Hub, and a new mobile SDK last year.

ThreatMetrix, which was founded in 2006, hopes to continue its strong growth into this year. The company already has plans to open a new data center in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland. The data center will be powered by geothermal and hydroelectric sources.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Revolut Unveils Billsplitting Feature.
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • ThreatMetrix Shows Off its Strongest Year Yet.
  • Société Générale to Launch Personetics-Powered Chatbot.

Around the web

  • Five Degrees provides CRM and BPM technology for new UK robo advisor, Munnypot.
  • Coinbase wins New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) virtual currency and money transmitter license.
  • FICO and Ethoca partner to improve card acceptance rates, fight CNP fraud, and reduce disputes.
  • PwC and Oracle team up to help FIs meet new accounting standards.
  • Handpoint expands line of commerce solutions with semi-integrated mobile EMV for cloud POS.
  • Guardian Analytics appoints Varouzhan Ebrahimian as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer.
  • Finextra: Blockchain launches Digital Asset Research Lab.
  • Savedroid celebrates reaching 50,000 download milestone within three months.

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

  • Check out the week’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Uniken Introduces Relationship-Based Authentication”
  • BlueVine’s $49 Million to Fuel Product Expansion”
  • Empyr Powering Yelp’s New Cash Back Program”

Around the web

  • Expensify exclusively endorsed by the world’s leading accounting body.
  • Scalable Capital hits €100m in assets 10 months after launch in Germany and 4 months after U.K. launch
  • vaamo receives license for portfolio management by German supervisory authority BaFin.
  • Morningstar’s HelloWallet launches free student-loan calculator.
  • Signifyd and ThreatMetrix team up to combine machine learning and digital IDs to reduce ecommerce fraud.
  • Cartera Commerce launches Offerlink, a free Google Chrome web-browser extension to help online shoppers save money.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials.
  • Kalypton wins the Dassault Systemes 3DS fintech challenge.
  • FinDEVr alum Braintree introduces commerce infrastructure tools.
  • ACI Worldwide named “frontrunner service provider” for EBA instant credit-transfer scheme.
  • Overbond integrates DBRS credit ratings into its platform.
  • DarcMatter earns first-place honors at Next Money Shanghai Semifinal Pitch competition.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NYMBUS Raises $12 Million in Round Led by Vensure  Enterprises
  • CardFlight to Power EMV Mobile Processing for BluePay
  • Bento for Business Unveils New Mobile App

Around the web

  • Investopedia features Zooz and ThetaRay in a look at Israeli fintech startups.
  • National Bank of Kuwait goes live with Temenos Treasury Trader.
  • Compass Plus earns Faster Payments accreditation.
  • InformationWeek lists CrowdFlower in its lineup of cool machine learning startups to watch.
  • Ping Identity launches Contextual Access Management capabilities to help companies with digital transformation and cloud and mobile initiatives.
  • GeekWire features Tango Card. Watch the startup’s live demo at FinovateFall next month.
  • Kony enhances support for applications running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and updates offerings in AWS Marketplace.
  • ThreatMetrix appoints key executives to initiate Asia Pacific expansion.
  • TradingView announces support for DriveWealth.

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.