20 Finovate Alums Earn Spots on One World Identity’s Top 100 Influencers List

When you think about it, what’s cooler than being named to a Who’s Who list in the world of digital identities?

One World Identity, an independent identity research and strategy company that specializes in cybersecurity, digital commerce, and risk management, published its roster of the Top 100 Influencers in Identity this week. This year, 20 Finovate alums made the cut. The individual influencers – as well as the companies they work for- are listed below.

As with last year’s roster, this year’s list was compiled by taking nominations submitted via Twitter, LinkedIn, and at oneworldidentity.com. The staff and advisory council for One World Identity whittled down the initial list of more than 1,000 nominees to a final 100.

One World Identity began as a project from a group of Google employees back in 2015. The company was officially launched the following year as a way to help spur innovation and collaboration in the field of digital identities. Travis Jarae is founder and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Stay Current with Financial Market Changes Courtesy of RateSeer’s Denoti.
  •  BondIT Closes $14 Million in Funding.
  • Stronger Together: Fintechs, Techs, and FIs Collaborating on Cybersecurity.

Around the web

  • Check Point teams with LG to secure IoT devices.
  • Irish Tech News features Pendo Systems.
  • ACI Worldwide to provide access to all instant payment schemes in Europe.
  • Uniken CEO Bimal Gandhi quoted in USA Today special supplement on the future of digital security.
  • VP of Risk Management for WePay John Canfield talks about fraud prevention for SMEs.
  • Inc.com features Flybits in an article on real-time personalization and app design.
  • Kasasa earns finalist spot in the Ethics in Business & Community 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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Uniken

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

REL-ID from Uniken is a game-changing security platform that delivers an amazing client experience. Never worry about credential compromise, harvesting, phishing, DNS, or SSL attacks ever again.

Features

  • Military-grade security, total compliance, and frictionless customer experience
  • Omni-channel: mobile, web, call center, text, and voicemail
  • Price for scale: Pennies per user

Why it’s great
Uniken’s seamless customer experience can increase mobile engagement by 400% while its security can simultaneously reduce fraud to zero.

Presenters

Bimal Gandhi, CEO
Gandhi has two decades of global experience across management consulting, technology, and financial services industries within the U.S., U.K., and India.
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Dwayne Cosby, Senior Advisor/Wealth Management
Cosby has 20+ years of senior management and consulting experience in financial services. He is focused on driving deep enterprise transformation through new technologies and strategic redesign.
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • nCino Helps Financial Institutions Benefit from Cloud Banking
  • LendUp Gives the Underbanked What No Traditional Bank Will

On FinDEVr.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence

Around the web

  • BanQu teams up with Eastern Congo Initiative to launch secure data storage network for farmers.
  • TransferWise announces operational profitability and monthly revenues of £8 million.
  • Lighter Capital adds Former Silicon Valley Bank’s Head of Risk, Marc Verissimo, to its Board of Directors
  • Wells Fargo selects Uniken for accelerator program.
  • Wipro launches Nine Solutions to Accelerate Adoption of Blockchain Across Industry Sectors
  • Societe Generale partners with Open Bank Project to launch internal Open Banking Hackathon
  • South Carolina-based Community First Bank hires Insuritas to install and manage insurance agency.

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

  • Coca-Cola Credit Union Chooses Bankjoy as New Mobile Banking Partner.
  • What’s in it for Me? Real Estate Investment Technology: A comparison of Realty Mogul, CK Mack, Patch of Land, and other real estate investment platforms.

Around the web

  • GMC Software announces new partner advantage program.
  • Uniken appoints Nishant Kaushik as Chief Technology Officer.
  • i-exceed earns Gartner Magic Quadrant recognition as notable vendor in Asia Pacific for mobile app development platforms.

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 Debuts: Uniken Introduces Relationship-Based Authentication

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Take the “money transfer without money movement” sensibility of the hawala system on one hand. Take improvements on the Diffie-Helman key exchange on the other. Combine the two and the result is the “mutual and simultaneous” authentication system developed by Uniken and demonstrated at FinovateFall this September.

uniken_vertical_image“Uniken is a cybersecurity company that does one thing and only one thing, but we do it incredibly well—we make connecting safe,” says company CEO Bimal Gandhi. “In two years, 28 implementations, four million users, and nine million end-points protected, we have zero penetrations, zero hacks, zero identity loss, and—most importantly—zero financial dollar and zero data loss.”

Uniken recognizes that secure connections are based on secure relationships. Likening current authentication methods to asking for identification after a stranger has entered your home, Uniken instead focuses on preconnection authentication. This ensures that requests for connection come from approved users, approved apps, and approved devices before they reach the network. Gandhi says their REL-ID product is what users ask for; namely, a security solution for mobile applications that “tightly integrates identity and authentication with a secure, omnichannel solution.” It authenticates with perfect forward secrecy and fidelity and “dramatically reduces the attack surface—all while ensuring security doesn’t get in the way of an app’s phenomenal client experience.”

At FinovateFall, Gandhi demonstrated REL-ID Verify, Uniken’s authentication and verification solution designed especially for logins from work and even publicly accessible PCs, such as those at a hotel business center. Gandhi explained:

With REL-IDverify and a trusted device like a mobile phone, what you get is simply the ability to log in, get a message through a trusted channel that you verify, and coming back to you through that secure channel. There was never a third party involved. That communication was between that app and your authentication server directly—all on a tightly integrated secure channel.

Company facts:

  • Founded in August 2013
  • Headquartered in Chatham, New Jersey
  • Serves four million users and protects more than nine million endpoints around the world
  • Raised more than $8 million in equity funding
  • Generated close to $2 million in revenue

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From left: Uniken’s Robert Levine, VP business development, and CEO Bimal Gandhi demonstrated REL-IDverify at FinovateFall 2016.

uniken_bimalgandhiI talked with Uniken CEO Bimal Gandhi during rehearsals at FinovateFall 2016, and followed up a few weeks later with some questions via email. Here’s our exchange:

Finovate: What problem does your technology solve?

Bimal Gandhi: We make connecting safe. Uniken looks at the world differently by revolutionizing the way that people think about identity authentication and why it must be done over a secure channel that addresses the threats we now experience. Our core solution allows companies to safely connect their clients to its digital products. To do this, our solution integrates three separate technologies: a new secure channel with key distribution, multifactor authentication, and software-defined perimeters that reduce the attack surface of your applications, all while enabling an amazing user experience.

Finovate: Who are your primary customers?

Gandhi: We are targeting our solution to enterprises that have large-scale digital customers. Our solution is geared toward mid-market and large-scale enterprises with a need for exceptionally strong security while concurrently enabling an amazing customer experience. Today we have customers in government, military, financial services, manufacturing, and e-commerce spaces. We are rapidly expanding into health care, secure infrastructure, and IoT.

Finovate: How does Uniken solve the problem better?

Gandhi: By combining three separate technologies, we are able to mitigate risks that other technologies can’t. These risks include credential compromise, MITM attacks and phishing attacks, all while also reducing the overall attack surface for the enterprise. Our next couple of releases will further enhance our DDOS resistance by segmenting connectivity at the protocol layer in a way that no other product can do.

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Finovate: Tell us about your favorite implementation.

Gandhi: One of our most remarkable implementations was for one of the major depository clearinghouses of a major country. We were able to get this institution up and running with 1,500 financial institutions and fully functional within 60 days. In short, 1,500 member banks were able to get into the depository clearinghouse on the 60th day and clear billions of dollars of transactions safely, simply, and securely. This is a great testament that speaks to the ease that our technology integrates with existing systems.

Finovate: What in your background gave you the confidence to tackle this challenge?

Gandhi: Our management team has broad backgrounds encompassing financial services, technology, and cyber security. We have built teams, scaled businesses, and consistently bring value to clients every day. We are proud to have as our Chief Security Officer Dr. Whitfield Diffie. He helped create the preeminent key-exchange technology used on the internet today, i.e., the Diffie-Helman key exchange mentioned above. Our whole team reassures clients that we will be a major factor in the future and gives them the confidence that we can deliver today.

Finovate: What are some upcoming initiatives from Uniken that we can look forward to over the next few months?

Gandhi: Our road map includes some great extensions of both platform and capability. We are upgrading our desktop clients to match the robustness of our recent REL-IDmobile and REL-IDverify offerings. The desktop agent will be the final piece in our client-facing product set. We are also extending our connectivity solution to servers and Linux-based environments, enabling the use of our protocol in server-to-server connections and cloud-only application environments. And finally, we are making our back-end and front-end offerings FIDO compliant, giving our customers the ability to quickly integrate any other FIDO credential system. With these features in place, we believe the REL-ID family of offerings will be unique in the security marketplace for safety, simplicity, and scale.

Finovate: Where do you see Uniken a year or two from now?

Gandhi: We expect to see Uniken as the leader in customer identity management and expect broad-based adoption of our REL-ID protocol as a part of a larger ecosystem, whereby multiple vendors cooperate with solutions to keep the internet safe.


Levine and Gandhi demonstrating REL-IDverify at FinovateFall 2016 in New York.

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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Uniken

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FF2016-Logo-wdate-largeA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500+ fintech professionals on 8/9 September 2016. Register today.

Uniken is a game-changing cybersecurity firm that makes connecting safe, simple, and scalable through a patented, relative-identity (REL-ID) and mutual authentication protocol (REL-IDverify). No VPN, SSL, or OTP required.

Features:

  • Seamless user experience for login, verification, and authentication
  • Multifactor authentication that’s behind-the-scenes and out-of-the-box
  • Significant reduction in attack surface (MITM, HEIST, etc.)

Why it’s great
Our innovative REL-IDverify product allows mobile, out-of-band authentication for any omnichannel transaction—all protected by the integrated REL-ID identity, authentication, and secure channel solution.

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Bimal Gandhi, CEO
Gandhi has two decades of global experience across management consulting, technology, and financial services industries within the U.S., U.K. and India.
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UnikenPresenter2Robert Levine, Global VP Business Development
Levine is an established cyber security “insider” having built and exited two firms focused in the sub-field of identity and access management. He has 20 years of focused cyber-security experience.
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • TransferWise Launches TransferWise for Business to the Public
  • RealtyMogul to Raise $50 Million with New REIT, MogulREIT I

Around the web

  • ACI Worldwide integrates Ethoca Alerts into its UP eCommerce Payments solution.
  • Trulioo announces enhancements to the global AML watchlist capabilities of its GlobalGateway platform.
  • Realty Mogul launches REIT investments.
  • Two credit unions select Fiserv’s OnCU for core account processing.
  • Payoneer releases automated tax-form service to its mass payout offering.
  • D+H brings on 100+ new lenders to its MortgagebotLOS solution after signing reseller agreement with DocMagic in October of 2015.
  • FT.com looks at Quantopian in a feature on DIY algorithmic trading.
  • Jumio VP of Product Philipp Pointner writes about digital ID verification in AltFi News.

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.

Ready for a Sneak Peek? How to Best Prepare for FinovateFall

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To give you a sense of the many new ideas at the upcoming FinovateFall conference in New York, we’ve launched our Sneak Peek series. Eight companies are featured each week leading up to the 8/9 September event (tickets now available).

In the meantime, here is a quick summary of the 66 announced companies (six more are in stealth mode). It’s a lot to take in; pace yourself!

  • Agreement Express offers an an end-to-end platform that helps traditional financial institutions automate labor-intensive parts of the customer onboarding process to remain compliant while quickly opening customer accounts.
  • Aleo’s marketplace uses e-procurement, e-commerce and supplier financing bundled in a single open platform to offer small and medium enterprises an online procure-to-pay solution.
  • AutoGravity’s mobile-first digital marketplace helps digitally minded customers, looking to buy and finance a vehicle, circumvent the inefficiencies of the auto-financing process by leveraging the full potential of their smartphone.
  • Avoka’s customer-acquisition platform integrates multiple fintech services to help banks, wealth managers and insurers use mobile and digital channels to onboard customers.
  • Backbase offers 60-second onboarding for financial services companies to accelerate customer acquisition with a simple, fast, and seamless omnichannel onboarding journey.
  • Bankjoy offers developers a banking API for a modern, real-time, holistic interface for credit unions and community banks.
  • Bitbond’s automated, international credit-scoring mechanism compares small business-loan applicants from different countries by using machine learning and data from the applicant’s business accounts.
  • Bluescape offers large financial services companies a highly interactive, visually collaborative platform that uses real-time, cloud-based architecture that’s ultra-scalable, all-capturing, and accessible anytime from any device.
  • BondIT offers financial advisers and portfolio managers a data-driven solution that uses machine learning advanced algorithms to manage fixed-income portfolios and solve optimization challenges.
  • brandCrowder has developed an alternative investment platform focusing on branded franchises. It leverages 45+ years of franchise-operations experience to help retail investors finance franchises, helping to bring them to market quicker.
  • Clinc’s mobile, voice-activated personal financial adviser uses artificial intelligence to help consumers get answers to financial questions and tasks.
  • Consdata offers banks and financial institutions a comprehensive platform for e-form management and customer-communication complexities.
  • Currencycloud’s dedicated API services use intelligent APIs to help businesses with the cost, limitations, and boundaries of existing payment infrastructure.
  • Daon bridges convenience and security by offering financial services companies a mobile biometric authentication platform that turns a smartphone into a mobile capture device.
  • Divy’s app and social investing community uses an approachable interface and engaging content to help first-time and emerging investors access direct marketing and financial literacy material.
  • Dynamics offers issuers and their cardholders interactive payment cards and an authorization-based, real-time loyalty processing system.
  • ebankIT’s platform offers financial institution clients an omnichannel experience.
  • Econiq’s Conversation Hub uses color-coded conversations to help bank and insurer frontline staff, and operational management and executives avoid disconnected customer conversations in branches and contact centers.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee offers millennials a solution for measuring financial health and promoting a healthy financial lifestyle.
  • Experian CrossCore is a single platform that helps manage customer identities, fraud-prevention tools, workflows and decision strategies in an easy-to-use and scalable format.
  • EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID offers banks and other financial services companies eye biometrics via smartphone cameras for convenient, secure and private authentication.
  • Featurespace’s ARIC Engine helps financial services clients spot and prevent fraud attacks in real time using adaptive behavioral analytics.
  • Finicity offers an API for companies to build financial apps.
  • Fiserv helps financial institutions enable social finance by providing customers access to a safe, collaborative bank-secured social funding product.
  • Full Profile uses the blockchain and smart contracts for real-time settlement and reporting of physical agri-commodities to help farmers, buyers, banks and government counter party and credit-risk exposures.
  • FutureVault’s cloud-based filing cabinet helps financial service providers and their clients organize asset documents and accounts using a secure, structured and collaborative B2B2C cloud environment.
  • GainX’s SaaS platform uses decades of market research and leading-edge technology to help large financial institutions overcome innovation and adaption failures.
  • GoodData helps large banks, credit-card processing and insurance companies commercialize and monetize their data using a scalable, manageable and secure platform that is exclusively designed for data products and embedded analytics.
  • iBank Marketing offers millennials a multifunction digital wallet to help them achieve personal goals around life events by using its local eco-system that bridges consumers and small- to medium-sized enterprises.
  • identitii uses tokens and blockchain to help financial institutions with KYC, CTF and AML compliance using an information layer over legacy systems.
  • InSpirAVE’s social e-commerce platform curates advice and financial support from the user’s friends and family, financial institutions, and merchants. It helps multiply savings, for big-ticket purchases for customers who otherwise may not be able to afford them, by placing important goals for life’s special moments within reach, without the crushing burden of debt.
  • KORE’s platform transforms enterprise applications, online banking and mobile apps into personalized, conversational engagements to help financial institutions meet customer-experience expectations using the power of bots and simplicity of messaging.
  • LendingFront’s lending platform leverages a cloud-based system that furnishes small businesses with capital using their cashflow data.
  • Lidya offers African small- to medium-sized enterprises access to finance using online receivables-based lending and proprietary credit scoring.
  • Liferay’s Digital Experience offers banks a richer understanding of customers by orchestrating personalized customer experiences.
  • M1 Finance places assets held in low-yielding cash accounts into an asset-linked bank account and intuitive investment platform.
  • MapD’s Immerse helps quantitative hedge fund and asset managers query datasets with billions of rows in real-time by applying the parallel processing power of GPUs to the challenges of databases, visualization and analytics.
  • MarketX’s cross-border investment platform helps international investors with the lack of liquidity for U.S. startup shares and limited access to U.S. pre-IPO investment opportunities.
  • ModoPayments offers financial companies a digital payments hub to connect disparate sources of value to diverse destinations using Modo’s COIN technology.
  • Moonraft Innovation Labs helps banks innovate and evolve by rapidly adapting to changing market needs using Catamera, its unique customer experience delivery framework.
  • Moven’s growing platform reaches the millennial, mobile first, digital native audience by bringing banking (specifically savings) into the moment.
  • MX helps financial institutions become true advocates for their account holders by using analytics to power a revolutionary category of data-driven money management.
  • nanoPay offers a payments and loyalty solution for merchants.
  • Overbond’s digital platform offers transparency, efficiency, and liquidity in the fixed income market for corporate issuers, investors, and dealers.
  • Personetics offers financial services providers a digital personalization platform that uses real-time, ultra-scalable predictive analytics to keep customers engaged in the digital age.
  • ProActive FinTech uses a phone app and debit card featuring unlimited mini bank accounts and pre-purchase categorization to help millennial moms with cash-flow management.
  • QE Data offers commercial banking systems a real-time predictive model for net cash-flows that uses machine learning, rich visualization, speedy deployment and real-world banking experience.
  • Qumram uses 100% real-time, video-like recording of every mouse movement, keystroke and button click to help financial services organizations with compliance and transparency issues relating to digital business.
  • RightCapital’s financial and tax-planning platform helps advisers deliver unbundled, quality financial planning and tax-planning services. It works to efficiently and digitally help consumers with the lack of viable business and technology solutions.
  • SaleMove offers financial institutions a live engagement platform to help sell and service complex financial services products online. The platform uses instant video chat and guided browsing with no downloads or installations.
  • Sindeo’s self-directed consumer rate quote and prequalification tool simplifies home financing and refinancing using an integrated platform that offers consumer, real estate partner, and adviser tools that conform to CFPB regulation and ensure a simple and easy consumer experience.
  • SpeechPro’s customer onboarding solution offers multichannel access to help CTOs, developers and other technologists focus on KYC, identity and verification.
  • Swych’s mobile gifting platform offers gift-card recipients a better way to buy, gift, and manage gift cards.
  • Tango Card’s RaaS API 2.0 uses simple-yet-complete delivery technology and domain expertise to help enterprises deliver incentives efficiently and effectively.
  • TokBox’s Financial Services Accelerator Pack offers banks and financial organizations secure and easy-to-embed, real-time communications technology.
  • TransUnion’s interactive data-visualization solution uses big data and analytics to connect and interpret consumer financial data for lenders.
  • Trulioo’s GlobalGateway uses traditional and cyber ID data sources to offer banks, financial services providers, and online marketplaces secure access to reliable, global data sources for instant ID-verification.
  • Trusona’s anti-replay and TruToken technology offers an insured identity platform for sensitive assets.
  • Unbill’s API enables companies to offer bill pay in their app or technology platform without complicated integration or high costs.
  • Uniken’s REL-ID, a card-not-present approval solution, uses mobile API tool kits and DMZ software appliances to help enterprises secure mobile communications.
  • Urban FT’s enhanced, white-label digital banking platform gives financial services organizations, wireless carriers, and other consumer-facing organizations a long-term, competitive advantage that makes their brand integral to customers’ daily financial and online social activities, financial tools, and social features.
  • Xentral Station’s supply-chain funding app helps vendors of all sizes receive cash for trade financing within 24 hours.
  • Zenmonics uses a single, common platform to help banks and their customers minimize friction in customer engagement with channelUNITED.
  • Zooz offers an agnostic, cross-border payments platform to help merchants act on payment processes and save money to maintain their client base.

Stay tuned on the blog for more detailed descriptions. And don’t forget to register now to reserve your spot.