Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Emailage Raises $10 Million in Round Led by Anthos Capital.

Around the web

  • Federacion Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Credito selects core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Azimo introduces “one hour or less” cash pick-up services in the Philippines.
  • ING Bank in Czech Republic to deploy decision management software from FICO.
  • Virtual StrongBox secures 5th patent for secure document exchange technology.

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.

Fintech Trending: RegTech Reality Check, Blockchain Bandwagon, and IBM’s New Wallet

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Hat, courtesy of Alloy, a customer-onboarding specialist that debuted at FinDEVr in October.

The dream of RegTech is alive at Finovate

Deloitte recently asked what we should make of regtech in a new report titled, “RegTech is the new FinTech: How agile regulatory technology is helping firms better understand and manage their risks.” To the extent that regtech represents technologies, strategies, and solutions designed to help firms better meet regulatory obligations, remain compliant, and/or secure their processes, there may be less new here than meets the eye. Compared to insurtech, regtech firms have been prominent players in the fintech firmament for years.

To its credit, Deloitte is aware of the “old-is-new-again” aspect of regtech. The report notes that “while the name is new, the marriage of technology and regulation to address regulatory challenges has existed for some time with varying degrees of success.”

Indeed. Consider companies like Gremln (F14), which demonstrated a social media platform specifically for regulated industries, and Finect (F13), which unveiled a compliant communication platform for financial professionals. Qumram (F16) provides software that helps ensure complaint communication by recording digital interactions from web, social, and mobile channels.

My Virtual Strongbox (F14) introduced the kind of secure document-storage technology that can help FIs better manage customer documentation. Global Debt Registry, another F14 presenter, provides compliance and risk-management solutions to the account-management industry. OutsideIQ (F16) enables FIs to uncover regulatory risk using a combination of machine learning and human analysis. FundAmerica (F15), arguably one of the most explicitly regtech companies to demo at Finovate, provides crowdfunding platforms with APIs for a wide variety of “mission-critical, back-end regulatory requirements.”

Additionally, there are a sizeable number of credit risk analysis innovators such as QCR (F15), CreditHQ (F16), and FICO (FD16); companies like Avalara (FD15) that help merchants recognize and satisfy sales-tax requirements (or by that token, even a VATBox (F15) that helps recover VAT fees for international travelers); and cloud-based auditing technologies like those available from Auvenir (F16), whose identity as a fintech company was a topic of our deliberations.

And all of this is to say nothing of the even larger number of security and authentication specialists whose technologies—at least by Deloitte’s definition—can be considered regtech. Note that Deloitte’s Ireland-based rundown of regtech companies includes Finovate alum Trustev (F14), whose online ID-verification technology is very much in the same category as dozens of other security, authentication, verification, anti-fraud innovators.

The question as to whether regtech as a “thing” (as the millennials say) can be separated from the broader fintech discussion is likely more of a marketing decision than anything else. Clearly regtech has the ranks; the issue is to what degree does distinguishing them as a type of innovator apart from the larger fintech world make it easier for these companies to attract top talent, develop necessary solutions, and raise the capital to drive and grow their businesses. From the perspective of fintech in general—and Finovate/FinDEVr in specific—we’re happier having regtech innovating from “inside the tent,” as opposed to being outside the tent trying to find a way in.

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Blockchain bandwagon

Two more major players jumped on the blockchain bandwagon. IBM (FD16) showed its Hyperledger at FinDEVr last week and Visa (FD14) announced its cross-border payment system built on blockchain-like distributed ledgers, an apparent challenge to Swift. The technology is powered by Chain (FD15) which counts Visa, Capital One (FD15) and Citibank as investors. According to Javelin Strategy, banks will invest $1 billion this year in blockchain initiatives.

Mobile payments gets another huge player

Speaking of IBM, one of the more surprising announcements at Money2020 was the launch of IBM Pay, a private-label mobile payments and POS system. Details are sketchy, but in the IBM video below, it appears to be a Starbucks-like QR code system. It’s part of IBM’s Watson Commerce initiative.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “BioCatch Appoints Eyal Goldwerger as CEO”
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “CUneXus to Power Digital FCU’s Mobile Lending Platform”— Come see a live demo from CUneXus at FinovateSpring next month.
  • “Where Are They Now: FinovateSpring Alums Raise More Than $326 Million in a Year”

On FinDEVr.com

  • “EVO and Verifone Partner to Make EMV Payments Feasible at Restaurants”

Around the web

  • Celent recognizes EdgeVerve Systems as one of two model bank vendors for 2016.
  • Virtual StrongBox granted third patent which allows users to select, view and store private documents on mobile devices.
  • Larky powers the GoLocal rewards app from St. Helens Community Credit Union.
  • Polish startup Atsora wins global Emirates NBD Group FinTech Challenge 2016.
  • National Bank of Canada deploys TickVault big-data platform from TickSmith.
  • ICBC Standard Bank chooses client lifecycle management platform from Fenergo.
  • Infosys Finacle announces its first core banking platform client in Myanmar: Asia Green Development Bank.
  • Fiserv teams up with Cisco to help banks improve customer engagement and internal collaboration via improved communications technology.
  • Jack Henry sells its deposit-automation business to Battery Ventures, a U.S./Israeli venture capital firm.
  • ACI Worldwide hires new SVP for business development, Hannes van Rensburg.
  • Temenos’ T24 core banking system goes live at Bermuda Commercial Bank.
  • Zooz integrates eCommerce, CRM, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and other payment solutions from Nodus Technologies into its 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.