Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Moneyhub Expands Platform with Payment Initiation Services.
  • Holvi Helps Uber Drivers Manage Finances with New Partnership.
  • Identitii to Raise $11 Million in ASX’s Latest Blockchain IPO.

Around the web

  • NICE partners with Cloud9 Technologies to combine compliance recording and cloud-based voice trading.
  • AlphaPoint earns Best Distributed Ledger Technology Provider by the 2018 Waters Rankings.
  • Prosper reports more than $13 billion loans originated since inception.
  • Xero unveils the finalists of its 2018 Xero Awards.
  • New partnership with Envestnet will make Allianz Life annuity products available on Envestment’s insurance exchange.
  • Bitcoin News features Crypterium. Come see their live demo at FinovateFall next month.
  • QuickBridge partners with Lendio for its Turndown lending program.
  • Temenos and AUC Venture Lab team up to accelerate fintech innovation in Egypt.

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.

PayStand Announces Integration with Xero

Business financial management just got a lot easier for small businesses. B2B payments platform Paystand is teaming up with Xero to enable the cloud accounting firm’s customers to accept bank and card payments directly in sales orders and invoices. This will give Xero users a seamless, automated way to capture payments and reconcile them directly into their accounting systems. Paystand’s Xero plug-in, now available at the Xero Marketplace, will accelerate time to cash and help save SMEs money.

“Our goal is to transform commercial finance by automating the enterprise cash life cycle,” Paystand CEO Jeremy Almond said. He called the partnership “another step closer toward a frictionless payments infrastructure.” Paystand’s Xero plug-in provides support for ACH and Smart ACH/eCheck bank payments, as well as both debit and credit card payments – the only one of Xero’s plug-ins to do so.

The integration enables customers to make digital payments within the invoice which, once cleared, are reconciled in real-time. Payment information is tokenized and encrypted. And because the data is “saved without being visible”, the solution provides both security and seamless future transactions for the customer.

Blockchain-based B2B payments innovator PayStand participated in our developers conference FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2014. CEO Almond led a presentation titled Comparing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Payment Types, which looked at the relative advantages and disadvantages of card networks, eChecks/ACH, and digital currencies as payment options.

Last month, Paystand reported that it would participate in the fintech accelerator, Commerce.Innovated. In June, the company announced that it was expanding to Canada. Named one of The Silicon Review’s 50 Smartest Companies for 2017 at the beginning of the year, Paystand has raised more than $8 million in funding. The company includes BlueRun Ventures and LEAP Global Partners among its investors. Paystand was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California.

Cloud accounting platform provider Xero also participated in our Silicon Valley developers conference in 2014. The company’s Head of U.S. Partnerships, David Pollack, presented Building an API-Driven Ecosystem for Small Business, and led a workshop and discussion on how Xero has grown its marketplace to more than 300 integrated applications. The company previously demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2011.

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Xero made headlines earlier this month with its acquisition of paperless accounting firm, Hubdoc, and the news that it would partner with U.K.-based GoCardless. In July, Xero announced a strategic alliance with fellow Finovate alum Gusto, an innovator in payroll, benefits, and HR management technology. A publicly traded company on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker “XRO”, Xero has a market capitalization of $3.7 billion (AUD$5 billion). Rod Drury is CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Feedzai Brings Automated Machine Learning to the Fraud Fight.
  • DriveWealth and Bambu Join Forces on Roboadvisory Tool.

Around the web

  • Your Legacy Federal Credit Union to deploy core account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • CYBG (Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank) partners with The ID Co. to integrate DirectID into CYBG’s B mobile banking app.
  • Coinbase unveils crypto plugin to make it easier for e-commerce merchants to accept cryptocurrency payments.
  • Bloomberg: Quantopian makes $50 million allocation to one of its quants.
  • OurCrowd named Most Active Venture Investor in Israel by PitchBook.
  • Jack Henry & Associates and Mastercard deliver Priceless Surprises campaign to 1.8 million cardholders.

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

  • Wonga Raises $13 Million in New Funding.
  • TransUnion Teams Up with EXL for CECL Compliance.
  • RightCapital Adds Student Loan Functionality to its Platform.

Around the web

  • PasswordPing wins Startup of the Year at 13th Annual 2018 IT World Awards. See PasswordPing at FinovateFall in New York next month.
  • Zopa to finance loans for CommuterClub season tickets, courtesy of a new partnership.
  • Xero announces integration with GoCardless.
  • PYMNTS.com profiles payroll, benefits, and HR platform, Gusto.
  • MicroStrategy appoints Marge Breya as Chief Marketing Officer.

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.

Xero Buys Paperless Accounting Firm Hubdoc

Cloud accounting platform Xero claimed today that “business has never been so beautiful.” That’s because the New Zealand-based company made its second acquisition, purchasing Hubdoc, an application that helps accountants and bookkeepers capture and maintain documents online.

Xero, which has always sought to improve the lives of accountants and bookkeepers, said the purchase helps them “focus their efforts on making sense of a small business’ financial data – not collecting it.” Hubdoc will help Xero bolster its machine learning models, serve customers who have no direct data connection, and increase its presence in Canada via Hubdoc’s Toronto roots.

Here’s how the integration of the two technologies works: first, Hubdoc automatically gathers financial documents from 700+ billers, extracts the financial data, and syncs the data into Xero. Then, Xero automatically matches data imported from Hubdoc with bank feed transactions to keep clients’ books up-to-date. All of this data is verified with the source document, which clients and accountants can easily search.

The Hubdoc team, which is located in offices across Australia, the U.K., and Canada, will work independently on a standalone basis until Xero forms an integration plan. The terms of the acquisition were undisclosed.

Xero most recently presented at FinDEVr San Francisco 2014 when the company’s Head of U.S. Partnerships David Pollock spoke about building an API-driven ecosystem for small businesses. At FinovateSpring 2011, CEO Rod Drury debuted the company’s Business Identification solution. Last month, Xero signed a strategic alliance with fellow Finovate alum Gusto, allowing Xero to provide full-service payroll in the U.S. And earlier this spring, Xero launched Connected Accounting, a set of new features designed to automate daily business tasks.

Founded in 2006, Xero listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 2007 and the Australian Securities Exchange in 2012. The company has raised more than $319 million (NZ$470 million) in funding, including $1.4 million pre-IPO; $10.2 million at its IPO; and follow-on rounds from investors including Peter Thiel, Matrix Capital Management, and Accel Partners. More than 1 million subscribers in 180+ countries use Xero.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Xero Buys Paperless Accounting Firm Hubdoc
  • NestReady Collaborates with Alterna Savings on Home Buying Solution.
  • PayActiv Partners with ADP Marketplace.
  • IdentityMind Global to Help ZED Network MTOs Meet KYC, AML Compliance.

Around the web

  • ProfitStars to automate commercial lending for Ion Bank.
  • Fenergo earns Top Performer status in the Overall Rankings of the RegTech 2018 Report.
  • One World Identity highlights Averon as a Company to Watch in its annual report on innovations in identity and authentication. See Averon at FinovateFall 2018 in September.
  • Arxan experiences double-digit revenue growth, expands global reach.
  • Flashtalking and Neustar partner to fill the void created by the removal of DoubleClick ID.
  • Insight on Business interviews Dwolla’s Stephanie Atkin.
  • Immervox features Bluescape and CRMNext in its list of Five Companies Leading the Charge in the Changing Workplace.

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

  • Personetics Scores Minority Stake Investment from United Overseas Bank.
  • StockViews Announces New Investment from Fuel Ventures.
  • CardFlight Teams with BoomTown.

Around the web

  • Entersekt partners with the GSMA to offer Mobile Connect to institutional clients.
  • Bpm’online earns recognition as a Challenger in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation.
  • Finastra hires former Laing O’Rourke executive Gareth Burton as its new Chief Information Officer.
  • Fintech News Switzerland interviews 3rd-eyes CEO Rodrigo Amandi.
  • Exate Technology and Xero sign on to PwC’s She Can Charter initiative to increase the number of women in technology.
  • ProgrammableWeb features three new APIs from Hydrogen in its Daily API Roundup.
  • Wipro credits its banking financial services and insurance business, as well as its consumer business unit, for strong quarterly revenue growth.
  • Optimove announces new Chief Operating Officer, Yarden Malta, formerly of Earnix.
  • Top Image Systems appoints John London as Interim Chief Financial Officer.
  • Find Biometrics explores BehavioSec’s commitment to PSD2 compliance
  • AlphaPoint powers new exchange platform, matching engine, and real-time settlement exchange for SeACrypto.
  • Ephesoft named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Orange County.
  • Bloomberg features Crypterium. Come see Crypterium’s demo at FinovateFall this September.

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.

Gusto and Xero Announce Strategic Alliance

A newly announced strategic alliance between payroll, benefits, and HR technology specialist Gusto and cloud accounting innovator Xero will bolster growth for Gusto, enable Xero to provide full-service payroll in all 50 U.S. states, and put competitors like Intuit and ADP on notice that a rival has arrived.

“We first began our partnership with Xero five years ago and, since then, they have quickly become one of the most popular integrations with Gusto,” Lexi Reese, Chief Operations Officer for Gusto, said. “We are confident that together we can help business owners manage the back-office complexities that can distract them from growing their companies.”

The strategic alliance will involve a deeper technical integration of the two platforms that is expected to be completed by early 2019. The new seamless experience for SME owners and accountants will provide a single sign-on enabling access to Gusto accounts using Xero credentials, automatically updated cash flow management, and the ability to provide permissions to trusted third parties such as outside accountants.

Other benefits include access to Xero’s business task automation, and a shared ledger that provides a real-time view into business data and cash flow.

“We’re partnering with Gusto because we have a shared vision for building innovative new solutions that help small businesses and accountants thrive in the new economy,” President of Xero Americas Keri Gohman said. “We’re both born-in-the-cloud companies working to build software that makes complicated business tasks more simple and human. By joining forces, we can help more small businesses and accountants find long-term success.”

San Francisco, California-based Gusto has raised $170 million in funding. and its investors include Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, GV, Emergence Capital Partners, CapitalG, and Ribbit Capital. The company, which demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2014 as ZenPayroll, rebranded as Gusto in the fall of 2015. The rebrand included an expansion of the company’s services to include both health benefits and workers compensation management.

Last month, Gusto launched Flexible Pay, which enables workers to get paid on a day other than their regularly scheduled payday. Also in June, Gusto introduced its Partner Directory. Dubbed “Yelp for Accountants,” the directory is designed to help SMEs find the right accounting talent for their business. In addition to launching a freemium option this spring, the company began the year forging a partnership with accounting software provider Aplos.

Xero announced an integration with BBVA’s API Market for small businesses earlier this month. In June, the company introduced its Connected Accounting technology that automatically categorizes accounting data to give businesses insights that can help them better manage their finances. Back in February , Xero inked a partnership with IT management solutions provider Kaseya and announced ACH integration with Stripe

Headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, Xero demonstrated the Business Identification feature of its online accounting system at FinovateSpring 2011. Founded in 2006, the company is publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker XRO, and has a market capitalization of $3.7 billion (AUD$5 billion).

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • ACH Alert Reports Record Growth, Stops More than $388 Million in Fraudulent Transactions.
  • Mastercard Teams Up with Worldpay to Launch Pay by Bank in the U.K.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians becomes a certified Avaloq software partner for real-time fraud prevention.
  • Temenos inks multi-year investor servicing contract with Northern Trust.
  • Worldline picks up PISP and AISP licenses from National Bank of Belgium.
  • Enveil earns Standard Technology Partner status in Amazon Web Services partner network.
  • Lleida.net credits new GDPR legislation in the EU for surge in sales for first half of 2018.
  • Equifax acquires specialty credit reporting agency DataX.
  • CFE Federal Credit Union implements Larky’s Engagement Platform.
  • Ledger launches Ledger Live, the all-in-one companion app to your Ledger device.
  • Xero integrates with BBVA’s API Market for small businesses.
  • Lendio expands the Lendio franchise in Rochester, New York.

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.

Xero Launches Connected Accounting

At its Xerocon Atlanta event this week, online accounting software specialist Xero announced the first wave of new features designed to automate many basic daily business tasks. Calling the new solutions, Connected Accounting, VP of Products and Partnerships for Xero Americas Herman Man added that in addition to automatically categorizing accounting data, Connected Accounting gives businesses insights that can help them better understand their finances.

“With the features introduced at Xerocon Atlanta today, we’re delivering connected accounting so accountants and bookkeepers can help their clients ask the big questions, on cash flow, profit, and revenue,” Man said. “It is these kinds of capabilities working seamlessly together that enables small businesses to pursue their passion, be successful and do beautiful business.”

Initially, Connected Accounting will enable Xero’s platform to capture and automatically populate data from PDF bills to make bank reconciliation simpler. Xero Projects, a job tracking solution for small business now available to Xero’s U.S. customers, is now connected to the platform in a way that allows businesses to combine contact, invoicing, billing, and reporting information with the rich data existing on the platform. The Projects app has also been improved, making it easier for workers to track project work on the go and giving business owners more control over access permissions.

Xero also announced coming enhancements to its query solution Ask and a to-be released solution for Xero HQ, Relationships, that will make it easier for businesses to maintain contacts and sync data across the Xero platform.

In addition to product announcements, Xero also shared news of a new partnership with Citibank. Via the agreement, joint Citibank-Xero customers will get access to direct bank feeds from within the Xero platform. This will give businesses real-time visibility of their finances, including cash flow and overall business performance. The deal with Citibank builds on the relationships with FIs that Xero has forged in 2018 alone, including deals with the National Bank of Australia in February, and the Development Bank of Singapore in January.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, Xero demonstrated the Business Identification feature of its online accounting platform at FinovateSpring 2011. Earlier this month, the company announced its Canadian launch, partnering with Deloitte Private’s financial collaboration platform ctrl by Deloitte. In February, Xero teamed up with IT management solutions provider Kaseya, providing direct integration between the company’s business management solution, BMS by Kaseya, and Xero’s platform.

Xero is publicly-traded on the Australian stock exchange under the ticker “XRO” and has a market capitalization of $5 billion. Rod Drury is CEO.