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Finovate Alumni News-- March 17, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgrplan announces new "simple, transparent" charging structure.
  • Crypt.la lists its top 10 most interesting Ripple protocol services.
  • Tech Cocktail Austin interviews Dwolla COO, Charise Flynn.
  • SmartAsset launches Retirement Planning Tool, Announces 40% Month-Over-Month Growth.
  • The Tally focuses on India-based Heckyl Technologies.
  • Zopa embraces ThoughtWorks technology to improve data analysis capability.
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-F-Logo.jpgState of Iowa expands government payment partnership with Dwolla; Iowa DOT begins using service for IFTA and IRP.
  • Urban Partnership Bank introduces upbAnywhere, the New Virtual Banking Platform from Q2 (Q2ebanking).
  • ABL Advisor looks at BancVue's BancAssets advising partnership with UHaul.
  • Zopa wins "Best Peer to Peer Lender" award from Moneynet Personal Finance.
  • TSYS announces partnership with Womply to provide TSYS Merchant Insights business analytics dashboard.
  • Jack Henry Banking to provide its clients with access to American Express' FX International Payments service.
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.
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Cheers to a new year! After ringing in 2014, we wanted take a look back at the capital raised by Finovate alumni in 2013. It was quite a year, with alums pulling in $825 million, $365 million more than in 2012 for an increase of about 80%.

2013 funding summary:
    • 62 companies raised $825 million
    • Q4 had the most capital, with a total of $294 million raised by 17 companies (more than half by Xero, which landed $150 million). 
    • October was the busiest month, with $177 million raised (mostly Xero's $150 million)
    • May was second highest with $91 million raised by 7 companies
2012 comparison
Last year Finovate alums took in almost twice as much as 2012, when 44 Finovate alums collectively raised $460 million. The chart below shows the quarter-by-quarter comparison for both years.

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Quarter 1 -- blog post
More than $155 million raised by 14 companies

January -- $57 million raised by 6 companies
February -- $56 million raised by 5 companies
March -- $42 million raised by 4 companies

Quarter 2 -- blog post
More than $205 million raised by 15 companies

June -- $81.7 million raised by 6 companies
May -- $91.5 million raised by 7 companies
April -- $32 million raised by 2 companies

Quarter 3 -- blog post
More than $171 million raised by 22 companies

July -- More than $63 million raised by 8 companies
August -- More than $26 million raised by 6 companies
September -- $82 million raised by 9 companies

Quarter 4
More than $294 million raised by 17 companies

October-- $177 raised by 6 companies
November -- More than $87 million raised by 7 companies
December -- More than $30 million raised by 6 companies


Note: Funding that companies received before they first appeared at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgDwolla launches Form Builder to enable users to build free custom payment forms.
  • Utah Valley Business Q Mag recognizes MoneyDesktop for its billboard advertising (see page 52-53).
  • Blue Coat and Check Point Extend Partnership on High-End X-Series Network Security Systems.
  • Payfone to use AT&T's network data to enhance its mobile identity services.
  • Vovox and Emida partner to provide enhanced mobile payment options for users.
  • West - Aircomm FCU to offer PFM powered by Geezeo.
  • Mike Brady named COO at CR2.
  • MasterCard debuts MasterPass in Italy. 
  • Business Banking Review names Mitek-powered U.S. Bank Mobile Photo Bill Pay "Best Technology Initiative in Banking".
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-F-Logo.jpgDwolla announces partnership with Fiverr by giving away free Fiverr gigs.
  • FinovateEurope 2014 Presenting Companies Revealed.
  • Intuit to Acquire Docstoc, Small Business Document Startup.
  • Better ATM Services rolls out reseller network and announces first agreement with Express Teller Services.
  • TSYS earns spot on the National Conference on Citizenship's The Civic 50.
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-F-Logo.jpgIowa State student creates PayHere (for Dwolla) with startup's API demo.
  • Planwise integrating into Solid Earth's real estate platform, Spring, which provides listing and tax data.
  • Forbes lists enloop as 1 of 12 business writing tools to improve business writing.
  • Finextra blogger talks peer-to-peer lending and Zopa.
  • MasterCard announces partnership with Ogone to deploy MasterPass in Europe.
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.
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Alternative payments company Dwolla took another step into the credit arena this week. Its recently-announced partnership with Alliance Data Systems resulted in the creation of a new credit service called Dwolla Credit.

It previously dabbled in the credit space with the launch of Instant two years ago. Instant is an opt-in feature that, for a monthly subscription of $3, lends users up to $5,000 for one month with no interest.

Through the recent partnership, the Des Moines-based startup will offer consumers and merchants a cardless credit product. Dwolla Credit users can spend advanced funds at any of the 40+ (and growing) ecommerce merchants in Dwolla's online "Storefront."

When shopping at participating Storefront merchants, Dwolla Credit users will be able to simply select the "Pay with DWOLLA" button, login, and complete their purchase. Transactions will cost merchants Dwolla's traditional fee (25 cents per transaction, or free for transactions $10 and under). Merchants will receive funds instantly in their Dwolla account.

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Dwolla Credit is currently in beta, but users can request to be put on the wait list. The product will be available to the general public in early 2014.

To learn more about Dwolla, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo where it debuted FiSync.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgOnline trading community tradimo and ayondo form partnership to offer tradimo users an alternative to active trading.
  • Tradeshift announces Dynamic Discounting as latest early payment offering to suppliers and buyers.
  • Dwolla partners with Alliance Data Systems to launch Dwolla Credit.
  • Wall Street & Technology takes a look at Fenergo's report on client on boarding.
  • Zopa profiled in Yahoo Finance UK column on peer-to-peer lending.
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.
  • Netbanker: BBVA Compass bundles microbiz checking with PAYware mobile card processing.
  • FIS brings mobile, eBanking, remote capture and more to Sterling Bank.
  • GoBank announces plan to promote its mobile-first bank account in more than 500 Barnes & Noble bookstores on college campuses.
  • Pymnts.com interviews Allen Friedman of TSYS Acquiring Solutions on the role of EMV in a cardless world.
  • NYT features how LearnVest is bringing financial planning to the masses.
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.
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  • Silicon Prairie lists Banno and Dwolla as 2 Iowa startups to follow on Twitter.
  • Wakefield reports: Bolstr is navigating the legal complexities of crowdfunding.
  • PlayMoolah working with OCBC Bank for the second year running to teach children about saving.
  • FIS announces new prepaid card technology agreement with KeyBank.
  • WebrazziTV interviews miiCard marketing manager Cassie Anderson at Bitcoin London.
  • Finovate alumni Zopa, TransferWise, miiCard, and LICUOS highlighted in Innotribe co-founder Matteo Rizzi column on banking.
  • Invitations for Google Wallet for Gmail start arriving for registered early adopters.
  • All Things D profiles Motif Investing. See them in action at FinovateFall in 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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPennsylvania-based First National Community Bank selects a core banking system from Fiserv.
  • Check Point Software launches 13000 Appliance solution set for high-performance data center cyber security.
  • Accounting and advisory firm William Buck and Xero partner to offer clients Xero as accounting solution of choice.
  • StreetFight Magazine features case study of ShopKeep POS use in cupcake bakery.
  • IntelliResponse announces VAR partnership with Australia-based BolderView.
  • SeedInvest CEO Ryan Feit talks with the Street.com about the effect of fund advertising rule changes on crowdfunders.
  • Built in Chicago blogger profiles Pangea Payments and the trillion dollar remittance market.
  • 2013 Payment Hub report names ACI Worldwide "Best in Class" in payments capability.
  • InComm Launches Pre-Top to Expand Availability of Prepaid Solutions.
  • TransferWise featured in American Banker column on the growing online/mobile payments business. 
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-F-Logo.jpgSafetyPay pulls in $7 million from International Finance Corp.
  • Xero releases Personal for iPhone, a mobile app for Xero Personal subscribers.
  • B2C looks at Dwolla as a challenger to PayPal.
  • Ad Exchanger lists edo Interactive and Linkable Networks as two card-linked offer providers.
  • Read our latest CEO interview with Oren Levy of Zooz.
  • Mint, Expensify, Ready for Zero, SigFig, and Personal Capital populate US News & World Report's "10 Smartphone Apps to Boost Your Budget" list.
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.
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For the second quarter of 2013, fifteen Finovate alumni raised more than $200 million. The quarterly total exceeded both that of the previous quarter as well as the same quarter last year.*

  • Q2 2013: 15 companies raised more than $200 million
  • Q1 2013: 15 companies raised more than $155 million -- blog post
  • Q2 2012: 14 companies raised more than $120 million -- blog post

Here's the Q2 summary for 2013:

April -- $32 million raised by two companies
May -- $91.5 million raised by seven companies
June -- $81.7 million raised by six companies

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*While the funding over last year has increased, so has the number of Finovate alums. We're tracking more than 100 additional companies this year compared to last year.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLending Club's platform has originated $2 billion in total personal loans, $158 million of loans in June alone.
  • HSBC Bank Oman launches SecureKey for internet banking and upgrades mobile banking app.
  • Adidas to accept SafetyPay for online payments across Latin America.
  • Iowa government will soon accept Dwolla as payment for property and vehicle taxes.
  • The American Bankers Association endorses the card-linked offer technology powered by Linkable Networks.
  • The Next Web reports: Virtual stock market game startup TradeHero aims for $5m funding and 1m users by year-end.
  • Monitise and Telefonica enter mobile money partnership.
  • The Globe and Mail looks at On Deck Capital, Lending Club, and CommunityLend's FinanceIt as alternative financing.
  • Money Insider column in The Independent features Azimo.
  • Pymnts.com interviews TSYS Director of Acquiring Solutions Product Management, Tedd Huff on payment processing.
  • OpenCoin launches Bitcoin Bridge, an e-commerce enabler for Ripple.
  • CEOCFO Magazine interviews Blaze Mobile CEO Michelle Fisher.
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-F-Logo.jpgBRE Bank, operator of mBank launches "new mBank", which is based on Meniga´s PFM.
  • U.S.-based life insurance carrier expands use of Kofax solutions by investing an additional $550k to automate document processing.
  • Personal Capital introduces new dashboard features.
  • Bank Innovation visits Dwolla's new office in NYC.
  • The Next Web reports: Simple launches its Goals feature on the iPhone.
  • Ping Identity named in IDG's Computerworld 2013 Best Places to Work in IT.
  • Zopa cuts personal loan rate to 4.9%.
  • QuantConnect adds FX, US equity tick data; raises capital.
  • MicroStrategy to partner with Hortonworks to improve Apache Hadoop usability.
  • ixaris shows off its new look and rebranding.
  • Web AppStorm reviews Kashoo's cloud-based accounting technology.
  • eDeposit teams up with DoubleBeam to integrate mobile account enrollment and eCheck deposits into eDeposits mobile payment network.
  • LICUOS named a finalist in the Next Bank Madrid - Innotribe Startup Disrupt.
  • Fox Business News features Arxan CEO Mike Dager on mobile banking security.
  • Better ATM Services CEO Todd Nuttall talks about the "real lessons" from the Cyprus financial crisis.
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-- May 28, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgChris Larsen, CEO and co-founder of OpenCoin, calls Ripple, "HTTP for money" in CoinDesk feature.
  • Credit Union Times: ProfitStars' Director of Strategic Insight Lee Wetherington talks credit unions and big data.
  • Kalixa Group teams with MasterCard to test prepaid card.
  • Barron's Electronic Investor column on Quantopian now available to non-subscribers.
  • Mateo's Tech Travels reviews TransferWise.
  • Business Insider hosts Dwolla CEO Ben Milne in Startup Lab interview.
  • One of the largest financial services corporations in the world invests more than $4.6 million for software, maintenance and professional services with Kofax.
  • American Banker reports: Kabbage's Fresh Idea for Small Business Finance.
  • TIBCO announces launch of Cloud Bus, a subscription-based Integration Platform as a service (iPaaS) offering.
  • BellaDati opening partner network in Russia.
  • IP Commerce closing payment processing service on June 30.
  • M2CASH rebrands as V2PAY, now offers electronic ID verification, virtual loan solutions, virtual cards & virtual merchant services.
  • Billhighway adds Kids Kicking Cancer as client.
  • Comarch to provide reference, market data to SIX Financial Information.
  • Standard Chartered launches VISA Infinite Credit Card with chip and PIN 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.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBraintree's Bryan Johnson provides columnist James Altucher with an example of "how to go from $0 to $1,000,000 in two years." See Braintree demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • TransactionAge takes a look at Klarna as an alternative to Google Wallet.
  • Digital Mailer's My Virtual StrongBox deployed by Redstone Federal Credit Union.
  • Investment News features Finect, a social network for financial advisors. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • miiCard partners with Bitcoin Exchange Platform, Tradehill.
  • Innovation Agency updates Innovation Café to support formal judging process and integrated rewards payment process.
  • TIO Networks announces partnership with mobile app developer iFactor Consulting.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek reports: On Deck Capital Targets Businesses Banks Won't Touch.
  • David Barrett, Expensify CEO, interviewed on SkyNews to talk about Bitcoin. Come check out what's new at Expensify at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Best Vendor profiles Gremln. See them in action at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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.

  • Newfination hosts Coverhound CEO Basil Enan who talks about its online insurance service.
  • ProgrammableWeb interviews Michael Sconfield, Developer Evangelist of Dwolla API.
  • Caribbean360 reports that the Inter-American Development Bank is testing Entrepreneurial Finance Lab's psychometric method of testing creditworthiness.
  • Fort Mill Times takes a look at TipRanks. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • Bazaarvoice appoints former Convio Inc. CEO Gene Austin as president.
  • PayMobl reviews Pageonce mobile bill payment app.
  • Innovation Agency launches new features for Innovation Café to make it easier to manage and keep users up to date
  • Realty Mogul wins top honors at Founder Showcase pitch competition.
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.

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Yesterday, payment network Dwolla announced it received its largest investment so far, $16.5 million in funding.

This Series C round was led by Andreessen Horowitz who's Partner, Scott Weiss, has joined Dwolla's board. 

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Additional investors include:

    • Village Ventures
    • Thrive Capital
    • Union Square Ventures

The new installment brings Dwolla's total funding to just under $23 million. The Iowa-based startup plans to use the new round to grow business development to larger customers.

Four previous rounds include:

    • Angel, November 2009: $250k
    • Grant, March 2010: $55k
    • Series A November 2010: $1 million
    • Series B February 2012: $5 million

In its coverage, TechCrunch reports some of Dwolla's recent growth figures:

    • Annual transaction processing run rate is a billion dollars
    • It has 250k account holders. This is up from 80k in early 2012.
    • It has more than 100 large customers
    • It will open its fifth office, located in San Francisco, this June

To learn more about Dwolla, check out its live demo from FinovateSpring 2012.

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Product development and building partnerships with retailers are at the top of the To-Do List for mobile payment innovator, Zooz, as the company announces the conclusion of a productive round of venture capital funding.

The $2 million in capital from XSeed and others puts Zooz's total capital raised at $3.5 million. The company raised $1.5 million in seed funding in January 2012.

Zooz's payment platform is designed to help merchants improve and get more out of the transactions that go through their websites and mobile apps. The company's solution provides one tap checkout, actionable analytics that provide merchant-specific suggestions, and "device-centric" security and fraud prevention.

Zooz currently has partnerships with companies like MasterCard and First Data, as well as with Finovate alumni like Dwolla, Klarna, and PayPal. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Israel, Zooz is led by co-founders Oren Levy (CEO) and Ronen Morecki (CTO).

Zooz is one of the companies that will be demonstrating their technology at FinovateSpring in San Francisco in May. To learn more about the event, including information on how to purchase tickets and save your spot, visit our FinovateSpring page here.

  • Webmasterchecks drops PayPal and makes Dwolla its exclusive payment service provider.
  • Mobile World Live considers Braintree's offline strategy. Come to FinovateSpring to check out its live demo.
  • Kony Solutions talks to banks about selling shares in a public offering as early as this year.
  • Xero releases updates that facilitate payroll reporting.
  • Chicago Tribune takes a look at TipRanks. Join TipRanks in San Francisco in May for FinovateSpring.
  • Alliance Data Retail Services reports on its geofence pilot program with Locaid.
  • EyeVerify wins third eyeprint patent for its mobile security technology. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • ACI Worldwide announces latest version of ACI Issuer, a cost-savings solution for card-issuing and account management.
  • Actiance partners with Symantec to provide integrated compliance, eDiscovery and archiving for social business.
  • BrightScope brings Nerd's Eye View publisher Michael Kitces to its advisory board.
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-- April 12, 2013

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  • RIA Biz takes a look at BrightScope's plan to make advisory fees public.
  • DietBet.com crowdfunds more than $300,000 via SeedInvest. Join SeedInvest in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • Finovate alumni make a strong showing in GoodApril co-founder's list of tax preparation innovation. Meet GoodApril at FinovateSpring.
  • VentureBeat features Ripple developer OpenCoin. See OpenCoin in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • DroidBeans reviews Pageonce for Android.
  • Puget Sound Business Journal highlights the role of Realty Mogul in a local real estate deal. Join Realty Mogul at FinovateSpring.
  • PayPal buys Iron Pearl, a startup that helps companies make their products more attractive to customers.
  • Reuters looks at a case study of how FutureAdvisor is used to save for retirement.
  • PYMNTS looks at Kabbage's "secret weapon"
  • New York Times Business Day interviews Sabrina Parsons, Palo Alto Software CEO. Come to FinovateSpring to watch it demo LivePlan.
  • Channelnomics reports: Check Point Launch Makes Small Branch Foray.
  • Dwolla takes top honors at Prometheus Awards in Des Moines.
  • Massolution's Crowdfunding Industry Report places Lending Club and Prosper as leaders in the industry.
  • American Banker considers On Deck Capital's growth.
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-F-Logo.jpgInvestors Business Daily interviews Barry Silbert, SecondMarket CEO, who says the stock market is broken.
  • Xero opening new LA office for Southern California team.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Fiserv Tops 1 Million Mobile Deposit Capture Users, 7 Million Mobile Users.
  • Radio New Zealand reports: Xero to launch fully into U.S. market in July.
  • Candace Klein, SoMoLend CEO, discusses the hardship that the SEC's delay of the JOBS Act has caused.
  • Yodlee receives 2013 Honorable Mention in Industry Partner category for the Barlow Research Associates' Monarch Innovation Awards.
  • Virtual Piggy integrates with Oracle ATG Web Commerce, expands reach of network to more than 390,000 brands.
  • Mitek's Mobile Deposit solution receives top award for Overall Most Innovative from Barlow Research Associates.
  • Management Today interviews Zopa CEO, Giles Andrews.
  • TechCrunch looks at Realty Mogul and its recent win at the Founder Showcase pitch competition. See them in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • GreenDot and UniRush launch reloadable prepaid Visa card. Join GreenDot for FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • Allied Payment Network bill payment technology integrates with CSPI's Aurora online banking platform.
  • Zooz announces partnership with ChronoPay. Join Zooz in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • Identity Theft 911 CEO to lead discussion on social media and insurer risk at upcoming NAMIC seminar.
  • Roadtrip Nation interviews Dan Reed of Bazaarvoice.
  • Money Street Smart reviews TradeKing.
  • Hard Assets Alliance features an interview with Gold Bullion International CEO Steven Feldman.
  • Newfination interviews Taavet Hinrikus of TransferWise.
  • Engine talks about rewarding risk-takers with GoodApril founder Benny Joseph.
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-F-Logo.jpgExpensify makes Reconciliation and Central Administration features available for American Express corporate cardholders.
  • Micronotes providing series of marketing campaigns for USAlliance FCU to help cross-selling efforts.
  • Palo Alto Software announces launch of EntrepreWorld, a virtual environment to test business plans in a virtual world of avatars. Come see Palo Alto demo its latest technology at FinovateSpring.
  • Consumers CU chooses Andera's oFlows platform for online account opening and lending.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Molly Gregg Otter as Vice President.
  • Bloomberg looks at how Jemstep, SigFig, and FutureAdvisor help manage your portfolio online. See Jemstep's new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Forbes takes a close up look at London's FinTech Innovation Lab, including participants BehavioSec, Kiboo, and Open Bank Project.
  • Huff Post blog considers Lighter Capital's Revenue Loans as alternative to VC funding.
  • GCN looks at Dwolla's use in government.
  • Huff Post blog considers automated report-writing software company, Narrative Science. See its new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Y C Universe profiles Trust Egg. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • MicroStrategy signs technology alliance agreement with MapR.
  • Berry Review takes a look at Pageonce Money and Bills on Blackberry 10.
  • Times of India highlights Klarna's growth in Europe.
  • Incentive Mag previews the launch of CashStar's table gifting solution.
  • Eye Verify announces results from biometric standard, performance and assurance lab survey. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • IntelliResponse selected by KMWorld as one of "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" for 2013. Come see them in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially 'opened the doors' to On Deck Capital's new NYC HQ.
  • Global Payments and edo Interactive launch pilot for card-linked offers network.
  • Boston Business Journal interviews Leaf CEO Aron Schwarzkopf. See Leaf's demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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-- March 29, 2013

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  • Atlanta Business Chronicle takes a look inside the TSYS/NetSpend merger.
  • TradeHero reaches $5 billion in virtual currency traded over 350,000 trades in the first three months.
  • Washington Trust Bank to deploy Jack Henry & Associates' SilverLake System core processing platform.
  • The Options Insider interviews TradeKing CEO Don Montanaro.
  • Leading U.S. healthcare insurer invested more than $250k to implement a Kofax-based solution. See Kofax demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Bill.com announces it enables more than 175k businesses to pay and get paid.
  • Fargo bank adds Fiserv mobile banking, payment tools.
  • Dwolla site back up after DDoS attack.
  • BBC Easy launches C & I Loan Management Software for businesses looking to save time on cumbersome BBCs. Check out BBC's demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Keynote DeviceAnywhere platform now integrated with Worksoft Certif.
  • AH Capital raises more than $100,000 using Realty Mogul's real estate crowd funding platform. Join Realty Mogul in San Francisco this May at FinovateSpring.
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.
  • Forbes places Dwolla CEO, Ben Milne, on the 2013 Disruptors list.
  • Lifehacker reviews Credit Karma for Android.
  • TIBCO Software partners with Aditi Tech to bolster enterprise social, e-commerce solutions.
  • Outright's 300,000 users surpass 2 billion transactions.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Capital Access Network's Online Lending Platform, CapTap, Coming to Tablet Soon.
  • Waspit wins second place award in PYMNTS.com Innovation Project's Best in Show.
  • Monitise CMO Carl Tsukahara interviewed by David Murphy in Mobile Marketing.
  • SeedInvest is among the crowdfunding innovators featured in crowdfundattny blog.
  • Pymnts.com interviews Mark Miles of CSI globalVCard on the business of B2B payments.
  • E&S Consulting blog takes a look at the evolution of Green Dot's GoBank. Be sure to catch Green Dot at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Better ATM Services wins 2013 Paybefore Award for Visa prepaid gift card program.
  • PC Mag's SecurityWatch features EyeVerify and its solution to the problem with passwords.  EyeVerify will be demoing their authentication technology at the upcoming FinovateSpring event in San Francisco.
  • Programmable Web takes a look at recently published APIs including one from OneID. Join OneID this May in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
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-F-Logo.jpgCommunityLend grows FinanceIt team.
  • Cartera Commerce appoints Brian Michon as CTO.
  • Mitek granted new patent for its mobile photo bill pay capabilities.
  • Geezeo partners with OSG Statement Services to develop a statement option that will allow PFM data to be leveraged in eStatements and printed statements.
  • GoBankingRates reviews Simple's banking service.
  • American Banker reports: Maine's Katahdin Trust Company selects Fiserv's core banking platform.
  • MoneyDesktop reports record year with customer growth of nearly 80% from 2011 to 2012 and a 4.5X increase in recurring monthly revenue.
  • Hallmark chooses Taulia to provide e-invoicing, dynamic discounting and supplier self-services.
  • FamZoo's prepaid card family pack featured in TIME.
  • Torsion Mobile integrates with Dwolla's payment network.
  • Dallas Business Journal reports that Device Fidelity has raised $1 million in debt financing.
  • TSYS to begin processing ATM transactions through the LINK network in the UK.
  • Azimo CEO Michael Kent explains the social remittance business in Pymnts.com Q&A.
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSaveUp begins Stamp Card rewards program. Collect 10 stamps and redeem card for reward.
  • Chargebee blog features Braintree as a payment gateway integration optionin the U.K.
  • Firmology reports on new Dwolla features: Send Money to Non-Dwolla Users and Split Payments for Multiple Facilitators.
  • eToro launches YouTube channel for free trading lessons.
  • The M Report features BankersLab's Banc-it: Scoring Edition app.
  • Dexter Credit Union implements Q2ebanking's full suite of eBanking solutions.
  • Locaid partners with CAMS to provide solutions for mobile gaming industry.
  • Jingit chooses Direct Source as its preferred systems integration partner.
  • Compare Broker reviews the latest developments in the Zecco/TradeKing merger.
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-- January 23, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTemenos wins praise as "top advisor solution" from Aite Group.  Come see their demo at FinovateEurope in February!
  • Pageonce reaches $1 million mark in daily mobile bill payments processed.
  • A look at TradeKing after the merger.
  • ACI Worldwide's Money Transfer System helps FIs with Dodd-Frank compliance.
  • EZBOB forms partnership with ChannelGrabber.  Watch EZBOB in action at FinovateEurope!
  • Monitise and CGI Logica form mobile FS alliance to target European retail banks.
  • Tradeshift partners with Intuit to bring its social invoicing platform to more than 5m QuickBooks users.
  • American Banker reports: Fiserv extends relationship with BofA. Come to FinovateEurope in London to see its live demo.
  • CNBC talks with Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest CEO.
  • Bill.com and Expensify announce product integration.
  • GrowthBusiness profiles Holvi. Comes see Holvi's new tech at FinovateEurope next month.
  • Fast Company reports you can now pay taxes in Iowa using Dwolla.
  • SimpleTuition reports 2012 success metrics for SmarterBucks program.
  • DemystData a finalist in AWS Global Startup Challenge. 
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker reports: SmartyPig Launches OneClick, Goal-Based Savings Account Browser Plugin.
  • Bridge Community Bank becomes first in the U.S. to adopt TASCET's Financial ICONN.
  • EZBOB offering interest-only small business loans to online merchants.
  • Fenergo's FATCA solution featured in Datamonitor.
  • ING BusinessMobile for iOS and Android leverages Comarch Mobile Banking.
  • Corduro wins partnership, investment from Shopforbags.com.
  • Standard Chartered Bank launches "Remote Causes" to promote charitable giving through Internet Banking.
  • Ribbit Capital initiates $100 million venture capital fund.
  • Dwolla brings government payments partnership to Iowa.
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-- January 21, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAndroid Does takes a look at the latest update to Pageonce Money & Bills app.
  • ACI Wordwide announces winners of its Excellence Award for 2013.
  • Forbes considers Movenbank's view of online reputation. See Movenbank demo live at FinovateEurope February 12 and 13.
  • The Des Moines Register takes an inside look at Ben Milne's thoughts on the future of Dwolla.
  • SafetyPay announces record growth: Number of transactions in 2012 increased 149% over 2011, the dollar value of transactions increased by 88.5% in 2012 over 2011.
  • BBVA announces mobile RDC for iPhone. Come see BBVA demo its new tech at FinovateEurope in London.
  • Lending Club issues the 100,000th loan on its lending platform.
  • Credit.com's "Credit Cards" app now available on Google Play.
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-- January 17, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBillFloat announces $21 million in new funding.
  • Jack Henry & Associates launches retail and commercial lending platform.
  • Compass Plus completes benchmark testing on HP servers.
  • ImpulseSave releases Google Chrome e-commerce plug-in.
  • Dashlane partners with Pwnedlist to enhance security alerts. Check out Dashlane's live demo at FinovateEurope next month.
  • Mitek to launch Mobile Deposit Alliance, allowing participant banks to share deposit data.
  • TechCrunch reports: eBay And PayPal Expect To Do $20 Billion Each In 2013 Mobile Commerce.
  • El Paso Electric Company partners with TIO Networks Corp to launch EPE MobilePay.
  • Dwolla introduces Guest Send to help developers building bank software make payments from one account to another.
  • Bill.com wins Best Software as a Service category of the 2012-2013 Cloud Awards Program.
  • Clearstream chooses Standard Chartered Bank as its clearing and settlement agent for its investments in South Africa.
  • Payments.com profiles MasterCard Worldwide's initiatives in Africa.
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-- January 9, 2013

  • Gartner highlights Comarch Commission & Incentive in recent report.
  • FIS announces expanded relationship with Modern Woodmen Bank.
  • TomTom uses Keynote DeviceAnywhere for real-time performance monitoring in Paris.
  • The New York Times features Simple's approach to customer service.
  • Check Point Software Technologies introduces new ZoneAlarm 2013 security product line, integrates Facebook Privacy Scan.
  • MyBankTracker looks at Movenbank's new site layout. Come see Movenbank's live demo at FinovateEurope Feb 12 and 13.
  • Daily Tekk interviews Brendon McQueen, CEO of Tuition.io.
  • eToro launches new version of its WebTrader platform.
  • Dwolla introduces new look, allows users to apply for higher transaction limits.
  • Cardlytics opens office in San Fran, appoints new SVP of Marketing. Come see Cardlytics demo at FinovateEurope next month.
  • CNBC interviews Barry Silbert, SecondMarket CEO, to understand why entreprenuers avoid IPOs.
  • Bank Systems & Technology considers how NICE's newest solution uses voice recognition to prevent fraud. Come see NICE demo its new tech live at FinovateEurope in London February 12 and 13.
  • Biometric Update highlights a year of new customers and pilot projects from VoiceTrust.
  • TechCrunch features a video interview with Betterment CEO and founder, Jon Stein.
  • Experian announces deal to provide address and mortality screening services to Guardian Financial Services.
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.
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Alternative payment system Dwolla announced on Friday it has partnered with a school district in Iowa to enable online payments for school lunches.

After signing up for Dwolla, parents and guardians withDwollaSchoolLunch2.jpgchildren attending Iowa schools in the Beaman, Conrad, Liscomb, Union, and Whitten (BCLUW) district can pay for lunches online on a weekly, bimonthly, or monthly basis.

There is no transaction cost for parents, and because Dwolla only charges 25 cents for payments over $10, it can save schools a significant amount of money on credit and debit card fees.

According to the blog post, Dwolla is seeking additional partnerships with school districts.

To learn more about Dwolla, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHere is a list of all the funding Finovate alumni received over the course of 2012.  

After an impressive 2011, where more than $423 million was raised, 2012 was even better, with more than $450 raised.

A few stand-out metrics for the year:

  • A total of 44 companies received funding, some more than once in 2012
  • Combined, more than $450 million was raised
  • The best quarter for raising capital was the first quarter when more than $150 was raised
  • The biggest funding month this year was March, with more than $68 million raised by three companies
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received.

January -- $25 million raised by 3 companies
Currensee: $2 million -- blog post
Finsphere: $11.3 million -- blog post
HelloWallet: $12 million -- blog post

February -- $57 million raised by 5 companies
Capital Access Network: $30 million -- blog post
Dwolla: $5 million -- blog post
Jemstep: $6 million -- blog post
Kabbage: undisclosed -- blog post
Xero: $16.6 million -- blog post

March -- $68 million raised by 3 companies
Boku: $35 million -- blog post
eToro: $15 million -- blog post
ThreatMetrix: $18 million -- blog post

April -- $2.5 million raised by 1 company
miiCard: $2.5 million -- blog post

May -- $55.5 million raised by 5 companies
Kony: $15 million - blog post
Pindrop Security: $1 million -- blog post
SecureKey: $30 million -- blog post
SoMoLend: $1.17 million -- blog post
Yodlee: $8.3 million -- blog post

June -- More than $62 million raised by 8 companies
Affinity Solutions: $14.5 million -- blog post
Arroweye Solutions: $3 million -- blog post
Cartera Commerce: $12.2 million -- blog post
Credit Sesame: $12 million -- blog post
Doughmain: undisclosed -- blog post
Lending Club: $15 million -- blog post
Nutmeg: $5.3 million -- blog post
Planwise: $200,000 -- blog post

July -- $6 million raised by 2 companies
Continuity Control: $1 million -- press release
SaveUp: $5 million -- blog post

August -- More than $49 million raised by 6 companies*
DemystData: undisclosed -- blog post
FutureAdvisor: $5 million -- blog post
FreeMonee: $34 million -- blog post
The Currency Cloud: $3.1 million -- blog post
CashStar: $5 million -- blog post
Continuity Control: $2.25 million -- blog post

September -- More than $59 million raised by 5 companies
Banno: $2 million -- press release
Betterment: $10 million -- press release
Edo Interactive: $15 million -- press release
Fuze Network: $2.5 million -- press release
Kabbage: $30 million -- blog post

October -- $37 million raised by 2 companies
The Currency Cloud: $1.9 million -- blog post
Braintree: $35 million -- blog post

November -- More than $23 raised by 4 companies
ActivePath: $10 million -- blog post
Jingit: $7 million -- blog post
Bazaarvoice: $6.7 million -- blog post
Xero: $49 million -- blog post

December -- More than $16 million raised by 4 companies
Waspit: $3 million -- blog post
Controlabill: $570,000 (A$600,000) -- blog post
Zopa: undisclosed -- blog post
ShopKeep POS: $10 million - blog post
Clover Networks: $3.3 million - blog post

*In addition to the companies listed for August, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at Julie@Finovate.com or David@Finovate.com.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAmerican Banker features Banno CEO Wade Arnold, calling him a "coder in the cornfields."
  • American Banker names PayPal and Wonga 2 of 8 non-banks to watch in 2013.
  • Mint.com encourages users to add goals by holding $500 sweepstakes.
  • Deccan Herlad examines Yodlee's plan to move into India.
  • Forbes considers the best job titles of 2012: Min Xuan Lee, PlayMoolah's Princess of Possibility named #1.
  • MoneyDesktop to power Cubus Solutions' online banking services.
  • Geezeo to power Wings Financial PFM.
  • Billion Success blog interviews David Barrett, Expensify CEO.
  • OneDayGlobal blog profiles Entrepreneurial Finance Lab.
  • Silicon Prairie reports: Dwolla-powered Koala Pay aims to help merchants, customers connect.
  • Andera adds Gesa CU & Central Star CU for online account opening, loan applications.
  • Marketing Technology Blog highlights Flint Mobile and its camera-based payment processing system.
  • Ixaris completes move to new offices in San Gwann.
  • TSYS announces ProPay acquisition now complete.
  • Experian is offering a searchable consumer credit database.
  • Locaid Technologies wins FastPitch competition at Locations & Beyond Summit 2012.
  • Billhighway provides mobile donation services for Make A Difference animal rescue event.
  • Huffington Post features WattzOn among its best apps for tracking home energy use.
  • The Tennessean takes a look at the rebranding of Portfolio Football as Sports Lever.
  • LifeHacker quotes SmartCredit.com president of consumer education on credit and credit scores.
  • Betterment and PageOnce earn spots in TechCrunch's feature: "7 Apps That Will Keep Your New Year's Resolutions Alive".
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.

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