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Alumni News-- June 18, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThreatMetrix integrates with Ping Identity's PingFederate ID bridge to provide contextual employee authentication.
  • Kony brings in $50 Million in Financing Led by SoftBank Capital.
  • Eight Finovate alums earn spots on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list: Motif Investing, TransferWise, Personal Capital, Wealthfront, Lending Club, Coinbase, Bill.com, and Betterment.
  • Umpqua Bank announces plans to transition to a scalable core solution from FIS.
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.jpgKabbage expands platform to serve all SMBs: online, brick-and-mortar, and services businesses.
  • Spend Matters interviews Taulia's Markus Ament on its discounting philosophy, e-invoicing, and ERP.
  • Gartner recognizes Backbase CXP as being at the forefront of UX design and mobile development support.
  • Washington Federal picks Fiserv's DNA account processing platform.
  • Digital Mailer adds eight new financial institutions to its My Virtual Strongbox service.
  • Experian launches real-time data sharing service for UK credit providers.
  • Genesis Financial chooses ACI Worldwide to power multichannel call center and eLockbox payment options.
  • LegacyTexas Bank of Plano to work with Digital Insight to deploy online and mobile banking solutions. See Digital Insight demo at FinovateEurope next week.
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.jpgArxan appoints Patrick Kehoe as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • GRANCO Federal Credit Union to offer Geezeo powered PFM.
  • Mitek's Mobile Photo Payments now offered by a large, unnamed cable, telecomm and media companies.
  • Lodo Software changes its name to D3 Technology.
  • miiCard adds former SWIFT CEO Lázaro Campos, previous VP of SecureWorks Richard Lewis, and prior Clydesdale executive Kenny White to its Board of Directors.
  • Zopa secures £15 million from London-based Arrowgrass Capital Partners.
  • Crowdfund Insider looks at SeedInvest and its comment letters to the SEC on crowdfunding and the JOBS Act.
  • LendUp launches educational video series to help combat identity theft.
  • Flint Mobile announces start of partner program for ISOs, MSPs, and ISVs.
  • Financial Times column on online banking and the cloud features Fidor Bank.
  • Your Story features TransferWise and its co-founder Taavet Hinrikus.
  • InComm and H&R Block enable consumers to reload their H&R Block Emerald Card at more than 60k Vanilla Reload locations in the U.S.
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 13, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgeToro to allow its members to invest and trade in bitcoin.
  • CaixaBank enables cardholders to make transaction-based, charitable micro-donations.
  • PhotoPay wins spot in this year's FinTech Innovation Lab London. See them in action at FinovateEurope.
  • Flint Mobile, BillGuard both featured in Forbes column on companies "moving global commerce forward."
  • miiCard and Axiomatika partner to power identity verification solutions for the Russian financial industry.
  • CoverHound grows 533% Year over Year in 2013 and Promotes Keith Moore to CEO.
  • ShopKeep POS launches ShopKeep Mobile for iPod Touch.
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 8, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMerchant Maverick calls Flint Mobile "the perfect service for low-volume merchants."
  • LendUp and Refundo team up to provide short-term loans for underbanked taxpayers waiting for refunds.
  • Manilla launches Bill Share to make managing family finances easier.
  • CurrencyFair unveils their new website.
  • The Seattle Times joins doxo to simplify bill delivery and payment for subscribers.
  • Dynamics ePlate Visa Card adds 50th rewards partner.
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.

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Add another $2 million in funding for mobile payments startup, Flint Mobile.

The company said on Tuesday that Verizon Investments was contributing to Flint's Series B round of funding. The additional capital from Verizon Communication's investment division boosts Flint's total funding for this round to $8 million.

Flint also announced integration with Apple's Passbook. According to Flint CEO Greg Goldfarb, the idea is to "enable little businesses that don't have a lot of technology resources and no cash register to act with the efficiencies of bigger businesses." The Passbook integration will allow coupons and offers to be added to digital receipts, which can be sent via email or stored in Passbook. Users will also be able to manage payments, send invoices, and receive payments online.

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Flint offers iOS and Android compatible mobile payments systems that requires no additional hardware or card reader. The technology makes it easier for smaller and nontraditional businesses to accept credit cards, and allows merchants to issue invoices and create customized receipts safely and securely.

The company made headlines in October with news that it had received $6 million in Series B funding from wireless service provider, Digicel. Flint demoed its technology at FinovateSpring 2012 in San Francisco. See the company in action here.

Finovate Alumni News-- December 10, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network changes its name to CAN Capital.
  • Compass Plus survey reflects declining support for NFC amid growing popularity of mobile channel.
  • CFA Institute's Inside Investing takes a look at Motif Investing and "the secret revolution in finance."
  • Gartner places NICE in leaders quadrant of the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Workforce Optimization.
  • Wealthfront announces new ability to harvest losses on stocks that comprise an index.
  • Flint Mobile raises $2 million from Verizon Investments.
  • Mint, Manilla, SigFig, Jemstep and Planwise featured in Kiplinger's list of smart online tools to manage finances.
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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A big month for Flint Mobile just got a bit bigger with news that the mobile payments company just raised $6 million in funding from new and existing investors.

The round was led by Digicel Group, and included participation from Storm Ventures, SVG Partners, and True Ventures. Flint's total capital raised stands at $9 million, which includes $3 million from a round completed in May 2012.

Flint plans to put the new capital to use by (1) adding new talent, (2) boosting customer acquisition efforts, and (3) accelerating R&D in the mobile payments space. Co-founder and CEO Greg Goldfarb said that Flint will remain "focused on empowering the 'non-countertop' businesses that operate outside of store (environment) and have different requirements (from traditional retail)."

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Today's announcement comes on the heels of news that Flint was releasing its Android app, and that the company had swapped out its card reader for a camera, as well. Goldfarb also noted that Flint had experienced transaction volume growth of more than 10x in less than year.

From some perspectives, Digicel Group may seem like an unlikely source of capital for Flint. Digicel is not especially active when it comes to funding startups, and has a role of its own as a global communications provider in more than 30 markets. That said, Digicel considers Flint to provide the kind of "pure digital app model" that represents an "inevitable market shift" in the way payments will be made in the future.

Founded in April 2011, Flint demoed its technology as part of the FinovateSpring 2012 show in San Francisco. See the company's presentation here.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCardFlight wins best startup at New Jersey Tech meetup.
  • Firmology interviews Jason Richelson, CEO of ShopKeep POS.
  • Humanitarian organization Oxfram partners with TransferWise to help British Indians avoid fees.
  • InComm launches Cashtie cloud match service.
  • Flint raises $6 million in Series B funding.
  • Taulia was recently announced as a 2013 Bully Award winner.
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.jpgUS Storage Centers and PayNearMe unveil convenient electronic cash payments for self-storage tenants.
  • Actiance expands partnership with ZL Technologies to deliver enterprise and public social data into unified archive.
  • Blackhawk Network to acquire InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions launches CheckRisk Pro, a tool to mitigate RDC risk.
  • Netbanker: Simple to launch bluetooth-based P2P payments.
  • The American Bankers Association endorses Q2's enterprise solutions for secure virtual banking.
  • Flint Mobile announces launch of swipe-free mobile payment app for Android.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at Motif's "design-it-yourself investing."
  • TechWorld Australia features P2P currency exchange innovator, CurrencyFair.
  • Fenergo, Aite Group report: Capital market firms prefer centralized client onboarding.
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 Finovate-F-Logo.jpgForbes column on banking and mobile payments highlights Finovate alumni Check, Fiserv, and FIS.
  • BBC features MasterCard's efforts to replace food stamps and cash with cards in Lebanese refugee camps.
  • Jim Marous references GoBank and Moven in report on innovation in mobile banking functionality.
  • LowCards.com reports: Dynamics offers artistic credit cards.
  • Flint Mobile opts for camera over card reader.
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.jpgSmithsonian Magazine features how BehavioSec authenticates users.
  • NECN.com features Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai Technologies to talk about how Akamai makes the internet faster and safer for its clients.
  • Ixaris launches Ixaris Payments Server to help banks build their own corporate prepaid programs.
  • Tasker Payment Gateways CEO touts alliance with Flint Mobile.
  • CurrencyFair featured in The Independent column on saving money when sending cash overseas.
  • Yodlee expands international reach by partnering with BlueChilli, a Sydney-based technology startup incubator.
  • Linkable Networks wins endorsement from American Bankers Association for its card-linked offer 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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgZopa Safeguard now has 15,000 users and has had £16m lent on platform. Zopa reaches £300m in money lent to borrowers in the UK.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Cardlytics Has 33 Million Active Users at 400 Banks.
  • Inc. Magazine creates infographic of how to select the right crowdfunding platform. Bolstr and SeedInvest among choices.
  • CommunityLend's FinanceIt partners with Pivotal Payments, a credit card payment processing company, to enable merchants to process loans directly at the POS.
  • Capital Access Network opens new facility in Lindora, Costa Rica to support growth.
  • Finect president Jennifer Openshaw talks networking for financial professionals on MarketWatch Radio.
  • Street Fight Mag includes Placecast among its "5 Tools for Point of Interest Geo-Targeting".
  • TransferWise launches GetPaid to make it easier to get compensated when working with international clients and partners.
  • Developer Tech features Keynote Systems' CEO Umang Gupta.
  • Point of Sale highlights Finovate alumni Flint Mobile and PayPal.
  • Social Trading Guru reviews ayondo 3.0.
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 24, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMainStreet features "stock tip truth-o-meter" and FinovateSpring 2013 Best of Show winner TipRanks.
  • GMC Software Technology enters partnership with PostConnect to deploy Inspire technology.
  • AppScout takes a look at Flint's mobile app for iPad and iPhone.
  • Yandex.Money integrates with Еuropean payment provider Skrill.
  • Banking Business Review reports: Handpoint introduces Chip and PIN MPOS systems.
  • Newfination visits the Personal Capital offices, interviews Head Of Advisory Services, Kyle Ryan.
  • American Banker mentions how Lendio and Lighter Capital are changing the face of small business lending.
  • Internet Retailer reports: ThreatMetrix helps EMerchantPay reduce its clients' chargeback rates.
  • Klarna named "most innovative company" at annual Media Momentum Awards arranged by GP Bullhound.
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 13, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHeckyl Technologies named fastest growing enterprise startup in Indian brokerage industry.
  • InvestorPlace interviews Flint Mobile CEO and co-founder, Greg Goldfarb.
  • EyeVerify raises $2.3 million in Series A round. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco this week.
  • Advanced Trading takes a look at Quantopian and the rise of the new quants. Meet them at FinovateSpring.
  • FIS to provide core banking, back-office processing support to UK-based Sainsbury's Bank.
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.jpgForbes.com takes a look at the competition between Square and Flint Mobile.
  • Compass Plus presents instant card issuance in debut appearance at CARTES America conference.
  • SAGE SA names Amir Suleman as Head of Sales for Middle East.
  • Striata receives PCI compliance for its Grade 1 infrastructure in the UK.
  • New Europe Online interviews eToro's Head of Product Marketing, Alon Levitan, about how eToro is changing online trading.
  • PEHub interviews Drew Sievers, who led mFoundry to an acquisition by FIS.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee leverages Billhighway Give to Reach Fundraising Goals.
  • Perfectsen selected as a semi-finalist for the Innotribe Startup Challenge 2013.
  • OneID wins 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Come see their presentation at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Locaid earns extended relationship with LaaS company Timesheet Mobile. See Locaid 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-F-Logo.jpgTech Dirt looks at Narrative Science's role in algorithmically-generated journalism. Come See Narrative Science at FinovateSpring.
  • Bdaily talks with Monitise EVP, Lisa Stanton, about mobile banking.
  • Numerica Credit Union adopts BBC Easy's C&I Lending program.
  • CU Times reports Fiserv's Spot Pay offers CUs a co-branded mobile payment platform and dongle.
  • Forbes looks at the growth of edo, Cardlytics, and Cartera Commerce and how card-linked offers are better than daily deals.
  • TechCruch reports OpenCoin has acquired SimpleHoney. See OpenCoin demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • ProfitStars launches BillSimple from iPaySolutions.
  • TSYS to present at annual card forum and expo in April.
  • IntelliResponse adds 155th customer, the company's first credit union.
  • Convenience Store Decisions notes the growing role of mobile payment options such as PayPal and Flint Mobile.
  • FIS, Open Solutions veteran Gary Daniel to join Allied Payment Network. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • Banking Technology looks at eWise, Pageonce, Mint.com, Kiboo, Holvi, & Moven as PFM resurgence examples.
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 looks at Open Bank Project's open API, interviews TESOBE founder and CEO, Simon Redfern.
  • ChicagoBusiness.com features Bolstr, calls it a new crowdfunding twist.
  • Major Italian bank invests more than $300k to expand its use of Kofax software to branches in EU, the Middle East and North Africa. Come see Kofax demo its new technology at FinovateSpring next month.
  • UK-based global application software and services company, Misys launches new suite of online, mobile banking products powered by IND Group.
  • Mobile Payment Power features Flint mobile payment app.
  • The Seattle Times takes a look at the launch of Realty Mogul. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • TSYS renews long-term payment processing agreement with Columbia State Bank.
  • TradeKing analyst to speak at annual options industry conference.
  • Pando Daily reports on Quantopian's new feature, which allows traders to import external data. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Gold Bullion International teams with Envestnet to facilitate precious metals trading for independent advisors.
  • BancVue acquires BancLeasing to allow Community FIs to strengthen commercial 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.

Finovate Alumni News-- March 27, 2013

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  • Acculynk to provide UnionPay International UPOP authentication service via PaySecure.
  • GMC  Software Technology's GMC Inspire now available as a complete solution with Xerox devices.
  • Klarna AB wins SEK 150 million contract with EVRY.
  • Finextra reports East River FCU & Ishpeming Community FCU to integrate Geezeo's PFM product.
  • International Business News reports Aditi Technologies and TIBCO Software announce strategic alliance to bolster enterprise social and e-commerce solutions.
  • Lend Academy reports: Lending Club adds monthly income and loan ID filters.
  • American Banker reports: Harleysville Savings chooses Q2ebanking's online banking platform.
  • TIO Networks surpasses 1 million transactions across all TIO Wallet members.
  • BankersLab launches Collections Edition of its Bank-it mobile game.
  • Bell State Bank deploys Fiserv's mobile banking system.
  • Banking Technology looks at Kiboo's participation in London's fintech Innovation Lab.
  • Wilson Bank & Trust introduces MoneyDesktop to members.
  • TIBCO Software acquires Maporama Solutions.
  • P2P lending comes to real estate courtesy of Realty Mogul.
  • Small Business Computing takes a look at Flint's pursuit of "highly mobile small businesses."
  • Retail Touch Points features Jingit and a conversation on the importance of in-store marketing ROI.
  • Bank Crerdit News talks compliance with Fenergo CEO Marc Murphy.
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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The battle to liberate merchants from card reader hardware and proprietary mobile wallets just recorded another victory.

Flint Mobile has announced that they will bring their swipe-free mobile payments solution to Fidano, a subsidiary of merchant service provider NXGEN

Flint's app enables merchants to accept credit card payments via iPhone. While the cardholder information passes through the app (the app scans the card numbers and is used to enter verification data) no information is stored on the phone itself.

Fidano's partners will be able to take advantage of Flint's platform in the second quarter of 2013. The company, which made the partnership announcement at the PYMNTS.com Innovation Project today, reports strong usage growth of its iOS app over the past six weeks. The app has been available since November 2012.

Flint Mobile was last on the Finovate stage in 2012 at FinovateSpring.  See them in action here.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTIO Networks launches mobile payment app for Mobilicity.
  • PayPal signs on to the ePayments Code released by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC code, which replaces EFT code).
  • CNN Money reviews Mint and HelloWallet side-by-side.
  • CNN Money names BillShrink as best app to manage your money.
  • Flint Mobile announces partnership with NXGEN subsidiary Fidano to support mobile payment adoption.
  • Through partnership with Luminous, Nihilent to sell Luminous' solutions in India.
  • IDentity Theft 911 expands service partnership with VyStar Credit Union.
  • Cofounder of TransferWise, Taavet Hinrikus writes in the Wall Street Journal about the importance of team-building for successful CEOs.
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-- February 4, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Economist highlights TransferWise. See them demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Strategic Shopping blog, November Sunflower, features Jingit.
  • Top Technology News takes a look at the Flint mobile payment system.
  • Linkable Networks now offers deals at Lunds and Byerly's Minnesota Grocery stores.
  • Virtual Piggy opens London office. Come watch its live demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Xero's Report Packs go live for Australian partners.
  • Bloomberg looks at how StockTwits is adjusting to Twitter changes.
  • eToro updates Trader for iOS to allow for native and social registration.
  • SMC Securities, Global Capital to integrate Heckyl Technologies platform. See them demo next week at FinovateEurope.
  • Finovate Alumni abound in Payment Source's list of 11 major mergers in payments 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.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTechCrunch reports Braintree's New Payments Layer Lets Users Sign Up For Apps Without Re-Entering Their Credit Card Data.
  • Mitek and Allied Payment Network Expand Availability of Mobile Photo Bill Pay.
  • Backbase and iQStore sign partnership agreement for Russian market.
  • Xero integrates with Harvest, a time tracking and invoicing software company.
  • CNBC's Squawk on the Street features BOKU.
  • HID Global partners with BehavioSec to improve fraud detection system.
  • Facebook integration, customer management features added to Flint mobile app.
  • ACI Worldwide to buy Online Resources for more than $120 million.
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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The latest upgrade to Flint's mobile payments app looks to leverage both sides of the merchant/customer transaction.

The new iPhone app allows merchants to set up pre-set lists to make inputting transactions faster and more efficient. Customizable receipts make it possible to search and organize customers based on transaction details like product type and card used. These features potentially provide additional marketing tools, allowing, for example, targeted loyalty offers to selected receipts.

The new app also sports Facebook integration so customers to directly post ratings and reviews. For the those businesses that have avoided social marketing due to time limitations or integration concerns, Flint's app makes it easier to get the customer to do some of the work.

More than 20,000 users have downloaded Flint since it was first available late last year, opting for the dongle-free approach to taking payments on the go. The average transaction has been more than $100.

Watch Flint's most recent demo from FinovateSpring 2012 here.

Finovate Alumni News-- January 3, 2013

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  • Internet Marketing For Small Business likes how Flint leverages the camera for mobile payments.
  • Lithium Knowledge Center shares tips on configuring Klarna.
  • Entrepreneur interviews Jason Richelson, founder of New York-based ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based system.
  • Clover raises $3.3 million from undisclosed investors.
  • Tuition.io exits private beta, aims to make student loan management easier.
  • The Boston Globe takes a look at Tom Leighton, the new CEO at Akamai.
  • Techie Insider looks at how PayPal mobile payments can benefit your church.
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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  • 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.

Finovate Alumni News-- December 11, 2012

  • From online to the desktop, Bill.com is now fully integrated with Quickbooks.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFIS announces deal with VW Credit for North American loan and lease processing.
  • New team at Capital Acess Network to build online lending engine, CapTap.
  • MasterCard launches 'cash electronification' service rePower in Europe.
  • Monitise and Intuit partner to bring Mint to financial institutions.
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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  • Time Magazine looks at P2P lending strategies with Prosper and Lending Club.
  • ThreatMetrix Wins Bronze for the Enterprise Product of the Year in Best in Biz Awards 2012.
  • Blackhawk Network reaches multiyear agreement with Facebook gifting app, Wrapp.
  • Vestas Wind Systems signs with Tradeshift.
  • Bazaarvoice appoints CFO Steven Collins to CEO.
  • Acculynk announces First Data Corp Executive VP Mark Herrington to join Board of Directors.
  • TechCrunch: Flint Mobile exits beta to take on Square with its camera-based mobile payment app. 
  • Portfolio Football re-brands, officially launches Sports Lever.
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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  • 2 Minute Finance interviews Flint Mobile at FinovateSpring.
  • Check Point provides FXCM with integrated network protection.
  • IND Group's technology initiates the world's first Facebook money transfer.
  • Kashoo named most promising startup at 2012 BCTIA Technology Impact Awards.
  • DCisions awarded an Australian patent for business method.
  • SmartyPig, Social Money's goal-based savings product, increases its interest rate to 1% APY.
  • TechCrunch reports PayPal rolls out a touch-friendly website redesign.
  • US News lists Buxfer, YouNeedABudget, Pennyminder, Yodlee, Geezeo, Mint as personal finance tools you should use.
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.

Here's a look at press coverage from FinovateSpring 2012 in San Francisco last week. For comprehensive coverage, be sure to check out Erin McCune's live blog on PaymentsViews, which covers all 63 presenting companies:

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2 Minute Finance
2MF @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference
by Bobby Lee
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BillGuard Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee

Cardlytics Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee

Concur Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee

Flint Mobile Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 2)
by Bobby Lee

Mitek Systems Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee

TIO Networks Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee

WattzOn Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee

Bank Innovation
5 Finovate Demo-ers' News Catching Our Eye
by Mary Wisniewski

4 More Finovate Products We Like
by Mary Wisniewski

Bank Technology News
Best of Finovate Spring Day 1
by Penny Crosman

Best of Finovate Spring Day 2
by Penny Crosman

Dwolla Pitches Fast Fund Transfers, but Bank Participation is Vital
by Sean Sposito

Edo to Harness Payment Data to Spur Consumer Spending
by Victoria Finkle

WattzOn Helps Banks Help Customers Save on Energy Bills
by Sean Sposito

BankersLab Blog
CreditLab Launch: Reactions and Responses

BankNXT
Finovate, Simple, and Re-Imagining Banking Applications
by Bradley Leimer

Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 1
by Jelmer de Jong

Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 2
by Jelmer de Jong

BetaKit
CoverHound Debuts Comparison Tool for Auto Insurance 
by Cheronne Thurab 

Business Insider
Finally, a Mobile App That Helps You Save Money: Meet Urge
by Willy Staley

Business2Community
What Does $4.6 Billion in Coupon Savings Have to Do with Savvy Consumers?
by Andre Bourque

C'est pas mon idée!
FinovateSpring 2012: quoi de neuf?
by Patrice Bernard

Currency Marketing Blog
Four Conference in Four Days
by Tim McAlpine

Credit Union Times
MoneyDesktop Named Best of Show at FinovateSpring Conference
by Natasha Chilingerian

Daily Disruption
Flint Mobile Announces Beta Launch at Finovate and Closes $3 Million Round of Financing
by Tim Rygh

The Daily Guardian (BillGuard's blog)
Financial Community Awards BillGuard Best Of Show at Finovate
by Maryanne

DCisions Blog
DCisions at Finovate Spring 2012
by Kritika Ashok

Des Moines Register 
Dwolla offers software for free
by Adam Belz

Des Moines Register Blog
Dwolla, Social Money earn praise at national banking conference
by Marco Santana

Excelsior
Kuspit, el primer Finovate mexicano
by Alicia Salgado

Experian Blog
Business IQ Express... what is the media saying?
by Roslyn Whitehurst 

FamZoo Blog
Finovate Winners
by Bill Dwight

Finextra
Flint taps phone cameras for card payments

SoMoLend closes $1.17 million seed round

Forrester Blog
Finovate Spring 2012: Digital Financial Services Innovation
by Tiffani Montez

FP Pad
[Video Spotlight] inStream Solutions CEO Alex Murguia at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg

[Video Spotlight] iQuantifi CEO Tom White at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg

[Video Spotlight] Sarah Carter of Actiance at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg

Iconowatch
Accelerating Innovation at Finovate 2012
by Hans Eisenbeis

Investment News
Personal Capital launches iPhone app
by Davis Janowski

Lazy Man and Money
What's Hot and What's Not from Finovate 2012

Mercury News
Money Goes Mobile 

Montreal Gazette
Montreal's Wall Street Survivor teaches about investing
by Jason Magder

MyBankTracker
Can FinTech Stop You from 'Showrooming?'
by Willy Staley

MoneyDesktop: How Personalized Deals Shine in PFM Tools
by Simon Zhen

Save Your Wallet, and Maybe the Planet, with WattzOn
by by Willy Staley

On Deck Capital Blog
Photo Journal: Our Finovate Demo

PaymentsNews
Highlights from Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco 

PaymentsViews
Live Blogging Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco
by Erin McCune

The Paypers
ZipZap rolls out CashCade payment service

PaySimple Blog
PaySimple at Finovate
by Sarah Jordan

PC World
New Web Apps and Services for Business
by Yardena Arar

QuidLabs
Finovate Best in Show
by Aliisa Rosenthal

SecurityPark.net
BehavioSec voted 'Best of Show' for biometric solution by audience at Finovate Spring, San Francisco

Silicon Prairie News
With upgraded FiSync, Dwolla cuts 3-5 day wait to real-time
by Michael Stacy

Silver Tail Systems Blog
Finovate Spring Demonstrates a Growing Richness in Online Interactions
by Laura Mather

Social Lending Network
Roundup of Social Lending News - May 12, 2012
by Peter Renton

TechCrunch 
Capital One Snags Mobile Savings Startup BankOns, Team Moving To Capital One Labs
by Sarah Perez

Flint: A New Mobile Payment App For Small Businesses Picks Up $3M From Storm, True Ventures
by Ingrid Lunden

How Personal Capital Wants To Bring Money Management Into The Internet Age [TCTV]
by Colleen Taylor

Nearing The 1M User Mark, Expensify Adds 'Trips' Feature To Mobile Apps
by Colleen Taylor

The Anti-Groupon? Edo Launches Real-Time Local Offers Platform, Tied To Your Bank Card For Instant Credits
by Sarah Perez

Tradestreaming
List Of Winners Of Top Fintech Conference, Finovate
by Zack Miller

World News (wn.com)
Instream Solutions Ceo Alex Murguia At Finovatespring 2012
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Then, Flint Mobile demonstrated how it helps businesses accept credit cards and acquire customers:

"Flint is introducing its first product offering. We will be demoing our end-to-end service that seamlessly integrates easy mobile payments with word of mouth marketing through the biggest social networks."

Product Launched: May 2012

HQ Location: Redwood City, CA
Company Founded: April 2011
Metrics: Announcing the company and our Beta at FinovateSpring 2012
Website: flintmo.com

Introducing Greg Goldfarb (CEO and Co-Founder) and Venkat Subramanian (VP Engineering) 

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