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Alumni News-- July 29, 2014

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  • Concur partners with Uber to allow Concur users to link their accounts and automatically send Uber receipts to their expense reports.
  • The Financial Brand looks at opportunity for banks and credit unions in the Loop Visa partnership. 
  • Open Bank Project making its API available during hackathon in September.
  • TechCrunch explores Pellucid Analytics' take on PowerPoint pitch books.
  • Seed Me! Thinknum raises $1 million in seed funding round.
  • Feature on robo-advisors highlights seven alums: Betterment, Financial Guard, FutureAdvisor, Jemstep, Personal Capital, SigFig, and Wealthfront.
  • Macwelt reviews banking app Numbrs.
  • Bank Systems & Technology points to Moven as a nontraditional financial service provider "gunning" for banks.
  • Xero partners with MarketInvoice to bring faster funding to UK businesses.
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.

Alumni News-- July 25, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFox Business News features Kabbage's small business lending process.
  • Huffington Post describes how DemystData's big data analytics help evaluate creditworthiness.
  • Cartera Commerce's CFO Karen Cambray named a finalist in Boston Business Journal's 2014 CFO of the Year Awards.
  • Bloomberg: BillGuard programmers code in bomb shelters.
  • Coinbase launches Coinbase Vault to Better Secure Your Bitcoins.
  • MoneyDesktop appoints Brandon Dewitt as its first ever CTO.
  • SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert stepping down in order to refocus his attention solely on bitcoin.
  • InvestmentNews features roboadvisors Jemstep, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Personal Capital.
  • The Irish Times looks at Holvi's move into Ireland.
  • CMS Wire: Actiance wants to help companies curb social media mistakes.
  • Karen Webster of Market Platform Dynamics interviews Zooz CEO Oren Levy.
  • eToro announces new version of OpenBook for iOS.
  • Mobile Entertainment talks with Adam Levene, SVP of Strategy at Monitise Create.
  • LendingTree launches personalization platform.
  • Pymnts takes a look at the partnership between Malauzai Software and Trusteer. See Malauzai at FinovateFall in September.
  • Fortune.com interviews Bill Siegel, interim CEO of SecondMarket.
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.

Alumni News-- June 9, 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.jpgFive Weeks to SixThirty: Accelerator Program Sets July 11th Deadline.
  • VerifyValid announced partnership with Lake Michigan Credit Union.
  • ACI Worldwide's Point to Point Encryption solution adopted by Ecentric Payment Systems in South Africa.
  • Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation column takes a look at fraud detection innovator, Rippleshot.
  • NYmag features fintech from FinovateSpring 2014.
  • E27 looks at PlayMoolah's Indiegogo campaign.
  • Cortera to bring its business credit risk management to Equipment Street's marketplace.
  • Weight Watchers selects Kony to power mobile point of sale capabilities.
  • CoinDesk interviews Fidor Bank COO Michael Maier on the Munich-based bank's decision to use Ripple Labs to move money.
  • Financial Guard, FutureAdvisor, Betterment, Jemstep, SigFig, and Wealthfront make Kiplinger's Best Online Advisory 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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It is hard to believe that it is almost time for FinovateSpring 2014.

There's still plenty of time for you to get your tickets to our upcoming event in San Jose, California on April 29 and 30. Our final Sneak Peek preview post is up, all the companies who were prepping under the radar are now out of stealth, and we can't wait for you to see what this year's spring crop of fintech entrepreneurs and innovators has in store.

Before we do, however, let's take a moment to take a look back at last year's FinovateSpring alums. As we scrolled through blog archives, several themes jumped out: the appetite for startups remains as passionate as ever, with three of our Spring 2013 alums being acquired by such financial sector potentates as Intuit and PayPal. And venture capitalists continue to see innovation in this space as a more than worthwhile investment, with 20 separate fundings for Spring 2013 alums

We've grouped the achievements into four categories: Exits, Fundings, Awards, and Acquisitions. Enjoy!



EXITS

  • Jack Henry buys Banno for undisclosed sum
  • The rumors are true: eBay's PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million in cash
  • Intuit buys tax planning/preparation specialist GoodApril
  • TaxAct acquires Balance Financial
FUNDINGS

  • CardFlight secures $1.6 million in seed funding from ff Venture Capital
  • Encap earns seven-figure investment from ProVenture Seed
  • EyeVerify earns $2.3 million in Series A funding
  • Jemstep raises $4.5 million in Series A round
  • Kabbage brings in $270 million in debt financing to provide small businesses with funding of their own
  • Kabbage brings in $75 MIllion in debt financing
  • Leaf raises $20 million from Heartland Payment Systems
  • Alternative lender LendUp raises $14 million in new funding
  • D3 Banking creator Lodo Software Brings in $3 million
  • Narrative Science secures $11.5 million in Series C funding
  • OpenCoin wins investment from Google Ventures, IDG Capital Partners
  • P2BInvestor raises $1.2 million in Series A round
  • PayNearMe leverages Family Dollar Partnership; raises $20 million
  • PayNearMe raises $10 million in Series D funding, launches Express Merchant Onboarding Option
  • Prestadero raises 5 million pesos ($400,000 USD) in first round of funding
  • Quantopian raises $6.7 million in Series A round
  • Realty Mogul raises $9 million in round led by Canaan Partners
  • SeedInvest raises $2 million in crowdfunded investment campaign
  • SeedInvest Raises $1 million in round Led by Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
  • Zooz Closes $2 million Series A round Led by XSeed Capital
AWARDS

ACQUISITONS

  • OpenCoin acquires SimpleHoney
  • Kofax acquires data integration software provider Kapow Technologies
  • NICE to acquire Causata to enhance customer experience management

Finovate Alumni News -- March 31, 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.jpgThreatMetrix CTO Andreas Baumhof discusses the need for new authentication strategies for retailers.
  • NBC Chicago interviews Larry Baker, co-founder of Bolstr, on the basics of crowdfunding.
  • Trustly named to 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe award.
  • The Real Money Story reviews Jemstep.
  • Top Image Systems and Konica Minolta Spain partner to market eFLOW Invoice and Digital Mailroom business automation projects.
  • Upstart Business Journal looks at how developments from payment startup PayNearMe match up against big players.
  • A look at Xero's new integration with Square.
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.jpgLending Club named #5 on Forbes' Most Promising Companies List.
  • The Wall Street Journal mentions SecondMarket's private shares trading market.
  • Doxo receives 2013 Award for best Software and App from the Seattle Award Program.
  • VentureBeat lists Xero and Expensify as 2 of the best back-office software applications for small businesses.
  • Billhighway Prepaid MasterCard named winner in eighth annual Paybefore Awards.
  • Bank Systems & Technology features Allied Payment Network's Picture Pay mobile bill pay app.
  • FIS wins Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement award for FIS Mobile Wallet.
  • Credit Card Vault in the Cloud Spreedly Raises $500k.
  • Find Biometrics takes a brief look at 2013 and 2014 with EyeVerify's Director of Marketing, Denise Myers.
  • DeviceFidelity announces availability of its IsisReady NFC cases for iPhone.
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 6, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgChecking in with FlexScore is top of the list in this Forbes column on financial planning for those turning 50 this year.
  • Mint, Personal Capital, SavedPlus, and LearnVest earn spots on Fox Business' list of "5 apps to help keep your 2014 financial goals."
  • CodeSumBlog names BillGuard as its top financial management productivity app.
  • MasterCard completes acquisition of Provus, Turkey's leading independent payments processor.
  • Google announces that customers can now activate their Google Wallet card via the mobile app.
  • CurrencyFair highlighted in New York Times column on Ireland's tech start-up scene.
  • The Financial Post covers FinanceIt's POS financing solution.
  • Expensify revamps UI and adds executive assistant permissions with new "Wingman" feature.
  • Forbes lists LearnVest, Personal Capital and BillGuard as apps for saving money.
  • Xconomy lists Jemstep and Personal Capital as two new online services to put you back in command of your 401(k).
  • TIO Networks acquires Globex Financial Services to add well-known & respected billers to TIO's business.
  • Signifyd API adds fraud prevention to ecommerce platforms.
  • Saved Plus, Wallaby, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Level picked for CNN Money's list of the 15 best financial sites and apps.
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.jpgThe Chicago Tribune lists Planwise, SigFig, Jemstep and FindaBetterBank as tools to fix your finances.
  • peerTransfer announces record setting 2013, bringing total customer base to 400 institutions.
  • Tradeshift brings in $15 million of a $57 million equity round.
  • Trustev brings in $500k from Notion Capital, Adding to the $3 Million it Garnered in October.
  • Allied Payment Network teaming up with ACI Worldwide to provide same day bill pay via PicturePay.
  • Klarna acquires Sofort to become 10% of Europe's $100 billion e-commerce market.
  • Les Muma, former Fiserv CEO, to join board of directors of FIS.
  • UAE's Bank of Sharjah to offer CR2's BankWorld-powered mobile banking app.
  • ayondo announces new features including open positions in profile view.
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 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.
  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMoney Under 30 reviews the Moven app.
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek takes a look at Comarch's report on banking in London's "Tech City".
  • Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of TransferWise, weighs in on the state of the UK's financial technology industry.
  • ThreatMetrix protected 1 in 4 U.S. e-commerce transactions on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Cartera Commerce launches American Airlines' Mobile AAdvantage shopping site.
  • The Guardian profiles "robo-advisors" Betterment, LearnVest, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Jemstep.
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-- November 27, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHeckyl Technologies featured in Startup Innovation.
  • U.S. Bank's Mitek-powered Mobile Photo Bill Pay wins Best Technology Initiative in Banking award.
  • Independent Research Group names Cardlytics a Best in Class Provider in 4 categories of card loyalty technology report.
  • Ally Bank adds Fiserv's Popmoney to power recurring funds transfers on its mobile app.
  • PayPal now accepts prepaid gift cards.
  • Mashable looks at HelloWallet as an easier way to save money.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports online advisers like Jemstep enhance free services.
  • Forbes features how Moven can be especially useful over the holidays.
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 week for Finovate alumni funding looks likely to finish on a strong note with news that Jemstep has raised $4.5 million as part of a Series A round of investment.

The funding included participation from existing investors as well as new investor, Caleo Capital. Jemstep's total funding now stands at $15 million. The company plans to use the additional capital for new hires, broadening distribution, and overall product development.

Jemstep launched its Portfolio Manager in January (and presented the technology at FinovateSpring in San Francisco in May). The company's solution helps individuals plan for retirement by analyzing current portfolio holdings, recommending an alternative portfolio that improves upon the current portfolio, and providing an Action Plan that lets investors know exactly what to buy, what to sell, and what to hold.

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Jemstep Portfolio Manager also helps investors minimize tax exposure, reduce fees, and stay on top of their portfolios via the system's constant monitoring and user alerts. The company is headquartered in Los Altos, California. Kevin Cimring and Michael Blumenthal serve as Joint CEOs. Simon Roy is Jemstep's President.

The online financial advisory firm was among an octet of Finovate alumni highlighted in a September Wall Street Journal feature on the advisory industry. Take a look at that feature here.
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If an investment portfolio gets optimized through an online investment advisor, do brick and mortar brokers make a sound?

As noted in today's Wall Street Journal, many of the kinds of services that once were accessible only by high net worth investors patronizing financial advisors and planners in person are now available to the rest of us. This includes everything from using computer algorithms to make investment decisions to automatic portfolio rebalancing and asset allocation.

And of the seven companies highlighted in the column for helping make this possible, every single one is a Finovate alum.

In fact, two of the seven - FutureAdvisor and LearnVest - will be demoing their latest technology on the Finovate stage in New York next week for FinovateFall 2013.

The reasons for the growth in online investment advisory are as varied as the companies themselves. Some cite a new generation of investors far more comfortable with both handling their own finances and trusting the Internet to help. Others suggest that with Wall Street falling into disfavor in the wake of the financial crisis, more investors are willing to seek out non-traditional - and less expensive - sources of information and advice.

Bill Doyle, an analyst for Forrester Research who has studied the industry for more than a decade and is quoted in the column, puts it this way: "I'm paying a lot more attention this time around because the software required to transform this industry finally works."

Whatever the reason, there's no doubt that venture capitalists believe this time is different. Consider the funding success of the above seven companies in the past two years ago:

Note also that Wealthfront, which helps get investors into low-cost diversified portfolios, has assets under management (AUM) of $300 million. Betterment has a similar model and has AUM of $250 million.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Austin business Journal ranks Q2ebanking #29 of Austin-based Largest Private Companies.
  • City National partners with cloud accounting platform Xero.
  • Forrester Research names Ping Identity a leader in Identity and Access Management Suites, Q3 2013 report.
  • Allre and miiCard partner for First Complete Platform to Sell a Home Purely Online.
  • Wipit-powered Boost Mobile Wallet to provide Quick Check Service.
  • WSJ column takes a look at online investment advisors like Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Jemstep, and FutureAdvisor that use algorithms. Meet FutureAdvisor at FinovateFall in New York.
  • Float Money partners with credit reporting agency eCredable to offer consumers interest-free loans. See Float Money at FinovateFall in New York next week.
  • Finovate alums Betterment and LearnVest highlighted in Wall Street Journal column on innovations in the online investment advisory business. Watch LearnVest demo their technology next week at FinovateFall.
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-- June 14, 2013

  • Nomis Solutions wins patent for price sensitivity models.
  • Billeo announces acquisition of ecommerce platform, Swag.io.
  • Encap earns seven-figure investment from ProVenture Seed.
  • Money Marketing considers Narrative Science, Quantopian, Moven, MoneyDesktop and Jemstep.
  • Zopa named Most Trusted Loans Provider at the Moneywise Customer Service Awards 2013.
  • CU Broadcast interviews MoneyDesktop's Bret Skousen.
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-- June 3, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgGMC Software announces the availability of its Customer Service Correspondence automated platform for "point-of-need" communications.
  • Commonection reviews Check (formerly Pageonce).
  • InComm launches Cashtie, an API that links retail cash payments via existing POS to software applications.
  • TIO Networks Expands Bill Payment Services into Louisiana Through Partnership With City of Ruston.
  • Intelliresponse reflects on its experience at FinovateSpring 2103.
  • BlinkMobile signs distributors in Brazil and South Africa.
  • Linkable Networks Named Winner of 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Award.
  • Devin Miller talks about Balance Financial in this Newfination video interview.
  • Tyfone to Launch SideTap MicroSD Card Versions for Contactless Payments Market.
  • ThreatMetrix Launches Intelligence Network to Detect Malicious Web Activity.
  • Jemstep Launches Update Giving You More "Buy" Choices.
  • The Financial Brand lists 7 reasons to love GoBank.
  • Terapeak talks about how its Insights API helps EZBOB help UK merchants.
  • Temenos announces TripleA private banking and wealth management solution to work on other databases.
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.jpgIDology launches photo ID scan & validation solution.
  • Aseanstartup reports: Big data becomes agile and beautiful with BellaDati.
  • BBC News features Nick Hungerford, Nutmeg CEO.
  • BusinessDating.com adds miiCard ID proofing for members.
  • ShopKeep POS iPad point of sale wins Red Herring Top 100 North America Award.
  • The WSJ features Personal Capital features Personal Capital and Jemstep.
  • The Economist looks at P2P lending through the eyes of Lending Club and Prosper.
  • peerTransfer adds 22 new payment methods from China and India.
  • Consumer Reports' Money Minute takes a look at EyeVerify in a report on smart phone banking security.
  • ayondo offers spread betting for UK and Irish customers.
  • Four Finovate alumni featured in OBR crowdfunding report.
  • Founder and managing director of Mozo, Rohan Gamble interviewed by The CEO Magazine.
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.
This is a part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2013.

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Then, Jemstep showcased its Portfolio Manager platform that individualizes a plan to help users take the right actions to best save for retirement:

"Jemstep Portfolio Manager is an easy-to-use online service that helps people lock in more money for retirement. It gets to know each person's financial circumstances and preferences, and, in minutes: 

    1. Projects the amount of money their current portfolio will give them to spend in retirement
    2. Recommends a target portfolio optimized to generate more money
    3. Spells out an Action Plan detailing what to buy and sell in each of their accounts (including their 401k), helping them minimize taxes, reduce fund fees, and select top-quality investments
    4. Keeps people on track with continuous monitoring that watches for changes in their profile, portfolio, and the market and alerts them when it's time to make a change"
Product Launch: January 30, 2013

HQ: Los Altos, CA
Founded: January 2008
Metrics: $10.5M raised in private funding; 22 employees; 10,000+ users totaling more than $1.5B in assets; pre-revenue; impending launch of subscription service - flat monthly subscription fee 
Website: jemstep.com
Twitter: @jemstep

Presenting Kevin Cimring (Joint CEO) and Matthew Rennie (CTO)

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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Wall Street Journal takes a look at "bitcoin startups" including OpenCoin. Come meet them at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • Currensee announces launch of Trade Leaders managed fund.
  • US Bankcard Services now providing AuthenticID service to its merchants.  See AuthenticID demo at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Check Point introduces 600 Series security appliances for SMBs.
  • Forbes lists SoMoLend as 1 of 10 top crowdfunding sites for fundraising.
  • Investor Junkie reviews Jemstep. Come see what's new at Jemstep at FinovateSpring next week.
  • MoneyDesktop honored with Bronze award in the Telly Awards, which recognize the finest video, film, & web commercials. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Business Insider names BillGuard as 1 of the 20 hottest startups from Israel.
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.

FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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If you missed Part 1 of our FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek, click here to read about some of the innovative companies that will be presenting at our upcoming May event in San Francisco.

To learn more about the show, visit our FinovateSpring 2013 page here.  Or if you're just looking to pick up your tickets to the event, click here.


Part 2 of our Sneak Peek will feature another 12 companies that will be among those demoing on the Finovate stage in San Francisco next month. We'll have even more companies to show you next week.
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Allied Payment Network: Allied Payment Network's "Pay-It-Your-Way" strategy is driving mobile bill pay adoption by leveraging technology that consumers are embracing wholeheartedly - clicking, snapping a picture, or speaking.

Features:
  • Strategic differentiator for FIs
  • Live and available through multiple reselllers
  • Easily integrate into any mobile app
Why it's great: Allied's PicturePay has set the new standard for simplicity in mobile bill pay, using voice or a smartphone's camera.


Encap: Provides a banking-grade, software-based authentication solution that offers uncompromising speed, security, and simplicity to boost
the adoption of financial services and applications.
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Features:
  • 2- and 3-factor authentication that helps drive customer adoption
  • Seamless integration into apps
  • Lower cost of ownership
Why it's great: Most 2- and 3-factor authentication solutions will make your customers hate your product. Integrating Encap will make them love it.


GoBank (by Green Dot Corporation): The first bank account designed from scratch to be opened and used on a mobile device, with deposits insured by the FDIC.

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Features:
  • Real-time alerts
  • Fast: Join in minutes
  • Fair: No overdraft fees or minimum balance
Why it's great: GoBank was created with the user experience top of mind to develop an innovative product with no hidden fees, complete transparency, reliability and peace of mind.


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Gremln: Regulatory guidelines make social media compliance difficult for financial services. Gremln provides filtration, approval, and archiving. Teams can work together for secure social media.

Features:
  • Use social media AND keep your job
  • Verify posts are compliance before they are live
  • Multi-tiered approval process
Why it's great: Your organization's marketing and compliance forces can work in harmony to create secure, successful social media ... all because of Gremln.


Jemstep: Jemstep Portfolio Manager is an online investment advisor that helps people lock in more money for retirement by telling them exactly what to buy and sell.

Features:
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  • Exactly what to do
  • High-caliber guidance, not high fees
Why it's great: Jemstep Portfolio Manager is the first and only resource of its kind, and it takes the complexity out of investing.


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Licuos: A global B2B payment platform that generates the most efficient A/R and A/P netting, payment and funding proposals for businesses.

Features:
  • Improves the financial efficiency of businesses
  • Reduces businesses's funding needs and credit risk exposure with their clients
Why it's great: LICUOS allows businesses to reduce their dependence on banks so that they can significantly improve their working capital management.


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Leaf: Leaf empowers small business owners to run and grow their businesses by providing a mobile payment platform built for local commerce.

Features: 
  • Accept payments via the processor of your choice
  • Analyze business performance from any device
  • Easily engage customers
Why it's great: LeafPresenter is the first tablet designed specifically for local retail, benefitting small business owners in ways not previously possible.


Lodo Software: D3 Banking uses a powerful, predictive analytics engine and adaptive UI to provide a full range of financial services tailored to customer's needs anytime, anywhere.

Features:
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  • Consistent customer experience via any digital channel
  • Customized, automated, targeted marketing
  • Flexible integration options
Why it's great: D3 Banking delivers data-driven, digital banking, empowering financial institutions and their customers.


Micronotes: Delivers on the cross-sell imperative for digital banks.

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Features:
  • Most productive digital cross-sell tool
  • Maximizes $/square inch of digital real estate
  • Gives interactive a whole new meaning
Why it's great: Micronotes's Cross-Sell helps financial institutions radically improve the productivity of cross-selling online to increase revenue.


Persint: Provides consumer analytics, leveraging account aggregation and peer data to answer every household's financial questions of "where do we stand?" and "what next?"
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Features:
  • 120 demographic peers from 5-click survey
  • Scoring of net worth, cash flow and risk
  • Opportunity identification & solution mapping
Why it's great: Persint's integration of peer data allows PFM to deliver objective conclusions on performance and credible advice on next steps.


Prestadero: The first, fully operational, peer to peer lending platform for the Mexican market.

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Feature:
  • Prestadero is upending traditional savings and loan operations in Mexico, offering loan rates and fixed income returns never before seen in our market.
Why it's great: Mexico has some of the largest financial spreads in the world. Why? Nobody knows. Prestadero is here to change that.


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TSYS: By putting people at the center of every decision we make, TSYS is able to support financial institutions, businesses, and governments in more than 80 countries.

Features:
  • Remotely control how, when, by whom, and where money is used.
  • Real-time remote monitoring transactions
  • Increased risk mitigation
Why it's great: TSYS is bringing its industry expertise to the exciting and fast-paced area of payments and mobile to show a completely different experience from the end-user perspective.

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For more information on being a part of FinovateSpring 2013, see our FAQ. To register, visit out FinovateSpring page here.

  • 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 19, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgVantageScore 3.0 now available from Experian.
  • WattzOn featured in RealtorMag column on energy savings for homeowners.
  • Communications Federal Credit Union to provide Tyfone mobile wallet services to its members.
  • Service2Media's M2Active 4.0 selected by Achmea as the "technological cornerstone" for its App Factory.
  • Bank Systems & Technology takes a look at what the acquisition of mFoundry means for FIS's future in mobile banking.
  • Bloomberg's Tech Deals reviews Jemstep Portfolio Manager.
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.jpgCapital Access Network has provided SMBs access to more than $3 billion in working capital and facilitated 100k transactions since its inception.
  • Online CV certification service Veritas Vitae enlists miiCard to help eliminate CV fraud.
  • Forbes highlights BillGuard as 1 of 7 Tel Aviv-based startups.
  • Finextra reports Yorkshire Building Society taps eWise for PFM service.
  • Affinity Solutions to discuss brand loyalty, transaction-enabled marketing at Loyalty Expo 2013.
  • ACI Worldwide assures that it will maintain roadmaps, commitments to ORCC customers in wake of acquisition.
  • Bazaarvoice chooses Cohn & Wolfe as agency of record for North America.
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.jpgMetaforic's self-defending software immune system named the Gold winner by Info Security Products Guide's 2013 Global Excellence Awards.
  • Worldwide Insure names Expensify the February Travel App of the Month.
  • TIO Networks expands Services with First Data's Money Network Prepaid Services.
  • Bloomberg Television interviews Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski.
  • CashStar co-founder, CEO David Stone to lead panel on mobile shopping and gifting at Prepaid Expo.
  • AEGON Turkey insurance sales processes go mobile with Figlo tablet solution.
  • Lending Club appoints former Visa President as Director.
  • Apps from BBVA Compass, Pageonce, and Simple highlighted in American Banker's list of the top ten, most progressive mobile banking apps.
  • My Money Blog reviews Jemstep Portfolio Manager.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Birdback, Nicolai Watzenig named guest speaker at eDeal Summit.
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 30, 2013

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  • Jemstep launches new Portfolio Manager service.
  • Aite Group names ACI Worldwide "Vendor to Watch" in 2013.
  • Acculynk's PayLeap now features API developer integration tools.
  • Figlo is 1 of 16 companies to join a global alliance with Microsoft.
  • American Banker reports Simple Enacts New Security Features.
  • All Things D lists Tuition.io as 1 of 2 companies to help college grads with empty pockets.
  • Netbanker reports: Movenbank Provides a Peek at its User Interface. Come check it out at FinovateEurope, less than 2 weeks away.
  • Experian extends Precise ID fraud prevention to online Social Security related 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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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.jpgFinextra reports Connect.Me and miiCard team on verified social reputation card.
  • American Banker interviews Yaron Samid, BillGuard CEO, on How BillGuard Plans to Create A National Dispute Database for Banks.
  • Kony becomes the mobile platform of choice for Banco Itau Unibanco, 1 of the World's top 10 banks.
  • Tech in Asia considers how tech demonstrated at FinovateAsia relates to banks.
  • Former PayPal President Scott Thompson joins PaySimple Board of Directors.
  • Deloitte names SecureKey as one of Canada's Companies-to-Watch in the 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards.
  • peerTransfer expands international payment services into Australian Markets.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Online Financial Services Provider Holvi Partnering with Crowdfunding Site Mesenaatti.
  • Vator News features Kevin Cimring, CEO of Jemstep.
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.jpgBank Technology News reports WattzOn Helps Banks Help Customers Save on Energy Bills.
  • Fast Company reports Personal Capital's beautiful app convinces the wealthy to trust their money to strangers.
  • TechCrunch reports that Mint.com updated its app to allow users to split transactions.
  • Crain'sNewYorkBusiness.com describes how BillGuard fits into the Big Data scene.
  • How DCisions, Personal Capital, SigFig, FutureAdvisor, and Jemstep Are Shaking Up Wealth Management.
  • Klarna adds Nigel Morris, co-founder of Capital One, and Anton Levy, MD of General Atlantic, to its board of directors.
  • Westmoreland Community FCU chooses Geezeo for PFM.
  • StockTwits debuts new social signals features.
  • Kony Solutions announces $15 million series C financing.
  • Mitek enables $10 billion worth of mobile deposits.
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.

The wealth management industry has seen increased press coverage lately. Take, for example, The Economist's recent piece discussing how increased competition from startups has tempted clients into moving assets to lower-cost alternatives.

The article mentions DCisions, a startup tackling the big data around client portfolios. It also highlights Personal Capital, which launched at FinovateFall. The Economist states that the startup's online platform:

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"... tries to straddle the world between cheap online wealth management and the old world of private banking"

Aside from the cost, one of the largest benefits of moving your 
millions into a startup like Personal Capital is that the investment advice is unbiased. This is a topic that Business Insider covered last week, voicing concerns that clients' brokers are "royally screwing them over."

The article states:

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"With no other fees to compare your own to, you could wind up paying for far more than you should - especially if your broker's working on commission."

To ease this concern, the article recommends using
DIY tools such as SigFig, FutureAdvisor, or Jemstep. These tools help you see how your funds are performing and how much you're paying in fees.

To learn more about these companies, watch DCisions' FinovateEurope 2012 demo, Personal Capital's FinovateFall 2011 demo, SigFig's FinovateFall 2011 demo, FutureAdvisor's FinovateSpring 2012 demo (coming soon), or Jemstep's FinovateSpring 2010 demo

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  • Business Insider examines how SigFig, JemStep, and FutureAdvisor can help manage your investments.
  • Work Goes Strong recommends using Planwise to help get out of debt.
  • Huffington Post interviews Bill Harris, Personal Capital CEO.
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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Since we are nearing the end of the first quarter, we wanted to look back at all of the Finovate alums who have raised funding over the past few months.

Here's the month-by-month breakdown:

January -- $25 million raised by 3 companies

February -- $57 million raised by 5 companies
March -- $68 million raised by 3 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. If you see any funding that is not on this list, please send the name of the company along with a link to the funding information to julie@netbanker.com and I will add it.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgpeerTransfer partners with Boston College.
  • L' atelier reports FreeMonee brings banks, customers & businesses together through promotional offers.
  • The Washington Post interviews Dwolla's Ben Milne.
  • Amex partners with InComm to reload its prepaid cards.
  • Spend Matters explores how Tradeshift's Cloudscan makes e-invoicing sexy.
  • Business Insider shares how to use JemStep to see if your broker is wasting your money.
  • ReadyForZero helps users pay off $12.5 million in debt, launches savings platform.
  • Kabbage partners with drop ship wholesaler Doba.
  • AlwaysOn selects Bill.com as a 2012 OnDemand Top 100 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.
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Jemstep, an online investment guidance startup that tracks over $170 million in investments, announced today it received $6 million in funding. 

This installment from private investors completes Jemstep's Series A funding, bringing the total up to $10.5 million.

The California-based startup plans to use the funding for product development, growth, and corporate recruitment.

To learn more about Jemstep, watch its FinovateSpring 2010 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHelloWallet receives $12 million in funding.
  • MercuryNews reviews Jemstep's online investment advisor.
  • CBS Money Watch hosts Jeff Mullen, CEO of Dynamics, to discuss the increased security of Card 2.0.
  • Know Your Mobile focuses on eToro's mobile trading app for Android. Come see eToro at FinovateEurope Feb 7.
  • Finextra reports Bank of Georgia implements ProfitStars social media compliance tool.
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.jpgRobotDough leaves GoDaddy due to SOPA support conflict.
  • Philly.com describes the Jemstep signup process.
  • Providence Business News reports Andera moves to a new office building.
  • eToro blog launches new column dedicated to analyzing the weekly activity on eToro OpenBook.
  • Forbes looks at Dwolla's payment revolution.
  • Ping Identity announces PingFederate is now available as an Amazon Machine Image on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  • Credit Karma launches free credit monitoring service.
  • The Receivables Exchange announces strategic alliance with Insperity Investment.
  • Lending Club removes service fee on large loans.
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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