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Alumni News-- October 23, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgJingit's Head of Product, Chris Ohlsen, weighs in on loyalty and rewards.
  • Intuit launches developer experience and global app store for QuickBooks Online, including payments API.
  • Anovia Payments partners with CardFlight to offer mobile point of sale solutions to merchants and developers.
  • Richwood Bank hires Insuritas for its insurance agency solution.
  • Bionym forges own path to biometric harmony with the Nymi band.
  • Forte CEO Jeff Thorness comments on why omnichannel  is not just a buzzword.
  • MECU to provide members with digital banking services from Digital Insight.
  • PayPal's Venmo earns a spot on VentureBeat's list of 13 must-own apps for your smartphone.
  • Flint announces Verizon-led $9 million investment round.
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-- August 12, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgUK peer-to-peer leader Zopa tops $1 billion.
  • TSYS launches its Enterprise Tokenization solutions to help boost e-commerce security.
  • Thomson Reuters introduces Watchlist Pulse, a buy-side app for its Eikon platform.
  • Jingit's Co-CEO and Co-Founder Joe Rogness explains to PYMNTS how they combine advertising and payment transactions.
  • StockTwits adds Former Yahoo! CEO and Robert Peck, SunTrust Tech Analyst, to Board of Directors.
  • Nanalyze features Dynamics ePlate technology.
  • Australia's The Age considers how Society One plans to undercut banks' personal loan rates by 5%.
  • Knox Payments considers how Mint, LendUp, and Simple are empowering our increasingly cashless society.
  • Oink brings its youth payment technology to online game company, Smilegate West.
  • San Francisco 49ers football team adds Wealthfront to list of benefits for employees.
  • Luxoft opens new delivery center in Guadalajara.
  • CEB Blogs interview Wipro's Chief Learning Officer Abhijit Bhaduri.
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.jpgVanguard partners with HelloWallet to help employees save more for retirement.
  • Sprint introduces Sprint Money Express; offers subscribers a card for all their cash to pair with Wipit offering.
  • PaymentsNews shows a graphical view of PayPal's performance.
  • Arroweye Solutions named winner in eighth annual Paybefore Awards.
  • BillGuard brings email-like UI to mobile banking transaction flow.
  • Jingit talks mobile payments and advertising on CauseTalk Radio.
  • Fidor Bank to launch bitcoin derivatives market.
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 15, 2013

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  • INTJ Capital compares and contrasts Quantopian and QuantConnect. Join Quantopian in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • MicroStrategy launches mobile app Usher, e-wallet for digital I.Ds, keys. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Paybefore takes a look at the TSYS's acquisition of NetSpend and ponders "prepaid's end game."
  • Monitise Group Strategy Director Richard Johnson talks about trends in mobile money.
  • BancVue chooses MicroStrategy platform for business analytics.
  • CPA Practice Advisor takes a look at the new, updated iPad app from Kashoo.
  • This is Money blog looks at Zopa's growth.
  • Yodlee awarded 50th patent for financial gadgets.
  • SoMoLend travels nationwide to teach small businesses & investors about crowdfunding.
  • Austin Business Journal considers BancVue's inverted sales pitch.
  • Newfination hosts SoMoLend CEO, Candace Klein, who explains how the platform's  crowdfunding capability.
  • Intelligent HQ interviews The Currency Cloud's CEO, Michael Laven.
  • Pando Daily profiles crowdfunding pioneers like SeedInvest and SoMoLend. Join SeedInvest in May for FinovateSpring.
  • The Next Web interviews TipRanks's CEO and co-founder Uri Gruenbaun.
  • Chevron teams up with WattzOn to launch The Capacity Project for sustainable growth.
  • Refundo launches free iPhone app. Check out Refundo's live demo 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.

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.

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.

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  • 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 14, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgElmer's, Dr Pepper Snapple adopt Jingit engagement and offer platform and mobile app.
  • U.S. Bank to deploy mobile payments technology from DeviceFidelity.
  • Jingit announces partnership with Direct Source.
  • TIBCO Software partners with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Credit.com lists Mint, LearnVest, and ReadyForZero as 3 of 5 must-have apps for 2013.
  • BehavioSec mentioned in Forrester's report: Building Next-Gen Mobile Banking.
  • The Washington Post mentions doxo and StockTwits as 2 tools for keeping track of your finances, stocks, and global markets.
  • Innovation Excellence features BillGuard.
  • Management Today names TransferWise "start-up of the month."
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.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.
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  • Payelp Global partners with SafetyPay to expand online payment options for merchants and customers worldwide.
  • Enloop releases the next generation of its business planning app to help entrepreneurs plan businesses.
  • Social Money announces launch of new product, CorePro, with a new partner, The Bancorp.
  • Tradeshift announces partnership with Verbella CMG, an SAP Content mgmt. solutions provider.
  • Anton Commissaris, a founding exec of Mint.com, joins Credit Sesame as COO.
  • Betterment enhances advice for life goals.
  • Capital Access Network names advisory board to guide launch and growth of latest offering to small businesses, CapTap.
  • CNBC reports CashStar, WEX partner to provide eGift card services.
  • New partnership with Klarna helps 3dcart reach European customers.
  • Compass Plus earns high ranking in annual PayX report.
  • AdExchanger interviews Bazaarvoice Media GM Barkow.
  • Team Bronson Moneymakers reviews Jingit.
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.
  • Interactive Investor purchases DCisions, closes InvestorBee service.
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  • Finextra reports Rabobank Australia and NZ selects ThreatMetrix to secure online channels.
  • InComm & SkyMall Ventures partner to launch electronic gift card program.
  • Opus Research report recognises ValidSoft as leader in voice biometrics.
  • AloStar Bank of Commerce chooses Andera's oFlows for online account opening.
  • TIO adds mobile bill pay app to its suite of services for El Paso Electric.
  • Radian Mortgage Insurance now available through Mortgagebot's loan origination system.
  • E-invoicing Platform features AcceptEmail.
  • Xconomy examines how Giftly will disrupt traditional gift card market.
  • Luup signs partnership with Arab Link, provider of money transfer and exchange services in Abu Dhabi.
  • Crunched lists On Deck in top 25 startups to work for.
  • TechCrunch reports Holvi Plans To Disrupt Traditional Bank Accounts With Simple But Powerful Services.
  • Citi Innovation Lab and SapientNitro honored at National Infocomm Awards in Singapore for next-generation banking experience.
  • ActivePath merges with PowerInbox.
  • Experian expands debt-collection product suite with TrueTrace.
  • DeviceFidelity launches moneto prepaid MasterCard.
  • BlinkMobile announces five more councils to adopt BlinkForms.
  • Klarna earns 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award from European Tech Tour Association.
  • Money Smart Life reviews Betterment and Kapitall.
  • American Banker reports Betterment deepens finance advice features.
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.

Jingit Raises $7 Million

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Jingit, the startup that pays users to watch ads online, announced last week that it raised $7 million from undisclosed investors.

This comes after the $3.5 million round the Minnesota-based company raised last year, bringing the total investment amount to over $10 million.

Jingit demoed at FinovateFall 2011, where it announced that U.S. Bank will provide the Jingit debit card that users can swipe to spend the cash they earned watching ads. No word on the status of that trial.

To learn more about Jingit, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Bank Of Marion selects Continuity Control for compliance platform.
  • Des Moines Register reports Inc. Magazine names Dwolla's Milne to 2012 30-under-30 list.
  • Deutsche Card Services and AcceptEmail sign partnership.
  • Bill.com announces its cash mgmt feature that completes the Cash Flow Command and Control System.
  • Programmable Web considers Confident Technologies' approach to security.
  • Wall Street Survivor launches to the public.
  • Billeo launches ZipThru Pay and ZipThru Buy to make bill payment and shopping even easier.
  • Jingit hires Tom Venable as the company's Vice President of Revenue.
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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Jingit, the startup that pays users to watch advertisements, announced positive initial results:

"The number of participants doubled in October and again in November. The steady growth is attributed to its viral and social media marketing efforts as well as its captivating demonstration and unveiling at the FinovateFall Conference."

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It is also having success with its U.S. Bank-issued Jingit Visa debit card. Almost 33% of Jingit participants have already ordered the card. And U.S. Bank is pleased with the numbers, saying that it has "exceeded expectations."

To learn more about Jingit, watch its FinovateFall demo.

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This morning, Jingit demonstrated its platform that helps consumers earn cash in exchange for brand engagement:

"With Jingit, you earn real cash (not credits, points or virtual currency) by engaging with brands. Instantly spend that cash to buy goods online with your Jingit balance, or in the real world with a Jingit Visa® Debit Card."

Product Launched: August 2011

HQ Location: Minneapolis, MN 
Company Founded: January 2010 
Website: jingit.com

Presenting Joe Rogness (Co-CEO) & Todd Rooke (Co-CEO)

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