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Alumni News-- February 25, 2015

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFinovate Debuts: How Trunomi Shares Customers' Personal Info while Maintaining Their Privacy.
  • LendingRobot adds Automated Secondary Market Trading.
  • Digital River wins the 2015 Merchant Payment Ecosystem Award.
  • PYMNTS looks at Credit Karma's funding history and future plans.
  • Lincoln Savings Bank to Deploy CorePro from Social Money.
  • Verde International and Lending Club featured in PYMNTS column on banks and non-traditional loan decision-making.
  • Xero Raises $110 Million from Accel Partners, Matrix Capital.
  • CAN Capital and Worldpay partner to improve access to capital for SMEs.
  • Crain's Chicago Business looks at Rippleshot and its plans for winning bigger clients.
  • ValidSoft launches its Device Trust solution with a second major UK bank.
  • Yelp Senior Vice President of Revenue Jed Nachman joins PaySimple Board of Directors.
  • Bluefin Payments partners with Infinite Peripherals, an mPOS device provider.
  • ProfitStars launches its Commercial Lending Center, a small business lending portal.
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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Social Money, the company that launched - and was formerly known as - the consumer personal finance management solution, SmartyPig, will bring its core processing platform CorePro to Lincoln Savings Bank, an Iowa-based community bank with 17 branches.

For Lincoln Savings CEO Erik Skovgard, advanced technology, mobility, and affordability were among the main reasons why he sought a partnership with Social Money. "CorePro helps us provide a next generation web and mobile bank-in-a-box type of experience," he said. Skovgard hopes the platform will help his bank attract younger customers "at a price we can afford." 

Social Money CEO Scott McCormack added, "We are making it possible for banks to compete again. It shouldn't cost so much for innovation, and it certainly shouldn't cost so much to offer basic services."

The cost-savings come from being able to run the platform on a stand-alone basis, without having to integrate with legacy systems to get started. CorePro can be used for saving, checking or certificate of deposit accounts, and provides real-time transfers with card platforms, including prepaid. Read more about CorePro here.

Above: Social Money CEO Scott McCormack presenting at FinovateSpring 2012.

As we reported last month, Social Money is also launching its CorePro technology in India, courtesy of a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The company announced last fall a partnership with H&R Block to promote goal-based savings for the tax-preparer's ard customers, and another deal with TMG to bring prepaid payment options to millennials and the underbanked.

Founded in 2008 in Des Moines, Social Money demoed its GoalSaver technology as part of FinovateSpring 2012.

Alumni News-- January 27, 2015

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHarland Clarke to use CUneXus' cplXpress to enable automated, pre-approved lending to its customers.
  • With grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Social Money to pilot CorePro in India to help underbanked.
  • Spreedly crossed the $50 million credit card transactions per month milestone in December.
  • TechCrunch: Prosper purchases American Healthcare Lending for $21 million.
  • Cachet Financial's Mobile Money Platform integrates with ApplePay.
  • Check out FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 5. We'll see you there in two weeks.
  • Hara Partners lists PayStand as one of five ecommerce solutions for SMBs.
  • Tradeshift partners with Recruit Holdings, Japan's largest staffing company, to solidify presence in Japan.
  • Navy FCU's Visa Buxx App, powered by Cachet Financial Solutions, named winner in Paybefore Awards.
  • Authentify's xFA available on Samsung's Solutions Exchange, enabling two/multi-factor authentication on Samsung devices.
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-- October 28, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSilanis Technology launches eSignLive for Sharepoint.
  • CRIF announces acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet UAE in Dubai.
  • National Health Service website, NHS Choices, chooses Quill from Narrative Science.
  • Check Point Software announces availability of Check Point Capsule, a mobile solution that offers protection for business data and devices.
  • InComm partners with Groupo BB e Mapfre to enable consumers to purchase insurance from local vending machines and retailers in Brazil.
  • BillGuard now uses geolocation to detect credit card fraud.
  • H&R Block turns to Social Money to promote goal-based savings for Emerald Card customers.
  • Check out a spooky clip from Moven about paranormal spending activity.
  • Southern Bank Selects Malauzai Software for Mobile Banking to Ensure Bill Pay Integration, Provide Customers with PicturePay.
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-- October 6, 2014

  • Klarna partners with Digital River; brings Klarna Invoice's online payment solutions to 7 European countries.
  • ACI Worldwide enters strategic partnership with Shaw Systems.
  • PayStand launches API to empower one-click payment acceptance of Bitcoin, eCheck and credit cards.
  • MasterCard teams up with Newgen to digitize Procure-to-Pay and Order-to-Cash services.
  • Infomilo lists 12 Finovate alums among its top 25 hottest fintech startups.
  • SmartyPig's Social Money collaborates with TMG to provide prepaid payment options for millennials and underbanked.
  • Union Square FCU hires Insuritas to launch insurance agency.
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.jpgIntuit to acquire FullSlate, an online scheduling company.
  • Boku partners with PassportParking, enabling consumers to pay for parking using their mobile number, and billed to carrier billing statement.
  • American Banker comments on the savings strategies of SaveUp, Betterment's ImpulseSave, and Social Money.
  • FIS study reports: Customer engagement in real-time payments requires mobility and convenience.
  • CurrencyFair featured in prime time on Irish television news.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Yesterday, Social Money debuted iWish, a product powered by GoalSaver, in India.

ICICI Bank, India's largest private sector bank, now allows customers to publicly save for a goal using iWish, a product that has similar features as SmartyPig, one of Social Money's consumer products.

One difference between iWish and SmartyPig, however, is that iWish offers an interest rate of 7.5% while SmartyPig offers 1%.


While ICICI is the first to offer a GoalSaver-powered product to its customers, there are many more FIs interested in the product, according to Scott McCormack, Social Money CEO.

To learn more about Social Money's GoalSaver product, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo.

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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, 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.
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  • Optus launches direct billing service with Boku, RIM.
  • Des Moines blog looks at Social Money's success.
  • WSJ considers how HelloWallet can help you manage your finances.
  • Dashlane launches app for Android. Check out Dashlane at FinovateFall in New York.
  • FXCM deploys Check Point's 12000 and 4000 series appliances.
  • Times of Malta reports Ixaris to move office, eyes new markets.
  • Dwolla introduces reddit Donate, a new platform to give.
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.jpgVirtual Piggy expands merchant base with Blee Inara's handcrafted original jewelry.
  • Umbel forms NetAlliance partnership with Akamai. Come to FinovateFall to see Akamai's live demo.
  • Fast Company talks with Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest CEO. Check out LearnVest's live demo at FinovateFall.
  • USA Today features Social Money's SmartyPig.
  • Startup America features Bolstr. Come see Bolstr's live demo at FinovateFall.
  • The Independent looks at how CurrencyFair helps cut cost of cash transfers abroad.
  • The Financial Brand looks at how ImpulseSave hopes to create spontaneous savers.
  • GigaOM reports Corduro aims to win over big organizations that want to modernize their payment systems.
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.
Next, Social Money (formerly SmartyPig) demonstrated how its GoalSaver platform can transform a bank's social initiatives:

"By using the configurable GoalSaver program, any financial services company in the world may offer its customer base an innovative and attractive approach to saving - quickly and for a fraction of the cost of a new program. 

The product helps any FI create a social strategy, increase customer engagement and retention, cross-sell other products, drive brand awareness, and gather valuable data on future spending. The system is available to any bank, in any language, using any currency, as a way to create a scalable and customizable application for goal savings. GoalSaver may also be leveraged by leading merchants (Christmas clubs and wish lists), and a host of other industries, such as prepaid or payment processing companies."

Product Launched: May 2012

HQ Location: West Des Moines, IA
Company Founded: January 2007 (Formerly SmartyPig)

Introducing Mike Ferrari (Co-Founder) and Scott McCormack (CEO)


  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgDoughMain launches savings tool for kids.
  • Actiance expands platform with vantage for Microsoft SharePoint. Come see Actiance at FinovateSpring next week.
  • The Des Moines Register reports Social Money is set to more than double its workforce, hiring 35. Check out Social Money's live demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Spend Matters covers Taulia (part 2). Watch Taulia demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Your Finances Simplified blog lists the top 11 reasons you should use Yodlee MoneyCenter.
  • Gamification of Work blog explains how Bobber Interactive makes personal finance engaging.
  • Credit Union Times reports Q2ebanking Integrates Trusteer Malware Protection.
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.

Des Moines-based Social Money, the creator of GoalSaver technology and owner of SmartyPig, announced a partnership with ICICI Bank in India yesterday.

The 2,700-branch bank will have access to Social Money's GoalSaver product (pictured right). While the bank has not yet disclosed how it will use the product, Bank Innovation shares an inside scoop:


"Broadly, GoalSaver hopes to enliven checking accounts with social networking features and a better user interface. The product boasts a goal feature, for example, which lets a customer share his goal savings progress with his networks on Facebook and Twitter, if he wishes."

ICICI Bank, located in 20 countries, plays a large role in Social Money's international strategy. It will launch the product later this year. 


To learn more about Social Money, come to FinovateSpring and watch its live demo. To learn more about SmartyPig, watch its FinovateFall 2010 demo.

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  • Intuit opens driving range in downtown Seattle for 1 day to promote its GoPayment technology.
  • mFoundry launches mobile banking solution for Conestoga Bank.
  • Utilities Employees CU signs a contract with Jwaala to enhance its online services and offer mobile banking.
  • eDeposit appoints Robert R. Craig as CEO. Come see its live demo at FinovateSpring May 8 and 9 in San Francisco.
  • Former Morgan Stanley CEO, John Mack, joins Lending Club's board of directors.
  • NY Times Bucks blog covers SimpleTuition's SmarterBank.
  • Social Money announces partnership with ICICI Bank in India.
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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More than 60 leading fintech innovators, both startups and established companies, are gearing up to present at the annual FinovateSpring conference in San Francisco May 8 and 9.

Each company provided a sneak peek of what they'll demo on stage next month. Below is the first installment of these teasers. We'll have more next week.

Don't miss your chance to see the live demo from each company and meet the execs responsible. Get your FinovateSpring ticket here.


Balance Street

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The premier direct marketplace between consumers and creditors for the purpose of debt settlement, Balance Street, provides consumers the opportunity to relieve their debt burden without fees. Consumers use its web-based automated system to negotiate with creditors directly, avoiding debt settlement companies who charge exorbitant fees (up to 20% of total debt owed).

Eliminating this 20% market inefficiency makes for a better financial outcome for consumers and creditors. With over $780 billion in credit card debt in the U.S., the Balance Street technology will revolutionize the way debt is settled.

Innovation type: Cards, marketing, PFM



See how leading brands are harnessing the power of online word-of-mouth to boost customer referrals, sales, retention, advocacy, and company innovation while building the world's most powerful social data asset.

Innovation type: Communications, marketing, sales and customer service

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No one wants a complicated process for logging in to online or mobile banking. European banks have been forced to go down this route with hardware tokens and smart cards.

So now when U.S. banks will be rolling out new multi-layered security on the front-end following FFIEC, will we see the same thing here?

With BehavioSec's solution there is a better choice. They add multilayered security through the use of behavioral biometrics. So when the user connects via mobile or online, the technology helps verify that they are who they say they are. Learn more at FinovateSpring 2012.

Innovation type: Identity, mobile, security

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BillGuard identifies deceptive, erroneous and unauthorized charges on consumer payment cards using advanced crowdsourcing and big-data mining techniques that harness the collective knowledge of millions of consumers reporting billing complaints online and to their banks. 

BillGuard's Advanced Card Protection Service for Banks is a seamlessly integrated, cloud-based solution that enables issuers to generate new value-add service revenue, and lower inquiry/dispute processing costs, by providing their customers daily bill monitoring and notification, enriched transition details and direct-to-merchant resolution.

Innovation type: Cards, communications, online UI

CoverHound is changing the way people shop for insurance online. Launching at FinovateSpring, CoverHound's new rate comparison shopping service allows consumers for the first time to compare multiple, instant, accurate rates from top carriers. CoverHound will also be demonstrating an exciting array of products specifically designed to help banks and credit unions generate significant non-interest income while providing a valuable service to their members.

Innovation type: Insurance

Never before has it been so easy for companies to provide business and retail customers with a way to validate creditworthiness through the use of online deposits. eDeposit provides patented funds visibility and real time settlement to markets across the U.S. in an innovative, new form of payment.

At FinovateSpring, eDeposit announces a new innovation that makes conducting B2B and B2C e-business faster, cheaper and safer.

Innovation type: Payments, security, small business

From "check-in to check-out", intersecting the worlds of Payments and Advertising, edo takes the next step forward in its vision to transform shopping and saving.  

This next wave connects mobile and multi-channel retail . . . imagine a world where purchase and location meet and the new standard for mobile advertising moves from "check-in" to "check-out."

Innovation type: Marketing, mobile, rewards

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Expensify <3's Finovate -- they view it as the premier stage on which to make their biggest announcement of the year. Three years ago, it launched an open beta on the Finovate stage. Two years ago, it unveiled a major realtime analytics feature. One year ago it launched a revolutionary SmartScan service. But this year will trump all that.  A whole new approach to business travel. Prepare yourself!

Innovation type: Back office, mobile, small business

Most investors have assets spread across financial institutions and accounts, including limited-option accounts such as their employer's 401(k) plan.

Managing this is a chore - including figuring out which funds, in which amounts, and rebalancing.

Well, it was a chore, before FutureAdvisor.

Innovation type: Investing and asset management, online, PFM

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Giftly is inventing the future of the gift card. Using its new iPhone app, users can send anyone a Giftly for any place they choose. The recipient redeems it on their smartphone when they go. It's fast, fun, and secure.

Giftly's app and web products have been designed to be social, simple, and powerful. Thanks to Facebook, Foursquare, and smart iOS integration, you'll always know which friends are celebrating birthdays, are checking in to cool new places, or are otherwise in need of a quick gift.

Is it possible to separate the fun of buying from the nuisance of paying? Klarna thinks so. The idea behind Klarna's e-commerce services is the concept of after-delivery payment, letting buyers receive ordered goods before any payment is due. Instead of giving financial information, buyers shop with Klarna just by giving their name and select information (Klarna calculates the risk).

Innovation type: Payments

Linkable Networks will be debuting a first-to-market capability that significantly broadens the value proposition of card-linked offers to issuing banks, merchants, manufacturers, and cardholding consumers. In addition, Linkable Networks will demonstrate new features recently added to its product platform and user interface.

Innovation type: Cards, mobile, rewards

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MShift believes that financial institutions need to enhance existing mobile banking solutions into mobile wallet and payment solutions.

At Finovate, MShift will demonstrate how mobile banking can influence how a consumer spends money in various retail scenarios.

Innovation type: Banking, payments, small business

Your customers go mobile with smartphones and tablets. When they cannot fulfill their needs in mobile self-service, do you jump in at the right time to help them complete their business? Do you want to maximize the opportunity for smart customer experience and increased business via smart mobile devices (while reducing costs)? NICE Mobile Reach can do that for you. Don't miss its demo at FinovateSpring.

Innovation type: Mobile, sales

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Personal Capital is wealth management for the Internet Age. The company's online platform combines digital technology with highly personalized service to provide a holistic view of your unique financial picture. The free online dashboard presents all of your financial data in one place, including an assessment of your allocation, investment risk and fees.

These days, the financial lives of Americans are becoming more and more complex. At FinovateSpring, Personal Capital will unveil core new features that enable you to access your financial data in real time, on-the-go. You'll be able to view and do, anywhere, anytime.

Innovation type: Investing, mobile, PFM

Pindrop Security provides enterprise solutions that help prevent phone-based fraud. Pindrop's acoustical fingerprinting technology detects fraudulent calls and authenticates legitimate callers, helping customers eliminate financial losses and reduce operational costs. Pindrop's breakthrough technology is the first of its kind to fingerprint individual phone calls, providing verification of caller provenance. 

Recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies at the 2012 RSA conference, Pindrop's solutions help companies feel more confident in the security of phone-based financial transactions.

Innovation type: Identity, security

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Easily administer and coordinate your annual budget with Budget Manager from ProfitStars. ProfitStars takes the headaches, and the spreadsheets, out of the budgeting process and optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of budgeting and planning.  

The company will show you how this newly redesigned browser-based version enables users to construct and manage a more efficient budgeting process, including how to tackle more difficult items like salaries and fixed assets.

Innovation type: Banking

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Discover a new Facebook app for banks that will not only make you relevant and engage Facebook users, but will also get your customers recommending and endorsing your card products.  It drives great loyalty from existing customers and also helps to devise new customer acquisition --all through Facebook. 

Serverside does this by letting people design their own credit or debit card using a picture from their Facebook gallery, then post it to their Facebook wall. Their friends then click on the card image to design their own card and help your bank to go viral!

Innovation type: cards

Social Money can provide any bank in the world its own branded version of our revolutionary and award-winning SmartyPig technology. A new bank can be up and running on our system within 90 days in any language and currency, for a fraction of the cost of internal development efforts.

Innovation type: Banking products, PFM

The dawn of compliance solutions that work.

Meet Molly. 115 different people use Molly's SSN.
Financial institutions have no idea who these people really are.

This is possible because FIs and so-called identity protection companies can only verify identity. Verification is not enough. Full identification is needed to fight fraud and provide FIs the means to meet compliance requirements. Only Financial ICONN from TASCET can identify financial customers.

Once Molly activates her ICONN, TASCET proactively secures her identity and FIs know exactly who she is.

Innovation type: Identity, security

Taulia takes the waste out of the supply chains of Fortune 500 Enterprises while simultaneously solving the cash-flow needs of their suppliers. The large enterprise buyers get discounts by paying their invoices early. In return, their suppliers get paid when they want. In Taulia's young life, it has already enabled small suppliers from 40+ countries around the world to receive hundreds of millions of dollars of early payments.

Innovation type: Lending, payments, small business

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The Under-18 audience has an estimated $50 billion in spending power. Learn how to successfully monetize the kids/teen market in this powerful demo by Virtual Piggy, an exciting new company that provides innovative technological solutions to help bridge the gap between children, parents and online retailers.

Innovation type: Payments

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Wall Street Survivor is the only place for the beginner to learn about investing. Guided missions, beginner-focused learning content, combined with the web's best stock simulator help users effectively manage their financial future.

Innovation type: Investing & asset management, marketing, PFM

Mobile commerce is estimated to be a $31 billion industry by 2015, but how will the underbanked participate? Wipit has unlocked mobile payments for this massive and largely untapped consumer demographic representing 25% of all U.S. households and over 70 million U.S. prepaid wireless subscribers. Underbanked consumers can now make in-app and online payments with a single click. No need for bank accounts or credit cards; Wipit lets underbanked consumers use their payment method of choice-- cash.

Innovation type: Cards, payments

Stay tuned next week for another sneak peek of FinovateSpring 2012 presenting companies.

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