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Alumni News-- November 21, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgUmbrella.co.uk migrates client base of 1,000+ freelancers and contractors to the FreeAgent platform.
  • Uber helping drivers manage and pay back their student loans by partnering with Tuition.io.
  • Actiance recognized in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving.
  • Bloomberg: CAN Capital to weigh IPO with up to $2 billion value.
  • Intuit's Quickbooks and Xero coming to Square App Marketplace.
  • PayStand sets flat fees for e-check payment option.
  • Virtual Piggy, provider of Oink, launches the Oink Discover prepaid card for teens.
  • Fiserv links its Popmoney P2P payment solution to charitable giving.
  • Yodlee wins top honors at Citi Mobile Challenge Latam 2014.
  • Bazaarvoice announces plans to relocated to new corporate HQ in North Austin.
  • Kashoo announces enhancements to its web app, including more P&L options and increased security.
  • VoiceTrust launches strategic partnership with German biometric cloud security company, BioID AG.
  • The Washington Post features Bionym's Nymiband.
  • Accenture mentions Thinknum as an innovation that is helping to change the banking industry.
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-- November 11, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLinkable Networks Raises $8 Million for Card Linked Offers Platform.
  • Coinbase integrates with Openfolio to create transparency in who is investing in Bitcoin.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions Launches Enhanced Select Business Solution.
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 13, 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.jpgCompass Plus announced that its TranzWare e-Commerce authentication solution supports American Express SafeKey.
  • NewsRepublic features Toshl Finance in its roundup of five apps to help you organize personal finances.
  • P2Binvestor signs $1 million revolving line of credit from New College Capital Ltd of London.
  • InComm announces partnership with Virginia Department of Transportation to launch E-ZPass Reload Cards.
  • Xero earns number one spot in annual BRW Most Innovative Companies list.
  • eToro adds native Android sharing to its update of OpenBook for Android.
  • Silanis launches new partnership with AgencyPort Software.
  • eSeller features Boku in its review of top payment apps.
  • Misys inks deal to bring Russia's Cinimex into its InFusion Partner Programme.
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 10, 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.jpgCNBC's Squawk Box Europe interviews Luxoft CEO Dmitry Loschinin.
  • Nostrum Group adds another 3,000 square feet at its Windsor Court headquarters.
  • Xero Touch wins Best Mobile Finance App and Best Overall App at SVBA Awards.
  • Banco del Bajio to deploy PRIME 4 card management solution from TSYS.
  • Retirement Income Journal features blooom.
  • BizEquity announces $5 million investment from Frost Brooks.
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 9, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgArxan Technologies partners with Xamarin to provide developers with enhanced application security solution.
  • InComm partners with PayPoint to launch Digital Gaming Vouchers.
  • Former Commonwealth Bank CMO Andy Lark appointed as Xero's new CMO.
  • Technologie.ie interviews Brian Monaghan, head of online at CurrencyFair on the growth of hacking.
  • Avaus lists Holvi among the 30 smartest companies in Finland.
  • Fairer Finance gives top marks to Zopa in its latest personal loan roundup.
  • Fast Company profiles how BioCatch makes online art out of visualizations of hacking attacks.
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 post is part of our live coverage of FinDEVr San Francisco 2014.

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Xero showed off its open platform for developers:

Xero highlighted its 300+ integrated applications. It laid out some benefits of integrating with Xero:

    1. Add non-core features
    2. Increase product utility
    3. Give time back to your customers
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Presenter: David Pollock, Head of US Partnerships

About:
Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 300,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Xero ranks No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company.

Website: xero.com
Twitter: @Xero
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We've been helping you prepare for FinDEVr for a few weeks now. Between the presentations, networking, and workshops, there will be a lot to keep busy with during the show, so we wanted to make sure you're ready.

Today we're featuring:

To join in on the action, you can get your ticket here.


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Avoka is a leading customer experience management company specializing in multi-channel customer transactions. Avoka powers customer engagement applications for banking and insurance organizations worldwide, capturing and delivering business-critical customer transactions into back-office systems.

Keynote: Omni-Channel & Social Account Opening In 60 Seconds
Avoka will demonstrate omni-channel account opening through our engagement platform demonstrating

    • Responsive & adaptive design
    • Cross-over between channels
    • Pre-fill from social profiles
    • ElectID verification
    • Separation of information capture from core systems to facilitate easy cross-sell.
Workshop: Build An Omni-Channel Account Opening Experience In Under 60 Seconds
Avoka will build an account opening experience in under an hour that Is responsive & adaptive

  • Supports cross-over between channels
  • Is integrated to social media for pre-fill
  • Is integrated to electronic ID verification
  • Facilitates cross-sell with loose coupling to core systems
Benefits for developers:

  1. Omni-channel digital customer experience
  2. Analytics platform to understand your customers engagement experience that enables;
  3. Speed, agility and rapid decision making
Omni-channel customer experience in days instead of weeks or months.


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Financial Apps provides a suite of developer tools and API access for financial account and transactional data. Our solutions help to quickly build the next generation FinApp. The Financial Apps Relevancy Engine helps make data actionable, providing a comprehensive solution for Fintech development

Keynote: Driving the Data to Action
Detailed financial data is the "Big Data" we all want to work with. In this presentation, Financial Apps is showing how its Platform and Relevancy Engine enables developers to access, consume and integrate consumer financial data within their solutions..

Workshop: Get Relevant: Driving Data to Action
The Financial Apps Platform simplifies the way developers build, manage, and scale their applications' transaction driven components.  ​In this workshop, we will demystify the process of transforming financial data into relevant solutions that can directly consumed by your applications. Learn how to:

    • Connect to financial data using Financial Apps' easy to use RESTful based JSON API and developer libraries
    • Construct complex data aggregations in minutes using Boolean logic with the FA Relevancy Engine Interface
    • Execute and deliver new datasets at run time speed and make schema changes without system interruptions
    • Create queries and rules that analyze your data and deliver actionable results and alerts
Benefits for developers:

    1. Broad API providing access to your consumers Financial Data.
    2. Data Modeling and Workflow capabilities integrated within the platform.
    3. Solutions to make data actionable
Currently powering industry leading FinTech applications, The Financial Apps platform and tools are available for integration today! We make data actionable


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InComm is the leading provider of prepaid and transaction technologies with 400,000 points of distribution, nearly $ 30 billion annual transaction volume and reaching over 1 billion customers weekly.

Keynote: Cashtie API - Rails for Cash Payments
Cashtie is an API that enables cash payments for bill pay, funding an account and money transfer at InComm's retail network. The Cashtie API connects to a transaction processing platform and is the rails for cash payments from its partners.

Workshop: Cashtie API - Democratizing Access to Retail POS
In this workshop we are showcasing how we democratized access to the POS (Point of Sales) of some of the largest retailers in the world like Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Family Dollar and many more. We are demonstrating how to insert transactions as line items into the customer receipt including validating pre-tender transactions and completing post tender.
We are also presenting various use cases how the Cashtie API is used to digitize cash payments and touch on our different integration methods for developers.

Why it's great for developers: 

  • Digitizing cash
  • Democratizing access to large retailers POS
  • Instantly build retail network for cash acceptance
Use Cashtie to streamline and simplify cash payments.

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Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 300,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Xero ranks No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company.

Keynote: Open for Small Business
Small business is at the heart of every economy. Simple efficiency gains like eliminating data entry or getting paid twice as fast can make or break a business. At Xero we've created an open, extensible platform upon which hundreds of developers have created tools and joined our mission to make small businesses all over the world succeed.

Workshop: Building an API driven Ecosystem for Small Business
In this session, you'll hear how Xero has successfully grown it's marketplace to over 300 integrated applications. How we've structured our developer partner program and built our open API as well as the key lessons we've learned along the way.

Why it's great for developers:

    • Integrated Accounting
    • Open API 
    • Successful Partner Program
Xero provides an Open API, with the opportunity for integrated accounting between important small business applications.

If you missed any of the previous FinDEVr Preview posts, check them out below:

Alumni News-- September 11, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgArcher Daniels Midland deploys Tradeshift's Collaborative Workflow system.
  • Coinbase opens its doors to European customers in 13 countries.
  • Dealstruck and Lendio partner to provide capital to Jidan Cleaning.
  • Oink releases v 2.0 of its app to improve mobile shopping experience and allow users to favorite retailers.
  • LightCyber partners with Check Point Software to provide breach detection and response.
  • Stitch Labs features Xero on its list of four apps for multichannel sellers this holiday season.
  • Forex Magnates takes a look at the latest upgrades to Darwinex's trading platform.
  • Kalixa partners with Millicom to launch new payments service venture in Latin America and Africa.
  • Top Image Systems announces new subsidiary TIS Australia.
  • PYMNTS: Braintree CEO Bill Ready talks about ApplePay with MPD CEO Karen Webster.
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 27, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMonitise announces digital commerce and resourcing alliance with IBM.
  • ThinkAdvisor takes a look at the deal between the San Francisco 49ers football team and Wealthfront.
  • The Globe and Mail profiles David Lloyd and IntelliResponse as part of its Innovators at Work contest.
  • Fortune magazine column discusses Ripple and the "Internet of value exchange."
  • ValueWalk: FutureAdvisor can be used as a free tool to rate your own investment decisions or a low-cost asset management service.
  • Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation visits Bolstr for video interview.
  • Bill.com CEO and co-founder Rene Lacerte writes about the "new sharing economy" for Inc.com.
  • CashStar announces spot in Inc 500|5000 for a second year in a row.
  • EyeVerify opens new offices to accommodate recent growth.
  • Locaid partners with Danal to leverage location services in fight against financial fraud.
  • Wallaby Financial named finalist in Samsung Gear App Challenge 2014.
  • ZDNet: Xero continues march into U.S., launches partner marketplace.
  • The Independent looks at how BehavioSec uses behavioral biometrics.
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 18, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSilanis Technology releases e-signature solutions for Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. See Silanis at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.
  • Michael Grillo of ACI Worldwide talks about the role of mobile devices in fighting payments fraud.
  • Klarna announces appointment of Jon Kamaluddin to its Board of Directors.
  • SumUp earns double-digit million dollar investment led by Life.SREDA
  • Xero's Customer Experience team wins Bronze Stevie Award in 2014 International Business Award. Check out Xero's presentation at FinDEVr in San Francisco this October.
  • TechCrunch: Coinbase acquires blockchain explorer, Blockr.io.
  • Silicon Angle: Why Cardlytics ditched sample data for its real-time analytics tactics.
  • EE Times reviews the similarities and differences between Ripple and bitcoin.
  • Forbes column on "the other sharing economy" profiles Expensify
  • Investors.com checks in with Betterment on strategies for meeting retirement financial challenges.
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 13, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker features 2012- 2013 fintech graduates from Y Combinator:  TrueLink Financial, Coinbase, and LendUp.
  • Netbanker features 2009- 2012 fintech graduates from Y Combinator: ZenPayroll, SmartAsset, TrustEgg, FutureAdvisor, ReadyForZero, and WePay.
  • American Banker considers how Diebold is leading the way on the branch of the future.
  • peerTransfer surpasses 500 clients, while processing over $1 billion in international payments.
  • Heartland Payment Systems buys out remaining shareholders of tablet software and hardware startup, Leaf.
  • ACI Worldwide announces completion of ReD acquisition.
  • Lending Club mentioned in HBR Blog's look at how new lending technology can help small businesses.
  • Silanis Technology partners with loan management software specialist Calyx Software. See Silanis at FinovateFall 2014 in September.
  • planwise teams up with Informa Research Services to launch plug-and-play search tool of real estate agents and brokerages.
  • NextAdvisor column in HuffPo highlights LendUp as alternative loan option for the underbanked.
  • Pandai announces joint cooperation with China and Hollard to leverage their experience in the loan insurance market.
  • Xero and Square partner to sync Square transactions and give a business a view of their finances. See Xero present at FinDEVr. 
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 5, 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.jpgMasterCard's Ajay Banga sees MasterPass in 14 markets by year's end.
  • Fox Business interviews BillGuard founder and CEO Yaron Samid live from Tel Aviv.
  • BBVA Compass and Zenmonics to design and test a tablet-based sales app. See Zenmonics at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.
  • Thailand's Kasikornbank selects core banking technology from FIS.
  • Los Angeles Times Business section features Oink.
  • Financial Samurai reviews FutureAdvisor, comparing the company to Wealthfront and Betterment.
  • MarketInvoice partners with Xero to speed financing for small businesses.
  • Blackhawk Network to bring eGift options to Barclays' Pingit mobile banking platform.
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 1, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgStartup Daily: Startups leverage Xero's API as part of their growth hacking strategy. Check out Xero's API up close at FinDEVr in San Francisco September 30 - October 1.
  • Expensify grows from 24 employees in January to 45 employees in July.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions receives allowance for patent that covers aspects of its RDC platform to deposit bank checks using their Apple desktop, laptop or mobile device.
  • PlayMoolah's WhyMoolah launches Act 2 to enable gamers who completed Act 1 to play out their lives from age 35 to 55.
  • ZipZap raises $1.1 million in new funding.
  • Your Mark on the World interviews AdaPia d'Errico, Chief Marketing Officer for Patch of Land. See Patch of Land demo at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.
  • defi Solutions CEO Stephanie Alsbrooks talks loan origination in Non-Prime Times.
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 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 24, 2014

  • C. Hoare & Co. choose TSYS's Prime 4 card management solution.
  • Pymnts interviews Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterCard's MasterPass about digital wallets.
  • CSI globalVCard launches B2B payment system called globalVCard travel, designed to alleviate many of the corporate travel industry's biggest pain points
  • FreeAgent integrates with PayPal Here to make it easier for UK small businesses to get paid faster.
  • Xero confirms it's planning on filing for a U.S. initial public offering in 2015.
  • Actiance expands on its support of Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online, to help manage risks of Office 365 Lync Online.
  • LoopPay earns investment from Visa.
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 16, 2016

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgpeerTransfer and Nelnet expand partnership, enhancing international payment options for educational institutions.
  • Xero MD Chris Ridd featured on Qantas radio. Check out Xero at FinDEVr, the first event for fintech developers.
  • Micronotes releases Mobile-SMS to automate the referral process through the mobile SMS channel to drive more sales.
  • Lendio launches program for brokers that helps more SMBs find financing by giving brokers and ISOs access to Lendio's lending options.
  • New app from The Members Group alerts Google Glass wearers if a Dwolla-accepting merchant is nearby.
  • mBank deploys authentication technology from HID Global.
  • Jack Henry launches jhaEnterprise Workflow solution.
  • Coinbase integration brings bitcoin payments to Shopify merchants.
  • Zooz raises $12 million in round led by Blumberg Capital.
  • MasterCard's MasterPass to enable in-app payments by August.
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 2, 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.jpgTop Image Systems partners with K2 to blend capture and mobile imaging technology with BPM.
  • On Deck reports $3.4 billion, $22K job impact on economy courtesy of its small business lending platform.
  • Eurasian Bank to deploy mobile banking technology developed by Monitise Create.
  • MasterCard launches MasterPass in Singapore.
  • Forbes features Xero, looks at why it will keep growing.
  • Finextra considers how The FCA plans to foster UK fintech innovation companies like Monitise, TransferWise, and Nutmeg
  • Apple opens TouchID to third parties, shows TouchID login example using Mint app in iOS 8 demo.

  • Dashlane reaches two million users milestone.

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.
  • Xero and ASB launch business to bank payments.
  • Bancbox and Kingdom Trust Company partner to streamline the crowdfunding and P2P lending platform for the IRA investor.
  • Actiance tops Forrester's social risk and compliance product list.
  • Strands hires new CEO, Erik Brieva.
  • Dealstruck and Entrepreneurial Finance Lab named finalists in Core Innovators Challenge.
  • FIS announces launch of FIS Instant Card to accelerate FI's ability to provide new or replacement cards.
  • Chris Skinner highlights the relationship between SmartyPig and ICICI Bank in a feature on Banking-as-a-Service.
  • ZDnet takes a look at ShopKeep POS, including its recent $25 million investment form Thayer Street Partners.
  • The Motley Fools calls Loop, the invention that "will change the way you pay for everything."
  • The Rock Trading Ltd. partners with Jumio for real-time ID verification 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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCheck out our Twitter highlights of FinovateSpring 2014 - from the opening demo to Best of Show.

  • LearnVest, Mint, and FutureAdvisor featured in Wall Street Journal column on managing your own money.
  • Forbes highlights Demyst.Data, showing how Big Data can be used to determine loan suitability for the underbanked.
  • Xconomy profiles authentication specialist, Jumio. Video of Jumio's FinovateSpring 2014 demo will be available soon at Finovate.com.
  • Kashoo and Xero are among the cloud accounting apps reviewed in a new ebook by the Sleeter Group.
  • American Banker features Ondot Systems' use of debit on/off controls via mobile device.
  • Backbase launches Backbase Engage, an out-of-the-box digital banking solution for FIs.
  • CUneXus proceeds to Innotribe Startup Challenge 2014 Semifinals.
  • Tradeshift extends "App" ecosystem and offers co-investment to encourage development on its platform.
  • Wearable tech company GTX now using Stockr to communicate directly with the investors.
  • Motherboard looks at Zighra's next-gen kinetic ID that will recognize users by how they swipe on their phone.
  • MoneyDesktop named 1 of 8 of Utah's Most Innovative Products.
  • SafetyPay partners with UOL BoaCompra, a leader in monetizing online games for Latin America.
  • VentureBeat looks at a government program that awards grants to companies working on an "Identity Ecosystem," bringing to mind FinovateSpring 2014 alum, ID.me.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News- May 1, 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.jpgEight companies earned Best of Show awards at FinovateSpring 2014 in San Jose. 
  • Backbase launches Backbase Engage, an omni-channel, out-of-the-box, banking platform.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews the CEO of TSYS acquisition, ProPay.
  • Xero's B2B cloud payment solution now live in Australia thanks to a partnership with ASB Bank.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News-- April 23, 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.jpgNous launches two-month pilot program with Hong Kong hedge fund. Launched at FinovateEurope in February, Nous' Spark Profit has 25,000 registered users in 194 countries.
  • Heritage Bank of Nevada to deploy Fiserv's deposit reclassification solution, ReserveLink.
  • AmeriServ signs real-time account processing agreement with FIS to deploy TrustDesk.
  • TSYS to discontinue operations in Japan after almost 14 years.
  • Billhighway & RallyBound partner to make multi-channel fundraising a reality for nonprofits.
  • Zendesk customer service software partners with Xero.
  • PerformanceIn interviews Linkable Networks CEO, Tom Burgess.
  • Insuritas working with Overstock.com to launch its virtual insurance agency solution. Come see Insuritas at FinovateSpring next week.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Xero Announces 80% YOY Revenue Growth

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Fresh off news of its integration with Square, cloud accounting software specialist Xero announced the end of a fiscal year that saw the company grow its revenues by more than 80%.

A few other metrics just released by the company include:

  • NZ$70 million ($60 million USD) in operating revenues
  • NZ$93 million ($80 million USD) in annualized subscriptions
  • NZ$210 million ($180 million USD) in cash on hand to fund growth
  • 284,000 paying customers
  • 758 employees
Xero is the leading accounting software provider in New Zealand, and leads the online market in both Australia and the United Kingdom. In fact, Xero has seen the most significant year-over-year growth in the latter two regions, as well as North America. Metrics on Xero's paying customers by region are below:

  • Australia: 109,000
  • New Zealand: 102,000
  • United Kingdom: 47,000
  • North America: 18,0000
  • The rest of the world: 8,000
And here are numbers on Xero's year-over-year growth in subscription revenue:

  • North America: 154%
  • Australia: 120%
  • United Kingdom: 92%
  • The rest of the world: 86%
  • New Zealand: 48%
Xero demonstrated its technology as part of the show at FinovateSpring 2011. See the company in action here.

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 Alumni News -- March 26, 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.jpgProfitStars' Gladiator ranks #36 in MSPmentor's top 501 managed service providers.
  • Kofax Mobile Capture platform wins "Elegant Implementation" category of Housing-Wire magazine's HW TECH 100.
  • Online TV host Doug Sleeter interviews Xero CEO, Rod Drury.
  • Jumio wins 2014 METAward in "established" category.
  • miiCard bringing its ID verification technology to eMerchantPay.
  • WTOP News asks: is the credit card with keypad from Dynamics is the "card of the future"?
  • MasterCard selects Anna Yip as head of Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Digital Insight to expand online banking portfolio to include shared access and small business payments. Come see Digital Insight demo at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Kraken, the digital currency exchange platform used by Fidor Bank, raises $5 million.
  • ZipZap pauses UK cash-to-bitcoin transfers through its platform.
  • Boku partners with sunhill technologies to enable direct global carrier billing for sunhill's 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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLighter Capital provides $1 million in growth funding to 3 tech startups.
  • Check Point collaborates with VMware to provide network security for the private cloud.
  • Monitise now offers mobile alerting software as a standalone product.
  • Moven launches its mobile-first bank to public.
  • ClickZ features Actiance's compliance specialist, Joanna Belbey.
  • SafetyPay and GlobalShopex partner to provide a secure international shipping solution for U.S. ecommerce sites.
  • MacWorld Business lists Kashoo and Xero among their favorite online business accounting apps.
  • Wells Fargo reversal on P2P loan ban for staff is good news for companies like Lending Club and Prosper.
  • Kansas City Star features local biometric security startup, EyeVerify.
  • TradeHero launches Android version of their stock market simulation app.
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 26, 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.jpgOn Budget wins 2014 Paybefore Award as "One to Watch."
  • United Bank Limited picks VoiceTrust for voice biometrics.
  • InComm partners with Asia-based Money Online to launch POS-activated gift card mall solutions in Southeast Asia.
  • Rezzcard to integrate with InComm's Cashtie to enable Rezzcard cardholders to pay their rent in cash at over 70,000 retail locations.
  • American Banker reports: Western Union to use NICE Customer Analytics. Come see its new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Xero reaches 100,000 paying customers in Australia.
  • Check out an interview with BRIDGEi2i Director and Co-Founder, Ashish Sharma.
  • Live Gamer customers to get access to MasterCard's MasterPass digital payment service.
  • authenticID enhances ID proofing technology to help combat cloned credit card fraud.
  • Green Dot wins top honors in four categories at 2014 Paybefore awards.
  • Global Banking & Finance Review takes a look at Kalixa Group's American expansion.
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 18, 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.jpgScotiabank selects Fenergo's regulatory onboarding solution.
  • FIS announces partnership with Microsoft Cybercrime Center.
  • Azimo credits Indian expansion for surge in new cash pick-up points.
  • Betterment, Personal Capital, Wealthfront featured in Boston Globe column on personal wealth.
  • DeviceFidelity unveils RF technology behind its latest stand-alone, NFC microSD card.
  • Find Biometrics interviews Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify.
  • Vincent Turner, Planwise CEO, gives a closer look at the Planwise Solid Earth partnership.
  • Forbes examines how CAN Capital reinvents financing for SMBs.
  • City of Prosser launches on doxo to simplify bill pay and add mobile interaction.
  • BillGuard now offering free card monitoring for unlimited number of cards.
  • Taulia triples revenue growth in 2013.
  • BlinkMobile enters Europe, eyes U.S.
  • Xero adds a new chairman, director, and CEO of North America.
  • Matchi hires new CEO, David Milligan.
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 9, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgGartner's Web Access Management Marketscope Report gives Ping Identity a positive rating.
  • Moven, LendUp, Kabbage, and Xero are featured in a Wall Street Journal article on alternative lenders and social media.
  • CAN Capital raises $33 million from Meritech Capital, Accel Partners.
  • PenFed is now offering Mortgage Harmony's One Click rate reset protection.
  • Lighter Capital closes 39th financing with Influence Technologies.
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.jpgSwipely expands to new HQ building.
  • Wipro to buy mortgage consultancy firm Opus Capital Markets Consultants.
  • Apex Community FCU to offer Geezeo white label PFM.
  • Forbes highlights Cardlytics' growth and future of card-linked offers.
  • Xero adds 2 Australian banking partners: Greater Building Society and Investec.
  • TechCrunch reports: Blackhawk Network Picks Up Gift Card Startup, Retailo, To Bolster Its Reach In Europe.
  • C-SAM launches MasterPass-powered (MasterCard) digital wallet solution for FIs.
  • Jack Henry Banking wins outsourcing contract with Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania.
  • NCR to buy Digital Insight from Thoma Bravo for $1.65 billion.
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.jpgInComm partners with Utah Transit Authority to launch FAREPAY Card.
  • Xero CEO Rod Drury wins the New Zealand Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
  • TechCrunch reports: E-Loan Specialist Wonga Buys BillPay, The PayPal Of Germany.
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.
  • ReadyForZero is expanding its online consumer offering to include the VantageScore 3.0 credit score.
  • Pando Daily looks at Tuition.io's current usage numbers and funding status.
  • Finextra reports: Head of Capital One Bank small business lending joins Lending Club.
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.

XeroLogo.jpgXero, a New Zealand-based company that creates cloud-based accounting software, has experienced a large growth spurt lately. Earlier this month, it officially launched in the U.S. and today it announced the largest installment of equity funding we've seen for a Finovate alum thus far.

The $150 million (NZ $180 million) in funding comes from a range of investors and existing shareholders. When combined with last year's $49 million from Peter Thiel and Matrix Partners, and other previous rounds, the company's total funding amounts to $230 million.

In the video below, CEO Rod Drury explains the funding and how it plans to use the cash.


Xero demoed at FinovateSpring 2011 where it debuted its Business Identification product.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgValidSoft releases latest addition to the VALid suite of telecommunication based security products, Zero Latency Correlation.
  • Kabbage partners with Xero to provide SMBs capital based on their online accounting data.
  • Faces of Innovation features Wade Arnold, Banno CEO.
  • FIS Global signs agreement to market ARM Insight's Prepaid Management Platform.
  • MasterCard announces partnership with Parkeon to provide merchant offers, loyalty services via smart parking terminals.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews ZooZ VP for business development, Noam Inbar.
  • ISO & Agent talks about Moolah LLC's deployment of Leaf's LeafPresenter POS tablets.
  • SmartyPig announces CorePro, the next generation of its savings solution which helps companies integrate savings accounts into their existing solutions.
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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Two Finovate alums are joining forces to better provide online small businesses with working capital.

Atlanta-based Kabbage announced yesterday that it has partnered with New Zealand-based Xero to use small business' accounting data to underwrite loans.

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Through this partnership, Xero's customers will be able to receive an answer on an underwriting decision in fewer than 10 minutes.

This is Kabbage's fourth major underwriting and distribution partnership in the past six months. Integrations with Authorize.net, Quickbooks, Stripe have also provided enhanced ways to underwrite small business loans.

Kabbage debuted its Quickbooks financing platform at FinovateSpring earlier this year.

Xero showcased its Business Identification method at FinovateSpring 2011.

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