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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.

Finovate Alumni News-- September 24, 2013

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  • Capital Access Network listed among Information Week's top U.S. technology innovators in 2013.
  • FIS announces analytics programs for customers.
  • Swipely now managing $1 bil in annual sales, 1 yr. after entering payments market & launched Swipely Partner Network.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions announces Select Mobile Lending, a new mobile app.
  • MasterCard and Entrepreneurial Finance Labs join forces to promote SMB growth in developing nations.
  • TechCrunch reports PayPal, Stripe, & Braintree partner with Facebook to autofill billing info in mobile commerce apps.
  • ERN partners with FICO to embed FICO's marketing solutions within its real-time Big Data analytics platform Looop.
  • Mountaineer Gas joins doxo to simplify bill delivery, payment, and record keeping for its 220,000 customers.
  • Digital Insight announces new CEO, John O'Malley.
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.jpgPandoDaily features Planwise's "coming of age" story. 
  • OnDeck closes over $130 million in increased credit facility commitments, 150% 12-month growth surge drives doubling of debt capacity.
  • doxo's new email Import and Organization capability simplifies record keeping for the your key accounts.
  • Azimo picks cross-border payments platform Earthport to help expansion into developing markets.
  • Edo Interactive unveils self-serve portal for edo Marketplace that helps merchants set up card-linked offers on their own.
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.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-F-Logo.jpgYseop selected as a finalist for the category of "Social, CRM and Loyalty" for the DMA Innovation Awards.
  • Finextra reports: Virtual Piggy integrates with social game giant Habbo Hotel.
  • TechCrunch reports: Braintree launches a new service called Marketplace, an API designed for mobile marketplace operators.
  • The Sleeter Group reviews Kashoo, Xero, and others.
  • The Guardian Money features social lending service Zopa.
  • Transaction processing driving revenue growth for Jack Henry & Associates.
  • Pymnts.com interviews Daniel DeMeo, CEO at Capital Access Network, on the rise of commercial lending.
  • Snarketing 2.0 highlights Credit Karma, FlexScore, and Moven in a column on why the financial services industry needs a "FinScore".
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.jpgPennsylvania-based First National Community Bank selects a core banking system from Fiserv.
  • Check Point Software launches 13000 Appliance solution set for high-performance data center cyber security.
  • Accounting and advisory firm William Buck and Xero partner to offer clients Xero as accounting solution of choice.
  • StreetFight Magazine features case study of ShopKeep POS use in cupcake bakery.
  • IntelliResponse announces VAR partnership with Australia-based BolderView.
  • SeedInvest CEO Ryan Feit talks with the Street.com about the effect of fund advertising rule changes on crowdfunders.
  • Built in Chicago blogger profiles Pangea Payments and the trillion dollar remittance market.
  • 2013 Payment Hub report names ACI Worldwide "Best in Class" in payments capability.
  • InComm Launches Pre-Top to Expand Availability of Prepaid Solutions.
  • TransferWise featured in American Banker column on the growing online/mobile payments business. 
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.jpgSafetyPay pulls in $7 million from International Finance Corp.
  • Xero releases Personal for iPhone, a mobile app for Xero Personal subscribers.
  • B2C looks at Dwolla as a challenger to PayPal.
  • Ad Exchanger lists edo Interactive and Linkable Networks as two card-linked offer providers.
  • Read our latest CEO interview with Oren Levy of Zooz.
  • Mint, Expensify, Ready for Zero, SigFig, and Personal Capital populate US News & World Report's "10 Smartphone Apps to Boost Your Budget" 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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgXero and Stripe partner to simplify online payments for small businesses.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Mitek Launches V 2.0 of Mobile Photo Bill Pay solution.
  • Boku teams with PlayJam to bring mobile payments to smart TVs.
  • SimpleTuition partners with College Parents of America to bring student loan and loan comparison insight from SimpleTuition its members.
  • Creditnet.com ranks the Best Personal Finance Software of 2013 (So Far): 1) Personal Capital, 2) Mint.com 3) ReadyForZero.
  • Emida adds Colombia to list of operating countries.
  • Kofax launches Analytics for Capture business intelligence solution.
  • Pymnts.com interviews TransferWise co-founder Kristo Kaarmann.
  • RightStartups takes a look at Betterment as a "new concept in a very traditional industry."
  • Dynamics launches "Everything Else is Just Plastic" TV Ad.
  • TradeBox Media reviews Zooz's retail app plug-in.
  • International Business Times looks at how Arxan's technology is used to protect mobile banking apps from attacks.
  • Newfination interviews Uri Gruenbaum, co-founder and CEO of TipRanks.
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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  • Pymnts.com features TipRanks Financial Accountability Engine. Join TipRans in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • Klarna co-founder Niklas Adalberth talks about hyper growth in Europe.
  • InvestmentNews columnist takes a look at Finect. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Yodlee forms partnership with London fintech incubator Level39.
  • Virtual Piggy wins The National Parenting Center's 2013 Seal of Approval under the Websites category. See it demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • Signifyd receives the Merchant Risk Council's 2013 Emerging Technology Award in the startup company category. Come see it demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • Engadget reports: PayPal and Discover expand partnership, will reach 2 million stores by year-end.
  • PandoDaily looks at Xero's stealth period.
  • Billhighway partners with the Automation Alley Fund organization.
  • Braintree hires Google Wallet co-creator & former Square employee Rob von Behren as lead software engineer.
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 19, 2013

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  • GMC Software Technology founder Rene Muller wins Lifetime Achievement award.
  • PrivatBank to provide service to customers wearing Google Glass.
  • American Banker interviews Pageonce COO Steve Schultz on the company's goal to be the "go-to financial app on the phone".
  • Mountain America CU launches MoneyDesktop's My Money Manager PFM.
  • Blackhawk Network prices of its IPO of 10,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at $23 per share.
  • American Banker reports: Planwise Courts Bank Partners.
  • Black Enterprise features Bolstr as Tech Startup of the Week.
  • American Banker reports BillGuard has flagged $50M in suspect charges.
  • The Globe and Mail considers how eToro can benefit investors.
  • TechCrunch reports: SMB Inventory Management Startup TradeGecko Partners With Xero Accounting.
  • Rebirth Financial unveils white-label crowdfunding platform.
  • Trustly has now processed 10 billion SEK in payments since it began in 2008, has fully rolled out Direktbetalning in Sweden 
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.
  • Webmasterchecks drops PayPal and makes Dwolla its exclusive payment service provider.
  • Mobile World Live considers Braintree's offline strategy. Come to FinovateSpring to check out its live demo.
  • Kony Solutions talks to banks about selling shares in a public offering as early as this year.
  • Xero releases updates that facilitate payroll reporting.
  • Chicago Tribune takes a look at TipRanks. Join TipRanks in San Francisco in May for FinovateSpring.
  • Alliance Data Retail Services reports on its geofence pilot program with Locaid.
  • EyeVerify wins third eyeprint patent for its mobile security technology. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • ACI Worldwide announces latest version of ACI Issuer, a cost-savings solution for card-issuing and account management.
  • Actiance partners with Symantec to provide integrated compliance, eDiscovery and archiving for social business.
  • BrightScope brings Nerd's Eye View publisher Michael Kitces to its advisory board.
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.jpgInvestors Business Daily interviews Barry Silbert, SecondMarket CEO, who says the stock market is broken.
  • Xero opening new LA office for Southern California team.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Fiserv Tops 1 Million Mobile Deposit Capture Users, 7 Million Mobile Users.
  • Radio New Zealand reports: Xero to launch fully into U.S. market in July.
  • Candace Klein, SoMoLend CEO, discusses the hardship that the SEC's delay of the JOBS Act has caused.
  • Yodlee receives 2013 Honorable Mention in Industry Partner category for the Barlow Research Associates' Monarch Innovation Awards.
  • Virtual Piggy integrates with Oracle ATG Web Commerce, expands reach of network to more than 390,000 brands.
  • Mitek's Mobile Deposit solution receives top award for Overall Most Innovative from Barlow Research Associates.
  • Management Today interviews Zopa CEO, Giles Andrews.
  • TechCrunch looks at Realty Mogul and its recent win at the Founder Showcase pitch competition. See them in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • GreenDot and UniRush launch reloadable prepaid Visa card. Join GreenDot for FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • Allied Payment Network bill payment technology integrates with CSPI's Aurora online banking platform.
  • Zooz announces partnership with ChronoPay. Join Zooz in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • Identity Theft 911 CEO to lead discussion on social media and insurer risk at upcoming NAMIC seminar.
  • Roadtrip Nation interviews Dan Reed of Bazaarvoice.
  • Money Street Smart reviews TradeKing.
  • Hard Assets Alliance features an interview with Gold Bullion International CEO Steven Feldman.
  • Newfination interviews Taavet Hinrikus of TransferWise.
  • Engine talks about rewarding risk-takers with GoodApril founder Benny Joseph.
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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With 300 fintech innovators already taking advantage of Yodlee's 10-month old accelerator program, the company's sights are set on still more companies coming on board. In fact, Yodlee anticipates growth of more than 50% by the end of the year.

One of the key features of the program is free access to Yodlee's API, which brings with it the ability to draw from a wealth of financial data, from bank accounts to rewards campaigns. Program companies have taken this data and run with it, building everything from eWallets to new lending services.

Aside from its role in "paying it forward" (fintech edition), Yodlee has been a very successful outfit in its own right. The company has more than 40 million users and $100 million in capital, with 20% of its customers coming from outside the United States.

It's worth pointing out that Yodlee's accelerated startups include a handful of Finovate alumni such as EZBOB and FreeAgent (both companies fresh from appearances at FinovateEurope). Other alumni taking advantage of Yodlee's platform include Credit Karma, Xero, and LearnVest.

Success with the accelerator program, which was launched in May 2012, may be what has encouraged the company to launch its API incubator program to cater to a different subset of startups. So far, Yodlee has been able to incubate 10 companies, including Finovate alumn, Planwise.

Yodless was last on the Finovate stage in September 2012 as part of FinovateFall in New York. Watch a demo of Yodlee in action here, as they present their small business platform.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMSPmentor reveals some interesting stats from PaySimple.
  • U.S. Bank is first major bank in the U.S. to roll out Mitek-powered mobile photo billpay.
  • Luminous considers its experience demoing BankFiling at FinovateEurope.
  • New Zealand Herald reports Xero becomes billion dollar company.
  • CU Times reports Fiserv integrates Popmoney P2P payment tool with its mobile banking app.
  • Henri Dura to take post of CEO of GMC Software Technology.
  • IBS Intelligence ranks Temenos T24 #1 in its 2013 Sales League Table.
  • DeviceFidelity raises more than $470,000 in funding.
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 25, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMasterCard announces MasterPass, enabling one-touch transactions with payment cards and devices.
  • Service2Media launches new version of App Lifecycle Platform, M2Active 4.0.
  • TSYS extends payment processing contract with Green Dot.
  • lovemoney.com features Azimo's money transfer service.
  • Continuity Control releases regulatory compliance management system for small- to mid-size credit unions.
  • Kantox adds spot transactions to FX to offer a full range of FX services to corporate clients.
  • Kony opens EMEA office, enhances mobile CRM product.
  • Market Consensus reviews BillGuard.
  • New Zealand-based bank, ASB, supports automagic bank feeds into Xero.
  • Next Advisor compares TrustedID with competitor.
  • Des Moines Register reports: Open atmosphere, passion for product help Cedar Falls' Banno grow.
  • SafetyPay to power Computop's Paygate payment 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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCachet Financial Solutions integrates with CU Mobile Apps, a provider of mobile banking solutions.
  • Finextra reports SafetyPay opens up to German-speaking markets.
  • Lendio reports 2012 growth metrics.
  • Expensify listed as 1 of 4 apps to helps save and manage your money.
  • TechFaster interviews BillGuard CMO Mary Anne Keegan.
  • Business Insider interviews Josh Reich, Simple founder and CEO.
  • Xero makes Bank Reconciliation available to Android users.
  • edo Interactive's new Marketplace platform targets small, local businesses.
  • Check out Finovate's infographic of FinovateEurope 2013 innovation themes.
  • Billhighway named as finalist in the 2013 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
  • SigFig-powered USA Today Money Portfolio Tracker launches in app store.
  • CashStar reports record holiday season; 800% increase in mobile eGift Card purchases.
  • Continuity Control partners with Community BancService Corporation.
  • TSYS technology at work in Visa's Saral Money program in India.
  • Rabobank launches Figlo-powered widgets for online banking homepage.
  • BrightScope ranks top 25 law firms with highest-rated 401(k) plans.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News-- February 4, 2013

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

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTechCrunch reports Braintree's New Payments Layer Lets Users Sign Up For Apps Without Re-Entering Their Credit Card Data.
  • Mitek and Allied Payment Network Expand Availability of Mobile Photo Bill Pay.
  • Backbase and iQStore sign partnership agreement for Russian market.
  • Xero integrates with Harvest, a time tracking and invoicing software company.
  • CNBC's Squawk on the Street features BOKU.
  • HID Global partners with BehavioSec to improve fraud detection system.
  • Facebook integration, customer management features added to Flint mobile app.
  • ACI Worldwide to buy Online Resources for more than $120 million.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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With a battle cry of "save time, money and trees" the Paperless Coalition has launched its campaign to promote a paper-free workplace.

Among the members of the Paperless Coalition are three Finovate Alumni: Xero, Manilla and Expensify. The Coalition is led by HelloFax, and has set-up a website, paperless2013.org where businesses can "take the pledge" to work toward using less paper - and sign up for the coalition's monthly newsletter.


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According to Reduce.org, the average office worker consumes more than 10,000 sheets of paper every day. More than three million tons of office paper are used in the United States alone every year.

Also participating in the Coalition is Google via Google Drive.

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To see Xero's most recent Finovate demonstration, click here. Manilla's last Finovate demo is here.  Expensify can be seen in action here.

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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.
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  • Xero's new release includes new features: email templates, payments terms & outstanding statements.
  • Purchasing Insight blog features Taulia.
  • Financial Advisor Magazine considers EFL's approach to determining risk in entrepreneurs.
  • Business Insider recommends using Enloop to help draft business plans.
  • Expensify gets a shout-out on NBC.
  • Intern Match blog suggests using planwise.
  • PC Mag recommends keeping Dashlane in your security toolkit.
  • Wipro announces launch of SmartOffers solution demoed at FinovateAsia.
  • Virtual Piggy enters into Partnership with WorldPay to further expand Virtual Piggy eCommerce service in the international marketplace.
  • Tyfone and IQT sign strategic investment and tech development deal.
  • Fenergo wins Best Customer Onboarding Solution award.
  • DeviceFidelity extends Good Vault identity and access management system to iPhones. 
  • Experian to help media giant Sky optimize customer prospect-marketing data.
  • Compass Plus earns high marks in annual PayX report.
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.jpgVentureBeat talks with PayPal's Dan Schatt about its integration with Coinstar kiosks.
  • Philly.com interviews VirtualPiggy CEO, Dr. Jo Webber.
  • The Australian reports: Cloud computing firm Xero could give Reckon a run for its money.
  • Union State Bank of Fargo chooses Andera's oFlows platform for online account opening and lending.
  • Credit Union Journal reports KBR Heritage FCU To Offer Geezeo.
  • AndKeepGoing.com reviews TradeKing.
  • Renaud Laplanche, Lending Club CEO, hints at IPO.
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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