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  • Fathead launches Virtual Piggy youth friendly payment system.
  • Fiserv processed more than 10 mil loan applications in 2012.
  • CNN Money lists Personal Capital as 1 of 5 best apps to invest smarter.
  • Temenos announces acquisition of compliance technology firm, TriNovus.
  • IRA Reviews takes a look at the fee and commission structure of TradeKing after the merger with Zecco.
  • VoiceTrust brings voice biometrics technology to USoft.
  • TSYS executive wins award at CPI Global Awards for Excellence in Commercial Cards and Payments.
  • Crackberry.com highlights Pageonce for BlackBerry 10.
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  • National Journal examines how Simple (formerly BankSimple) is disrupting traditional banking.
  • USA Today considers whether the Zecco/TradeKing deal could bring changes to online investing.
  • Spectrum explains how ZipZap enables customers to pay online transactions using cash.
  • Holvi reveals beta account activity.
  • Planwise lands $200K in seed funding.
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  • TradeKing and Zecco announce agreement to merge.
  • The Economist names CurrencyFair as an option for transferring money abroad.
  • The Economist looks at how Wonga, Mint, SaveUp, and ReadyForZero use Big Data.
  • Xconomy reports Kony Solutions receives $15 mil in Series C financing.
  • Finextra reports SafetyPay takes e-commerce cash payment service global.
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  • CUinsight reports Credit Union of the Rockies joins SaveUp.
  • VentureBeat looks at PayPal's new pricing model and suite of mobile products.
  • Money One FCU of Maryland introduces BancVue's Kasasa.
  • Yodlee launches MoneyMovement, partners with Zoho.
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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFiserv wins Celent's XCelent Award for enterprise-wide compliance solutions.
  • USA Today Money columnist recommends TradeKing & Zecco as platforms for investing in stock.
  • Productive Web Apps features CoverHound.
  • The Seattle Times discusses the benefits of BillGuard.
  • Braintree's payment gateway available for Magneto users.
  • Prosper adds 13 new loan categories for borrowers.
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  • Credit Karma profiles SaveUp. Come see SaveUp at FinovateSpring in May.
  • David Stone, CashStar CEO, named business leader of the year.
  • VentureBeat explores PayPal Here's packaging.
  • ChargeSmart blog looks at what's behind Dynamics smart cards.
  • AcceptEmail and PostNL enter into a strategic partnership.
  • Meniga takes its PFM to Australia.
  • Lighter Capital makes borrowing even easier by launching Design-A-Loan.
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We recently looked back at Finovate's Best of Show Awards archives and wanted to share the list of the 41 award-winning companies.

Here's the Best of Show history that stretches back to 2007, the inception of Finovate:


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Held October 2, 2007


Mint: Online PFM for individuals

Mortgagebot's Mortgage Marvel: Mortgage marketplace

Prosper: P2P lending network


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Held April 29, 2008


First ROI (now BancVue): Develops products and services for community financial institutions

Jwaala: Provides software solutions to help financial institutions compete

Zecco: Online stock and options trading

Zopa: P2P lending network


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Held October 14, 2008

CheckFree: Online banking platform 

Credit Karma: Provides a free and easy way for consumers to understand, monitor and monetize their credit profile

Mint: Online PFM for individuals

Neosaej's MoneyAisle: Platform where banks compete in live auctions for an individual consumer's business 


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Held April 28, 2009


BillShrink (now Truaxis): Provides a free cost-savings tool that saves consumers money on everyday bills

Prosper: P2P lending platform

Silver Tail Systems: Predictive analytics to prevent fraud abuse

SimpliFi: A web service that allows anyone to create and update their own financial plan


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Held September 29, 2009


BancVue's Kasasa: national checking/ savings account brand for community financial institutions

Credit.com: Provides free interactive tools, education, and unbiased comparisons of quality financial products and services

Digital Insight from Intuit: Provides on-demand banking services to help financial institutions serve clients

Silver Tail Systems: Provides online fraud detection platform 

Yodlee: Provides personalized financial solutions to financial institutions


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Held May 11, 2010

Bobber Interactive: Money management platform for youth

Expensify: Online and mobile expense report platform

oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings

Wikinvest: A platform for investors to share trading tips


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Held October 4-5, 2010


Betterment: Investment account for savings management 

BillShrink (now Truaxis): Loyalty rewards provider

Bundle: Provides socially informed money management for individuals

Dynamics: Produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards

oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings

PayNearMe: Cash transaction network for the underbanked

SecureKey: Token-based authentication technology


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Held February 1, 2011

eToro: Social investment network

Finantix: Provides sales and advice solutions for financial services 

Liqpay: Payments platform

Meniga: Online PFM for financial institutions


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Held May 10-11, 2011

BancVue: Develops products and services for community financial institutions

BankOns: Mobile app offering consumers real-time savings at local merchants

Dwolla: Online, mobile, and social peer-to-peer payment platform

oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings

Mitek Systems: Provides apps for smartphones that allow users to deposit checks and pay bills via their devices' cameras

PayNearMe: Cash transaction network for the underbanked

Wikinvest: A platform for investors to share trading tips


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Held September 20-21, 2011



BillGuard: People-powered antivirus for bills

Dynamics:  produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards

eToro: Social investment network

FamZoo: Online "virtual family Bank"

FeeFighters: Platform that simplifies the process of choosing a merchant account provider

LearnVest: Online PFM for women

Offermatic: Targeted online offers provider

oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings

Personal Capital: Online financial advisor helping people manage their investments


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Held February 2, 2011


Cardlytics: Transaction-based rewards

Dynamics: produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards

eToro: Social investment network

Nutmeg: Online investment manager that democratizes saving and investing
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  • Independent research firm names ThreatMetrix a strong performer in risk-based authentication.
  • Tagit announces the latest release of its proprietary Mobility Platform for mobile commerce & payment services in Asia, Middle East & Africa.
  • Zecco releases its mobile app for iPhone & Android.
  • FX Empire awards eToro as best social trading platform.
  • Visa & Monitise sign deal with India's second largest private bank, HDFC, to introduce mobile money services nationwide.
  • On Deck launches On Deck Express, loans up to $25,000 in as fast as 24 hours.
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  • Best Buy Canada & Future Shop are the 1st major retailers in Canada to offer eGift Cards via CashStar.
  • Fox News interviews Dwolla CEO Ben Milne about the startup's business model.
  • PayPal partners with Fandango to allow users to purchase movie tickets using PayPal.
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In an effort to provide the best value in online trading, Zecco unveiled its new Trading Center today. 

The upgrade includes:

    • Extended hours trading
    • Conditional orders
    • Pre-configured options trading strategy

The user interface displays charts, balances, quotes in real time, and a trade ticket to help users act on investment decisions in a timely manner.

It is also preparing ZeccoUX.jpgfor the release of iPhone and Android apps.

To learn more about Zecco, watch its FinovateStartup 2008 demo.

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  • P2P Lending News reports Prosper & Lending Club issued $37.4 mil in loans in November.
  • Trade Streaming interviews Rob Foregger, co-founder of Personal Capital, on the future of online investing.
  • mFoundry receives $18 mil in growth capital from MasterCard, Intel, FIS, and Motorola Mobility.
  • Bank Systems & Technology looks at how USAA uses Yodlee to aggregate accounts and power its PFM.
  • SavvyMoney (Formerly DebtGoal) launches new site, adds Jean Chatzky to team.
  • Steve Shivers, doxo CEO, speaks up about the potential cuts to the US Postal Service.
  • Credit Unions see positive results from Mortgagebot PowerSite technology.
  • Q2ebanking ranks on The Austin American-Statesman's List of Top Workplaces.
  • Zecco unveils its new Trading Center.
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  • Read Write Web argues the mobile payments capital of the US is Des Moines, IA thanks to Dwolla.
  • Fox Business News reports GoalMine seeks to level the investing field.
  • PayPal updates its Android app with support for NFC payments.
  • eWise hires Alexandre Gonthier, former Boku CTO, as new CEO.
  • Lendio makes its business loan matching service free.
  • Finextra reports Intuit partners with AT&T to take on Square in the emerging mobile card processing market.
  • Xero updates its app: increases speed and improves UI.
  • Business Insider lists Dwolla and Simple as 2 of 20 most innovative startups in tech.
  • Billeo launches ShopSmart to bring consumers relevant discounts.
  • Zecco hosts $500 sweepstakes.
  • miiCard gives first 10,000 users free accounts for life.
  • Netbanker: Top 10 Reasons Why BankSimple Dropped the Bank.
  • Expensify creates four pricing 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.
Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete. 

Out of 268 alumni, 80 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in September 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 33 (41%) had more visitors in September than August. Year-over-year, 42 (52%) had traffic increases.

Private Companies

  • Seeking Alpha and Cortera had the highest traffic in September with 2.1 and 2.0 million unique visitors, respectively. Cortera also had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visits with over 1.5 more visits in 2011 than in 2010.
  • Kabbage had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 280x.
  • Weemba saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 7.5 times the number of unique visitors in September compared to August.
  • SmartCredit.com had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 126,000.
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 2011

1) The previous month recorded was August 2011
2) Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue

Public companies

  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 7 times the number of visitors this year than last year.
  • Intuit had a notable increase in number of unique, year-over-year visitors, increasing by 300,000 visits.
  • Check Point had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 41% more visitors in September than in August.
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1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = not measurable
4. t= tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgGeezeo signs three more referral engine clients.
  • ComputerWorld looks at how SilverTail Systems mitigates fraud.
  • Bank Innovation highlights CashStar's partnering with banks for its gift-reward program.
  • Zecco is listed as 1 of 7 smart ways to invest $100.
  • Weemba reports a growing number of personal loan requests.

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  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSouth Florida Business Journal covers Weemba's borrower-lender matching service.
  • Deutsche Well World profiles eToro and also highlights Currensee and Zecco.
  • Expensify launches a lite version of its iPhone app.
  • RobotDough announces its Portfolio Monitoring Tool & discusses its FinovateFall experience.
  • NBC 12 in Virginia reports InComm named Leading Prepaid Organization and Best Prepaid Product Distributor at 2011 Prepaid Awards.
  • FierceFinanceIT looks at how Zecco and TradeKing are using social media.
  • On Deck Capital reviews its experience at BAI.
  • Fox Business News looks at PayNearMe's quest to assist consumers without credit cards.
  • HelloWallet launches feature that allows users to manually add transactions.
  • Spectrem's Millionaire Corner blog profiles Bills.com.
  • Pageonce launches Mobile Bill Pay Service that allows consumers to "Tap to Pay."
  • American Banker on how four Finovate alums unwrap the payments genome.

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.
Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete

Out of 268 alumni, 75 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in August 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 41 (55%) had more visitors in August than July. Year-over-year, 45 (60%) had traffic increases.

Private Companies

  • Seeking Alpha -- the most-trafficked in August with 2.5 million unique visitors -- also had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits with 300,000 more visits in August than in July.
  • Budgettracker.com saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 6.5 times the number of unique visitors in August compared to July.
  • Betterment had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 88x.
  • Cortera had the highest number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 1.5 million. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011
2) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue
5) Checkingfinder.com is powered by BancVue

Public Companies

  • Fiserv had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 50% more visitors.
  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 5 times the number of visitors.
  • S1 also had a high percentage growth year-over-year, doubling its visitors.
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. t= Tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker highlights BillGuard's monthly credit/debit card scan report.
  • Offermatic unveils OfferMatch, a pay-for-performance marketing channel that brings customers.
  • NBC Chicago names Ben Milne, Dwolla CEO, as a person to watch during Ideas Week.
  • WealthTouch partners with TILE Financial to create portfolio-reporting offerings for high net worth young adults.
  • Wall Street and Technology lists Zecco as 1 of 6 brokerages leading the way in social media.
  • New York Times blog reports BankSimple to go live on the Web next month.
  • HelloWallet announces its fall webinar series.
  • Business Daily Africa compares Xero and Kashoo accounting services with QuickBooks.
  • Credit Karma's new feature graphically compares credit card clientele.
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.
Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete

Out of 255 alumni, 59 (23%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in July 2011 (see tables below). Of those, 19 (32%) had more visitors than in the previous month and 25 (42%) were flat. Year-over-year, 26 (44%) had an increase, 10 (17%) were flat, and 23 (39%) were down. 

Private Companies
Notable successes:
  • Seeking Alpha had the most traffic in July with more than 2 million unique visitors.
  • eToro saw the highest monthly growth percentage with 3 times the number of unique visitors in July compared to June.
  • Bundle had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits, with 450,000 more visitors in July than in June.
  • eRollover had the highest percent year-over-year traffic increase, with 260,000 more visitors from last July. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011
2. Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3. Kasasa is powered by BancVue

Public Companies
Notable successes:
  • PayPal had the highest number of U.S. visitors in July, with more than 30 million visitors.
  • Jack Henry & Associates saw the highest monthly growth with twice as many visitors in July than June.
  • Wipro Technologies had the highest year-over-year growth, with 3 times as many visitors this year compared to last year.
  • FIS Global and Online Resources also doubled their traffic compared to last year. 

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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 255 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.

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ChargeSmart 
AOL's Daily Finance highlighted Chargesmart's secondary gift card market that allows 
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consumers to pay for bills in exchange for gift cards. Link

CheckFree 
Family Wealth Report stated that CheckFree is leading the way in UMA processing. Link

Credit Karma 
  • CBS Money Watch discussed Credit Karma's data on America's debt. Link
  • Fox Business News listed Credit Karma's credit score simulator tool as a 15-minute fix for your credit score. Link
doxo 
Practical Ecommerce listed doxo as one of 17 apps for productivity. Link

Dwolla  
  • Dwolla hit $1 million in payments per day and Ben Milne, CEO, shared a sneak peak of future plans. Link
  • Ace Community Credit Union provided customers with access to Dwolla through its site.
  • Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explained why starting a business in Iowa isn't hard. Link
  • Dwolla introduced a new Autoload feature. Link
  • Dwolla was listed on The Next Web as one of eight awesome ways to pay with your phone. Link
eToro 
eToro Partners began testing a new foreign exchange affiliate tool called Custom Links. Link

Expensify 
  • The Info.rmatics blog testified to Expensify's ease of use. Link
  • ipCommerce showcased Expensify's innovation. Link
GoalMine 
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Mango Money added GoalMine to its list of services. Link

HelpMyCash 
HelpMyCash revamped its website to be more consumer-friendly. Link

IDTheft 911
Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Company selected Identity Theft 911 for its LifeStages service. Link

iPay Technologies 
TechCrunch reported that Bill Ready, former President of iPay Technologies, joined Accel Partners as an Executive in Residence. Link

Lending Club 
  • ATM Options discussed seven good reasons to invest through Lending Club. Link
  • Netbanker discussed Lending Club's record high growth. Link
Lendio 
  • Lendio added TAB Bank to its network of lenders. Link
  • Reuters reported that Swift Capital and Lendio partnered to help small businesses. Link
mFoundry 
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  • American Banker considered Bank of America's recent investment in mFoundry. Link
  • Credit Union Journal discussed Colombia Credit Union's adoption of mFoundry's mobile banking. Link
Mint.com
  • Mint.com introduced a manual transactions feature for its iPhone app. Link
  • TechCrunch reported Mint.com's debut of a new feature that tracks bills and sends reminders. Link
Monitise 
  • Monitise signed over 6,000 users in Nigeria to a mobile payments trial. Link
  • TechMarketView discussed Monitise's financial success. Link
peerTransfer 
Yahoo! Finance reported peerTransfer's growth in international student payment processing. Link

Prosper 
  • Netbanker discussed Prosper's record high growth. Link
  • Prosper raised its interest rates by 2.5 percent. Link
SmartyPig 
SmartyPig introduced its back-to-school cash giveaway contest. Link

ThreatMetrix 
ThreatMetrix announced its upcoming user conference October 9th through 10th. Link

TradeKing 
TradeKing launched a new video series to help consumers understand options trading. Link

Tyfone 
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Oregonlive.com described Tyfone as a major player in mobile payments. Link

Wikinvest 
Forex Promos shared an interview with Mike Sha, Wikinvest CEO. Link

Xero 
Reuters reported that Xero agreed to acquire Paycycle, a payroll company. Link

Zecco 
Wealth Building Tips and Strategies blog shared Zecco's options trading video series. Link

ZimpleMoney 
ZimpleMoney adjusted its services in response to the Dodd-Frank reform. Link

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of our alums, using data from Web-analytics company Compete to review the sites they operate. 

Out of 255 alumni, 62 (24%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in May 2011 (see tables below). Of the 62 reviewed, 25 (40%) had fewer visitors than in the previous month and 28 (45%) saw a decline year-over-year.

Private Companies
The 44 private companies are as follows:

Notable successes:

  • Cortera saw the highest number of unique U.S. visitors in May, with almost 2 million hits.
  • HelloWallet experienced the greatest month-over-month growth, with more than four times as many visitors.
  • Betterment saw its traffic increase an impressive 38 times from May of last year.

Private Finovate Alumni With More Than 10,000 Unique Visitors in May 2011

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Source: Compete.com retrieved June 29, 2011

Public Companies
The 18 public companies are as follows:

Notable successes:

  • PayPal experienced the highest number of U.S. visitors in May, with over 32 million visitors.
  • TransUnion Interactive saw the highest month-over-month growth with more than two times the number of visitors in May than in April.
  • Sybase 365 experienced the highest year-over-year growth, with its traffic up almost 80% from last year.

Public Finovate Alumni With More Than 10,000 Unique Visitors in May 2011 

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Source: Compete.com retrieved June 29, 2011

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Notes:

1. We reviewed 255 unique sites. Data was unavailable or irrelevant for 201 sites because: 

  • They had been acquired.
  • They were no longer available online.
  • They were not covered by Compete for various reasons (including some that were not U.S. domestic companies).
  • The number of unique visits was too small to be considered accurate.
  • They were subdomains of larger websites.

2. Numbers have been rounded to three significant digits.

3. The charts include companies that did not have measurable traffic in May 2011, indicated by "N/A."

4. Compete draws its information from the online activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic, and may undercount at-work usage.

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Aptys Solutions
Aptys Solutions signed with Banker's Bank, a top check depositor with the Federal Reserve Link

Backbase
Backbase to host webinar on how to use social media in financial services Link

Betterment

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  • Betterment announced a growth of over $10M under management and over 4000 customers in first year Link
  • Betterment celebrated its first birthday Link

Bill.com
Bill.com is working to improve its mobile offering for small and midsized businesses Link

Boku
Mobile Entertainment explained how Boku will revolutionize pay-by-mobile for digital goods Link

Capital Access Network
CNBC explained how Capital Access Network solves the need to use financial creativity Link

Credit Karma
WiseBread Blog interviewed Credit Karma CEO Link

doxo

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  • doxo's first fan video was posted online Link
  • Oregon employees were the first to give its members doxo's online file cabinet Link
  • TechFlash highlighted the benefits of using doxo to achieve paperless business Link
  • 2Minute Finance interviewed doxo at FinovateSpring Link

Dwolla

  • Dwolla was listed by inc Tech as one of three startups you must know from Big Omaha Link
  • Credit Union Times listed Dwolla as a new P2P service rivaling 'bank giants' Link

edo Interactive
MyBankTracker interviewed edo Interactive COO about its Prewards service Link

Expensify
Slate explained how Expensify will help the 'frequent flier' Link

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Kabbage
Technorati described how Kabbage works with eBay Link

Lending Club

  • Mint.com's blog covered what you need to know about Lending Club Link
  • San Francisco Business Times commented on Lending Club's strong backing from both investors and lenders Link
  • San Francisco Times reported that Lending Club stated it is not planning to go public for several years Link

LendingKarma
Entrepreneur featured LendingKarma as a good tool to use when borrowing money from family or friends Link

Lendio
San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lendio offers funding opportunities for new grads Link

Lodo Software
Lodo Software was described as a startup providing jobs in the "Silicon Prairie" region, a.k.a. Omaha Link

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Monitise
Monitise released a report predicting that the majority of consumers will use mobile money services within the next three years Link

Mortgagebot
Mortgagebot reached 1000 clients, one of its goals from the beginning Link

PayDivvy
2MinuteFinanced interviewed PayDivvy about its services Link

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PayNearMe
BillShrink examined PayNearMe's cash payment service Link

peerTransfer
Mass High Tech interviewed Iker Marcaide from peerTransfer about becoming an entrepreneur Link

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ProfitStars
ProfitStars announced a new version of Margin Maximizer that's now available as a hosted solution Link

Robot Dough
2MiniuteFinance toured RobotDough's demo during interview at Finovate Spring Link

SecondMarket

  • Wall Street Journal stated that SecondMarket helped fuel the tech boom Link
  • CNBC interviewed SecondMarket for an explanation of the change in trading numbers Link and LinkThumbnail image for smartypig.jpg

Smarty Pig
Smarty Pig launched new sharing features, including activity sharing and goal sharing Link

Striata
Striata will host a June 2 webinar for implementing successful ebilling strategies Link

ThreatMetrix
San Francisco Chronicle covered ThreatMetrix's research around mobile transaction activity Link

TILE Financial
TILE Financial released a Financial Identity Profile to strengthen the connection between advisors and under-30 consumers Link

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TradeKing
TradeKing divulged the lineup of its free webinars in June Link

Tyfone
Tyfone won 2010 Asia Pacific Smart Card Association Award for its NFC innovation and implementation Link

Wikinvest
Dow Jones Advisor highlighted Wikinvest as a way to analyze portfolios Link

Wonga

  • Wonga won 2011 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award for exceptional accomplishments Link
  • Wonga won the Media Momentum Awards, a coveted award for digital media companies in Europe Link
  • Wonga's Errol Damelin discussed consumer-centric credit Link

Xero

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  • Diversity Limited commented on Xero's move to the US markets Link
  • Xero and Keebo teamed up to help you manage and process receipts Link
  • New Zealand Herald commented on Xero's surging revenue Link

Zecco

  • The Wall Street Journal reviewed Zecco's new Facebook app Link
  • Zecco launched an app for stock trades & viewing realtime market data on Facebook Link

Zopa
Zopa shows how it helps consumers protect against inflation Link

First Data selects Acculynk's online PIN debit service. Acculynk's PaySecure is available to over 3,000 US e-commerce merchants. http://bit.ly/finovate216113

GoalMine introduces accounts for children. Now you can open an account under UTMA for your child or the child of a loved one. http://bit.ly/finovate216111

Pageonce hits four million users, up from just one million a year ago. http://bit.ly/finovate2161134

SecureKey receives undisclosed investment from Intel Capital. SecureKey develops hardware to encrypt debit and credit card transactions. http://bit.ly/finovate216115

TSYS and CASSIS enter into mobile NFC partnership to enable merchant payments, loyalty programs, coupons and rewards. http://bit.ly/finovate218113

Yodlee announces its global reach has surpassed 26 million individuals. http://bit.ly/finovate218111

Zecco launches Zecco Mobile Lite an iPhone app to manage your Zecco brokerage account. http://bit.ly/finovate216112

Here are the news headlines we posted this week on Twitter (follow our feed here).

ThreatMetrix partners with Offerpal Media to stop fraud -- The ThreatMetrix data will give Offerpal additional abilities to identify potentially fraudulent user transactions. http://bit.ly/cerWUY

Peter Pham to leave BillShrink -- Schwark Satyavolu will re-assume the CEO Position. Pham will be leaving BillShrink to join Trinity Ventures as an Entrepreneur in Residence. http://bit.ly/FINOVATE611

iBearSoft releases a video demo of the iBearMoney for iPad -- Money for iPad is a top-selling app in the paid personal finance category in the American iTunes app store. http://bit.ly/FINOVATE613

Lending Club hits $10 mil in monthly originations for first time -- Congratulations to Lending Club on their continued growth! http://bit.ly/Finovate621

mFoundry featured in NY Times -- (6/1/10 p.B1) Article on card-based loyalty programs moving to mobile. http://nyti.ms/cardloyalty

Zecco's CEO Michael Raneri has been named a winner of IDG's 2010 InfoWorld CTO 25 Award -- Zecco is an online brokerage which offers free stock trades and low-cost options trades. http://bit.ly/FINOVATE621

Alpha Clone investment account service has launched -- A clone is a portfolio of stocks based on the stock idea of one or more fund managers. http://bit.ly/aQcBgu

Bling Nation, mobile payments provider, hires Shan Mehta to lead strategic alliances -- Mehta will also be responsible for maintaining and expanding exiting relationships with service partners. http://bit.ly/Finovate631

MoneyStrands adds cash tracking to application -- Cash tracking is now available for MoneyStrands via Web and mobile app. http://bit.ly/finovate641

Thumbnail image for ZeccoLogo.pngZecco has released two new browser-based tools, Zecco Streamer and Zecco Streamer Lite, which provide traders with real-time market data. The lite version, which is free, provides delayed quotes from all major exchanges. The full version costs $19.99 per month after a 30-day free trial and includes real-time streaming quotes and market info (see detailed feature list here).

In addition, the new tools allow users to personalize their trading dashboard to help them better track market opportunities (see screenshot #1, below). Users can click-and-drag individual modules to arrange the screen or start with a blank screen and select specific modules from a drop-down menu (screenshot #2).

The dashboard modules available in the Lite version are:

  • Trade: Place buy or sell orders directly from the dashboard
  • My Portfolio Holdings: View your own holdings
  • Create a Watchlist: Monitor the performance of selected stocks
  • Twitter Feed: Follow stock discussions on Twitter
  • Snap Quote: Enter a stock symbol for a quick look at its performance
  • Snapshot: Enter a stock symbol for a more detailed look at the company and its market performance

Additional features of the pay version include:

  • Charting: Generate performance charts for your stock
  • News: Enter a stock symbol for current news about a company and its stock
  • Time and Sales: Follow stock sales by the minute
  • Zecco email alerts

Zecco supports trading with online information and its own social network comprised of the firm's more than 300,000 members. The social strategy debuted at FinovateSpring 2008 where the company won a Best of Show award (video here). Other Zecco tools include Gainskeeper tax preparation software, Zecco Forex currencies exchange trading system, and free online data tools covering equity quotes, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds.

The company had just over 100,000 unique U.S. visitors in March, according to Compete. For much of the past year, traffic has ranged from 120,000 to 140,000 monthly visitors.

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Source: Compete, April 16, 2010

#1. The Zecco Streamer Lite dashboard

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#2. Customize Streamer with the Add a Module menu (Lite version)

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Alumni News – Week of April 5

Here are the news headlines we posted this week on Twitter (follow it here).

Acculynk Introduces Program for Independent Sales Organizations - Acculynk, which provides online PIN debit payment services, introduced PaySecure Plus, a new program that expands the company's services to include Independent Sales Organizations. http://bit.ly/bV5xgA

BancVue Launches MoneyIsland.com - BancVue launched MoneyIsland.com, a teaser site for its financial literacy game that becomes available to community financial institutions in September 2010. MoneyIsland 1.0 is an expansion of the beta CentsCity game, which BancVue picked up in its recent acquisition of Skill-Life. http://bit.ly/bY7WFf

Boulevard R Partners with Financial Planning Association - Boulevard R has partnered with Financial Planning Association to offer its finance management software to consumers on FPA's website. http://bit.ly/aSCwKS

CashEdge Appoints Global Head of Product & Marketing - CashEdge appointed Catherine Palmieri to Global Head of Product and Marketing. Prior to joining CashEdge, she served as Executive Vice President, General Manager, for Citibank, overseeing Citibank.com, Citibank Direct, and CitiMobile. http://bit.ly/azYw56

Centrro Launches Mortgage Product Beta - Centrro launched the beta version of its new product, Centrro Leads, which helps connect mortgage brokers to consumers based on credit profiles. http://bit.ly/bGgZBE

iPay Technologies Joins High Impact Portfolio - iPay Technologies joined the High Impact Portfolio, a public/private partnership of between Louisville Metro Government and Greater Louisville Inc.'s ENTERPRISECORP designed to support Louisville, KY businesses. iPay was named as one leading top-growth companies in the Louisville metro area. http://bit.ly/bpW2GC

Kasasa Signs its First Virginia Member - Kasasa signed its first financial institution in Virginia, Northern Star Credit Union. The credit union will offer three new products, Kasasa Cash, Kasasa Saver, and Kasasa Giving. http://bit.ly/dmLGKV

Lending Club Offers Cash Bonus to Members - In an email to its members, Lending Club offered its members cash bonuses on new deposits in an invitation-only rewards program. Lending Club will provide a bonus of 1% to funds over $2,500 and 1.5% to funds of $15,000 or more. www.lendingclub.com

Monitise Enters Joint Venture in Asia - Monitise has signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement with First Eastern Investment Group to develop services in the Asia Pacific region. First Eastern is based in Hong Kong. http://bit.ly/9TcpCF

Monitise Americas Publishes White Paper - Monitise Americas has published a white paper examining the adoption of mobile services as a strategic option for financial institutions. The paper includes a case study following H&R Block. http://bit.ly/9llGRW

Zecco Releases New Web Tools - Zecco launched two new browser-based tools, Zecco Streamer and Zecco Streamer Lite, which provide traders with real-time market data. The Lite version is free, while the standard version, which covers more stock exchanges and offers email alerts, has a monthly fee. http://bit.ly/bt9wb4

And news from our soon-to-be alumni presenting at FinovateSpring 2010:

Bill.com wins Monarch Innovation Award -- Bill.com has been recognized with a 2010 Monarch Innovation Award from Barlow Research Associates. The company received an honorable mention in the Industry Partner category. Bill.com was one of only six companies awarded this year. http://bit.ly/bCCati

Kabbage Loans to eBay Users - Kabbage is offering short-term business loans to eBay sellers. The company will evaluate sellers based on eBay ratings, whether they have an eBay Store, and funds flowing through their PayPal and merchant credit card accounts. http://bit.ly/bcOd9c

Alumni News – Week of March 1

Here are the news headlines we posted recently on our Finovate Twitter feed (follow it here).

Acculynk Provides Debit Payment System for Ritz Interactive -- Acculynk will provide its PaySecure debit payment service to Ritz Interactive. The service, which allows consumers to make PIN-based debit transactions online, is being deployed on 16 Ritz e-commerce sites. http://bit.ly/aE5DlD

FIRST ROI Joins BancVue -- FIRST ROI, which develops interactive products for financial institutions, is joining its parent company BancVue and changing its name to BancVue Interactive. http://bit.ly/auuovg

NFCNews Covers Bling Nation's Mobile Payments Pilot Program - Bling Nation is testing its mobile payments program in Colorado. According to the NFCNews report, about 500 customers of The State Bank of La Junta use Bling Tags - tiny chips attached to their cell phones - in order to make debit purchases at more than 50 participating businesses in the Colorado town. Bling Nation authenticates the transactions over cell phone networks. About half the bank's customers have signed up for the service. http://bit.ly/bqHhMa

Financial Institutions Adopting POPMoney -- CashEdge announced that more than 100 financial institutions will add its POPMoney person-to-person payment service to their customer options by the end of the second quarter of 2010. POPMoney allows payment transactions over e-mail and mobile services. http://bit.ly/aNNazq

Fiserv Introduces Boardroom Series -- Fiserv announced a new information service for its clients. Called the Fiserv Boardroom Series, the service provides clients with research data and business advice from a series of subject matter experts. The Series will include videos, webinars, and white papers. http://bit.ly/9hEA8J

Fiserv Study on Gen Y Banking Habits -- Research conducted by Fiserv shows that members of Generation Y are frequent users of online and mobile financial services. Gen Y also favors debit cards over credit cards and is more comfortable with Internet-based services than previous generations. http://bit.ly/cLbHBu

Firethorn Expands its Mobile Offering to More Banks -- Firethorn has updated its mobile banking app to allow consumers to access their accounts at more than 3,700 US financial institutions. Previously, Firethorn's mobile banking solution only worked with institutions that were integrated Firethorn providers. http://bit.ly/apbePC (Finovate blog entry here.)

Geezeo to Provide PFM & Social Tools to Vantage Credit Union -- Vantage Credit Union selected Geezeo to provide additional online tools to its Internet banking services. Vantage members now have access to Geezeo's customizable online personal finance management and social networking platform. http://bit.ly/9tHqWH

iPay Technologies Announces Invoicing System -- iPay Technologies announced Billpayperless, a new electronic invoicing and receivables management product for small businesses. The system allows small business owners to receive electronic payments through credit cards or PayPal accounts. http://bit.ly/9C9hUb

iThryv Rebrands to Alkami Technology -- iThryv announced on March 2 that it has completed the transition to its new corporate identity, Alkami Technology. Under the new name, the company will focus on providing online banking solutions for the financial services industry. http://bit.ly/domtAa

Mint Giving Away Apple iPad -- Mint.com is encouraging people to follow the company on Facebook by giving away a free Apple iPad. The winner will be selected on March 17. http://bit.ly/cvRsPi

Prosper Launches Talk Taboo Website -- On March 3, Prosper launched its new Talk Taboo website. The site allows users to share personal finance stories. The site offers a debt consolidation guide and is running an introductory sweepstakes to encourage users. http://bit.ly/9SuG02

TradeKing Launches Mobile Trading Site -- Online broker TradeKing announced a new mobile trading site. After activating the mobile features, clients can access TradeKing from any mobile at http://m.tradeking.com to get stock quotes, check account balances, and place trades. http://bit.ly/b4GRrP

Tyfone Announces MicroSD Secure Digital Memory Cards -- Tyfone announced the completion of its SideTap micro secure digital (MicroSD) memory cards, which will become available to consumers in the second half of 2010. The memory cards, which carry financial information, can be used in mobile phones and accessed at contactless payment terminals, creating an electronic wallet. http://bit.ly/9wi5aR

WorkLight to Host Widget Webinar -- On March 16, 2010, WorkLight will host a webinar entitled, "5 Questions You Should Answer Before Launching Widget Banking." The webinar will cover widget technology and its impact on the banking world, as well as providing discussion on implementation. http://bit.ly/d7LhDz

Zecco Updates Website with New Tools -- Online broker Zecco has rebuilt its website to offer new data tools for investors. New additions to the site include real-time quotes, charting tools, and real-time portfolio monitoring. http://bit.ly/aYghMi

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