Fiserv Drives Digital Transformation for NEFCU

Global US-based fintech, Fiserv, announces its open core platform will now serve Long Island-based credit union, NEFCU, to help transform the credit union’s member experience and drive innovation, reports Ruby Hinchliffe of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The fintech’s DNA core account processing platform was chosen for its open architecture and APIs, and its ability to service all loan types from a single system. The move to Fiserv will also facilitate NEFCU’s planned introduction of self-service kiosks.

NEFCU, who has more than $3 billion in assets, hopes that through the new partnership it will be able to deliver more personalised services and relevant product offerings, with a look to add integrated solutions from Fiserv too, including content management and wire transfers.

“Our goal is to become the financial institution technology leader on Long Island, and we wanted a core platform that could help us achieve that goal,” said NEFCU CEO, John Deieso. “We needed a core platform that was future-oriented, and a partner committed to continuous investment in its technologies.”

Fiserv believes “the right technology” can enable credit unions to meet “rapidly evolving expectations” expectations of its members and drive growth as a result.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv demoed its integration of Samsung SDS America’s biometric authentication and collaboration solutions into its Commercial Center: Security solution at FinovateSpring 2018. The company announced late last month that it had completed its $22 billion merger with First Data.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Fiserv Drives Digital Transformation for NEFCU.
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  • Wealthfront Acquires Financial Planning Startup Grove.

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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.

Artivest Inks Deal with WM Partners

An agreement between alternative investment platform Artivest and WM Partners will allow the middle-market, private equity firm expand its ability to reach qualified high net worth (HNW) investors and financial advisors.

WM Partners co-founder Jose Minski highlighted this opportunity as a key reason behind the collaboration. “Artivest provides us with the scalability and efficiency to broaden our exposure to a more diversified investor base,” Minski said. “We are eager to harness Artivest’s open architecture platform to engage with advisors and qualified investors who are looking to add a private equity solution that strives to generate diversified returns within their portfolios.”

A specialist in buyout investments in the health and wellness sector, WM Partners focuses on creating scalable businesses by acquiring, integrating, and consolidating tuck-in acquisitions, and driving operational efficiencies to boost growth. Based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the firm emphasizes companies in the natural personal care, natural remedies, and functional foods businesses, and features a senior team with more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, consumer, and health and wellness industries.

Chief Investment Officer for Artivest Matt Osborne underscored the growth of the health and wellness sector as an investment opportunity. “Health and wellness brands have been continuing to gain market share for over a decade, and now advisors and investors can attempt to improve the health of their products by seamlessly and cost-effectively accessing this unique alternative solution through our digital platform,” Osborne said.

Artivest’s latest partnership news comes just days after the company announced the appointment of new CEO, Martin Bealieu, who previously served as Artivest executive chairman. Bealieu takes over the top spot from former CEO and founder James Waldinger, who will take the role of executive chairman. Bealieu is only the most recent C-suite shift for the company, which hired Karl Jaeger as Chief Financial Officer in June, and appointed Paul Nobile as Chief Marketing Officer in May.

An alum of FinovateSpring, Artivest demonstrated its online platform for alternative investments in 2014. The New York City-based company began 2019 with news of a platform expansion that added product structuring and fund distribution solutions for asset and wealth managers. Over the course of this year, the company has forged partnerships with Sudrania Fund Services, institutional investment manager LaSalle, and alternative investment manager EJF Capital.

Artivest has raised $17 million in funding, and includes FinTech Collective and Signatures Capital among its most recent investors. The company was founded in 2011.

Analyst All Stars: Top Takes on Fintech’s Hottest Trends

Sometimes the best way to determine the latest trends is to ask the experts.

So that’s exactly what we’ll be doing at FinovateFall next month when three of fintech’s most renowned analysts take the stage to offer their take on what they see as today’s hottest trend in fintech.

Join us for the Analyst All Star session at FinovateFall next month; September 23 through 25 in New York (you won’t want to miss out; register today). Each analyst will have seven minutes on stage to describe their thoughts on what’s driving fintech innovation today. Here’s who you can expect to see on stage:

Alyson Clarke @alysonmclarke

Clarke is a principal analyst at Forrester. With more than 19 years of financial services industry experience, she is a highly skilled expert with extensive industry experience in both wealth management and banking. Clarke has global expertise, having previously worked at Forrester in the financial services vertical in Forrester’s Sydney, London, and San Francisco offices. She is now based in New York and specializes in digital and non-digital channel strategy and innovation. In particular, Clarke focuses on the sales, service, and customer experience of financial services and advice across online channels, smartphones, tablets, and branches.

Jacob Jegher @jjegher

Jegher is an experienced fintech executive and digital banking thought leader. He advises clients on emerging technologies and business strategies related to retail, small business, and corporate digital banking. Jegher provides strategic consulting to financial institutions and solution providers on issues ranging from digital strategy to vendor selection. In addition to his client-facing responsibilities, Jegher leads Javelin’s overall strategy, marketing, and product development efforts.

Most recently, Jegher was Vice President of Global Solution Marketing and Head of Analyst Relations at FIS, where he was responsible for marketing strategy efforts across all business units and solutions. Jegher also brings extensive expertise in the banking research and consulting field, having spent over 10 years as a Research Director at Celent.

Alissa Knight @alissaknight

Knight is a senior analyst with Aite Group where she is focused on researching cybersecurity issues impacting the financial services, healthcare, and fintech industries by assessing sector trends, creating segment taxonomies, looking at market sizing, preparing forecasts, and developing industry models. She provides market research, competitive intelligence, and consulting services in the cybersecurity market through unbiased, objective and accurate research and content development. Out of her research, Knight produces reports and white papers, as well as provides advisory services and often keynotes at cybersecurity conferences, seminars, and roundtables.

Knight also sits as the Chairperson on the Board of Directors for Brier & Thorn and was previously CEO of Applied Watch and Netstream.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Analyst All Stars: Top Takes on Fintech’s Hottest Trends.
  • Artivest Inks Deal with WM Partners.

Around the web

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  • LoanScorecard partners with LoanStream Mortgage to power QualONE.
  • Avaloq onboards Banque Morval onto Intesa Sanpaolo’s BPaaS solution.
  • Jumio joins NICE Actimize’s financial crime, risk management based ecosystem, X-Sight Marketplace.
  • CashFlows partners with Akamai to defend against cybercrime, including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
  • Bpm’online wins Best CRM Solution for Enterprises at MarTech Breakthrough Awards.
  • Kony launches Conversational AI DevKit to enhance the customer experience.
  • Trustly appoints Louise Nylén as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Expensify adds CPE credits to its accountant training and certification course.

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.

Identitii’s Overlay+ to Drive Intelligent Data Exchange for HSBC Bank Australia

A new agreement will give HSBC Bank Australia access to financial communications technology innovator Identitii’s Overlay+ platform, a peer-to-peer solution that enables the secure sharing of data and documents between authorized parties and to regulators.

Overlay+ leverages blockchain technology and tokenization to make financial communications easier and more secure. A private blockchain ensures an auditable, time-stamped, tamper-proof record of all activity, and uses permissioned communications to allow trusted parties to securely share intelligent information in real-time. The platform uses unique identifiers, known as Identitii Tokens, which serve as cryptographic keys to permission access to the blockchain.

Importantly, the technology, dubbed a “platform for intelligent information exchange” by the company, can be added to a bank’s or corporation’s existing technology infrastructure via API to support both internal and external document and information exchange.

“This is our second technology license with HSBC and it delivers on a key part of our growth strategy, which is deepening relationships with existing customers,” Identitii CEO Nick Armstrong said. “It also represents the commercialization of a new use case for Overlay+, which seamlessly integrates with existing systems to ensure compliance with regulatory reporting requirements.”

The five-year pact has a minimum contract value of $511,600. Identitii’s revenues will come from both professional service fees incurred during technology implementation (slated to be finished in Q2 2020), as well as ongoing monthly license fees.

Identitii’s HSBC/Overlay+ announcement comes just a few months after the company announced that HSBC had launched its digital accounts receivable tool, DART, leveraging tokenization technology from Identitii. The company teamed up with Trace Financial Limited in April to help companies migrate to new messaging standards for financial business transactions. Identitii began the year with a new membership in the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BAIN), ensuring its Overlay+ platform is compatible with open banking standards.

Identitii demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2017. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in New South Wales, Australia, Identitii won an award for Best Workplace Diversity at The Finnies 2019 earlier this year. The company went public last fall, and currently trades under the ticker ID8 on the Australian Stock Exchange. Identitii has a market capitalization of $10 million.

Prosper Launches Mobile App for Investors

U.S. peer-to-peer lending company Prosper launched a mobile app for investors on its platform this week called Prosper Invest.

The new app, which allows investors to manage their portfolios, offers a visually-rich view of their investments, allows them to transfer to and from their bank account, and shows a clean breakdown of their portfolio and annualized returns.

Unique to the app is an impact map that details how many borrowers the investor has funded. This feel-good feature also shows a high-level geographical view of investments and breaks down the total by each borrower’s stated loan purpose. Adding a more personal touch, the app shares individuals’ stories from Prosper’s #MyProsperStory contests. Held from 2014 to 2017, the annual contest encouraged users to share how the loan has impacted their lives.

In my opinion, the most useful feature of the app details return on investment. The tool shows how much the investor has received in payments over the lifetime of their account and breaks it down by their principal and interest received. It even shows the default/chargeoff amount and net gain.

The native app, available on both Android and iOS, is quite a step up from the web-based app the company launched in 2012. Until this week, the web-based version of the site served as the only way for investors to manage their investments on-the-go.

Today’s app launch comes well after the brief existence of Prosper Daily, a borrower-focused mobile app that was born out of Prosper’s purchase of BillGuard for $30 million in 2015. Launched in 2016, the app was only available for a year before it shuttered in 2017. The launch of an investor-focused mobile app in the absence of a borrower-facing one may indicate Prosper currently has a higher balance of borrowers than investors. Peer-to-peer lending sites have often wrestled with the chicken and egg issue– they can’t get borrowers without enough lenders and they can’t attract lenders without enough borrowers.

Today’s launch isn’t the only release from Prosper we expect to see this year. In November of last year the company disclosed plans to unveil a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) product that will streamline the application process and offer rates competitive to banks’ offerings.

Prosper presented at FinovateSpring 2009 as well as the inaugural Finovate in 2007. The company has raised a total of $410 million and is valued at $550 million.

BeSmartee Integrates with BytePro

A collaboration between loan technology innovator BeSmartee and Byte Software’s BytePro platform will improve the digital mortgage experience for customers by enabling lenders and originators to process applicants faster and better manage heavy demand cycles.

“We’re pleased to have fulfilled this bi-directional integration to the BytePro LOS platform,” BeSmartee co-founder Arvin Sahakian said, calling Byte “a truly great company.” He added, “(This) gives BeSmartee the opportunity to enhance the origination process and user experience for more than 1,000 Byte LOS customers.”

Among other features, the integration will enable lenders to create a loan file in Byte using Fannie Mae 3.2 file data, and will support the pushing and pulling of documents and conditions to meet all the requirements of the loan origination and financing process. Borrowers will benefit from a multi-channel, interactive borrowing experience that leverages chat, text, messaging, email, and co-browsing to enhance the customer journey through an automated workflow.

Kirkland, Washington-based Byte Software was founded in 1985. With clients in all 50 states of the U.S., the company works with both multi-state lenders as well as community banks and mortgage brokerage firms. Its BytePro platform streamlines the mortgage process by using document imaging, an accessible web portal, task tracking and metrics, customizable pipeline views, and multiple user editing of loan files to improve efficiency. A business partner of CBCInnovis, a mortgage lending support solutions provider, Byte Software released the latest version of its technology this spring, introducing a new VA Cash Out Refinance Certification document in addition to other enhancements.

BeSmartee demonstrated its Smart Mortgage technology at FinovateSpring 2017. The company leverages artificial intelligence to enable lenders to move borrowers from initial engagement to underwriting in 20 minutes with completed loan application, credit report, income and asset documentation, eSigned and eDelivered disclosures, and paid appraisal.

In just the past few months BeSmartee has forged partnerships with a variety of players in the mortgagetech industry. In July, the company announced an integration with real estate document collaboration and recording technology company Simplifile. Also in July, BeSmartee and private mortgage insurance provider Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (Arch MI) collaborated on a direct integration that will provide quick and accurate risk-based pricing to accelerate the application process.

In June, BeSmartee announced another partnership, integrating with income calculation and verification technology provider LoanBeam. The same month, the company introduced its new mortgage platform for wholesale lenders and third-party originators.

Founded in 2008, BeSmartee is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Prosper Launches Mobile App for Investors.
  • Identitii’s Overlay+ to Drive Intelligent Data Exchange for HSBC Bank Australia.

Around the web

  • TechCrunch highlights Lighter Capital’s revenue financing-based approach.
  • Strands celebrates 15th birthday with 700 banks in 30 countries.
  • PyraMax Bank selects Insuritas to launch a bank-owned insurance service.
  • Identitii signs new license agreement with HSBC Bank Australia Limited for its Overlay+ platform.
  • PYMNTS considers how helps employees pay down debt faster.
  • Norima Consulting joins the Quadient Partner Advantage Program to provide financial services companies customer journey mapping and communication management.

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 Webinar: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks – Modernizing Print Management in the Age of Privacy

Finovate Webinar: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks – Modernizing Print Management in the Age of Privacy

September 12, 2019 | 2pm Eastern Daylight Time | Register now

Each year billions of documents are produced by the banking industry in the US and Europe. These documents include statements, notices, correspondence, and bills that are essential to managing relationships with customers. However, many banks still rely on legacy print management solutions that cost millions of dollars in maintenance every year, haven’t been updated in over 2 decades, don’t support modern digital access methods like mobile, and most importantly, they don’t conform to modern privacy and security regulations.

Join this #FinovateWebinar with Nuxeo to learn how your peers are modernizing print management in today’s age of privacy. We will cover how to: 

  • Replace expensive printing and posting with digital delivery and a “mobile first” strategy
  • Modernize antiquated and expensive legacy print management solutions
  • Manage and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements, such as GDPR and the California Privacy Act
  • Delivers consistent customer service for the print impaired ensuring compliance with Section 508, AMA, AODA, the UK Equality Act


  • Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer, Nuxeo
  • Tim Nelms, Vice President International, Crawford Technologies

Register now >>