Helping Secure Digital Identities; Managing Financial Crime Risk

Two of the biggest themes in fintech – digital identity and the rise of fintech in Central and Eastern Europe – meet in the latest announcement from biometric authentication specialist and Finovate Best of Show winner iProov. The company’s facial recognition technology now makes it easier for users of SK ID Solutions’ Smart-ID Service in countries like Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to renew their accounts without having to visit a physical bank branch.

“This is a major development for all digital identity providers,” iProov CEO Andrew Bud said. “Estonia has proved, for the first time, that a remote, automated, biometric ID verification service can deliver the highest possible levels of security.”

Recognized as equal to a handwritten signature throughout Europe, Smart-IDs enable users to authenticate themselves and provide permissions online using a smartphone app. iProov’s facial recognition technology adds a three-second scan to compare the image of the user to the image on their presented ID document to help defend against fraud and identity theft.

Smart-ID also leverages NFC-based ReadID document verification technology from InnoValor.

Financial crime risk management innovator Featurespace will be helping Enfuce combat fraud and money laundering courtesy of a newly announced partnership. Enfuce, a financial services firm based in Finland, will use Featurespace’s ARIC Risk Hub to enhance its ability to protect its customers from fraud and financial crime.

“Our clients deserve industry-leading services that allow them to freely and fully concentrate on the success of their core business, without worrying about ever-evolving fraud,” Enfuce co-founder and chair Monika Liikamaa said.

ARIC Risk Hub offers real-time transaction monitoring for fraud and financial crime, enabling institutions to identify and act against anomalous and potentially dangerous behavior as it occurs. The technology also reduces the number of false positives by as much as 70%, keeping anti-fraud processes efficient. Featurespace introduced its fraud-fighting technology to Finovate audiences at FinovateEurope 2016.


Here is a round up of recent news from our Finovate alumni.

  • Sezzle unveils new logo along with its first annual report.
  • Flybits expands its executive team in New York, Toronto, the U.K., and Dubai.
  • ID R&D updates voice biometric solution IDVoice.
  • M1 Finance surpasses $1 billion in assets on its platform.
  • Armor Bank selects Teslar Software’s automated workflow and portfolio management tools.
  • Mastercard partners with myPOS to boost adoption of card payment solutions among European SMEs.
  • Black Hills FCU selects nCino’s Bank Operating System.
  • Bazaarvoice launches partnership program with Yotpo as the piloting partner.
  • Keysafe inks partnership with Salt Edge to access tenants’ bank data without the need to acquire its own PSD2 license.
  • Lending Club appoints Annie Armstrong as Chief Risk Officer.
  • Assaray Trade and Investment Bank selects Temenos Infinity and Transact to power its digital transformation.
  • Long John Silver’s chooses Blackhawk Network for gift card program.
  • Trustly and Fly Norwegian team up to let travelers pay directly from their bank accounts.
  • Pindrop launches Deep Voice 3, the new version of its voice recognition technology.
  • Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga steps down, replaced by Chief Product Officer Michael Miebach.
  • Venmo to launch debit card for teens.
  • Almost 600 banks select Fiserv’s Turnkey Service for Zelle.
  • Finastra to offer ClickSWITCH’s account switching technolkogy to its clients.
  • Simmons Bank partners with Jack Henry to leverage its Banno platform to build a digital presence.
  • Currencycloud and Currensea team up.
  • Yseop and Automation Anywhere join forces to scale intelligent automation.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Kevin Fink at CTO and Patricia Elliott as CSO.
  • InComm launches Roblox gift cards in France and Germany.

Finovate Alum Features and Profiles

Revolut’s $500 Million Round Boosts Valuation to $5.5 Billion – Global financial platform Revolut has secured its place as the U.K.’s most valuable fintech.

Dealing with Deepfakes in Fintech – The fintech industry is ripe with security firms, such as iProov, that use AI to combat both video and audio deepfakes with anti-spoofing technologies.

Envestnet | Yodlee Acquires Indian Data Aggregator FinBit.io – Envestnet | Yodlee has acquired another asset in its strategy to further grow and develop its data aggregation and analytics business.

Meet Sonect: Cash Network Builder, Finovate Newcomer, Best of Show Winner – What’s better than having a large pizza with all your favorite toppings delivered to your front door? How about a side order of cash, saving you a trip to the ATM or bank branch?

Azimo Taps Ripple for Cross-Border Payments to the Philippines – Fueling these payment transfers is Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) solution that uses XRP to source liquidity and complete money transfers within three seconds.

Lendio Lands $55 Million to Match Small Businesses with Lenders – The investment more than doubles the company’s previous funding, bringing its total to $108.5 million.

SheerID Expands Identity Marketing Platform – The move enables brands to identify and acquire new customers across the globe.

Pendleton Community Bank Signs Teslar Software for Automation

West Virginia-based Pendleton Community Bank has selected 3E Software’s portfolio management system Teslar to improve efficiency and incorporate automation into its internal operations, focusing on the commercial lending process, reports Alex Hamilton of Fintech Futures, Finovate’s sister publication.

With nine bank branches across West Virginia, Pendleton Community Bank needed to support a 30% growth in asset size spawned by a recently completed merger with Bank of Mount Hope.

“We first watched a Teslar demo at an industry event, and we were immediately impressed with the platform’s sophisticated capabilities and ability to solve for common pain points,” said Bill Loving, CEO of Pendleton Community Bank.

“By partnering with Teslar, we will be able to automate document tracking, exceptions, and many other previously time consuming and inefficient aspects of the commercial lending process.”

According to Teslar, the bank’s time on “tedious manual tasks” will now be minimized, and employee resources will be free to focus on more strategic initiatives.

Joe Ehrhardt, CEO and founder of Teslar, added, “Savvy community institutions like Pendleton Community Bank are realizing that they must employ technology to enhance efficiencies if they want to scale and compete with the large national institutions.”

Teslar offers a lending and credit management SaaS solution that offers banks a holistic tool for managing credit and lending operations. At FinovateSpring 2015, Ehrhardt demoed how Teslar serves as a one-stop shop for lenders. And investors are taking notice. Earlier this year Teslar received a $2 million investment led by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Pendleton Community Bank Signs 3E Software’s Teslar for Automation.
  • Coinbase’s Coinbase Pro Goes Mobile.

Around the web

  • Paystand surpasses 100,000 businesses on its network.
  • Swaper celebrates its third birthday.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Blend Integrates with Mortgage Credit Specialist Avantus.

Around the web

  • Recognise Financial Services to deploy nCino’s Bank Operating System.
  • NCR announces plans to acquire Midwest POS Solutions.
  • Courtesy of a new partnership with Personetics, Metro Bank launches its Business Insights solution for business customers.
  • Revolut teams up with Bottomline, enabling real-time payment services to its retail and business customers in the U.K.
  • As part of a new initiative, open banking specialist NDGIT to bring its PSD2 Compliance APIs to Switzerland.
  • 3E Software’s Teslar Software adds Pendleton Community Bank to list of clients.
  • Overbond, FI.SPAN, and Finn.AI among 12 Canadian fintech startups chosen for U.K. trade mission.
  • CardFlight’s SwipeSimple terminal available on PAX A80.

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.

3E Software’s Teslar Closes $2 Million Round

3E Software’s portfolio management system Teslar closed a $2 million funding round this week. Leading the investment is the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).

“We provide the solutions necessary for community banks to operate more efficiently and effectively, while focusing on what matters most: exceptional customer service,” said Teslar CEO and Founder Joe Ehrhardt. “This investment and ICBA’s support will provide resources to grow our team and continue advancing our technology, furthering our mission to help community bankers prosper.”

The Arkansas-based company will use the funds to add to its workforce, specifically in its client support, marketing, and technology development departments. Teslar graduated from ICBA’s ThinkTECH accelerator program earlier this year where its demo won the Banker’s Choice Award for Most Impactful Solution.

Teslar offers a lending and credit management SaaS solution that offers banks a holistic tool for managing credit and lending operations. At FinovateSpring 2015, Ehrhardt demoed how Teslar serves as a one-stop shop for lenders.

A full 60% of the company’s staff are former bankers, a pedigree which offers them insight into the headaches often faced during the lending process. This group of former bankers relies on what they call the “four pillars:” empowering bankers, integrating multiple systems, streamlining processes, and making it scalable. These objectives translate into everything from a toolset to manage loan reviews, to loan portfolio management, exceptions management, and more.

Innovation in the lending space is becoming increasingly relevant as bankers are taking a second look at their loan portfolios to make sure they are recession-proof. Solutions like Teslar offer a faster way for loan officers to close deals and minimize risk.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • LeasePlan Bank Opts for Ohpen’s Core Banking Technology.
  • 3E Software’s Teslar Scoops Up $1.8 Million.

Around the web

  • PNC now using Ripple’s XRP for cross-border payments.
  • Mortgage Media interviews Steve Butler, founder and GM of AI Foundry.
  • Flywire partners with Vietnam Prosperity Bank to simplify international tuition payments  for Vietnamese students.
  • InSpirAVE is being issued its first patent for the technology underlying its savings social network system. The patent is part of the company’s portfolio of patents published internationally.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Sentifi Secures Top Honors at Swisscom Startup Challenge 2018.
  • Shoeboxed Acquired by Earth Class Mail.

Around the web

  • Revolut introduces metal card with crypto cash back.
  • Wisconsin-based Unity Bank will leverage technology from Finastra to streamline commercial and consumer lending processes.
  • Fiserv announces addition of step-up authentication and identity verification to fight call center fraud.
  • Insuritas announces partnership with Androscoggin Bank to launch digitally-powered insurance agency.
  • Baker Hill expands client base, moves to new office.
  • Crypterium to let Australian citizens pay bills and make bank transfers with crypto. Come check out Crypterium at FinovateFall next month.
  • InComm Celebrates 10 Years in the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • National Association of Credit Union Services Organizations accepts Kony as a Gold Partner.
  • Payroll in Xero launches encryption for UK payslip PDFs.

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 Debuts: 3E Software’s Teslar is a Toolbox for Credit Management

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3E Software’s Teslar offers a fully integrated system to track loans. Its lending and credit management tools offer multiple services to track commercial debt.

Company facts:

  • Self-funded
  • 100% employee owned
  • Five-year annual average revenue growth rate of 150%+
  • Average customer ROI totals 200%

3E’s Teslar toolbox integrates with all of a bank’s systems to present commercial loan officers with portfolio and performance data. What is unique about Teslar’s platform, according to CEO Joe Ehrhardt, is that it aggregates multiple tools to offer a cradle-to-grave approach to assist with all phases of loan management.

Teslar’s capabilities are highly configurable and suitable for small community banks, as well as large regional banks.

Dashboards

Teslar’s dashboards offer a customized overview of loan-related stats and facts pertaining to specific concerns. Banks can configure dashboards at the branch level and even the user level by using filters. And managers can use it to compare various teams of loan officers.

Upon logging in, the lender sees the main dashboard (below) which outlines maturing loans, past-due loans, exceptions, and covenants. This overview highlights important factors for that day. Users simply click through graphs for details and borrower contact information.

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Teslar’s Main Dashboard (above)

The Loan Portfolio Performance Dashboard (below) graphs six aspects of a loan portfolio:

  • Balance comparison
  • Yields
  • Income
  • Problem percentages
  • Exception trends
  • Past dues

Similar to the main dashboard, users can customize each graph.

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Teslar’s Loan Portfolio Performance Dashboard (above)

Exception tracking

Teslar supports five different types of exceptions: collateral, credit, policy, financial, and covenant (see section below). Its reporting system minimizes the need for data entry and helps quality-control groups find irregularities faster.

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Covenant tracking

Banks that service large commercial loans with complex covenants often need a system to track and monitor them. Covenant tracking is one of the more popular modules.

Teslar pulls in information for each covenant, then tracks loan documents, calculates values such as debt-service-coverage ratios, and maps the historical values over time.

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Tailored Covenant Exception Summary (above)

Teslar also offers a waiver and forbearance system that helps banks handle covenants in default.

CovenantsSummarySummary of Customers with Covenants (above)

 

We’ve looked at just three of Teslar’s large feature set. 3E Software can also integrate with a bank’s entire lending system, including:

  • Image systems
  • Origination systems
  • Core
  • Factoring
  • Small businesses

3E Software demoed Teslar live at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose. It is the first company from Arkansas to take the Finovate stage.

 

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “FinDEVr San Francisco Very-Early-Bird Ticket Discount Ends Friday
  • “Finovate Debuts: 3E Software’s Teslar is a Toolbox for Credit Management”
  • “New Investment in Tyfone Takes Total Capital to $12 Million”

Around the web

  • FIS to purchase SunGard for $9.1 billion.
  • Lending Club launches its Open Integration program, unveiling a suite of APIs for online advisers and broker-dealers.
  • In Gartner’s latest report, Backbase scores twice in the top 5 for the B2C Informational and B2C Transactional use cases.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems partners with EchoSat to protect point-of-sale systems from security breaches.
  • Inc. ranks Kabbage as 36, WePay as 62, Prosper as 86, and Cardlytics as 88 in a list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America.
  • Column in Stars and Stripes highlights CrowdFlower in discussion on micro-work.
  • TradeShift to acquire Merchantry for $30 million.
  • Dwolla adds two-factor authentication for full account holders.

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.

3E Software’s Teslar Creates Efficiencies in Lending and Credit Management

3ESoftwarelogoThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2015.

3E Software debuted Teslar, a product that fosters efficiency for financial institutions:

Teslar is a revolutionary lending and credit management Software-as-a-Service solution that empowers bankers to be more efficient and effective by giving them a cradle-to-grave platform. With its ability to help in almost all facets of lending, from pipeline and call activity to loan review, there is little that Teslar can’t do.

Teslar presenters: Joe Ehrhardt, 3E president, CEO; David Ankeny, VP software development

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Product Launch: December 2008

Metrics: Self-funded and boot-strapped with $2,000 in capital; 100% employee-owned; 5-year annual average revenue growth rate over 150%
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B)

HQ: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Founded: July 2008
Website: 3esoftware.com

 

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 3

PacketIMG1We’re two weeks into featuring all 70+ presenting companies that will demo their new technology at FinovateSpring next month in San Jose, and there’s still a lot of information to take in.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at:

On 12/13 May, we’ll host a crowd of fintech experts, banking execs, investors, and press at San Jose’s City National Civic. Pick up your ticket here to claim a ticket of your own.

If you missed them, be sure to check out the fourteen companies we featured last week:


3E Software: Ever dream of a solution where lending staff can access and interact with all the data they need from any source? That’s Teslar.

Features:

  • Data from all systems: core, credit card, factoring, etc.
  • Empowers your lending staff
  • So easy even a lender can use it

Why it’s great
One word: Empowerment. With Teslar, your lending staff can be empowered to get things done now, not when another resource can get to it.

3EPresenterPresenter

Joe Ehrhardt, President, CEO
For 16 years, Ehrhardt has worked in or for financial institutions. With his common-sense approach and technology know-how, he is driven to change how banks of all sizes work and operate.
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CorezoidlogoCorezoid.com is the first cloud operating system that can implement and support any kind of algorithm and business process.

Features:

  • Rapid integration into any type of business process
  • Low-cost, flexible system
  • Faster with fewer developers

Why it’s great
While you read this text, 32,000 small corezoids have easily handled the work of huge online banks and implemented about a million logical operations.

Presenters

  1. Maria Gurina, deputy head of ecommerce
  2. Egor Avetisov, creative director
  3. Kristina Chaykovskaya, head of ecommerce

MalauzaiLogoMalauzai Software is a mobile-only, virtual banking experience that makes banking fun, effortless and completely branchless. See it on Apple Watch too!

Why it’s great
A cool, mobile-only virtual banking experience that delivers effortless, branchless banking, powered by advanced technology.

MalauzaiPresenter1Presenters

Robb Gaynor, Founder, Chief Product Officer
Gaynor heads up the product development and marketing of the organization, focused on ensuring the company has solutions at the cutting-edge of mobile innovation. He has more than 25 years of experience.
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MalauzaiPresenter2Danny Piangerelli, Founder, Chief Product Officer
Piangerelli leads the technology team and is responsible for all aspects of Malauzai’s technology infrastructure. He has more than 15 years of engineering and enterprise-class technology experience.
LinkedIn

 

 


PayActivLogoPayActiv changes the status quo and gives employees a noncredit alternative to predatory short-term lending products with security, dignity and savings.

Features:

  • Bridges the timing gap between earning and spending
  • Eliminates the stress of overdraft and predatory fees
  • Provides intelligent and preemptive cash-flow management

Why it’s great
PayPresenter1PayActiv puts more money in the hands of every employee right now. They do it by making business’s payroll in real-time.

Presenters

Safwan Shah, CEO, Founder
Technologist, payments expert, and entrepreneur, Shah is an innovator with a purpose.
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PayActivPresenter2Kacky Fuller, Vice President Business Development
Fuller is PayActiv’s sales leader with 10 years’ experience in payroll and prepaid products.
LinkedIn

 

 


PsychSignalLogoPsychSignal’s big-data processing-engines generate sentiment-analysis plus artificial intelligence to calculate stock-cycle shifts for Quant Funds, Hedge Funds and Traders.

Features:

  • Big-data processing detects mood shifts ahead of trade-direction shifts
  • Unusual sentiment activity triggers direct, actionable alerts
  • Fully automated system

Why it’s great
The next generation Squawk-Box is here.

PsychSignalPresenter1Presenters

James Crane-Baker, CEO
Crane-Baker is the former head trader of Broadway Trading, the pioneer of direct-access electronic trading; he is the founder and chief executive officer of PsychSignal.
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PsychSignalPresenter2Bjorn Simundson, CMO
Simundson is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, angel investor, and he serves as chief marketing officer for PsychSignal.
LinkedIn

 

 


SomeoneWithGroupLogoSomeone With Group offers a compassionate way for hospitals to reduce bad debt by providing patients a secure platform to reach out to friends and family for financial support.

Features:

  • Fraud resistant
  • Restricted spending
  • Branded for the hospital

Why it’s great
Someone With Group is taking the crowdfunding concept to the next level with a fraud-resistant platform that helps both hospitals and patients.

Presenters

SWGPresenter1Paula Jagemann-Bane, CEO
Jagemann-Bane is a successful entrepreneur who thinks big, then delivers. Dynamic and engaging, she is poised to solve the hospital bad-debt problem—with compassion.
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Matt Pomrink, President, COO
Pomrink is detail-oriented without losing sight of the big picture; he has shepherded the SWGPresenter2Someone With Group concept to a robust solution.
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TrizicLogoTrizic offers a cloud-based software platform, Accelerator, comprised of a consumer-facing web experience and an adviser-facing console, enabling financial firms to offer investment advice digitally.

Features:

  • Automates complex portfolio management, rebalancing and reporting functions
  • Accommodates ETFs, mutual funds, equities
  • Enables firms to compete with robo-advisers and grow their business

Why it’s great
Trizic Accelerator is the most comprehensive, end-to-end institutional-class digital advice-platform for financial firms, helping them to delight clients and to grow and scale their businesses.

Presenters

TrizicPresenterBrad Matthews, CEO, Founder
Matthews, the CEO and founder of Trizic, has deep investment-management expertise, honed at J.P. Morgan, Citi, Barclays and Bear Stearns.
LinkedIn

 


Stay tuned for part four of our series this Thursday.