Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Zopa’s New Launch Gives Consumers the Best Rate.

Around the web

  • Tieto and EVRY announce operating structure for TietoEVRY after $1.5 billion acquisition.
  • Taulia launches AI-powered cash forecasting solution.
  • Tradeshift to power digital transformation for Abreon.
  • Q2 named a winner in the 2020 CSO50 Awards for Q2 TrustView.
  • Washington credit union iQ to leverage Alkami to create a personalized user experience.
  • Stratifyd named among Chralotte’s best places to work.
  • ProfitStars brings mobile remote deposit to ICBA member banks.

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.

Digital Banking Platform Alkami Lands New $55 Million Investment

In a Series E round led by MissionOG and General Atlantic, cloud-based digital banking platform provider Alkami Technology has raised $55 million in new funding. The investment takes the company’s total capital to more than $225 million, and will be used to help expand operations and fuel innovation at the Plano, Texas-based fintech.

Also participating in the round were existing investors including S3 Ventures and Argonaut Private Equity.

Company CEO Mike Hansen put the funding in the context of Alkami’s tenth anniversary, which the company will celebrate later this year. “We are very honored and excited about the support our existing investors evidenced again by this round,” Hansen said. “Their long-term commitment and support has allowed us to continue to boldly invest in innovation, people, and best-in-class service.” Hansen referred to the firm’s investors as “one of Alkami’s most potent sources of strength and results.”

Alkami Technology demonstrated its money management and financial awareness technology at FinovateSpring 2009 as iThryv – making the company one of Finovate’s oldest alums. Since then, the company has grown into a digital banking platform provider with more than 130 financial institution clients and more than six million registered users in the U.S.

General Atlantic Vice President Raph Osnoss credited Alkami’s “user experience, product features, platform architecture, and data security” for the company’s growth in the digital banking space. Alkami was featured in the 2018 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies roster, as well as in Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500 in North America. Recent partnerships for the company include a platform deployment with Alliance Catholic CU of Michigan ($40 million in assets), and a deal with Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Nicolat National Bank ($3 billion in assets).

Named one of the Best FinTechs to Work For by SourceMedia (publishers of American Banker), Alkami also has made two C-suite moves in recent months. The company appointed former Authentix CMO Holly Tsourides as Chief Marketing Officer in February and named former RealPage executive Bryan Hill as Chief Financial Officer in April.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • OurCrowd’s New Partnership Promotes Startup Investment in Europe.
  • Five Degrees Teams Up with Bankingblocks.
  • nCino to Power Digital Banking for South State Bank.
  • Digital Banking Platform Alkami Lands New $55 Million Investment.

Around the web

  • Voleo to participate in Google’s Digital Strategy program to boost user acquisition on its social trading application.

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

  • AI Foundry and Ellie Mae Leverage AI to Accelerate Lending.
  • Dwolla Helps Status Streamline Cash Rewards for Savings.
  • Live from London: Breaking Banks Power Hour Rocks FinovateEurope.

Around the web

  • Marketing Technology Insights interviews BlueRush CEO, Steve Taylor.
  • PaymentsSource features nCino, Jumio, MX, LendKey, Kasasa, Jack Henry & Associates, Alkami, Finicity, and Prosper Marketplace in its list of the Best Fintechs to Work For.
  • Fiserv joins Financial Data Exchange as a sustaining member.
  • Partnership with Mercury FX brings Ripple to the Middle East and Canada.
  • TurnKey Lender highlighted as a top auto loan origination platform by HCCResearch.
  • European CFD/FX firm Windsor Brokers goes live with iSignthisISXPay and Paydentity 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.

Highlights of This Year’s Inc. 5000

Inc. has once again released its lists of the fastest-growing 5,000 private companies in the U.S. and Europe this week. A total of 13 Finovate alums made the U.S. list and 14 earned spots on the Europe list. To qualify*, companies were required to be privately-owned and independent.

Inc. 5,000 U.S.

The 5,000 companies on this year’s list collectively generated more than $206 billion in revenue. Here are the 13 Finovate alums that made the cut this year:

SeedInvest

  • Rank: 117
  • 2017 revenue: $4.7 million
  • 3-year growth: 33.8x
  • Founded: 2013
  • Employees: 30
  • Ranked number 4 in top financial services companies

SeedInvest demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.

Cardflight

  • Rank: 139
  • 2017 revenue: $5.1 million
  • 3-year growth: 29x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 192
  • Ranked number 5 in top financial services companies

CardFlight demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.

Alkami technology

  • Rank: 284
  • 2017 revenue: $26.8 million
  • 3-year growth: 17x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 299
  • Ranked number 10 in top Dallas companies

Alkami debuted under the name iThryv at FinovateSpring 2009.

Passport

  • Rank: 389
  • 2017 revenue: $12.3 million
  • 3-year growth: 12.6x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 96
  • Ranked number 4 in top Charlotte companies

Passport demoed at FinovateEurope 2016.

Emailage

  • Rank: 625
  • 2017 revenue: $16.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 8x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 79
  • Ranked number 6 in top security companies

Emailage demoed at FinovateSpring 2015.

Lighter Capital

  • Rank: 776
  • 2017 revenue: $11.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 6.5x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 39
  • Ranked number 11 in top Seattle companies

Lighter Capital demoed at FinovateFall 2013.

Tango Card

  • Rank: 912
  • 2017 revenue: $17 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 80
  • Ranked number 14 in top Seattle companies

Tango Card demoed at FinovateFall 2016.

WealthForge

  • Rank: 932
  • 2017 revenue: $8.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.3x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 29
  • Ranked number 6 in top Richmond, VA companies

WealthForge demoed at FinovateSpring 2016.

Unison

  • Rank: 1048
  • 2017 revenue: $2.3 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.7x
  • Founded: 2014
  • Employees: 10
  • Ranked number 4 in top Detroit companies

Unison demoed at FinovateFall 2017.

Acuity Systems

  • Rank: 1107
  • 2017 revenue: $12.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.5x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 26

Acuity Systems demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.

defi SOLUTIONS

  • Rank: 1176
  • 2017 revenue: $14.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.1x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 80

defi SOLUTIONS demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.

Interactions

  • Rank: 1550
  • 2017 revenue: $92.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 3x
  • Founded: 2004
  • Employees: 413

Interactions demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.

Cardlytics

  • Rank: 2886
  • 2017 revenue: $130.4 million
  • 3-year growth: 1.4x
  • Founded: 2008
  • Employees: 342

Cardlytics demoed at FinovateFall 2014. The company went public early this year.

Inc. 5,000 Europe

This is the fourth year in a row Inc. has ranked European countries. The rankings are based on three-year revenue growth. Here are the 14 Finovate alums that earned a spot on the list, including SumUp, which took the number one slot:

SumUp

  • Rank: 1
  • 2016 revenue: $63.7 million (€56 million)
  • 3-year growth: 143.7x
  • Founded 2011
  • Employees: 500

SumUp demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.

VATBox 

  • Rank: 91
  • 2016 revenue: $6.9 million (€6.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 25x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 140

VATBox demoed at FinovateEurope 2015.

Kantox 

  • Rank: 390
  • 2016 revenue: $4.9 million (€4.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 12x
  • Founded 2011
  • Employees: 73

Kantox demoed at FinovateEurope 2013

HelpMyCash

  • Rank: 699
  • 2016 revenue: $2.96 million (€2.6 million)
  • 3-year growth: 8.3x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 16

HelpMyCash demoed at FinovateEurope 2011.

Featurespace 

  • Rank: 901
  • 2016 revenue: $3.41 million (€3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 7x
  • Founded 2005
  • Employees: 62

Featurespace demoed at FinovateFall 2016.

Kalixa Payments 

  • Rank: 918
  • 2016 revenue: $42.3 million (€37.2 million)
  • 3-year growth: 7x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 112

Kalixa demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.

Zopa

  • Rank: 1314
  • 2016 revenue: $46.3 million (€40.7 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2004
  • Employees: 188

Zopa demoed at FinovateSpring 2008.

Feedzai

  • Rank: 1330
  • 2016 revenue: $13.8 million (€12.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 68

Feedzai demoed at FinovateEurope 2014.

Trustly

  • Rank: 1344
  • 2016 revenue: $36.7 million ( €32.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 83

Trustly demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.

Fenergo

  • Rank: 1882
  • 2016 revenue: $33.8 million ( €29.7 million)
  • 3-year growth: 3.8x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 183

Fenergo demoed at FinovateEurope 2012.

Innofis

  • Rank: 2452
  • 2016 revenue: $8.2 million (€7.2 million)
  • 3-year growth: 2.6x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 69

Innofis demoed at FinovateEurope 2016.

Quadient France 

  • Rank: 2966
  • 2016 revenue: $8.9 million (€7.8 million)
  • 3-year growth: 1.8x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 21

Quadient demoed at FinovateEurope 2018.

True Potential

  • Rank: 3233
  • 2016 revenue: $88.5 million (€77.8 million)
  • 3-year growth: 1.5x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 234

True Potential demoed at FinovateFall 2014.

Comarch

  • Rank: 4954
  • 2016 revenue: $35.6 million (€31.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 59%
  • Founded 1978
  • Employees: 148

Comarch demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.


*Companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They must be privately held, for-profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, some on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Nordic Capital Fund Acquires Majority Share of Trustly.

Around the web

  • Coinbase granted e-money license by U.K’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); joins Faster Payments Scheme courtesy of partnership with Barclays Bank.
  • ACI Worldwide announces contract extension with DBS.
  • Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade for Vietnam (Vietcombank) picks trade finance platform from Finastra.
  • nCino and Enforce partner to accelerate cloud adoption for financial institutions.
  • Tradeshift partners with Canon Business Process Services.
  • Pindrop partners with Aeriandi to detect fraudulent calls through cloud platforms.
  • GMO’s Z.com Trade adds Trustly as payment option.
  • Kabbage teams with New Media to advertise to more than five million small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that do business in New Media’s markets.
  • OnDeck appoints Kenneth Brause as CFO.
  • Sandia Area Credit Union hires Insuritas to launch member-owned, digitally-powered insurance agency.
  • Oregon Community CU selects Alkami Technology’s digital banking platform to provide its more than 150,000 members with a modern digital banking offering.
  • Bankjoy selected to compete in Google Demo Day in March.
  • TSYS implements new payment solution, Advanced AuthControl, with Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the U.S.

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.

Alkami Scores $70 Million in Series D Funding

In a round led by General Atlantic, and featuring participation from current investors S3 Ventures and Argonaut Private Equity, digital banking solutions provider Alkami has raised $70 million in new funding. The Series D round, which represents a strategic investment in the company, takes Alkami’s total capital to more than $116 million.

“In an era of digital transformation, our clients, who consist of credit unions and banks in the U.S., count on Alkami to inspire and power their digital strategies through enhancing value, growth, service, efficiency and relationships,” Alkami CEO Mike Hansen said. He added that the strategic investment from General Atlantic will “accelerate the delivery of our world-class technology and innovative solutions to our clients, ensuring Alkami remains synonymous with digital transformation in finance.”

Alkami enables financial institutions to take advantage of the latest trends in online and mobile banking technology through its cloud-based digital banking platform. With more than 4.5 million users across its community bank and credit union client base, Alkami provides a unified solution that works across devices and channels to deliver retail and business banking services, billpay, PFM, marketing, and more.

As part of the strategic investment, Raph Osnoss and Gene Lockhart will join Alkami’s board of directors. Lockhart is a Special Advisor of General Atlantic and former President and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide. He is also Chairman and Managing Partner of MissionOG, a technology investor that also participated in Alkami’s Series D. Osnoss is Vice President of General Atlantic, and praised Alkami’s “vision, technology, client success, and business model” as well as the way the fintech helped FIs better engage with their customers.

“Digital banking needs are evolving along with consumer and business behaviors,” Osnoss said. “And we believe Alkami is at the center of this industry-wide shift.”

Plano, Texas-based Alkami made its first Finovate appearance in 2009 as iThryv. In November, the company was highlighted as the 13th fastest growing company in Dallas by Southern Methodist University’s Cox Dallas 100 and ranked 66th fastest growing company in North America by Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500. Alkami announced a deployment of its digital banking platform with Veridian Credit Union ($3.4 billion in assets) late last fall, and in August, the company inked a deal with Mountain America Credit Union ($6.7 billion in assets) to integrate its digital banking technology with Mountain America’s existing core system.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Urban FT and Fortress Plus to Co-Market Digital Banking, Fraud Prevention to Community Banks
  • Alkami Scores $70 Million in Series D Funding

Around the web

  • Privakey joins the FIDO Alliance.
  • Featurespace opens U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.
  • NCR wins four GOOD DESIGN awards.

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.

Mountain America CU Chooses Digital Banking Platform from Alkami Technology

Utah-based Mountain America Credit Union (MACU), with $6.7 billion in assets, will deploy a new digital banking platform courtesy of Alkami Technology. The new platform will integrate with Mountain America CU’s existing core system and enable the 650,000 member institution to provide a variety of digital banking services including billpay and PFM. “With our growing number of account holders, Alkami’s platform will enable us to deliver unique products and features that will set us apart, giving us a true competitive edge,” Kelly Albiston, SVP of Digital Banking at Mountain America CU said. “We look forward to offering this new platform to members.”

Once deployed, Mountain America will be able to customize their new digital banking experience by creating its own apps and products. The platform includes a fully-hosted business intelligence technology with analytics and reporting, marketing, and educational content. “Mountain America Credit Union recognizes (the) shift in consumer preferences to interact digitally in a way that is convenient, straightforward and intuitive,”Stephen Bohanon, founder, chief strategy and sales officer for Alkami Technology said. Emphasizing that technology in general and Alkami’s platform in specific should “enrich the life of the user, not encumber it,” Bohanon added that the solution will enable MACU to give its members “a simple, consistent, digital banking experience that meets their needs.”

Mountain America CU maintains 88 branches in five states, thousands of shared branch locations around the country, and more than 50,000 surcharge-free ATMs. Earlier this month, MACU was named “Best Credit Union” by readers of  Provo, Utah’s Daily Herald and St. George, Utah’s The Spectrum. The credit union was also recognized by KSL Jobs as a “top workplace culture in Utah.”

MACU is the second big credit union partnership Alkami has forged this summer. In June, the company inked a deal with Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union ($2.4 billion in assets; 84,000 members), the largest credit union in New Mexico, to deploy Alkami’s ORB Digital Banking Platform. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alkami demonstrated its technology (as iThryv) at FinovateSpring 2009. A member of the Inc. 5,000, Alkami is ranked in the top 10 of Dallas-area companies and in the top 15 of all Texas companies. With 2016 revenues of $12 million, Alkami recently reported a 38% growth in its client base, 103% growth in users, and 51% growth in contracted users since January 2016. In July, the company announced a new set of Amazon Alexa skills, including balance requests, spending tracking, money transfers, and billpay. Mike Hansen is Alkami CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Mountain America CU Chooses Digital Banking Platform from Alkami Technology.

Around the web

  • i-exceed to power CANDI, a fully digital banking branch of Canara Bank. Come see i-exceed demo at FinovateFall next month.
  • PYMNTS.com highlights Flywire’s progress in Asia.
  • SocietyOne Celebrates Five Year Anniversary Of Helping Customers.
  • Visions FCU Implements Gro Solutions’ Digital Sales Platform to streamline new member acquisition. Check out Gro Solutions at FinovateFall next month.
  • First Alliance Credit Union Latest to Implement Larky Engagement Platform.
  • Fenergo earns top spot in the 2017 RegTech Performance Report for second year in a row.
  • Chase and OnDeck agree to continue collaboration on small business lending solutions.
  • NICE unveils its compliance recording solution, NICE Compliance Center.
  • Eugene Danilkis, CEO and co-founder of Mambu, talks digitization, credit scoring, and lending to small businesses.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.