FinDEVr Flashbacks: Full Presentation Videos Now Live

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It’s FinDEVr Silicon Valley like you’ve never seen it before—on video! If you missed out on last month’s conference and want to catch the latest in fintech developer trends, or if you just want to re-live the moments from the show, you’re in luck.

All of the presentation videos from the conference are available for free on FinDEVr.com. Not sure where to start? Take a peek at these award-winning companies:

Tuesday crowd favorite: MX


Wednesday crowd favorite: OCR Labs

 


Media favorite: 1787fp

 


Favorite alum: Lleida.net


Favorite debut: WiseBanyan


Favorite established company: IBM


Favorite startup: Alloy

 

We’ll see you next year or at FinDEVr New York on March 21 & 22, 2017!

Fintech Trending: RegTech Reality Check, Blockchain Bandwagon, and IBM’s New Wallet

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Hat, courtesy of Alloy, a customer-onboarding specialist that debuted at FinDEVr in October.

The dream of RegTech is alive at Finovate

Deloitte recently asked what we should make of regtech in a new report titled, “RegTech is the new FinTech: How agile regulatory technology is helping firms better understand and manage their risks.” To the extent that regtech represents technologies, strategies, and solutions designed to help firms better meet regulatory obligations, remain compliant, and/or secure their processes, there may be less new here than meets the eye. Compared to insurtech, regtech firms have been prominent players in the fintech firmament for years.

To its credit, Deloitte is aware of the “old-is-new-again” aspect of regtech. The report notes that “while the name is new, the marriage of technology and regulation to address regulatory challenges has existed for some time with varying degrees of success.”

Indeed. Consider companies like Gremln (F14), which demonstrated a social media platform specifically for regulated industries, and Finect (F13), which unveiled a compliant communication platform for financial professionals. Qumram (F16) provides software that helps ensure complaint communication by recording digital interactions from web, social, and mobile channels.

My Virtual Strongbox (F14) introduced the kind of secure document-storage technology that can help FIs better manage customer documentation. Global Debt Registry, another F14 presenter, provides compliance and risk-management solutions to the account-management industry. OutsideIQ (F16) enables FIs to uncover regulatory risk using a combination of machine learning and human analysis. FundAmerica (F15), arguably one of the most explicitly regtech companies to demo at Finovate, provides crowdfunding platforms with APIs for a wide variety of “mission-critical, back-end regulatory requirements.”

Additionally, there are a sizeable number of credit risk analysis innovators such as QCR (F15), CreditHQ (F16), and FICO (FD16); companies like Avalara (FD15) that help merchants recognize and satisfy sales-tax requirements (or by that token, even a VATBox (F15) that helps recover VAT fees for international travelers); and cloud-based auditing technologies like those available from Auvenir (F16), whose identity as a fintech company was a topic of our deliberations.

And all of this is to say nothing of the even larger number of security and authentication specialists whose technologies—at least by Deloitte’s definition—can be considered regtech. Note that Deloitte’s Ireland-based rundown of regtech companies includes Finovate alum Trustev (F14), whose online ID-verification technology is very much in the same category as dozens of other security, authentication, verification, anti-fraud innovators.

The question as to whether regtech as a “thing” (as the millennials say) can be separated from the broader fintech discussion is likely more of a marketing decision than anything else. Clearly regtech has the ranks; the issue is to what degree does distinguishing them as a type of innovator apart from the larger fintech world make it easier for these companies to attract top talent, develop necessary solutions, and raise the capital to drive and grow their businesses. From the perspective of fintech in general—and Finovate/FinDEVr in specific—we’re happier having regtech innovating from “inside the tent,” as opposed to being outside the tent trying to find a way in.

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Blockchain bandwagon

Two more major players jumped on the blockchain bandwagon. IBM (FD16) showed its Hyperledger at FinDEVr last week and Visa (FD14) announced its cross-border payment system built on blockchain-like distributed ledgers, an apparent challenge to Swift. The technology is powered by Chain (FD15) which counts Visa, Capital One (FD15) and Citibank as investors. According to Javelin Strategy, banks will invest $1 billion this year in blockchain initiatives.

Mobile payments gets another huge player

Speaking of IBM, one of the more surprising announcements at Money2020 was the launch of IBM Pay, a private-label mobile payments and POS system. Details are sketchy, but in the IBM video below, it appears to be a Starbucks-like QR code system. It’s part of IBM’s Watson Commerce initiative.

FinDEVr Silicon Valley: Celebrating the Best of the Builders

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After watching two days of live presentations from fintech innovators from around the world, the attendees at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 have made plain their preferences. So many presenters received enthusiastic praise for the way they are solving problems and developing tools/APIs to make payments more efficient, security more effective, and financial data more accessible. Although all companies impressed the audience, still a few emerged as clear favorites.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at them (all chosen by audience vote, except the press/analyst favorite):

Crowd favorite, day one:

  • MX for its heartfelt message on how it gets the necessary work done, both in fintech and in life

Crowd favorite, day two:

  • OCR Labs for its innovations in optical character recognition (OCR) and facial recognition (FR) technology and their application on web and mobile platforms.

Press/analyst favorite:

  • 1787fp for its mobile app that helps consumers track and manage their finances and investments.

Favorite FinDEVr alum:

  • Lleida.net for its registered email and registered electronic contract technology.

Favorite FinDEVr debut:

  • WiseBanyan for its free, independent, goal-based roboadviser designed to help investors reach their first $100,000.

Favorite established company:

  • IBM for its implementation of the Hyperledger Project and blockchain-as-a-service strategy.

Favorite startup company:

  • Alloy for its software solutions that help financial services companies conduct KYC/AML; develop risk-management strategies; and maintain continuous compliance.

We want to thank everyone who made FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 possible. From our presenters to our attendees to all the staff and others who participated in this year’s event, we truly could not do this without you. So give yourselves a pat on the back, raise a toast of something tasty, and mark your calendars as we take our developers conference to the Big Apple next spring for FinDEVr New York 2017, and then across the Atlantic in June for FinDEVr London 2017.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrSV16-withdateOur FinDEVr New York developer showcase was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today to save your spot!

Check out our latest FinDEVr Previews featuring:

The latest from FinDEVr New York and upcoming Silicon Valley presenters

  • Visions FCU signs with MX for money-management app.
  • OnDeck launches marketing campaign featuring Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran.
  • Inside Expensify’s New Concierge Bot.
  • Lleida.net Calls New Patent a Turning Point.

Alumni updates

  • Entersekt listed among 100 most promising African fintech companies of 2016.
  • Aurionpro joins Temenos MarketPlace.
  • Avalara Raises $96 Million in New Funding.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

FinDEVr Preview: Alloy

FinDEVrSV16-withdateFinDEVr Preview will highlight companies presenting new developer tools, platforms, and integrations at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, October 18 & 19. Tickets are on sale now. So visit our registration page and save your spot.

Alloy will be presenting a new way to create and optimize customer onboarding applications. The company will graphically create an API to verify customer information for KYC/AML purposes and then optimize it to increase conversion rates for “good” customers.

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Why it’s a must-see

Until now, KYC services have been a black box. If your business is turning away good customers because identity services are denying them, there is no recourse. Alloy gives you full visibility and write-access to the decision-logic and allows you to test, optimize, and instantly modify existing onboarding logic in production.


Check out more of today’s FinDEVr previews:

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Financeit Recruits CFO from Capital One Canada
  • Wave Mechanics: FT Partners Report Highlights Trends Driving Rise of Insurtech

Around the web

  • Fiserv inks deal with FCTI to provide transaction processing for 8,000 ATMs in 7-Eleven convenience stores in U.S. Video of Fiserv’s recent live demo from FinovateFall is now available.
  • NCR launches cloud-based developer portal.
  • ACI Worldwide and Vocalink partner to provide real-time payments solution.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Tom Burgess, Linkable Networks founder and CEO.
  • Visions FCU signs with MX for money-management app.
  • Zopa releases its first-ever rating of a batch of securitized Zopa loans.
  • Sezzle Wins $10,000 from Securian in Minnesota Cup Startup Competition.
  • Aurionpro joins Temenos MarketPlace.
  • OnDeck launches marketing campaign featuring Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran.
  • RightCapital launches Leads, a tool to help financial advisers turn leads into clients.

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.