2015: A Year in Finovate Alumni Mergers and Acquisitions

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2015 was another big year for mergers and acquisitions in the fintech industry. And whether they were the acquirer or the acquired, Finovate alums were very much a part of the M&A action.

Because terms of many deals were undisclosed, it is difficult to get a precise number on how much money was spent acquiring some of fintech’s most promising startups this year. But looking just at those acquisitions for which figures were available, we can see that 2015 was a banner year in M&A (more than $7 billion) — and that’s just counting alums.

So from the $5 billion deal between FIS and Sungard to the “alum-acquires-alum” mergers of September 2015, let’s take a closer look at some of the major unions of the year that featured Finovate alums.


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If you’re a Finovate alum whose merger we’ve missed or acquisition we’ve overlooked, let us know. Send us an email at research@finovate.com.

Finovate Alumni News

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Around the web

  • After being acquired by Prosper in January, American Healthcare Lending has changed its name to Prosper Healthcare Lending.
  • Early Warning’s Authentify xFA wins Gold for Authentication Product of the Year at Info Security’s 2015 Global Excellence Awards.
  • Lighter Capital closes twice as many deals in Q1 of 2015 than it did in all of 2014.
  • On Deck expands small business lending in Canada.
  • Trunomi adds new chief architect, Kartik Venkatesh.
  • Tradier teams up with Apex Clearing Corporation to bring brokerage solutions to digital RIAs.
  • peerTransfer adds 56 new schools to its client base in Q1 2015, bringing its total to 650+ educational providers worldwide.
  • VentureBeat: PayPal brings its One Touch payments to the web.
  • Credit Karma wins gold medal in the Financial Services/Banking division at the 2015 Edison Awards.
  • UST Global and Kony launch new mobile app for Blue Cross of Idaho members.

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

  • HedgeCoVest Wins Top Honors at 2015 Benzinga Fintech Awards

Around the web

  • oneID launches its simple, free solution to secure personal information online across all devices.
  • Born2Invest talks about “thematic investing” in its review of Motif Investing.
  • Currency Cloud opens offices in New York, kicking off its U.S. expansion.
  • Select Mobile Money from Cachet Financial Solutions now supports Apple Watch.
  • Sberbank launches new digital platform based on technology from Backbase.
  • Five Degrees named winner of Dutch FinTech Awards in Banking & IT category.
  • PYMNTS looks at Ezbob’s role in SMB lending in the United Kingdom.
  • PayNearMe enables customers of LA Covered to pay their monthly premiums in cash.
  • Critical Mass radio show interviews Sekur.me CEO Jack Bicer.
  • Trulioo wins Europe’s 2015 Digital Identity Innovation Award. Watch Trulioo demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • NAB links core API technology to Xero’s accounting cloud ecosystems, connecting client’s online bank to their Xero account.
  • Authentify enables E-Transfer Technologies to protect currency trading accounts with mobile multifactor authentication.
  • Forbes: Kony and Soasta partner to close the mobile development and monitoring loop.

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.

Early Warning Acquires Authentify

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Authentify, a company that offers phone-based, multifactor authentication to more than 1,200 financial institutions and e-commerce companies, today announced it will soon be acquired.

The acquirer is Chicago-based Early Warning, a company owned and governed by the largest banks in the U.S. and which provides risk-management solutions to 1,100 banks, government entities, and companies. Once the Authentify acquisition is under its belt, Early Warning will bolster its current offering with a multifactor authentication solution that integrates multiple channels and authentication methods.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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This is not Early Warning’s first move to broaden its offerings. In 2013, the Arizona-based company partnered with Payfone to combine device and customer-identity authentication with transaction data to ensure security. Early Warning has an equity stake in Payfone.

Authentify was founded in 1999 and Peter Tapling is CEO. The company demonstrated 2CHK at FinovateFall 2011.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Dealstruck Raises $8 Million in Funding, $50 Million for New Credit Facility
  • BBVA Taps Dwolla for Real-time Money Transfers

Around the web

  • Vouch launches its social network for credit. See Vouch at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.
  • Retail Week features Zooz as its Start-up of the Week.
  • Vermont Federal Credit Union partners with Insuritas to open and manage turnkey insurance agency.
  • Optimal Payments integrates Jumio’s Netverify into its NETELLER stored-value service.
  • BillGuard launches custom categories capability.
  • Taulia Launches Research Arm, Taulia Labs.
  • Norway Registers Development agrees to take 80% stake in Etronika.
  • PayNearMe partners with online rent payment network RentMoola to enable landlords to take rent in cash online.

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.

Alumni News: March 11, 2015

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  • Quisk discusses its experience at FinovateEurope 2015.
  • Check Point Software Technologies introduces Check Point Threat Extraction, a security approach that ensures documents are delivered to a malware-free network.
  • Paybefore selects the Navy FCU Visa Buxx app, powered by Cachet Financial’s Select Mobile Money, as Best in Category in the Judges’ Choice category of the 2015 Paybefore Awards.
  • Authentify launches xFA SecureCallCenter to help FIs protect call center reps from social engineering attempts.
  • ANV Group selects Avoka’s Transact technology to help improve the user experience for its insurance customers.
  • Talent Refresh features alternative lender, Financeit.

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: March 2, 2015

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  • Bank Innovation takes a look at how Xignite “democratizes” financial trading.
  • ACI Worldwide teams up with STS PayOne to build fraud prevention technology for e-commerce merchants in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Payoneer appoints Neil Platt to Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Medium.com column on the money-transfer industry features CurrencyFair and TransferWise.
  • Financeit receives $75 million renewal from Pacific & Western Bank of Canada to help expand consumer financing program.
  • PYMNTS interviews Fiserv on how banks can capitalize on emerging trends.
  • Google launches a status dashboard for several of its cloud infrastructure services in the Google Cloud Platform.
  • PayPal acquires Paydiant for an estimated $280 million.
  • PayPal debuts chip & PIN and NFC payments-acceptance device.
  • Authentify Ranked 46 out of 500 Hottest Security Firms; its xFA Solution is a finalist for Authentication Solution of the Year.
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.

Alumni News– January 27, 2015

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHarland Clarke to use CUneXus’ cplXpress to enable automated, pre-approved lending to its customers.
  • With grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Social Money to pilot CorePro in India to help underbanked.
  • Spreedly crossed the $50 million credit card transactions per month milestone in December.
  • TechCrunch: Prosper purchases American Healthcare Lending for $21 million.
  • Cachet Financial’s Mobile Money Platform integrates with ApplePay.
  • Check out FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 5. We’ll see you there in two weeks.
  • Hara Partners lists PayStand as one of five ecommerce solutions for SMBs.
  • Tradeshift partners with Recruit Holdings, Japan’s largest staffing company, to solidify presence in Japan.
  • Navy FCU’s Visa Buxx App, powered by Cachet Financial Solutions, named winner in Paybefore Awards.
  • Authentify’s xFA available on Samsung’s Solutions Exchange, enabling two/multi-factor authentication on Samsung devices.
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.

Alumni News– October 22, 2014

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  • iQuantifi opens its cloud-based virtual advisor platform to financial institutions.
  • Swiss-based PostFinance launches new digital banking platform powered by Backbase.
  • CIO Review names Authentify 1 of the 20 more promising educational tech solution providers.
  • Temenos further expands its US operations.
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.

Alumni News– August 8, 2014

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  • TMC Net takes a look at CU of America’s deployment of mobile banking solutions from Malauzai Software. See Malauzai at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.
  • First Access Funding Corporation to deploy loan origination system (LOS) from defi SOLUTIONS.
  • MasterCard Indonesia launches e-commerce initiative.
  • Intuit acquires PaySuite, bringing cloud-based payroll services to Quickbooks.
  • American Banker: Authentify introduces extension of xFA called Smart Choice to determine authentication mechanisms the user’s device has access to.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions and Contact Solutions bring Mobile Customer Care to Prepaid Clients.
  • CNBC looks at how LearnVest, Tuition.io, and ReadyForZero are making student loan payback easier.
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.