Finovate Alums Shine in 2019 Forbes Fintech 50 Roster

A baker’s dozen of Finovate alums has been honored this week with spots on the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50, an annual aggregation of what the editors called “the most innovative companies in fintech.”

Here are the Finovate alums that made the cut. Read the full list.

“Recognition as a leading innovator in fintech is tremendous validation for the hard work we’ve done at Marqeta to open the industry up to the possibilities and opportunities of modern card issuing,” company CEO and founder Jason Gardner said. Marqeta is among the 20 companies to make its first appearance on the Forbes Fintech 50 roster.

Also earning their first appearances on Forbes Fintech 50 roster are New York based mobile investment platform Stash and San Francisco supply chain payments innovator Tradeshift.

“Very excited to be included in the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50!,” Stash tweeted once the news was released at the start of the week, “Monday = made.”

“We made the list!” Tradeshift tweeted this morning.

Summarizing this year’s selection of top fintechs, the editors noted that while 19 out of the 50 fintechs featured are unicorns with valuations of more than $1 billion, a nearly equal amount – 20 startups – are making their first showing on Forbes top fintech list. The two areas where newcomers were more prevalent, according to the editors, were payments technology and startups serving the un- and underbanked.

Finovate Alumni News


  • CardFlight Launches SwipeSimple Customers to Support Card Data Management.
  • Roostify Teams Up with Ellie Mae to Boost Efficiency in Mortgage Lending.

Around the web

  • Experian and Close Brothers Retail Finance pilot Mobile for Credit service for U.K. gamers.
  • New Penn Financial goes live with Portfolio Underwriter from Loan Scorecard.
  • PasswordPing earns finalist spot in 2018 “Innovation Quotient” IQ Awards.
  • Ukraine’s Akhmetov Bank leverages Corezoid’s cloud-based operating system.
  • ebankIT and Enterprise Engineering forge strategic partnership for the North American market.
  • Bambu, Eltropy, Moxtra, and Onfido are among the startups selected for Plug and Play Singapore’s inaugural fintech and insurtech program.
  • TECHdotMN profiles Sezzle founder and CEO, Charlie Youakim.
  • Forbes Middle East highlights Ayasdi and ThetaRay in look at how AI is helping solve financial crime.

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


  • Zopa Raises More than $57 Million to Support Next Generation Bank.
  • Mitek Helps Bring Mobile Deposit to Credit Unions.
  • Crypterium Releases Crypto-Fiat Solution.

Around the web

  • Sberbank Group CTO David Rafalovsky selected to lead Sberbank’s Technology Block.
  • BlueRush announces new Chief Financial Officer, Dave Badun.
  • Thomson Reuters adds Dealerweb and Icap pricing to its Reuters Capital Markets 19901 service.
  • MEDICI features Ayasdi, Feedzai, FixNix, IdentityMind Global, BehavioSec, and identitii in its roster of top RegTech startups.
  • Bankjoy to power mobile and online banking for Marshland Federal Credit Union.

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

Around the web

  • InComm launches health plan-sponsored first years wellness card to support babies’ well being.
  • Payworks introduces P2PE component services for payment providers.
  • Coinone Transfer joins Ripple’s RippleNet to enhance cross-border payments.
  • Navigant and Ayasdi collaborate to deploy machine intelligence to effectively and efficiently detect and deter financial crime.
  • INV Fintech collaborates with the Open Bank Project to offer sandbox APIs.
  • Lendio announces franchise in Broomfield, Colorado.
  • Token granted FCA authorization for open banking payment and information services.

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.

Forbes Names 17 Finovate Alums on the Forbes Fintech 50

Forbes has released the third* Fintech 50 list, which this year features 17 Finovate alums, many of which have made the list for the third time. The Fintech 50 list highlights the top private fintechs that have operations, customers or impact in the U.S. The list excludes public companies and divisions of public companies.

Here are the alums honored in this year’s compilation:


Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.


The company’s third time making the list.


Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.


Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.


The company’s third time making the list.


The company’s second time making the list.

Credit Karma

The company’s third time making the list.


Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

The company’s second time making the list.


The company’s second time making the list.


The company’s third time making the list.


The company’s third time making the list.


The company’s second time making the list.


The company’s third time making the list.


Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.


The company’s second time making the list.


The company’s third time making the list.

In 2016, the list contained 20 Finovate alums, including Betterment, Chain, Coinbase, Credit Karma, Gusto, Kabbage, Kensho, Klarna, Motif, Personal Capital, Plaid, Qapital, Quantopian, Ripple, Signifyd, SoFi, Symphony, TransferWise, TrueAccord, and Xignite.

The list from three years back also contained 20 Finovate alums. Algomi, Betterment, Braintree, Chain, Credit Karma, HelloWallet, Kensho, LearnVest, Motif, Personal Capital, Plaid, Prosper, Quantopian, Ripple, Simple, TransferWise, TrueAccord, Vouch, Wealthfront, and Xignite made the list.

*Forbes skipped this compilation for 2017.

Build Intelligent Apps at Enterprise Scale with Ayasdi Envision

“Envision” is an apt name for a new solution from a company renowned for its ability to turn big data into eye-popping, operational insights. This week Ayasdi, a specialist in machine intelligence software development and innovator in topological data analysis, introduced its latest technology, Ayasdi Envision. The new framework is built on the company’s enterprise-scale AI platform and makes it easier for businesses to develop and deploy intelligent applications.

“We’ve made it incredibly simple and natural for technical and non-technical counterparts to interact and collaborate on the development of intelligent applications using a visual, web-based workflow,” Ronaldo Ama, EVP, Product and Engineering at Ayasdi explained. “These applications surface the power of Ayasdi to discover, predict, justify, act, and learn on your data,” he said.

Pictured: Ayasdi Principal Data Strategist Michael Woods demonstrating Ayasdi Finance at FinovateFall 2014.

Ayasdi Envision provides an easy-to-learn and navigate interface that enables business users and data analysts to work collaboratively in a “workflow-oriented approach.” By using widgets as the building blocks, Envision allows platform users who are not developers to build relatively sophisticated applications that are tailored to solve specific business problems. In a conversation with Datanami, Ama explained that being able to have business users and data analyst working so closely meant less time and less money when it comes to development. He added that it was also an excellent example of how the Ayasdi brought the power of AI to “just a regular customer.”

Ayasdi’s technology takes advantage of the trend toward businesses using intelligent apps to maximize their use of big data. In the company’s announcement, it highlighted Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 report which noted, “intelligent apps are not limited to new digital assistants – every existing software category from security tooling to enterprise applications such as marketing or ERP will be infused with AI enabled capabilities.”

During his Finovate demo, Ayasdi Principal Data Strategist Michael Woods explained the challenge succinctly. “Data generation is rapidly outpacing data interpretation. Which is to say that your businesses are capturing more data than you can effectively understand and act upon.” Because of this, Woods added, “there is significant value that you are failing to monetize in the data you have already captured today.” Since its founding in 2008, Ayasdi has helped companies ranging from Citigroup and General Electric to Anadarko and Mount Sinai Hospital gain critical insights from their data.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Ayasdi demonstrated its Ayasdi Finance platform at FinovateFall 2014. Earlier this month, the company announced a partnership with HSBC to help the banking group automate compliance processes. Ayasdi hired former IBM executive Bob Griffin to serve as CEO in March, the same month the company was named to Planet Compliance’s inaugural RegTech Top 100 Power list. The company has raised more than $106 million in funding, most recently completing a $55 million Series C in March 2015. Ayasdi includes Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Institutional Venture Partners, FLOODGATE, and Khosla Ventures among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Build Intelligent Apps at Enterprise Scale with Ayasdi Envision.
  • PayPal’s Venmo Goes Head-to-Head with Zelle, Square Cash, and… Amazon

Around the web

  • EverSafe earns spot among the winners of Centre for Financial Services’ Financial Solutions Lab competition.
  • FIS introduces test solution to help FIs embrace real-time payments.
  • iovation to integrate its device-based authentication technology with PingFederate from Ping Identity.
  • BBVA taps into biometrics with new firm Veridas.
  • Expensify integrates with FinancialForce Accounting and PSA.
  • Rabobank selects Finastra (the merger of Misys and D+H) payment services hub for cross-border payments.

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 Alums Populate RegTech Top 100 Power List


Call it them the Finovate Fifth.

Nearly 20 of the companies highlighted in Planet Compliance’s new RegTech Top 100 Power list – and five of the top ten – are Finovate and/or FinDEVr alums. To measure “power”, Planet Compliance used an algorithm that measured a company’s activity in the media, as well as online and in social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Wikipedia.

Interestingly, Planet Compliance says it has added a “secret ingredient” to the ranking system. It is also worth noting that their definition of RegTech is broad enough to include not just ID verification/authentications specialists, but biometric security innovators, as well.

So let’s take a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums stacked up.

(1) Temenos (FE15, FD15)

  • Founded 1993. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Market capitalization of $5.63 billion.


Pictured: Aaron Phethean, Marketplace Director for Temenos B2B Financial Services Marketplace, during his FinDEVr Silicon Valley presentation.

(3) Trulioo (FF16, FD14)

  • Founded in 2011. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Raised $23 million in funding.

(5) Qumram (FF16)

  • Founded in 2011. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Raised $4.5 million in funding.

(8) Socure (FF15)

  • Founded in 2012. Headquartered in New York, New York. Raised $18 million in funding.

(10) Feedzai (FE14)

  • Founded in 2009. Headquartered in San Mateo, California. Raised $26 million in funding.

(11) Ayasdi (FF14)

  • Founded in 2008. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Raised $106 million in funding.

(18) NetGuardians SA (FA16)

  • Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Vaud, Switzerland. Raised $5.5 million in funding.


Pictured: Mine Fornerod, Net Guardians Digital Marketing Manager, demonstrating FraudGuardian at FinovateAsia 2016.

(19) BioCatch (FF14)

  • Founded in 2011. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. Raised $11.6 million in funding.

(34) Investglass (FA16)

  • Founded in 2014. Headquartered in Plan-les-ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. Raised $100,000 in funding.

(38) Mitek (FE17, FD15)

  • Founded in 1985. Headquartered in San Diego, California. Market capitalization of $218 million.


Pictured: Sarah Clark (General Manager, Identity, Mitek) demonstrating Mobile Verify at FinovateEurope 2017.

(39) nCino (FE17)

  • Founded in 2012. Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina. Raised $64.7 million in funding.

(45) SecureKey (FF12)

  • Founded in 2008. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised $89 million in funding.

(48) Rippleshot (FF14)

  • Founded in 2012. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Raised $4.6 million in funding.

(63) Trunomi (FE15)

  • Founded in 2014. Headquartered in San Jose, California. Raised $6 million in funding.

(66) BehavioSec (FF15, FD15)

  • Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Raised $8.2 million in funding.


Pictured: Olov Renberg, BehavioSec COO, demonstrating BehavioSec On Demand at FinovateFall 2015.

(76) DemystData (FA12)

  • Founded in 2010. Headquartered in Singapore. Raised $12 million in funding.

(77) Fenergo (FE12)

  • Founded in 2009. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Raised $80 million in funding.

(84) Trustev (FE14)

  • Founded in 2013. Headquartered in Cork, Ireland. Acquired by TransUnion.

(96) Global Debt Registry (FF14)

  • Founded in 2005. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. Raised $7 million in funding.

Stay tuned for more coverage of RegTech and other growing industries within fintech as we begin previewing the presenters of FinovateSpring 2017. Finovate returns to San Jose on April 26 and 27 for our annual spring conference. Visit our registration page today to save your spot.

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Finovate Alumni News


  • “Social Trading Company ayondo Appoints New CFO Prior to Reverse Takeover IPO”
  • “Ignite Sales Taps Ex-Fiserv SVP as New CEO”
  • “VoicePIN Launches New SaaS Model for SMEs”
  • “Realty Mogul Reaches $200 Million in Funded Real Estate Transactions”

Around the web

  • Markit adds Federal Republic of Germany to derivatives trade-management service.
  • FIS introduces Banking by Appointment with TimeTrade.
  • Zopa partners with to offer cell phone financing.
  • RegTech event sponsored by BBVA features presentation by Ayasdi.
  • Infosys wins five-year contract with Commerzbank.
  • Temenos welcomes new core banking client, BMO Asia Pacific.
  • Fiserv adds ten years to its loan processing, private-label credit partnership with John Deere Financial.
  • Buzz Points and Xtend partner to provide new loyalty rewards program to credit unions.
  • Bloomberg features TradeSafe, a distributed ledger from Standard Chartered and DBS Group that uses Ripple.
  • eSignLive unveils new UX featuring responsive design.
  • TechCrunch column on APIs features Signifyd, Plaid, and Twilio.
  • The Law of Startups interviews B.J. Lackland, Lighter Capital CEO.
  • WorkFusion earns recognition from Gartner in its “Cool Vendors in Smart Machines” 2016 report.
  •  Guardian Analytics introduces a certification program to help fraud examiners become familiar with the Guardian Analytics platform.
  • Crowdfund Insider interviews Emmanuel Marot, LendingRobot CEO.
  • Comarch launches prototype of wealth management app for virtual reality.

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


  • Xignite Raises $20 Million in New Partnership with Tokyo’s QUICK Corporation.

Around the web:

  • Tandem, a British banking startup launched by Azimo co-founder Ricky Knox, selects the Agility platform from Fiserv.
  • Barclays and Xero forge strategic partnership.
  • Indiana’s Old National Bank completes online and mobile-banking transition to Digital Insight.
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Ayasdi, Context Relevant, and WorkFusion in a roundup of startups helping companies innovate with artificial intelligence.

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


  • “Xignite Surpasses 50 Billion API Calls in a Single Month”
  • “Feedzai Unveils its New Antifraud Solution, Data Science Studio”

Around the web

  • Comarch supports insurance sales and after-sales service by automating sales force at UNIQA Poland.
  • Let’s Talk Payments talks about Photo Verify with Sarah Clark, Mitek VP of product.
  • AcceptEmail and Kansys team up to provide email billing and payment options to telecoms via OCPay.
  • Fiserv and Early Warning partner to enable real-time bill pay and deposit services for U.S. FIs (financial institutions).
  • Corporate One partners with Gro Solutions to expand credit unions’ digital platforms.
  • Mitek launches mobile multicheck-capture for Commercial Mobile Deposit.
  • USAA and Coinbase partner to bring bitcoin to USAA members.
  • The Daily Telegraph features SocietyOne.
  • Euronext launches sentiment analysis partnership with Heckyl Technologies.
  • GEICO employees get access to HelloWallet, helping them manage their 401(k).
  • Visa Inc. to Acquire Visa Europe.
  • DriveWealth teams up with CQG, Direct FX to launch new, multi-asset trading platform.
  • FX Street calls Ayasdi “the next evolution in science.”
  • Arxan Technologies extends its app-security protection to Apple TV.
  • Mobile World Magazine looks at Fastacash and its new partnership with Xpress Money Services.

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


Five Finovate Alums Named 2015 Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum


According to the World Economic Forum, whatever it takes to be a Technology Pioneer in 2015, a quintet of Finovate alums has got it.

Ayasdi, FutureAdvisor, Ripple Labs, Sedicii Innovations, and TransferWise were named as 2015 Technology Pioneers in the World Economic Forum’s Information Technology category.

AyasdiLogo_FF2014The Technology Pioneers program was launched in 2000 to give recognition to early stage companies developing new technologies that will have a “significant impact on business and society.” Previous winners have included AirBnB, Google, Next, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

futureadvisorlogoThe World Economic Forum chooses approximately 30 companies each year out of a pool of “hundreds” of applicants. The field is winnowed by a selection committee consisting of top technology experts, academics, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who review the applications and submit a recommendation to the World Economic Forum. Since the program began, 600 companies from five continents have been represented in the Technology Pioneer program.

RippleLabs_logoCompanies interested in the 2016 program should apply before February 5, 2016. Applicants will be notified by mid-July 2016. More information about the program is available here.

Sedicii_logo_high-resAyasdi made its Finovate debut at FinovateFall 2014 in New York. The company raised $55 million in funding this spring, taking its total to more than $100 million. FutureAdvisor recently unveiled its FutureGift solution, to make it easier for friends and family to make contributions to a child’s college savings plan. The San Francisco-based company demoed its platform at FinovateFall 2013, and has total capital of more than $20 million.

Transferwise_logo_newRipple Labs picked up a $28 million investment and hired former Yahoo exec Brad Garlinghouse as its new chief operating officer in April. Irish startup Sedicii demoed its authentication solution at FinovateEurope 2015, and TransferWise, making its Finovate appearance at FinovateEurope 2013, began 2015 with a $58 million fundraising led by Andreessen Horowitz that boosted the company’s total capital to more than $90 million.