Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “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

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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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Socure Secures $2.5 Million in Debt Financing”
  • “Five Finovate Alums Named 2015 Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum”

Around the web

  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Stephane Dubois, Xignite CEO and founder. See Xignite at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco in October.
  • Flint Mobile upgrades its iOS mobile app to improve compatibility with Apple Wallet.
  • Cloud OS Corezoid is now available via the Amazon Marketplace (in Russian).
  • Forbes notes MaxMyInterest, Dragon Wealth, and EverSafe in a feature on the global growth of fintech accelerators.
  • Market Visual integrates with the Tradier API to enable investors to manage stock portfolios and trade on a single platform.
  • Q2 Holdings acquires Centrix Solutions for $20 million.
  • Ayasdi named a 2015 Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum.
  • Delaware Business Times profiles Global Debt Registry.
  • RateFuel asks if Qapital represents the “future of banking.”
  • PayNearMe partners with The California Department of Child Support Services to offer a new payment option for cash-paying customers.
  • FutureAdvisor launches FutureGift to help friends and family easily contribute to kids’ college funds.

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

  • “Expensify Tallies Up $17.5 Million in Funding to Support its New Fintech Investment Fund”

Around the web

  • AcceptEmail partners with PayWithMyBank to make bill pay convenient and less costly.
  • SocietyOne hires former Lending Club executive as its new chief marketing officer.
  • Spend Matters highlights Tradeshift as a company to watch in 2015.
  • Pindrop Security releases new version of fraud detection system to more effectively identify and predict fraudulent activity.
  • Yodlee hosts webinar on how to build financial apps to meet rapidly evolving customer expectations.
  • BehavioSec mentioned as one “wild invention of the future” that the Pentagon is behind.
  • Tradier announces 75+ investor platforms and advisors integrating with its API.
  • Algomi adds 100th buy-side firm to its Honeycomb Network.
  • American Banker: FIS in talks to acquire SunGard.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews Sarah Hartman, senior director of consumer payment solutions at TSYS.
  • India West profiles Ayasdi founder and CEO, Gurjeet Singh.
  • Benzinga’s list of 10 PFM apps for teens and young adults features Toshl Finance, Manilla, BillGuard, Mint, and Smarty Pig.
  • Acculynk teams up with TouchPay, combining online billpay with self-service payment kiosks.
  • OnDeck rolls out mobile app for account management on the go. Come see OnDeck at FinDEVr in San Francisco, 6/7 October 2015.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews PayStand CEO Jeremy Almond.

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.

$680 Million Raised by 29 Alums in Q1 2015

cartoonmoneystackThe biggest surprise in our look at first-quarter funding is that the $677 million amassed by 29 Finovate alums was more than 20% of the $3.2 billion invested in the entire worldwide fintech sector.

The $677 million raised was $85 million (+14%) above the same quarter a year ago, and more than triple the first quarter of 2013.

Q1 2015 was also $133 million above the $544 million mark set in the fourth quarter of 2014.

It will be worth watching to see if this record-setting first quarter for Finovate alum fundraising will be a sign of more great things to come for capital-raising in 2015.

Top 10 Overall Investments

  1. Xero: $111 million in February
  2. Coinbase: $75 million in January
  3. Betterment: $60 million in February
  4. TransferWise: $58 million in January
  5. App Annie: $55 million in January
  6. Ayasdi: $55 million in March
  7. Motif Investing: $40 million in January
  8. Ripple Labs: $30 million in January
  9. Bill.com: $50 million in February
  10. Pindrop Security: $35 in February

Previous Quarterly Comparisons

  • Q1 2015: More than $676 million raised by 29 alums
  • Q4 2014: More than $544 million raised by 25 alums
  • Q1 2014: More than $600 million raised by 8 alums
  • Q1 2013: More than $155 million raised by 14 alums

January: More than $275 million raised by 14 alums

February: More than $264 million raised by 8 alums

March: More than $136 million raised by 7 alums

If you are an alum that raised money in the first quarter of 2015, and do not see your company listed, please drop us a note at research@finovate.com. We would love to share the good news! Funding received prior to becoming an alum not included.

Finovate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Market Prophit unveils its social market sentiment smart beta index.
  • Silicon India takes a look at Ayasdi’s plans to use the capital raised in its latest $55 million funding.
  • Financial Advisor IQ highlights Betterment and Motif Investing in its discussion of millennials and machines.
  • QuantConnect is now integrated with Interactive Brokers.
  • ProfitStars celebrates surpassing 600 FIs using its Remote Deposit Anywhere technology.
  • FIS wins Best Core Banking, Best Outsourcing Project honors at Asian Banker Technology Implementation Awards.
  • TechCrunch: Yodlee’s Joe Polverari writes about LearnVest and its acquisition by Northwestern Mutual.
  • ABC’s 7 On Your Side quotes IDTheft 911 founder Adam Levin on protecting your driver’s license from identity theft.
  • Connect Financial Software Solutions to provide real-time, P2P payments courtesy of new partnership with Acculynk.
  • Cortera announces new releases of eCredit Software.
  • Zoho partners with Forte Payment Systems to offer electronic payments directly with Zoho Finance apps.
  • Dexterity Ventures’ Place2Give releases GIVE_api v. 2.0.
  • Pymnts interviews SimplyTapp president and co-founder Ted Fifelski.
  • PayPal to be publicly traded on NASDAQ in Q2 2015 with its original stock ticker symbol PYPL.

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

  • Get Your Kicks: DriveWealth Earns Investment from Route 66 Ventures. See DriveWealth make its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2015 next week in San Jose.

Around the web

  • India’s Karnataka Bank deploys “e-lobby” services from FIS. See FIS in action at FinovateSpring 2015.
  • Ayasdi earns spot on Computer Reseller News’ Big Data 100 for the third year in a row.
  • WhatTheyThink interviews Didier Rouillard, VP of service provider business for GMC Software Technologies.
  • Ventana Research highlights Nomis Solutions in report on price- and revenue-optimization software.
  • KUBRA to integrate InComm’s Cashtie API into its services.
  • Boku launches carrier billing technology on Google Play in Saudi Arabia.
  • Re/code: FutureAdvisor Launches Free Service to Manage College Investments
  • Killer Startups profiles oneID and its “internet without passwords.”

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.

Ayasdi Raises $55 Million in Series C Funding

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Machine learning algorithm specialist Ayasdi has raised $55 million in a new investment that doubles the company’s total capital.

The Series C round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and featured participation from existing investors Citi Ventures, FLOODGATE, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), and Khosla Ventures. New investors Centerview Capital Technology and Draper Nexus were also part of the investment, which takes Ayasdi’s total funding to more than $100 million.

Ted Schlein of KPCB praised Ayasdi’s ability to make complex data analysis easier for large institutions and organizations. He cited the technology’s combination of “machine learning algorithms with topological mathematics and artificial intelligence” as a “breakthrough innovation that will drive the next information and productivity wave in the coming decade.”

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Health care systems have been among the most eager adopters of the Ayasdi’s technology. But the company is working with three of the five largest financial institutions in the world to help them make smarter lending decisions, improve risk and compliance modeling, protect against fraud, and better serve private banking clients. Deborah Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer of Citi and CEO of Citi Ventures said the technology provided insights that “enable Citi to tailor services to specific client needs, operate more efficiently, and mitigate risk.”

Learn more about Ayasdi from our November feature. The company’s CEO Gurjeet Singh has been profiled frequently in major media from Forbes to TechCrunch, as Ayasdi has forged partnerships with companies like Teradata and Cloudera to make its technology even more valuable to enterprise-level clients. In February, the company was named one of the 10 most innovative companies in Big Data by Fast Company for a second year in a row.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Ayasdi made its Finovate Debut in New York at FinovateFall 2014. See video of the company’s live demonstration of Ayasdi Finance.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com:

  • Kabbage Expands to Australia in New, White-Label Collaboration with Kikka Capital.
  • Advanced Merchant Payments Pulls in Undisclosed Amount of Funding.
  • Ayasdi Raises $55 Million in Series C Funding.

Around the Web:

  • Yodlee joins FinTech Sandbox as data partner.
  • Acculynk unveils new mobile wallet authentication service for issuers and providers.
  • Innosect (formerly Innovation Café) acquires Clientific.
  • 5+ Community FIs to launch Apple Watch offering powered by Malauzai. Come see its live demo at FinovateSpring in San Jose May 12-13.
  • CardFlight Announces Availability of EMV-Ready Chip Card Readers for SwipeSimple Mobile Point-of-Sale Solution.
  • Rajesh Bhat, Co-founder at Roostify, shares what he learned from Yodlee Interactive Incubator Boot Camp 1.
  • Google Cloud Platform introduces Google Cloud Launcher, where you can launch open source packages configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy.
  • HelloWallet launches Emergency Savings Calculator.
  • Orchard Platform and Kabbage Announce Partnership to Provide Investors’ Access to Karrot Consumer Loans.
  • PayStand mobile iOS app now available to allow credit card, check and Bitcoin 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.

 

Alumni News, February 13, 2015

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  • Global Debt Registry unveils new asset classes, new resources, and new UI in brand refresh.
  • Azimo extends its money-transfer service to Thailand.
  • FinovateEurope 2015 Best of Show Winners announced.
  • Fast Company features Ayasdi in its list of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Big Data.
  • 22 Finovate alums nominated for 2015 Pymnts innovator awards. Cast your vote here.
  • Lincoln Savings Bank hires Insuritas to launch insurance agency for its customers.
  • FreeAgent partners with Appointedd to simplify small business bookings.
  • Bank Innovation takes a look at the widespread use of Xignite APIs among fintech startups.
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.