Finovate Alumni News– May 12, 2014

  • Xero and ASB launch business to bank payments.
  • Bancbox and Kingdom Trust Company partner to streamline the crowdfunding and P2P lending platform for the IRA investor.
  • Actiance tops Forrester’s social risk and compliance product list.
  • Strands hires new CEO, Erik Brieva.
  • Dealstruck and Entrepreneurial Finance Lab named finalists in Core Innovators Challenge.
  • FIS announces launch of FIS Instant Card to accelerate FI’s ability to provide new or replacement cards.
  • Chris Skinner highlights the relationship between SmartyPig and ICICI Bank in a feature on Banking-as-a-Service.
  • ZDnet takes a look at ShopKeep POS, including its recent $25 million investment form Thayer Street Partners.
  • The Motley Fools calls Loop, the invention that “will change the way you pay for everything.”
  • The Rock Trading Ltd. partners with Jumio for real-time ID verification 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.

Finovate Alumni News– May 7, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgiFactor and Striata partner to offer robust push ebill solution to utilities.
  • Kingdom Trust and Bancbox partner to streamline the crowdfunding and P2P lending platform experience for the IRA investor.
  • Alternative lending pays up: Kabbage raises $50 million, Prosper pulls in $70 million.
  • Actiance extends Socialite to include Google+ & YouTube.
  • VentureBeat looks at the rise of P2P lending of many Finovate alums and predicts $1 trillion in loans by 2025.
  • App Annie now lets app developers track ads, app store optimization.
  • TradeHero launches a Chinese version, bringing the stock market game to traders in China.
  • Lend Academy speculates Prosper now valued $600 million, up from a $100 million valuation around eight months ago.
  • Personal Capital reaches 500,000+ registered users. Now is tracking over $70+ billion in & is managing $500 million in assets for clients.
  • Credit Sesame offers Target customers free ID protection, credit monitoring and credit scores without deadlines.
  • Jack Henry Banking’s Core Director processing platform deployed by Oklahoma State Bank and The Bank of Clovis in New Mexico.
  • BBVA Compass teams up with On Deck Capital to better score small business borrowers.
  • WSJ Personal Technology column recommends Dashlane as the “best way to manage online 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.

Finovate Alumni News– May 6, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCU Alliance hires Insuritas to build non-cyclical fee income for credit union members.
  • Wade Arnold wins CEO of the Year award from Technology Association of Iowa, weeks after selling Banno to Jack Henry & Associates.
  • Holvi moves HQ to downtown Helsinki.
  • Fidor AG is first bank to deploy Ripple protocol.
  • Lending Club announces partnership with Union Bank.
  • Fiserv’s TradeFlow enhanced to support SWIFT’s GETC.
  • Sonora Bank implements SilverLake core processing platform from Jack Henry Banking.
  • LendUp raises $50 million credit debt facility from Victory Park Capital.
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.

BancBox’s New API Ensures Accreditation of Investors So Crowdfunding Platforms Don’t Have To

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Players in the crowdfunding space have a lot of headaches in order to maintain compliance, especially since the SEC requires that parties who invest in offerings on crowdfunding platforms must be fully accredited. That is, they must meet one of the following two requirements:

1) Have earned $200,000/ year in both of the past two years (or $300,000 with spouse) and expect to earn the same next year

2) Have a net worth of $1 million (excluding primary residence)

BancBox, a company known for its money-moving APIs, is seeking to remove this barrier for players in the crowdfunding industry with its new API that will verify the accreditation of investors.

BancBoxInvestHomepage.jpgThe API is a part of the BancBox Invest service. It will enable crowdfunding platforms to determine if their investors are accredited and legally allowed to invest in the platform. In order to comply with the SEC’s 506(c) standard, the new API will:

1) Verify income. This includes a review of the investor’s IRS documents (W-2s, 1099s, K-1s, 1040s) for the past two years and an additional confirmation that they expect to qualify in the current year.

2) Have a third party verify income (releasing in April): Third party verification must be received from a CPA, attorney, broker dealer, SEC-registered investment advisor or an equivalent entity.

3) Verify assets (releasing in May): An investor must have a net worth of at least one million dollars, excluding the value of their primary residence.

Combined with other features that the Invest service offers, the API will give private placement and equity/debt-based crowdfunding platform owners a full suite of solutions.
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SeedInvest, which demoed at FinovateSpring 2013, is among the companies using BancBox’s new API.

Check out BancBox’s demo from FinovateSpring 2012 where it debuted its payments platform.

BancBox’s Invest Platform Has Processed $4 Million on Behalf of 18 Companies

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BancBox, a company that provides payment processing APIs, announced some metrics about BancBox Invest, its product that helps online crowdfunding portal companies manage payments. 

BancBox Invest, which launched three months ago, targets debt, equity, and revenue share models. Here are some stats it shared, three months into operation:

    • 18 companies are using the Invest API, including SeedInvest and Angel RoundUp
    • It has processed $4 million on the platform
    • Average investor funding totals $15,000
    • Average escrow size totals $250,000

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According to TechCrunch, the parent platform BancBox:

“manages $100 million in consumer deposits daily in nearly 200,000 individual accounts. Its transaction volume has increased 100 percent to nearly $2 billion annually.”

BancBox demonstrated at FinovateSpring 2012 where it showcased its payments platform.

Finovate Alumni News– November 4, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAlly Bank integrates Fiserv’s Popmoney into its set of mobile payment options.
  • Collaboration between Meniga and Promsvyazbank (PSB) brings custom-designed PFM solutions to Russian market.
  • Cardlytics announces launch of advertising platform with Lloyd’s Bank in the UK.
  • Betterment upgrades its iPhone app, launches new Android app.
  • Prosper reports $50 Million in Loan Originations in October.
  • Crowd Valley partners with BancBox, CrowdBouncer to Support Online Funding Markets.
  • Lighter Capital launches $15k Dreamforce giveaway.
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– May 6, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBraintree’s Bryan Johnson provides columnist James Altucher with an example of “how to go from $0 to $1,000,000 in two years.” See Braintree demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • TransactionAge takes a look at Klarna as an alternative to Google Wallet.
  • Digital Mailer’s My Virtual StrongBox deployed by Redstone Federal Credit Union.
  • Investment News features Finect, a social network for financial advisors. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • miiCard partners with Bitcoin Exchange Platform, Tradehill.
  • Innovation Agency updates Innovation Café to support formal judging process and integrated rewards payment process.
  • TIO Networks announces partnership with mobile app developer iFactor Consulting.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek reports: On Deck Capital Targets Businesses Banks Won’t Touch.
  • David Barrett, Expensify CEO, interviewed on SkyNews to talk about Bitcoin. Come check out what’s new at Expensify at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Best Vendor profiles Gremln. See them in action at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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.

BancBox Heralds Era of Automated Escrow for Crowdfunders

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The quickest path to the front of the pack is often to create a pack of your own.

That’s one way of looking at the recent announcement from BancBox CEO Sanj Goyle, whose company just built what they are calling the first online investment portal with an automated escrow service.

The idea behind the portal, BancBoxCrowd, is to provide a platform for creating independent escrow accounts for crowdfunded projects. The money collected from investors is either returned if the project is not completed, or distributed accordingly if the funding goal is reached.

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BancBoxCrowd is fully SEC and FINRA compliant, and works by copying and pasting the relevant code to the destination page or solution. Users can monitor funding and escrow status, as well as get investor information, all in real-time.

Founded in 2008 and based in San Mateo, California, BancBox began as a way for non-financial institutions to collect, store, and send money in a secure, compliant, and integrated way. The platform has opened more than 100,000 consumer accounts, and processed billions of dollars in payments.

BancBox demoed their technology as part of FinovateSpring in 2012. See their presentation here.

Finovate Alumni News– November 26, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAmerican Banker reports MoneyDesktop aims to make PFM more appealing.
  • Bass Pro Shops and Zappos.com added to Virtual Piggy’s digital distribution channel.
  • The Globe and Mail features SecureKey.
  • The Austin Statesman reports: Workers Praise Q2ebanking’s “Family-Type Environment”.
  • TransCard to use DeviceFidelity’s NFC tech to offer a new white-label mobile wallet. 
  • Kashoo Accounting version 2.0 for iPad now available on iTunes. 
  • Tech in Asia calls TradeHero “probably one of the best startup ideas in Singapore.”  
  • Ian McKenna takes a detailed look at innovations demoed at FinovateAsia.
  • Shamir Karkal, Simple CFO, explains where Simple’s ideas came from and how the project got off the ground.
  • The Banker interviews Bailey Klinger, Co-founder and CEO of EFL.
  • BancBox to set up a development center in Chandigarh, India.
  • Greedful.com features WeSeed: “The Stock Market Game that Pays Off”. 
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– July 10, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBinary Now begins accepting PayNearMe payments from customers without credit card.
  • Mootwin drives BNP Paribas Group’s new iPad economic news app.
  • Mitek hires former Green Dot CTO, Michael Strange, as CTO.
  • Fiserv appoints Dennis Lynch to Board of Directors.
  • Diversinet appoints Bret Jorgensen as Chairman of the Board.
  • Tradestreaming names Wall Street Survivor app of the week.
  • Cachet Financial launches Merchant RDC Tablet Solution.
  • Lending Club wins AlwaysOn Global 250 Award for third consecutive year.
  • Wiltshire business looks at positive returns from Zopa.
  • Q2ebanking opens office in Atlanta to support growth.
  • 2 Minute Finance gets a demo from Portfolio Football.
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.