A Look at the First Week of Nasdaq’s Fintech Index

While many of you were busy catching Pikachu last week, you may have missed that Nasdaq, in collaboration with KBW, launched an index to track financial technology. Officially named KBW Nasdaq Financial Technology Index (KFTX), the fund tracks 49 fintech companies, including 17 Finovate and FinDEVr alums.

On Monday, 18 July, the index opened at 1,000 points and closed at almost 1,014 points on Friday, 22 July.

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Finovate and FinDEVr alums listed in the index include:

According to Nasdaq’s press release, the companies in the index “represent roughly one-fifth (18%) of the investable domestic financial universe and nearly 4% of the investable domestic equity universe to account for approximately $785 billion in total market cap.”

It’s worth noting that the index, which will be rebalanced quarterly, does not consider activity from private companies, startups, or banks. Large, public companies may not be as sprightly as two guys in a garage, but they create their fair share of cutting-edge products and services. When creating the index, KBW and Nasdaq adhered to three guidelines:

  1. The companies mainly sell financial services
  2. Not primarily brick-and-mortar operated
  3. Income is generated from fees, rather than interest

Other companies in the index include (each company in the index is weighted equally):

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (ADS); Bankrate Inc. (RATE); Black Knight Financial Services Inc. (BKFS); BofI Holding Inc. (BOFI); Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. (BR); Cardtronics Inc. (CATM); CBOE Holdings Inc. (CBOE); CME Group Inc. (CME); CoreLogic Inc. (CLGX); Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (DNB); Euronet Worldwide Inc. (EEFT); EverBank Financial Corp. (EVER); EVERTEC Inc. (EVTC); FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS); First Data Corp. (FDC); FleetCor Technologies Inc. (FLT); Global Payments Inc. (GPN); Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE); MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX); Moody’s Corp. (MCO); MSCI Inc. (MSCI); Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ); S&P Global Inc. (SPGI); SEI Investments Co. (SEIC); Square Inc. (SQ); SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. (SSNC); Total System Services (TSS); The Western Union Co. (WU); VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY); Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK); Virtu Financial Inc. (VIRT); and WEX Inc. (WEX).

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Shoeboxed Partners with ScanSnap Cloud for Receipt Scanning”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Race Data Helps Community Banks Turn Customer Data into Market Intelligence”
  • “Opentech Teams Up with MasterCard, Swiss Bankers to Launch Card Management App”
  • “HelloWallet Launches Savings and Debt Guidance Tool”
  • “Kasasa Reaches One Millionth Account”
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence

Around the web

  • Fiserv announces its new biometric authentication solution, Verifast: Palm Authentication.
  • Markit to provide fixed income pricing data and liquidity metrics for the European Commission.
  • INETCO to power real-time transaction monitoring for Turkey’s Central Processor for Bank Payment Cards, Bankalararasi Kart Merkezi (BKM).
  • ThinkAdvisor looks at how Blackrock is taking on Schwab and Vanguard with FutureAdvisor.
  • ebankIT expands its headquarters facilities in Porto to grow R&D team.
  • Corezoid moves platform-as-a-service core banking engine to AWS.
  • Blackhawk Network Appoints Sachin Dhawan as CTO and SVP.
  • PCWorld votes Xero as its top-choice accounting software in 2016.

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

  • “Malauzai Launches New Version of Banking Software”

Around the web

  • Aurionpro integrates ValidSoft voice biometrics as an authentication layer.
  • Arroweye Solutions to provide digital on-demand prepaid cards for Marqeta.
  • Blackhawk Network acquires Extrameasures, a prepaid consumer promotions and incentives company.
  • PayPal’s Braintree Authorization launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers.
  • The Financial Brand looks at the breakdown of Simple’s customer numbers.
  • Avoka and eSignLive partner to enable 100% digital customer acquisition.
  • Wealthfront 3.0 features a new dashboard; software and API integrations with Coinbase, Venmo, and Lending Club.
  • Texas Dow Employees CU, Thrivent FCU, and Neighbors FCU go live with core processing platform from Fiserv.
  • FIS gains accreditation to provide access to faster payments.
  • Markit unveils new Common Reporting Standard (CRS) solution for tax residency identification and due diligence.

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

  • “Finovate Debuts: InvestGlass Built a Robo-Adviser for Advisers”
  • “Intuit Developer Group Drops Financial Data APIs; Partners with Finicity to Ease Transition”
  • “Qumram Raises $2.5 Million to Bring Website Recording to North America & U.K.”

Around the web

  • Ripple opens new office in London.
  • Markit and IHS announce $13 billion merger agreement.
  • Quantopian to launch in Australia.
  • Vibrant Credit Union converts to DNA account-processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Finextra interviews James Redfern, eWise’s global head of sales.
  • PayPal’s Dan Schulman travels to Cuba to see how it can work with the country’s small businesses.
  • Kony updates Kony Visualizer 7.0, releases free starter edition.
  • StreetShares announces SEC approval for Regulation A+ deal.
  • The Evening Show with Simon Rose interviews Trustly’s Chief Commercial Officer.
  • Blackhawk Network’s CEO Talbott Roche receives PYMNTS Innovator Award for “Women Driving Innovation in Payments.”
  • VICE’s Motherboard features ZeroDB. See them live at FinDEVr 2016 on March 29 and 30.
  • Jumio sells assets to Facebook co-founder and early backer, Eduardo Saverin.
  • The Paypers interviews Nuno Sebastiao of Feedzai.

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

  • “DealFlow Closes Million Dollar Convertible Note”
  • “Algomi Gains Investment, Strategic Advisory from Tom Glocer, former Thomson Reuters’ CEO”
  • “Prosper Marketplace Teams Up with HomeAdvisor to Improve Access to Home Improvement Financing”

Around the web

  • Misys FusionBanking Loan IQ goes live at Virtus Partners.
  • Top Image Systems launches its next-generation accounts-payable automation solution, eFLOW AP.
  • Blackhawk Network names Anil D. Aggarwal to its board of directors.
  • App Annie acquires app marketing data company, AppScotch.
  • Temenos again recognized by IBS Intelligence as best-selling core banking software provider.

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.

Blackhawk Network Names Talbott Roche New CEO

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TalbottPrepaid card and digital commerce company Blackhawk Network has named a new CEO. The company’s Board of Directors appointed Talbott Roche, pictured at right, who succeeds William Tauscher as the company’s chief executive.

Tauscher, who served as CEO since 2010, will continue to serve as chairman on the company’s board of directors. Regarding the transition, Tauscher states, “It has long been my intention for Talbott to one day lead the company as president and CEO, and I have supreme confidence in her abilities and leadership to carry this great organization forward.”

Roche has served as SVP of Blackhawk for five years and will continue to serve as the company’s president. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Blackhawk went public in 2013 and has since completed nine acquisitions. The company employs 2,500 people in 24 countries.

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Tomas Campos and Sheila Andres presented GoWallet at FinovateFall 2012 in New York.

At FinovateFall 2012, Blackhawk debuted GoWallet, a direct-to-consumer mobile app that helps users manage all of their prepaid cards in a single place. The app also enables customers to purchase and personalize gift cards, and offers access to special coupons and offers.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Dream Payments Unveils Mobile Merchant Platform for Banks and Acquirers.
  • Blackhawk Network Names Talbott Roche New CEO.
  • Coinbase and Motif Investing Earn Spots on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016 List.

Around the web

  • Fiserv named to Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016.
  • Pindrop launches its comprehensive call center fraud-prevention platform, IVR Anti-Fraud.
  • Sussex County FCU picks Insuritas to deploy new insurance agency solution.
  • iSignthispaydentity KYC service is suitable for use by businesses in the regulated sector of the Isle of Man, a global financial hub.
  • Inc. profiles Sweden’s Klarna and its plans for U.S. expansion.
  • Co-founded by former Check CMO Daniel Kjellen, MovoCash announces $700,000 seed investment.
  • Ingo Money partners with PayPal, adds instant check-splitting.
  • Roostify to integrate with zipLogix to facilitate communication between lenders and realtors.
  • American Banker features SecondMarket.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and Worldnet partner for PCI-validated P2PE on Worldnet’s payment platform.
  • Cachet appoints new Chief Financial Officer Bryan Meier.

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:

  • Blackhawk Network acquires NimbleCommerce, a digital commerce platform and network.
  • Wipro wins seven-year, IT-infrastructure contract with international insurer RSA.
  • Visa unveils its new Visa Developer Program, giving developers API-based access to many of Visa’s payment technologies.

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

  • Moven Launches Offers with Four Merchant Partners”
  • Gem Raises $7 Million in Series A”

Around the web

  • Blackhawk Network acquires GiftCards.com and OmniCard for $120 million.
  • EyeLock partners with Diebold to develop new ATM experience using mobile app, QR codes, and iris scanning.
  • Trustly partners with GoldMoney’s BitGold to connect with financial institutions for direct deposits and redemptions.
  • LiveRamp interviews Cardlytics CMO Dani Cushion.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “American Banker’s “20 Fintech Companies to Watch” Features Eleven Finovate Alums”
  • “Kabbage’s Fresh $135 Million to Help Grow Karrot Consumer Lending Platform”
  • “Hoyos Labs Unveils 4F Smartphone Authentication Technology”

Around the web

  • IDology makes an equity investment Payfone.
  • Insuritas to install insurance agency solution for MAC FCU’s 14,000+ members.
  • PocketSmith launches in Xero Add-On Marketplace.
  • Fidor Bank wins in two categories, Lending Club and Idea Bank both come in first, at BAI Retail Delivery’s Global Banking Innovation Awards.
  • WSJ features BehavioSec and Nymi in article “The Next Security Frontier: The Human Body”
  • mBank launches biometrics in its mobile application dedicated to corporate customers.
  • PYMNTS profiles Moven in the wake of its recent $12 million fundraising.
  • Markit unveils cloud-based, Know Your Third Party (KY3P) service to make it easier to manage third-party risk-processes.
  • Blackhawk Network and Stockpile partner to make eGift cards for stock available at select retailers in the U.S.
  • Meniga receives a World Summit Award for best technological solution in e-business and commerce.
  • TechCrunch: “Ping Identity Opens Up About Its Financials As It Eyes 2017 IPO”

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • SumUp Unveils New Financing of Undisclosed Amount
  • FinDEVr 2015: First Round of Presenting Companies Revealed
  • Ixaris Launches Initial Phase of Open Payment Ecosystem (OPE) Project

Around the web

  • Prosper to charge fee for investors who bundle loans into bonds.
  • Spreedly now supports third-party tokens.
  • US Bank signs five-year renewal for Fiserv digital payment suite, including CheckFree RXP, Popmoney, and TransferNow solutions.
  • LendingTree announces new CFO, COO, CTO, and CRO.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews Jonathan Hancock, TSYS director of fraud-management solutions.
  • Lending Robot launches new, default ‘fully automated’ mode, that allows users to set a risk profile on a slider bar.
  • Lending Club partners with nonprofit Opportunity Fund to feed loans rejected by Lending Club.
  • Backbase set to launch its first hackathon, 19/20 June 2015.
  • EuroNews features Kabbage, Lending Club, and On Deck.
  • Actiance launches Actiance Trusted Communities to enable companies to communicate with counterparts while meeting regulations.
  • Blackhawk Network to acquire Achievers Corp.
  • Global Debt Registry makes Account Extinguishment Reports (AERs) available free to consumers using its Debt Lookup service.
  • Top Image Systems Achieves Certification with PaperStream IP Image Enhancement Solution.

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

  • Glenbrook Partners’ whitepaper features PayNearMe.
  • mBank reports that six months after launching Light Branches, basic banking product sales have tripled in Light Branches compared to traditional branches.
  • PYMNTS features comments from Blackhawk Network, CashStar, FIS, SimplyTapp, and Vantiv on social commerce.
  • MasterCard partners with Premier Bank in expansion into Somalia.
  • Nomis Solutions launches upgrade of its price-optimization suite.
  • D3 Banking announces that its solution is now available in a hosted environment.
  • Blooom CEO and co-founder Chris Costello talks about his company’s relationship with Yodlee.
  • ThinkAdvisor features eMoney Advisor, Vanguard, Wealthfront, Betterment, FutureAdvisor, and Jemstep in a column on the changing environment for financial advisors.
  • Sonavation CTO Rainer Schmitt wins award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability.
  • TechCrunch features PayPal’s Venmo office.
  • Verizon Ventures welcomes SimplyTapp to its portfolio.
  • On the Money Radio’s Steve Pomeranz interviews MaxMyInterest CEO and founder Gary Zimmerman.

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.