Finovate Alumni News– March 18, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBella Dati opens office in Singapore.
  • Business solutions company Neopost USA to use Striata as its electronic document delivery partner.
  • Mitek facilitates more than $40 billion in check deposits.
  • GigaOM reports Braintree’s recent move overseas helps double its payments volume to $8B.
  • Blackhawk Network files for IPO of up to $200 million.
  • miiCard 1 of 50 listed on the 2013 FinTech 50 Watchlist, a list companies in Europe that are redefining financial services.
  • Kashoo to partner with InfoStreet’s SkyDesktop.
  • asks whether Klarna will become a “major player” in online 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 Alumni News– November 16, 2012

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  • Time Magazine looks at P2P lending strategies with Prosper and Lending Club.
  • ThreatMetrix Wins Bronze for the Enterprise Product of the Year in Best in Biz Awards 2012.
  • Blackhawk Network reaches multiyear agreement with Facebook gifting app, Wrapp.
  • Vestas Wind Systems signs with Tradeshift.
  • Bazaarvoice appoints CFO Steven Collins to CEO.
  • Acculynk announces First Data Corp Executive VP Mark Herrington to join Board of Directors.
  • TechCrunch: Flint Mobile exits beta to take on Square with its camera-based mobile payment app. 
  • Portfolio Football re-brands, officially launches Sports Lever.
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– November 9, 2012

  • Billcom adds open APIs to banking platform.
  • Blackhawk Network Announces New Financial Service Products in Canada.
  • Startup Central looks at Heckyl, Clari5 and BankBazaar at FinovateAsia.
  • VentureBeat considers SecondMarket’s partnership with Angellist.
  • M.O. interviews Constancio Larguia, CEO & founder of Weemba.
  • SiliconBeat looks at Personal Capital’s 401(k) product.
  • Kabbage Becomes Exclusive Funding Provider for Bonanza Sellers.
  • American Banker reports: Ties Cash-Flow Tools to Banks’ Small Business Software.
  • Finextra reports UBank gathers transaction data for spending comparison site.
  • ShopKeep POS announces entry into the quick serve market with full kitchen printing capabilities.
  • Mashable lists SimpleTuition, ReadyForZero, and as tools to help minimize student loan debt.
  • Capital Access Network moves Headquarters to NYC.
  • Crowdfund Insider reports SoMoLend Announces New York Expansion.
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’s GoWallet Enables Consumers to Manage All of Their Prepaid Cards in One Place


Then, Blackhawk Network launched GoWallet to give consumers one place to manage all of their prepaid cards:

“Blackhawk Network’s GoWallet technology provides a direct-to-consumer platform and interface that lets customers manage all of their prepaid cards in one place. The digital technology also allows consumers to purchase gift cards from their mobile device. The app will provide consumers with mobile access to their account information, special offers and coupons.”

Presented on: September 12, 2012
HQ Location: Pleasanton, CA
Company Founded: 2001
Metrics: 500+ employees
Finovate demo (demo video will be posted next week)

Introducing Tomas Campos (General Manager, Online & Mobile) and Sheila Andres (Director of Product Management Mobile and Online)

Finovate Alumni News– September 5, 2012

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  • Former E*TRADE General Counsel joins Lending Club as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
  • SecureKey teams up with Dell for private cloud expansion.
  • Safeway announces preparations for Blackhawk IPO. Come check out Blackhawk at FinovateFall.
  • Acculynk announces acquisition of PayLeap Gateway & Merchant Services.
  • Mootwin partners with Progress to build mobile apps.
  • Sacramento’s Fox40 interviews Priya Haji, SaveUp CEO.
  • South Metro FCU offers members mobile deposits through Cachet Financial Services. Come see Cachet at FinovateFall.
  • InComm announces minority investment by Warburg Pincus.
  • Tradeshift selected by UK-based strategic outsourcing & energy corp to implement e-invoicing 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.

FinovateFall 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 3

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Here is third and final look at the companies that will demo at FinovateFall September 12 &13 in NYC. Each company provided a short summary of the innovation they will debut on stage. In case you missed them, check out Sneak Peek Part 1 and Sneak Peek Part 2
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the hottest innovations in financial technology. Get your FinovateFall ticket here.

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Web-based attacks have been on the rise, and financial services is one of the primary targets of criminal, political, and chaotic actors. These attacks can cost institutions millions in lost transactions and business productivity each year, and even higher losses in their brand value and reputation. 
Akamai’s Kona Site Defender is the first cloud-based Web security solution to help financial services institutions protect against both large scale denial of service and sophisticated application-layer threats seeking to compromise their brands, applications, and associated data.
Innovation type: banking, online, security

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Banno brings instant pre-transaction insights derived from location, historical spending outliers and upcoming bills to its mobile experience.
When looking at bank statements, people naturally perform regression analysis and predictive modeling to find outliers in spending. In other words, Where did my money go? We feel that everyone needs more absolute data points to help in this decision process. Grip’s dashboard provides easy access to your immediate historical financial perspective, allowing insight into spending over time while exposing anomalies with transaction level patterns ordered by what’s most important today.
Innovation type: Mobile, payments, PFM


Gift cards represent an estimated $110+ billion business in 2012. Consumers have $40 billion in unspent funds and are clamoring for digital solutions as well as connections to their favorite brands. Increasingly, these branded currencies are becoming a larger portion of the commerce cycle and consumer wallets. Retailers, merchants, financial institutions, digital wallets and marketers are all looking to capitalize and participate in this space. 
At Finovate, Blackhawk is premiering its GoWallet Digital Services. These services help a host of digital players power deep engagement with consumers while creating new revenue streams through prepaid branded currencies.
Innovation type: Cards, mobile, rewards

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CK Mack announces the debut of its innovative investment platform featuring an investment product based on a tangible, insured asset; Rented Real Estate
Real Estate has been a haven for the wealthy investor since the dawn of time. Now anyone will be able to share in the cash flow of rental property without the high dollar buy-in previously needed to invest in this profitable market. Current low interest rates and market insecurity combine to make CK Mack an exciting option for portfolio diversification. 
Innovation type: Investing

Euronovate is a “Zero paper company” aiming to transform every legal paper signed into an ab-origine electronic document with the same legal validity in all verticals worldwide. The new Pad Ensign10 and software platform ENsoft provide better legal and security management for electronic signature.
Euronovate is the first company to offer an end-to-end approach with legal support for electronic signature rules, process reenginering, system integration, hardware, software platform and digital archiving. Customers benefit from lower costs, a more efficient process, and an overall better experience.
Innovation type: Back office, sales, security


Finovera is your free personal bookkeeper. It is the easiest and most convenient way to receive, organize and manage household bills, financial statements and important family documents – all in one secure digital file cabinet. Users link their accounts once, and Finovera automatically brings in new bills and statements, making bil
l workflow management hassle-free.
Finovera disrupts the old way of dealing with paper documents and brings the simplicity, efficiency and convenience to household information management. Finovera helps banks and credit unions to reduce customer service costs, increase customer satisfaction and deepens relationships to maximize customer wallet share.
Innovation type: Mobile, payments, PFM


The CHOICE direct-to-consumer model allows retail customers to create individualized savings and/or investment solutions from the convenience of any channel and device by selecting the term, guaranteed minimum rate, liquidity and source of additional potential return, all with the security of FDIC insurance, in a completely transparent, clear and honest manner.
Innovation type: Back office, banking, investing, mobile, online


See the next generation in knowledge-based authentication – a SaaS solution that allows businesses to present custom, out-of-wallet questions to consumers using their own data. 
IDology’s ExpectID Enterprise gives banks the ability to generate out-of-wallet questions using their internal proprietary customer transactional data located behind their firewall and without ever having to share that data with us. It is time to replace your shared secret questions (What is your mother’s maiden name?) with a higher security model that isn’t compromised by social media or vulnerable to account take overs. Be able to meet FFIEC compliance guidelines while creating a safer authentication method on high-risk transactions.
Innovation type: Identity, security

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See how the vexing problem of cross-channel integration has finally been solved! Financial institutions can now seamlessly connect the online and branch experience for consumers as they shop for financial products. 
A consistent consumer experience, easy ‘take your work with you’ cross channeling, best practice branch consultations, helpful product guidance, higher conversion rates, increased brand loyalty – just some of the many compelling benefits of Leadfusion’s new Cross Channel Selling solution. Unveiled publicly for the first time at FinovateFall 2012, from the leader in financial experience management.
Innovation type: Banking, marketing, sales

ManillaLogo.jpg is a free, award-winning service that helps consumers manage everything in their lives in one place. Using just one password, consumers can track their financial accounts, household accounts and utilities, subscriptions, daily deals, and travel rewards, all through or Manilla mobile apps. 
Manilla stores account documents, sends reminders to help avoid late fees, and gives consumers a complete overview of their accounts, all through a clean, simple interface. For businesses, Manilla decreases costs by moving customers to paperless billing, accelerates revenue by driving on-time payments, and offers a powerful marketing platform for businesses to engage their customers.
Innovation type: Communications, mobile, PFM

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MShift presents AnyWhereMobile: a new payment network that enables Community Banks and Credit Unions to become the issuers of mobile wallets. 
Simultaneously, the AnyWhereMobile payment network will multiply the net Interchange income of both debit and credit for Community Banks and Credit Unions, slash the merchant discount fees borne by merchants by more than half and eliminate the majority of fraud. The huge savings generated by AnyWhereMobile empowers merchants to generate more merchant-centric rewards and discounts for consumers.
Innovation type: Banking, cards, payments


PlayMoolah is on a mission to change the way kids and teens use their money! We design fun technologies for kids to experience money management to earn, spend, save, invest, and give. Through real dollars, real action, and real impact, we hope for kids to take control of their money, and become empowered by using it to live their dreams and create value for the world.
Innovation type: Marketing, online, PFM

Blackhawk Network to Implement Prepaid Resources’ BenefitsDirect Service

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Yesterday Blackhawk Network and Prepaid Resources announced a partnership in which Blackhawk Network will implement Prepaid Resources’ service, BenefitsDirect.

Through the partnership, Prepaid Resources will power BenefitsDirect, a service that allows cardholders to electronically enroll to have their federal benefits directly deposited onto their prepaid cards.

The service will benefit Blackhawk Network’s PayPower Visa Prepaid cardholders.

To learn more about Blackhawk Network and Prepaid Resources, get your ticket for FinovateFall in New York this September 12-13 to see their live demos.

Finovate Alumni News– July 24, 2012

  • Silver Tail Systems announces the availability of Forensics 3.0 software.
  • International utility, National Grid, selects Striata for email billing and transactional services.
  • Social Trading Guru describes Currensee’s new leverage option.
  • Kabbage rolls out new tagline and logo design.
  • InComm forms partnership with Plastic Jungle and Zeevex.
  • Check out the latest CEO interview with Figlo’s Albert van den Broek.
  • Blackhawk Network to implement Prepaid Resources’ BenefitsDirect service.
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.