Finovate Alumni News– May 8, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBoku partners with Deutsche Telekom to power the MNO’s payments offerings, provide it with a mobile app, and give customers the ability to pay for digital goods and services simply using their existing mobile phone account.
  • ProfitStars named among the 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky.
  • American Banker: Andera Acquisition to Bolster Bottomline’s Digital Banking Business.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions files initial registration statement with the SEC looking to raise $20 million through a public stock offering.
  • MasterCard Accelerator for European startups announces May 16 deadline.
  • Motif Investing raises $35 million in move toward wealth management market.
  • RevolutionCredit announces $10 million investment from Accion Venture Labs.
  • Coinbase’s acquisition of Kippt to bring usability to bitcoin.
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 — March 26, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgProfitStars’ Gladiator ranks #36 in MSPmentor’s top 501 managed service providers.
  • Kofax Mobile Capture platform wins “Elegant Implementation” category of Housing-Wire magazine’s HW TECH 100.
  • Online TV host Doug Sleeter interviews Xero CEO, Rod Drury.
  • Jumio wins 2014 METAward in “established” category.
  • miiCard bringing its ID verification technology to eMerchantPay.
  • WTOP News asks: is the credit card with keypad from Dynamics is the “card of the future”?
  • MasterCard selects Anna Yip as head of Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Digital Insight to expand online banking portfolio to include shared access and small business payments. Come see Digital Insight demo at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Kraken, the digital currency exchange platform used by Fidor Bank, raises $5 million.
  • ZipZap pauses UK cash-to-bitcoin transfers through its platform.
  • Boku partners with sunhill technologies to enable direct global carrier billing for sunhill’s 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– December 23, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCaixaBank taps Oracle for strategic Big Data project.
  • Boku announces partnership with SingTel to bring carrier billing-based mobile payments to Singapore.
  • Forbes profiles Ping Identity and its CEO Andre Durand.
  • The Sunday Times features peer-to-peer lender, Zopa.
  • Mobiliti from Fiserv named Top Customizable Solution in Javelin Strategy & Research Annual Mobile Banking Vendor Scorecard.
  • Fiserv’s Mobiliti platform received 4 Best in Class distinctions in CEB TowerGroup global mobile technology analysis.
  • Dashlane speaks Spanish, supports IE11, and more.
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 22, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPrepaid MasterCard cardholders now able to reload at Walmart stores courtesy of Green Dot network.
  • LendUp iPhone app enables mobile borrowing.
  • YouthTech column on ramification in banking features IND Group.
  • Boku furthers its Global Reach with Acquisition of Qubecell 
  • Taulia named 2013 Red Herring Global 100 Winner.
  • Vix Technology partners with InComm to Support First of Its Kind, Transit Fare Media.
  • Banking Technology features Doug Brown, SVP, eBanking at FIS, on the topic of mobile banking.
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.

Boku Furthers its Global Reach with Acquisition of Qubecell

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Since its inception, global mobile payments company Boku has raised a total of $75 million from investors like Andreessen Horowitz and Khosla Ventures. 

Now the California-based company is putting some of that cash to use with its recently announced acquisition of Qubecell, an India-based mobile billing aggregator.

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In India’s fragmented carrier billing market, Qubecell is the biggest player in the nation, and has partnerships with 4 of the countries’ largest carrier networks, which have the potential to reach 75% of the mobile phone users in the nation.

According to TechCrunch, the acquisition, which is Boku’s first, will not only help it move into the India market, but will also give it access to Qubecell’s engineering talent. It also opens the door to additional global markets such as Asia and the Middle East.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Boku took the stage at FinovateEurope 2011 where it demonstrated its mobile payment service.

Finovate Alumni News– October 31, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgIntuit to acquire FullSlate, an online scheduling company.
  • Boku partners with PassportParking, enabling consumers to pay for parking using their mobile number, and billed to carrier billing statement.
  • American Banker comments on the savings strategies of SaveUp, Betterment’s ImpulseSave, and Social Money.
  • FIS study reports: Customer engagement in real-time payments requires mobility and convenience.
  • CurrencyFair featured in prime time on Irish television news.
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– June 7, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgXero and Stripe partner to simplify online payments for small businesses.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Mitek Launches V 2.0 of Mobile Photo Bill Pay solution.
  • Boku teams with PlayJam to bring mobile payments to smart TVs.
  • SimpleTuition partners with College Parents of America to bring student loan and loan comparison insight from SimpleTuition its members.
  • Creditnet.com ranks the Best Personal Finance Software of 2013 (So Far): 1) Personal Capital, 2) Mint.com 3) ReadyForZero.
  • Emida adds Colombia to list of operating countries.
  • Kofax launches Analytics for Capture business intelligence solution.
  • Pymnts.com interviews TransferWise co-founder Kristo Kaarmann.
  • RightStartups takes a look at Betterment as a “new concept in a very traditional industry.”
  • Dynamics launches “Everything Else is Just Plastic” TV Ad.
  • TradeBox Media reviews Zooz’s retail app plug-in.
  • International Business Times looks at how Arxan’s technology is used to protect mobile banking apps from attacks.
  • Newfination interviews Uri Gruenbaum, co-founder and CEO of TipRanks.
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– April 16, 2013

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  • Upstart Business Journal features SeedInvest. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco in May.
  • Experian announces acquisition of Decisioning Solutions.
  • Volunteer Federal Savings Bank and Peoples Bank of the South choose Jack Henry Banking for  enterprise-wide automation.
  • GFT Blog interviews Matthias Kroner, chairman of the Fidor management board for Fidor Bank.
  • Authentify placed in Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for User Authentication.” 
  • Boku partners with Bigpoint SARL and Co to allow users to make virtual payments.
  • Kony Solutions partners with Blue Shield of CA to develop and deploy apps on the KonyOne Platform.
  • miiCard adds YubiKey Authentication to online identity proofing solution.
  • SF Gate lists Mint and Expensify as 2 of 4 services to keep tax records organized.
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 Make America’s Most Promising Companies List

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAccording to Forbes, four of the 100 most promising companies in the United States right now aren’t just fintech companies. They are Finovate alumni, as well.

Of the four, Lending Club is the highest rated, earning the number 12 spot in Forbes‘s “America’s Most Promising Companies” roster. Also making the top 50 was Boku, with alumni On Deck Capital and Swipely helping round out the list.
Interestingly, Swipely CEO Angus Davis recently made a “most promising” list of his own.  Davis was featured along with more than 20 of his peers in a profile of “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35” also compiled by Forbes.
Here’s a closer look at the alumni featured.
  • Rank: 12
  • Revenue: $16 million
  • Employees: 125
  • Demo video
  • Rank: 38
  • Revenue: $195 million
  • Employees: 115
  • Demo video
  • Rank: 94
  • Revenue: $37 million
  • Employees: 152
  • Demo video
  • Rank: 95
  • Revenue: $1 million
  • Employees: 36
  • Demo video

Finovate Alumni News– January 31, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTechCrunch reports Braintree’s New Payments Layer Lets Users Sign Up For Apps Without Re-Entering Their Credit Card Data.
  • Mitek and Allied Payment Network Expand Availability of Mobile Photo Bill Pay.
  • Backbase and iQStore sign partnership agreement for Russian market.
  • Xero integrates with Harvest, a time tracking and invoicing software company.
  • CNBC’s Squawk on the Street features BOKU.
  • HID Global partners with BehavioSec to improve fraud detection system.
  • FIS acquires mFoundry for $120 million.
  • Facebook integration, customer management features added to Flint mobile app.
  • ACI Worldwide to buy Online Resources for more than $120 million.
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– January 24, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe WSJ looks at angel investing via SecondMarket.
  • BOKU announces mobile payments partnership with U.S. Cellular.
  • In 4Q 2012, peerTransfer partnered with 51 schools. Over 25% of international students in the U.S. can pay their education expenses using peerTransfer.
  • TSYS announces partnership with Priority Payment Systems.
  • Jim Offerdahl appointed as new Bazaarvoice CFO.
  • Credit Agricole is the first bank in Portugal to provide contactless cards.  See their demo at FinovateEurope in February!
  • Keynote offers free mobile testing via DeviceAnywhere.
  • American Banker reports: Iowa Bank Creates Digital Identities from Fingerprints & Photos using TASCET’s Financial ICONN software.
  • VentureBeat reports BBVA pools $100 million fund to invest in fintech startups. Come see BBVA’s live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • Credit.com announces “best balance transfer card” as part of Best Credit Cards in America series.
  • TrueOffice announces $3 million raised in Series A financing.  Catch their demo at FinovateEurope in February.
  • Access Development launches “Savings Across America” customer incentive product.
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.

2012 Funding for Finovate Alumni– More than $450 Million Raised

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHere is a list of all the funding Finovate alumni received over the course of 2012.  

After an impressive 2011, where more than $423 million was raised, 2012 was even better, with more than $450 raised.
A few stand-out metrics for the year:
  • A total of 44 companies received funding, some more than once in 2012
  • Combined, more than $450 million was raised
  • The best quarter for raising capital was the first quarter when more than $150 was raised
  • The biggest funding month this year was March, with more than $68 million raised by three companies
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received.
January — $25 million raised by 3 companies
Currensee: $2 million — blog post
Finsphere: $11.3 million — blog post
HelloWallet: $12 million — blog post
February — $57 million raised by 5 companies
Capital Access Network: $30 million — blog post
Dwolla: $5 million — blog post
Jemstep: $6 million — blog post
Kabbage: undisclosed — blog post
Xero: $16.6 million — blog post
March — $68 million raised by 3 companies
Boku: $35 million — blog post
eToro: $15 million — blog post
ThreatMetrix: $18 million — blog post
April — $2.5 million raised by 1 company
miiCard: $2.5 million — blog post
May — $55.5 million raised by 5 companies
Kony: $15 million – blog post
Pindrop Security: $1 million — blog post
SecureKey: $30 million — blog post
SoMoLend: $1.17 million — blog post
Yodlee: $8.3 million — blog post
June — More than $62 million raised by 8 companies
Affinity Solutions: $14.5 million — blog post
Arroweye Solutions: $3 million — blog post
Cartera Commerce: $12.2 million — blog post
Credit Sesame: $12 million — blog post
Doughmain: undisclosed — blog post
Lending Club: $15 million — blog post
Nutmeg: $5.3 million — blog post
Planwise: $200,000 — blog post
July — $6 million raised by 2 companies
Continuity Control: $1 million — press release
SaveUp: $5 million — blog post
August — More than $49 million raised by 6 companies*
DemystData: undisclosed — blog post
FutureAdvisor: $5 million — blog post
FreeMonee: $34 million — blog post
The Currency Cloud: $3.1 million — blog post
CashStar: $5 million — blog post
Continuity Control: $2.25 million — blog post
September — More than $59 million raised by 5 companies
Banno: $2 million — press release
Betterment: $10 million — press release
Edo Interactive: $15 million — press release
Fuze Network: $2.5 million — press release
Kabbage: $30 million — blog post
October — $37 million raised by 2 companies
The Currency Cloud: $1.9 million — blog post
Braintree: $35 million — blog post
November — More than $23 raised by 4 com
panies
ActivePath: $10 million — blog post
Jingit: $7 million — blog post
Bazaarvoice: $6.7 million — blog post
Xero: $49 million — blog post
December — More than $16 million raised by 4 companies
Waspit: $3 million — blog post
Controlabill: $570,000 (A$600,000) — blog post
Zopa: undisclosed — blog post
ShopKeep POS: $10 million – blog post
Clover Networks: $3.3 million – blog post
*In addition to the companies listed for August, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments.
Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at Julie@Finovate.com or David@Finovate.com.