Five Finovate Alums Make Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies List for 2014

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Last year, Forbes selected four Finovate alums for its “America’s Most Promising Companies” roster.

This year, Forbes picked five.

Lending Club is back, the veteran of last year’s list climbing from a #12 ranking in 2013 to a #5 in 2014. Also returning is On Deck Capital, which soared from a #94 ranking last year to an #11 ranking this year.
When you look at the other alums to make the 2014 roster, it is clear that success in the lending  and capital-raising businesses are what bring in the votes over at Forbes. In addition to Lending Club and On Deck Capital, there is Kabbage coming in at #37. 

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Rank: #5
Revenue: $98 million
Employees: 379

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Rank: #11
Revenue: $65 million
Employees: 240

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Rank: #37
Revenue: $17 million
Employees: 80

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Rank: #81
Revenue: $16 million
Employees: 88

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Rank: #98
Revenue: $0
Employees: 12

Kony at #28, Five Other Finovate Alums Make Inc. 5000 for 2013

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Congratulations to six Finovate alums named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies.

The list included two Finovate alumni in the top 500: Kony Solutions (#28), and CashStar (#108). Prosper just missed the top 500, ranking #548. Also on the list were OnDeck (#660), Authentify (#2,328), and Capital Access Network (#4,535).

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Rank: #28
Description: Offers a codebase for developing mobile and multichannel applications

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3-year revenue growth: 79x (eg. 7,900%)
2012 revenue: $51.1 million
2009 revenue: $648,000
Employees: 1100
3-year employee growth: 1003
Founded: 2007
Additional honors: #2 Top 100 Software Companies, #4 Top 100 Florida Companies
Rank: #103
Description: Hosts and maintains a transaction platform for retailer-branded gift card programs
3-year revenue growth: 35x

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2012 revenue: $9.7 million
2009 revenue: $276,000
Employees: 96
3-year employee growth: 73
Founded: 2008
Additional honors: #6 Top 100 Software Companies, #3 Top 100 Maine Companies
Rank: #548
Description: Peer-to-peer lending marketplace
3-year revenue growth: 9.3x

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2012 revenue: $6.8 million
2009 revenue: $732,000
Employees: 84
3-year employee growth: 50
Founded: 2006
Additional honors: #36 Top 100 Financial Services Companies #97 Top 100 California Companies, #31 San Francisco Metro Area
Rank: #660
Description: Small business lender
3-year revenue growth: 8x

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2012 revenue: $36.7 million
2009 revenue: $4.6 million
Employees: 153
3-year employee growth: 117
Founded: 2007
Additional honors: #41 Top 100 Financial Services Companies, #40 Top 100 New York Companies, #5 New York City Metro Area
Rank: #2,328
Description: Delivers automated, multi-factor authentication services
3-year revenue growth: 2.6x

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2012 revenue: $14 million
2009 revenue: $5.5 million
Employees: 37
3-year employee growth: 13
Founded: 1999
Additional honors: #36 Top 100 Security Companies
Rank: #4,535
Description: Provides working capital and data services to small businesses
3-year revenue growth: 49%

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2012 revenue: $152 million
2009 revenue: $102 million
Employees: 425
3-year employee growth: 144
Founded: 1998

Finovate Alumni News– July 10, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgAuthentify launches security app for mobile devices, replacing passwords with digital images and spoken pass phrases.
  • Google Wallet’s “Buy with Google” promotion provides discounts via Android apps ranging from Airbnb to Uber.
  • IBS Intelligence ranks SAGE SA’s Prospero 2nd in 2013 Sales League Table.
  • Manilla’s activated user base surpasses half million mark.
  • CashStar announces new clients for its digital gifting program.
  • Moven’s beta program expands to add additional testers as company anticipates mobile signup by year’s end.
  • Bank Innovation reviews GoBank’s progress toward customer engagement and mobile centricity.
  • American Banker reports: Mitek Receives Patent for Mobile Card Balance Transfers.
  • SecondMarket launches General Solicitation solution in response to the SEC lifting of the ban on general solicitation by the JOBS Act.
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 11, 2013

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  • miiCard partners with authentication company, Toopher, to help users and businesses more effectively fight fraud and secure new services online.
  • BBVA Compass deploys Mitek’s Mobile Photo Bill Pay.
  • TIBCO Software acquires StreamBase Systems.
  • Kofax issued patent that covers sending receipt confirmation for a fax.
  • AU Arts Hub profiles Narrative Science’s approach to journalism.
  • Cashstar announces patent for virtual gift card technology.
  • Keynote brings MITE Enterprise, DeviceAnywhere Enterprise to UFT users.
  • Green Dot to acquire Walmart’s reloadable prepaid card business, MoneyCard.
  • Affinity Solutions raises more than $21 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– May 22, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgBangor Daily News blogger interviews CashStar CEO Steven Boal.
  • Service2Media announces implementation of mobile app development platform.
  • Locaid CEO Rip Gerber wins CTIA “Ingenious Innovator” award for product and service innovation.
  • Temenos unveils DataSource, their new enterprise data management system.
  • Take a peek at the new look of Comarch Smart Finance.
  • Swipely earns $12 million in Series B funding.
  • Big banks boost Capital Access Network’s lending capacity by more than 50%.
  • SimpleTuition announces $4 million Series D round.
  • Pandai brings on John Porter as Chairman.
  • PandoDaily reports: Google closes Checkout, pushing thousands of merchants into Braintree’s arms.
  • Arxan’s mobile app integrity protection platform now supports the Tizen OS, protecting Tizen apps from cyber threats.
  • eToro reaches 50 million trades landmark.
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 17, 2013

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  • Serverside Group grants license for its US card customization patents to financial services provider, DimpleDough.
  • CashStar announces year-over-year growth in Mother’s Day eGifting cards sold.
  • MobilePaymentsToday takes a look at Zooz In-Ad Payments service.
  • FlexScore provides waiting list for access codes to beta version of their web-based financial advisor platform.
  • American Banker features crowdfunders LendUp and Realty Mogul.
  • TransCard congratulates technology partner FamZoo on winning FinovateSpring 2013 honors.

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, 2013

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  • Expensify adds corporate card reconciliation for more banks, including Wells BofA, and Citi. See Expensify’s demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Forbes interviews Marc Gorlin, co-founder of Kabbage. See Kabbage’s new tech next week at FinovateSpring.
  • PayNearMe hires Billy Robbins, former VP of PFM at Wells, as its VP of business development. Come see PayNearMe’s demo at Finovate.
  • Kashoo tops 100,000 registered users and more than 50,000 iPad downloads of its cloud accounting app.
  • PaymentsSource interviews CashStar chief marketing officer Gene Cornfield on mobile commerce.
  • Kalixa to become its own company, separating from Bwin.
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 1, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgExpensify makes Reconciliation and Central Administration features available for American Express corporate cardholders.
  • Micronotes providing series of marketing campaigns for USAlliance FCU to help cross-selling efforts.
  • Palo Alto Software announces launch of EntrepreWorld, a virtual environment to test business plans in a virtual world of avatars. Come see Palo Alto demo its latest technology at FinovateSpring.
  • Consumers CU chooses Andera’s oFlows platform for online account opening and lending.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Molly Gregg Otter as Vice President.
  • Bloomberg looks at how Jemstep, SigFig, and FutureAdvisor help manage your portfolio online. See Jemstep’s new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Forbes takes a close up look at London’s FinTech Innovation Lab, including participants BehavioSec, Kiboo, and Open Bank Project.
  • Huff Post blog considers Lighter Capital’s Revenue Loans as alternative to VC funding.
  • GCN looks at Dwolla’s use in government.
  • Huff Post blog considers automated report-writing software company, Narrative Science. See its new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • MyBankTracker reviews Tuition.io.
  • Y C Universe profiles Trust Egg. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • MicroStrategy signs technology alliance agreement with MapR.
  • Berry Review takes a look at Pageonce Money and Bills on Blackberry 10.
  • Times of India highlights Klarna’s growth in Europe.
  • Incentive Mag previews the launch of CashStar’s table gifting solution.
  • Eye Verify announces results from biometric standard, performance and assurance lab survey. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • IntelliResponse selected by KMWorld as one of “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” for 2013. Come see them in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially ‘opened the doors‘ to On Deck Capital’s new NYC HQ.
  • Global Payments and edo Interactive launch pilot for card-linked offers network.
  • Boston Business Journal interviews Leaf CEO Aron Schwarzkopf. See Leaf’s demo 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.

Finovate Alumni News– March 11, 2013

  • American Banker reports: Union Bank signs up for Fiserv’s Bill Pay.
  • Bolstr featured on MSNBC’s Your Business.
  • Backbase gives a glimpse of the Digital Marketing Module it showed at FinovateEurope.
  • Triple Pundit looks at how the SEC is holding SoMoLend and other debt/equity crowdfunding platforms hostage.
  • USA Today considers Lending Club’s success.
  • CIO lists Expensify as 1 of 3 apps to help at tax time.
  • BellaDati releases updates to its platform.
  • Credit Karma launches app for Android.
  • Med Gadget interviews Diversinet CEO, Dr. Hon Pak.
  • Finextra reports Geezeo signs 1st United Services Credit Union.
  • CashStar announces availability of tablet gifting.
  • Android, iOS updates now provide card-to-card payments with Pageonce.
  • Dough Roller blog names PocketSmith one of the best calendar-based personal finance apps.
  • Continuity Control to partner with cbanc Network to provide regulatory briefing via RegAdvisor.
  • Koolspan and DeviceFidelity team up to build TrustSleeve, bringing microSD-based voice encryption to the iPhone.
  • Locaid and Life360 join forces to help parents stay in touch with their kids.
  • The Financial Brand highlights 50 of the most spectacular website designs in banking: Simple (formerly BankSimple), Standard Chartered, Mint, & Moven. See Netbanker’s take on the list here.
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 1, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMetaforic’s self-defending software immune system named the Gold winner by Info Security Products Guide’s 2013 Global Excellence Awards.
  • Worldwide Insure names Expensify the February Travel App of the Month.
  • TIO Networks expands Services with First Data’s Money Network Prepaid Services.
  • Bloomberg Television interviews Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski.
  • CashStar co-founder, CEO David Stone to lead panel on mobile shopping and gifting at Prepaid Expo.
  • AEGON Turkey insurance sales processes go mobile with Figlo tablet solution.
  • Lending Club appoints former Visa President as Director.
  • Apps from BBVA Compass, Pageonce, and Simple highlighted in American Banker’s list of the top ten, most progressive mobile banking apps.
  • My Money Blog reviews Jemstep Portfolio Manager.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Birdback, Nicolai Watzenig named guest speaker at eDeal Summit.
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.