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Blockchain

  • Visa (FD14) partners with blockchain innovator Chain (FD15) to develop a “near real-time,” high value, fund-transfer system between banks and corporate customers called Visa B2B Connect. The technology is expected to pilot in 2017 and could add much needed transparency and security, as well as speed, to B2B payments.
  • Five banks including Credit Suisse, Barclays, and Citi announce successful test of smart contract prototype developed by blockchain startup, Axoni. The project specifically tested ways to manage and synchronize single stock, index, and portfolio swaps.

Go East, Young Developer

  • Mizuho announces new innovation lab in Tokyo supported by Mitsubishi Estate and Dentsu. Remember that Finovate is headed to Hong Kong on 8 November for FinovateAsia 2016. Check out our FinovateAsia information page for details.

Payments

  • CVS Pharmacy launches mobile payment technology CVS Pay nationwide. The technology, part of CVS’s mobile app, incorporates payment, prescription pickup, and the pharmacy’s loyalty program.
  • Ingo Money unveils its Instant Payments, a white-label, API-based, push payments technology. According to Ingo founder and CEO Drew Edwards, the solution “makes it easy for any company to implement push payments quickly and begin originating real-time, guaranteed payments to any customer or employee within their own proprietary user flows and branded experience.”
  • Australia introduces the New Payment Platform (NPP), a version of the U.K.’s Faster Payments service. The real-time bank transfer service that works with just a phone number or an email address is expected to debut in 2017.
  • Android Pay goes live at more than 5,000 retail locations in Hong Kong, including 7-Eleven, McDonalds, and Circle K. The technology also supports gift and loyalty cards.

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  • Visa builds new blockchain payments platform, Visa B2B Connect, in partnership with Chain.
  • Wipro to acquire cloud services firm, Appirio, for $500 million.
  • Open source subscription billing and payments platform, Kill Bill, integrates with Dwolla.
  • Revolut wins Best New Customer Facing Innovation at Emerging Payments Awards 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

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  • Blackhawk Network Acquires Grass Roots for $118 Million
  • FutureAdvisor Brings RoboAdvisory to U.S. Bank Wealth Management

Around the web

  • Avoka reports record levels of orders for fiscal 2016. Join Avoka in New York for FinovateFall 2016 next week.
  • Financeit earns spot on the TechVibes’ Fintech Five.
  • Chain CEO Adam Ludwin warns against “blockchain hype” on Fortune.com.
  • Narrative Science teams up with Franklin Templeton Investments to bring Quill technology to their fund commentary process.
  • SmartyPig switches to Sallie Mae Bank to enable partial withdrawals, direct deposit, and to offer a higher interest rate.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrSV16-withdateOur FinDEVr New York developer showcase was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held 18/19 October in Santa Clara. Early bird tickets expire soon so register today to save your spot!

On FinDEVr.com

  • First Wave of FinDEVr Silicon Valley Presenters Revealed

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • NYMBUS Raises $12 Million in Round Led by Vensure  Enterprises
  • Braintree, Finicity, and Twilio Take Top Honors at API World Awards
  • Markit enhances WSO software suite to offer new levels of automation for syndicated loan market.

Alumni updates

  • National Bank of Kuwait goes live with Temenos Treasury Trader.
  • CardFlight to Power EMV Mobile Processing for BluePay
  • Trulioo announces enhancements to the global AML watchlist capabilities of its GlobalGateway platform.
  • Chain announces new partnership with Initiative for Cryptocurrency and Contracts (IC3).
  • Fintech News Switzerland highlights Currency Cloud in a look at London’s top rising fintech stars.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Fintech Trending: Alt Lending Woes, Asia Grows, and Everbank Exits
  • FinDEVr Alum UpGuard Raises $17 Million Series B
  • vaamo Partners with N26 (Formerly Number26)

Around the web

  • ayondo launches simulated trading app, the ayondo academy.
  • Chain announces new partnership with Initiative for Cryptocurrency and Contracts (IC3).
  • Shoeboxed launches Direct Downloads for reports.

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

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  • MoneyHub Teams Up with Unbiased to Help People Manage their Finances
  • Expensify Unveils ReceiptBurner and Price-to-Beat
  • Finovate Debuts: Walletron Helps Brands Build a Presence in Digital Wallets

Around the web

  • Concur to deploy SilverRail API to enable European travelers to search, plan, and schedule travel by rail.
  • CSI globalVCard moves global partnership-operations team to Dallas; Nan Dawson promoted to SVP of partnership operations.
  • Lending Club announces new Chief Capital Officer, Patrick Dunne.
  • CoinTelegraph names Braintree, Chain, and Ripple as three companies that will shape the future of money.
  • Sberbank Capitalizes On Pokémon Go Marketing Opportunity
  • Over the last year, 50 new customers added Guardian Analytics Wire to protect their customers from the Business Email Compromise scam.
  • Simple celebrates its 7th anniversary, now with 300,000 customers and a little over 300 staff.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrSV16-LogoV2(wdate)Our FinDEVr New York developer showcase last week was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today and save.

On FinDEVr.com

  • “What’s in a Name? Plaid Earns “Cool Vendor” Status from Gartner”
  • “Chain Launches Open Source Blockchain Protocol”

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • PayPal’s Venmo processed $3.2 billion in total payments volume in Q1 2016, an increase of 154% year-over-year.
  • Infosys Finacle teams up with Samsung SDS to give mobile banking customers better authentication technology.
  • A look at APIs in the robo-adviser industry by Bank Innovation underscores the role played by Xignite.
  • PYMNTS interviews Hyperwallet CEO Brent Warrington.

Alumni updates

  • Bluefin Payment Systems integrates Visa Data Secure Platform into its portfolio.
  • Xero for Payroll goes live in Pennsylvania, making the technology available in a total of 22 states.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Cardlytics Launches Syndicated Audiences”

On FinDEVr.com

  • Chain Launches Open Source Blockchain Protocol.

Around the web

  • ReadWrite features Tyfone’s launch of a new challenge at MIT focused on Internet of Things (IoT) security.
  • “Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche Receives Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award”
  • Cointelegraph interviews Alexander Vityaz, founder of Corezoid and head of e-commerce at PrivatBank.
  • PayPal’s Venmo processed $3.2 billion in total payments volume in Q1 2016, an increase of 154% year-over-year.
  • Infosys Finacle teams up with Samsung SDS to give mobile banking customers better authentication technology.
  • A look at APIs in the robo-adviser industry by Bank Innovation underscores the role played by Xignite.
  • “Kasasa Wins Multiple Hermes Creative Awards”
  • Pendo Systems unveils version 3.1 of its data exploration, discovery, and analysis platform.

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.

20 Alums Make the First Forbes Fintech 50

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There’s more to the Forbes Fintech 50 list than just an awesome logo featuring George Washington wearing wrap-around shades. Forbes compiled the list by soliciting information from 300 startups, then interviewing more than 150 CEOs, founders, and industry experts. To make the cut, companies were required to have operations in the U.S. and a viable product.*

Simply put, Forbes describes the companies on the list as “small firms destined to have a big impact on your financial future and possibly upend your portfolio.”

This year, 20 Finovate and FinDEVr alums made the cut:

Algomi

  • Founded: 2012
  • HQ: London
  • Funding: $30 million
  • Customers: 14 large banks and 140 buy-side firms
  • FinovateFall 2014 demo

Betterment

Braintree

Chain

Credit Karma

HelloWallet

  • Founded: 2009
  • HQ: Washington, D.C.
  • Exit: Purchased by Morningstar in 2014 for $52.5 million
  • FinovateFall 2015 demo

Kensho

LearnVest

  • Founded: 2009
  • HQ: New York City, New York
  • Exit: Purchased by Northwestern Mutual in 2015 for $250+ million
  • FinovateFall 2013 demo

Motif

Personal Capital

Plaid

Prosper

Quantopian

Ripple

Simple

TransferWise

TrueAccord

Vouch

Wealthfront

Xignite


*While the list excludes financial giants, Forbes included startups acquired by larger companies but operating independently.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “VATBox Wins Spot in Inaugural Global MasterCard Start Path Class”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Persistent Systems Introduces Social Payments Solution, BuddyPay

Around the web

  • Billhighway ranked number 398 fastest growing company in North America on Deloittes 2015 Technology Fast 500.
  • Inspirus Credit Union replaces its existing digital banking system with Alkami Technology’s ORB platform.
  • Corezoidpowered mobile Privat24 for Android lets users scan and digitize discount cards.
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Coinbase, Chain, Ripple, and ItBit in its roundup of top fundraising blockchain and bitcoin companies for 2015.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews Ripple CEO Chris Larsen on payment trends for 2016.
  • BBVA’s new release of BBVA Wallet enables users to redeem credit card rewards on the spot.
  • TokBox’s new developer toolkit brings voice and video chat to Apple TV apps.
  • Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer joins Wealthfront’s board of directors.

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.

FinDEVr Live: Chain.com Partners with Financial Institutions to Apply to the Blockchain

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www.chain.com | @chain

ChainLogoChain.com is the leading provider of blockchain solutions to financial institutions. Chain enables enterprises, including Nasdaq, First Data, and others, to issue, store, and transfer digital assets. Chain’s solutions reduce the cost and friction of moving assets and create new growth opportunities. The company is based in San Francisco.

The blockchain is eating financial services
Money is a special type of information, so it is no wonder that a new type of database would transform how it moves around the world. The blockchain is a shared database for financial instruments that is transforming how financial services companies store and move assets. Chain.com is at the leading edge of this transformation, and in this presentation, Chain’s team will share technical case studies of how they are partnering with financial institutions to apply the blockchain in different markets.

Key takeaways:

  • How the blockchain is being applied in financial markets
  • How Chain’s technology enables financial institutions to leverage digital assets
  • A special announcement from Chain

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Presenters:
Adam Ludwin, CEO
LinkedIn | @adamludwin | adam@chain.com
Adam Ludwin is the CEO and co-founder of Chain.com. Prior to Chain, Ludwin was a VC at RRE Ventures in New York City. Ludwin began his career at The Boston Consulting Group and IDEO. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a bachelor in science from University of California at Berkeley.

Devon Gundry, Co-founder