CR2 Appoints Mike Brady COO

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A 25-year veteran of the technology sector, Michael Brady will be joining the CR2 team as Chief Operating Officer, a new position created within the company.

For the previous ten years, Brady was CEO of two start-ups he founded: Cibenix and Anam. Before that, he served as CEO of SSE, a subsidiary of Siemens.


Martin Dolan, CR2 CEO, said of Brady, “Mike brings with him a wealth of expertise spanning the full spectrum of disciplines including product management, sales, management, and a long history in the technology sector.”

Based in Dublin, Ireland, CR2 specializes in self-service banking solutions, helping banks provide robust multi-channel services to their clients and customers. 
The company demoed its BankWorld ATM Studio solution at FinovateFall 2013, and more than 100 banks in 60 countries around the world are currently using CR2’s banking innovations.
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Finovate Alumni News– December 19, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Chicago Tribune lists Planwise, SigFig, Jemstep and FindaBetterBank as tools to fix your finances.
  • peerTransfer announces record setting 2013, bringing total customer base to 400 institutions.
  • Tradeshift brings in $15 million of a $57 million equity round.
  • Trustev brings in $500k from Notion Capital, Adding to the $3 Million it Garnered in October.
  • Business2Community features PaySimple.
  • Allied Payment Network teaming up with ACI Worldwide to provide same day bill pay via PicturePay.
  • Klarna acquires Sofort to become 10% of Europe’s $100 billion e-commerce market.
  • Les Muma, former Fiserv CEO, to join board of directors of FIS.
  • UAE’s Bank of Sharjah to offer CR2’s BankWorld-powered mobile banking app.
  • ayondo announces new features including open positions in profile view.
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 18, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgDwolla launches Form Builder to enable users to build free custom payment forms.
  • Utah Valley Business Q Mag recognizes MoneyDesktop for its billboard advertising (see page 52-53).
  • Blue Coat and Check Point Extend Partnership on High-End X-Series Network Security Systems.
  • Payfone to use AT&T’s network data to enhance its mobile identity services.
  • Vovox and Emida partner to provide enhanced mobile payment options for users.
  • West – Aircomm FCU to offer PFM powered by Geezeo.
  • Mike Brady named COO at CR2.
  • MasterCard debuts MasterPass in Italy. 
  • Business Banking Review names Mitek-powered U.S. Bank Mobile Photo Bill Pay “Best Technology Initiative in 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.

CR2’s BankWorld Helps FIs Engage the Right Customer on the Right Channel

CR2high-res.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2013.

CR2 is making its way to the stage right now. The company is demoing its BankWorld ATM Studio.

“CR2 brings an innovative perspective to the ATM channel through a never seen before touchscreen interface inspired by kiosk and mobile practices. With CR2’s BankWorld, ATMs become interactive, promote cross-selling, and provide a unique, tailored customer experience.”
Product Launch: September 2013
Metrics: Over 100 banks in 60 countries have adapted CR2’s solutions. CR2 has a network of well-established offices strategically located in 6 countries: Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa, UAE, and Jordan with 180 employees.
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B) & licensed
HQ: Dublin, Ireland
Founded: 1997
Twitter: @CR2_Ltd
Presenting Lance Gourlay (CR2 Regional Director), Patrick Simons (Principal Consultant), and Eugene Podzorov (CR2 ATM Expert)

The full demo video will be available at in mid-September.

Meet the Innovators of FinovateFall 2013


FinovateFall 2013 is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start getting to know the entrepreneurs and innovators that will be presenting their technologies on stage in New York City in September.

Remember, the early bird deadline is this Friday, August 2nd. So to reserve your spot and register now.


Akimbo Financial offers a social bank account alternative that makes sharing money easier than ever.
authenticIDs identity tools pictureID and catfishID, are the most accurate, time-saving solutions for the forms of ID we already carry.
Backbase‘s Launchpad, the Commercial Banking Edition, making CFO’s work easier.
BehavioSec uses behavioral analytics to transparently tackle web and mobile security.
BillFloat revolutionizes credit delivery to consumers and businesses.
Biometric Signature ID has a patented software-only biometric for secure ID online verification.
BizEquity is the first and leading cloud-based business valuation engine, an innovative solution to small business lead generation.
Capital Access Network is the largest and most experienced small business finance specialist.
Cardlytics uses consumer purchase data to drive a patented advertising platform. Ads are so relevant–they’re expected. 
CoverHound is a comparison insurance adviser, helping people discover, buy, and manage insurance online.
CR2 is the innovative provider of self-service banking solutions including ATM, Internet, and mobile banking.
DoubleBeam‘s SDK powers mPayments inside other mobile apps, helping signup customers quickly and save a ton on the cost of payments.
FinanceIt offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing to their customers at the POS.
Financial Guard helps you protect your investments, providing online investment advice at the right price, finally.
Finect is the leading online network for the financial services industry.
Fiserv is a leading global technology provider serving the financial services industry, driving innovation in payments.
FlexScore “gamifies” financial planning, gives a “score” of your financial fitness, and provides education, advice, peer comparisons.
Float Money offers interest-free credit to members of its shopping club and financial health partners.
FutureAdvisor manages your investments for better returns, making quality financial advice available to everyone.
GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience.
Guide Financial is like a healthcheck for your finances – automatically scanning your accounts for ways you can earn or save more, and providing simple, easy fixes.
Ignite Sales is the leader in retail banking, customer acquisition, and retention technology.
Innovation Agency, where you can execute on your innovation mandate and unlock the wealth of ideas in your ecosystems.
Instabank – Beautiful money.
Interactions provides natural language Virtual Assistant application services for the automation customer care processes.
Jumio is a next generation credentials management company offering payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions.
Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interactions.
LearnVest empowers people everywhere to take control of their money and live their richest lives.
Level Money is a financial GPS, designed to replace budgeting.
Lighter Capital provides growth capital to technology companies in a highly-automated basis – Capital-as-a-Service.
Lumesis provides software for the fixed income municipal market. Compliance and credit-focused. 
Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world.
Manilla is the leading free and secure service to simplify and organize daily financial life.
MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry, operating the world’s fastest payments processing network.
mBank is the biggest, pure-play online bank and the third largest retail bank in Poland.
miiCard is the first digital identity verification service to prove ‘you are who you say you are’ entirely online.
Mitek is positioned as the leading innovator in mobile imaging software. 
MoneyDesktop empowers financial institutions to provide online/mobile banking experiences to promote personal financial intelligence.
Motif Investing is a thematic, customizable, low-cost and crowdsourceable ETF-like product that is disrupting investing economics.

Narrative Science
enables companies to uncover the insight hidden in their data and create new content at a scale and frequency never before possible.
Numbrs – One App – Every Bank.
P2P Cash is the mobile wallet with switch technology that allows us to aggregate all other mWallets and mobile financial services.
PayWith is powered by MasterCard. Funded by Merchants. Loved by Consumers.
PhonyInvoices provides invoice fraud detection and prevention. We check a company’s vendor lists and transactions for suspicious activity.
Place2Give provides valuable and trustworthy information to make the most impactful social capital investment decisions.
QuarterSpot lending platform delivers the lowest cost and most favorable term small business loans.
RevolutionCredit is a revolutionary solution that transforms the credit decisioning process for both creditors and consumers.
SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers.
SavedPlus is an automatic savings program that helps customers save money with every purchase.
Simple Verity provides business credit reports on any SMB in America.
Socure offers a social identity verification solution to combat the growing risk of online identity fraud for financial institutions.
SpearFysh leverages mobile, speech analytics, big data, and SaaS technology to improve sales processes and drive growth.
Spreedly provides vault cards in the cloud and work with more than 50 payment gateways.
StockSmart apps and platform offer insight and information on the world’s best companies and people.
StrategyCorps delivers local/mobile/social consumer checking solutions so appealing and relevant, your customers will gladly pay for them.
Tinkoff Credit Systems is Russia’s leading provider of online financial services.
TipRanks is a cloud-based service that measures the performance of anyone giving investment advice.
Toopher eliminates online fraud using your phone’s location. Simple, secure, your phone stays in your pocket.
Unleash is the cloud CFO that helps small businesses make better decisions faster.
VerifyValid and Deluxe are giving checks their first major upgrade in more than 200 years.
Versafe protects all users from all malware, threat types. On all devices, all transparently. 
WordSentry software analyzes messages during composition, identifying non-compliant components, for correction before sending.
Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data.
Yseop creates a new age where financial services delivered to customers are driven by AI and human collaboration.
Zenmonics is a global technology services and mobile product provider to the financial services market.
Zighra empowers banks and financial institutions to leverage implicit mobile user authentication and accelerate payments.
Zooz provides complete payment essentials at your fingertips: a robust set of tools that will improve the payment process.
Plus more stealth companies to be announced in the weeks to come.
To find out more about the upcoming FinovateFall 2013 event in New York, September 10 and 11, visit our FinovateFall information page here.

CR2 Presents Bank Personalization Solution in BankWorld

This post is a part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2013.

First up on the stage after the noon break is CR2, who is offering a unique way for financial institutions to get to know their customers better:


“Today banks have limited opportunities to personalize services across all self-service channels.

CR2 has designed BankWorld with powerful segmentation capabilities, enabling banks to design ATM, Internet, and mobile banking screens, products and services as well as interactive banners that can be delivered to a specific segment of customers and can be accepted instantly.

It allows banks to treat each customer as a unique individual and generate revenue from the self-service channels while improving customer satisfaction with a consistent and relevant offering. BankWorld simply helps turn self-service channels into self-selling channels.”

Product Launched: 1998

HQ Location: Dublin, Ireland
Company Founded: 1997
Metrics: 150 staff, with over 100 banks in 60 countries adopting CR2 solutions, offices in six countries
Presenting Javier Hermida (Senior Consultant) and Kieran Kilcullen (CCO)

CR2 Helps Africa’s Cashless Economy Move Forward

logo-cr2-mediapack.jpgMartin Dolan, CEO of CR2, made a number of interesting observations on mobile banking in a recent interview with

The topic of the conversation was the role CR2 is playing in the Cashless Lagos Project sponsored by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The goal of the project is to reduce the costs of handling cash, and to eliminate fraud in the system.

The following four points on the role of ATMs in countries like Nigeria were especially noteworthy.

  • By putting a “significantly bigger PC” inside the ATM, CR2 increases the ability of ATMs to do transactions more than five-fold.
  • The larger PC also enhances the ATM’s ability to interact with Internet and mobile channels.
  • In providing cardless access to ATMs, CR2 reduces reliance on often expensive-to-produce chip and PIN cards.
  • Maintaining low barriers to entry is important to customers even if KYC (“know your customer”) remains “the biggest problem” for mobile banking.

Dolan also noted that more than 95% of the transactions in Nigeria are via ATM according to the Nigerian Central Bank.  Be sure to check out CR2’s new banking technology at FinovateEurope next month in London!

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Finovate Alumni News– January 4, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBremer Bank to implement Fiserv’s mobile banking and payment technology.
  • Boeing Helicopters Credit Union moves to Andera’s oFlows for online account opening.
  • SaveUp launches a no spend challenge: a financial detox.
  • Pageonce featured in’s Top 10 Apps of the week.
  • Jwaala helps Michigan First Credit Union improve remote deposit capture services.
  • The Swedish Wire lists Klarna as one of Sweden’s more popular employers among young professionals. 
  • Nomis Solutions announces Global Pricing Forum in April.
  • Monitise appoints Brad Petzer as new CFO, Executive Director.
  • Alior Bank to deploy Comarch Smart Finance.
  • interviews CR2 CEO, Martin Dolan about Nigeria’s Cashless Lagos Project.
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.