Finovate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Qumram wins “Most Innovative FinTech” at 4th Annual WealthBriefing Swiss Awards for 2017.
  • Jack Henry presents newlly-resdesigned Banno website.
  • Intuit deploys VersaPay ARC for its SME customers and accountant clients.
  • ChartIQ to provide Fidessa with HTML5 charting options. See ChartIQ at FinDEVr New York next month.
  • Temenos acquires long-time partner Rubik Financial for $50 million.
  • Dwolla looks at how Bento used Access API for ACH-powered fund transfer to develop its platform.
  • Clutch recognizes Softjourn as one of the top web and software developers in the Ukraine. Join Softjourn in New York next month for our developer’s conference, FinDEVr.
  • PYMNTS.com features CSI globalVCard on the eve of its global expansion.
  • Credit Karma unveils new free tax preparation 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Nutmeg Closes $14.6 Million Series D Round”

Around the web

  • Taulia reaches supply chain finance into aerospace sector.
  • The New York Times highlights Credit Karma and Mint.

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.

Credit Karma Launches Free Tax Filing Service

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Consumer-facing credit monitoring site Credit Karma is celebrating Christmas a bit early this year, but the presents its 60 million users will receive won’t be wrapped. The San Francisco-based company launched a new (and free) tax-return preparation offering this week to complement its flagship, free credit-score monitoring, as well as its loan- and credit-card comparison technology.

The new solution is powered by Credit Karma’s recent acquisition of online tax preparation and filing company AFJC Corporation, which sold co-branded and private-label tax services under the names OnePriceTaxes and Tax Preparer Solutions. New and existing users will have access to free tax filing in January 2017, just in time for tax season. According to Forbes, 90% of Americans will be able to file their taxes using the new tax-filing suite. The remaining 10% have complicated taxes for which the typical 1040 form is not suitable.

In a blog post announcing the service, Credit Karma CEO Ken Lin was eager to highlight that the service is free. He said, “We don’t have a paid version of our product nor are there confusing packages or versions to trick you into paying. It’s just one simple and truly free solution. And over time, we believe the integrations and insights will make your taxes even easier.”

Credit Karma is seeking to position itself as a financial assistant. As Lin explains, “We can monitor your credit, advise you on how to make good financial decisions and suggest better cards, loans and insurance products for you.” Since Credit Karma gets paid when customers sign up for a third-party’s product on its site, it makes sense for the company to offer another product to entice new users and to get existing users to spend more time on its website.

While the new tax offering doesn’t cost much for Credit Karma to maintain, it did take some time and effort to build. The profit will come in the form of client data. By leveraging income data in users’ tax returns, the company can make better recommendations for credit cards and loans to drive sales for partner companies including Payoff and Upstart for loans and Chase and Barclaycard for credit card offers.

Since launching in 2007, Credit Karma has raised $368.5 million and is valued at $3.5 billion. It offers free credit reports from Equifax and Transunion and seeks to serve as a hub for users to monitor their financial health. Last month, Credit Karma expanded operations to Canada, its first market outside the U.S. The company’s CEO Ken Lin debuted its Debt Manager at FinovateSpring 2009.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: BondIT Helps Relationship Managers Focus on the Relationship”
  • “Finicity Scores $42 Million Series B in Round Led by Experian
  • “Credit Karma Launches Free Tax Filing Service”

Around the web

  • Vasco to power multifactor authentication for BankMobile.
  • Engadget interviews Bo Lu, CEO of FutureAdvisor.
  • Micronotes launches Enterprise 4.0 platform that helps convert digital banking traffic into personal conversations and sales.
  • FIS establishes partner network for early-stage fintech companies.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Stuart Lacey, Trunomi CEO and founder.
  • Blackhawk Network to integrate gift cards, loyalty, and rewards into Apple Pay.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • “Western Union Takes Strategic Stake in Walletron

Around the web

  • Fiserv launches Prologue Risk Manager to streamline and simplify compliance.
  • RAGE Frameworks unveils LiveSpread, an AI solution to aid in processing of financial documents for credit analysis.
  • The Beast Apps introduces comprehensive MiFID II compliance-integration solution, Minotaur.
  • Scalable Capital launches Android app in the U.K.
  • Hyperwallet begins 24/7 support amidst launch of new Austin contact center.
  • Xero interviews David Barrett, CEO and founder of Expensify.
  • Heckyl wins Government of Ontario’s Next Big Idea 2016 contest
  • Kabbage named one of the best places to work in the U.S. for 2017.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Five Degrees Raises $10 Million in New Funding”

Around the web

  • Through partnerships with Arvest Bank and First Tennessee Bank, D3 Banking adds 1+ million users to its digital banking platform.
  • Jack Henry partners with Early Warning to offer P2P payment service Zelle to FI clients.
  • TIS deploys cloud-based forms-processing integrated with Salesforce for electricity supplier Powercor Australia.
  • Credit Karma expands operations to Canada.
  • Lending Robot files to form pooled investment fund.
  • Xero launches Xero HQ for accountants and bookkeepers.

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.

H2 Ventures and KPMG Unveil 2016 Fintech 100

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H2 Ventures and KPMG have released their Fintech 100 roster for 2016. Divided equally between 50 “industry leaders” and 50 “emerging stars,” the roster features 17 Finovate/FinDEVr alums in the first category, and 10 in the second. Calling its roster a “celebration” of the most compelling innovators in this “bold new space,” the H2 Ventures/KPMG 2016 Fintech 100 covers a variety of different shades of fintech:

  • Lending (32 companies)
  • Payments (18 companies)
  • Insurance (12 companies)
  • RegTech (9 companies)
  • Data & analytics (7 companies)
  • Wealth management (6 companies)
  • Blockchain (5 companies)
  • Digital currency (5 companies)
  • Capital markets (3 companies)
  • Crowdfunding (2 companies)
  • Accounting (1 company)

And here is a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums fared. Earning recognition among the companies in the Leading 50 group are:

Also noteworthy in the Leading 50 are Ant Financial, which acquired Best of Show-winning EyeVerify in September 2016, and Avant, which acquired Finovate alum ReadyForZero in the spring of 2015.

Additionally, Finovate/FinDEVr alums earning spots in the Fintech 100’s 50 Emerging Stars roster were:

The H2 Ventures/KPMG report includes a geographic breakdown of the 2016 Fintech 100, as well as a set of key takeaways such as increased geographic diversification, the return of lending, the continued ascent of Insurtech, and the appearance of RegTech. The report also notes that China now has four out of the top five companies in the report’s top 10, and eight companies in the top 50. The report says funding for fintech “continues to rise,” and its authors cite more than $14 billion in capital was raised by the Fintech 100 in the past year.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finicity Unveils New ACH Account Verification API

Around the web

  • OutsideIQ and Pegasystems team up to help FIs meet KYC requirements.
  • Misys launches Platform-as-a-Service strategy by opening its FusionFabric platform to third parties.
  • Credit Karma reaches 60 million users; to begin offering mortgages.
  • ACI Worldwide to offer cloud-based payment-connectivity to SWIFT.

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.

San Francisco Times Recognizes Credit Karma as Best Fintech Company

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The San Francisco Business Times last week announced winners of its Tech and Innovation Awards honoring the Bay Area’s most innovative and enterprising technology companies. Finovate alum Credit Karma was named Best Financial Technology Company, one of 25 winners.

Credit Karma was selected from an applicant pool of more than 300 companies in 11 categories who were judged based on their growth, differentiation from competitors, and how well they are revolutionizing their space.

Shortly after the awards announcement the SF Business Times published a piece about Credit Karma’s success. The article boasts that the San Francisco-based company is the third highest-valued venture-backed U.S. financial company, and has achieved this status with a business model that gives away a service for free.

In the piece, the SF Business Times notes a few key stats:

  • $3.5 billion valuation
  • Counts 50 million users in the U.S. (that’s 1 in 4 American adults)
  • $368.5 million in funding
  • 400 employees (up from 27 five years ago)
  • Founded in 2009

Credit Karma debuted its Debt Manager at FinovateSpring 2009, and has since come a long way. In addition to providing free credit scores that pull data from Equifax and TransUnion, the company helps consumers manage their financial health. The site hosts tools, such as a credit-score simulator, a debt-repayment calculator, and home affordability information, that empower users to make good decisions about their finances.

Credit Karma makes money by partnering with lenders and credit card companies to pitch tailored product suggestions based on a consumer’s financial health. Partner sites include Payoff and Upstart for loans and Chase and Barclayard for credit card offers.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “San Francisco Times Recognizes Credit Karma as Best Fintech Company”

Around the web

  • Markit partners with BitSight Technologies to enhance its Know Your Third Party (KY3P) platform.
  • Coinbase launches Buy widget to create a better Bitcoin buying experience.
  • Wipro open sources its big data solution, Big Data Ready Enterprise (BDRE).
  • itBit publishes its Bitcoin OTC Market Recap for March.
  • American Banker looks at the relationship between EyeVerify and Wells Fargo.
  • Money Q&A reviews Wall Street Survivor.
  • AltFi investigates how the loan-validation expertise of Global Debt Registry might help the P2p lending market.
  • Q2 subscribes to FI Navigator’s cloud-based mobile banking module.
  • Top Image Systems delivers $100,000 eFLOW project to subsidiary of a national postal service group in Asia-Pacific.
  • Barron’s features Student Loan Genius and PayActiv as employee benefits aimed at millennials.
  • Xero featured as one of first New & Notable Apps on Google Apps Marketplace.
  • SF Business Times features CEO Talbott Roche of Blackhawk.

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

On Finovate.com

  • “TIO Networks Rebrands Consumer-Facing Billpay Site Chargesmart.com to TIO.com”
  • Check out today’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “Hip Money Launches Kickstarter Campaign”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Scalable Capital Brings Advanced Risk Management to Robo-Advisory.

Around the web

  • PYMNTS breaks down its discussion with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit partners with PayNearMe to reduce cash handling by transit operators.
  • CSI globalVCard partners with MacNair Travel Management to bring virtual card payment solution to travel managers and procurement professionals.
  • Bangkok Bank’s mobile P2P service is powered by Mobiliti Edge from Fiserv.
  • FIS earns top honors at 2016 PYMNTS Innovator Awards and 2016 Pay Awards.
  • Credit Karma to deploy Anodot’s automated analytics and anomaly-detection technology.
  • Capriza names Lance Walter as its new chief marketing officer.
  • Payments Journal features Jorgen Nordin, CIO of Fastacash.
  • The Maven’s SME column interviews Ben Geoghegan, Currency Fair co-founder.

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.

Marketplace Lending Power 20 List Honors 8 Alums

Power20This week, small business lender Mayava Capital honored the most influential people in small business lending in its Marketplace Lending Power 20 awards.

Representatives from eight Finovate alums were ranked among the group who are, as Mayava puts it, “redefining lending, resurrecting small businesses across the country, and consequently rebuilding the American economy, one loan at a time.” For more information about the awards, check out What Powers the Power 20.

The recipients in order of rank:

Lending Club CEO and Founder Renaud Laplanche
Rank: #1

Lending Club’s FinovateSpring 2009 demo

Prosper CEO Aaron Vermut
Rank: #5

Prosper’s FinovateSpring 2009 demo

OnDeck Capital CEO Noah Breslow
Rank: #8

OnDeck’s FinovateSpring 2012 demo

OnDeck’s FinDEVr New York 2016 presentation

Kabbage COO and Co-founder Kathryn Petralia
Rank: #9

  • Has grown to 80 employees since launching in 2009
  • Has gained 100,000+ customers
  • Has furnished almost $1 billion in loans

Kabbage’s FinovateSpring 2015 demo

Kabbage’s FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presentation

Credit Karma CEO and Founder Kenneth Lin
Rank: #10

  • Ranked a top-free finance app in iTunes
  • Serves 50+ million users
  • Founded in 2007

Credit Karma’s FinovateSpring 2009 demo

LiftForward President and CEO Jeffrey Rogers
Rank: #17

  • Has secured credit facilities of up to $250 million
  • More than 70% of the company’s SMB borrowers return for a second loan

LiftForward’s FinovateFall 2015 demo

Patch of Land former CEO* and Co-founder Jason Fritton
Rank: #18

  • Formed the idea of the company in 2011 to help Chicago recover from the real estate crash
  • Since launching in 2013, has funded 217 loans totaling $97 million
  • Has returned $25 million to investors

Patch of Land’s FinovateFall 2014 demo

Lendio CEO and Founder Brock Blake
Rank: #20

  • Has helped more than 500,000 small business owners secure loans since launching in 2005
  • Holds a database of more than 3,500 active U.S. lenders
  • Recognized as one of Utah’s fastest growing companies in 2011

Lendio’s FinovateSpring 2011 demo


*Just this week Patch of Land appointed Paul Deitch, former managing director of Oaktree Capital Management, to take Fritton’s place as Patch of Land CEO.