Finovate Alumni News– January 28, 2014

  • DailyFinance looks at Kabbage’s “war” on banking.
  • Blackhawk Network powering Mobile Money by T-Mobile.
  • Credit Sesame launches mobile credit dashboard for easy credit and financial monitoring.
  • Actiance launches Alcatraz, a cloud-based archive that combines a focus on context with the traditional requirements of an email archive.
  • New York Bankers Association endorses Gremln.
  • Service2Media unveils version 4.4 of M2Active mobile app development platform.
  • Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand featured in Xconomy column on University of Colorado at Boulder’s New Venture Challenge program.
  • Be sure to check out the latest installment of our FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek series.
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 18, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgRentPaidOnline and PayNearMe partner to bring cash payments to its online platform 
  • Daily Finance interviews PaySimple CEO Eric Remer on Next-Gen Payment Processing.
  • ShopKeep POS releasing new version of its iPad-based sales mgmt system to cut checkout time in retail locations.
  • Novant Health launches on doxo to deliver bills & simplify the patient experience.
  • Lendio named one of Utah Business Magazine’s Best Companies to Work for in 2013.
  • Credit Sesame launches banking channel with new interest rate comparison tool.
  • Billhighway ranked no. 146 fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte’s 2013 Tech Fast 500.
  • Former U.S. Treasury assistant secretary for financial institutions and Google SVP join Lending Club’s advisory board.
  • The Paypers reports SumUp extends to Latin America with launch of m-payments service in Brazil.
  • Lend Academy reports: Lending Club now valued at over $2 Billion.
  • Open Bank Project organizing the second edition of Hack/Make The Bank FinTech hackathon in Paris on Nov 30th.
  • EyeVerify competes tonight in Kauffman Foundation’s “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash”.
  • Texas Advanced Computing Center to test pilot Toopher’s Invisible Multifactor Authentication solution.
  • MasterCard opens office in Bangladesh.
  • Leaf featured in column on Boston-based mobile payment hardware systems.
  • The Points Guy compares new Coin card to Wallaby Card.
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– September 4, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAmerican Banker reports: Cardlytics Announces First U.K. Bank Customer. Come watch Cardlytics’ live demo at FinovateFall in NYC next week.
  • IBM partners with Monitise to provide software, technology services and consulting to improve Monitise’s core services.
  • NPR’s Tell Me More mentions ImpulseSave, Mint, and Manilla as 3 apps to help manage your money.
  • TSYS signs long-term payment processing agreement with Anovia Payments, LLC.
  • Check (formerly Pageonce) secures $24 million in Series C financing round.
  • Information Week highlights Credit Sesame and Kabbage in column on social media and credit worthiness.
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.

Credit Sesame Launches Goals Feature and Visual Mortgage Comparison Tool

This is a part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2013.

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Then, Credit Sesame launched its goals feature and new mortgage comparison tool:
“In the market for a new home? Get a complete analysis of your financial profile to understand what you can afford from discovery to decision. Easily find properties in your area that match both your requirements and your budget. Receive offers from multiple lending institutions and easily compare them to determine the right one for you. Make sure you’ll get the best mortgage rates by monitoring your credit for free on the go.
It’s the one mobile app that provides the information, analysis, advice and offers you need for every important financing decision.”
Product Launch: May 2013
HQ: Mountain View, CA
Founded: January 2010
Metrics: Number of accounts: 2M+; Loans under system management: $60B+; Total annualized savings identified for users: $600M+; Number of employees: 32; Money raised: $19.35M 
Twitter: @creditsesame
Presenting George McMullen (Director, Mobile Products)

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FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 4

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Our FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek preview continues with another 12 companies that will be demoing their innovative technologies at our San Francisco event on May 14 and 15.

If you missed the previous installments of our Sneak Peek preview, here are links to parts 1-3:

Everything you need to know about FinovateSpring, from a full list of presenters to instructions on how to buy tickets, is available at our FinovateSpring 2013 information page here.  

For now, here’s a look at a dozen more fintech companies who will be presenting their innovations on stage in May.

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Arxan Technologies protects the App Economy from emerging hacker attacks with award-winning application integrity protection products that provide best-of-breed mobile app shielding.
Features: 
  • Strengthens financial apps with self-defense and tamper-resistance
  • Delivers multi-layered application security, broadest platform
Why it’s great: Arxan provides global Forbes 500 companies with the world’s strongest and most deployed application integrity protection to launch multi-OS mobile services.

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BBC Easy is a web service that increases lending efficiency and reduces risk by automating the collection of borrower’s financial data.
Features:
  • Pulls financial data directly from the top 10 accounting systems
  • Loans are monitored with automated Borrowing Base Certificates
Why it’s great: Direct access to financial data lowers risk and increases loan efficiency.

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CardFlight is the easiest way to integrate card-present payments into your own mobile apps.
Features:
  • Encrypted reader that works with virtually any iOS or Android device
  • Easy, flexible SDK
  • Support for most payment processors
Why it’s great: Easily accept card-present payments in your apps while keeping full control of your user experience.

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Corduro Register helps enable Payments as a Service for the enterprise.
Feature:
  • No Credit Card, No Phone, No Hassle 
Why it’s great: Corduro focuses on enterprise clients, providing them with a unique way to pay.

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Credit Sesame is the consumer’s credit and lending expert, providing smart financing for your life.
Features: 
  • Buying a house? See what you can afford
  • Compare multiple loans and find the best one
  • Monitor your credit for free on the go
Why it’s great: It’s the one mobile app that provides the information, analysis, advice, and offers you need for every important financing decision.

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Escardgot introduces the Helix SCard. Evolved spending. Simple. Store your cards, select, and swipe.
Features:
  • Merchants can send cards and offers directly to a consumer’s phone
  • A consumer can decide which ones to use when ready to swipe
Why it’s great: The Helix SCard is the perfect transitional technology to usher in the wireless payment industry. No POAS hardware changes like NFC.

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Finect is the only online network for the financial industry.
Features:
  • Online profiles and groups with seamless LinkedIn integration and professional verification
  • One-stop compliant social media
  • First-ever investment profiles for real-time peer discussions
Why it’s great: We’re a one-stop shop network allowing you to build your brand and community in a compliant manner.

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GoNow‘s eWallet Platform will ignite mass market eWallet adoption and includes a “Super Smartcard” programmed by the eWallet which enables payments at any POS terminal.
Features:
  • Full compatible with existing POS infrastructure
  • Generates new revenue, extends brand
  • GoNow has independent secure element
Why it’s great: Available as white label, GoNow’s eWallet Platform makes it easy to launch an eWallet that works everywhere and offers new revenue opportunities.

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Narrative Science enables companies to automatically uncover insights hidden in data and create new content and communication at a scale and frequency never before possible.
Features: 
  • Provides powerful insight across a variety of industries
  • Business intelligence solutions that deliver actionable insight
Why it’s great: Narrative Science’s Quill solution addresses today’s challenges with Investment Research and Portfolio Reporting for both individual and institutional investors.

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Plastyc Inc. enables better banking services to be delivered to all via web and mobile, regardless of income, age, and bankability.
Features: 
  • Turns prepaid cards into DDA alternative
  • Web/mobile consumer interfaces with push messaging
  • 24×7 monitoring and analytics
Why it’s great: Brings life-time-value of prepaid accounts to unprecedented levels.

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P2BInvestor introduces crowdfunding receivables.
Features:
  • Investor dashboard for crowdfunding platform
  • Explore receivables loans to invest in
  • Interactive returns calculator
Why it’s great: First platform for crowdfunding receivable loans

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Wallaby Financial is the first service to combine a cloud-based wallet with an intelligent credit card to help consumers maximize rewards and cash back.
Features:
  • Build the perfect wallet and credit card mix
  • Get more rewards and cash back
  • Swipe smart every time you shop
Why it’s great: Consumers that want to maximize their credit card rewards and cash back can build their ideal wallet with Wallaby.
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For more information on being a part of FinovateSpring 2013, see our FAQ. To register, visit our FinovateSpring page here.

Finovate Alumni News– April 11, 2013

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  • Alliance Data teams up with Locaid to provide opt-in geofence pilot program for branded cards.
  • Currensee announces Trade Leaders Investment Program.
  • Leaf announces Quick Serve POS solution for restaurants. See Leaf in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Credit Sesame reports growth figures.
  • Banno creates 15 responsive design websites in Q1 2013.
  • HelloWallet hires 6, bringing total number of employees to 40.
  • LG now offers the convenience of purchasing via PayPal on their 2013 line of Smart TVs.
  • American Banker reports Fiserv updates its Unified Wealth Management platform.
  • Money Marketing features Rplan, Nutmeg, and LoveMoney as startups that appeal to the under-30 crowd.
  • Dropbox offers single sign on through partnership with Ping Identity.
  • CMO.com interviews Yandex CEO Bernard Lukey is the director of sales and business development.
  • GigaOM reports PayPal offers 2 new extensions for Magneto merchants.
  • The Economist takes a look at the bitcoin boom, including alternatives like OpenCoin. See OpenCoin demo Ripple at FinovateSpring in May.
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.

Credit Sesame Reports Growth Figures

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Credit score and money management platform, Credit Sesame released some usage metrics today. 

Since launching in September 2010, the Mountain View, California-based company reports:

    • 2 million members
    • $60 billion in loans under management
    • More than $600 million annualized savings has been identified for users

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To learn more about Credit Sesame, watch its FinovateFall 2012.

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

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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.

Finovate Alumni News– December 21, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCompare Broker reviews the new mobile app from TradeKing.
  • MyBankTracker reviews how BillGuard protects from unwanted charges.
  • San Francisco Business Times reports: Giftly lets givers put ‘heart’ into gift cards.
  • Capital Access Network relocates Headquarters to NYC, adds Scott Blum as CMO.
  • Fiserv partners with TOPS Software to improve payment processing for property managers.
  • The Washington Post looks at SoMoLend’s community-focused lending.
  • Forbes names Lending Club one of the top five fintech companies of 2012.
  • Chicago donut chain “Glazed and Infused” now using ShopKeep POS software.
  • Wired.co.uk names Holvi startup of the week.
  • Credit Sesame unveils free credit monitoring 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– December 13, 2012

  • Manilla update means one app is all you need to manage expenses from bills to subscriptions.
  • Just in time for the holidays TradeHero is now available at the Apple app store.
  • Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers to join Lending Club board of directors.
  • CorFire announces strategic integration with PayPal.
  • Speaking of PayPal, you can now fund your account with cash using PayPal’s new “PayPal My Cash Card.”
  • Credit Sesame launches free credit-monitoring service.
  • Wipro announces the launch of SmartOffers, in partnership with Intuition Intelligence.
  • On Deck Capital adds American Express veteran to head marketing efforts.
  • InComm launches the Paypal My Cash Card.

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.