Tink’s $100 Million Monday; Azimo’s C-Suite Shakeup Promotes Experience and Diversity

It is hard to imagine having a better start to your week than Plaid had seven days ago when the innovative fintech (and Finovate alum) announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Visa for $5.3 billion.

But the €90 million ($100 million) raised by Swedish open banking platform Tink on Monday is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, the funding, which is the company’s largest to date, is a reminder that investment interest in (and funding for) companies dedicated to developing the infrastructure that connects consumers, banks, and the financial technologies is very much in abundance.

“Our aim is to become the preferred pan-European provider of digital banking services and to offer the technology needed for banks, fintechs, and startups to leverage the opportunities of open banking and enable them to successfully develop financial services in the future,” Tink co-founder and CEO Daniel Kjellén said in a statement.

Tink demonstrated its platform most recently at FinovateEurope 2019. For more on this year’s Finovate event in Europe kicking off next month, visit our FinovateEurope 2020 page.


Azimo, one of our earliest FinovateEurope alums, announced a pair of big changes at the top to begin the new week.

The London-based money transfer firm, founded in 2012, promoted its COO Richard Ambrose to CEO back in August, as Azimo founder Michael Kent took what TechCrunch referred to as a lateral move to become executive chairman. Today, Fintech Futures, Finovate’s sister publication, reports that the company has appointed Dora Ziambra to the post of Chief Operating Officer. Azimo also promoted its head of finance Tatiana Okhotina to the post of Chief Financial Officer.

“We’re fortunate to have the depth of talent to fill these top roles internally,” Ambrose said in a statement. “We’re lucky too that Azimo will continue to benefit from the experience and leadership of these two outstanding women.”


Here’s our weekly roundup of the latest news from our Finovate alumni:

  • Union Bank to leverage technology from FIS for core banking.
  • Italy-based CREDEM leveraging Worldline’s Payment and Liquidity Hub software CRISTAL to process Target2 payments
  • POS software Vend partners with Klarna to offer retailers more flexible payment options.
  • U.K. food retailer The Co-operative to deploy ACI Worldwide’s fraud management solution, ReD Shield.
  • A partnership between TransferGo and Currencycloud will enable the money transfer company to enter 14 new markets.
  • YellowDog forges reseller agreement with Annex Pro.
  • Bankable cozies up with Plaid to allow its bank customers to connect with their users’ bank accounts.
  • Ohpen appoints former Tesla marketing leader Corinne Aaron as new head of marketing.
  • Segmint to acquire WAND’s Product and Service Taxonomy division.
  • CuneXus celebrates 2019 success with a 40% year-over-year increase in consumer reach.
  • TransUnion expands partnership with Payfone.
  • PayPal reaches $10 billion in charitable donations processed.
  • California approves Sezzle’s lending license.
  • People’s Bank selects NYMBUS’s SmartMarketing and SmartOnboarding solutions.
  • Ayondo ends its European social trading business.

Alumni Features and Profiles

Three Key Lessons We Learned from Plaid – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Visa is acquiring Plaid for a deal that’s worth $5.3 billion. The fact that they were so widely used at such an early stage is a testament to the quality of their code, but there are also a few key lessons to take away from their success.

ITSCREDIT’s Joao Pinto on the Digital Lending Opportunity –  ITSCREDIT is a spinoff from ITSECTOR and is a fairly new player in the digital lending space. In this interview, Pinto talks to us about the digital lending opportunity, how his company fits into the current state of this fintech subsector, and what we can expect to see next.

Kasasa Enhances its Take-Back Loan – Community bank marketing expert Kasasa announced a partnership with Carleton today in which Kasasa will integrate Carleton’s insurance and debt protection calculations into its Kasasa Loan.

Our latest FinovateEurope Sneak Peeks Are Up! Meet Dorsum, CASHOFF, Tensorflight, Trulioo, W.UP, Horizn, Glia, and BLECKWEN.

Plinqit Brings Rewards-Powered Financial Literacy to First Community Bank – One day in the distant future, children will be educated in basic financial literacy as readily as they are taught algebra. Until then, solutions like Plinqit from HT Mobile Apps will be valuable tools for credit unions and community banks looking for novel ways to engage and educate their members and customers.

Credit, Data, and Cryptocurrencies: Graychain Rebrands as Credmark – The company that is bringing credit data clarity to the cryptocurrency industry is entering 2020 with a new name.

Tradeshift Lands $240 Million as it Inches Toward Profitability – The San Francisco-based company will use the investment to boost expansion efforts and gear toward a “direct path to profitability in the near future.”

Fintech, Financial Services, and the Case for 5G – Calling 5G “something banks aren’t even thinking about,” Celent SVP Dan Latimore said, “we believe the effects of 5G are going to be subtle and profound over time.”

Backbase-as-a-Service Helps Banks Leverage the Cloud to Innovate and Scale – The solution makes the company’s broad portfolio of digital banking offerings available to FIs looking to accelerate their ability to develop and offer new technologies to customers.

Also on Finovate.com

Visa to Acquire Plaid in $5.3 Billion Deal – “Today marks an important milestone for our company and for fintech,” company co-founder and CEO Zach Perret wrote on the Plaid blog earlier today. “What started with two founders building in a cramped conference room has become an incredible network that enables millions of consumers to interact with over 2,500 digital finance products.”

Not Another 2020 Trends Prediction Post (Seriously, It’s Not!) – We’re taking a look at the trends you can expect to see on stage next month at FinovateEurope. To keep things simple this year, we assessed the themes at a very high level and broke them down into three categories: the big, the little, and the trends in-between.

Singapore’s Digital Banking License Space Race Accelerates – Is there anyone out there who is NOT trying to secure a digital banking license in Singapore? The Monetary Authority of Singapore announced last week that has received 21 applications for digital bank licenses

MogoSpend Offers Credit, Cashback, and Help Reducing Your Carbon Footprint – The new digital spending account from Canadian fintech Mogo does more than help Canadians get control of their finances. The solution also offers cardholders generous cashback rewards and a way to make a positive impact on the environment by reducing their carbon footprint.

Getsafe Expands its Insurtech to the U.K. – If your insurance company is offering you drone insurance, you know it’s not your grandmother’s insurance agency. Germany-based insurtech Getsafe does just that– and the company announced today it is expanding its home contents insurance offering (though, sadly, not its drone insurance offering) to users in the U.K.

Raisin’s New Acquisition Gives Company Access to the U.S. Market – European deposit marketplace Raisin announced today it acquired New York-based Choice Financial Solutions. 

French Fintech Lydia Locks in $45 Million – TechCrunch reported this morning that French mobile payment app Lydia has raised $45 million (€40 million) in a round led by Tencent.

Visa’s Tap to Phone Brings Contactless Payments to mPOS – With Visa’s Tap to Phone app arriving pre-installed on the new, enterprise grade smartphone from Samsung, a broad range of merchants will have access to yet another way to accept payments from customers. 

INTL FCStone Acquires International Bank Transfer Firm – Headquartered in Germany, GIROXX offers international bank transfers and currency hedging. INTL FCStone plans to leverage this technology to expand its current client base to small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Temenos Signs Core Banking Deal with Maltese Challenger Laskaris Finance.
  • HiddenLevers Now Has $500 Billion in Assets on its Platform.
  • Upgrade Pack Opens Singapore Office, Appoints New COO.

Around the web

  • CredoLab partners with TransUnion’s iovation to fight credit fraud.
  • CUneXus adds Delta Community Credit Union to list of clients for its 1-click digital lending 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Kazakh Eurasian Bank Upgrades Cash Tech with Fiserv.
  • Token.io Teams Up with Omnio Group to Boost Open Banking.
  • Financeit to Power Mobile POS Financing for ServiceTitan.
  • Expensify Integrates with Southeast Asia Ridesharing Company Grab.

Around the web

  • The Five Minute Founder podcast interviews Jake Tyler, Finn AI CEO.
  • STRANDS and adorsys expand their partnership for digital transformation for global financial services.
  • Signifyd to power fraud protection for Solupay’s NetSuite SuitePayments.
  • Kony ships Kony Quantum for Microsoft Azure and Kony DBX digital banking suite on Kony Quantum for Azure.
  • Connect Financial Software Solutions partners with CuneXus to offer the CuneXus perpetual loan automation platform to its credit union clients.
  • Georg von Brevern joins Ixaris as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.
  • Telenor to acquire majority stake in the Finnish telecom operator DNA.
  • Crypterium launches Crypterium SX, an AI-based system that ensures all transactions get the best exchange rates available.
  • Omnio Group and Token.io partner to deliver open banking and PSD2 compliance to Omnio’s financial institution customers.
  • Raiffeisen Bank International partners with Feedzai to bring advanced ML to European banking to fight fraud.
  • Jack Henry’s ProfitStars unveils Gladiator Total Protect, a suite of managed IT, network security, and compliance services to enhance banks’ cybersecurity and compliance management.

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

  • Fintonic’s $21.4 Million Funding Boosts Valuation to $180 Million.
  • Sezzle Raises $5.6 Million in New Funding.
  • Fintech’s Innovation Opportunity: From AI to UX.

Around the web

  • Dwolla wins Best B2B Payments Product in the FinTech Breakthrough Awards.
  • G2 Crowd names Signifyd the leader in customer satisfaction in the fraud protection market.
  • FreeAgent launches new option that lets you create estimates that exclude the VAT amount from totals.
  • RightCapital selected to join LPL Financial’s Vendor Affinity Program.
  • American Banker: Envestnet to add lending option to its wealth services.
  • Taulia taps Google Cloud to launch AI-powered invoicing solution.
  • LendIt recognizes CuneXus as Top Emerging Tech Company, marking the company’s 3rd major industry recognition of 2019.

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

  • Insurtech Innovator CoverHound Fetches $58 Million in New Funding.
  • Bill.com Partners with American Express to Offer New AP Solution, Vendor Pay.

Around the web

  • Revolut and WeWork team up to provide three months of “hot desk space” to Revolut for Business customers.
  • PXP Financial, borne of the merger of PXP and Kalixa, announces its public launch.
  • U.K.-based cloud accounting firm FreeAgent to offer direct data feeds to banks via the Open Banking framework.
  • bpm’online forges partnership with Meritus Business Solutions.
  • Optimove unveils iGaming Pulse, a benchmark solution to enable gaming operators to test the performance of their platforms against industry performance metrics.
  • Onfido appoints former Head of Computer Vision for Robotics at Amazon, Mohan Mahadevan as its new VP of Research.
  • Switch reports that its CardSavr service boosts credit card usage immediately at activation.
  • Enveil announces technology partnership and integration with advanced data security solution and services provider Thales.
  • CuneXus partners with outdoor recreational vehicle buying network, Rollick, to streamline the financing process for RV shoppers.

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.

CuneXus Starts New Year Signing its 100th Customer 

Lending and marketing automation platform CuneXus announced signing its 100th customer today. The partnership news shows the Santa Rosa, California-based company continuing the momentum in 2019 after a year that featured major new partnerships, new product features and platform integrations, and a handful of industry awards.

“Since the launch of CuneXus, we have relentlessly pursued the idea that all consumers deserve an easier, more transparent lending experience,” CuneXus CEO Dave Buerger said. “Our achievements in 2018 advanced that goal significantly. I am incredibly proud of the team’s accomplishments last year and our current high growth trajectory.”

Above: CuneXus co-founders John Reich (CTO) and Dave Buerger (CEO) demonstrating cplXpress at FinovateSpring 2018.

CuneXus’ latest client adds to the 27 new partners the company signed last year. These partners now represent more than $175 billion in combined assets and more than 10 million U.S. consumers. The company also noted that its platform averaged more than $8 million in daily loan requests in 2018, with more than $5 billion in total approved loan requests by year’s end.

New clients for CuneXus include community FIs like Redwood CU, Suncoast CU, Community Choice CU, Commonwealth CU of Kentucky, and Nassau Educators FCU. The firm noted that one partner in particular leveraged CuneXus’ technology to lower average processing time for personal loans by 60% and its auto loan time by 80%. Another partner reported an increase of nearly 36% in overall response rates to its loan officers, with more than 10% of the credit union’s members activating offers via CuneXus’ technology.

“We are excited to build on the momentum of 2018 with a brand-new software release that delivers the ability to integrate with partner products from Kasasa, Rollick, and GrooveCar,” Buerger added. “Our outlook for 2019 is strong and we predict another year of growth, robust engagement, and product innovation.”

Founded in 2011, CuneXus demonstrated its cplXpress lending and marketing automation technology at FinovateSpring 2018. The presentation introduced a redesigned and rebuilt platform with improvements to UI, new features, faster processing speeds, deeper campaign analytics, and turn-key integration into dozens of partner systems.

Last fall, the company partnered with fellow alum and Best of Show winner Kasasa, making the its Kasasa Loans product available via CuneXus’ cplXpress platform. Over the summer, CuneXus’ technology was recognized at the 2018 Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) awards, earning top honors in the Electronic Marketing category.

With $6.7 million in funding, CuneXus includes CMFG Ventures among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • CuneXus Starts New Year Signing its 100 Customer.
  • Credorax Partners with Temenos to Enhance Payment Services.

Around the web

  • Zurich Topas Life, part of Zurich Group, selects Vymo as its sales productivity solution.
  • Modo powers new loyalty solution from FIS, Pointopia.
  • Baker Hill announces major 2018 milestones.

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.

CUneXus Teams with Kasasa

Lending automation platform CUneXus announced that community banking marketing provider Kasasa has integrated with its cplXpress offering.

Under the agreement, banks can leverage CUneXus’ technology to generate and extend approved offers for multiple loan types, including the Kasasa Loan, which enables borrowers to pay off their loan ahead of time and take back a portion of the funds they’ve paid off if they need it. CUneXus’ cplXpress will allow eligible borrowers to instantly access their Kasasa Loan.

“Our goal is to enable lenders to deliver the simple, personalized, mobile-friendly experience consumers expect,” said Dave Buerger, CEO of CUneXus. “With cplXpress, lenders can let their customers shop, borrow and buy in just seconds–speeding up the process and creating a superior customer experience. We’re extending this service to now include Kasasa Loans, allowing financial institutions to expand their loan options and offer something unique.”

Kasasa showed off its new loan product at FinovateSpring earlier this year. The demo won Best of Show honors. Describing Kasasa Loans, Gabe Krajicek, CEO of Kasasa said, “Designed to meet consumers’ wants and needs, it puts the customer in control.” He added, “By partnering with CUneXus, we’re elevating that experience and providing community financial institutions with an even greater competitive edge. Not only can they talk to consumers about something completely unique – a loan with take-backs – but they can offer a more convenient shopping experience overall through cplXpress.

CUneXus also most recently demoed at FinovateSpring 2018, where Buerger showcased the newest version of cplXpress that offers a more friendly user interface and more scalable SaaS format. Earlier this year, the company was awarded Gold in the Electronic Marketing Category of the MAC Awards. Founded in 2011, CUneXus is headquartered in California.

Kasasa, which was honored on the 2018 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings last month, recently unveiled a new compliance tool, RegGen. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Texas.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: CUneXus

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateSpring on May 8 through 11, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. Register today and save your spot.

The CUneXus lending and marketing automation platform completely eliminates the loan application, providing Perpetual Approval and instant, integrated loan activation at every banking touchpoint.

Features

  • Ground-up rebuild of the award-winning CUneXus 1-Click lending automation platform
  • Improved user interfaces, APIs, and third-party integrations
  • Faster implementation times and SaaS scalability

Why it’s great
CUneXus’ technology is leveraged by over 75 U.S. financial institutions to provide a truly unparalleled digital borrowing experience, and now averages over $6 million in new loan requests daily.

Presenters

Dave Buerger, Founder and Chief Executive Officer 
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John Reich, Founder and Chief Technology Officer 
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Kabbage Confirms: Orchard Acquisition Adds to Data Science Capabilities.

Around the web

  • Five payment originators from EU and Asia to take advantage of Ripple’s xVIA API to transfer money via RippleNet.
  • Klarna announces its integration with Magento Commerce as a Core Bundled Extension.
  • Avaloq acquires 10% stake in Swiss cryptocurrency firm Metaco.
  • Banesco USA picks nCino’s Bank Operating System to enhance its commercial lending process.
  • Symphony Software Foundation rebrands as FINOS, expands charter, adds new corporate members.
  • Kashoo receives a 5 Star Rating From FitSmallBusiness.
  • Jumio achieves record-breaking sales in Q1 2018, a 400% increase YoY.
  • Lending Club responds to the FCC’s complaint.
  • Alight Solutions leverages Personal Capital’s digital wealth management tools to launch WealthSpark.
  • Apple Bank selects Continuity for Compliance Change Management.

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.

A Look at CUneXus’ Strong Growth in 2017

Lending automation company CUneXus published some impressive growth stats today. Here’s a quick overview of a few of the California-based company’s success metrics:

  • Grew from 45 FI clients to 72 over the course of one year, from 2016 to 2017, a 60% year-over-year increase
  • Reaches more than 6.5 million potential end consumers across the U.S.
  • Averaging more than $6 million in new loan requests per day
  • Generated more than 140,000 loans totaling more than $2.5 billion with its 1-click borrowing solution

“These extraordinary end of year results reflect the excitement and momentum CUneXus generated in 2017, when we expanded our product line, announced new distribution channels and partnerships, and added dozens of new bank and credit union customers,” said CUneXus CEO Dave Buerger.

Among CUneXus’ clients are Credit Human, First American Bank, Digital Federal Credit Union, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Arizona Federal Credit Union, and CAP COM Federal Credit Union. These and other FI clients have reported that CUneXus has helped contribute to their own success, including:

  • Loan processing times cut in half
  • A 110% increase in pre-approved lending activity
  • A 135% spike in funded loan amounts

According to Buerger, the company has more product announcements, client deals, and partnerships in store. And, he added, “We’re on track to surpass $5 billion in loans by year-end 2018.”

CUneXus, which has been recognized as one of 20 startups to watch in 2017 by American Banker’s Fintech Forward, was launched to help lenders boost their loan volume by delivering a personalized customer experience clients have begun to expect. The company’s cplXpress platform delivers a “perpetual loan approval” that gives users the ability to borrow in a single click.

At FinovateSpring 2016, CUneXus debuted AutoXpress, a solution that enables pre-approved customers to shop car inventories at local dealerships from within their bank or credit union’s mobile app– all at pre-negotiated prices. The shopping experience, which is made possible through a partnership with Edmonds.com, enables users to shop for and submit a purchase request for vehicles remotely, without price haggling or going through a loan application process. Last summer CUneXus announced it teamed up with MeridianLink to power one-click loans for its clients.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • A Look at CUneXus’ Strong Growth in 2017.
  • Avaloq to Power Private Banking for KASIKORNBANK.

Around the web

  • IdentityMind joins DataBroker DAO alliance.
  • NuData Security CEO Michel Giasson Named One of the Top 100 Influencers in Identity by One World Identity.
  • Guardian Analytics Announces AML Evidence Lake 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.