Alumni News– June 17, 2014

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  • Cisco blog takes a look at the company’s partnership with Ignite Sales.
  • Device Fidelity announces first combined module of wireless charging and NFC on iOS.
  • D3 Banking partners with Blackstone Technology to help banks convert to the D3 Banking omnichannel platform.
  • Currency Transfer covers top Israel-based fintech startups: eToro, Seeking Alpha, Zooz, BillGuard, TipRanks, and Payoneer.
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– March 24, 2014

  • TransferWise recognized as “boldest small company” in winning FT’s Boldest in Business award for 2014.
  • BBVA follows Simple acquisition with launch of new digital banking unit.
  • Currency Transfer featured in Wired UK as Startup of the Week.
  • BillGuard invites beta testers to try its new Android app.
  • Mail Tribune highlights the importance of Credit Karma and Credit Sesame.
  • Ping Identity purchases Accells Technologies to make mobile devices into a tool for logging you in to all of your cloud-based services in one shot.
  • BellaDati launches the next level of visual data discovery with new release.
  • Matt Turck examines opportunities for Kensho and Quantopian in a Bloomberg-dominated world.
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.

CurrencyTransfer Launches its FX Price Feed Aggregator for SMEs


This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2014.

Our next innovator is CurrencyTransfer, developer of technologies to make it easier for small and medium sized businesses to operate internationally.

“FX price feed aggregator and execution platform that takes the technology blue chip treasurers take for granted, and makes it accessible to the masses. We offer a price feed aggregation solution to problems SMEs trading internationally face, including: outdated phone based comparison, experiencing ‘honeymoon rates’ & dreadfully expensive bank foreign exchange rates. 
Our goal is to create efficiency & total price transparency in an expensive, and opaque international money transfer industry. Version 1 features include: bidding platform, trade execution, multi broker registration & post trade history.”
Presenting Daniel Abrahams (Co-Founder & Head of Partnerships) and Steven Litobac (Co-Founder & Head of Product)

Product Launch: February 2014
Metrics: Public launch of at Finovate, office in London & Tel Aviv; 7 employees
HQ: London, UK
Founded: December 2013
Twitter: @currencytransfr

FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 1

FinovateEuropeButtonicon(highres).jpgFinovateEurope is almost a month away, and we’re well into preparing for the show, to be held in London on February 11 and 12 at the historic Old Billingsgate Market Hall.

Before we all gather around the demo stage, we wanted to give you a preview of what to expect. Below are the first six companies in our sneak peek series. Stay tuned for more! enables foreign exchange companies 


to compete for your business transfers.

    • Compare low-cost currency quotes, and book trades in one independent venue
    • 100% cost transparency, displaying side-by-side ‘sell’ and ‘market’ quotes
    • Post trade analysis; no more paper trails
Why it’s great:
Access foreign-exchange quotes from all your providers in one place. Execute your business trades at the best price at the click of a button.


Daniel Abrahams
Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships at Half Israeli, Daniel divides his time between offices in London and Tel Aviv. Mentor at Startup ABC & Personal Finance blogger.


Stevan Litobac
Co-Founder and Head of Product at CurrencyTransfer. Stevan has advised a number of early stage startups. Loves making things.

fastacash transfers value through social networks globally.

    • Addresses intersection of payments, social and mobile
    • Transfer monetary value and content across any social or messaging platform
    • Technology easily customized and embedded into partners’ solutions
Why it’s great:
Enables transfer of money, airtime, coupons and any other value across any social network or messaging platform.


Vince Tallent
Vince has extensive experience in the TMT industry with a global focus on mobile and payments.


Gilberto Arredondo
Throughout his career, Gilberto has been involved with new technologies and innovation by driving commercial and operational activities for telecommunications companies.


Jack Henry & AssociatesLuminous helps banks solve problems. It’s the ultimate financial innovations company with visionary products that are breakthroughs in sheer simplicity.

    • Virtual safety-deposit box 
    • Banking customers can upload, sort and store personal and business documents
    • Customers can automatically save and back up the latest version of important documents 
Why it’s great:
Customers can easily bank online with important documents automatically filed after just one click  


Andrew Teversham
As Chief Technology Officer for Luminous, Andrew heads up the development and implementation teams at Luminous and has gained extensive experience with SAP implementations over a number of years.


Phillip Wood

Phillip is a business development leader with 17 years’ experience in direct sales, business development and strategy in B2C and B2B across EMEA.

Matchi is an innovation-matchmaking platform for banks and innovators.


    • Unprecedented collaboration opportunities for banks
    • Marketing platform for innovators to showcase their latest innovations to banks 
    • A go-to-destination for market-ready, banking innovations online 
Why it’s great:
It’s an innovation-matchmaking site for banks and innovators globally.


Warren Bond 
Warren Bond, CEO of Matchi, is constantly looking for new ideas and ways to drive innovation and change in the banking industry.


Gerrit Hoekstra
Gerrit Hoekstra, CTO of Matchi, has been delivering embedded mobile and strategic enterprise-grade, big-data solutions for more than 25 years and is passionate about innovative technologies at all levels.

Tink is an innovative personal finance-management app which allows users to better understand how their money is spent. 

    • Making personal finance effortless
    • Consume data in a personalized feed 
    • Insights into your personal finance
Why it’s great:
Makes personal finance fun, beautiful and convenient for the first time! 


Daniel Kjellén, CEO and Founder 


Fredrik Hedberg, CTO and Founder


Toshl Finance Making finance fun. Helping people shake their finance-management indifference.
    • Funtastic finance management UI
    • Fully featured apps on phones, the desktop and everything in between
    • Available worldwide
Why it’s great: Making finance fun.  


Matic Bitenc
CEO, background in UX, international relations.


Miha Hribar
CTO, co-created numerous high-profile IT projects.