Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • What Happens When a Lending Platform Goes Under?
  • Australian Challenger Bank Tyro Partners with Alipay.

Around the web

  • Coinbase leverages an electromagnetic signal blocking tent to secure assets from cybercriminals.
  • Klarna to provide pay later service for U.K. retailer, The Fragrance Shop.
  • Finastra to support fintech collaboration in the Middle East by joining Bahrain FinTech Bay.
  • AlphaPoint powers San Francisco-area, XRP-based cryptocurrency exchange, DCEX.
  • Check Point rumored to be developing a mini-firewall for IoT.
  • Bloomberg reports: Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales.
  • Personal Capital launches “Retirement Paycheck” service to simplify retirement income.
  • Salesforce selects InvestGlass for EMEA fintech accelerator.
  • Black Enterprise profiles DarcMatter co-founder, Natasha Bansgopaul.

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.

DarcMatter Partners with Crypto Fund #Hashed

Alternative investment platform DarcMatter has teamed up with South Korean crypto investment fund and accelerator, #Hashed. The partnership will enable DarcMatter, which specializes in providing direct access to pre-vetted hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital funds, to extend its reach into the Asian market and gain insight into the crypto investment industry.

And as a blockchain-based investment fund and an incubator with an emphasis on community-building and impact investing, #Hashed will benefit from DarcMatter’s connections with both the traditional and alternative investment worlds.

Discussing the news in an interview with Tech Bullion, DarcMatter CEO Sang Lee pointed out that both companies share experiences and a vision that are “very aligned and rooted in the core premise of increasing transparency and efficiency throughout financial markets globally.”

Simon Kim, CEO of #Hashed, called DarcMatter a “great partner and a leader in the fintech industry that can utilize blockchain and cryptocurrency to accelerate the industry towards the next level.”

With offices in Seoul, South Korea, and San Francisco, #Hashed was founded in 2017 and has become the largest blockchain fund in Korea. The company has accelerated the largest wallet provider in South Korea, CoinManager, as well as a number of startups applying distributed ledger and blockchain technology to cybersecurity, social networking, and payments – among other areas.

This week’s news adds to the blockchain and crypto-based headlines DarcMatter has been making of late. Last month, the company’s blockchain project, DarcMatter Coin, revealed in April, announced its first strategic investment and partnership with trade.io. The firm’s seed and venture arm will invest $2 million into the coin’s public presale. Aside from blockchain news, the company won the Retail Investment Innovation Award at the 2018 FinTech Breakthrough Awards in May.

New York City-based DarcMatter was founded in 2014 and made its Finovate debut one year later at FinovateSpring 2015 where it demonstrated its decentralized alternative investment platform.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • iProov Wins Contract with U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • iSignthis Unveils B2B Transactional Banking Service, Partnership with Gobbill.
  • LendStreet Raises Additional $117 Million for Debt Restructuring.
  • DarcMatter Partners with Crypto Fund #Hashed.

Around the web

  • Trulioo’s AML/KYC identity verification now covers Romania.
  • MicroStrategy wins 2018 NetworkWorld Asia Information Management Award.
  • Token completes PISP open banking transaction.
  • Actiance and Smarsh update executive leadership team in wake of merger.
  • Investor Junkie takes 401(k) roboadvisor Blooom for a test drive.

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

  • YUKKA Lab Launches Market Sentiment Analysis Solution, News & Trend Lab.

Around the web

  • Transferwise gains direct access to Bank of England’s interbank payment systems.
  • nCino teams up with VASCO to integrate eSignLive’s e-signature technology into its Bank Operating System.
  • DarcMatter to integrate the NEM blockchain into its platform.
  • Payfone partners with EnStream to expand its Digital Identity Authentication Network to Canada.
  • Customers can pay for shoes online at Payless.com with PayNearMe.
  • Malaysia’s largest credit reporting agency partners with LenddoEFL.
  • YUKKA Lab launches new market sentiment analysis Tools.

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.

Top Business-to-Business Wealth Tech Players

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If you’ve been following our series on wealth tech, you’ve seen our analysis of the industry as a whole, a review of the top trends, and an examination of B2C wealth tech players.

Our wealth tech coverage continues this week with a review of business-to-business (B2B) players in the wealth tech space. These are companies that cater directly to banks, advisors, or brokerages, instead of offering products or services directly to consumers. B2B wealth tech is a large category, so I’ve sub-divided it into four digestible groups and listed my top picks for each category. Since category sizes vary, the number of selections also varies.

Alternative investment services
These are platforms that help advisors connect clients with unconventional investment types, such as private equity, hedge funds, futures, real estate, etc.

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 11.44.57 AMEquityZen’s EZ Institutional lets advisors give clients access to a diverse asset class

Technology for advisors and brokerages
These are tools available via API, SDK, or web interface to help advisors compete with robo advisors by allowing them to invest with less bias, increase client communication, scale operations, find new clients, and more.

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 11.40.41 AMTrizic offers advisors their own digital tools to compete with robo advisors

Non-U.S. B2B investment and advisor technology
Similar to the above category, these companies offer tools for advisors outside of the U.S.

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 11.30.52 AMmeetInvest helps advisors invest like world-renowned market experts

News and Information Companies
These are online platforms, APIs, or SaaS offerings that provide advisors market information, show them trending news, or connect businesses with market data to power their own products.

Screen-Shot-2016-10-31-at-3.22.22-PMForwardLane’s dashboard acts like a private research analyst for advisors advisors, helping them stay current on new trends and funds

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out the week’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Uniken Introduces Relationship-Based Authentication”
  • BlueVine’s $49 Million to Fuel Product Expansion”
  • Empyr Powering Yelp’s New Cash Back Program”

Around the web

  • Expensify exclusively endorsed by the world’s leading accounting body.
  • Scalable Capital hits €100m in assets 10 months after launch in Germany and 4 months after U.K. launch
  • vaamo receives license for portfolio management by German supervisory authority BaFin.
  • Morningstar’s HelloWallet launches free student-loan calculator.
  • Signifyd and ThreatMetrix team up to combine machine learning and digital IDs to reduce ecommerce fraud.
  • Cartera Commerce launches Offerlink, a free Google Chrome web-browser extension to help online shoppers save money.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials.
  • Kalypton wins the Dassault Systemes 3DS fintech challenge.
  • FinDEVr alum Braintree introduces commerce infrastructure tools.
  • ACI Worldwide named “frontrunner service provider” for EBA instant credit-transfer scheme.
  • Overbond integrates DBRS credit ratings into its platform.
  • DarcMatter earns first-place honors at Next Money Shanghai Semifinal Pitch competition.

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 Debuts: DarcMatter Shines a Light on Alternative Investing

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For Sang Lee, co-founder and CEO of DarcMatter, capital markets are one of only a few areas to have avoided disruption. Every industry has been disintermediated except for capital markets,” he explained. “No one has ‘flung open the gates’.”

Gate opening for DarcMatter means building an online, institutional-grade investment platform that gives investors transparent access to investments in venture capital, private equity, and hedge fund products.

And more than just access, DarcMatter uses a self-learning algorithm to help investors find investments that are tailored to their needs. “Recommendations shouldn’t come from intermediaries, but from your behavior,” Lee said. He said that DarcMatter is less a traditional robo-adviser and more a platform that “streamlines the process to display the opportunities that would be best.”

Company facts:

  • Headquartered in New York
  • Founded November 2014
  • Provides $1.5 billion in alternative investment opportunities
  • Supports investment minimums of $25,000
  • Clients include:
    • Antecedent Ventures
    • Eagle’s View Capital Management
    • Exbury Capital Management
    • White Star Capital
  • Sang Lee is CEO and founder

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From left: DarcMatter founder and CEO Sang Lee and CTO Stan Solodkyy demonstrated the DarcMatter platform at FinovateSpring 2015.

How it works

DarcMatter is currently available only to accredited investors. The kinds of investments available through the DarcMatter platform include:

  • commercial debt offerings
  • hedge funds
  • private company equity offerings
  • private equity funds
  • startup offerings
  • venture capital funds

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How does an investor interact with the platform? Qualified investors register and log in to the platform where they see detailed information about the various investments that are available. Investors can search through the listings by industry, offering type and subtype (for example, “managed funds” and “private equity”) and region.

When investors find what interests them, they can dig deeper and conduct the necessary due diligence. DarcMatter provides information on everything from the capital-raise goal, amount available for investment, management and performance fees, information about the management team (including founders) and more. The platform also includes a secure data room where the owner of the offering can control access to any and all documentation.

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Once the investor decides to invest in a given opportunity, DarcMatter’s “Invest Now” button allows them to seamlessly and instantly reserve his or her investment without having to leave the platform.

For asset managers, after a short application process, the dashboard enables them to see all the investment offerings they have listed. The dashboard shows a variety of statistics, importantly including how many people have viewed the offering, as well as the amount of capital up for investment. Owners of the offering can adjust the amount of information to be displayed, varying the privacy setting, as well as track the behavior of interested investors. They can find out which have added the offering to be tracked, which have conducted due diligence, and so on.

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For DarcMatter, this represents the kind of transparency between owners of offerings and investors—particularly in cutting out the middlemen—a transparency that Lee says has helped shape other industries in fintech for the better. Investors not only benefit from the transparency of the platform, but also the opportunity to improve their portfolio diversification through investments in alternative financial products, especially those with low correlations to systematic market risk.

At the same time, DarcMatter offers asset managers a broader range of potential investors, including family offices and individual accredited investors. Capital-raising costs are lower, investor logistics easier to manage, and the platform provides fully integrated tools to ensure regulatory compliance.

The future

DarcMatter is one of the first movers in the market to make alternative investments available to investors. Lee sees it as a matter of being “at the right time with the right idea at the right place.” He credits his experience in investment banking as alerting him to the possibilities of making a difference for those interested in participating in alternative investments.

“Coming from investment banking,” Lee said, “you figure there must be a better way, a streamlined way, without middlemen.” All that was necessary was a platform to deliver the information that investors need, and the technology to make everything happen in a transparent, efficient, cost-effective and compliant way.

Lee says while it’s critical to be on the right side of regulations, he yet understands that the “biggest disruptions (will) have you running along the edge of the regulatory line.” Regulators are often confused by new, innovative ideas and technologies, Lee said, and that can actually represent an opportunity for startups. “Incumbents are often hamstrung by regulation,” he added, saying that startups can gain an edge “by develop(ing) best practices early on.”

Lee is optimistic about the future of alternative investments and the prospects for DarcMatter. “Capital markets is the last frontier in financial innovation,” he said. “It’s the hardest and biggest to move and will take the longest.” But when innovation in capital markets gets going, he added, “it will develop efficiencies like we’ve never seen.”


Check out our video of DarcMatter’s live demonstration at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: DarcMatter Shines a Light On Alternative Investments”
  • “BBVA’s Wallet App Tops One Million Downloads; Goes Live in Turkey This Week”

Around the web

  • Magnify CU partners with Insuritas to launch an insurance agency.
  • Worldpay employees evaluate use of finger-vein technology to authenticate payments at the POS without need for a card.
  • mydesq selects Encap Security to boost productivity and engagement for wealth managers.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Brent Warrington, Hyperwallet CEO.
  • MasterCard announces Ed McLaughlin as new chief information officer.
  • VentureBurn highlights Entersekt: SA’s fintech gem making it safe for millions to bank, shop online.
  • Algomi’s Honeycomb named “Product of the Year” and “Best Buy-Side Newcomer” in Waters Technology’s Buy-Side Technology Awards.
  • The Next Web profiles BioCatch, a biometric security specialist.
  • FusionWire looks at ways that banks can use Matchi to build relationships with fintech startups.

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

  • “Santander UK Launches Cash Kitty PFM App Developed with Kalixa, Monitise”

Around the web

  • Lend Academy podcast features Kathryn Petralia, Kabbage co-founder. Come see Kabbage at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.
  • GMC Software releases GMC Inspire R10 customer communications management software.
  • DevNetwork profiles WePay at the API World 2015 conference.
  • DriveWealth joins with World Merit to promote the first Financial Literacy Challenge.
  • Sonavation unveils technology that puts fingerprint sensors under Gorilla Glass.
  • Top Image Systems inks deal with Bahrainian Xerox distributor, Business International all.
  • Dallas Business Journal interviews Chris Camillo, TickerTags founder.
  • Prosper begins debt-sale recovery strategy; charged-off loans will be packaged together for a debt sale.
  • AlwaysOn selects Taulia as an AlwaysOn Global 250 winner.
  • Beehive Startups takes a peek at MX’s culture. Check out MX’s presentation for developers at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.
  • GROWMARK selects Avalara AvaTax Excise & Returns Excise Enterprise. Avalara will present at FinDEVr 2015, 6/7 October.
  • Forbes column on top fintech trends highlights MaxMyInterest, Prosper, Lending Club, Betterment, Vanguard, CUneXus, Patch of Land, and DarcMatter.

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

  • “Finovate Debuts: Dream Payments Solves Your Payment-acceptance Nightmare”
  • “Bill.com Unveils its iOS App for Small Business Owners”
  • “Malauzai Software Raises $11 Million in Venture Funding”

Around the web

  • Bloomberg: Barclays’s Michael Rake to Become WorldPay Chairman in September. See WorldPay at FinDEVr this October.
  • PaySimple introduces BookSimple, its cloud-based scheduling software.
  • Check Point partners with Vmware partner to bolster security in data centers.
  • Boston Business Journal: peerTransfer to open office in Shanghai, China, this year.
  • Bank Innovation reviews Narrative Science and its plans to enter the robot-advisor market.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Ron Suber, Prosper President.
  • Credit Union Times features Rippleshot CEO and co-founder Canh Tran in its column on fraud detection for CUs.
  • Sang Lee, CEO of DarcMatter, quoted in RIA Biz column on robo-advisors.
  • PYMTNs.com profiles Kreditech as the company pursues Series C investment.
  • Belvoir FCU launches Belvoir Buck$ loyalty program courtesy of partnership with Larky.

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.