Finovate Alumni News

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  • Venture Scanner Insights features Motif Investing and TransferWise.
  • Top Image Systems names Carsten Nelk as chief technology officer.
  • DeviceFidelity picks up patent for its implementation of NFC.
  • CSI globalV Card wins multiple honors at the 2015 Communicator Awards.
  • Alcatel launches smartphone with EyeVerify biometric technology.
  • Striata partners with e-signature provider, CIC, to enable document execution via email.
  • Actiance now supports Skype for Business and Yammer.
  • ebankIT launches Watch Bank, an app that allows you to perform banking transactions on the Apple Watch.

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.

 

Alumni News– November 13, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgKili acquires NFC microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity.
  • American Banker lists Currency Cloud, BioCatch, Linqto, VerifyValid, and Rippleshot as top 10 tech companies to watch.
  • Fintech in the fall: themes and company updates from CAN Capital, Encap Security, Fuze Network, Guardian Analytics, Larky, Ripple, and Xpenditure.
  • American Banker examines 2015 plans for FIS, Fiserv and Diebold.
  • Forbes looks at the success of RoboAdvisors: Betterment, Wealthfront, Personal Capital, and SigFig.
  • Forbes examines Kantox’s P2P FX trading technology.
  • TSYS partners with FICO to deliver a marketing product for card issuers called TSYS Targeted Messaging.
  • Digital Insight enters reseller agreement with Guardian Analytics to deliver anomaly detection services to financial institutions.
  • Trulioo wins 2014 Canadian Technology Companies to watch award from Deloitte.
  • Huffington Post interviews Andrea Gellert, SVP Marketing at OnDeck.
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.

Alumni News– June 17, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTop Image Systems launches eFLOW Signature Verification.
  • 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.

Cachet Financial Solutions Acquires Moneto from DeviceFidelity

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Finovate alum Cachet Financial Solutions (FinovateFall 2012) has announced its acquisition of Moneto, the prepaid mobile platform, from another Finovate alum, DeviceFidelity.

Calling prepaid “one of the fastest growing financial product sectors,” Cachet CEO and President Jeffrey Mack said, “This acquisition is a perfect complement to Cachet’s current RDC mobile prepaid offering and demonstrates our strategic evolution to a more comprehensive mobile offering.

While Moneto is the main prize in the acquisition, there is more to the package than the prepaid mobile platform alone. Cachet Financial will also gain a core VISA prepaid mobile money platform, and strategic relationships with partners like Navy Federal Credit Union, MasterCard, and Moneygram.
The Moneto platform provides clients with a variety of features including:
  • card loading
  • card balance and history
  • loyalty and rewards
  • person-to-person (P2P) transfers
  • expedited bill pay and remittance
  • instant “Good Funds” to load card by check

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Moneto also enables contactless payments for both iOS and Android smartphones. The mobile app allows the user to access his or her prepaid card from their mobile device, as well.
Cachet Financial is known for its remote deposit capture (RDC) technology, which leverages technology from Mitek (yet another Finovate alum) to provide solutions for financial institutions, credit unions and consumers alike. The company is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was founded in 2010.
See DeviceFidelity demo moneto in the video from the company’s FinovateSpring appearance in 2012 here.

Finovate Alumni News– February 18, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgScotiabank selects Fenergo’s regulatory onboarding solution.
  • FIS announces partnership with Microsoft Cybercrime Center.
  • Azimo credits Indian expansion for surge in new cash pick-up points.
  • Betterment, Personal Capital, Wealthfront featured in Boston Globe column on personal wealth.
  • DeviceFidelity unveils RF technology behind its latest stand-alone, NFC microSD card.
  • Find Biometrics interviews Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify.
  • Vincent Turner, Planwise CEO, gives a closer look at the Planwise Solid Earth partnership.
  • Forbes examines how CAN Capital reinvents financing for SMBs.
  • City of Prosser launches on doxo to simplify bill pay and add mobile interaction.
  • BillGuard now offering free card monitoring for unlimited number of cards.
  • Taulia triples revenue growth in 2013.
  • BlinkMobile enters Europe, eyes U.S.
  • Xero adds a new chairman, director, and CEO of North America.
  • Matchi hires new CEO, David Milligan.
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– January 27, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLending Club named #5 on Forbes’ Most Promising Companies List.
  • The Wall Street Journal mentions SecondMarket’s private shares trading market.
  • Doxo receives 2013 Award for best Software and App from the Seattle Award Program.
  • VentureBeat lists Xero and Expensify as 2 of the best back-office software applications for small businesses.
  • Billhighway Prepaid MasterCard named winner in eighth annual Paybefore Awards.
  • Bank Systems & Technology features Allied Payment Network’s Picture Pay mobile bill pay app.
  • FIS wins Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement award for FIS Mobile Wallet.
  • Credit Card Vault in the Cloud Spreedly Raises $500k.
  • Find Biometrics takes a brief look at 2013 and 2014 with EyeVerify’s Director of Marketing, Denise Myers.
  • DeviceFidelity announces availability of its IsisReady NFC cases for iPhone.
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 Raise $825 Million in 2013, Up 79%

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Cheers to a new year! After ringing in 2014, we wanted take a look back at the capital raised by Finovate alumni in 2013. It was quite a year, with alums pulling in $825 million, $365 million more than in 2012 for an increase of about 80%.
2013 funding summary:
    • 62 companies raised $825 million
    • Q4 had the most capital, with a total of $294 million raised by 17 companies (more than half by Xero, which landed $150 million). 
    • October was the busiest month, with $177 million raised (mostly Xero’s $150 million)
    • May was second highest with $91 million raised by 7 companies
2012 comparison
Last year Finovate alums took in almost twice as much as 2012, when 44 Finovate alums collectively raised $460 million. The chart below shows the quarter-by-quarter comparison for both years.
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Quarter 1 — blog post
More than $155 million raised by 14 companies
January — $57 million raised by 6 companies
February — $56 million raised by 5 companies

March — $42 million raised by 4 companies


Quarter 2 — blog post
More than $205 million raised by 15 companies
June — $81.7 million raised by 6 companies
May — $91.5 million raised by 7 companies
April — $32 million raised by 2 companies

Quarter 3 — blog post
More than $171 million raised by 22 companies

July — More than $63 million raised by 8 companies
August — More than $26 million raised by 6 companies
September — $82 million raised by 9 companies
Quarter 4
More than $294 million raised by 17 companies

October— $177 raised by 6 companies
November — More than $87 million raised by 7 companies
December — More than $30 million raised by 6 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they first appeared at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

Finovate Alumni News– December 9, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAzimo CEO Michael Kent talks about his company’s partnership with The Currency Cloud.
  • Realty Mogul named one of the 18 best startups of 2013 by Business Insider.
  • Bob’s Guide looks at Comarch survey to determine SMB satisfaction with business banking.
  • American Banker reports: Fiserv Releases Financial Crime Risk Platform.
  • 1to1 media features insights on customer service innovation from NICE Systems and GMC Software Technology.
  • Business Standard reviews Hello Wallet’s smartphone app.
  • NFC chip from DeviceFidelity earns commendation in this Forbes column on mobile banking.
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.

Kalixa Group Brings its NFC-Enabling Technology to the U.K.

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The power to turn any smartphone into an NFC enabled phone is the promise of Kalixa Group’s prepaid mobile wallet, moneto, now available for users in the U.K.

Moneto will allow users in the U.K. to “tap and pay” (or “tap and go”) when paying for purchases using their smartphones. MicroSD technology, courtesy of DeviceFidelity, provides the phone with its NFC functionality, allowing shopping by mobile wallet at retail stores throughout the United Kingdom wherever the MasterCard PayPass logo is displayed.

Other features of the mobile wallet include:
  • Remote account access including real-time balance check
  • Merchant and ATM finder
  • Wallet-to-wallet transaction ability
Users of the mobile app also get an EMV prepaid MasterCard that will allow them to make cash withdrawals from ATMs, shop online, and pay for items where NFC is not an available option at the point of sale. ATM cash withdrawals will cost Kalixa prepaid card users £1.75 each, plus 1.95% of the value of the transfer (minimum of £10).
In addition to providing for NFC-based transactions, the microSD chip potentially adds a layer of security for the mobile wallet user. As noted in Banking Technology’s coverage of the launch, a stolen phone with a separate NFC chip means that the customer is less likely to have their account details stolen, as well.
The mobile wallet is currently available on iOS for iPhone 4 and 4S. Kalixa Group plans to add Android and iPhone 5 compatible versions later this year.
Kalixa Group demoed its mobile point-of-sale (mpos) technology at FinovateEurope 2013 in London. To see their presentation, click here. DeviceFidelity showed its In2Pay microSD chip enabling contactless transactions with the moneto wallet as part of the FinovateSpring 2012 show in San Francisco. See DeviceFidelity in action here.

Finovate Alumni News– July 23, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYodlee launches suite of solutions to give self-directed investors a full picture of their wealth and investments in one place.
  • Forbes lists Narrative Science as 1 of 5 exciting tech companies you’ve probably never heard of.
  • Huffington Post features Personal Capital, Mint, and Manilla as tools to organize finances.
  • First Federal Bank and United Community Bank have selected Fiserv’s DNA account processing platform.
  • Commerce Bancshares extends use of Alogent Payments Gateway from ProfitStars.
  • Thomsen Reuters announces availability of Checkpoint Pocket Assistant for the iPhone, free app for tax professionals.
  • Check to provide mobile bill pay to Desert Water Agency customers.
  • NYSE CIO Peter Leukert to lead FIS’s strategy and thought leadership team.
  • Technologies from Kalixa, DeviceFidelity, and MasterCard combine to bring moneto mobile wallet to the U.K.
  • VerifyValid partners with Deluxe to offer secure check payment solution to small businesses. See VerifyValid demo at FinovateFall in New York.
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.