Alumni News– July 10, 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.jpgOptimal Payments announces partnership with Oink.
  • Braintree releases v.zero SDK, featuring support for Pay with PayPal.
  • Bank Innovation highlights leaders at Ripple, LoopPay, Finect, and Fiserv in its list of 30 key innovators in fintech.
  • Segmint named a Preferred Vendor of MAGNET Global Network.
  • Holvi preps to launch into Irish marketplace.
  • doxo named one of Washington State’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2014 by Seattle Business magazine.
  • Think Advisor features the different approaches of 3 robo-advisors: Betterment, Personal Capital, and Wealthfront.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions prices Initial Public Offering.
  • DoubleBeam’s GoPago POS system is enabling Slyde, a mobile commerce beacon-enabled shopping app.
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– July 1, 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.jpgPuget Sound Business Journal profiles Doxo co-founder and CEO, Steve Shivers.
  • Techcrunch column on the “un-banking of America” highlights a dozen Finovate alums.
  • Mentors International deploying Mambu’s cloud banking platform.
  • Finovate alums raise more than $600 million for second quarter in a row.
  • People’s Trust Federal Credit Union teams up with Insuritas to provide insurance solutions for its 26,000 members.
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– April 24, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLinkable Networks teams up with Ohana to deliver card-linked savings.
  • Actiance launches its Actiance Technology Partner Program.
  • Check Point Software Technologies launches new 41000 Security System, expanding its network security portfolio.
  • The Paypers interviews ThreatMetrix CEO, Reed Taussig.
  • Kantox announces formation of European Advisory Board.
  • doxo launches real-time business analytics and market data for service providers.
  • The Simple customer experience as experienced on a 3 week bike trip to FinovateSpring.
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 Alums Raise $600 Million in First Quarter of 2014

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Want some context on the torrid pace of fintech financing in the first three months of 2014?

Consider this: a year ago, fourteen Finovate alums raised a total of more than $150 million in the first quarter of 2013.

A year later, we have just nine alums raising more than twice as much in the month of March alone.

March Madness, indeed.
Q1 of 2014 saw 23 Finovate alums walk away with just under $600 million in capital. The biggest haul of the quarter came courtesy of Klarna, which raised more than $125 million. 
But there were plenty of similarly impressive fundraisings, including the $85 million raised by Credit Karma, and the $77 million and $75 million secured by OnDeck and Tradeshift, respectively.
Total raised = More than $592 million
January — $91 million raised by seven companies
February — $139 million raised by seven companies
March — $362 million raised by nine companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at David@finovate.com or Julie@finovate.com

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 News– January 16, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgID Analytics names George Gelly Chief Product Officer.
  • Doxo reviews 2013: hits 1 million users mark, achieves 3 to 6x growth in every region of U.S.
  • Northeast Bank to deploy Jack Henry Banking’s SilverLake System core processing platform.
  • TSYS to launch Authorization Controls for credit and debit cardholders.
  • University Business Magazine names peerTransfer a Top Product of 2013.
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 8, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMerchant Maverick calls Flint Mobile “the perfect service for low-volume merchants.”
  • LendUp and Refundo team up to provide short-term loans for underbanked taxpayers waiting for refunds.
  • Manilla launches Bill Share to make managing family finances easier.
  • CurrencyFair unveils their new website.
  • The Seattle Times joins doxo to simplify bill delivery and payment for subscribers.
  • Dynamics ePlate Visa Card adds 50th rewards partner.
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.

doxo Raises $3.5 Million in New Funding

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One of the competitors in the bill management space, doxo, announced that it had raised $3.5 million in new funding just before the holidays. The additional capital brings the Seattle-based startup’s total to $19 million.

doxo makes it easier for businesses and consumers to move toward more efficient, paperless financial management processes. The company includes Jeff Bezos and Open Table CEO Thomas Layton among its investors, and its cloud-based document storage and online payment system has been compared favorably to PayPal. Among doxo’s customers are AT&T, Sound Community Bank, Puget Sound Energy, as well as the State of Washington.

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Additional investors include Mohr Davidow and Sigma Partners. doxo CEO Steve Shivers said that the additional funding will be used to help “accelerate growth” in 2014. Shivers co-founded doxo with Mark Goris in 2008.

doxo demoed its technology as part of the FinovateSpring 2011 show in San Francisco. See the company’s presentation here.