Emailage Acquired by LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Fraud prevention solutions provider Emailage recently announced it has been acquired. LexisNexis Risk Solutions, owned by parent company RELX, closed the deal for $480 million.

Emailage was founded in 2012 by Rajesh Pandey and Rei Carvalho. The company offers an email risk score that uses email address metadata to help businesses assess transactional risk and validate digital identities. Access to this data enables companies to expedite approvals, prevent chargebacks, and automate workflows. Emailage also offers a Digital Identity score that layers in additional data to offer businesses a fuller picture of the user’s online reputation.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions purchased Emailage to integrate the company’s email assessment capabilities into its Digital Identity Network offerings. The integration should be somewhat smooth since the two had an existing commercial partnership prior to the acquisition.

“This acquisition is a natural fit as LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Emailage are both committed to continuously evolving our solutions to combat fraud,” said LexisNexis Risk Solutions Business Services CEO Rick Trainor. “This acquisition will enhance and expand our email data intelligence to provide our customers a more comprehensive view of risk with minimal friction for their customers.”

This isn’t the first fintech RELX has snapped up to boost its fraud and risk management services. The firm has been making a steady stream of purchases in the sector, including ID Analytics, ThreatMetrix, Accuity, and ChoicePoint. RELX has also formed numerous partnerships in the space, including with BioCatch and Blockbid.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions initiated its purchase of Emailage before COVID-19 had overtaken the globe. However, the increased interest in security players is something we can expect to see more of as the virus steers us toward the low-touch economy and drives traditionally brick-and-mortar services into the digital realm.

Emailage and Featurespace Target Online Application Fraud

The newly announced collaboration between email risk assessment innovator Emailage and fraud prevention and risk management firm Featurespace is designed to combat online application fraud, a problem that grew by 159% last year according to U.K. Finance.

The partnership integrates Featurespace’s ARIC Fraud Hub with Emailage’s data and risk assessment scores. The combined solution identifies and reports application fraud in real time, boosting the accuracy of customer authentication during processes like onboarding and account maintenance. The integration will also make it easier for institutions to comply with the latest payment regulations.

“In order to keep up with the fast-changing payment landscape, we are always on the lookout to leverage our expertise and that of other providers,” Chief Partnership Officer at Emailage Tim White said. “Emailage and Featurespace are two companies moving in the same direction in terms of innovation and growth. Therefore, we felt this collaboration was a highly strategic opportunity.”

“This is yet another step in our journey to provide our customers with full regulatory compliance and a best-in-class solution,” White said.

Emailage turns email addresses into global digital identifiers. The company leverages a worldwide data network to assess the likelihood that the individual who provided the email address is reliable as a potential customer or applicant. Via the integration, digital identities that are established by Emailage are then processed by the Adaptive Behavioral Analytics of Featurespace’s ARIC platform, which builds individual behavioral profiles. This improves the ability of the machine learning models to automatically detect risk and to combat new threats as they develop. Emailage noted that it has helped organizations around the world mitigate $2.8 billion in fraudulent purchases and applications.

“This integration makes it easy for all of our customers to leverage the combined power of our innovative Adaptive Behavioral Analytics and Emailage’s proprietary data set to improve risk scoring and reduce exposure to sophisticated online threats at the point of application,” Featurespace CEO Martina King said.

Founded in 2008, Featurespace demonstrated its ARIC Fraud Manager solution at FinovateFall 2016. The company’s partnership announcement with Emailage comes at the same time as a report that banking and payments solutions provider Contis has completed deployment of Featurespace’s ARIC Fraud Hub.

In June, Featurespace announced that it would power transaction monitoring for Ireland’s Permanent TSB. This spring, the company was highlighted by Aite Group in its 2019 report on anti-fraud and AML machine learning platform vendors, and its CEO was profiled by Hypepotamus on the topic of workplace diversity.

Earlier this year, Featurespace announced a partnership with retail finance technology provider Deko, and launched its technology in Singapore. The company began 2019 with a major fundraising, bringing in $32.3 million (£25 million) in new capital in a round led by Insight Venture Partners.

Emailage demonstrated its Browser Extension at its Finovate debut in 2015. The extension marks email with an easily identifiable icon that enables users to get an instant analysis on the risk associated with the email. With the extension, users of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer can leverage Emailage’s fraud-detecting technology to assess the risk of emails and websites.

Emailage won Best E-commerce Initiative at the PayTech Awards in London last month. This spring, the company introduced a trio of new points of presence in Singapore, Australia, and Germany, in what company CTO Rafael Loureiro said demonstrated the company’s “strategic commitment” to making its technology available worldwide. An office in Dublin, Ireland, was opened in June.

Emailage also announced it added a “big four” U.S. bank, a major Asian payment platform, and a global e-commerce solution provider to its shared intelligence network in the first quarter of this year. Founded in 2012, the company has raised $15.7 million in funding from investors including Anthos Capital, Cobre Capital, and Mucker Capital. Rei Carvalho is CEO.

Finovate Alumni News


  • AccountScore and Validis Bring the Benefits of Open Banking to U.K. SMEs.
  • Emailage and Featurespace Target Online Application Fraud.
  • Business Valuation Specialist BizEquity Teams Up with UBS.

Around the web

  • ID R&D launches facial liveness detection solution, IDLive Face.
  • Klarna and global fashion retailer ASOS to expand to the U.S.
  • Banking and payments solution provider Contis deploys Featurespace’s ARIC Fraud Hub.

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 Honored at PayTech Awards 2019

A handful of Finovate alums were among those earning top honors at the second annual PayTech Awards earlier this month. In categories ranging from e-commerce to real-time payments, four Finovate alums won commendations for their contributions to “excellence and innovation in the payments industry.” Another trio of alums took home “Highly Commended” runner’s up recognition.

We’ve listed those honored alums below along with the categories they competed in and a link to their most recent Finovate/FinDEVr conference demo video.

  • Token – Best Consumer Payments Initiative – video

And here are the alums that earned Highly Commended recognitions.

  • Fiserv – Real-Time Payments Solution Provider – video

The PayTech Awards consists of three categories: Judged Awards, Leadership Awards, and Ovum Payments Innovation Awards. In addition to those alums that won their categories – or earned Highly Commended honors – a few Finovate/FinDEVr alums were also short-listed ahead of the final votes. These companies – along with their category and most recent Finovate/FinDEVr video – are below:

To learn more about the awards – including a look at last year’s winners – visit the PayTech Awards homepage.

Finovate Alumni News


  • MoneyHub Secures Investment from Nationwide.
  • Lighter Capital Increases Funding Limit to $3 Million.
  • Prosper Plans HELOC Product Launch in 2019.
  • Nvstr Brings Brokerage Optimized Investing to the Masses.

Around the web

  • Kasasa partners with rateGenius to offer Kasasa Loans on behalf of Kasasa’s community financial institution network.
  • Infosys to open technology and innovation hub in Texas and hire 500 American workers by 2020.
  • Xero announces new integrations with Tide, Starling Bank, TransferWise, Revolut, and Soldo.
  • Javelin names OneSpan ‘Best in Class’ provider, honoring it with the 2018 Mobile Biometrics Platform Award.
  • Emailage announces Tom Miller as new Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Quovo becomes the first U.S.-based financial data provider granted registration in the Open Banking Directory.
  • Javelin Strategy & Research names Daon a 2018 Mobile Biometrics Platform Awards Leader in the Functional category.

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


  • OnDeck Partners with PNC Bank to Streamline SME Financing.
  • Yoyo Lands $30 Million Partnership Agreement.

Around the web

  • Ping Identity makes YubiKey experience packs available for PingID customers
  • Emailage launches RapidRisk Score fraud detection solution for risk analysis.
  • Tinkoff Bank launches Tinkoff Mortgage mobile application for its mortgage customers and partners.

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.

Highlights of This Year’s Inc. 5000

Inc. has once again released its lists of the fastest-growing 5,000 private companies in the U.S. and Europe this week. A total of 13 Finovate alums made the U.S. list and 14 earned spots on the Europe list. To qualify*, companies were required to be privately-owned and independent.

Inc. 5,000 U.S.

The 5,000 companies on this year’s list collectively generated more than $206 billion in revenue. Here are the 13 Finovate alums that made the cut this year:


  • Rank: 117
  • 2017 revenue: $4.7 million
  • 3-year growth: 33.8x
  • Founded: 2013
  • Employees: 30
  • Ranked number 4 in top financial services companies

SeedInvest demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.


  • Rank: 139
  • 2017 revenue: $5.1 million
  • 3-year growth: 29x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 192
  • Ranked number 5 in top financial services companies

CardFlight demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.

Alkami technology

  • Rank: 284
  • 2017 revenue: $26.8 million
  • 3-year growth: 17x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 299
  • Ranked number 10 in top Dallas companies

Alkami debuted under the name iThryv at FinovateSpring 2009.


  • Rank: 389
  • 2017 revenue: $12.3 million
  • 3-year growth: 12.6x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 96
  • Ranked number 4 in top Charlotte companies

Passport demoed at FinovateEurope 2016.


  • Rank: 625
  • 2017 revenue: $16.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 8x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 79
  • Ranked number 6 in top security companies

Emailage demoed at FinovateSpring 2015.

Lighter Capital

  • Rank: 776
  • 2017 revenue: $11.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 6.5x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 39
  • Ranked number 11 in top Seattle companies

Lighter Capital demoed at FinovateFall 2013.

Tango Card

  • Rank: 912
  • 2017 revenue: $17 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 80
  • Ranked number 14 in top Seattle companies

Tango Card demoed at FinovateFall 2016.


  • Rank: 932
  • 2017 revenue: $8.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.3x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 29
  • Ranked number 6 in top Richmond, VA companies

WealthForge demoed at FinovateSpring 2016.


  • Rank: 1048
  • 2017 revenue: $2.3 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.7x
  • Founded: 2014
  • Employees: 10
  • Ranked number 4 in top Detroit companies

Unison demoed at FinovateFall 2017.

Acuity Systems

  • Rank: 1107
  • 2017 revenue: $12.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.5x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 26

Acuity Systems demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.


  • Rank: 1176
  • 2017 revenue: $14.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.1x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 80

defi SOLUTIONS demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.


  • Rank: 1550
  • 2017 revenue: $92.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 3x
  • Founded: 2004
  • Employees: 413

Interactions demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.


  • Rank: 2886
  • 2017 revenue: $130.4 million
  • 3-year growth: 1.4x
  • Founded: 2008
  • Employees: 342

Cardlytics demoed at FinovateFall 2014. The company went public early this year.

Inc. 5,000 Europe

This is the fourth year in a row Inc. has ranked European countries. The rankings are based on three-year revenue growth. Here are the 14 Finovate alums that earned a spot on the list, including SumUp, which took the number one slot:


  • Rank: 1
  • 2016 revenue: $63.7 million (€56 million)
  • 3-year growth: 143.7x
  • Founded 2011
  • Employees: 500

SumUp demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.


  • Rank: 91
  • 2016 revenue: $6.9 million (€6.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 25x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 140

VATBox demoed at FinovateEurope 2015.


  • Rank: 390
  • 2016 revenue: $4.9 million (€4.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 12x
  • Founded 2011
  • Employees: 73

Kantox demoed at FinovateEurope 2013


  • Rank: 699
  • 2016 revenue: $2.96 million (€2.6 million)
  • 3-year growth: 8.3x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 16

HelpMyCash demoed at FinovateEurope 2011.


  • Rank: 901
  • 2016 revenue: $3.41 million (€3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 7x
  • Founded 2005
  • Employees: 62

Featurespace demoed at FinovateFall 2016.

Kalixa Payments 

  • Rank: 918
  • 2016 revenue: $42.3 million (€37.2 million)
  • 3-year growth: 7x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 112

Kalixa demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.


  • Rank: 1314
  • 2016 revenue: $46.3 million (€40.7 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2004
  • Employees: 188

Zopa demoed at FinovateSpring 2008.


  • Rank: 1330
  • 2016 revenue: $13.8 million (€12.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 68

Feedzai demoed at FinovateEurope 2014.


  • Rank: 1344
  • 2016 revenue: $36.7 million ( €32.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 83

Trustly demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.


  • Rank: 1882
  • 2016 revenue: $33.8 million ( €29.7 million)
  • 3-year growth: 3.8x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 183

Fenergo demoed at FinovateEurope 2012.


  • Rank: 2452
  • 2016 revenue: $8.2 million (€7.2 million)
  • 3-year growth: 2.6x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 69

Innofis demoed at FinovateEurope 2016.

Quadient France 

  • Rank: 2966
  • 2016 revenue: $8.9 million (€7.8 million)
  • 3-year growth: 1.8x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 21

Quadient demoed at FinovateEurope 2018.

True Potential

  • Rank: 3233
  • 2016 revenue: $88.5 million (€77.8 million)
  • 3-year growth: 1.5x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 234

True Potential demoed at FinovateFall 2014.


  • Rank: 4954
  • 2016 revenue: $35.6 million (€31.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 59%
  • Founded 1978
  • Employees: 148

Comarch demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.

*Companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They must be privately held, for-profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, some on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Best of Show Winner Bambu Raises $3 Million in Series A.
  • Launches International Business Payments.

Around the web

  • Onfido to provide identity verification for HBUS, the strategic partner of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi.
  • Jack Henry migrates 66 FIs to its JHA Card Processing Solutions.
  • Avaloq to help U.K.-based financial services firm Smith & Williamson deliver investment management services to clients.
  • looks at Emailage and its expansion into the Canadian market.
  • Jumio and Backbase partner to improve customer onboarding with online identity verification technology.

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


  • Baker Hill Brings its Cloud-Based Loan Origination Solution to First Bank.

Around the web

  • Online banking innovator Dollar Bank to upgrade its digital offerings with technology from Fiserv.
  • Brazil’s Nubank reaches milestone of 1.5 million digital account openings in six months.
  • Aire, Onfido, Trunomi, TransferWise, YoYo Wallet and Revolut earn finalist spots in TechCrunch Europas Awards.
  • Emailage announces expansion across APAC and plans to double the size of its Phoenix, Arizona office.

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


  • doxo Teams with Coinstar to Facilitate Cash Payments for Underbanked.
  • Agreement Express Lands Funding from Frontier Capital.
  • Low-Code Development Platform OutSystems Forges Strategic Partnership with Atos.

Around the web

  • Iowa City-based Farmers & Merchants and Savings Bank to deploy Fiserv’s retail and business banking platform.
  • Zopa announces restructuring in advance of the launch of its challenger bank.
  • features Trulioo CEO Stephen Ufford in a conversation about the present and future of KYC.
  • Santander introduces its Santander One Pay FX service, a blockchain-based money transfer offering that leverages Ripple’s xCurrent technology.
  • Meniga CEO Georg Ludviksson selected as one of top 200 Fintech leaders in Europe
  • NuCypher teams with Origin Protocol to control access to sensitive information in decentralized marketplaces.
  • Efigence powers concept, UX, and design for BGŻOptima Bank’s new portal.
  • profiles anti-cyberfraud startup, Emailage.

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.

Emailage Raises $10 Million in Round Led by Anthos Capital

Fraud prevention and identity verification innovator Emailage has raised $10 million in new funding. The round was led by Anthos Capital, and featured the participation of Mucker Capital, Radian Capital, Tallwave Capital, and Wipro Ventures.  “This investment will allow us to continue our rapid growth, enhance our leadership position in the online fraud detection market and deliver significant fraud prevention capabilities to businesses around the world,” Emailage CEO Rei Carvalho said. The funding takes Emailage’s total capital to more than $15 million.

Emailage’s innovation is to leverage email addresses as unique global identifiers. The company’s real-time risk intelligence technology uses email transaction history, machine learning algorithms, and “positive and negative data” to produce a predictive risk score for any transaction involving an email address.

Pictured: Emailage Chief Product Officer Amador Testa demonstrating the Emailage Browser Extension at FinovateSpring 2015.

Emailage’s technology can be used to provide verification for online transactions, account signups, marketplace listings, and more. In addition to the top three PC manufacturers and the top four money transfer providers, Emailage’s customers include:

  • five of the top 10 global retailers
  • three of the top five largest global airlines
  • three of the top six credit card issuers
  • three of the top five marketplace lenders
  • three of the top five travel websites

In 2017 alone, Emailage has analyzed $100 billion in transaction volume, identifying more than 17 million high-risk transactions. “Emailage has developed a powerful solution that is critical for any company doing business online,” Anthos Capital’s Paul Farr said, crediting the company for “making online transactions safer for businesses and consumers.”

Founded  in 2012 and headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Emailage demonstrated its Browser Extension at FinovateSpring 2015. The company recently revealed that fellow Finovate alum Experian was using its technology among others to help lower fraud on its CrossCore platform. Emailage CEO Carvalho was interviewed by Silicon Review at the beginning of the year, discussing strategies for staying ahead of the fraudsters.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Emailage Raises $10 Million in Round Led by Anthos Capital.

Around the web

  • Federacion Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Credito selects core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Azimo introduces “one hour or less” cash pick-up services in the Philippines.
  • ING Bank in Czech Republic to deploy decision management software from FICO.
  • Virtual StrongBox secures 5th patent for secure document exchange technology.

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.