Feedzai and DataRobot Team Up to Tackle Financial Crime

Anti-fraud solution provider Feedzai has collaborated with DataRobot to enable FIs, merchants, and processors to add DataRobot’s machine learning models to the Feedzai platform. The integration, made possible via the OpenML platform Feedzai announced last year, will enable FIs to automate the creation of advanced machine learning models for fraud detection and AML, providing a higher level of defense against financial crime.

“This integration with DataRobot enables us to further open the Feedzai platform to powerful machine learning algorithms into our platform to offer even more of the world’s advanced AI tools to our customers,” Feedzai SVP of Product Saurabh Bajaj said. “This is how we are democratizing AI for our customers.”

The integration also gives data scientists the ability to conduct data cleaning and analysis, feature engineering, and model training and testing, all within the Feedzai platform. Data scientists can also import external models to the platform, as well as take advantage of Feedzai’s other tools, including its automated rules engine, advanced link analysis, Risk Ledger, and Genome to enhance fraud detection further.

“Our partnership with Feedzai gives banks and other financial institutions the flexibility to use the machine learning technology and tools that best fit their needs,” SVP of Business Development for DataRobot Seann Gardiner said. “The combination of Feedzai’s impressive threat detection technology and our world-class automated machine learning capabilities create a best-of-breed solution to fight fraud with unprecedented accuracy.”

With $5 billion in transactions scored daily, Feedzai protects 10 of the largest 25 global banks from fraud. Last month, the company announced a strategic partnership with Citi, which will feature the integration of Feedzai’s anti-fraud technology with Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions. Feedzai also unveiled its latest financial crime prevention solution, Risk Ledger, in December. Risk Ledger leverages the millions of transactions processed via its platform to provide a more comprehensive anti-fraud solution.

Founded in 2009 and based in San Francisco, California, Feedzai demonstrated its fraud prevention technology at FinovateEurope 2014. The company has raised $76.1 million in funding, and includes Data Collective DCVC, Sapphire Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Oak HC/FT among its investors.

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Citi Forges Strategic Partnership with Feedzai

Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions will integrate transaction monitoring technology from Feedzai. The integration comes courtesy of a newly-announced strategic partnership, and reflects a relationship that extends back to 2016, when Citi Ventures made a strategic investment in the AI-based real-time risk management solution provider.

“Citi is one of the most successful banks in the world for a reason, because they invest in their customers’ experience,” Feedzai CEO and co-founder Nuno Sebastiao said. “We’re proud to continue working together to be part of that innovation that helps Citi to continue to show the world what world-class digital transformation for banks looks like.”

Powered by advanced machine learning technology, Feedzai’s transaction monitoring platform will combine with Citi’s proprietary services and platforms to give clients better control and risk management for payment transactions. The technology analyzes and identifies potential customer payment behavior anomalies before the payments are sent for clearing, while at the same time ensuring prompt and efficient processing. Citi plans to go live with a new, Feedzai-powered risk management solution in 2019.

“Our strategic partnership with Feedzai demonstrates our deep commitment to using technology to drive innovation,” said Manish Kohli, Global Head of Payments and Receivables for Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions. “With the help of Feedzai’s solution, we can scale rapidly in an effort to deliver value to our clients, allowing them to make payments securely, efficiently, and without friction, across the globe,” Kohli said.

Feedzai’s strategic partnership news comes just a few weeks after the company announced the release of its financial crime prevention solution, Risk Ledger. This summer, Feedzai announced that it would offer its machine learning technology, AutoML, to automate and streamline the work of data scientists. A partnership with e-commerce bank, Credorax, reported in July, will empower the merchant acquisition specialist to offer better anti-fraud protections for its partners.

Founded in 2008 and based in San Mateo, California, Feedzai demonstrated its fraud prevention technology at FinovateEurope 2014. The company’s platform scores $5 billion in transactions daily and protects 10 of the largest 25 global banks against transaction fraud. Feedzai has raised $82 million in funding from investors including Data Collective DCVC, Sapphire Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Oak HC/FT.

Citi participated in our developers conference, FinDEVr New York 2017, providing a discussion on OAuth tokenization and the company’s Developer Hub. The bank, with more than 200 million customer accounts, was founded in 1812 and conducts operations in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions around the world.

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Fighting Financial Crime with Feedzai’s Risk Ledger

Leveraging machine learning and secure, federated data from its customer base and third-party vendors, Feedzai announced this week the release of its latest financial crime prevention solution, Risk Ledger.

Feedzai’s Risk Ledger uses the 30 million transactions processed by its system every day – including more than 100 different payment methods – to deliver a more accurate and comprehensive anti-fraud solution compared to siloed data offerings.  By processing such a wide range and number of data elements (i.e., cards, IPs, merchants, emails) along the full cycle of the customer journey (from onboarding to compliance), Risk Ledger provides anti-fraud and anti-money laundering defense for all members of the payment process from issuers and acquirers to merchants and networks.

“Our goal has always been to make it harder and harder for fraudsters to hide, while making it easier for businesses to serve their loyal customers without friction,” Feedzai Head of Product Saurabh Bajaj explained. “As our customer base across the world continues to grow, the network effect of all of that data will only make Risk Ledger stronger.”

Risk Ledger is the latest solution from Feedzai designed to help fight financial crime. In October, the company unveiled Feedzai Genome, which enables financial fraud investigators to use link analysis graph technology to visualize and identify complex financial crime patterns and take action in real time. Powered by Feedzai’s advanced AI, Feedzai Genome learns over time, keeping pace with evolving AML and fraud typologies.

“Fraud patterns are getting more complex as criminals continue to get more sophisticated to avoid detection,” Feedzai CTO and co-founder Paulo Marques said when the technology was introduced. “Feedzai Genome gives our customers a full picture of financial crime so that they can fight it more effectively.”

With $5 billion in transactions scored daily, Feedzai serves ten of the largest 25 banks in the world, protecting 200 million people against cyberfraud. The company has raised $82 million in funding and includes Data Collective DCVC, Sapphire Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Oak HC/FT among its investors.

Earlier this year, Feedzai introduced its AutoML technology, leveraging machine learning to automate many of the most time-consuming processes for data scientists fighting cybercrime. In July, the company teamed up with Credorax, an e-commerce focused commercial bank, to help merchants better defend themselves against fraud.

Named to the Inc. 5,000 Europe roster for 2018 this summer and honored with a spot on the Forbes Fintech 50 at the beginning of the year, Feedzai demonstrated its fraud prevention technology at FinovateEurope 2014. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in San Mateo, California.

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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:

SeedInvest

  • 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.

Cardflight

  • 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.

Passport

  • 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.

Emailage

  • 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.

WealthForge

  • 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.

Unison

  • 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.

defi SOLUTIONS

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

defi SOLUTIONS demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.

Interactions

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

Interactions demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.

Cardlytics

  • 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:

SumUp

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

SumUp demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.

VATBox 

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

VATBox demoed at FinovateEurope 2015.

Kantox 

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

Kantox demoed at FinovateEurope 2013

HelpMyCash

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

HelpMyCash demoed at FinovateEurope 2011.

Featurespace 

  • 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.

Zopa

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

Zopa demoed at FinovateSpring 2008.

Feedzai

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

Feedzai demoed at FinovateEurope 2014.

Trustly

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

Trustly demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.

Fenergo

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

Fenergo demoed at FinovateEurope 2012.

Innofis

  • 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.

Comarch

  • 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.

Feedzai Brings Automated Machine Learning to the Fraud Fight

Feedzai is deploying its AutoML machine learning technology to automate many of the most tedious and time-consuming processes for fraud-fighting data scientists. AutoML enables these professionals to create fraud prevention solutions 50x faster than they could using traditional data science workflows. This also gives data scientists more time to work on emergent and more complex fraud challenges.

“We’ve proven that Feedzai AutoML can get virtually the same results in a few hours, that would normally take a team of data scientists weeks to achieve,” co-founder and Chief Science Officer Pedro Bizarro said. “This is a ground-breaking advancement for Feedzai, but even more so, it’s something that will provide a substantial competitive advantage to our customers.”

Feedzai co-founder and CEO Nuno Sebastiaõ credited those customers as the inspiration behind Feedzai’s latest innovations. These include OpenML, a solution launched this spring that enabled data scientists to integrate open source third party tools to the Feedzai Risk engine.

“Our customers spoke, and we listened,” Sebastiaõ said. “AutoML and OpenML are the two latest examples of Feedzai’s dedication to bringing the market the best possible fraud prevention solutions. In the months to come, you can expect to see more and more of these kinds of innovations.”

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Mateo, California, Feedzai demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2014. Last month, the company announced that it was partnering with Credorax to help the merchant acquisition specialist better protect its merchants against fraud. The company began the year with its first appearance on the Forbes Fintech 50 of top privately-owned fintechs.

Feedzai has raised more than $52 million in funding. The company’s investors include Data Collective, Sapphire Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Oak HC/FT.

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