Finovate Alums Earn Spots on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500

Of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America right now, how many have demonstrated their technology live on the Finovate stage?

The answer, courtesy of Deloitte’s just-released 2019 Technology Fast 500 ranking, is a full, baker’s dozen of thirteen innovative firms that have introduced their solutions to Finovate audiences. Update: 11/13: Make that 14 companies!

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, so we are especially pleased to announce and congratulate the 2019 winners,” Deloitte Vice Chairman Sandra Shirai said. “Once again, we saw innovation across the board, with software companies continuing their dominance of the top ten. It’s always inspiring to see how the Fast 500 companies are transforming business and the world we live and work in.”

Making the top 20 of Finovate alums making the cut was Unison, which made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring in 2017, winning Best of Show. Unison’s HomeBuyer and HomeOwner solutions help make homes more affordable and home equity easier and less expensive to access.

Also notable on Deloitte’s list is the appearance of two of our newest alums – SheerID and EVERFI – which demonstrated their solutions earlier this year at FinovateSpring.

Check out all the Finovate alums that made the list below. We’ve included their Technology Fast 500 rank, three-year revenue growth rate, headquarters location, and a link to the company’s most recent Finovate demo video.

Rank #19
Growth 5,280%
San Francisco, California
FinovateFall 2017

Rank #115
Growth: 1,084%
San Jose, California
FinovateSpring 2013

Rank #122
Growth: 1,036%
San Francisco, California
FinovateFall 2016

Rank #129
Growth: 974%
New York City, New York
FinovateFall 2014

Rank #130
Growth: 958%
Plano, Texas
FinovateSpring 2009 (as iThryv)

Rank #185
Growth: 596%
New York City, New York
FinovateFall 2012

Rank #214
Growth: 510%
Charlotte, North Carolina
FinovateEurope 2016

Rank #231
Growth: 472%
San Mateo, California
FinovateEurope 2014

Rank #243
Growth: 450%
Portland, Oregon
FinovateSpring 2019

Rank #297
Growth: 359%
Richmond, Virginia
FinovateSpring 2016

Rank #348
Growth: 282%
New York City, New York
FinovateEurope 2013

Rank #378
Growth: 250%
Lehi, Utah
FinovateSpring 2011

Rank #448
Growth: 198%
Atlanta, Georgia
FinovateSpring 2015

Rank #469
Growth: 184%
Washington, D.C.
FinovateSpring 2019

Finovate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Ephesoft forges partnership with RPA leader Automation Anywhere.
  • Visa launches its Visa Partner Portal to give fintechs greater access to its payments technologies and solutions.
  • Feedzai announces availability of its AI-powered Case Manager solution.
  • Collaboration between Q2 and Socure brings digital identity verification and fraud protection to Q2 Open’s CorePro cloud-based core processor.

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


  • BeSmartee Unveils New Mortgage TPO Platform.

Around the web

  • Identitii is now a ‘Co-Sell Ready’ partner for Microsoft.
  • Feedzai launches tools to help banks offer account opening solutions with fraud prevention.
  • Bankingblocks leverages Five Degrees’ Matrix solution as its digital core banking platform.
  • Eurobank Group selects TemenosT24 Transact for its subsidiaries.
  • Insuritas Launches Tucson Federal Insurance Agency for Tucson FCU.
  • Former Mastercard executive David Yates joins Yoyo as chairman.
  • AlphaPoint names co-founder Igor Telyatnikov as its new CEO.

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.

Feedzai and North American Bancard Partner to Fight Fraud

A new partnership between North American Bancard (NAB) and Feedzai will put machine learning to work to help merchants better manage risk and fight fraud. The two companies have collaborated to build a set of customized fraud prevention tools that leverage real-time data insights to identify suspicious patterns and transaction anomalies that often are the tell-tale signs of criminal activity online.

Saurabh Bajaj, Feedzai Head of Product, emphasized the importance of real-time technology in the fight against emergent fraud threats. He pointed out that while consumers and merchants alike have benefitted from the rise of digital technologies in e-commerce, these gains have come at a cost.

“Digital transformation across industries has been great for consumers, but also for increasingly sophisticated fraudsters looking for new ways to commit fraud,” Bajaj said. “That’s why we need a real-time AI engine that can secure transactions, using intelligence across all business channels.”

NAB Chief Risk Officer Jay Nadarajah highlighted the importance of maintaining a quality customer experience while improving the security of that experience. “Facilitating safe, secure, and fast transactions while eliminating friction in the underwriting and risk processes through technological advancements is at the core of what we’re trying to offer to merchants,” Nadarajah said. “These technological advancements drive efficiencies and speed in identifying fraudulent activity.”

Founded in 1992, North American Bancard is a payments technology company with more than 350,000 business customers in the U.S. and Canada. The Troy, Michigan-based firm offers payment processing and acceptance solutions including free EMV and NFC hardware, no long-term contracts, and acceptance of most major credit cards and PayPal at rates starting at 0.29%.

Feedzai demonstrated its Fraud Prevention platform at FinovateEurope 2014. Earlier this month, the company announced a partnership with Raiffeisen Bank International to use advanced machine learning to help the European bank fight fraud. In March, Aite Group named Feedzai Best in Class in the vendor market for fraud and anti-money laundering solutions.

With more than $76 million in funding, Feedzai includes Data Collective (DCVC), Sapphire Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Oak HC/FT among its investors. Nuno Sebastiao is CEO of the company, which is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2011.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Feedzai and North American Bancard Partner to Fight Fraud.
  • FinovateSpring’s Friday Finale Tackles Fintech’s Toughest Topics.

Around the web

  • Aite Group’s 2019 report on fraud and AML machine learning platform vendors recognizes Featurespace as Best-in-Class.
  • Salt Edge releases 60+ PSD2 API sandboxes.
  • ACI Worldwide to help Indonesia interbank network ALTO to expand its payment capabilities.
  • Jack Henry & Associates unveils its digital account opening solution, JHA OpenAnywhere.
  • Worldpay to release FraudSight machine learning-powered fraud solution.
  • PAUL UK selects Yoyo to introduce a combined mobile payments and personalized loyalty app to its customers.
  • Mint rolls out a new app experience for Android users

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


  • Kazakh Eurasian Bank Upgrades Cash Tech with Fiserv.
  • Teams Up with Omnio Group to Boost Open Banking.
  • Financeit to Power Mobile POS Financing for ServiceTitan.
  • Expensify Integrates with Southeast Asia Ridesharing Company Grab.

Around the web

  • The Five Minute Founder podcast interviews Jake Tyler, Finn AI CEO.
  • STRANDS and adorsys expand their partnership for digital transformation for global financial services.
  • Signifyd to power fraud protection for Solupay’s NetSuite SuitePayments.
  • Kony ships Kony Quantum for Microsoft Azure and Kony DBX digital banking suite on Kony Quantum for Azure.
  • Connect Financial Software Solutions partners with CuneXus to offer the CuneXus perpetual loan automation platform to its credit union clients.
  • Georg von Brevern joins Ixaris as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.
  • Telenor to acquire majority stake in the Finnish telecom operator DNA.
  • Crypterium launches Crypterium SX, an AI-based system that ensures all transactions get the best exchange rates available.
  • Omnio Group and partner to deliver open banking and PSD2 compliance to Omnio’s financial institution customers.
  • Raiffeisen Bank International partners with Feedzai to bring advanced ML to European banking to fight fraud.
  • Jack Henry’s ProfitStars unveils Gladiator Total Protect, a suite of managed IT, network security, and compliance services to enhance banks’ cybersecurity and compliance management.

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


Around the web

  • Avaloq signs clients for PSD2 service.
  • Kontomatik enters Southeast Asian market.
  • Feedzai named best in class in fraud and AML vendor market by Aite Group.
  • Yahoo! Finance features SocietyOne and the growth of P2P lending in Australia.
  • American Banker: Jumio teams up with ComplyAdvantage to help banks ID crooks.

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.

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.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Feedzai and DataRobot Team Up to Tackle Financial Crime.
  • Revolut Turns to ClauseMatch to Streamline Compliance.

Around the web

  • Identity verification specialist Onfido partners with augmented identity innovator IDEMIA.
  • NICE Actimize unveils new integrated fraud management platform, IFM-X.
  • Open banking platform provider Token hires new Chief Technology Officer, Gaurav Kohli.
  • RightCapital taps Pietro La Greca as VP of Enterprise Sales.

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.

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.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Citi Forges Strategic Partnership with Feedzai.

Around the web

  • Clinc Brings Conversational AI to Turkey’s Isbank.
  • FinTech Futures sits down with TransferWise’s Stuart Gregory to talk about the power of partnerships.
  • Intelligent CIO looks at the merger of Polish fintechs, Braintri and iCompass.
  • Experian launches Experian Boost, an online platform that enables consumers to instantly improve their credit scores by providing additional financial information.
  • Envestnet president Bill Crager is featured in Financial Planning’s 19 People Who Will Change Wealth Management in 2019.

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.

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.