FinDEVr Live: A New API from Intuit Developer Group Gives Builders Access to End-user Authenticated Financial Data

IntuitDeveloper_FinDEVr2015_Preview_image | | @Intuitdev

IntuitDeveloper_FinDEVr2015_logoIntuit Developer offers you a vast, ready-to-tap opportunity to generate app revenues and grow your business. Our goal is to help you get your app built, published, and adopted as quickly as possible using best-in-class tools, high-quality APIs, industry-leading security practices and dedicated support.

Intuit’s financial data APIs
Intuit’s Financial Data APIs provide developers with access to end-user authenticated financial data:

Transactions API provides access to financial account information from 20,000 financial institutions.

Identification API provides bank account and routing numbers and personal information on the bank owner to verify identity and reduce friction in setting up an ACH.

Key takeaways:

  • Forget your checkbook or micro-deposits, get the information you need to set up an ACH in seconds with your bank account username and password
  • Access end-user authenticated data from more than 20,000 financial institutions
  • Leverage the same technology that fuels Mint, QuickBooks, and Quicken, and join the thousands of developers who are part of the Intuit developer community.



Emily Silberstein, Head of Financial Data APIs (CAD)
LinkedIn |@ersilberstein

Silberstein manages Intuit’s Financial Data Services business for third-party developers. Prior to Intuit, Silberstein was a fintech entrepreneur, launching and running the Asia business for an alternative data credit scoring startup. Silberstein holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and is originally from Iowa.

Jarred Keneally (not pictured), Head of Developer Relations Engineering
LinkedIn | @JarredKeneally

Keneally is a developer relations leader and has been with Intuit for 15 years. He has a background in software engineering and a degree in computer engineering from Northeastern University. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and children.

Chase Ellsworth, Software Engineer, Earnest

FinDEVr Live: Crysp Offers APIs that Authenticate Users with Context


CryspLogoCrysp helps leverage sensors built into mobile devices to invisibly authenticate users. Crysp provides APIs that enable real-time verification of users’ context and how they enter their credentials, such as their touch pressure and size, typing rhythm, swipe velocity, etc. Developers of mobile applications can use Crysp APIs to strengthen or replace passwords in their authentication flow, as well as to streamline the process for account recovery.

Smart authentication for mobile banking and payments
The presentation will describe ways to leverage sensors in mobile devices to authenticate users and detect fraud. It will outline practical solutions to increase the security of existing passwords and PINs, simplify the password reset process and eventually eliminate passwords. The presentation will include demos, case studies and a step-by-step tutorial for integrating Crysp SDKs with mobile apps.

Key takeaways:

  • How sensors built into mobile devices can be used to improve security
  • Which options will reduce reliance on passwords and eventually eliminate them
  • How existing account-recovery methods can be improved


Anand Desai, CEO

Kumar Viswanath, CTO (not pictured)

FinDEVr Live: Gives Companies a Communication Record for Compliance

Lleidahomepage | @lleidanet_en is the leading international operator in the market of registering electronic communications, SMS solutions and data validation. As a trusted third party, eCommunications are provided with an added legal value. services bring efficacy, certainty and cost effectiveness to their customers’ processes. Public administrations, SMEs and large companies are among their customers. Some of services are:

  • Registered email and registered SMS
  • Registered invoices
  • Registered electronic contracts
  • Connectaclick (eContracting solutions)
  • Stamphoto (take photos and certify them)
  • Stamp ID (ID and passport validation)
  • Data validation
  • Text messaging

Who’s guilty? Registered eCommunications: the evidence for developers, the durable media for consumers
New distance selling rules, particularly in the EU, stand for evolution rather than revolution. You need to prove to the parties involved both the offer and its reply in a durable media ready for inspection by a third party. But if already certified by an independent third party, then we will know who the culprits are. To prove who’s guilty of the sales, Telecom operator and trusted third party, has developed “registered electronic communications,” to help companies proving each step of their communications and issuing a legal certificate. We provide the ultimate evidence companies need.

Key takeaways:

  • Registered eCommunications, the pocket knife of legal evidence.
  • Registered eCommunications and their legal certainty drive innovation for businesses.
  • How to create legal evidence in ecommerce.


Jordi Ramon, CTO

Daniel Parada, R&D Technician

FinDEVr Live: Build, Test, and Deploy in the Cloud with The Beast Apps


TheBeastApps_FinDEVr2015_logoThe Beast Apps offers an application distribution as a service (ADaaS) as a utility in a pay-as-you-go business model where vendors can build-test-deploy their commercial apps in the cloud within hours and days, as opposed to weeks and months. The Beast Apps ADaaS has attracted some really big financial institutions, such as exchanges; inter-dealer brokers (IDBs); electronic communication networks (ECNs); analytics vendors; market data vendors, etc., to leverage the platform and build their Eco System/App Store, significantly reducing time to market and costs, gaining unprecedented business intelligence, significantly enhancing revenue potential, and helping vendors and customers as well, bringing value to the entire ecosystem.

Build-test-deploy in the cloud, now
Today anyone can build a website and publish it within minutes or hours that can be instantly accessed by anyone in the world, anywhere. Apple/Android developers can download an SDK and build and distribute applications with much ease as well. The Beast SDK brings the same ease of building and distributing complex, cloud-based applications in AWS within hours and days. The Beast Apps will demonstrate how you can use its build-test-deploy system to distribute your applications through the cloud, now. The Beast Apps’ ADaaS removes app-distribution challenges, letting you focus on your ‘secret sauce,’ thereby improving the velocity of innovation.

Key takeaways:

  • Build-test-deploy apps in AWS cloud within minutes, hours, days
  • Build your ecosystem, improve velocity of innovation
  • Innovation-collaborative technology


Presenter: Ashok Mittal, President
LinkedIn |

Mittal has more than 30 years of IT experience, the last 20+ years creating a secure, robust, 24×7 application-distribution architecture, including the Beast ADaaS, with a primary focus on helping distribute pre-trade, trade, and post-trade applications in the financial industry.

FinDEVr Live: Gem Leverages the Blockchain to Redefine Banking from the Ground Up

Gem_homepage_FinDEVr2015 | | @gemhq

Gem_FinDEVr2015_logoGem makes bitcoin easy by allowing developers to build feature-rich blockchain applications in minutes using less than ten lines of code. By leveraging industry-leading security features such as multisignature wallets, multifactor authentication, and hardware security modules, the Gem API provides an easy-to-use, comprehensive security solution for bitcoin apps, without ever taking possession of funds. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to have control over their own assets, starting with bitcoin. Founded in 2014, Gem launched at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield and is located in Venice, Calif.

Redefining banking from the ground up
Bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, triggered a fundamental shift in the way we think about money. The blockchain is redefining age-old practices around payments, custodianship, stock- and asset-issuance, auditing and settlement. And for the first time, it has created an open financial platform that invites any developer from around the world to participate and innovate, without permission. Learn how you can use blockchain technology and the Gem API to build a whole new generation of financial products both inside and outside of the traditional banking system.

Key takeaways:

  • How programmable money and smart contracts can redefine ownership and custody
  • How to secure digital assets from hackers and would-be thieves
  • How practical tools can quickly get you building with the blockchain

Presenter: Micah Winkelspecht, CEO, Founder
@winkelspecht |

Winkelspecht is CEO of Gem, a secure platform for blockchain developers. He is an active bitcoin thought-leader and author of MoneyTree, the first Ruby implementation of a bitcoin HD wallet. Previously, Winkelspecht spent 10+ years developing software for AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial, and Pose.

FinDEVr Live: Personal Capital Describes Data-driven Retirement Planning

PersonalCapitalHomepage | | @PersonalCapital

PersonalCapitalLogoPersonal Capital is a next-generation financial adviser, named by CNBC as a “Top Disruptor” for our innovative approach to wealth management. Our award-winning free tools and mobile apps give clients a complete picture of their net worth, and we offer comprehensive financial advisory services previously available only to the ultra-wealthy. This combination of high-tech and high-touch drives our ability to deliver truly personal and objective wealth management for the internet and mobile age. We believe this is the best way to empower individuals and their money.

Data-driven retirement planning
We are presenting the inner workings of a truly data-driven retirement planner created by leveraging a user’s aggregated financial data, enhanced by machine learning and personalized by user’s life events and goals. We will discuss how the investing and financial planning strategies are triggered to update as the user moves through different stages of her life and makes changes to her spending and saving behaviors. Finally, we will show how this functionality is visualized through a UI that makes sophisticated algorithms and complex data easy to use for any user, regardless of investing knowledge.

Key takeaways:

  • How we employ machine learning techniques to forecast growth of a user’s portfolio and
    estimate available retirement spending
  • How we create a connected ecosystem that allows a user and his/her dedicated adviser to collaborate on the same financial data and retirement plan
  • How we use AWS infrastructure to supercharge our data-driven retirement planner



Fritz Robbins, CTO
LinkedIn | @fritz_robbins |
Fritz Robbins is the CTO of Personal Capital, responsible for definition and execution of the technology roadmap and leadership of the technology teams. He has previously led technology and engineering efforts at Wells Fargo, Excite@Home, RSA Security, and elsewhere.

Ehsan Lavassani, VP Engineering, Founding Engineer
LinkedIn | @EhsanLavassani |
Ehsan Lavassani is Personal Capital’s VP engineering and its first employee. He was the architect of Personal Capital’s core systems from the ground up and formed its world-class engineering team. Previously, he was one of the main architects of RSA’s Adaptive Authentication system.

FinDEVr Live: Partners with Financial Institutions to Apply to the Blockchain

ChainHomepage | @chain is the leading provider of blockchain solutions to financial institutions. Chain enables enterprises, including Nasdaq, First Data, and others, to issue, store, and transfer digital assets. Chain’s solutions reduce the cost and friction of moving assets and create new growth opportunities. The company is based in San Francisco.

The blockchain is eating financial services
Money is a special type of information, so it is no wonder that a new type of database would transform how it moves around the world. The blockchain is a shared database for financial instruments that is transforming how financial services companies store and move assets. is at the leading edge of this transformation, and in this presentation, Chain’s team will share technical case studies of how they are partnering with financial institutions to apply the blockchain in different markets.

Key takeaways:

  • How the blockchain is being applied in financial markets
  • How Chain’s technology enables financial institutions to leverage digital assets
  • A special announcement from Chain


Adam Ludwin, CEO
LinkedIn | @adamludwin |
Adam Ludwin is the CEO and co-founder of Prior to Chain, Ludwin was a VC at RRE Ventures in New York City. Ludwin began his career at The Boston Consulting Group and IDEO. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a bachelor in science from University of California at Berkeley.

Devon Gundry, Co-founder

FinDEVr Live: Arxan Technologies Protects Apps and Data on Mobile Devices from Emerging Risks

Arxan_homepage_FinDEVr2015 | @Arxan

Arxan_FinDEVr2015_logoArxan offers solutions for software running on mobile devices, desktops, servers, and embedded platforms—including those connected as part of the internet of things (IOT)—and is currently protecting applications running on more than 400 million devices across a range of industries.

Mobile payments: Protecting apps and data from emerging risks
It is possible to protect sensitive data and transactions while implementing progressive mobile payments technology and preserving the customer experience! Join security expert, Sam Rehman, CTO of Arxan, to understand emerging techniques hackers are using to attack mobile payment applications and related cryptographic keys, and the latest techniques developers can leverage to protect their payment applications and cryptographic keys.

Key takeaways:

  • Mobile app payment landscape
  • How criminals can attack your payment app
  • Comprehensive protection techniques


Presenter: Sam Rehman, CTO

Rehman joined Arxan in May 2015 with the mission to shape technical direction and drive innovation. Rehman is a proven technology evangelist and leader with 25+ years of experience in both leading product development and professional services companies.

FinDEVr Live: Hypori’s VMI Moves Fintech Mobile Apps to a Secure, Virtualized Cloud

Hypori_homepage_FinDEVr2015 | @Hypori_Inc

Hypori_FinDEVr2015_logoHypori’s virtual mobile infrastructure platform—VMI—shields enterprises from the risks of BYOD while providing a rich, responsive end-user experience, and a more secure, cost-effective, compliant solution for any organization. The highly scalable and flexible infrastructure helps commercial and public sector organizations bridge the gap between mobile productivity and mobile security.

Hypori’s platform can deliver any unmodified mobile application as a secure service on iOS and Android devices. It’s the only approved solution for accessing mobile apps on the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSFC) and can enable access to any mobile app as the ACE platform takes responsibility for all Common Criteria-mandated security capabilities, absolving the mobile app of these requirements. Hypori’s Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) platform allows enterprises to keep data and applications in the data center, while providing end-users with a secure and rich, mobile-first experience.

VISA Corp. and Hypori recently demonstrated a Point of Sale as a Service solution leveraging the ACE Platform at FinovateFall in New York City, including a remote access to Bluetooth PoS peripherals.

Key takeaways:

  • Hypori’s architecture for virtual mobile infrastructure
  • VISA case study for leveraging Hypori’s platform for securing mobile point-of-sale terminals
  • Overview of how Hypori’s platform can be used to secure other banking and finance applications on mobile devices


Presenter: Sanjay Challa, Product Manager
LinkedIn |

Challa is a senior product manager with 6+ years’ experience. Previously at National Instruments, Challa has had the opportunity to work with a diverse set of technologies and explore a variety of different markets globally.

Brian Kuwahara, Senior Director, Visa


FinDEVr Live: Finicity Demonstrates its TxPUSH Real-time Aggregation Service

FinicityHomepage | @finicity

FinicityLogoFounded in 1999, Finicity is a privately held fintech industry pioneer. Leading the charge to the Evented Financial Web, Finicity enables fintech developers to build real-time apps through its RESTful Aggregation API, the Finicity API Platform, and its suite of TxPUSH-compliant real-time aggregation services.

The launch of real-time transaction push
Finicity, the fintech industry pioneer founded in 1999, will demonstrate the first TxPUSH-compliant real-time aggregation services that push financial transaction data to software applications instead of the typical pull methodology found in standard aggregation. This instant availability of financial transaction data will unlock fintech innovation and pave the way to the ultimate delivery of real-time transaction push from the financial institution to software applications.

Key takeaways:

  • How Finicity will disrupt the aggregation industry by changing the standard pull
    aggregation methodology to a transaction push methodology
  • How Finicity will deliver real-time financial transaction push to software applications with TxPUSH-compliant API endpoints
  • How Finicity will help software developers deliver a more compelling UX


Nick Thomas, President
LinkedIn | @nickthomas | | 650-450-8127
Nick Thomas is the president and co-founder of Finicity. In 1999, Finicity became one of the first subscription-based SaaS companies on the web. It has grown to service hundreds of thousands of customers and was awarded “Product of the Year” by PC World. Nick has served in executive, engineering, and software development roles.

FinDEVr Live: Aerospike Applies High-performance NoSQL for Better Outcomes in Fraud Detection

Aerospike_homepage_FinDEVr2015 | | @aerospikedb

Aerospike_FinDEVr2015_logoAerospike helps businesses achieve the speed, scale, and availability required to manage the real-time transactional workloads of modern, mission-critical applications. The Aerospike high-performance NoSQL database is a key value-store written explicitly to run in RAM and Flash to deliver speed at scale. Our technology, also available in open source, includes tools and packages designed to help developers build next-generation applications without worrying about low-level programming. Gartner named Aerospike a visionary in 2014 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. Leading innovators in financial services trust Aerospike to power web-scale workloads.

To learn about how internet companies such as adtech, retail, and social have built real-time decision and pricing systems based on stateless compute nodes and a fast, scalable NoSQL data-layer. This new stack allows access to more data (petabytes) and supports, agile, innovative algorithms and libraries that are allowing fintech companies to build vastly better offerings.

Key takeaways:

  • When to use NoSQL vs. SQL
  • How to model data in NoSQL
  • Hardware costs of NoSQL data-layers


Presenter: Brian Bulkowski, CTO , Co-Founder
LinkedIn | @bbulkow |

Bulkowski, co-founder and CTO of Aerospike, has 20-plus years experience designing, developing, and tuning networking systems and high-performance web-scale infrastructures. He founded Aerospike after learning firsthand the scaling limitations of shared MySQL systems and realizing the need for a high-performance database that would empower all developers.

FinDEVr Live: Mifos Presents an Open-source Application Framework for Digital Financial Services

MifosHomepage |@mifos

MifosLogoThe Mifos Initiative is the open-source developer community that builds and guides the world’s first open-source financial services platform, reaching more than 3.5 million account-holders worldwide. We are a flourishing ecosystem of more than 50 development partners, global volunteers, and Silicon Valley corporate sponsors that builds and supports fintech solutions for more than 120 financial institutions in 40 different countries. Each year, 80 million transactions and $791 million dollars flow through our platform. Our next generation is LibreFinance, an open-source application framework for digital financial services that will catalyze a new era of digital, interoperable, financial services.

LibreFinance—rapid application development for digital financial services
We will present the architectural concept of LibreFinance, an open-source application-framework for digital financial services, highlighting the two main use-cases: account management and transaction interoperability. LibreFinance offers a set of lightweight, scalable, and value-added components to create consumer-focused digital financial services solutions without the need to build common features and infrastructure again and again. Components are available to allow easy integration in every scenario, from a generic integration, e.g., security, accounting, via specialized modules, e.g., tiered KYC, FARM, transaction processing, to fully integrated solutions.

Key takeaways:

  • Rapid application development using an open-source application-framework specifically
    designed to meet the needs of digital financial services (DFS)
  • The essential DFS use-cases should be delivered as value-added, lightweight, service-oriented, scalable open-source components
  • Don’t waste time/money on the infrastructure; keep the focus on customers, products, UX, marketplace agility and go-to-market strategy


Presenter: Markus Geiss, CTO & Chief Architect