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

FinDEVr Live: Thinking Capital on Using Software for Underwriting, Compliance

THinkingCapitalHomepage | | @ThinkingCapCA

ThinkingCapitalLogoThinking Capital is the leader in the Canadian alternative lending space, leveraging technology to be at the forefront of the fintech industry. Since 2006, the company has helped more than 10,000 small- to medium-sized Canadian businesses reach their full potential. By combining their people and technology, Thinking Capital is transforming the way business owners get the capital they need to grow.

To build or not to build
This Q&A session with Thinking Capital’s Pat Forgione, CTO, and Anthony Lipschitz, CSO, will delve into how a leading fintech organization uses SAS software to create a proprietary platform that facilitates underwriting, decision making, compliance and more.

Key takeaways:

  • How fintech developers can use technology to create unique competencies in finance
  • How to decide whether to build, outsource or customize fintech solutions
  • How a leading fintech organization can use SAS software to create a proprietary platform



Pat Forgione, CTO
Forgione joined Thinking Capital in 2013 after spending almost 20 years in the brokerage industry. As Thinking Capital’s CTO, Forgione is responsible for the positioning of the technology footprint, building a secure infrastructure aimed at providing state-of-the-art SaaS solutions to the financing market.

Anthony Lipschitz, Chief Strategy Officer
LinkedIn | @ant_lipschitz |
Lipschitz is a senior executive with a track record of successfully raising venture capital and creating value for shareholders. Prior to joining Thinking Capital, Lipschitz led StubHub as their Canada Country Manager. Anthony is a start-up mentor and has built businesses in South Africa, New York and Toronto.

FinDEVr Live: Braintree Shows How to Increase Checkout Conversion

BraintreeHomepage | @braintree_dev

braintree_logo_newAs the Braintree_PayPal developer and startup relations team, Braintree_dev works directly in the field to educate and support the community about the Braintree and PayPal APIs and SDKs. With unique programs including BattleHack, Startup Blueprint and Start Tank, Braintree_dev engages with the community to mentor, support and enable seamless commerce experiences through easy integrations around the globe.

Make me pay you! Increasing checkout conversion
Don’t you just wish you could talk to your users and ask them to “show the money!!” Sometimes your users just want to give you the money, but we make it so difficult for them. Increasing checkout conversion is part art, part science, part design, part engineering. I’ll talk through simple design patterns, like making sure you have a way for users to give feedback to engineering libraries—cool libraries that help you take a photo of a credit card instead of entering its info. By the end of this talk, I hope you will have found some interesting ways for your users to give you more money.

Key takeaways:

  • Design patterns, tools, tips, tricks and other developer resources you can use to build a
    great checkout experience.
  • Case studies on companies that made changes to their checkout flow that resulted in increase customer revenue.
  • Examples of great checkout experiences and some not-so-great checkout experiences that we can learn from.

Presenter: Justin Woo, Developer Advocate
LinkedIn | @jzwoo | | 408-376-7400
Justin Woo is a developer advocate at Braintree / PayPal and has been programming ever since he got his first IBM XT running DOS. He loves writing mobile applications—especially hybrid-HTML5 applications—and wishes everything could be done in LISP.

FinDEVr Live: Interxion Presents a European Fintech Success Story of Quants in a European Cloud

Interxion_homepage_FinDEVr2015 | @interxion

Interxion_FinDEVr2015_logoInterxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of cloud and carrier-neutral co-location data center services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 37 data centers, in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centers offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With more than 500 Connectivity providers and 20 European internet exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created cloud, content, finance, and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.

Quants in a European cloud
Interxion and Sayula will present a European fintech success story. We start with the co-located foundation infrastructure necessary to meet European demands and progress to Sayula’s open development-framework platform and added open-source components allowing Vontobel to meet their needs for a shared structured-derivatives valuation platform.

Key takeaways:

  • Social Mobile Analytics in the Cloud applied to Quants
  • How to build a shared and modular valuation platform
  • European challenges for Fintech Infrastructure



Bill Fenick, Strategy & Marketing Director, Interxion

Fenick has two decades-plus of financial services industry experience in data distribution and trading technologies, managed services, co-location and hosting. Prior to Interxion, Fenick worked at Thomson Reuters and Tibco. He holds a doctorate from University of Vienna, a master’s from Webster University in Vienna, and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Daniel Mueri, COO, Sayula

Mueri earned his master’s (Cornell University) and bachelor’s (Rutgers University) degrees in electrical engineering. He has twenty years’ experience in market data and trading systems, and is an innovator and competitor in both his professional and sporting activities.

Cristian Alzati, CTO, Sayula

Alzati has more than twenty years of software development experience in the financial industry. Before founding Sayula, he designed a server-based spreadsheet system that stayed more than 20 years in production at UBS. Alzati holds master’s and engineering degrees from Stanford and a master’s in computational finance from Carnegie Mellon.

FinDEVr Live: Kofax’s Mortgage Borrower Onboarding

KofaxHomepage | @Kofax

KofaxLogoKofax® from Lexmark is a leading provider of software to simplify and transform the First Mile™ of customer engagement. Kofax Insight, our business analytics and process intelligence solution, monitors, analyzes and helps optimize operational business processes to ensure compliance, eliminate risk and gain unprecedented insights to achieve operational excellence. Common processes like new accounts, claims, mortgage applications, and more can be streamlined and accelerated for better customer engagement. More than 20,000 customers globally rely on Kofax software to improve the customer experience, reduce operating costs, differentiate and grow.

Onboarding process intelligence
Kofax Insight is an end-to-end, agnostic, elastic, responsive process-intelligent and process-aware platform that empowers data consumers to understand process fidelity, process regression, process deviation and other action-metrics in the context of their specific business challenge. Gain rich insight into business processes that span numerous disparate systems of record, off-premise technologies and multiple lines of business in a single and contiguous analytics engine. Our demo of Mortgage Borrower Onboarding will showcase:

  • Data/artifact life-cycle process that start here and finish there
  • Data/artifact process exceptions
  • End to end SLA monitoring of data/artifacts

Key takeaways:

  • How to leverage omnidata source-integration for driving efficient workflows and processes
  • How to leverage agnostic process-monitoring for insight into the data-artifact life-cycle
    process and data reconciliation
  • Process awareness/discovery: improve the effectiveness of operational processes, identifying potential fail-points before they cause business loss



Dimitri Seneca Snowden, Named Account Specialist, BI & Analytics Solutions
LinkedIn | @dimitrisnowden | | 215-554-0450
Dimitri Seneca Snowden, global enterprise business intelligence and analytics executive at Kofax, is responsible for creating value for businesses by choreographing specialized analytic solutions that solve unique and complex business challenges. His extraordinary ability to translate business requirements into a single-solution offering is a magical win-win for businesses and their customers.

Alex Dibeler, Sales Engineer, BI & Analytics Solutions
LinkedIn| | 484-423-6123
Alex Dibeler, Sales Engineer, BI & Analytics Solutions

Dibeler has worked in information technology and more specifically enterprise software for 10+ years. He has held various roles in project management/software implementation and more recently as a systems engineer with Lexmark.