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FinDEVrNY16-V2(wdate)We’re taking our FinDEVr developer showcase to New York on March 29 & 30, 2016. Register today.

Developer news

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • eWeek quotes Arxan CMO Patrick Kehoe on the problem of app security on health and finance apps.
  • PayPal taps into Bitcoin by adding Wences Casares to its board.

Alumni Updates

  • InComm to launch digital open-loop prepaid products for distribution as part of incentive and loyalty programs.
  • Avoka featured in roundup of Australia fintech startups.

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FinDEVr APIntelligence


Building new financial technology? Mark your calendars for our spring developer event in New York, 29/30 March 29, FinDEVr 2016 and check out the first round of FinDEVr New York presenting companies.

Developer news

  • Financial Services blog describes why 2015 is time to expand open-source to finance.
  • “Let’s Talk Payments: 63 Insanely Useful APIs Across 12 Segments to Supercharge Your Product”
  • TechCrunch: “The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived”

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters:

  • highlights how Personal Capital can help you gain control of your finances.
  • Quisk selected as a 2015 Red Herring 100 Global Winner.
  • TechCrunch looks at OnDeck and the future of alt lending.
  • Financial Planning speculates about Personal Capital’s future.

Alumni updates

  • “Trulioo Raises $15 Million with Help from American Express Ventures”

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter today!

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr2016-NY-(Stacked)V2Are you building new financial technology? Be sure to check out coverage from our recent developer conference in San Francisco. We’re taking the fintech developer tool showcase to New York on 29/30 March 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Developer news

  • Harvard Business Review: The Changing Economics of App Development.

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • Aberdeen Asset Management selects Markit to value hard-to-price assets for positions with limited market data.
  • Developer reviews Authy’s two-factor authentication.
  • PayPal among the companies highlighted in Inc.’s look back at Money20/20.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its new desktop platform, grouping all of its FX transaction venues into one single point of access.
  • Business Insider lists BehavioSec and Fidor as “companies we wish were big the U.S.”
  • Silicon Slopes Podcast hosts Ryan Caldwell, MX CEO, as he discusses how to improve online banking.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils latest version of its tax-technology platform, Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE.
  • Yodlee’s Ynext unveils new incubator class.
  • Business Insider names BehavioSec among the 12 hottest Nordic fintech startups.

Alumni updates

  • “Trulioo Selected as Runner-up for Startup Canada Award for Innovation”
  • Xero reaches 600,000 subscribers in 180 countries.
  • VentureBurn features Entersekt CEO Schalk Nolte.

Stay up to date on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Money20/20 Hackathon: A H-API Ending


Hackers returned to the Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas this week, bringing an army of 625 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs with it. All were competing for top prizes, and one team won the grand prize, a “h-API” ending.

First, a bit about the hackathon. Teams were given 24 hours to create a fintech solution that uses at least one API from their choice of 10 companies, 7 of which are Finovate or FinDEVr alums:

At the end of the 24 hours—after working all night on the challenge—165 teams had three minutes to pitch their projects to a group of judges from the 10 sponsors. The sponsors selected winning teams with solutions varying from a donation platform for homeless people, to PFM for children, to a virtual reality shopping platform.

The winning team—Replay*—used MasterCard’s API to enable purchases of items seen on screen while watching a program on Apple TV.

Here’s how it works. While watching Star Wars, for example, a button appears, indicating an item on screen, such as a light saber, is available for purchase. Clicking the button pauses the Star Wars program, and redirects the user to a marketplace screen to make their purchase.


As part of their prize, Replay won $20,000 and a demo-slot in front of the larger Money20/20 audience.

I tracked down the winners after their demo for a quick chat. Because it offered a quick payments experience, the Replay team chose to use the MasterCard API. The team said they found the MasterCard team helpful in building their technology, and they are eager to build out the product while looking for funding, and merchant partners, to further enhance it.

If you’re interested in seeing fintech APIs, check out our FinDEVr New York conference where developers, CTOs, and VPs of engineering will gather to view the next evolution of APIs in fintech.


*Replay does not yet have a website, but here is a link to the LinkedIn page of one of the founders, Messiah Jacobs.