Bobber Interactive, Expensify, oFlows and Wikinvest Named Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2010

image Thanks to everyone who made Finovate 6 the biggest and best so far. Four presenting companies receiving the most audience votes were named FinovateSpring 2010 Best of Show.

At the end of the day, each audience member (not associated with a presenter) chose their three favorites. The four companies with the most votes received awards. In alphabetic order, the winners are:

image          Bobber Interactive: Launched a youth-oriented online 
          banking/savings program with gaming and social features.  

image   Expensify: Demoed new tools for managers to track and monitor 
   employee spending via “expense reports that don’t suck.”

image                oFlows: Showed its new end-to-end paperless loan-
                application system.

image      Wikinvest: Launched its new Hurricane stock information
      system to deliver real-time info faster than other outlets.

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who participated.

Note: Videos of each demo will be posted on the Finovate website within a few weeks.

FinovateSpring 2010 Launches Tomorrow

image Finovate 6 kicks off tomorrow with MoneyAisle stepping up to the demo plate at 8:30 AM (Pacific time) Tuesday. The event is sold out and we are looking forward to the largest ever Finovate audience, more than 500 banking and fintech execs.

For background on the 36 demoing companies, see our previous posts (logos below). You can follow the day’s announcements via our Finovate website, by following our Netbanker Twitter account, or watching the #finovate hashtag on Twitter.

The event will not be broadcast live, but we’ll have videos available on our website within two weeks.

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Final FinovateSpring Presenters Unveiled: Blippy, Gratio Capital, Mint, and MPOWER Mobile

image Just one week from tomorrow, three dozen of the hottest financial tech companies come to the Finovate stage in San Francisco. We’ve already written about how tickets are almost sold out, the amazing group of attendees, the twelve main conference themes, and the original list of 32 demoing companies.

The only thing left to announce are the final four presenting companies:

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Come meet the founders and top execs of these fintech leaders next week. Register here.

The final FinovateSpring lineup:

  • Backbase
  • Fiserv
  • Pageonce
  • Bill.com
  • FTRANS
  • Point of Wealth Systems
  • Billeo
  • The Garland Group
  • SafetyPay
  • Blippy
  • Gratio Capital
  • Segmint
  • Bobber Interactive
  • Ideon
  • Silver Tail Systems
  • Continuity Control
  • Jemstep
  • SmartCredit.com
  • Controlabill
  • Kabbage
  • TransUnion Interactive
  • Cortera
  • Liqpay.com
  • TSYS
  • Cross Commerce Media
  • Mint.com (Intuit)
  • UBank
  • DebtGoal
  • MoneyAisle
  • Visa
  • eRollover
  • MPOWER Mobile
  • Wikinvest
  • Expensify
  • oFlows
  • WorkLight
  • Finally, a thanks to our four FinovateSpring sponsors:

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    Register Now for FinovateSpring Tickets Before May 11 Event Sells Out

    image During its three-year history, Finovate has shown consistent double-digit annual growth. But not since Finovate I, in Oct. 2007, when we booked a relatively small NYC venue, have we actually run out of seats.

    But with less than 50 tickets remaining, it looks like we are about to have our second sellout. The fantastic turnout, we believe, is a leading indicator that the fintech sector has turned the corner (see list of technologies on stage).

    So if you still want to be part of this amazing day in San Francisco, you better move quickly and register here. This isn’t marketing hype, we really are approaching capacity.

    And thanks to everyone who’s already registered (partial list below). We literally couldn’t have the event without you! 

    Companies demoing (plus, three more will be named next week)

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    Companies attending (partial)

    • Addison Avenue FCU/SVP
    • Advanced Technology Ventures/VP
    • Advisor Software/C-level
    • Affinion Group/VP
    • Aite Group/Analyst
    • Alliant Credit Union/SVP
    • Allstate Insurance/Director
    • Ally Bank/Director
    • Amazon.com/Director
    • American Bankers Association/Director
    • ANZ Banking Group Limited/GM
    • AOC Solutions/President
    • Atelier US BNP Paribas/Analyst
    • Atlanta Payments Group/Principal
    • Banco Fator/Manager
    • BancVue/SVP
    • Bank of America/VP
    • Bank of Internet/C-level
    • Battery Ventures/General Partner
    • BillFloat/C-level
    • BillShrink/C-level
    • BlackBerry Partners Fund/RBC Venture Partners
    • Blue Shield of California/Director
    • Bradway Research/Managing Director
    • Canaan Partners/Partner
    • Capital Access Network/SVP
    • Capital One/Director
    • CashEdge/SVP
    • CBS Interactive/Editor
    • Celent/Analyst
    • Central 1 Credit Union/Director
    • CFSI/Core VC/Senior Advisor
    • Cherry Tree Companies/Managing Director
    • Churnless/C-level
    • CIBC/Division Head
    • Cisco/Systems Engineer
    • Citibank/EVP
    • City Bank/VP
    • Club Circle Partners/Partner
    • CNNMoney.com/VP
    • Comcast Ventures/Partner
    • Computer Services, Inc./VP
    • Credit Karma/VP
    • CreditReport.com/C-level
    • CreditXpert/Managing Director
    • CSI/VP
    • Cybersource/Product Manager
    • DaoPay/Product Manager
    • Dedicated Defined Benefit Services/C-level
    • Delta Community Credit Union/Product Manager
    • Digital Insight/SVP
    • Dimensional Fund Advisors/VP
    • Discover/Director
    • Duck9.com/C-level
    • Dynamics Inc./C-level
    • EntroPay/Director
    • Examiner.com/Personal Finance Columnist
    • Experian/VP
    • FEDChex/C-level
    • Fidelity/SVP
    • Filene Research Institute/Research Director
    • Finance All Solutions/C-level
    • First Bank & Trust NA/VP
    • First Data/SVP
    • FIS/Director
    • Fiserv/SVP
    • Flybridge Capital Partners/Senior Associate
    • Forrester Research/Analyst
    • Founders Advisory/Managing Principal
    • Freedom Financial Network/Director
    • FreeScore.com/C-level
    • FriendsClear/C-level
    • FundingUniverse/C-level
    • Global Catalyst Partners/Managing Principal
    • Global Payments Experts/Consulting Partner
    • Google/Industry Head
    • Group SJR/Partner
    • GRP Partners/Partner
    • Guardian Analytics/VP
    • GVFS/C-level
    • H Block/Director
    • Harland Clarke/VP
    • HiddenLevers/Founder
    • Higher One/C-level
    • Highland Capital/Principal
    • iBear LLC/Founder
    • ING Direct/EVP
    • iPortfolio/EVP
    • ISTS Worldwide/SVP
    • IVPL/Founder
    • Jack Henry/Manager
    • Javelin Strategy & Research/Analyst
    • Kaiser Permanente/VP
    • Kashoo/C-level
    • Kiboo/C-level
    • Kony Solutions/Director
    • Korea Information Service/Manager
    • Kwedit/VP
    • Leadfusion/Director
    • LendingTools.com/C-level
    • Market Rates Insight/C-level
    • Maveron LLC/Principal
    • Mechanics Bank/VP
    • Meritage Funds/Managing Director
    • Microsoft/C-level
    • Mindful Insights/Analyst
    • MONEY/Managing Editor
    • moneyStrands/VP
    • Monvia/C-level
    • Morgenthaler Ventures/Principal
    • Mountain America Credit Union/C-level
    • Mozo/Managing Director
    • Mutual of OmahaManager
    • Netspend/Director
    • New Concept Solutions/C-level
    • North Hill Ventures/General Partner
    • Norwest Venture Partners/General Partner
    • NOVARICA/Principal
    • NTT AgileNet/Analyst
    • OCBC Bank/VP
    • Online Banking Review/Managing Editor
    • ONSET Ventures/General Partner
    • Patelco Credit Union/SVP
    • Payoff.com/C-level
    • PayPal/Director
    • PeopleConnect/C-level
    • Polaris Venture Partners/Principal
    • Profit Technologies USA/C-level
    • Progrexion/VP
    • Prosper Marketplace/VP
    • PSCU Financial Services/Executive Director
    • QED Investors/Partner
    • Razorfish/SVP
    • ReputationDefender/Director
    • San Diego County Credit Union/SVP
    • SeerGate/C-level
    • SF Fire Credit Union/C-level
    • SimpleTuition/C-level
    • SimpliFi/C-level
    • StanCorp Financial Group/C-level
    • Star One Credit Union/VP
    • SunTrust/Consultant
    • Swimming Upstream/Founder
    • Syphr/C-level
    • Target Financial Services/Manager
    • Technology Credit Union/Manager
    • The Bancorp Bank/C-level
    • The Motley Fool/SVP
    • The New York Times/Reporter
    • ThinkCash/C-level
    • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans/Director
    • Total Technology Ventures/Principal
    • TowerGroup/Research Director
    • Tugboat Ventures/Founder
    • U.S. Bank/VP
    • Umpqua Bank/VP
    • Unience/C-level
    • USAA/VP
    • Venrock/General Partner
    • Viewpointe/C-level
    • WebPFM/Founder
    • Wedbush/VP
    • WEEMBA USA/COO
    • Wells Fargo/SVP
    • Western Union/VP
    • Wired Magazine/Columnist
    • Yahoo/Director
    • Yodlee/VP
    • ZimpleMoney/C-level

    36 New ‘Finance + Tech’ Ideas to be Unveiled at the Sixth Finovate Conference May 11

    image As you’ve probably noticed, there are a TON of financial/banking technology innovations percolating up into the market right now. We are proud to be bringing 36 of the best to the Finovate stage May 11 in South San Francisco (presenting company list here).

    image It’s going to be a packed house, with at least 20% more attendees than last year. But there are still a few tickets left if you’d like to register (see OBR subscriber discount below).

    Here are some of the themes that will be explored by our demoing companies at FinovateSpring 2010:

    • Alt-payments: Where will the next PayPal come from? We’re not sure who it will be, but there is a pretty good chance they will be on the Finovate stage. While you may not believe that existing payment services are vulnerable, the startups taking on the card-based world are always thought-provoking.
    • Bill payment 2.0: As automated billing and payments enters its third decade, there is still much to do in turning it from a cost center to a profitable service. We have several novel ideas on stage. You won’t want to miss this chance to talk to the founders. 
    • Credit/debt management: No surprise here. As consumers take a more conservative approach to spending and credit matters, there are services cropping up all over the Web to help. And with literally thousands of dollars per year at stake, consumers are willing to spend money to save money and get control of debt. 
    • Customized financial products: Why can’t you have a 22-month CD or a 12-year mortgage? It’s not like banks have to retool the factory to introduce a new model. In the era of infinitely personalized products, financial services will follow suit. 
    • Financial marketing: Mass media is dead. Or is it? 400 million Facebook users seems like a pretty sizable “mass.” But no matter what you call it, new tools and techniques are required to build your brand in the uber-networked world.
    • Investing for the risk-averse: There are dozens of sites for tracking individual stocks and sizing up opportunities in various market sectors. But what about the other 95% of the country that just wants a decent retirement, college education for their kids, or new kitchen by 2015? Helping consumers achieve their financial goals is a long tradition at financial institutions and an important subject at Finovate.
    • Mobile everything: You’ll see some of the newest ways to leverage mobile for payments, financial management and banking. And this is one area that will be profitable. And yes, we’ll have iPad demos on stage. 
    • New lending models: Everyone agrees there are major problems in consumer and small business lending. Peer-to-peer lending is one promising area, but it’s had setbacks with regulatory changes and defaults. Is there a better way to deliver credit services while keeping losses in check? You’ll hear from several companies that believe they have the answer.
    • Real-time Web: Banks have had a nice 40-year run as batch processors. But the world has gone real-time and customers expect data more than once a day. See how new financial tools leverage the power of this data stream. Will you automatically share your purchases with your network? Yes, you will. Find out why.
    • Snazzy management/back-office tools: The increased regulatory scrutiny over everything financial is the inevitable result from the 2008/2009 financial meltdown. Everyone knows you need to be on top of the nitty-gritty details, but who has time to read memos from the compliance department? With new interactive tools and Web-based services, even the most tedious compliance chore can be accomplished on schedule and without headaches or glitches. Come meet the startups who will make your life easier. 
    • Social media/gaming: Of course, no 2010 conference would be complete without ideas on how to reach Gen Y and everyone else via social media. Facebook serves 400 million today and is still growing. Is there any doubt social medai will impact every brand on the planet?
    • UX: When you get right down to it, mobile/online delivery is all about the user experience. You’ll see dozens of the best on stage and you’ll meet the people creating them.

    You’ll also learn about ways to improve security, serve the underbanked, segment your customers, develop cross-platform services, build widgets, and help your customers save money and control their finances.

    Get that ticket now. It will be one memorable day, I promise. 

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    Note: Anyone who subscribes to our research service, Online Banking Report, is entitled to a substantial discount (email info@netbanker.com if you need the code). Or subscribe here if you are not already on board.

    FinovateFall 2010 Expands to Two Days & Application Window Opens

    We’re incredibly excited to announce that FinovateFall 2010 is expanding to two days for the first time and that we’re now accepting applications to demo on stage at it. The conference will take place on October 4-5, 2010, in New York City. 

    FinovateFall 2010 Logo

    The conference is growing simply because there is so much financial technology innovation going on that we can’t showcase it all adequately in a single day event. 

    Both days of the expanded event will feature the special Finovate format that mixes fast-paced demos (no slides allowed) of cutting-edge fintech innovations with high-quality networking. We’re not changing the powerful blend of top-notch content that has won rave reviews year after year
    from both participating companies and attendees!

    The fall show is the original Finovate and last year attracted 450 attendees (up 20% over 2008). Based on the current strong ticket sales of FinovateSpring, we expect the fall show to continue to grow in attendance this year as well.  

    If you’re interested in locking in your spot for FinovateFall, we’ve released a limited number of “presale” tickets that will enable you to save $400 off the ticket price (register here) but only through the end of May (or until they sell out). 

    If you’re interested in doing a demo of your latest fintech innovation on stage at FinovateFall, please email us at demo@finovate.com. The application window for the fall event is now open and will close on July 15 (there are advantages to applying early).


    ericphoto.jpgEric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.

    Last Chance for FinovateSpring Early-Bird Tickets — Only 2 Days Left to Save!

    FinovateSpring 2010 LogoJust a quick reminder that the early-bird ticket prices for FinovateSpring 2010 (May 11th in San Francisco) will expire at the end of March (less than 2 days from now). If you register by March 31st, you’ll save $100 on your ticket and lock in your spot to see debuts and demos of dozens of new financial and banking technological innovations. 

    We’ve handpicked an amazing list of companies to demo their latest including:

    Tickets are selling well with hundreds of registered attendees from great organizations like: 

    • AARP
    • BNP Paribas
    • CBS
    • Experian
    • Google
    • Intuit
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Mechanics Bank
    • Tower Group
    • USAA
    • Visa
    • Aite
    • Capital One
    • Celent
    • Filene
    • H&R Block
    • Jack Henry
    • Motley Fool
    • Target
    • PayPal
    • US Bank
    • Wells Fargo
    • Alliant Credit Union
    • Canaan Partners
    • Discover
    • Forrester Research
    • ING DIRECT
    • Highland Capital
    • Javelin Research
    • NY Times
    • TransUnion
    • Venrock
    • Wired Magazine

    FinovateSpring is one of our twice-yearly showcases of the best new ideas in banking and financial technology. The show is built around a unique blend of fast-paced demos of actual technology (no slides!) and high-quality networking with an audience of senior FI executives, fintech entrepreneurs, VCs, press, industry analysts and bloggers. It’s an awesome environment to find your next competitive edge.

    Don’t miss out on the early-bird price on your ticket to this great show. Register now!

    P.S. Online Banking Report subscribers are entitled to an extra discount to our Finovate conferences. Email me to get it.


    ericphoto.jpgEric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.

    FinovateSpring 2010 Demo Companies Revealed

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    We’re very pleased to announce the lineup for the upcoming FinovateSpring 2010 conference. Taking place on Tuesday May 11 in San Francisco, the conference will showcase dozens of handpicked companies debuting and demoing their latest and greatest fintech innovations. The quality of the ideas that will be demoed on stage is very high this year and we’re incredibly excited to showcase them to you.

    The demoing companies selected (that we can reveal so far) are:

    These companies will be showcased to an audience of senior financial/banking/credit union executives, influential press, industry analysts, venture capitalists, bloggers, tech companies and entrepreneurs.

    A sampling of the great organizations already registered to attend includes: AARP, Aite, Alliant Credit Union, BNP Paribas, Capital One, Celent, Discover, Experian, Fidelity, Filene, Forrester Research, Google, Highland Capital, Intuit, Javelin Strategy, Jack Henry, Mechanics Bank, Motley Fool, NY Times, PayPal, Tower Group, USAA, US Bank, Venrock, Wells Fargo, and Wired Magazine.

    We’d love to have you join us at the spring event and watch the future of finance/banking unfold onstage. If you register today you’ll save $100 via the early-bird ticket discount. Please note that the early-bird prices expire at the end of this month and space is limited so lock in your spot now!


    ericphoto.jpgEric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.

    FinovateSpring’s Lowest Ticket Prices Expire in 3 Days!

    Just a quick reminder that the lowest early-bird ticket prices for FinovateSpring 2010 (May 11 in San Francisco) will expire at the end of January (a mere 3 days from now). If you register this week, you’ll save $300 on your ticket and lock in your spot to see debuts and demos of dozens of new financial and banking technological innovations.

    FinovateSpring 2010 Logo

    Tickets are selling strongly with attendees from great organizations like Visa, Wells Fargo, USAA, AARP, Filene, Google, Capitol One, Experian and many others registering in the last few hours alone.

    FinovateSpring 2010, in case you’re not familiar with it, is one of our twice-yearly showcases of the best new ideas in banking and financial technology. The show is built around a unique blend of fast-paced demos of actual technology (no slides!) and high-quality networking with an audience of senior FI executives, fintech entrepreneurs, VCs, press, industry analysts and bloggers. It’s an awesome environment to find your next competitive edge.

    Don’t miss out on the best prices on tickets to this great show. Register now!

    P.S. Online Banking Report subscribers are entitled to an extra discount to our Finovate conferences. Email me to get it.


    ericphoto.jpgEric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.

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    Finovate Events in 2010 Announced — Apply to Demo Now

    We’re incredibly pleased to announce our Finovate events for 2010 today. Over the last few years, our Finovate conferences have grown tremendously and become must-attend showcases of the best new innovations in financial and banking technology.

    FinovateSpring 2010 Logo

    FinovateFall 2010 Logo

    In 2010, we will again be organizing two great Finovate conferences. The first, FinovateSpring, will take place in San Francisco on Tuesday May 11 and the second, FinovateFall, will take place in New York City on Tuesday October 5.

    Both events will showcase dozens of fintech innovations from established leading companies and hot young startups via our special demo-only (no slides allowed) format. Every company selected to demo at the events gets 7 minutes on stage to show their latest and greatest to the entire audience plus a plug-and-play demo booth during the intimate networking sessions to connect one-on-one with the attendees. The powerful blend of a ton of high-quality demos and top-notch networking in a single day that has won rave reviews year after year from both participating companies and attendees is back!

    In 2009, the high-quality audiences of financial execs, press, bloggers, analysts, VCs and entrepreneurs at both conferences grew 20% and in 2010 we expect the events to be even bigger and better.

    If you’re interested in doing a demo at one of the 2010 events, please email me today at eric@netbanker.com for more details. The application window for the spring event is now open and will close at the end of February (there are advantages to applying early).

    P.S. Tickets for both events are on sale now at www.finovate.com. Register today to lock in your spot and the super early bird price!


    ericphoto.jpgEric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.