FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Wise

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 23 through 25, 2019 in New York City. Register today and save your spot.

Wise offers banking and payments services for the small business ecosystem.

Features

  • Unified small business banking + payments experience
  • High Interest Checking (2% APY)
  • Instant funding on receiving payments
  • Push to debit payments
  • Business debit, credit, and virtual cards

Why it’s great
Get paid instantly and put money in the bank. No more waiting for transactions to clear.

Presenters

Arjun Thyagarajan, Co-Founder and CEO
Thyagarajan is the co-founder and CEO at Wise, bringing product and technology leadership with over 15 years of experience in building and launching successful consumer and SMB products.
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Suresh Venkatraman, Co-Founder and CTO
Venkatraman is the co-founder and CTO at Wise. He is a full stack technologist and product architect bringing over 20 years of experience building software products with over 9 years at Microsoft.
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Fueling the Fire: How Venture Capital Empowers Fintech Today

A September survey of European venture capital firms published by the European Investment Fund suggests that many of the same themes – such as artificial intelligence and machine learning – that have animated venture capitalists in recent years continue to dominate investment preferences. The queried firms also said that exit environment and fundraising “remain the biggest challenges for (the) VC business” – although “high investee company valuations” and “competition from other investors” were becoming concerns.

How does this square with venture capitalists on the American side of the Atlantic? According to Datatrek, the value of fintech deals in the first half of this year was up year-over-year by 60% in the U.S., even as the number of transactions remained constant. For these analysts, this is a sign of maturation in the U.S. market, writing “as we get further into the economic expansion, VCs may be more comfortable contributing capital towards established fintech companies rather than riskier, newer startups.”

Next week at FinovateFall, we’ll have the opportunity to put all of this analysis to the test. One of the afternoon highlights of our Discussion Day on Wednesday, September 25th, our FinovateFall Venture Capital Panel, will provide attendees with the latest insights from venture capitalists who are investigating new opportunities in fintech every day.

What are investors looking for, and what impact is venture capital having on the fintech industry? What does the future look like, and what does that mean as we embark on an unprecedented period of change in our industry? Join us next week as our panel of experts addresses these questions and helps us understand where and why the smart money in the market is headed.

Chairing our VC Panel is Reza Chowdhury, founder and CEO of AlleyWatch

Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Chowdhury offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology, which he brings to AlleyWatch as CEO and Founder. Through the course of his career, Chowdhury has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystems.

Now meet the members of our VC panel

Jennifer Lee, Vice President, Edison Partners –  Lee is a Vice President at Edison Partners focusing on the firm’s fintech investments, most recently including MoneyLion, Bento for Business and Giant Oak. Prior to joining Edison, she was a financial analyst at Commerzbank evaluating select European equities and long/short investments for hedge fund clients. Before Commerzbank, she was an associate at the Associated Press overseeing VC investment prospects and strategic business development opportunities.

Luis Valdich, Managing Director and Venture Investing Lead, Citi Ventures – Valdich joined Citi Ventures in 2015 as a Managing Director and Venture Invest Lead in its NYC office. He is responsible for fintech investing in both the U.S. and Europe. Valdich embraces Citi Ventures’ “best of both worlds” corporate venturing model of combining value-added strategic investing with venture capital best practices by investing in high-potential startups and driving engagement with Citi executives and clients. His investments include Clarity Money (acquired by Goldman Sachs), HighRadius, PPRO, ScaleFactor, Contguard, and SmartAsset.

Mori Oshima, Senior Manager, NTT Finance – Oshima has been a venture capitalist for 16 years. His strategy is to discuss with prominent VCs in the U.S. by leveraging NTT’s market presence in Japan. His successful exits include DocuSign and Quantenna Communications. Currently, Oshima is focusing on fintech startups in the U.S. that are interested in the Japanese market. He has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business) and is a CFA Charter holder.

Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City – Gotsch is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership Fund for New York City, which is the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. The Fund, which has invested over $150 million, has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support New York City’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and non-for profit sectors.

Matt Beecher, CEO, Vault and VC Innovator – Beecher is CEO of Vault, a leading student loan benefits platform, equipping employers to make it achievable for employees to more quickly eliminate student loans and attain financial freedom. He is also the co-founder of Redstar Ventures, where he was President and Managing Director from 2010 to 2016. Redstar is a company that creates companies, taking them from the earliest stages of ideation and growing them through their first institutional funding rounds and beyond.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: NLV8 Technologies

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

NLV8 Technologies is a group of financial and IT pioneers working relentlessly on silo-breaking services.

Features

  • Compliance: in full compliance with regulatory laws
  • Liquidity: manages your economic events with automated pipelines
  • Superiority: a flexible, tailored, powerful, and compliant core banking platform

Why it’s great
Perfinal is the first financial platform that learns your unique m.o. and evolves as your portfolio grows.

Imre Fazekas, CEO
Fazekas is a passionate code-adventurer, architecture astronaut, and contributor.
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Attila Bagossy, Chief Architect
Bagossy is a Ph.D student and data and security scientist.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: ALTR

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

See how ALTR’s programmable data security is embedded into Q2ebanking’s Q2 Trustview in order to monitor, govern, and secure FI’s sensitive data in real time.

Features

  • Monitor: Provides shared visibility and an immutable view of data access
  • Govern: Delivers real time control and breach intervention
  • Protect: Delivers impenetrable protection of data at rest

Why it’s great
ALTR is a simpler and more effective way to protect sensitive data that works on any infrastructure from on-prem to cloud.

Presenters

Doug Wick, ALTR’s VP Product and Marketing
Wick leads product and marketing at ALTR. With over 20 years of startup experience, he has broad experience managing product conception and development through to market success.
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Lou Senko, Q2ebanking CIO/SVP
With more than 20 years of experience Senko is an engineer by trade and coach by passion, building skillful development and IT teams throughout his career.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Glia

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

Glia enables financial institutions to engage customers online via any mode of communication, and enhances experiences via patented CoBrowsing and layered with conversational AI.

Features

  • Seamlessly move between modes of communication
  • Receive improved sales results and customer satisfaction via richer customer interactions
  • Deliver the best experience for customers and agents

Why it’s great
By employing a digital-first approach to customer conversations, financial institutions improve customer satisfaction, reduce customer effort, and gain operational efficiencies.

Presenter

Dan Michaeli, Co-Founder and CEO
Michaeli is the driving force behind Glia’s vision to combine the human touch with technology to create the best customer experiences.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Faraday

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

Faraday offers an end-to-end AI platform built for B2C growth. Integrations, consumer data, algorithms, deployment products — it’s all built in and supported by Faraday data scientists.

Features

  • Streamlined AI pipeline for fast, easy implementation
  • Rich data, advanced analytics, powerful models, all at your fingertips
  • Real-time, scheduled, and ad hoc scoring capabilities

Why it’s great
The Faraday AI Platform enables you to operationalize predictive consumer insights and advanced analytics in six to eight weeks, with no in-house data scientists or engineers required.

Cory Albert, Account Executive
Albert has a strong background in strategic software and marketing technologies. At Faraday, he helps clients implement custom AI capabilities to exceed their goals.
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Riley Dickie, Account Executive
Dickie has worked with Faraday’s consumer finance clients for the past three years, helping them take full advantage of their customer data through AI.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Linked2Pay

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

Linked2pay is an award-winning payment processing company. They will be demoing a product they invented called instant merchant settlement.

Features

  • Provides merchants their funds instantly upon batch out
  • Offers liquidity
  • Is cutting edge technology

Why it’s great
Merchants receive their funds instantly upon batch out, 24/7/365.

Presenters

Kyle Taylor, COO
Taylor has been with Linked2pay since the beginning. Primarily, he has a key role in managing all of the in-house programming and business development.
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Madison McShirley, Operations
McShirley started at Linked2pay earlier this year. Her role at the company is centered around assisting in the daily operations.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Adlumin

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

Adlumin delivers a cost efficient, easy-to-use, and simple-to-integrate, cloud-native security and compliance automation platform built exclusively for the financial services market.

Features

  • Automated regulatory reporting for requirements like FFIEC CAT, ACET, etc.
  • Security and compliance automation for the core banking ecosystem
  • Storage and encryption options for every standard

Why it’s great
Adlumin was built exclusively for the financial industry, meeting their highly specialized compliance and technology requirements.

Presenter

Robert Johnston, President and Chief Executive
Johnston is the President and Chief Executive of Adlumin, a cybersecurity technology firm focused on delivering cloud-native security and compliance automation technology.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: InterGen Data

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

InterGen Data’s DAVID – Digital Advice Via Demographics is a web platform (browser and/or widget) that is an artificial intelligence/ machine learning-driven experience which shows its users the financial impact of their upcoming Life Events. By using InterGen Data’s platform you will be able to help your advisors become contextually relevant to their clients and attract new customers, improve client engagement, and mitigate customer attrition.

Why it’s great
By leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, companies can now deliver personalized experiences, be predictive, and move from a reactive to a proactive business model.

Presenter

Robert Kirk, President and CEO
Kirk is a seasoned industry executive who is responsible for the vision, development, establishment, and growth of InterGen Data’s Life Stage / Life Event predictive technology to the BFSI industries.
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FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Pinkaloo

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.

Pinkaloo helps financial institutions attract and retain customers and increase deposits and fees by powering their customers’ charitable giving.

Features

  • Win new customers, new deposits, and new fees
  • Help customers budget, discover great charities, and collaborate
  • Offer round-ups and incentives to drive key KPIs

Why it’s great
Customers switch banks 2.5x more than before. Eighty one percent of millennials expect a commitment to good corporate citizenship. Pinkaloo’s white-label Modern Giving provides FIs with a solution to both.

Presenters

Gideon Taub, Founder & CEO
Taub started his career on Wall St. before spending 10 years helping to build Videology, a VC-funded ad-tech product. He founded Pinkaloo to solve a personal problem he faced in managing his giving.
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Daniel Gardner, COO
Gardner spent 5 years at JP Morgan before transitioning into product and operations roles at tech startups. His passion for Pinkaloo stems from wanting to bring more data and transparency to giving.
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