FinovateSpring Demo Videos Now Online

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FinovateSpring 2016 wrapped up last week and we’ve been busy covering the Best of Show winners, Twitter highlights, and press coverage, as well as following up with the amazing new contacts we met.

If you weren’t there in person, see what you missed by watching any of the 71 demo videos and check out photos from the event on Flickr (plus you can still save big time on a super-early-bird ticket to FinovateFall on September 8 & 9). All of last week’s demos have something different to offer but the best way to start digesting the new content is to watch the six best of show demos, embedded below for your viewing pleasure:

BanQu showed a blockchain-based identity platform that enables financial inclusion and empowers the underbanked to join the global economy.


LendingRobot
 demoed its dashboard that helps investors track investments across peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper.


PayActiv
 showcased a real-world alternative to payday loans that gives workers access to earned but unpaid wages.


Quid
 demoed its web-based intelligence platform that leverages big data analytics, natural language processing, and network science to turn data searches into visual explorations.


SaleMove
 showed off its engagement platform that creates high-touch customer interactions using video, voice, and chat.


Silver6
 
launched its financial video platform that enables businesses to use video personalization to provide custom communications.

Thanks again to all the presenting companies who braved the Finovate stage and to all who attended. We’ll see you next year!

FinovateSpring 2016 in the Press

FSPressEven if you attended FinovateSpring in San Jose last week, it’s likely you need a recap of the 72 demos from companies across a range of fintech industries. We saw everything from using the blockchain to create an identity for underserved populations to checking your net worth on VR.

Fortunately, we had plenty of press representatives on the ground to offer us a full report:

ABA Bank Marketing
On the Floor at Finovate
by Grace Dinn

Australian Financial Review
Blockchain is over-hyped but still part of the solution
by David Rowe

Bank Innovation

Barron’s 
Two New Employee Benefits Aimed at Millennials
by Theresa W. Carey

Beyond the Arc Blog

Business Weekly
Adams Hub investment still showing promise

The Cointelegraph
Russia’s Largest Bank Adopts Blockchain, Develops App for Conversational Commerce
by Alisa Tciriulnikova

Crowdfund Insider
OurCrowd Launches Social Investor App. Invest in Equity Crowdfunding Offers on Your Smartphone
by JD Alois

Cryptonoticias
Los Finovates del 2016 han sido Conquistados por la Blockchain
by Mariano Puigvert

Earnix blog
Fresh Focus From FinTech During FinovateSpring 2016
by Marc Trudeau

The Financial Brand
Using Digital Lending Solutions to Fuel Growth
by David Gerbino

Fintech Business
Fintech’s Woodstock
by Aleks Vickovich

FP Pad
FPPad Bits and Bytes for May 13
by Bill Winterberg

Handelsblatt
Wie Banken sich selbst überflüssig machen
by Axel Postinett

Ignition Wealth

Javelin
What to Look for at Finovate in Silicon Valley
by Mark Schwanhausser

Members Development Company
FinovateSpring 2016– MDC and Owner Insights

Kofax blog
Finovate Spring 2016: 4 Ways to KYC with Robotic Process Automation
by Darren Collins

LinkedIn Pulse
My Finovate State of Mind
by Sandhya Krishnamurthy

meetinvest blog
meetinvest report from Silicon Valley

OurCrowd blog
Introducing the new OurCrowd social investor app!

PayActiv Blog
PayActiv Awarded Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2016

Roboadvisor Pros

Sezzle blog
Sezzle’s Fintastic Finovate Experience
by Mia Bernad

Student Loan Genius blog
Finovate, 401(k)’s, and the Future of Student Loans
by Tony Aguilar

William Mills Agency Blog

Thanks to everyone who attended and covered the show. Check out our other FinovateSpring coverage, Tales from the Tweet Side and Best of Show Winners Announced.

FinovateSpring 2016: Tales from the Tweet Side

Twitterlogo_lightblueFrom expressing in real-time the “wow effect” of live fintech demos to the way a 140-character limit sharpens the wit of some of our industry’s most clever and insightful, our showtime Twitter feed #Finovate was certainly one of the stars of FinovateSpring 2016.

We’ve always loved the passion and energy of our Twitter followers, whose observations—on everything from the profundity of using blockchain to help the underbanked to the novelty (and utility) of a dancing ninja mascot—almost turn #Finovate into “the show within the show.”

See for yourself. And while we’ll let you pursue some of the cheekier tweets from the week on your own, we hope you’ll enjoy this innovative, revolutionary, game-changing, omnichannel, Uber of Twitter review posts.

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Our next event is FinovateFall 2016, September 8 & 9 in New York City. But don’t wait until the fall to join our fintech community on Twitter. Follow us @Finovate today!

And if you’re looking for something a little more developer friendly, check out our showcase of developer tools at FinDEVr, which will take place October 18 & 19 in Silicon Valley. Keep up with our FinDEVr alums on Twitter @FinDEVr.

 

 

 

 

 

FinovateSpring 2016 Best of Show Winners Announced

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Heading into FinovateSpring 2016, we knew that one of the big themes would be the use of video for everything from authentication to improving customer engagement. And it seems like the hundreds of votes cast in our FinovateSpring 2016 Best of Show awards saw it the same way. Of the six Best of Show trophies awarded on Wednesday afternoon, two went to companies—SaleMove and Silver6that are helping to make visual technology a bigger part of fintech innovation.

In fact, the more we think about it, the more we see how Best of Show award winner Quid—with its interactive maps that help businesses better navigate big data—is part of this larger trend toward leveraging the visual. Whether to better connect customers and clients with merchants and advisers, or to help make data more accessible and actionable, when it comes to fintech innovation, the “eyes” have it.

Our Best of Show voters were also impressed by the way innovators are using technology to solve the challenges of refugee populations and the underbanked (BanQu); the cash-flow struggles of working families (PayActiv); and even to help middle-class investors better track their finances across peer lending platforms (LendingRobot). This year’s Best of Show vote is real testament to both the diversity and social engagement that defines fintech in 2016. And truth told, it is a beautiful thing to see.

So let’s take a closer look at the award winners for Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2016 (in alphabetic order):

BanQu - true vector copyBanQu for its blockchain-based identity platform that enables financial inclusion and empowers the underbanked to join the global economy.

 

 

LendingRobot copyLendingRobot for its dashboard that helps investors track investments across peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper.

 

PayActiv Logos CMYKPayActiv for its real-world alternative to payday loans that gives workers access to earned but unpaid wages.

 

Quid copyQuid for its web-based intelligence platform that leverages big data analytics, natural language processing, and network science to turn data searches into visual explorations.

 

SaleMoveSaleMove for its engagement platform that creates high-touch customer interactions using video, voice, and chat.

 

Silver6 copySilver6 for its financial video platform that enables businesses to use video personalization to provide custom communications.

 

We hope you enjoyed FinovateSpring 2016. We had a great time hosting this year’s event and are already looking forward to our return to San Jose next year. Many thanks to all those who supported, attended, sponsored, partnered with, and demoed their latest and greatest innovations live on stage. We’ll see you again in 2017!


Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The six companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from FinovateEurope 2015 are here. Best of Show winners from FinovateSpring 2015 are here. Best of Show winners from FinovateFall 2015 are here. Best of Show winners from FinovateEurope 2016 are here.

Welcome to FinovateSpring 2016: Day 2

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Day Two of FinovateSpring is here! We hope you enjoyed Day One of the conference and are looking forward to another morning and afternoon of live demos and great networking.

Wednesday will feature three sessions of demos from 32 presenting companies. So grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and join us for what promises to be a fascinating look at the future of fintech today.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s agenda:

Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Demo Session 5: 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Intermission with refreshments: 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Demo Session 6: 10:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Lunch: 12:05 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Demo Session 7: 1 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Networking with open bar & appetizers: 2:40 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Best of Show Awards Ceremony: 4:15 p.m.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2016. Videos of the live demos will be available in our video archives in a few weeks.

Welcome to FinovateSpring 2016: Day 1

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You made it to FinovateSpring! Now what?

We have a full show today packed with plenty of fintech to explore. Tickets are still available at the registration desk. If you can’t make it today but want to come tomorrow we have special one-day tickets available (ask at the registration desk).

Here’s today’s lineup:

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Intermission & refreshments

10:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Lunch 12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Intermission & refreshments

2:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

4:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Networking, open bar & appetizers
Best of Show winners will be announced on day two.

All demo videos will be available for free in a few weeks in our video archives.

Behind-the-Scenes Look: Rehearsals Underway at FinovateSpring 2016

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It’s the eve of what’s shaping up to be the biggest FinovateSpring in history and we’re watching the presenting companies polish their demos for their seven minutes of stage time.

While they’re prepping their tech, you can prep your schedule. Here are a few things to know:

  • When: The first demo session begins at 8:45 AM and you won’t want to be late. We’re opening registration at 8:00 AM so you can check in, grab a coffee and some breakfast before the fun begins.
  • Who: We’ll feature 72 presenters as they demo their newest tech live on stage. No slides. No canned videos.
  • Mobile app: We’re set up to host our largest audience yet. The best way to connect with others is to use our official event app. Download the Bizzabo app and search Finovate. From there you can connect with other attendees, find out more about the presenting companies and presenters, and more. Available on Android and iOS.

For all you need to know, visit the FinovateSpring website and check out the FAQ section. Still need help? Contact spring@finovate.com.

The Way to San Jose: FinovateSpring Has Sprung!

FS2016_TitlesWordCloud_FinalWho goes all the way to San Jose, California, for a fintech conference, you ask? A better question might be, who doesn’t? On Friday, we learned that FinovateSpring 2016 had sold more than 1,500 tickets, making it the biggest ever. But don’t worry if you haven’t picked up your ticket yet, there’s still plenty of time.

FinovateSpring is less than 48 hours away. And while presenters, attendees, and even a few members of the Finovate team are still making their way toward California’s third largest city (and home of the San Jose Sharks!), rest assured that we’ll be ready with everything you need for two rewarding days of live fintech demos and networking starting bright and early Tuesday.

On that note, here are a few tips and reminders to help you make the most of your week.

Schedule
Registration begins at 8:00 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The first demo on both days begins at 8:45 AM. Tuesday’s demos will wrap up at about 4:00 PM. The final demo on Wednesday will end at approximately 2:40 pm. Networking with an open bar will close out each day with Best of Show winners announced during Wednesday’s networking session.

We hope to see you here in sunny San Jose this week for what promises to be a great spring event. There’s still time to pick up your ticket—visit our registration page and save your spot today.

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Venue
FinovateSpring returns to the City National Civic facility in downtown San Jose, California.

135  West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Presenters
FinovateSpring features 72 companies demonstrating the latest in fintech innovation in live, seven-minute presentations from the stage. No slides. No videos. No Powerpoint. Just the tech, the whole tech, and nothing but the tech.

Learn more about our presenting companies through our FinovateSpring Sneak Peek series, as well as at our FinovateSpring Presenters Page.

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Get Social
And once you’re registered for FinovateSpring 2016, be sure to let the world know you’re coming via Bizzabo, our social events app.

Download the Bizzabo app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or use Bizzabo’s online web interface. Search for “Finovate” and use the same email address that you used to register for the conference as your login.

We’re super-excited about another FinovateSpring here in San Jose and hope that you’ll join us in person or online (follow the conference on Twitter @Finovate!). Until then, check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions and for answers to uncommon questions, shoot us an email at info@Finovate.com.


FinovateSpring 2016 is sponsored by The Bancorp, AccentureAssociation for Financial Technology, Cyberport/InvestHK, FT Partners, Greater Zurich Area/Swiss Business Hub,  Hudson Cook, KPMG, and Leverage PR.

FinovateSpring 2016 is partnered with Acuity Market IntelligenceAite Group, American Bankers AssociationBank Innovators CouncilBankersHubBankless TimesBayPay Forum, Bitcoin MagazinebobsguideBreaking Banks, Byte AcademyCalifornia Bankers AssociationCanadian Trade Commissioner ServiceCelentCointelegraphDigital Currency CouncilEbankingNews, FemTechLeadersFilene Research Institute, The Fintech TimesIDC Financial InsightsJavelin, Juniper ResearchKorea FinTech ForumMercator Advisory GroupPayments & Cards NetworkThe Paypers,PitchBookPlug and PlaySME Finance Forum, and Western Independent Bankers.

From Billpay to Blockchain: The Themes of FinovateSpring

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What’s changed between last year and the themes that are dominating FinovateSpring 2016?

“Mobile,” “Payments,” “Banking,” “Apps,” and “Investing” are key concepts again this year. But there may be no better metaphor for the changing landscape of fintech than the fact that “Billpay,” one of the larger themes of 2015, is out and “Blockchain” is in.

FS2016_Theme_Cloud_FinalThat said, there’s more to 12 months of fintech innovation than the spread of distributed-ledger technologies and the mainstreaming of personal finance (note that “PFM” failed to make FinovateSpring’s theme-cloud for the second year in a row). “Voice” appears for the first time as a significant theme in our cloud as more companies explore voice technologies as a solution for everything from authentication to customer engagement. And the rise of artificial intelligence is revealed by new themes, such as “Predictive,” as in Predictive Analytics, or “Cognitive,” as in cognitive computing, and even “Workflow,” which recognizes the way AI and machine learning are combining to automate and improve business processes for banks and other financial institutions.

This is the kind of peek into the future of fintech that FinovateSpring provides. Join us next week in San Jose as 72 companies from around the world take the stage for two days of innovation and high-caliber networking. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to register today and join more than 1,500 fellow fintech professionals, our biggest Bay Area event ever, at one of the key events in the fintech calendar.

And if your appetite needs further whetting, here’s an updated look at the innovators that will be demoing their technologies live on stage May 10 & 11.

We hope we’ll see you there! In the meanwhile, learn more about the companies that will be on stage in our FinovateSpring Sneak Peek series, and please visit our FAQ or email us at spring@finovate.com with any questions.


FinovateSpring 2016 is sponsored by The Bancorp, AccentureAssociation for Financial Technology, Cyberport/InvestHK, FT Partners, Greater Zurich Area/Swiss Business Hub,  Hudson Cook, KPMG, and Leverage PR.

FinovateSpring 2016 is partnered with Acuity Market IntelligenceAite Group, American Bankers AssociationBank Innovators CouncilBankersHubBankless TimesBayPay Forum, Bitcoin MagazinebobsguideBreaking Banks, Byte AcademyCalifornia Bankers AssociationCanadian Trade Commissioner ServiceCelentCointelegraphDigital Currency CouncilEbankingNews, FemTechLeadersFilene Research Institute, The Fintech TimesIDC Financial InsightsJavelin, Juniper ResearchKorea FinTech ForumMercator Advisory GroupPayments & Cards NetworkThe Paypers,PitchBookPlug and PlaySME Finance Forum, and Western Independent Bankers.

A Topological Look at Next Week’s FinovateSpring Presenters

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Next week at this time we’ll be in San Jose watching the first demo session of FinovateSpring 2016 unfold (register here). That means it’s time to take a look at the 72 presenting companies that will step up to the stage of San Jose’s City National Civic on May 10 & 11.

There are a few things you can do to learn more about the presenting companies and what they plan to demo:

  1. Check out our FinovateSpring Sneak Peek series on the blog
  2. Visit presenting company websites on the FinovateSpring homepage
  3. Take a look at the presenter map below that details each company’s headquarters location:

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FinovateSpring will showcase 17 companies from the Bay Area; 36 companies from elsewhere in the United States; and 19 from other countries. Presenters from VIX Verify have the longest commute; they’ll be flying in from Australia.

For last-minute questions about the event, check out the FAQ section of the FinovateSpring homepage or email spring@finovate.com. We’ll see you next week!


FinovateSpring 2016 is sponsored by The Bancorp, AccentureAssociation for Financial Technology, Cyberport/InvestHK, FT Partners, Greater Zurich Area/Swiss Business Hub,  Hudson Cook, KPMG, and Leverage PR.

FinovateSpring 2016 is partnered with Acuity Market IntelligenceAite Group, American Bankers AssociationBank Innovators CouncilBankersHubBankless TimesBayPay Forum, Bitcoin MagazinebobsguideBreaking Banks, Byte AcademyCalifornia Bankers AssociationCanadian Trade Commissioner ServiceCelentCointelegraphDigital Currency CouncilEbankingNews, FemTechLeadersFilene Research Institute, The Fintech TimesIDC Financial InsightsJavelin, Juniper ResearchKorea FinTech ForumMercator Advisory GroupPayments & Cards NetworkThe Paypers,PitchBookPlug and PlaySME Finance Forum, and Western Independent Bankers.