Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Straight Outta Beta: Flex Credit from BlueVine Now Available for SMEs

Around the web

  • CAN Capital reaches $6 billion milestone in working capital provided to small businesses.
  • Bloomberg Quick Take features FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, Betterment, and Financial Guard in a look at robo-advisers.
  • Misys adds Mourad Ayachi and Bob Kubala to its investment management division.
  • “CardFlight Releases New Data Showing Trends on EMV Chip Card Usage in the United States”
  • The NYT ranks top fintech companies, including multiple Finovate & FinDEVr alums.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Persado Pulls in $30 Million in Funding Led by Goldman Sachs”
  • “Ally Financial Acquires TradeKing for $275 Million”

Around the web

  • Mistral Mobile unveils its new, two-factor authentication solution, m-Aegis Secure OTP.
  • Azimo announces expansion within Denmark and Sweden.
  • TransferTo adds GGV Capital venture partner, Lee Kheng Nam, to its board of directors.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud teams up with WeCollect to launch China Payments Cloud.
  • Broadway Bank selects Micronotes’s cloud-based marketing automation platform to boost digital customer engagement.
  • RBC partners with BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor for robo-adviser pilot program.
  • “OutsideIQ Chosen To Participate In Brazilian Innovation Summit”

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Santander and Kabbage Partner to Bring Same-Day Funding to U.K. SMEs”
  • “iSignthis Facilitates Instant Bitcoin Purchases on Coinify”

On FinDEVr.com

Around the web

  • Trunomi announces partnership with InAuth, combining fraud protection with mobile customer onboarding and lifecycle management.
  • MyMoneyMobile selects real-time, ID scanning technology from Jumio.
  • Investment News looks at how Betterment and Wealthfront have added data aggregation, and considers Vanguard’s partnership with Envestnet|Yodlee.
  • InvestorDaily considers the pending release of BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor in Australia.
  • Featurespace selected as a finalist for the 2016 RedHerring Top 100 Europe Award.
  • Barlow names Xero TaxTouch most innovative at 2016 Banking Technology Awards.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor Collaborating with RBC Wealth Management

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Digital wealth management solution provider FutureAdvisor recently made it big when it was acquired by investment management company BlackRock in 2015.

This week the robo-advisor announced another endorsement. The U.S. branch of RBC Wealth Management is launching a pilot program called RBC Investor Gateway that offers clients a digital advice option powered by FutureAdvisor.

The terms of the deal were undisclosed. As far as the mechanics for the agreement are concerned, RBC will act as the custodian of all of the Investor Gateway client assets and will take responsibility for producing and distributing account statement and tax documents.

RBC makes it clear that Investor Gateway is not meant to replace traditional financial advisors. Rather, the product is intended to serve as a stepping stone for budding investors to build a relationship with RBC Wealth Management as a financial advisor.

Financial Planning quotes Corporate Insight Consulting’s Sean McDermott:

“It gives RBC an opportunity to establish relationships with younger potential clients, who may be comfortable with digitally grounded advice to start, but who will eventually want a relationship with a human advisor. For FutureAdvisor, this further reinforces the brand’s legitimacy and position as a leader in the digital advice space.”

McDermott employs the phrase “further reinforces,” because FutureAdvisor has experienced plenty of recent success:

FutureAdvisor’s Founder & CEO Bo Lu demoed its premium service at FinovateFall 2013.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com:

  • BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor Collaborating with RBC Wealth Management.

Around the web:

  • LHV, Estonia’s largest domestic bank, integrates with the TransferWise API.
  • Quorum Federal Credit Union implements automated workflow solution from Jack Henry & Associates’ Symitar division.
  • FIS launches ATM TestBench, providing banks with automated testing for their physical ATMs.
  • Online trading platform Investfly integrates with the Tradier brokerage API.
  • Malauzai surpasses 1 million SmartApp downloads.
  • Product Review publishes positive assessment of Cortera Pulse.
  • Kasasa launches in-branch-sales Tool Builder with optional identity protection.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • FinovateEurope 2016: Meet the Faces of Fintech.

Around the web

  • Ixaris CEO Alex Mifsud shares his payment predictions for 2016.
  • i-vest.de reviews social trading platform, ayondo.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at App Annie’s recent $63 million funding.
  • Currency Fair considers plan to offer Irish businesses free money transfers abroad.
  • EyeVerify earns FIDO Alliance certification for its Eyeprint ID authentication technology.
  • Investment News features several Finovate alums in a look at roboadvisors attracting investment dollars as 2016 begins.
  • Zopa gives account views a makeover for the new year.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

 

BBVA Compass to Leverage BlackRock-owned FutureAdvisor

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Retirement and college savings robo-advisor, FutureAdvisor, announced its first major bank partner today.

The San Francisco-based company has partnered with BBVA Compass which will use FutureAdvisor to power a digital investment service for its clients.

The announcement comes five months after investment manager BlackRock acquired FutureAdvisor for an undisclosed amount, prompting the robo-advisor to change its customer-acquisition strategy from direct-to-consumer to business-to-business.

BBVA hopes the partnership will help it engage with millennial customers who aren’t currently using its investment services and are seeking a digital experience. As BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sánchez says, “The ultimate goal here is to help our clients take greater control of their finances so they can build bright futures.”

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BBVA clients, who will gain access to FutureAdvisor’s services later this year, can either link their external investment accounts and receive a customized investment plan, or they can opt for a managed portfolio in which assets are held through the bank’s broker-dealer affiliate, BBVA Compass Investment Solutions.

FutureAdvisor is not the first Finovate alum with which BBVA has formed ties. The bank, which has 672 branches across the U.S., acquired Simple in 2014, and partnered with Dwolla in the spring of 2015 to leverage the startup’s FiSync for real-time transfers.

Since launching its service in 2013, FutureAdvisor has managed more than $700 million in client investments. The company received the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer award in 2015, and Euromoney’s Best American Wealth Management Innovator award in 2014.

FutureAdvisor CEO Bo Lu debuted its premium offering at FinovateFall 2013 in New York.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: Alerts from Ethoca Foils Fraudsters”
  • “BBVA Compass to Leverage BlackRock-owned FutureAdvisor”

Around the web

  • Fenergo forges strategic partnership with Markit and kyc.com, bringing its client lifecycle management solution to FIs.
  • Union Bank & Trust to leverage Digital Payments Guardian from Prairie Cloudware to power its new bank-branded mobile wallet.
  • SunTrust Bank selects the Enterprise Risk Case Management (ERCM) solution from NICE Actimize.
  • Former FDIC chair Sheila Bair gives Blooom a “ringing endorsement” during a recent visit.
  • Jack Henry & Associates promotes former president David Foss to CEO; Jack Prim transitions to executive chairman of the board.
  • Emailage and Quatrro Processing team up to provide end-to-end, anti-fraud and chargeback-management solutions to merchants.
  • Pymnts talks to Kashoo about connecting with SMEs that procure through Amazon Business.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

2015: A Year in Finovate Alumni Mergers and Acquisitions

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2015 was another big year for mergers and acquisitions in the fintech industry. And whether they were the acquirer or the acquired, Finovate alums were very much a part of the M&A action.

Because terms of many deals were undisclosed, it is difficult to get a precise number on how much money was spent acquiring some of fintech’s most promising startups this year. But looking just at those acquisitions for which figures were available, we can see that 2015 was a banner year in M&A (more than $7 billion) — and that’s just counting alums.

So from the $5 billion deal between FIS and Sungard to the “alum-acquires-alum” mergers of September 2015, let’s take a closer look at some of the major unions of the year that featured Finovate alums.


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If you’re a Finovate alum whose merger we’ve missed or acquisition we’ve overlooked, let us know. Send us an email at research@finovate.com.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Gusto, Formerly ZenPayroll, Closes on $50 Million Funding”
  • “U.K.-Based Yoyo Rolls Out Mobile Wallet in U.S.”

Around the web

  • B2B commerce technology company Handshake teams up with Xero.
  • Braintree launches new extension of its v.zero SDK in partnership with Magento Commerce.
  • CRIF Credit Solutions unveils new, fully responsive website geared toward international audiences.
  • Business Insider names Kabbage, Twilio, and Prosper as 3 of 42 startups that grew to be worth billions in 2015.
  • Top Image Systems to deploy eFLOW Digital Mailroom at GED Bulgaria.
  • NerdWallet’s five financial tips from robo-adviser CEOs feature insights from leaders of Betterment, Wealthfront, TradeKing Advisors, FutureAdvisor, and Personal Capital.
  • Nine months after launching, One Touch from PayPal reaches 10 million users in 23 countries.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”
  • “Finovate Debuts: ArcBit Introduces its Secure, Easy-to-Use Bitcoin Wallet”
  • “FIS Closes SunGuard Acquisition to the Tune of $5.1 Billion”

Around the web

  • CSI globalVCard launches partnership program for banks for its electronic payments program.
  • SavingAdvice.com highlights how Personal Capital can help you gain control of your finances.
  • Credit Sesame features millennial-friendly robo-adviser investment-platforms: Betterment, FutureAdvisor, SigFig, Blooom.
  • Quisk selected as a 2015 Red Herring 100 Global Winner.
  • TSYS signs payments agreement with Atlanticus to continue support of loan-origination platform, Fortiva.
  • Digital Insight unveils Business Banking, an SaaS solution to enable FIs to offer personalized banking experiences to business customers.
  • Q2 opens new offices in Lincoln, Nebraska, to accommodate growth, acquisition of Centrix Solutions.
  • Xignite Market Data APIs now available on SoundHound’s Houndify sound recognition and search-technology platform.
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Trustev, Trulioo, and Trunomi in its look at “RegTech” startups in Europe and the U.S.
  • Temenos wins “Best Provider of Front-to-Back Wealth Suite Solutions” at Asian Private Banker’s Technology Awards 2015.
  • Avalara partners with open-source billing and payments platform, Kill Bill.
  • Silicon Prairie News interviews Daniel Carnes, CSO at Prairie Cloudware, on the future of cybersecurity.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Munich-Based Fidor Bank Launches in the UK” —Check out Fidor Bank at FinDEVr, 6/7 October, in San Francisco.

Around the web

  • New P2P lending app, Ledge, leverages Venmo technology.
  • CNET features Wealthfront, Betterment, FutureAdvisor, SigFig, and Personal Capital in a look at investment in robo-advisers.
  • American Banker profiles PaySwag and its strategy to put a gamified face on debt collection.
  • Kashoo unveils version 4.4 of its iOS app.
  • American Legion magazine interviews Mark Rockefeller, StreetShares CEO and co-founder.
  • itBit announces new higher withdrawal limits.
  • Digital Retail Apps CEO and founder Wendy MacKinnon Keith wins 2015 Women in Payments Innovation Award.
  • InvestorJunkie lists its top 15 robo-advisers, featuring eight Finovate alums.
  • Braintree and PayPal reflect on their two-year anniversary. See Braintree show off its APIs at FinDEVr in San Francisco, 6/7 October.
  • EQ features DAVO’s sales-tax solution.
  • Bank Innovation highlights Ldger’s demo at FinovateFall last week.
  • Forbes features Aerospike. See Aerospike’s presentation at FinDEVr San Francisco on 6/7 October.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.