FutureAdvisor Grows 10x to $600+ Million Under Management

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In an era when half of millennials are not saving for retirement, robo-advisors have entered the market to help make the task less daunting. One of the players on the robo-advisory field, FutureAdvisor, released metrics today supporting its growth.

The San Francisco-based company currently markets two products, one aimed to help users build their existing retirement fund and another to grow 529 college savings funds. The company’s freemium service offers either a fully managed account service or a free, advice-only resource.

As a money manager, FutureAdvisor invests on behalf of 4,000 clients whose average portfolio totals $143,000. The company’s assets under management now total $603 million, a figure which has grown 10x since last June.

The company’s free, advisory-only service tracks $40 billion in assets for its 320,000+ registered users.

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FutureAdvisor, which differentiates itself by using real people in tandem with its algorithm-based robo-advisory service, has raised $21.5 million, including a $15.5 million Series B round in May 2014.

The startup debuted FutureAdvisor Premium at FinovateFall 2013 in New York.

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  • Digital Transactions recognizes Payzur from Acculynk as a P2P payments leader.
  • Misys wins Best Trade Finance Tech Solutions Company at the Trade Finance Awards for Excellence.
  • Fortune profiles Blooom President Greg Smith, former Goldman Sachs banker.
  • Personal Capital CEO Bill Harris, former PayPal CEO, discusses how PayPal fits into mobile payments.
  • InComm partners with U.K.-based Sainsbury’s to help consumers save on the cost of fuel at Sainsbury’s petrol stations after buying gift cards.
  • Jo Ann Barefoot podcast interviews Lending Club founder and CEO, Renaud Laplanche.

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.

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  • TipRanks Takes Top Prize at IBM Watson Hackathon in Israel

Around the web

  • Greg Smith and Chris Costello of Blooom discuss simplifying 401(k) management with Fox Business News.
  • Nilesh Dusane, Ripple Labs VP for global sales and client relations, talks about distributed ledgers and the future of payments.
  • EZBOB announces Everline as the sole channel for intermediary businesses.
  • Nomis Solutions teams up with Oliver Wyman to help FIs boost profitability in their retail deposit portfolios.
  • Temenos opens new office in Helsinki, Finland.
  • The Financial Brand highlights the need for banks to compete with Mint, MX, D3, Yodlee, Meniga, Geezeo, and Strands.
  • Investopedia features FutureAdvisor’s use for college savings.
  • Ping Identity enhances partner program with new options, benefits and requirements for partners in three programs.
  • BCSG appoints Deutsche Telekom’s Simon Lunn as COO.
  • Strategic News Service FiRe tech conference names ValidSoft a 2015 FiReStarter Company.
  • ProfitStars Banno Mobile named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: North American Mobile Banking Software Solutions 2015 Vendor Assessment.
  • Huffington Post considers advice from Scott Cook, Intuit co-founder.
  • Remember, the application deadline for the Fall 2015 cohort for the SixThirty accelerator is Friday, 10 July 2015.

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.

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Around the web

  • TradeHero updates mobile iOS app.
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  • Apple lists Xero among group of business apps Apple is using to market the iPad for use in business.
  • Indianapolis Business Journal looks at the rise of robo-advisors Betterment, Wealthfront, Hedgeable, and Motif Investing.
  • TSYS launches its Chip Card on Demand to help issuers make the transition through the October chip-liability shift.
  • Top Image Systems unveils its new mobile account opening and onboarding app, MobiENROLL.
  • Benzinga interviews Igor Gonta, CEO of Market Prophit, on the launch of his Twitter-based, social media, smart beta index.
  • Fox Business features Planwise, LendUp, Trulioo, Plaid, Wealthfront, TrueAccord, WePay, Flint, Lending Club, Prosper, LendingRobot, and FutureAdvisor in its roundup of “30 Hot Fintech Startups to Watch.”
  • New York Business Journal reviews its gamification strategy of PFM solution, Qapital.
  • Financial Times profiles LendUp and the “grubby end of U.S. debt.”

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.

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  • MasterCard partners with Premier Bank in expansion into Somalia.
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  • D3 Banking announces that its solution is now available in a hosted environment.
  • Blooom CEO and co-founder Chris Costello talks about his company’s relationship with Yodlee.
  • ThinkAdvisor features eMoney Advisor, Vanguard, Wealthfront, Betterment, FutureAdvisor, and Jemstep in a column on the changing environment for financial advisors.
  • Sonavation CTO Rainer Schmitt wins award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability.
  • TechCrunch features PayPal’s Venmo office.
  • Verizon Ventures welcomes SimplyTapp to its portfolio.
  • On the Money Radio’s Steve Pomeranz interviews MaxMyInterest CEO and founder Gary Zimmerman.

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.

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  • FierceFinanceIT highlights Lending Club and Prosper in its look at growing investment in P2P lenders by Wall Street.
  • Version 3.5 of Wallaby Financial’s new Android app provides ambient alerts to help consumers save on gasoline.
  • MiiCard CEO James Varga quoted in a column on Edinburgh’s tech pioneers.
  • CAN Capital reaches milestone of $5 billion in working capital facilitated through its platform.
  • Report on fintech in The Economist references Lending Club among key disruptors.
  • Nokia partners with Checkpoint for telco cloud security.
  • MyECheck completes acquisition and integration of Seergate.
  • Yodlee adds LearnVest acquirer, Northwestern Mutual, as client.
  • Javelin Strategy & Research lists 4 trends to watch at Finovate next week. Come see them unfold live at FinovateSpring 12/13 May.

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.

Tuesday Tactics: Attracting Young Customers via the Parents

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This is a continuation of Friday’s post about using apartment rent-and-chore-tracking app HomeSlice to attract younger customers. The app is a classic Trojan Horse tactic, though not a nefarious one. The thing is, once you get customers digitally locked-in to your platform, they may never leave. And while this works on any age group, the younger set is more attractive in many ways, because they are not already set in their financial ways, and they have massive revenue potential if you are able to hold onto them through the next few decades.

Today, automated investment management platform, aka a robo-adviser, FutureAdvisor launched its own youth play, but targeted it to the parents of the kids it hopes to serve for the next 70 years. The service, dubbed FutureAdvisor College Savings, aims to get funds earmarked for college into its managed savings plan. The startup is forgoing its usual 0.5% wrap fee and is offering the account at zero cost. An impressive graph (inset) charts the savings growth in its plan (optimistically predicted at a 7.1% annual return) vs. a bank savings account (pessimistically pegged at 0.5%) over 2o years. Even though the spread is likely to be less dramatic than the indicated 6.6%, the benefits are large.

Bottom line: For most financial institutions, the parents are probably the easier path to landing the under-21 crowd. So financial services companies should consider similar offerings whether it be student-loan management, regular savings accounts, starter credit, apartment loans, first-car loans, and so on (for more ideas, see previous posts).

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  • Boku launches carrier billing technology on Google Play in Saudi Arabia.
  • Re/code: FutureAdvisor Launches Free Service to Manage College Investments
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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.

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  • The Economist features MaxMyInterest, a solution for “yield-hungry savers.”
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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.

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  • D3 Banking taps Jeffrey Hale as chief business development officer.
  • Business & Leadership features “Irish success story” Trustev and its CEO and co-founder, Pat Phelan.
  • MarketWatch looks at Betterment, Blooom, FutureAdvisor, Motif Investing, and Wealthfront in its column on the “battle” between human and robo-advisers.
  • Northwest Community Credit Union to deploy Portico from Fiserv.
  • Wallaby Financial launches Wallaby for Apple Watch.
  • TSYS enables full-service payment-processing for American Express OptBlue program.
  • Bazaarvoice hires Sara Spivey as its new chief marketing officer.
  • WSJ mentions StockTwits’ role in social media for investing.
  • Fierce Finance IT: Tradier’s API platform sees explosion of firms looking to build robo-advisers.
  • Linkable Networks launches Omnyverse affiliate network with digital offers, promotions and incentives.
  • InComm enables Budget Mobile to offer Airfair Lifeline Reload services through 90,000 retail stores.

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.

AlwaysOn’s OnFinance Top 100 Features 30 Finovate Alums

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More than a quarter of the companies recognized in AlwaysOn’s first OnFinance Top 100 roster are Finovate alums.

The OnFinance Top 100 is designed to recognize the Top 100 private companies in fintech. The list was chosen by the AlwaysOn editorial team, along with several venture capital firms and industry experts. The criteria included degree of innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and “media buzz.”

The list is divided into six categories, and Finovate alums are well represented in each. Category winners will be announced at Always On’s event at the NASDAQ OMX in New York City at the end of April 2015.

Banking and corporate finance

Big data and analytics

Capital markets and investing

Digital currencies

Payment platforms

Personal finance management

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, AlwaysOn was founded in 2003 by Tony Perkins, founder and editor of Red Herring magazine. The company serves as a networking and social media platform for technology professionals in variety of fields, and has a membership of more than 5,000.

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  • Printer Giant Lexmark to Acquire Kofax for $1 Billion.

Around the Web:

  • ShopKeep POS acquires payment processing startup, Payment Revolution.
  • Financial Guard and FutureAdvisor are featured as alternatives in a Bloomberg column on “breaking up with your expensive adviser.”
  • Bank Innovation column on “InsuranceTech” and Fintech 1,000 lists Insuritas.
  • Opentabs integrates with PayPal to power its mobile app order-ahead services.
  • PYMNTS: Monitise takes itself off the market. CEO steps down.
  • Billhighway awarded Silver Stevie Award for Innovation in Customer Service in the Financial Services Industry category. It is the second win for Billhighway since 2013.
  • Dexterity Ventures (Place2Give) bolsters team with new CMO, Product Manager, Developer, and Office Assistant.
  • The FinTech Blog interviews Eli Broverman, Co-Founder and COO of Betterment.
  • Fiserv, TD Bank Group, Intuit, and PayPal rank among Forbes’ list of Americas’ Best employers.
  • SocietyOne appoints former Investec Group chief lending officer, Simon Schwarz, as new COO.
  • Ad Age highlights how BancVue seeks to level the playing field for community banks.
  • Rippleshot joined fellow winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards in ringing the closing bell at the Nasdaq on Monday.
  • BankNXT looks at the rise of marketplace lending platforms including Finovate alums Lending Club and OnDeck.

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.