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FinDEVrSV16-LogoV2(wdate)Our FinDEVr New York developer showcase last week was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today and save.


  • Beyond the Bitcoin BlockChain: Coinalytics is Now Skry”

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • Capgemini consulting services adds risk and fraud management technology from FICO.
  • Aerospike releases version 3.8 of its database server.
  • Wealth Professional features Betterment in a column on roboadvisors.

Alumni updates

  • Blockchain solution provider Gem launches Gem Health.
  • CNBC Africa interviews Entersekt CEO Schalk Nolte.

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Finovate Alumni News


  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “Finovate, FinDEVr Alums Among Winners of 2016 Fintech Innovation Awards”
  • “Marketplace Lending “Power 20” List Honors 8 Alums”

Around the web

  • FamZoo celebrates its tenth birthday of helping parents prepare financially strong children.
  • EyeVerify’s EyeprintID to power HYPR’s Biometric Security Suite.
  • Socure launches v. 2.5 of its ID+ Digital Identity solution.
  • Blockchain solution provider Gem launches Gem Health.
  • EdgeVerve Systems launches its EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework for banks.
  • Sberbank to deploy risk management technology from Wolters Kluwer.
  • FD teams up with Thomson Reuters to power its DaaS platform, Velocity Analytics.

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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FinDEVrNY16-V2(wdate)We’re taking our FinDEVr developer showcase to New York on 29/30 March 2016. Super Early Bird tickets are on sale through this Friday, 15 January, so register today and save.

The latest news from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • Network International plans UAE deployment of cashless, cardless payment technology developed by Quisk.
  • Gem raises $7 million in Series A.

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Gem Raises $7 Million in Series A


In a round led by Pelion Venture Partners, blockchain technology specialist and FinDEVr alum Gem raised $7.1 million in funding. Also participating in the Series A were:

  • Amplify.LA
  • Blockchain Capital
  • Danmar Capital
  • Digital Currency Group
  • Drummond Road Capital
  • KEC Ventures
  • RRE Ventures
  • Tamarisk Global
  • Tekton Ventures

Angel investor James Joaquin also participated in the financing, which takes Gem’s total capital to $12 million, according to Crunchbase. Ben Dahl of Pelion Venture Partners and Bitium CEO Scott Kriz will join Gem’s board of directors.


Gem CEO and founder Micah Winkelspecht spoke on “Redefining Banking from the Ground Up” at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.

In a statement at the Gem blog, the company highlighted its vision for distributed ledger technology as part of a “‘blockchain economy’ that forms the underlying architecture of our daily lives: from capital markets to patient care, supply chains to logistics, property rights to digital rights management.”

Gem makes it easier for companies to use blockchain technology by turning complex processes into modular, bitcoin APIs and then leveraging its platform to scale and automatically deploy. Gem recently developed a multi-signature bitcoin API for developers, and is currently building a “modular platform for blockchain applications” that has broad-use cases for many different industries.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Venice, California, Gem debuted at FinDEVr 2015.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Moven Launches Offers with Four Merchant Partners”
  • Gem Raises $7 Million in Series A”

Around the web

  • Blackhawk Network acquires and OmniCard for $120 million.
  • EyeLock partners with Diebold to develop new ATM experience using mobile app, QR codes, and iris scanning.
  • Trustly partners with GoldMoney’s BitGold to connect with financial institutions for direct deposits and redemptions.
  • LiveRamp interviews Cardlytics CMO Dani Cushion.

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.

FinDEVr Live: Gem Leverages the Blockchain to Redefine Banking from the Ground Up

Gem_homepage_FinDEVr2015 | | @gemhq

Gem_FinDEVr2015_logoGem makes bitcoin easy by allowing developers to build feature-rich blockchain applications in minutes using less than ten lines of code. By leveraging industry-leading security features such as multisignature wallets, multifactor authentication, and hardware security modules, the Gem API provides an easy-to-use, comprehensive security solution for bitcoin apps, without ever taking possession of funds. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to have control over their own assets, starting with bitcoin. Founded in 2014, Gem launched at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield and is located in Venice, Calif.

Redefining banking from the ground up
Bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, triggered a fundamental shift in the way we think about money. The blockchain is redefining age-old practices around payments, custodianship, stock- and asset-issuance, auditing and settlement. And for the first time, it has created an open financial platform that invites any developer from around the world to participate and innovate, without permission. Learn how you can use blockchain technology and the Gem API to build a whole new generation of financial products both inside and outside of the traditional banking system.

Key takeaways:

  • How programmable money and smart contracts can redefine ownership and custody
  • How to secure digital assets from hackers and would-be thieves
  • How practical tools can quickly get you building with the blockchain

Presenter: Micah Winkelspecht, CEO, Founder
@winkelspecht |

Winkelspecht is CEO of Gem, a secure platform for blockchain developers. He is an active bitcoin thought-leader and author of MoneyTree, the first Ruby implementation of a bitcoin HD wallet. Previously, Winkelspecht spent 10+ years developing software for AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial, and Pose.