Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • ID R&D’s Voice Biometric Solution Satisfies Need for Speed, Omni-Channel Reach.
  • Finovate Global: Open Banking Advances in Nigeria; Singapore’s soCash Secures $6M Series B.
  • Paysend Garners $10.6 Million in Funding.

Around the web

  • PassTime partners with masterQueue to help locate and contact customers for debt collection.
  • Five Degrees is selected to join the Kickstart innovation program.
  • Voleo, Neener Analytics, Gremln Social, and Digital Onboarding all successfully complete 2019 FIS Fintech Accelerator program.

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

  • Mastercard’s Mobile Payment Service Pay by Bank Teams Up with Yoyo.
  • Trulioo Teams with Refinitiv for Financial Inclusion.
  • Workfusion Brings Robotic Process Automation Global with New Partnership.
  • OneSpan Unveils its Secure Agreement Automation Solution.

Around the web

  • Splitit (formerly PayItSimple) announces partnership with Hong Kong-based EFTPay.
  • bpm’online launches its new tool for collaborative process design, bpm’online Studio Free.
  • Wipro to acquire digital engineering and manufacturing solutions firm, International TechneGroup Inc. (ITI).
  • Business Cloud UK interviews Andrew Bud, CEO and founder of Best of Show winner, iProov.
  • Four Finovate alums – Digital Onboarding, Gremlin Social, Voleo, and Neener Analyticsearn spots in the fourth Venture Center FinTech Accelerator program sponsored by Fidelity Information Services.
  • Inside Secure ships Whitebox Designer, a new software security tool.
  • Featurespace to power transaction monitoring for Permanent TSB.
  • Jumio wins the 2019 Fortress Cyber Security Award for Authentication and Identity from the Business Intelligence Group.

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.

Fintech Trending: RegTech Reality Check, Blockchain Bandwagon, and IBM’s New Wallet

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Hat, courtesy of Alloy, a customer-onboarding specialist that debuted at FinDEVr in October.

The dream of RegTech is alive at Finovate

Deloitte recently asked what we should make of regtech in a new report titled, “RegTech is the new FinTech: How agile regulatory technology is helping firms better understand and manage their risks.” To the extent that regtech represents technologies, strategies, and solutions designed to help firms better meet regulatory obligations, remain compliant, and/or secure their processes, there may be less new here than meets the eye. Compared to insurtech, regtech firms have been prominent players in the fintech firmament for years.

To its credit, Deloitte is aware of the “old-is-new-again” aspect of regtech. The report notes that “while the name is new, the marriage of technology and regulation to address regulatory challenges has existed for some time with varying degrees of success.”

Indeed. Consider companies like Gremln (F14), which demonstrated a social media platform specifically for regulated industries, and Finect (F13), which unveiled a compliant communication platform for financial professionals. Qumram (F16) provides software that helps ensure complaint communication by recording digital interactions from web, social, and mobile channels.

My Virtual Strongbox (F14) introduced the kind of secure document-storage technology that can help FIs better manage customer documentation. Global Debt Registry, another F14 presenter, provides compliance and risk-management solutions to the account-management industry. OutsideIQ (F16) enables FIs to uncover regulatory risk using a combination of machine learning and human analysis. FundAmerica (F15), arguably one of the most explicitly regtech companies to demo at Finovate, provides crowdfunding platforms with APIs for a wide variety of “mission-critical, back-end regulatory requirements.”

Additionally, there are a sizeable number of credit risk analysis innovators such as QCR (F15), CreditHQ (F16), and FICO (FD16); companies like Avalara (FD15) that help merchants recognize and satisfy sales-tax requirements (or by that token, even a VATBox (F15) that helps recover VAT fees for international travelers); and cloud-based auditing technologies like those available from Auvenir (F16), whose identity as a fintech company was a topic of our deliberations.

And all of this is to say nothing of the even larger number of security and authentication specialists whose technologies—at least by Deloitte’s definition—can be considered regtech. Note that Deloitte’s Ireland-based rundown of regtech companies includes Finovate alum Trustev (F14), whose online ID-verification technology is very much in the same category as dozens of other security, authentication, verification, anti-fraud innovators.

The question as to whether regtech as a “thing” (as the millennials say) can be separated from the broader fintech discussion is likely more of a marketing decision than anything else. Clearly regtech has the ranks; the issue is to what degree does distinguishing them as a type of innovator apart from the larger fintech world make it easier for these companies to attract top talent, develop necessary solutions, and raise the capital to drive and grow their businesses. From the perspective of fintech in general—and Finovate/FinDEVr in specific—we’re happier having regtech innovating from “inside the tent,” as opposed to being outside the tent trying to find a way in.

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Blockchain bandwagon

Two more major players jumped on the blockchain bandwagon. IBM (FD16) showed its Hyperledger at FinDEVr last week and Visa (FD14) announced its cross-border payment system built on blockchain-like distributed ledgers, an apparent challenge to Swift. The technology is powered by Chain (FD15) which counts Visa, Capital One (FD15) and Citibank as investors. According to Javelin Strategy, banks will invest $1 billion this year in blockchain initiatives.

Mobile payments gets another huge player

Speaking of IBM, one of the more surprising announcements at Money2020 was the launch of IBM Pay, a private-label mobile payments and POS system. Details are sketchy, but in the IBM video below, it appears to be a Starbucks-like QR code system. It’s part of IBM’s Watson Commerce initiative.

SixThirty Accelerator Deadline Extended to February 6

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SixThirty Accelerator is extending the deadline for its spring 2015 incubator class to Friday, February 6th.

SixThirty has played a role in the development of two Finovate alums: miiCard, which was a part of the Fall 2013 cohort, and Gremln, a participant of the Spring 2014 class.

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Co-founded by Jim McKelvey, SixThirty invests up to $100,000 per selected company, for a total of $800,000 a year in late seed-stage, financial startups. Through the four-month program, SixThirty provides companies with expert mentorships and the opportunity to network and connect with the region’s FI ecosystem, which includes MasterCard, Wells Fargo, and Scottrade.
The spring 2015 cohort will be announced at the end of February.

Gremln Hires Paul Rauner as New COO

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The new year continues to bring C-level changes to the leadership of Finovate alums large and small. Today we learn that Gremln has hired former SirenGPS founder, Paul Rauner to be its new Chief Operating Officer.

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Rauner said in a statement: “I am excited to leverage my experience to accelerate Gremln’s effforts to provide secure, compliant social media to our clients.”

Previous to founding SirenGPS, Rauner was Insurance Agency General Counsel for The NASDAQ Stock Market and Assistant Legal Director for Aon Risk Services. His responsibilities for Gremln will include forging strategic partnerships to help the company enter new markets. 

Founded in 2009 and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Gremln raised $500,000 back in November. The company’s total funding is $2 million. Last year, Gremln was endorsed by the New York Bankers Association, and also participated in the SixThirty Accelerator Program.
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Gremln was last on the Finovate stage as part of FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

Gremln Secures $500,000 Investment from Cultivation Capital

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Gremln, the company dedicated to making it easier for banks and other financial institutions to benefit from social media, has secured a new investment of half a million dollars from Cultivation Capital.

The new funding takes Gremln’s total capital to nearly $2 million. 

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Tim Stern, General Partner at Cultivation Capital, emphasized the “safety first” aspect of Gremln’s technology, saying there is a “large need” for software that will help industries control what is shared via social media. Stern will be joining Gremln’s board of directors as part of the investment.
Gremln specializes in social media management software that helps institutions use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn without having to worry about regulatory and compliance issues. The technology includes compliance and organizational tools, analytics, features like bulk post upload, scheduling, and message assigning, and is available as a white label solution. Gremln has won awards and recognition from PC World, CIO Magazine, and the Innovators Cup. This summer, Gremln raised $100,000 as a participant in the SixThirty Accelerator program.
Among the interesting notes in the coverage of the investment was the suggestion from Gremln CEO Ryan Bell that the company looking into other potential revenue sources, such as working with financial broker dealers. Bizjournals also reports that Gremln has grown approximately 500% since early 2013.
Gremln last demoed on the Finovate stage in September as part of FinovateFall 2014. See the company present its new mobile platform here.

Social Media Management Specialist Gremln Launches New Mobile Platform

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2014.

Continuing in our second session of the morning, here is GREMLN, showcasing the latest enhancements to its social media management platform for the financial services industry.

“GREMLN is demonstrating its latest social media compliance features. Pre-approved Content Libraries enable firms to provide great content to their teams that can circumvent the message approval process. LinkedIn Lead Prospecting enables financial advisors and other employees to find new clients via LinkedIn. And finally, GREMLN is launching a new mobile platform that enables marketing and compliance departments to stay engaged in social media and handle approval processes right from their phone or tablet.”
Presenting: Ryan Bell (CEO) & TJ Tavares (Sr. Sales Executive)
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Product Launch: January 2013 (showing new features)
Metrics: 12 employees; 165, 000 users
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B)
HQ: Saint Louis, MO
Founded: February 2009
Website: gremln.com
Twitter: @GREMLN

FinovateFall 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 1

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With the busy product development and release schedule that comes with the autumn season, FinovateFall is the perfect place to see what’s new in fintech. 

This year, 71 companies will step up to the Finovate stage at the NYC Hilton Midtown on September 23 and 24. Tickets are going fast; register for yours today.

Here’s an inside look at six of these hand-picked companies:


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BizEquity has invented the first and only patented way to value any business in real-time and in the cloud online.

Features:

    • BizEstimate feature that pre-values over 28 million private businesses 
    • Patented, online real-time business value and tailored advice and alerts to each user
    • Business ValueMonitoring Dashboard 

Why it’s great:

BizEquity’s mission is to democratize business valuation knowledge globally to every small business and financial institution through its patented cloud-based service.

Carter

Presenters:

1) Mike Carter, CEO
Carter is former Managing Director of The Musser Group, former Founder and CEO of Dashboard Systems, and former Chief Marketing Officer for U.S. Interactive.
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2) Semyon Fishman, Vice President of Engineering and Technology
Fishman is former Vice President of Product Engineering at Valex Consulting and former Lead Engineer for the Math Forum.


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GREMLN Financial Social Media offers secure social media tools for the financial services industry. It’s a full marketing and analysis suite wrapped in a security layer to maintain compliance.

Features:

    • Pre-approved content libraries
    • LinkedIn client prospecting
    • Mobile social media compliance platform

Why it’s great:

Social media involvement is essential, but it can be dangerous for financial services companies. Gremln makes it possible to participate and succeed in social media…safely.

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Presenters:

1) Ryan Bell, CEO
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2) TJ Tavares, Senior Sales Executive
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Hoyos Labs app will finally put an end to the frustration that comes with usernames, passwords and PINs by replacing them with your unique biometrics.

Features:

  • Acquires users’ biometrics via smartphone to replace all log-in information
  • Works with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and with PCs
  • Increased convenience and security for users
Why it’s great:

Hoyos Labs’ app allows users to increase the convenience and security in their life by removing the need to ever remember their log-in information.
Presenter: 
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Hector Hoyos, Founder and CEO
Hoyos is a biometrics veteran and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to the development of innovative technologies that change existing business paradigms and have a profound impact on society.


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Knox Payments is a merchant tool for payments to and from bank accounts online for just $0.18/transaction.

Features:

    • Fastest online and mobile checkout process
    • Accept ACH payments without needing your customers to enter bank routing and account numbers
    • Instantly verify bank account and sufficient funds

Why it’s great:

Fastest, cheapest checkout process for you and your customers.

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Presenter:

Tommy Nicholas, Head of Product
Nicholas earned his BA from the University of Virginia. He founded CitySwig and helped grow Coffitivity to over 2 million users.
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NopSec is a cloud-based vulnerability risk management SaaS.

Features:

    • Correlate vulnerabilities with real-time threats and exploits
    • Drill down into the most critical risks across the full software and hardware stack
    • Analyze vulnerabilities using keyword searches

Why it’s great:

Remediate what matters most, faster.

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Presenters:

1) Steven Leonard, Chief Marketing Officer
Leonard is responsible for all areas of marketing strategy and execution. Prior to NopSec, he spent 17 years at Microsoft Corporation.
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2) Lisa Xu, Chief Executive Officer
Xu is responsible for strategic direction, sales, and operations. Prior to NopSec, she advised Fortune500 enterprises on data security, privacy and technology risk management.
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3) Michelangelo Sidagni, CTO


Rippleshotlogo

Rippleshot detects bank card data breaches. Its cloud-based solution helps banks proactively stop fraud before it occurs and protects merchant brand reputation.

Features:

    • Next generation fraud prevention — stopping fraud before it occurs
    • 24/7 monitoring — detecting breaches faster
    • Early warning alerts — proactively protecting merchants, consumers and credit card issuers
Why it’s great:
It’s not if you are going to be breached, it’s when. Rippleshot’s 24/7 monitoring proactively detects, mitigates and stops fraud before it occurs.
Presenters: 
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1) Lucas Ward, Co-Founder and CTO
Ward is a proven technology leader. At Fundspire, he created an innovative product to change the way hedge funds viewed and analyzed their data.
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2) Randal Cox, Co-Founder and CSO
Cox has over a decade of experience in the credit card industry, modeling credit card and ATM fraud, ultimately culminating in the co-founding of Rippleshot.


Stay tuned later this week for a look at six more companies set to debut their new technology at FinovateFall this September 23 & 24 in New York.

FinovateFall 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 1

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With the busy product development and release schedule that comes with the autumn season, FinovateFall is the perfect place to see what’s new in fintech. 

This year, 71 companies will step up to the Finovate stage at the NYC Hilton Midtown on September 23 and 24. Tickets are going fast; register for yours today.

Here’s an inside look at six of these hand-picked companies:


BizEquityLogo.jpg

BizEquity has invented the first and only patented way to value any business in real-time and in the cloud online.

Features:

    • BizEstimate feature that pre-values over 28 million private businesses 
    • Patented, online real-time business value and tailored advice and alerts to each user
    • Business ValueMonitoring Dashboard 

Why it’s great:

BizEquity’s mission is to democratize business valuation knowledge globally to every small business and financial institution through its patented cloud-based service.

Carter

Presenters:

1) Mike Carter, CEO
Carter is former Managing Director of The Musser Group, former Founder and CEO of Dashboard Systems, and former Chief Marketing Officer for U.S. Interactive.
LinkedIn

2) Semyon Fishman, Vice President of Engineering and Technology
Fishman is former Vice President of Product Engineering at Valex Consulting and former Lead Engineer for the Math Forum.


GremlnLogo.jpg

GREMLN Financial Social Media offers secure social media tools for the financial services industry. It’s a full marketing and analysis suite wrapped in a security layer to maintain compliance.

Features:

    • Pre-approved content libraries
    • LinkedIn client prospecting
    • Mobile social media compliance platform

Why it’s great:

Social media involvement is essential, but it can be dangerous for financial services companies. Gremln makes it possible to participate and succeed in social media…safely.

RyanGremln

Presenters:

1) Ryan Bell, CEO
LinkedIn  


TJGremln

2) TJ Tavares, Senior Sales Executive
LinkedIn


HoyosLogo

Hoyos Labs app will finally put an end to the frustration that comes with usernames, passwords and PINs by replacing them with your unique biometrics.

Features:

  • Acquires users’ biometrics via smartphone to replace all log-in information
  • Works with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and with PCs
  • Increased convenience and security for users
Why it’s great:

Hoyos Labs’ app allows users to increase the convenience and security in their life by removing the need to ever remember their log-in information.
Presenter: 
Hoyos
Hector Hoyos, Founder and CEO
Hoyos is a biometrics veteran and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to the development of innovative technologies that change existing business paradigms and have a profound impact on society.


KnoxPaymentslogo

Knox Payments is a merchant tool for payments to and from bank accounts online for just $0.18/transaction.

Features:

    • Fastest online and mobile checkout process
    • Accept ACH payments without needing your customers to enter bank routing and account numbers
    • Instantly verify bank account and sufficient funds

Why it’s great:

Fastest, cheapest checkout process for you and your customers.

KnoxThomas

Presenter:

Tommy Nicholas, Head of Product
Nicholas earned his BA from the University of Virginia. He founded CitySwig and helped grow Coffitivity to over 2 million users.
LinkedIn


NopSeclogo

NopSec is a cloud-based vulnerability risk management SaaS.

Features:

    • Correlate vulnerabilities with real-time threats and exploits
    • Drill down into the most critical risks across the full software and hardware stack
    • Analyze vulnerabilities using keyword searches

Why it’s great:

Remediate what matters most, faster.

StevenNopsec

Presenters:

1) Steven Leonard, Chief Marketing Officer
Leonard is responsible for all areas of marketing strategy and execution. Prior to NopSec, he spent 17 years at Microsoft Corporation.
LinkedIn

2) Lisa Xu, Chief Executive Officer
Xu is responsible for strategic direction, sales, and operations. Prior to NopSec, she advised Fortune500 enterprises on data security, privacy and technology risk management.
LinkedIn

3) Michelangelo Sidagni, CTO


Rippleshotlogo

Rippleshot detects bank card data breaches. Its cloud-based solution helps banks proactively stop fraud before it occurs and protects merchant brand reputation.

Features:

    • Next generation fraud prevention — stopping fraud before it occurs
    • 24/7 monitoring — detecting breaches faster
    • Early warning alerts — proactively protecting merchants, consumers and credit card issuers
Why it’s great:
It’s not if you are going to be breached, it’s when. Rippleshot’s 24/7 monitoring proactively detects, mitigates and stops fraud before it occurs.
Presenters: 
RippleshotLucas
1) Lucas Ward, Co-Founder and CTO
Ward is a proven technology leader. At Fundspire, he created an innovative product to change the way hedge funds viewed and analyzed their data.
RippleshotRandal
2) Randal Cox, Co-Founder and CSO
Cox has over a decade of experience in the credit card industry, modeling credit card and ATM fraud, ultimately culminating in the co-founding of Rippleshot.


Stay tuned later this week for a look at six more companies set to debut their new technology at FinovateFall this September 23 & 24 in New York.

Finovate Alums Raise More than $600 Million for Second Quarter in a Row

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In the first quarter of 2014, 23 Finovate alums raised more than $592 million

And as the second quarter draws to a close, it’s clear that a comparable cohort of alums have kept the pace.

Over the course April, May, and June, 28 alums raised significant amounts of capital ranging from Gremln’s $100,000 to the $65 million raised by Lending Club. The quarterly total of $594 million is almost exactly the same as the previous quarter.

And given that some amounts are undisclosed (I’m talking about you, Holvi, RevolutionCredit, and Tuition.io), we’re confident that Finovate alums have notched their second $600 million fund-raising quarter in a row.
How does this compare with the less recent past? Very well, indeed. 
In the second quarter of 2013, 15 alums raised more than $200 million. This was a major improvement on the second quarter from 2012, which featured 14 companies raising more than $120 million. 
Total raised for Q2 2014 = $594 million
April — $217 million raised by 11 companies
May —  $226 million raised by 11 companies
June — $151 million raised by six companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at David@Finovate.com or Julie@Finovate.com

Alumni News– June 20, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBillGuard expands internationally, now available in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
  • Simple speeds up money transfers: 1 business day for xfers from Simple and 3 business days for xfers into Simple.
  • Credit Sesame attracts 1 million + users to enroll in its free ID theft protection service.
  • American Banker talks about Check in its feature on the role of mobile bill pay in helping banks retain customers.
  • Fiserv announces that its CUnify account processing platform will be deployed by United Credit Union.
  • The National Bank (TNB) in Palestine signs deal with Temenos to replace current platform with T24.
  • Check announces billpay partnership with Direct Energy.
  • Gremln raises $100,000 as participant in SixThirty Accelerator Program.
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.

Gremln Raises $100,000 as Participant in SixThirty Accelerator Program

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Social media management innovator Gremln picked up a $100,000 seed investment this spring as a participant in the SixThirty accelerator program.

Combined with the $523,500 raised last October (according to Crunchbase), Gremln’s total funding now stands at $1.4 million.

The investment comes with 16 weeks of mentoring in St. Louis, where the program is headquartered. As one of four startups in the current cohort, Gremln will also be introduced to some of the many major financial services organizations that are based in the area.
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Also participating in the current class are Form Zapper, PromisePay, and WealthAccess.
Gremln helps financial institutions manage their social media presence While many banks are reluctant to participate in social media because of compliance and regulatory issues. Gremln’s platform makes the process both easier and safer. 
The company’s latest innovation, demoed at FinovateSpring 2013, provides features such as keyword and key phrase filtering, custom permission settings and approval process, all within an attractive and engaging user interface.
Gremln was founded in May 2011 and is headquartered in St. Louis. Ryan Bell is CEO.