Finovate Alumni News– January 28, 2014

  • DailyFinance looks at Kabbage’s “war” on banking.
  • Blackhawk Network powering Mobile Money by T-Mobile.
  • Credit Sesame launches mobile credit dashboard for easy credit and financial monitoring.
  • Actiance launches Alcatraz, a cloud-based archive that combines a focus on context with the traditional requirements of an email archive.
  • New York Bankers Association endorses Gremln.
  • Service2Media unveils version 4.4 of M2Active mobile app development platform.
  • Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand featured in Xconomy column on University of Colorado at Boulder’s New Venture Challenge program.
  • Be sure to check out the latest installment of our FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek series.
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’s Secure Social Media Helps Regulated Companies Make the Most of Social Media

GremlnLogo.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2013.

Social media like Facebook and Twitter offer both opportunities and challenges for most financial institutions looking to use these tools to better engage with their customers. Coming next to the stage is Gremln, with technology specifically geared toward helping FIs take advantage of social media.
“Gremln is introducing its new Secure Social Media version, designed for financial services companies. This new product creates the ability for marketing and compliance departments to work together toward the common goal of utilizing social media to build business and retain customers through engagement; all without violating guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies like the SEC, FFIEC, and FINRA.
Keyword and phrase filtering, abstract concept matching, a structured approval process, archiving and custom permission settings for each department and team member. All posts are subject to an approval process that you custom design. Maximize your use of social media fearlessly.”
Product Launched: November 2012
HQ Location: San Francisco, California
Company Founded: May 2011
Metrics: $750,000 raised; 10 full-time employees; more than 130,000 registered users
Twitter: @Gremln
Presenting Ryan Bell (CEO) and Michele Lain (Customer Service Manager)


Finovate Alumni News– May 6, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBraintree’s Bryan Johnson provides columnist James Altucher with an example of “how to go from $0 to $1,000,000 in two years.” See Braintree demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • TransactionAge takes a look at Klarna as an alternative to Google Wallet.
  • Digital Mailer’s My Virtual StrongBox deployed by Redstone Federal Credit Union.
  • Investment News features Finect, a social network for financial advisors. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • miiCard partners with Bitcoin Exchange Platform, Tradehill.
  • Innovation Agency updates Innovation Café to support formal judging process and integrated rewards payment process.
  • TIO Networks announces partnership with mobile app developer iFactor Consulting.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek reports: On Deck Capital Targets Businesses Banks Won’t Touch.
  • David Barrett, Expensify CEO, interviewed on SkyNews to talk about Bitcoin. Come check out what’s new at Expensify at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Best Vendor profiles Gremln. See them in action at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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.

FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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If you missed Part 1 of our FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek, click here to read about some of the innovative companies that will be presenting at our upcoming May event in San Francisco.

To learn more about the show, visit our FinovateSpring 2013 page here.  Or if you’re just looking to pick up your tickets to the event, click here.

Part 2 of our Sneak Peek will feature another 12 companies that will be among those demoing on the Finovate stage in San Francisco next month. We’ll have even more companies to show you next week.

Allied Payment Network: Allied Payment Network’s “Pay-It-Your-Way” strategy is driving mobile bill pay adoption by leveraging technology that consumers are embracing wholeheartedly – clicking, snapping a picture, or speaking.
  • Strategic differentiator for FIs
  • Live and available through multiple reselllers
  • Easily integrate into any mobile app
Why it’s great: Allied’s PicturePay has set the new standard for simplicity in mobile bill pay, using voice or a smartphone’s camera.
Encap: Provides a banking-grade, software-based authentication solution that offers uncompromising speed, security, and simplicity to boost
the adoption of financial services and applications.


  • 2- and 3-factor authentication that helps drive customer adoption
  • Seamless integration into apps
  • Lower cost of ownership
Why it’s great: Most 2- and 3-factor authentication solutions will make your customers hate your product. Integrating Encap will make them love it.
GoBank (by Green Dot Corporation): The first bank account designed from scratch to be opened and used on a mobile device, with deposits insured by the FDIC.


  • Real-time alerts
  • Fast: Join in minutes
  • Fair: No overdraft fees or minimum balance
Why it’s great: GoBank was created with the user experience top of mind to develop an innovative product with no hidden fees, complete transparency, reliability and peace of mind.


Gremln: Regulatory guidelines make social media compliance difficult for financial services. Gremln provides filtration, approval, and archiving. Teams can work together for secure social media.

  • Use social media AND keep your job
  • Verify posts are compliance before they are live
  • Multi-tiered approval process
Why it’s great: Your organization’s marketing and compliance forces can work in harmony to create secure, successful social media … all because of Gremln.
Jemstep: Jemstep Portfolio Manager is an online investment advisor that helps people lock in more money for retirement by telling them exactly what to buy and sell.
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  • Exactly what to do
  • High-caliber guidance, not high fees
Why it’s great: Jemstep Portfolio Manager is the first and only resource of its kind, and it takes the complexity out of investing.


Licuos: A global B2B payment platform that generates the most efficient A/R and A/P netting, payment and funding proposals for businesses.
  • Improves the financial efficiency of businesses
  • Reduces businesses’s funding needs and credit risk exposure with their clients
Why it’s great: LICUOS allows businesses to reduce their dependence on banks so that they can significantly improve their working capital management.


Leaf: Leaf empowers small business owners to run and grow their businesses by providing a mobile payment platform built for local commerce.
  • Accept payments via the processor of your choice
  • Analyze business performance from any device
  • Easily engage customers
Why it’s great: LeafPresenter is the first tablet designed specifically for local retail, benefitting small business owners in ways not previously possible.
Lodo Software: D3 Banking uses a powerful, predictive analytics engine and adaptive UI to provide a full range of financial services tailored to customer’s needs anytime, anywhere.


  • Consistent customer experience via any digital channel
  • Customized, automated, targeted marketing
  • Flexible integration options
Why it’s great: D3 Banking delivers data-driven, digital banking, empowering financial institutions and their customers.
Micronotes: Delivers on the cross-sell imperative for digital banks.


  • Most productive digital cross-sell tool
  • Maximizes $/square inch of digital real estate
  • Gives interactive a whole new meaning
Why it’s great: Micronotes’s Cross-Sell helps financial institutions radically improve the productivity of cross-selling online to increase revenue.
Persint: Provides consumer analytics, leveraging account aggregation and peer data to answer every household’s financial questions of “where do we stand?” and “what next?”
  • 120 demographic peers from 5-click survey
  • Scoring of net worth, cash flow and risk
  • Opportunity identification & solution mapping
Why it’s great: Persint’s integration of peer data allows PFM to deliver objective conclusions on performance and credible advice on next steps.
Prestadero: The first, fully operational, peer to peer lending platform for the Mexican market.
  • Prestadero is upending traditional savings and loan operations in Mexico, offering loan rates and fixed income returns never before seen in our market.
Why it’s great: Mexico has some of the largest financial spreads in the world. Why? Nobody knows. Prestadero is here to change that.

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TSYS: By putting people at the center of every decision we make, TSYS is able to support financial institutions, businesses, and governments in more than 80 countries.
  • Remotely control how, when, by whom, and where money is used.
  • Real-time remote monitoring transactions
  • Increased risk mitigation
Why it’s great: TSYS is bringing its industry expertise to the exciting and fast-paced area of payments and mobile to show a completely different experience from the end-user perspective.
For more information on being a part of FinovateSpring 2013, see our FAQ. To register, visit out FinovateSpring page here.