2015: A Year in Finovate Alumni Mergers and Acquisitions

2015: A Year in Finovate Alumni Mergers and Acquisitions


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.











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.

Guide Financial Acquired by John Hancock Financial

Guide Financial Acquired by John Hancock Financial


The convergence between incumbent financial institutions and innovative startups continues as John Hancock Financial announces its acquisition of financial technology startup, Guide Financial. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The acquisition combines John Hancock Financial’s long history of working with financial advisory professionals with technology from Guide Financial designed to make it easier to analyze personal finances. Guide Financial’s platform reviews customer accounts with an eye toward both spotting potential savings and providing customers with a guide to realizing those savings. The company notes that customers using the platform saved an average of $7,000 in the first year with the technology.

Introduced as a B2C solution during its FinovateFall 2013 demonstration, Guide Financial’s platform has since taken on a more B2B2C patina, and that is how the technology will be deployed by John Hancock. Tim Ramza, SVP of wealth business development and strategy for John Hancock, talked about how the technology would fuel the “ongoing innovation for advisers” his company is committed to. Guide Financial CEO Uri Pomerantz added, “We look forward to enhancing our support of independent advisers across the country who have responded so favorably to our product.”

Guide Financial will remain intact and will continue to operate out of its San Francisco headquarters.

The acquisition of Guide Financial by John Hancock in some ways echoes the $250 million acquisition of LearnVest by Northwestern Mutual in March. Some were surprised at the “odd couple” of an exciting, female-founded and -led tech startup joining forces with a financial services company founded in 1857 that is known more for quotidian insurance products than financial innovation. But as news of the Guide Financial/John Hancock acquisition suggests, more synergies may emerge between old finance and new finance than meet the eye.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Kantox Picks Up $11 Million in Series B, Doubling Total Capital
  • Guide Financial Acquired by John Hancock Financial

Around the Web

  • Misys unveils its in-memory analytics engine, FusionBanking Insight.
  • True Potential launches its Apple Watch app.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia begins testing Ripple as intra-bank transfer solution.
  • Michigan-based Isabella Bank to deploy workflow suite from Jack Henry & Associates.
  • Lending Club CEO talks about the brand-building benefits of going public.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory partners with eSignLive from Silanis Technology for end-to-end digital e-contracting.
  • Bankless Times features Avoka and its friction-minimizing, customer-onboarding technology.
  • PayPal to provide Touch ID support for its iOS app.
  • Gold Bullion International announces expansion into Asia.
  • eBay partners with Taulia to launch Preferred Supplier 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– March 14, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgArxan Technologies wins in the Products and Services Excellence category of the Infosecurity Global Excellence Awards.
  • OnDeck’s CEO Noah Breslow appears on CNBC Squawk Box.
  • Mitek opens mobile imaging platform to developers.
  • Klarna raises £90 million to finance acquisition of Sofort.
  • Collision features Realty Mogul in its selection of “10 Top Startups with Powerful New Ideas.”
  • OnDeck tops $1 billion in small business loans.
  • CBS News features DynamicsHidden card, interviews CEO Jeff Mullen.
  • Yale microfinance program to deploy Mambu platform.
  • FPPad Bits and Bytes <a features Guide Financial in its latest video review.
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– March 12, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFiserv digital banking solutions to be deployed at Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union.
  • ACI Worldwide launches latest version of UP BASE24-eps to enable “any-to-any” real-time payments.
  • Market Platform Dynamics CEO Karen Webster interviews Aron Schwarzkopf, CEO of Leaf.
  • The Guardian ranks Toshl among its top ten free apps for students.
  • Fiserv and MasterCard reach agreement to support adoption of debit EMV technology.
  • PromotedApp features VerifyValid’s multi-purpose, electronic checkbook.
  • TechCrunch: SigFig hires Financial Engines exec Steve Lifgren to build out its operations team.
  • The Start reports: Revenue loans like the ones from Lighter Capital are new way for tech firms to raise cash.
  • Actiance launches Socialite Feature Control, a new licensing option, in response to SEC ruling.
  • Credit Sesame launches premium services to better protect people’s credit and identity.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions acquires prepaid mobile platform business unit from DeviceFidelity.
  • Top Image Systems launches MobiREMIT, mobile remittance processing to streamline and accelerate payment processing.
  • Guide Financial to provide software for the more than 300 advisory firms in the Garrett Planning Network.
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.

Guide Financial Provides Affordable Personal Money Mentorship with Savings Scan


This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2013.

Guide Financial is next up to the stage. The company’s technology brings affordable financial guidance to the 70% of Americans that don’t have access to it.

“Guide’s Savings Scan automatically analyzes users’ finances to find savings in multiple areas and provides step-by-step guidance to help users easily capture these savings.
We will demonstrate how Guide’s technology works for mortgage refinancing, as it helps users make smart choices for every major savings opportunity – from picking the perfect loan type through to paying less on closing costs.”
Product Launch: November 2012
Metrics: $500,000 raised; 4 employees; average savings of $7,000 per user
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C) & through other fintech companies and platforms
HQ: San Francisco, California
Founded: November 2012
Twitter: @GuideFinancial
Presenting Uri Pomerantz (Co-Founder & CEO) and Scott Burns (Co-Founder)

The full demo video will be available at Finovate.com in mid-September.

FinovateFall 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 3


This week, we’re bringing you part three of our FinovateFall Sneak Peek series. If you missed the first two installments, check them out:

Here are a few more of the 70 companies that will demo their new technology on September 10 and 11 in New York: Guide FinancialLumesis, mBank & Accenture, SpearFysh, TipRanks, Toopher, and Versafe.

Want to join us in New York in September? Get your ticket to FinovateFall 2013 here. To learn more about FinovateFall, check out the FAQ.


GuideFinancialLogo.jpgGuide Financial’s Guide is a personal money mentor to mainstream America – providing free, unbiased, and comprehensive guidance for the 55 million Americans lacking access to financial advice.
    • Finds users thousands in savings 
    • Provides step-by-step guides to capture savings 
    • Simplifies complex choices like refinancing and retirement saving
Why it’s great: An unbiased, free and personalized money mentor for the millions of people without access to quality financial advice


Uri Pomerantz has built career in finance and technology from founding a microfinance lender at 21 to roles at Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and McKinsey.
Scott Burns, CFA, has driven financial innovation for social impact, from retail banking in India to private equity investing in emerging markets


Lumesis’ DIVER Advisor delivers critical information in a simple to access and deliverable report to satisfy regulatory requirements while providing users important client portfolio monitoring tools.
    • Satisfy Time of Trade Regulatory Obligations in Seconds vs. 30 Minutes Per Trade
    • Monitor Key Metrics for Client Holdings 
Why it’s great: DIVER brings software solutions to the once dormant and technologically underserved fixed income municipal market.


Gregg Bienstock, Esq. co-founded Lumesis. Previously he led Strategic Initiatives for Ambac FG and served as their CAO. He practiced law for 8 years.
Tim Stevens, CFA co-founded Lumesis in 2010. Previously he was Sr. Managing Director and led Capital Markets for Ambac FG. Prior to that he was a CPA at Deloitte.



mBank and Accenture will present the redesigned online banking system with one of the coolest, most high-tech banking experiences introduced to 3.5 million mBank users.
    • Financial information presented with complexity-on-demand
    • PFM scenarios incorporated throughout the platform
    • Branch-like experience through video chat
Why it’s great: New mBank introduced the most advanced online banking experiences worldwide on an unprecedented scale of 3.5 million customers.


Michal Panowicz, Harvard MBA Alumnus 2006, previously working for Boston Consulting Group, eBay and Microsoft. Joined BRE Bank in 2011.
Maciej Jopyk, Senior Manager at Accenture; Financial Services Systems Integration since 2003.



SpearFysh leverages mobile, speech analytics, big data, & SaaS technology to improve sales process & drive growth.
    • 100% recall of sales conversations
    • Interaction sharing with all involved in the sales process
    • “Voice of customer” mined for sales intelligence
Why it’s great: We help sales organizations drive more predictable revenue growth by leveraging technology to capture, share & analyze the “voice of the customer.”


Marc Miller, Founder & CEO


Gregory Pacholski, President

TipRanks is the first cloud-based service that collects, analyzes and displays unbiased, comparative metrics regarding published stock recommendations, helping retail investors make better decisions.
    • Bloggers added to TipRanks’ universe
    • Email Alerts regarding picks from top performing experts
    • Easy to embed data widgets for discovery
Why it’s great: TipRanks technology collects, measures and displays the performance of anyone providing investment advice online, so you know who to trust.
Gilad Gat, Founder & CTO
Tomer Turgeman, Business Development Director

Toopher is the most usable, most secure authentication solution available. It’s an invisible, multifactor authentication product.
    • Better security (broader, deeper, taller)
    • Productivity
    • Business growth
Why it’s great: Toopher is simple, secure, and stays in your pocket.


Josh Alexander, CEO and Co-Founder: It’s ironic when the person in charge of strategic vision wears glasses.


Versafe protects organizations and their users from the full range of malware and online threats, across all devices, without requiring endpoint software or involving the user in any way.
    • Transparent protection against malware and online threat types
    • All web
      and mobile apps supported 
    • 90%+ reduction in malware and phishing attacks
Why it’s great: Versafe protects ALL online users against ALL threat types and attacks, across ALL devices, ALL transparently to the user.  

Eyal Gruner, CEO and Co-Founder

Jens Hinrichsen headshot.jpg

Jens Hinrichsen, VP, Marketing and Development 
Jens is responsible for Versafe’s go-to-market strategy, guiding its products and services evolution, as well as developing a network of strategic technology and channel partnerships. 
Stay tuned next week for another sneak peek of FinovateFall 2013 companies.

Meet the Innovators of FinovateFall 2013


FinovateFall 2013 is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start getting to know the entrepreneurs and innovators that will be presenting their technologies on stage in New York City in September.

Remember, the early bird deadline is this Friday, August 2nd. So to reserve your spot and register now.


Akimbo Financial offers a social bank account alternative that makes sharing money easier than ever.
authenticIDs identity tools pictureID and catfishID, are the most accurate, time-saving solutions for the forms of ID we already carry.
Backbase‘s Launchpad, the Commercial Banking Edition, making CFO’s work easier.
BehavioSec uses behavioral analytics to transparently tackle web and mobile security.
BillFloat revolutionizes credit delivery to consumers and businesses.
Biometric Signature ID has a patented software-only biometric for secure ID online verification.
BizEquity is the first and leading cloud-based business valuation engine, an innovative solution to small business lead generation.
Capital Access Network is the largest and most experienced small business finance specialist.
Cardlytics uses consumer purchase data to drive a patented advertising platform. Ads are so relevant–they’re expected. 
CoverHound is a comparison insurance adviser, helping people discover, buy, and manage insurance online.
CR2 is the innovative provider of self-service banking solutions including ATM, Internet, and mobile banking.
DoubleBeam‘s SDK powers mPayments inside other mobile apps, helping signup customers quickly and save a ton on the cost of payments.
FinanceIt offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing to their customers at the POS.
Financial Guard helps you protect your investments, providing online investment advice at the right price, finally.
Finect is the leading online network for the financial services industry.
Fiserv is a leading global technology provider serving the financial services industry, driving innovation in payments.
FlexScore “gamifies” financial planning, gives a “score” of your financial fitness, and provides education, advice, peer comparisons.
Float Money offers interest-free credit to members of its shopping club and financial health partners.
FutureAdvisor manages your investments for better returns, making quality financial advice available to everyone.
GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience.
Guide Financial is like a healthcheck for your finances – automatically scanning your accounts for ways you can earn or save more, and providing simple, easy fixes.
Ignite Sales is the leader in retail banking, customer acquisition, and retention technology.
Innovation Agency, where you can execute on your innovation mandate and unlock the wealth of ideas in your ecosystems.
Instabank – Beautiful money.
Interactions provides natural language Virtual Assistant application services for the automation customer care processes.
Jumio is a next generation credentials management company offering payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions.
Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interactions.
LearnVest empowers people everywhere to take control of their money and live their richest lives.
Level Money is a financial GPS, designed to replace budgeting.
Lighter Capital provides growth capital to technology companies in a highly-automated basis – Capital-as-a-Service.
Lumesis provides software for the fixed income municipal market. Compliance and credit-focused. 
Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world.
Manilla is the leading free and secure service to simplify and organize daily financial life.
MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry, operating the world’s fastest payments processing network.
mBank is the biggest, pure-play online bank and the third largest retail bank in Poland.
miiCard is the first digital identity verification service to prove ‘you are who you say you are’ entirely online.
Mitek is positioned as the leading innovator in mobile imaging software. 
MoneyDesktop empowers financial institutions to provide online/mobile banking experiences to promote personal financial intelligence.
Motif Investing is a thematic, customizable, low-cost and crowdsourceable ETF-like product that is disrupting investing economics.

Narrative Science
enables companies to uncover the insight hidden in their data and create new content at a scale and frequency never before possible.
Numbrs – One App – Every Bank.
P2P Cash is the mobile wallet with switch technology that allows us to aggregate all other mWallets and mobile financial services.
PayWith is powered by MasterCard. Funded by Merchants. Loved by Consumers.
PhonyInvoices provides invoice fraud detection and prevention. We check a company’s vendor lists and transactions for suspicious activity.
Place2Give provides valuable and trustworthy information to make the most impactful social capital investment decisions.
QuarterSpot lending platform delivers the lowest cost and most favorable term small business loans.
RevolutionCredit is a revolutionary solution that transforms the credit decisioning process for both creditors and consumers.
SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers.
SavedPlus is an automatic savings program that helps customers save money with every purchase.
Simple Verity provides business credit reports on any SMB in America.
Socure offers a social identity verification solution to combat the growing risk of online identity fraud for financial institutions.
SpearFysh leverages mobile, speech analytics, big data, and SaaS technology to improve sales processes and drive growth.
Spreedly provides vault cards in the cloud and work with more than 50 payment gateways.
StockSmart apps and platform offer insight and information on the world’s best companies and people.
StrategyCorps delivers local/mobile/social consumer checking solutions so appealing and relevant, your customers will gladly pay for them.
Tinkoff Credit Systems is Russia’s leading provider of online financial services.
TipRanks is a cloud-based service that measures the performance of anyone giving investment advice.
Toopher eliminates online fraud using your phone’s location. Simple, secure, your phone stays in your pocket.
Unleash is the cloud CFO that helps small businesses make better decisions faster.
VerifyValid and Deluxe are giving checks their first major upgrade in more than 200 years.
Versafe protects all users from all malware, threat types. On all devices, all transparently. 
WordSentry software analyzes messages during composition, identifying non-compliant components, for correction before sending.
Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data.
Yseop creates a new age where financial services delivered to customers are driven by AI and human collaboration.
Zenmonics is a global technology services and mobile product provider to the financial services market.
Zighra empowers banks and financial institutions to leverage implicit mobile user authentication and accelerate payments.
Zooz provides complete payment essentials at your fingertips: a robust set of tools that will improve the payment process.
Plus more stealth companies to be announced in the weeks to come.
To find out more about the upcoming FinovateFall 2013 event in New York, September 10 and 11, visit our FinovateFall information page here.