Intuit’s $7 Billion Bid for Credit Karma; FinovateEurope Salutes its Best of Show

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How’s $7 billion for good karma? One of Finovate’s earliest alums Credit Karma is reportedly the target of what would be Intuit’s biggest acquisition to date. According to The Wall Street Journal, the cash and stock deal could be announced as early as Monday.

Credit Karma will continue to function as an independent company with founder and CEO Kenneth Lin at the helm. The acquisition gives Intuit, maker of online tax filing service TurboTax, another contact point with the online personal finance world. Credit Karma provides its members with access to their credit scores and borrowing histories, helps them monitor their accounts for security breaches and, perhaps most relevantly, has offered a free online tax preparation service since 2017.

If the deal holds up, Intuit will be paying a significant premium for Credit Karma. The personal financial wellness company was last valued at $4 billion, based on a 2018 private market transaction.


With another Finovate conference in the books, our Finovate Best of Show ranks has a new set of members. Congratulations to Dorsum, Glia, Horizn, iProov, Sonect, and W.UP for taking home top honors earlier this month at FinovateEurope!

The victory may have been especially sweet for Sonect, whose Best of Show award-winning demo was also the company’s Finovate debut. The Switzerland-based start-up offers what it calls “the world’s first social cash network” that enables consumers to access cash without having to visit a bank branch or ATM. Sonect offers merchants the ability to grow their business via increased traffic and gives financial institutions a way to extend their ATM networks without the cost of additional hardware.

The Best of Show win was also a first for Horizn. The company, which made its Finovate debut three years ago at FinovateEurope, offers a platform that helps employees and customers maximize the opportunities of digitized financial services. Horizn uses simulator microlearning, as well as gamification and advanced analytics, to promote digital adoption across channels.

And last but not least, a special tip of the hat to Dorsum, Glia, iProov, and W.UP, all of whom won Best of Show honors at FinovateEurope for a second year in a row.


Here’s a round up of recent news from our Finovate alumni.

  • Larky enters reseller agreement with Access Softek.
  • Bison Bank in Lisbon, Portugal selects PSD2-ready software from ndigit.
  • Techround interviews Tradeshift co-founder Mikkel Hippe Brun.
  • Bremer Bank leverages Backbase’s digital-first banking platform to fuel digital transformation.
  • Paysend’s multi-currency global account launches in Europe.
  • Kinetica launches Kinetica Cloud.
  • Futurex taps ISARA to bring quantum-safe cryptography and crypto-agility into its Key Management Enterprise Server (KMES) Series 3.
  • With new FCA license, Meniga seeks to expand product offering.
  • StrategyCorps and Digital Onboarding partner to help banks grow checking account relationships.
  • Baker Hill renews partnership with Washington Trust Bank to streamline loan origination and portfolio risk management.
  • Aire launches Credit Insight Suite to improve access to credit.
  • Coinbase becomes Visa principal to offer more feature for Coinbase Card customers.
  • InComm partners with Eezi to launch Poundland’s gift card program.
  • Enveil secures $10 million in Series A funding for secure data collaboration.
  • Trulioo adds image capture SDK to Trulioo GlobalGateway.
  • Amaiz taps ValidSoft for voice authentication.
  • OurCrowd expands focus on growing early stage tech companies.

Finovate Alum Features and Profiles

eToro’s Evolution – Social trading and investment platform eToro has never been one to stand still for very long. The company’s development cycle is fast enough to make even the most sprightly fintech jealous.

Lending Club Snaps Up Radius Bank for $185 Million – When Lending Club was founded in 2007, the startup aimed to serve as a place to help borrowers avoid dealing with banks. In a somewhat ironic move today, that same startup is becoming a bank itself.

Breach Clarity’s New Offering Provides Consumers Personalized Protection – Fraud detection and prevention company Breach Clarity announced this week it has developed a new platform to help financial service providers offer personalized protection for their customers.

New SumUp Card Empowers SMEs as Business Payment Makers and Takers – The company that has helped bring fintech innovation to e-commerce with its mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), card reading solutions now offers merchants a card of their own.

FinovateEurope Best of Show Winners Announced

The votes are in and the people have spoken! Congratulations to the winners of Best of Show at FinovateEurope in Berlin, Germany!

Dorsum for its Communication HUB that provides real-time, private, banking customer engagement through automated notifications and instant human and AI chat possibilities.

Glia for its digital customer service platform that connects financial institutions to their customers using chat, voice, video, cobrowsing, and AI.

Horizn for its focus on equipping frontline employees and customers directly with the knowledge to improve customer experience and increase digital adoption.

iProov for its solutions – used in production globally by governments and banks – that use biometrics to authenticate users online.

Sonect for its easy-to-use and accessible for everyone, everywhere global platform for cash transactions.

W.UP for its banking personalization platform that turns data into better banking.

Thanks to all the demoing companies that took the time and effort to demonstrate their innovations live on stage. Thanks also the City of Berlin for being such a wonderful host for our first conference of the new year and new decade. We are already looking forward to returning in 2021!


Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The six companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 through 2019 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016
FinovateEurope 2017
FinovateSpring 2017
FinovateFall 2017
FinovateAsia 2017
FinovateMiddleEast 2018
FinovateEurope 2018
FinovateSpring 2018
FinovateFall 2018
FinovateAsia 2018
FinovateAfrica 2018
FinovateEurope 2019
FinovateSpring 2019
FinovateFall 2019
FinovateAsia 2019
FinovateMiddleEast 2019

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Horizn

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on February 11-13, 2020 in Berlin. Register today and save your spot.

Horizn’s award-winning platform equips frontline employees & customers directly with the knowledge needed to improve customer experience and dramatically increase digital adoption across all channels.

Features

  • Get employees & customers fluent on latest digital innovation
  • Improve customer experience & drive digital adoption
  • Combine simulation microlearning methodology with gamification/analytics

Why It’s Great
Using Horizn, banks increased digital adoption by 25% and brought call center times down by 45 seconds. Using the in-branch demo with non-digital customers, up to 20% converted to digital banking.

Presenter

Steve Frook, VP Sales
Frook works closely with financial institutions to significantly increase adoption and awareness of new and existing innovations.
LinkedIn

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Horizn

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 23 through 25, 2019 in New York City. Register today and save your spot.

Horizn’s award-winning platform equips frontline employees and customers directly with the knowledge needed to improve customer experience and dramatically increase digital adoption across all channels.

Features

  • Gets employees and customers fluent on the latest digital innovation
  • Improves customer experience and drives digital adoption
  • Combines simulation microlearning methodology with gamification and analytics

Why it’s great
Using Horizn, banks increased digital adoption by 25% and brought call center times down by 45 seconds. Using the in-branch demo with non-digital customers, up to 20% converted to digital banking.

Presenters

Steve Frook
VP of Sales, Frook is focused on working closely with financial service companies to significantly increase their adoption/awareness of new and existing innovation.
LinkedIn

Robin Dindayal
COO and well-respected leader, Dindayal joined Horizn six years ago and has been integral in helping Horizn develop into an industry leader.
LinkedIn

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • LeasePlan Bank Opts for Ohpen’s Core Banking Technology.
  • 3E Software’s Teslar Scoops Up $1.8 Million.

Around the web

  • PNC now using Ripple’s XRP for cross-border payments.
  • Mortgage Media interviews Steve Butler, founder and GM of AI Foundry.
  • Flywire partners with Vietnam Prosperity Bank to simplify international tuition payments  for Vietnamese students.
  • InSpirAVE is being issued its first patent for the technology underlying its savings social network system. The patent is part of the company’s portfolio of patents published internationally.

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

Around the web

  • Digital Finance Institute features Ethoca, Financeit, Flybits, Horizn, On Deck Canada, Salt Edge, Sensibill, and TickSmith in its look at the top fintech companies in Canada in 2019.
  • AdviceRobo launches new pan-European PSD2 categorization and default prediction API for lenders, CatRobo.
  • Thomson Reuters purchases regtech collaboration platform, HighQ.

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 Sneak Peek: Horizn

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateSpring on May 8 through 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Register today and save your spot.

Horizn’s award-winning platform equips frontline employees and customers directly with the knowledge needed to improve customer experience and dramatically increase digital adoption across all channels.

Features

  • Gets employees and customers fluent on the latest digital innovation
  • Improves customer experience and drives digital adoption
  • Combines a simulation microlearning methodology with gamification and analytics

Why it’s great
Using Horizn, banks increased digital adoption by 25% and brought call center times down by 45 seconds. Using the in-branch demo with non-digital customers, up to 20% converted to digital banking.

Presenters

Janice Diner, CEO and Founder
Diner founded Horizn in 2012. Her creative vision and determination makes Horizn a world-class fintech used by 500,000+ frontline employees and over 60 million bank customers.
LinkedIn

 

Steve Frook, VP of Sales
As VP of Sales at Horizn, Frook works closely with financial institutions to significantly increase adoption and awareness of new and existing innovations.
LinkedIn

 

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NIIT Technologies to Acquire WHISHWORKS IT Consulting.
  • How Flywire Uses Machine Learning.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians partners with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Western Switzerland to improve ML and AI software for financial fraud detection and prevention.
  • Brewin Dolphin, one of the U.K.’s largest wealth managers, selects Avaloq’s software as a service solution for its back office infrastructure.
  • The Paypers: Worldline rolls out payment solution for online marketplaces.
  • Payjo relaunches as Interface.ai with a new interface, a new brand, and a platform for intelligent virtual assistants.
  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • Mambu to open a second North American-based office this year.
  • Authority Magazine interviews Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor.

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

  • BlueVine Teams Up with Bullhorn to Help Finance Staffing Firms.

Around the web

  • Avaloq announces doubling the size of its London office.
  • Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District interviews Horizn CEO, Janice Diner.
  • Qatar National Bank (QNB) the largest financial institution in the MENA region to deploy IGTB’s corporate banking platform.
  • Lendio earns spot as top financial services brand on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 roster.

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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Horizn

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 24 through 26, 2018 in New York. Register today and save your spot.

Horizn’s award-winning Horizn Knowledge Platform helps financial institutions dramatically accelerate market adoption of digital innovation and new products, with both employees and customers.

Features

  • Gets employees and customers fluent on the latest digital innovations
  • Improves customer experience and drives digital adoption
  • Combines micro-learning, social technologies, gamification, and analytics

Why it’s great
Using Horizn, banks increased digital adoption by 25% and brought call center times down by 45 seconds. After using the in-branch demo with non-digital customers, up to 20% converted to digital banking.

Presenters

Janice Diner, CEO and Founding Partner
Diner founded Horizn in 2012. Her creative vision and determination has made Horizn a world-class SaaS company with a platform used by 60 million bank customers.
LinkedIn

Steve Frook, VP Sales
As VP Sales at Horizn, Frook works closely with financial institutions to significantly increase adoption and awareness of new and existing innovations.
LinkedIn

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Standard Chartered Pilots Blockchain-Based Trade Guarantees.
  • Digital Onboarding to Enhance Customer Experience for Mariner’s Bank.

Around the web

  • NICE introduces Proactive Fraudster Exposure functionality to its Real-Time Authentication solution for call centers.
  • The Paypers features Onfido CEO Husayn Kassai on the role of technology in the transformation of UX.
  • Co-founder and CEO of comScore, Dr. Magid Abraham, joins Roostify’s board of directors.
  • AlphaPoint integrates with VerifyInvestor.com to provide clients with a new option for compliant investor onboarding.
  • Fortytwo Data opens its first international office in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Insuritas to launch digital insurance agency platform for Eagle Community CU.
  • Quadient listed as a Top Customer Journey Mapping Vendor in Ovum Report.

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

  • Avoka Unveils Springboard Deposit Account Opening Solution.
  • German Banking Software Provider NDGIT Raises $4.7 Million in Series A Round.

Around the web

  • Experian unveils MarketingConnect platform.
  • Tango Card partners with Alvin Healthcare.
  • PayNearMe allows LimeBike riders to pay in cash.
  • Finastra integrates Optimal Blue into its Fusion MortgagebotPOS solution.
  • bpm’online wins Company of the Year award from American Business Awards for third year in a row.
  • Horizn takes top honors at Digital Banking 2018 American Banker conference.
  • Latest version of Quest Diagnostics’ content management solution features Smart Capture technology from Ephesoft.

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.