Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com:

  • Kabbage Expands to Australia in New, White-Label Collaboration with Kikka Capital.
  • Advanced Merchant Payments Pulls in Undisclosed Amount of Funding.
  • Ayasdi Raises $55 Million in Series C Funding.

Around the Web:

  • Yodlee joins FinTech Sandbox as data partner.
  • Acculynk unveils new mobile wallet authentication service for issuers and providers.
  • Innosect (formerly Innovation Café) acquires Clientific.
  • 5+ Community FIs to launch Apple Watch offering powered by Malauzai. Come see its live demo at FinovateSpring in San Jose May 12-13.
  • CardFlight Announces Availability of EMV-Ready Chip Card Readers for SwipeSimple Mobile Point-of-Sale Solution.
  • Rajesh Bhat, Co-founder at Roostify, shares what he learned from Yodlee Interactive Incubator Boot Camp 1.
  • Google Cloud Platform introduces Google Cloud Launcher, where you can launch open source packages configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy.
  • HelloWallet launches Emergency Savings Calculator.
  • Orchard Platform and Kabbage Announce Partnership to Provide Investors’ Access to Karrot Consumer Loans.
  • PayStand mobile iOS app now available to allow credit card, check and Bitcoin payments.

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.

 

Innovation Agency Crowdsources Innovation through Community Collaboration

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

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Next, Innovation Agency took the stage to demo its approach to innovation in financial services:
Innovation Café is an advanced crowdsourcing innovation platform for companies to engage their innovation communities. It is highly configurable and is able to provide for both private and public ecologies as well as emergent and structured innovation approaches. Innovation Café is a lightweight platform with advanced white labeling and custom theme capabilities and the ability to integrate with SharePoint, HR and other systems to provide detailed reporting. 
It is able to deal with a high volume of users and ideas and has a sophisticated social ranking and rating mechanism. Crowdsourcing and community collaboration pay attention to business objectives that are focused through idea challenges. Our judging, recognition/reward process, and digital persona releases are our primary focuses at FinovateEurope.”
Presenting Sean O’Reilly (CTO) and Rory Moore (CEO)
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Product Launch: February 2014 at FinovateEurope
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through other fintech companies and platforms
HQ: New York, NY, USA
Founded: December 2008
Twitter: @InnovationInfo, @cafe_innovation

FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 7

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Before our team at Finovate packs their bags for FinovateEurope in London, we compiled the final seven glimpses of what presenting companies plan to show on stage at Old Billingsgate Market Hall on February 11-12.

If you missed the first six installments of our Sneak Peek series, you can view them here:


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Cardwise’s Xpenditure provides innovative expense management, eliminating your expense notes completely.
Features:
    • Integrated approval flow on expense level
    • Clear and user-friendly design
    • Intelligent scanning of receipts and statements
Why it’s great:
Finally easy expenses management for independents and bigger companies, also available via added value partners.

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Wim Derkinderen, Co-founder & COO

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Koen Christiaens, Head of product
 
 
 

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Encap Security’s Smarter Authentication is the world’s only software-based, banking-grade authentication technology that doesn’t compromise between security and user experience.
 
Features:
 
    • Non-OTP authentication for both web and native apps
    • Device authentication for low-risk transactions, and PIN for high-risk
    • Risk metrics: jailbreak detection; keystroke and behaviour analysis
Why it’s great:
To balance security and the user experience authentication must be proportional to activity. This is only possible by using software, data and a smart device.

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Thomas Bostrøm-Jørgensen, CEO
Thomas has over 10 years experience in the mobile financial services, identity management and mobile application security sectors.

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Adam Dolby is VP Business Development with 10+ years in authentication and security and 10+ years in financial services.
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Innovation Agency’s Innovation Cafe is an Innovation management platform, based on the social-based innovation approach for driving collaborative, measurable innovation within the enterprise.
Features:

 

    • Transparent judging and online rewards process automation
    • Widgets and crowdsourcing from external platforms allow integration with Innovation Cafe and pushes feedback from clients into an internal Innovation Cafe instance
Why it’s great:
Innovation Cafe is primarily targeted at financial services organisations, and has been designed for adoption within these ecosystems.

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Rory Moore, CEO
Rory assists companies in reframing their businesses through innovation initiatives and has successfully implemented many innovation initiatives with a strong focus on social based innovation.
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Sean O’ Reilly, CTO
Sean has great industry experience in creating software for innovation projects. He is enhancing his skill with a Masters Degree in Artificial Intelligence.LinkedIn
 

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Intuition Intelligence’s end-to-end card linked offers solution delivers super relevant offers to users from a huge volume of offers.
Features:

 

Why it’s great:
By learning user intent in click time, we deliver the right offers at right moment via digital channels without spam and friction in pre & post login.

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Arif Ansari
Keynote Speaker for Big Data & Predictive Analytics, Expert in multiple areas of advanced intelligent systems and Multiple Patent holder.
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Yusuf Ansari
Entrepreneur with track record of achieving #1 Market Share, Visionary in building iconic products and Hands on execution and Product management.
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Kofax is enabling customers to use mobile phones to interact with banks to open a new account, apply for mortgages, and deposit cheques with the snap of a photo.  
Features:

 

    • Meet and service the customer via the mobile channel
    • Reduce operating costs and minimize drop-off rates
    • Build competitive advantage while increasing growth and profitability
Why it’s great: 
Kofax Customer Onboarding improves the agility and profitability of your bank’s customer onboarding processes by engaging customers via mobile devices.

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SoftWear Finance’s hacu platform enables a bank to provide customers with the best possible user experience on any platform or device.
 
Features:

 

    • Easy integration with Facebook and Foursquare lets banks get to know their clients better.
    • hacu’s high performance is rapidly adapted to a bank’s requirements.
    • Speed and convenience
Why it’s great:
Sophisticated technology lets a bank promote its products and services with remarkable ease.  

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Pavel Malyshev, Co-Founder and CEO
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Igor Dubovoy, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development

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vaamo is the new way of investing your money: easy, clever, and absolutely safe.
Features:
    • Focus on personal financial goals, not financial products
    • Save and invest money with just 3 clicks, anytime and everywhere
    • Neither investment experience nor financial advice required
Why it’s great:
vaamo fundamentally changes saving and investing by providing intuitive and profitable online investment management that focuses on planning, monitoring, and achieving your personal financial goals.

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Oliver Vins, Co-Founder and CPO
After advising banks for more than 8 years at McKinsey, Oliver aims at providing professional and fair investment products to everyone.
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Thomas Bloch, Co-Founder and CFO
Following 8+ years in financial institutions investment banking at J.P. Morgan, Thomas is dedicated to provide retail customers with investment solutions similar to those reserved for high net worth individuals.
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If you still don’t have your ticket to FinovateEurope, there’s still time. Get your ticket here and don’t miss out on the hottest innovations in European fintech.

Innovation Agency Launches Innovation Café, a Platform to Engage Innovation Communities

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

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Then, Innovation Agency demonstrated its platform that facilitates collaboration around ideas and innovation:
Innovation Café is an advanced crowdsourcing innovation platform for companies to engage their innovation communities. It is highly configurable and is able to provide for both private and public ecologies as well as emergent and structured innovation approaches. Innovation Café is a lightweight platform with advanced white labeling and custom theme capabilities and the ability to integrate with SharePoint, HR and other systems to provide detailed reporting. It is able to deal with a high volume of users and ideas and has a sophisticated social ranking and rating mechanism. 
Crowdsourcing and community collaboration pay attention to business objectives that are focused through idea challenges. Social Media Integration and Social Network Analysis releases are our primary focuses at FinovateFall. These innovations provide a comprehensive mechanism to track public sentiment and include it in the internal innovation community.”
Product Launch: September 2013 at FinovateFall
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), & through other fintech companies and platforms
HQ: New York, NY
Founded: December 2008
Twitter:@InnovationInfo
Presenting Christoph Wertz (President) and Sean O’Reilly (CTO)

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

FinovateFall 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 6

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This is our final Sneak Peek of the companies who will debut their new technology on stage in New York on September 10 & 11 at FinovateFall.

You can learn more about our upcoming event here

In case you missed them, here are the previous posts in our Sneak Peek series:

FinovateFall 2013 Sneak Peek #1

Today we’ll introduce you to the final set of companies: ApprendaBiometric Signature ID, Innovation Agency, Lighter Capital, Mitek, Numbrs, PayWith, and Zooz.

Want to be a part of the audience? Get your tickets to FinovateFall 2013 here. They’re selling fast, so get yours before it’s too late.


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Features:

    • Policy Driven Application Deployment
    • Seamless Hybrid Cloud Capabilities
    • Inheritable Cloud Application Architectures

Why it’s great: Apprenda is a software layer that enables any organization to transform their existing infrastructure into a self-service cloud application platform.

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Sinclair Schuller, CEO & Co-Founder at Apprenda

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Meet more of the team here.


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Biometric Signature ID (BioSig-ID) is a software-only biometric that positively identifies users online: cloud-based with NO hardware required.
Features:
Using gesture biometrics, we can identify users at log in from any device and stop impostors – no hardware needed.
Why it’s great: BioSig-ID verifies the “real” user and allows secure online transactions and prevents identity fraud.
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Jeff Maynard is the CEO and an expert in the field of dynamic biometrics receiving two patents for his inventions.

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Innovation Agency’s Innovation Cafe is an innovation management platform that uses a social-based approach for driving collaborative and measurable innovation within the enterprise.
Features:
    • Recommendation Engine: encourages user participation
    • Real-time Social Graph: helps innovators to view their networks
    • Digital Personas
Why it’s great: Specifically designed for financial services providers, the platform uses crowdsourcing to engage innovation communities.
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Jay van Zyl (PhD), Founder
Jay is an entrepreneur, innovator and educator who lives his passion for finding new ways of driving innovation & change.
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Rory is an innovation pioneer and has successfully implemented many innovation initiatives in leading banks.

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Lighter Capital provides growth capital to technology companies in a highly-automated manner: Capital-as-a-Service
Features:
    • Predict a borrower’s future performance using CRM data
    • Monitor for loan defaults using banking, accounting & CRM data
    • Lower lending costs
Why it’s great: By crunching key CRM data, lenders can improve underwriting and borrower monitoring, predicting instability before it shows up in financial statements.
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BJ Lackland joined Lighter Capital as CEO in 2012. He has been a venture capitalist, the CFO of a public technology company, and a startup consultant.
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Rob Belcher leads the investment and finance efforts at Lighter Capital and has 12 years experience in investment banking, VC and consulting.

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Mitek, the founders of Mobile Deposit, developed a complete suite of mobile imaging solutions. This new mobile solution enhances the account opening process.
Features:
    • Engage and retain mobile first consumers 
    • Speed up account opening process here, there, almost anywhere
    • Reduce inaccurate data entry
Why it’s great: Increase acquisition rates and lifetime value of customers with this exciting new solution. See the demo at FinovateFall 2013. 
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James B. DeBello, CEO & President

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Numbrs is Online Banking of the Future.
Features:
    • Future Timeline
    • Transfer Money
    • Adnumbrs
Why it’s great: Numbrs empowers you to own your financial life on-the-go.
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Julien Arnold, CEO
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Johannes Hübner, CTO


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PayWith: What is possible when you connect the scalability and security of the MasterCard Network with innovations in Mobile Payments/Loyalty/Rewards/and Virtual Currencies?
Features:
Merchants can use their existing credit card processing terminals to securely transact mobile payments and run rewards. Pay/Reward/Gift/Security
Why it’s great: Merchants can use their existing credit card processing terminal to transact completely secure mobile payments and run targeted marketing.
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David Strebinger, CEO
Strebinger was previously the founder of Caring Capital and Wantsa Media. Emphasis on Payments/Mobile/Social/Monetization/Advertising.
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Donald Kirkwood, COO
Kirkwood previously founded Axon in the UK. Axon grew to be the largest SAP consulting firm in the world and sold for $650M in 2008.  

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Zooz is a global payment platform that enables e-commerce and m-commerce merchants to optimize their checkout across all channels.
Features:
    • Consumer-centric checkout for multiple platforms
    • Global payment solution with cross-border capabilities
    • Partnership with First Data
Why it’s great: Payments are for people; We’re here to give payments the human touch. Happy and reassured users are more likely to make it to the “Thank You” page!  
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Oren Levy, CEO & Co-Founder

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Ronen Morecki, CTO & Co-Founder

FinovateFall 2013 is just around the corner. If you have questions about the event, visit the information page, check out the FAQ, or email fall@finovate.com. 

Meet the Innovators of FinovateFall 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.
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To find out more about the upcoming FinovateFall 2013 event in New York, September 10 and 11, visit our FinovateFall information page here.

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.

Finovate Alumni News– May 3, 2013

  • Newfination hosts Coverhound CEO Basil Enan who talks about its online insurance service.
  • ProgrammableWeb interviews Michael Sconfield, Developer Evangelist of Dwolla API.
  • Caribbean360 reports that the Inter-American Development Bank is testing Entrepreneurial Finance Lab’s psychometric method of testing creditworthiness.
  • Fort Mill Times takes a look at TipRanks. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • Bazaarvoice appoints former Convio Inc. CEO Gene Austin as president.
  • PayMobl reviews Pageonce mobile bill payment app.
  • Innovation Agency launches new features for Innovation Café to make it easier to manage and keep users up to date
  • Realty Mogul wins top honors at Founder Showcase pitch competition.
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– November 8, 2012

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  • TechCrunch reports BillGuard Teams Up With Lemon’s Mobile Wallet, Will Alert Users To Fraudulent Charges.
  • MyBankTracker reviews Betterment’s gift registry feature.
  • Tech in Asia describes why Striata caught its eye at FinovateAsia.
  • Personal Loan Finder looks at SocietyOne.
  • BetaKit reports ShopKeep adds employee time tracking feature to iPad POS system.
  • SecureKey launches Online Authentication Service for Government of Canada.
  • TechCrunch reports Lending Club Surpasses $1B In Personal Loans, Hits Profitability.
  • PaySimple Launches ReceivablesPro Turnkey Private-Label Solution.
  • Campaign Asia reports London-based Innovation Agency launches in Singapore.
  • At FinovateAsia, Barclays announces the launch of PFM powered by Strands.
  • SG Entrepreneurs covers Perfectsen’s launch of The Hook at FinovateAsia.
  • Des Moines Register covers Dwolla’s MassPay.
  • e27 lists 3 finance startups that caught their eye at FinovateAsia 2012.
  • Pando Daily reports Bazaarvoice replaces its CEO and acquires Longboard Media.
  • Finextra reports Authentify opens Japanese subsidiary.
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.

Innovation Agency Crowdsources Innovation

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To start off FinovateAsia, Innovation Agency demonstrated how its Innovation Café platform crowdsources innovation:

“Innovation Café is an advanced crowdsourcing innovation platform for companies to engage their innovation communities. It is highly configurable and provides for both private and public ecologies, as well as emergent and structured innovation approaches. It is a lightweight platform with advanced white labelling and custom theme capabilities. 

The platform’s versatility gives it the ability to integrate with multiple systems including SharePoint, Oracle, and WebSphere. It provides detailed reporting and is capable of dealing with high volumes of traffic, users, and ideas. It has sophisticated social ranking and rating mechanisms. Crowd sourcing and community collaboration focus attention on business objectives that are enhanced through idea challenges.”
Product Launched: March 2012
HQ: New York City, NY
Founded: August 2008
Metrics: 5 core locations; 14 employees; 17 customers; 50,000 users; 100,000 ideas
Twitter@InnovationInfo
Finovate demo video: Demo videos will be posted next week
Introducing Sean O’Reilly (CIO) and Rory Moore (CEO)
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