Prepaid Technologies Acquires Dash from Karmic Labs

Business payment solutions provider Prepaid Technologies has acquired Karmic Labs Dash, as well as other select assets, reports Jane Connolly of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication.)

The Dash prepaid purchasing card portfolio and expense management solution will be added to Prepaid Technologies’ existing suite of services. Several members of Karmic’s key personnel will join the Prepaid Technologies team.

Prepaid Technologies provides customers with a mobile-focused platform enabling business owners to move money in real-time to individual cards and accounts for everyday purchases.

“This cardholder portfolio more than doubles our existing expense management business, elevating purchasing to the level of our payroll, incentive and rewards lines of business,” said Prepaid Technologies CEO, Stephen Faust.

Over the coming months Prepaid Technologies will integrate the Dash portfolio and will provide clients with access to additional solutions, including: payroll card programs that it claims will improve bottom-line performance and value for employees; reward and incentive cards; state-of-the-art API Payment Integrations that will support faster, more efficient internal operations.

Current Karmic and Dash customers will also receive an expanded range of services, including Prepaid Technologies’ dedicated customer support.

Karmic Labs demonstrated Dash at FinovateSpring 2015. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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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.

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Karmic Labs Lands $17.2 Million to Grow Enterprise Payment Solutions

Karmic Labs, the creator of Dash expense management platform, has received $17.2 million in Series B funding, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $25 million. Participating in the round were Alsop Louie Partners, Arbor Ventures, Greycroft, Marketplace Funds, Startup Capital Ventures, and others.

As part of the deal Wei Hopeman, Managing Partner at Arbor Ventures, and Jim Whims, Partner at Alsop-Louie Partners, have joined the San Francisco-based company’s board of directors. Karmic anticipates the funds will fuel the expansion of its enterprise-focused business. “This investment propels Karmic to the next stage of growth, and adding Wei and Jim’s expertise to our board will help us get there quicker,” said Mario Furgiuele, CEO of Karmic.

Founded in 2014, the company debuted the Dash Prepaid Mastercard at FinovateSpring 2015. The platform supplies employees with prepaid Mastercards and enables managers to view, approve, and control employee spending via the Dash mobile app. Karmic also offers co-branded and fully-customized card and mobile app products for a more seamless, branded experience.

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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.

Where Are They Now? FinovateSpring Alums Raise More than $326 Million in a Year


Last week we took a look at what the alums of FinovateSpring 2015 have been up to in the year since they demoed on the Finovate stage. Today, we’re focusing on the funding.

All $326 million of it.

Of the 72 companies that demoed at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose last year, 21 of them had raised capital within a year. Kabbage’s raise of $135 million certainly stands out. But the $25 million investment picked up by itBit in May of last year, as well as the $15 million raised by Trulioo and the $12 million raised by Moven were also major contributors to a strong fundraising performance from the Class of FinovateSpring 2015. And this doesn’t even include companies such as Yodlee, which was acquired by Envestnet for $660 million, or Aurora Financial Systems, bought by fellow Finovate alum, Finicity, for an undisclosed sum.

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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.

A Dash of Good Karma: Karmic Labs Raises $5 Million


Was it good karma? San Francisco-based Karmic Labs, a company whose APIs offer payment and SaaS solutions to enterprises, pulled in $5 million in a Series A funding round today.

The funds come from Greycroft Partners, who led the round, with participation from Trusted Ventures, Accelerator Ventures, Pipeline VC, Correlation Ventures and individual investor Iqram Magdon-Ismail. The new amount tops the company’s 2013 Seed round, in which it garnered $2.7 million from Draper Associates. Karmic Labs’ funding now totals $7.7 million.

The comDashCardsMobilepany debuted its Dash Prepaid MasterCard at FinovateSpring 2015 (watch the live demo below). Dash is a business-expense-management platform that supplies employees with MasterCard prepaid cards, and enables managers to view, approve and control employee spending via a mobile app. The all-in-one system facilitates budgeting and accounting by simplifying the expense-reporting process.

The company is working with FIS as a distribution partner for Dash and plans to use the $5 million to advance Dash and create product awareness.

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Karmic Labs Launches Dash to Give Employees Access to Corporate Funds

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2015.

KarmicLabs_Dash_logoKarmic Labs debuted Dash:

Through a single app, Dash allows employees of companies and organizations to dynamically gain access to corporate funds through various mechanisms configured to the entity. Dash also handles all expense management at no cost and in real-time, so no more time delays or need for third-party solutions. The API-based Dash marketplace also enables additional financial services. The service functionality is available directly to businesses via Dash, as well as through participating financial institutions via a partner of Karmic Labs.

Presenters of the Dash app: Ryan Weidenmiller, CEO; Chris Agerton, CTO; Troy Land, emerging commerce, FIS



Product Launch: Limited beta, December 2014; open beta, April 2015

Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms

HQ: San Francisco, California
Founded: January 2014
Twitter: @getdashnews

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 2



FinovateSpring 2015 is just over a month away. Our annual spring conference returns to San Jose, 12/13 May for two days of live demos of the latest in fintech innovation.

Today we introduce you to another seven companies that will be on stage presenting their technical solutions to some of the financial community’s biggest challenges—from improving engagement through mobile and social channels to improving security and reducing friction for business and individual consumers.

Be sure to check out Part 1 of our Sneak Peek series featuring Alpha Payments Cloud, CUneXus, DRAFT, FundAmerica, SayPay, StockViews, and TrueAccord, as well.

Tickets are going fast. Register today and save your spot at our second Finovate show in San Jose.

Bento_logo_box_snaggit_resizeBento for Business provides financial solutions that fit small businesses, combining the security of a bank with the ease and convenience of a modern technology company.


  • The Bento Prepaid Commercial MasterCard provides small business owners with controls, such as where, when, and how much their employees can spend without putting their owners’ personal credit at risk.

Why it’s great
Bento’s solutions are designed to save owners time and help eliminate expense ‘leaks,’ a type of fraud that can cost them up to 5% of their revenue each year.


Bento_FAhamd_cropFarhan Ahmad, Co-founder and CEO

Ahmad was formerly managing director at Barclays and the global head of emerging payments and prepaid for Discover Financial Services. He has held leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase, Bank One and First USA.


Bento_SAnderson_cropSean Anderson, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

Anderson was formerly senior director of emerging products at Blackhawk Network, where he built and launched their open API platform, launched an offers platform, and developed a prepaid processing platform.


DoubleNetPay_logo_box_snaggit_resizeDoubleNet Pay automatically pays bills and funds savings goals directly from an employee’s paycheck, eliminating guesswork, late fees, and budgeting hassles.


  • Seamless integration with major payroll processors
  • Allows an employee to simply snap a picture of a current bill stub
  • Employees can easily create, fund, and redeem custom savings goals

Why it’s great
Bills are paid and savings funded automatically on payday, just like payroll taxes.


DoubleNetPay_BCosgray_cropBrian Cosgray, Founder and CEO

Cosgray has spent his entire career in financial services. Working with customers across the economic spectrum convinced him of the need to simplify and automate how people pay bills and save money.


DoubleNetPay_CLaird_cropCody Laird, Co-founder and COO

Laird is a financial technology veteran. Prior to co-founding DoubleNet Pay, Cody spent 21 years with SunTrust Bank helping to design and build their current retail banking platform.


DoubleNetPay_BLevy_cropBret Levy, Co-founder and CTO

Levy has been responsible for the architecture of many innovative, highly scalable software systems, most notably the Scientific Games system that powers most state lotteries.


KarmicLabs_Dash_logoKarmic Labs provides API-based payment and SaaS solutions for card issuance (initially commercial market). Karmic offers Dash, FIS, and also uses Karmic’s APIs to offer its own product to FIs.


  • Robust API infrastructure for commercial card issuance
  • Payment virtualization layer
  • Creates a marketplace of innovative financial technology and SaaS solutions for the commercial market.

Why it’s great
Karmic labs offers API-based payment and SaaS solutions, of which its first product is Dash; the APIs are also used by FIS, a global leader in banking and payments technology, for its own product to FIs.


KarmicLabs_RWeidenmiller_new_small_cropRyan Weidenmiller, CEO

Weidenmiller is an entrepreneur who built a top-ranked venture capital fund in China, now working on Karmic Labs’.


KarmicLabs_CAgerton_crop2Chris Agerton, CTO

Agerton was previously at Google, and was a founding engineer at Pinterest, responsible for developing high-availability architecture at Scribd.

FIS_TLand_FS15Troy Land, Group Executive of Emerging Commerce, FIS

Land is the group executive of emerging commerce at FIS within the retail payments division; he holds expertise in business and product development.


SizeUp_logoSizeUp: SizeUp FI (financial insitutions) is big-data for small businesses. It enables FIs to provide their customers with business intelligence through the FI’s own website.

Features of SizeUp FI:

  • Enable your FI’s customers to :
    • Compare their business performance with that of industry competitors
    • Find customers, suppliers, and competitors
    • Discover best locations to advertise

Why it’s great
SizeUp FI delivers a deeper business-customer partnership through success assistance; “sticky” client engagement; FI services awareness; and big-data insights that SMEs couldn’t previously access.


SizeUp_AUbalde_cropAnatalio Ubalde, CEO and Co-founder

Ubalde is a successful entrepreneur leading Software as a Service (SaaS) ventures focused on data-driven solutions for small businesses and economic development.


SizeUp_TBarron_cropThomas Barron, VP Business Development

Barron has developed corporate partnerships for 15 years from Fortunte 500 companies to 5-person startups. He previously worked at Visa developing strategic partnerships.


Stratos_logo_snaggitfromboxStratos consolidates cards into one dynamic card, making payments secure and smart. Stratos Digital Card Issuance Platform allows cards to download instantly, digitizing physical fulfillment.


  • Ensures virtual top of wallet, increases consumer engagement and loyalty
  • Provides secure card and wallet data
  • Eliminates costly physical card fulfillment

Why it’s great
Starts card working with Stratos Digital Card Issuance Platform to reinvent, not only your wallet, but also cards—just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD collection.


Stratos_TOlson_cropThiago Olson, Co-founder, CEO

Olson worked at CERN and the Department of Defense and is a leader in next generation payments. He graduated with honors in engineering and physics at Vanderbilt.


Stratos_HBalanon_cropHenry Balanon, Co-founder, CTO

Balanon brings technical leadership and expertise to Stratos from his previous experience as co-founder of Detroit Labs, a leading mobile-app agency.


TickerTags_logoTickerTags connects trending social content to investable companies through the monitoring of 250,000+ crowdsourced Tags that have the potential to impact a company’s business.


  • Track social velocity and sentiment of products/brands driving your investment
  • Create your own Tags to associate with Tickers for personalized trending notifications
  • It’s free

Why it’s great
We are a community-maintained platform intent on democratizing information-flow by evolving new monitoring from view-limited tickers to social -monitored tags.


TickerTags_CCamillo_cropChris Camillo, Co-founder, CEO

A pioneer in social arbitrage investing, Camillo’s audited portfolio has averaged 84% annual returns over the past 8 years.


Trulioo_logoTrulioo’s bank-grade AML/KYC identity-verification product, GlobalGateway, enables businesses to perform frictionless ID verification for 3 billion people in more than 40 countries via 140 data sources.


  • Builds confidence and trust by preventing fraud and identity theft
  • Saves time, money, and resources through automated online ID-checks
  • Eliminates barriers to market entry

Why it’s great
Trulioo’s GlobalGateway provides advanced analytics from cyber and traditional data sources to verify identities online by powering fraud and compliance systems worldwide, increasing trust and safety.


Trulioo_SUfford_cropStephen Ufford, Founder, CEO

Ufford has founded four data-focused startups over the last decade while working in the role of CEO. As a serial entrepreneur, he challenges the status quo and if it’s broken, he likes to fix it.


Trulioo_AKvitnitsky_cropAnatoly Kvitnitsky, Director of Corporate Development

With solid startup and corporate experience, Kvitnitsky leads strategic partnerships and data acquisition for Trulioo.