CUneXus Teams with Kasasa

Lending automation platform CUneXus announced that community banking marketing provider Kasasa has integrated with its cplXpress offering.

Under the agreement, banks can leverage CUneXus’ technology to generate and extend approved offers for multiple loan types, including the Kasasa Loan, which enables borrowers to pay off their loan ahead of time and take back a portion of the funds they’ve paid off if they need it. CUneXus’ cplXpress will allow eligible borrowers to instantly access their Kasasa Loan.

“Our goal is to enable lenders to deliver the simple, personalized, mobile-friendly experience consumers expect,” said Dave Buerger, CEO of CUneXus. “With cplXpress, lenders can let their customers shop, borrow and buy in just seconds–speeding up the process and creating a superior customer experience. We’re extending this service to now include Kasasa Loans, allowing financial institutions to expand their loan options and offer something unique.”

Kasasa showed off its new loan product at FinovateSpring earlier this year. The demo won Best of Show honors. Describing Kasasa Loans, Gabe Krajicek, CEO of Kasasa said, “Designed to meet consumers’ wants and needs, it puts the customer in control.” He added, “By partnering with CUneXus, we’re elevating that experience and providing community financial institutions with an even greater competitive edge. Not only can they talk to consumers about something completely unique – a loan with take-backs – but they can offer a more convenient shopping experience overall through cplXpress.

CUneXus also most recently demoed at FinovateSpring 2018, where Buerger showcased the newest version of cplXpress that offers a more friendly user interface and more scalable SaaS format. Earlier this year, the company was awarded Gold in the Electronic Marketing Category of the MAC Awards. Founded in 2011, CUneXus is headquartered in California.

Kasasa, which was honored on the 2018 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings last month, recently unveiled a new compliance tool, RegGen. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Texas.

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Kasasa Unveils New Compliance Solution, RegGen

The company that began the year offering the only loans with take-backs is now entering the regtech space with its latest compliance tool, RegGen. The solution from multiple Best of Show winner Kasasa enables banks and credit unions to easily create the account holder disclosures and marketing disclaimers that are a required component of the firm’s checking and savings accounts.

All FIs need to do to create the necessary language is respond to a set of simple, set-up questions (nine for marketing products, two for account holder disclosures). Those responses are stored by RegGen and automatically added to the FIs’ disclosure and marketing statements. Banks can use their FIRSTBase credentials to access and download Kasasa’s reference manual which includes instructional videos on how banks can make the most of RegGen’s features.

Calling the current compliance drafting process “research-intensive, time-consuming and expensive” for many FIs, Kasasa CEO Gabe Krajicek said. “With RegGen, our clients’ marketing and compliance professionals have compliance at their fingertips. Now they can create, edit and customize disclosures and disclaimers in minutes rather than hours.”

In its statement, the company also noted that RegGen provides “responsible guidance” but does not replace the guidance from a compliance officer or consultant, or from legal counsel.

Founded in 2005, Kasasa demonstrated its Kasasa Loans product at FinovateSpring 2018, winning its fourth Best of Show award. Earlier this month, the company announced that its Free Kasasa Cash Rewards Checking product was live with Michigan-based Chief Financial Credit Union. Last month, the Austin, Texas-based company announced that its MoneyIsland financial education game (for which Kasasa won Best of Show in 2011) helped ESB Financial to win Honorable Mention at the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards. And this spring, Kasasa partnered with fellow Finovate alum MicroStrategy, integrating its product research and marketing tools into Kasasa’s business intelligence platform, Insight.

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Kasasa’s MoneyIsland Helps Community Bank Earn ICBA Honors

ESB Financial, a fourth-generation, family-owned community bank based in Kansas, won Honorable Mention recognition at the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). The community bank earned plaudits for its deployment of MoneyIsland, an online game developed by multiple-time Best of Show winner Kasasa that helps teach children the importance of money management.

“It’s never too early to promote good money management habits,” ESB Financial CEO James Wayman said. “Our MoneyIsland game from Kasasa was designed with kids in mind and is an innovative approach to exploring financial concepts that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

The importance of learning healthy financial habits can be challenging enough for adults. But when it comes to youngsters, gamification can play an especially helpful role. “We believe it can be fun,” Kasasa CEO Gabe Krajicek said. “This is why we created MoneyIsland. It’s a great way to teach kids about budgeting, taxes, and credit in a fun and exciting way.”

MoneyIsland combines an online experience with an offline curriculum that focuses on three areas: Saving and Spending, Sharing and Investing, and Using Credit Wisely. Children playing the game learn about important money management concepts and improve their math skills as they play MoneyIsland, which is based on traveling to popular (and imagined) destinations around the world to save down-on-his-financial-luck character, Stone Broke. The game won Kasasa (demoing as BancVue) Best of Show honors at FinovateSpring 2011.

Calling the game a “huge value for financial institutions,” Krajicek added that other community FIs and credit unions should “follow in ESB Financial’s footsteps” when it comes to providing innovative ways to reach out to their customers. He added, “Consumers want to work with institutions that demonstrate a commitment to financial literacy and this game is an ideal way to do so while also providing a means to more deeply engage with customers.”

Kasasa demonstrated its Kasasa Loans solution at FinovateSpring 2018, winning Best of Show. The Austin, Texas-based fintech was founded in 2004 and has more than 800 community financial institution clients. With more than $2 billion in rewards paid out to consumers, and more than $900 million in non-interest income generated for Kasasa clients, the company partnered with MicroStrategy in April, and teamed up with MeridianLink in March.

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Finovate Favorites: A Baker’s Dozen of Best of Show Winners

Which fintech companies have continued to impress Finovate audiences over the years? The return of Kasasa to FinovateSpring last month, winning its fourth Best of Show award in the process, got a few of us thinking that it was a good time to take a look at which companies have been selected as fan favorites most frequently after demoing their latest technologies live on stage.

We’ve highlighted companies that have been especially popular at certain conferences, such as FinovateAsia and FinovateSpring before. Here is our compendium of the top Best of Show vote-getters to date for all shows combined (minimum of three wins).

The Big Three

The three companies that have won the most Best of Show awards from Finovate audiences reflect three different themes in fintech over the years: the allure of social investing (eToro), the rise of data analytics in banking (MX, formerly Money Desktop), and the persistence of the payment card (Dynamics). What is especially impressive about all three companies in our Best of Show Big Three is their ability to innovate over time. Each alum won their first Best of Show award between 2010 and 2012 and won their most recent Best of Show award between 2016 and 2018.

Dynamics (8) Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jeff Mullen is CEO.

MX / Money Desktop (6) Founded in 2010. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah. Ryan Caldwell is CEO.

eToro (6) Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and London, U.K. Yoni Assia is CEO.

The Super Six

Of our Super Six – the six companies to have won Best of Show awards four times – what is most interesting is also the way many of them have been proven innovators over a time of major change in fintech. Companies like Kasasa (formerly BancVue) and Yodlee (now Envestnet | Yodlee) made their big splash back in the earliest days of Finovate and, with recent Best of Show wins in 2018 and 2017, respectively, shown that they are still among fintech’s most inspiring solution providers.

Backbase – 4

Kasasa / BancVue – 4

Meniga – 4

oFlows – 4

SaleMove – 4

Yodlee (including Envestnet | Yodlee) – 4

The Fantastic Four

Two of the companies in our Fantastic Four companies that have won Best of Show awards three times have since been acquired. LearnVest, a three-time Best of Show winner from 2011-2013, was acquired by Northwestern Mutual for more than $250 million in 2015. EyeVerify, which won Best of Show awards on three different continents, was acquired by Ant Financial in 2016. The company now operates as ZOLOZ, and is focused on providing digital identity solutions for the underbanked in Asia.

BehavioSec – 3

EyeVerify (now “ZOLOZ”) – 3

LearnVest – 3

mBank – 3

Note: FA: FinovateAsia, FE: FinovateEurope, FF: FinovateFall, FS: FinovateSpring. Audience favorite awards from FinDEVr not included.

FinovateSpring 2018 Best of Show Winners Announced

The votes have been counted and the winners of our FinovateSpring 2018 Best of Show awards have been named. Congratulations to the five companies whose live demonstrations of their latest technologies wowed our attending crowd in Santa Clara, California this week.

Every Best of Show competition teaches us something about the state of fintech innovation in the world today. How are fintechs helping improve the customer experience in lending? How can financial institutions get a better understanding of their customers needs and preferences? How can we make it safer to bank and shop – to say nothing of simply communicate – safely online without fear of interference (or worse) from cybercriminals?

This year’s FinovateSpring 2018 Best of Show winners were no exception to this rule. The companies highlighted by our Best of Show awards reflect impressive innovations across the broad spectrum of financial technologies. for its build-once-deploy-anywhere platform for conversational applications that enables FIs to build, deploy, and enhance their Alexa Skills, Google Home Actions, Facebook Messenger bots, and chatbots in one single process, in just a few minutes. Video.

Dynamics, Inc. for its network-approved “connected” payment card with a 65k pixel display, organic recharge, and telecommunications chip to facilitate wireless data downloads and customer notifications. Video.



Kasasa for its Kasasa Loan that lets borrowers pay ahead to reduce debt and take that extra money back if they need it. Kasasa Loans feature a mobile app that allows borrowers to manage their debt and access take-backs instantly. Video.

Trusona for its Trusona Executive solution that enables frictionless #NoPasswords multi-factor identity authentication at scale, including identity-proofing, step-up authentication using a person’s government-issued ID. Video.

Alpharank for its innovative Customer Graphs that leverage FIs’ anonymous transaction card data to help them understand how products and behaviors spread through customer networks and how to leverage network effects to their advantage. Video.

We hope you have enjoyed the first two days of FinovateSpring. The conversation continues on Thursday and Friday as we launch into deeper dives into many of the themes introduced on the first two days of our spring conference.

From the power of AI and Big Data to the rise of voice technologies as the interface of the future, the second half of FinovateSpring will help provide both context and insight into how many of the most exciting technologies of our time are creating ever more engaging, personalized, and relevant experiences for consumers of financial services. To learn more about the keynotes, panel discussions, and fireside chats we will host on Thursday and Friday, be sure to check out our FinovateSpring 2018 agenda for Days Three and Four for more information.

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 five 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 2018 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