Finovate Alumni News– January 18, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgReady Receipts officially launches paperless receipt technology.
  • nFinanSe seeks to halt new debit card network by InComm, alleges price-fixing conspiracy.
  • VentureBeat discusses the IPO market with SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert.
  • On Deck partners with the National Association for Small Business.
  • SignatureLink to integrate ThreatMetrix’s Cybercrime Defender Platform with its technology
  • Intuit hires former Apple executive to lead Canada division.
  • Fox Business News interviews LearnVest founder and CEO, Alexa von Tobel.
  • The Next Web compares and contrasts PayPal and Dwolla with other payment methods.
  • Plastyc’s UPside cardholders can now load cash onto cards at 7-Eleven stores.
  • Oregon-based Credit Union launches BancVue’s Kasasa.
  • BrightScope partners with social media expert Arkovi.
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 Website Traffic in September

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete.
Out of 268 alumni, 80 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in September 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 33 (41%) had more visitors in September than August. Year-over-year, 42 (52%) had traffic increases.
Private Companies
  • Seeking Alpha and Cortera had the highest traffic in September with 2.1 and 2.0 million unique visitors, respectively. Cortera also had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visits with over 1.5 more visits in 2011 than in 2010.
  • Kabbage had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 280x.
  • Weemba saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 7.5 times the number of unique visitors in September compared to August.
  • SmartCredit.com had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 126,000.
PrivateWebTrafficSeptember2.jpg
Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 2011
 
1) The previous month recorded was August 2011
2) Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue
Public companies
 
  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 7 times the number of visitors this year than last year.
  • Intuit had a notable increase in number of unique, year-over-year visitors, increasing by 300,000 visits.
  • Check Point had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 41% more visitors in September than in August.
PublicWebTrafficSeptember2.jpgSource: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 2011

1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed.
3. NM = not measurable
4. t= tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.

Finovate Alumni Website Traffic in August

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete
Out of 268 alumni, 75 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in August 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 41 (55%) had more visitors in August than July. Year-over-year, 45 (60%) had traffic increases.
Private Companies
  • Seeking Alpha — the most-trafficked in August with 2.5 million unique visitors — also had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits with 300,000 more visits in August than in July.
  • Budgettracker.com saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 6.5 times the number of unique visitors in August compared to July.
  • Betterment had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 88x.
  • Cortera had the highest number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 1.5 million. 
August2011PrivateWebTraffic4.jpg
Source: Compete.com retrieved week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011
2) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue
5) Checkingfinder.com is powered by BancVue

Public Companies

  • Fiserv had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 50% more visitors.
  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 5 times the number of visitors.
  • S1 also had a high percentage growth year-over-year, doubling its visitors.
August2011PublicWebTraffic5.jpg
Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. t= Tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.

Finovate Alumni Website Traffic in July

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete
Out of 255 alumni, 59 (23%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in July 2011 (see tables below). Of those, 19 (32%) had more visitors than in the previous month and 25 (42%) were flat. Year-over-year, 26 (44%) had an increase, 10 (17%) were flat, and 23 (39%) were down. 

Private Companies
Notable successes:
  • Seeking Alpha had the most traffic in July with more than 2 million unique visitors.
  • eToro saw the highest monthly growth percentage with 3 times the number of unique visitors in July compared to June.
  • Bundle had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits, with 450,000 more visitors in July than in June.
  • eRollover had the highest percent year-over-year traffic increase, with 260,000 more visitors from last July. 
JulyWebTrafficPrivate6.jpg
Source: Compete.com retrieved week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011
2. Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3. Kasasa is powered by BancVue
Public Companies
Notable successes:
  • PayPal had the highest number of U.S. visitors in July, with more than 30 million visitors.
  • Jack Henry & Associates saw the highest monthly growth with twice as many visitors in July than June.
  • Wipro Technologies had the highest year-over-year growth, with 3 times as many visitors this year compared to last year.
  • FIS Global and Online Resources also doubled their traffic compared to last year. 
JulyWebTrafficPublic4.jpg
Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 255 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.

Alumni News — Week of April 4, 2011

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eWise officially relocates from Australia to Denver, Colorado. http://bit.ly/finovate44114
Fiserv and Cardlytics partner for merchant-funded in-statement rewards. http://bit.ly/finovate45112.   See last month’s Online Banking Report for more info.
Southwest Louisiana Credit Union joins Kasasa with fun and games on April Fools’ Day. SLCU has served the Lake Charles, LA, region since 1952. http://bit.ly/finovate45111 
Mint introduces mobile advice for iPhone. The feature will come to the Android app this summer. http://bit.ly/finovate44111
SmartyPig launched a free mobile app for Android. http://bit.ly/Finovate44112
Follow the markets through the StockTwits blog network. Users can follow more than 40 profiles in StockTwits network. http://bit.ly/finovate45113

Alumni News — Week of January 17, 2011

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Acculynk brings PaySecure PIN security to mobile devices. – The mobile PIN payment system should be available to consumers in first quarter 2011. http://bit.ly/finovate119113
AlphaClone is mentioned on Wall Street Journal front page article, “Pack Mentality Grips Hedge Funds.” – The story ran Jan 15, 2011 and details the similar strategies in hedge fund management. http://bit.ly/finovate118113
Backbase opens a New York City office to house field operations staff and help to serve East Coast financial institutions. http://bit.ly/finovate117112
Bill.com partners with Track1099 for easy, paperless IRS-1099 filing. – Users can report independent contractor payments in two easy steps direct from their bill.com page. http://bit.ly/finovate118112
iPay Technologies launches Biz 2.0 Crossover to help small businesses convert to business online bill payment. – The system identifies businesses using consumer online bill pay and targest them for upgrade to the business version. http://bit.ly/finovate119111
Kasasa adds Neighborhood Credit Union to the fold. – NCU is the largest credit union in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. http://bit.ly/finovate117114
Kony solutions raises $19.1 million for mobile application platform. – Kony creates mobile applications for numerous industries including banking and investments. http://tcrn.ch/finovate119115
Frost and Sullivan names mFoundry “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year” in the mobile banking category. http://bit.ly/finovate121114
Mint and TurboTax team up to make taxes easier. – Mint allows for tagging of deductible transactions and free e-filing via Turbo Tax. http://bit.ly/finovate121111
SilverTail Systems is hosting a Webinar on Jan 27 covering the differences between ecommerce and online financial Fraud. — http://bit.ly/finovate117111
SmartyPig’s cash rewards card wins Paybefore award twice. – Congratulations to Smartypig for winning in two categories, “best general purpose reloadable program” and “best consumer value in prepaid.” http://bit.ly/finovate12112
Joseph Leone, former vice chairman and CFO of CIT Group, joins the board of advisors at The Receivables Exchange. – Leone is a nationally recognized expert in commercial lending.  http://bit.ly/finovate118111

Alumni News — Week of December 29, 2010

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Bill.com now offers receivable tracking. — The new module, still in Beta, allows users to invoice, and track receivables and even receive payments electronically.   http://bit.ly/finovate12282
Check out the new branding at Bancvue’s Kasasa. — The company has implemented a new, edgier corporate identity, to better blend with the slam-poetry marketing campaign. http://bit.ly/finovate12283
Expensify unveiled a new reporting system. http://tcrn.ch/finovate12292
Kapitall launches new tools for 2011. —  New features include dynamic lists of what’s hot, the most popular trades, and watch lists in every sector.  http://bit.ly/finovate12302
Mint.com goes to school with a new, free financial curriculum for middle schools. — The program, a partnership with Scholastic, will be expanded to 30,000 schools in early 2011. http://tcrn.ch/finovate12281
See Lending Club‘s list of top 100 financial micro-bloggers. http://bit.ly/finovate12284
Congratulations Lending Club on reaching $200 million in funded loans. http://bit.ly/finovate12301
TechCrunch explains why the SEC need not tighten regulation of SecondMarket and other secondary market trading siteshttp://tcrn.ch/finovate12303

Alumni News — Weeks of December 13 and 20, 2010

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Backbase explores mobile banking in its fall webinar series. http://bit.ly/finovate1293

BlazeMobile creates smart payments sticker.http://bit.ly/finovate12133

BrightScope releases top 30 retirement plans. http://bit.ly/finovate12143

Capital Access special report on “Black Friday” and small business sales data. http://bit.ly/finovate1282   

SunTrust has added the “Transfer Now” product suite from CashEdge including person-to-person and me-to-me transfers. http://bit.ly/finovate12165

ClairMail and Cardlytics partner to provide transaction marketing opportunities. http://bit.ly/finovate1281 

Expensify is hiring for multiple positions. – The company is currently looking for Web developers and computer engineers at several levels. http://bit.ly/finovate1216

FIS launches innovative new mobile banking product. — Users can establish mobile account management with their debit card, no online banking signup needed. http://bit.ly/finovate1291

Geezeo selected by University Federal Credit Union as PFM provider. http://bit.ly/finovate12151

GoalMine hosting cash contest via Facebook to spread the word. http://bit.ly/finovate1292

Kapitall closes series A funding round. — The company did not release funding amounts or sources. http://bit.ly/finovate12163

Kasasa on “green” community banking. — See what a green bank looks like. http://bit.ly/finovate12132

Seventy percent of US Airlines have migrated to Kony Mobile-powered travel apps. http://bit.ly/finovate12142

Lending Club featured in San Fransisco Chronicle, Black Enterprise, and PBS. http://bit.ly/finovate12131

mFoundry deploys Washington Trust Bank’s mobile banking app. — This makes 260 customers so far using the mFoundry mobile applications. http://bit.ly/finovate12161

Congratulations to Mint founder, Aaron Patzer, winner of a TechFellow Award for General Management. http://tcrn.ch/finovate1296

Mozo powering new “Compare, Ditch and Switch” campaign. — The services allows Australians to shop around for better banking services.  http://bit.ly/finovate1283

Just in time for the Holidays, PopMoney gift cards at www.giftcardmall.com

SmartyPig launches cash rewards card with only a one-time activation fee of $4.95. http://bit.ly/finovate12134

Victrio receives $5 million investment for voice-printing technology. http://bit.ly/finovate12141

Alumni News — Weeks of November 28 and December 5, 2010

PopMoney (from CashEdge) wins award for excellence in Web design from the Interactive Media Council. http://bit.ly/finovate11301
Speculation from MarketWatch: Could ClairMail be headed for an IPO? http://bit.ly/finovate11306
ClairMail and Cardlytics partner to provide transaction marketing opportunities. http://bit.ly/finovate1281 
Expensify continues to grow its currency support base — Expensify is now supporting 159 currencies. http://bit.ly/finovate1232
Robert Scoble uses Expensify for expense reports. http://scoble.it/finovate11305
FIS launches innovative new mobile banking product. — Users can establish mobile account management with their debit card, no online banking signup needed. http://bit.ly/finovate1291
GoalMine hosting cash contest via Facebook to spread the word. http://bit.ly/finovate1292
This week’s Jem 5 at Jemstep explores diversified fixed income funds. http://bit.ly/finovate1294
Generations FCU goes live with Jwaala’s “Better Online Banking.” http://bit.ly/finovate1237
Just for fun: Kasasa releases banks’ playlists. See this week’s from Jeff Davis Bank. http://bit.ly/finovate1236
Lending Club enjoyed a flurry of news coverage. Read the summaries  here: http://bit.ly/finovate1224 
Lending Club mentioned in PBS nightly business report. http://to.pbs.org/finovate1297
Mint.com now available in Canada. http://tcrn.ch/finovate1234
Congratulations to Mint founder, Aaron Patzer; winner of a TechFellow Award for General Management. http://tcrn.ch/finovate1296
Monitise to bring mobile payments to Nigeria. http://bit.ly/finovate1231
Mozo powering new “Compare, Ditch and Switch” campaign to allow Australians to shop around for better banking services.  http://bit.ly/finovate1283
Just in time for the Holidays, PopMoney gift cards at www.giftcardmall.com
The new SmartyPig rewards MasterCard provides up to 10% cash back at select retailers. http://bit.ly/finovate11303
Tyfone receives additional patent for electronic wallet technology. http://bit.ly/finovate11304
Wikinvest is even more mobile with Blackberry and Android Apps. http://bit.ly/finovate1235
Y Combinator and Yodlee cooperate to provide financial data services to startups. 

Weekly Updates — Week of November 15, 2010

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Backbase is launching its fall webinar series. — The first 25 signups get a copy of Brett King’s new book “Bank 2.0.” http://bit.ly/finovate11193
Billeo is powering the new American Express inSite service. — Amex users get rewards and bonuses from within their browser. http://bit.ly/finovate11162
BillFloat shines at the “Under the Radar Conference.” — The company won the “Judges’ Choice” and “Audience Choice” awards in the Commerce category.  http://bit.ly/finovate11163
Blippy lets users “fancify” their profiles. http://bit.ly/finovate11154
Data is king at BrightScope. — See the  O’Riley Radar article which includes a five-minute video on how the startup gathered 401k plan info from the Department of Labor  http://oreil.ly/finovate11192

Credit Sesame launches. — Public Beta is open to everyone. http://bit.ly/finovate11171 Excellent info-graphic about consumer debt in America http://bit.ly/finovate11182
eRollover announces new website. — The new site is designed to be easier to navigate and better show analytic tools. http://bit.ly/finovate11153
GoalMine launches with $25 reward to users who establish a $25 per month investment plan. — The program not only encourages ongoing investment, but highlights the convenience of the company’s online GoalPack gift card system. http://bit.ly/finovate11152
Ixaris launches Secret Path Developer Challenge. — Secret Path rewards developers who build payment applications on Ixaris Opn for social media networks, mobile devices and ecommerce. http://bit.ly/finovate11172
Kasasa Poetry Challenge. — Poets can win cash prizes, and have their work used in a Kasasa commercial. http://bit.ly/finovate11194
Monitise and US Bank work together for contactless payments solution. http://bit.ly/finovate11173
Mozo wins Deloitte’s Rising Star award. — The award is for companies in operation for fewer than three years. http://bit.ly/finovate11191
PayNearMe garners $16 million in venture capital. — Khosla Ventures led the funding round. The company will also be launching a mobile payments application. http://bit.ly/finovate11161 
SmartyPig adds 21 new “Best in Class Retailers” just in time for holiday shopping. — Retail partners boost users’ savings by up to 14% when the savings goal is withdrawn via their gift card. http://bit.ly/finovate11155
Tempo Payments powers reward card for Sheetz convenience stores. — The decoupled affinity debit cards are independently-branded rewards debit cards, which link to the customer’s checking account. http://bit.ly/finovate11151
Wikinvest launches Android and Blackberry apps which allow users to view their accounts regardless of brokerage. http://tcrn.ch/finovate11181