Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • GreenKey Technologies Secures Strategic Investment from IPC.
  • “Hello USA!” eToro Goes Live in America.

Around the web

  • Russia’s Alfa-Bank joins Marco Polo Network to offer blockchain-based trade and supply chain finance services to its clients.
  • Credit and business information systems specialist CRIF acquires majority stake in digital identity firm Inventia.
  • Klarna partners with Canadian e-commerce and in-store point-of-sale financing specialist PayBright.
  • Ping Identity wins Best Identity Management Solution at the 2019 SC Awards.
  • Arcanum Technology named a finalist in the competition for a spot in the TAG FinTech Innovation Challenge’s 2019 class.
  • Avaloq joins the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA).

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

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  • Zopa surpasses £4 billion lending milestone.
  • EU Startups features Qover in its list of 10 Belgian startups to watch out for in 2019.
  • Gymshark customers in the U.K. and the Nordics now have access to Klarna’s Pay Later service.

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.

Klarna Unveils New “Get Smoooth” Shareholder, Snoop Dogg

Klarna, a payment provider and bank, has brought rapper Snoop Dogg into the team to… bring “Smoooth” to the next level, reports Henry Vilar of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Snoop Dogg will become Smoooth Dogg and the face of a major campaign called “Get Smoooth”, as well as Snoop Dogg becoming a minor shareholder in Klarna.

The campaign aims to remove friction from the world of pay later payments. Thus, it has recruited “arguably the smoothest man alive, on his journey to become even smoother.” You couldn’t make this up. “From smooth to smoooth”, the campaign said.

For Snoop Dogg, this is part of his European investment strategy.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity to expand my tech investment portfolio to Europe and seeing the way Klarna operates and how they challenge the status quo, I think it’s a match made in heaven. I’m very excited about this partnership,” said Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg will acquire the shares from an existing Klarna shareholder. Klarna’s CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski confirmed the partnership on Twitter.

“Snoop is not only a rap legend, but also a successful businessman, with a genuine interest in tech, retail and e-commerce. He has a great understanding of consumer behaviour and is exceptional when it comes to branding and marketing,” Siemiatkowski continued.

For context, this man once said in a song: “I love you so, how much you’ll never know. ‘Cause you took your dope away from me.”

Following the Get Smoooth campaign, Snoop Dogg and Klarna will announce a range of unique items enabling anyone to “Get Smoooth.”

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Klarna demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2012. Last fall, the company announced a $20 million funding round that brought its total capital to nearly $682 million.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Exate, FutureFlow, Anorak Join FinTech Innovation Lab London.

Around the web

  • Klarna announces collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg.
  • OutSystems earns a spot on G2 Crowd’s 2019 Best Software Companies roster.
  • IHS Markit partners with AcadiaSoft to support initial margin management.
  • Coinbase acquires data collecting and management specialist, Blockspring.

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Finovate Alumni News

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  • New Investment for LendUp Spurs Credit Card Spin Off.

Around the web

  • Klarna announces collaboration with classic watchmaker Daniel Wellington.
  • Legal & General to deploy NICE’s robotic process automation (RPA).
  • HP forges partnership with PayPal to provide payment processing for its new POS system, Engage One Prime.

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

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  • What’s in a Name? New Mastercard Logo Embraces Icon Age.
  • LendingFront Locks in $4 Million in Series A.

Around the web

  • Ledger introduces its Bluetooth-enabled hardware wallet, Ledger Nano X.
  • Matthijs Aler appointed as the new CEO of Ohpen.
  • PaySend launches new money transfer service, PaySendLink.
  • QNB Group to deploy digital cash management solution from iGTB.
  • Klarna teams up with Stripe and Poq to enhance Missguided’s U.K. app.
  • Oliver Weber takes the helm as the new VP of Digital Banking, Switzerland, for Crealogix.
  • Infosys Finacle announces partnership with Qatar National Bank.
  • Benedigo and Adelaide Bank deploys regtech reporting solution from Wolters Kluwer.

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

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  • Interactions Partners with Next Caller for Phone-Based Threat Assessment.
  • BioCatch Brings Behavioral Biometrics to ACI Worldwide.

Around the web

  • Token to support PSD2 compliance and open banking capabilities for U.K.’s thinkmoney.
  • SafeAmericaCU’s switch to AI-powered technology from Bankjoy helps the $433 million asset FI to earn “Best Practices” honors from CU Journal.
  • TransferWise secures £65 million syndicated debt facility with NatWest, JP Morgan, and LHV Bank.
  • iSignthis plans for Australian neobanking license in 2019.
  • PayNearMe’s electronic payment volume grew by more than 25% month-over-month in the past year.
  • Klarna joins Shopify Plus Partner program to power merchants.
  • TrueAccord wins a Healthy Mothers Workplace Award.
  • Passport recognized as one of Charlotte’s fastest growing companies.
  • Launchfire wins gold Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Award.
  • Bill.com selects Comdata as Virtual Credit Card Provider for B2B Payments.
  • TopTracker partners with Payoneer to allows free payments between companies and freelancers.

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

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  • EVRY Lands 7-Year Deal Worth $77 Million.

Around the web

  • Shoeboxed has processed 28+ million documents and receives upwards of 200,000 documents per month from customers through Magic Envelope since launching it in 2007
  • Entrepreneur features how Xsolla helps Fortnite game developers get paid.
  • Lendio recognized as a great place to work for third consecutive year.
  • AlphaPoint, facilitates issuance of digital pound sterling for London Block Exchange, a multi-cryptocurrency exchange.
  • Klarna enters global opportunity with Clas Ohlson partnership.
  • iSignthis receives Visa/Mastercard license.
  • Atom Bank partners with Thought Machine.

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

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  • Check out a sneak peek of Topicus.Finance’s upcoming demo at FinovateAfrica.
  • Launchfire Launches StepDemo to Enhance Employee Training.
  • Poland’s Braintri Merges with iCompass.

Around the web

  • Xero teams up with Absa Bank to improve access to financing for South African SMEs.
  • TransferWise opens its API.
  • Fenergo introduces new Client Lifecycle Management: Front to Middle Office Transformation app on Salesforce AppExchange.
  • Mortgage Cadence adds to its Enterprise Lending Center loan origination platform courtesy of a partnership with MGIC.
  • Tinkoff Bank enables its iOS-using customers to buy concert and theatre tickets via its mobile app.
  • ThetaRay CEO Mark Gazit appointed to the International Technology Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
  • Klarna forges partnership with weighted blanket developer, Gravity Blanket.
  • Temenos announces Technology Partner Agreement with distributed SQL database provider, NuoDB.
  • Aqubix, Behaviosec, CustomerXPS, ElectronicID, GreenKey, IdentityMind, Jumio, NICE, Onfido, Payfone, SecuredTouch, Sedicii, Trulioo, and Trunomi honored on RegTech 100 list.

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

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  • Gusto’s New Deal to Deliver Automated Accounting to Small Businesses.
  • Quadient’s New Launch Accelerates the Insurance Claims Process.
  • AlphaPoint to Power Asset Management Tools for Laureate Digital Securities.

Around the web

  • Pendo Systems appoints Bill Woodley as President and COO.
  • eMoney Advisor launches voice assistant for financial advisors.
  • Ledger to integrate IOTA tokens with its secure hardware cryptocurrency wallets.
  • KPMG names Klarna, Revolut, and SoFi among 25 most innovative Fintech startups in the world.

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.