Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Ondot Unveils New Cloud Service to Help Smaller Banks Compete.
  • Urban FT Acquires Remote Deposit Capture Innovator CFC Technology Group.

Around the web

  • TransUnion launches its consumer data mapping solution, TrueVision.
  • Coinbase to offer exclusive trading data to all customers.
  • Plaid unveils its Liabilities endpoint to support development of apps to help combat student loan debt.
  • Signifyd announces general availability of its Signifyd INR Protection add-on, bringing coverage of item-not-received (INR) chargebacks to its fraud protection solution.
  • Klarna partners with Superdry to enable the company’s customers in the U.K. to pay later or pay in three installments.

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

On Finovate.com

  • AIFC and Fidor Solutions to Boost Fintechs in Kazakhstan.
  • Visa and PayPal’s New Deal.

Around the web

  • Apex Clearing partners with Apex Crypto to launch cryptocurrency platform that helps financial advisors introduce digital currency trading into their clients’ portfolios.
  • Revolut taps banking veteran Richard Davies as Chief Operating Officer.
  • Klarna and BigCommerce expand partnership to also include Klarna’s European core markets.
  • eToro’s cryptocurrency wallet adds support for 120 ERC-20 standard tokens.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Bento Unveils Venmo Style Digital Payments Solution for SMEs.
  • Cybercrime Fighter ThetaRay Announces Strategic Investment from ABN AMRO.

Around the web

  • Identitii wins award for Best Workplace Diversity at The Finnies 2019.
  • InComm launches barcode payment solutions at DFS Duty-Free stores in Japan.
  • Klarna expands its UK operations with a new office in Manchester.
  • INTELid.io to integrate ValidSoft’s voice biometrics into its private digital identity blockchain.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Simple’s Payments Go Analog with Paper Checks.
  • Fenergo Supports Bahrain’s Blockchain-Based KYC.
  • Flywire Offers Chinese Students and Patients Discounted FX Rates.
  • doxo and Plaid Team Up to Bring Overdraft Protection to Billpay.

Around the web

  • ACI extends partnership with Vocalink into Saudi Arabia to facilitate the adoption of real-time payments through ACI’s UP Real-Time Payments solution.
  • First National Bank selects ProfitStars’ Commercial Lending Center Suite.
  • Centrale Kredietverlening selects nCino for its Bank Operating System.
  • Wipro develops blockchain-based solution with R3 to power digital currency transactions for Thailand banks.
  • Klarna and Stripe partner to offer Klarna’s Pay in 3 to Hideout festivalgoers through ticketing platform Kaboodle.
  • Forbes highlights BioCatch’s behavioral biometrics fraud prevention technology.
  • Insuritas and Tower Hill Specialty partner to bring Tower Hill’s property products to market through Insuritas’ bank partner network.
  • NIIT Technologies partners with Blue Chip to bring its wealth management application to Blue Chip’s IBM POWER.

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 Brings its Alt Payment Options to Brick and Mortar Retail Shoppers

E-commerce payments innovator Klarna announced today that its pay later options are now available in-store as well as online.

“Shoppers today want more control over their buying experience,” Klarna U.K. General Manager Luke Griffiths said. “Our mission is to make payments as seamless and stress-free as possible. We’re now bringing more payment flexibility to the in-store environment, so shoppers can move smoothly through the purchase journey, whether they choose to shop online or on the high street.”

The announcement means that Klarna’s alternative payment options will now be available for transactions in retail, brick and mortar stores. The company has three offerings to simplify the transaction experience:

  • the option to pay later, up to 30 days after delivery
  • three equal installment payments collected monthly
  • a six to 36-month consumer financing offering for more expensive items

Consumers can use Klarna via their connected smartphone. First they make their purchase using their smartphone to scan either a QR code at the checkout register or after receiving and clicking on a payment link sent to the customer by email or SMS. Second, the customer adds their information and chooses a Klarna payment option.

The financing decision occurs in real-time, and average completion times run about one minute – ensuring that the in-person shopping experience is as seamless as possible. For the merchant, this means faster checkouts, happier customers, and increased conversions and sales.

Klarna’s news comes just weeks after the company announced it was extending its partnership with Swedish fashion house Acne Studios. “We’ve been impressed with Klarna’s work in Europe – particularly in our home country of Sweden,” Acne Studios CEO Mattias Magnusson said. “(We) are pleased to partner with them in other markets to accelerate our international sales.”

Also in April, Klarna launched its Mindful Money financial management content hub to help Gen Z and Millennials learn more about budgeting and spending. Mindful Money will feature insights and recommendations from personal finance commentators and journalists.

Klarna also launched its global customer authentication platform last month, providing global businesses with an easy and secure authentication process. In March, the company unveiled its open banking platform, enabling access to more than 4,300 European banks via a single access to account API.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Klarna demonstrated its flagship solution at FinovateEurope 2012. The company has raised more than $774 million in funding, and includes Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, and Creandum among its investors. Klarna was founded in 2005.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Refundo to Return Tax Refunds in Bitcoin.
  • Klarna Brings its Alt Payment Options to Brick and Mortar Retail Shoppers.

Around the web

  • Kony and Micronotes team up to bring Micronotes’ personalized conversation solution to banks using Kony DBX.
  • SecureKey’s Verified.Me identity verification solution is now available for consumers of CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, Scotiabank and TD across Canada.
  • Fenergo working with Bahrain’s Electronic Network for Financial Transactions to design and implement a KYC solution that incorporates blockchain technology.
  • NIIT Technologies’ AdvantageGo launches Underwriting, a solution that consolidates and provides all underwriting functions into a single platform.
  • GreatHorn awarded U.S. patent for new email impersonation detection method.
  • Onfido, Alphapoint earn spots in the inaugural cohort of cross-border regulatory sandbox, Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN).
  • Envestnet unveils new suite of analytical tools for financial advisors, Envestnet Advisor Analytics.

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

On Finovate.com

  • eToro’s eToroX Unveils Cryptocurrency Exchange.
  • CardFlight Expands to Offer Payment Terminal Hardware.

Around the web

  • Klarna launches Mindful Money, a financial management content hub for consumers.
  • Avaloq launches avaloq.one, a collaborative platform to help financial services companies work with fintechs.
  • NICE unveils IntelliAgent, a solution that provides employees with real-time compliance and authentication capabilities.
  • Kantox appoints Maria Chamorro as its new Chief Financial Officer.
  • Trulioo adds Malta to its Global Identity Verification coverage.
  • ieDigital shortlisted for Excellence in Open Banking and Best Rebrand awards at the Credit Awards 2019.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Germany’s aixigo Forges Strategic Partnership with Synpulse.
  • The Rise of AI and the Role of the Customer in Fintech.

Around the web

  • Payment service provider Truevo to deploy front office and core banking solutions from Temenos.
  • Klarna launches global customer authentication platform for multinational businesses.
  • Fintech OS announces new Chief Revenue Officer Leon Stevens.
  • Best of Show winner Voleo takes home the 2019 Best Stock Trading App award in the Investment category of the FinTech Breakthrough Awards.
  • Trunomi unveils new website, branding.
  • Kony teams up with Okta to provide ID management and MFA.
  • FindBiometrics interviews Jeff Maynard, CEO and Founder of Biometric Signature ID.
  • Tradeshift to power supplier solutions for Axfood.

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 Launches Open Banking Platform

 

Klarna is the latest fintech to embrace the open banking revolution. The payments company has announced the launch of its own Open Banking Platform, which will enable access to more than 4,300 banks in 14 different markets across Europe via a single Access to Account (XS2A) API – all in accordance with PSD2 guidelines.

Klarna’s offering will feature both account information services (AIS) for consolidated data on payment accounts, and payment initiation services (PIS) to support PSD2-licensed, account-to-account direct bank transfers. In a statement, the company noted that its XS2A PIS technology transferred more than €10 billion in volume and completed more than 100 million transactions last year alone.

“Our technology allows us to offer an ecosystem of services not only to consumers but also to businesses – whether that’s in retail, financial services, or technology,” Klarna CTO Koen Koppen explained. “We look forward to seeing all (the) new solutions and products that will grow out of this, creating a consumer centric financial services industry in Europe.”

Klarna’s Open Banking Platform also gives developers the tools they need to handle the compliance and user experience of credentials management. At the same time, the platform helps them get new products – from payment initiation and credit solutions to roboadvisory and PFM – to market faster and with less cost.

“We can offer the leading technology, quality, knowledge and market presence to help other players develop even better services and products for their consumers,” Klarna Open Banking Platform Manager George Parks Davie said. “Klarna’s XS2A API opens up a range of opportunities and through developer-friendly infrastructure it also empowers innovators.”

Klarna demonstrated its flagship platform at FinovateSpring 2012. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company announced a partnership with Canadian e-commerce and in-store point-of-sale financing specialist PayBright earlier this month. In February, Klarna extended its Pay Later service to Gymshark customers in the U.K. and the Nordics. At the beginning of the year, the company announced collaborations with both rapper Snoop Dogg and watchmaker Daniel Wellington.

Founded in 2005, Klarna has raised more than $681 million in funding. The company includes Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, Creandum, Visa, and Permira among its investors.

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.