KlickEx and IBM Leverage Blockchain Technology to Improve Cross-Border Payments in the South Pacific

FinovateAsia alum KlickEx is partnering with public blockchain network builder, Stellar, and fellow Finovate alum, IBM, to improve cross-border payments for emerging markets, particularly in the South Pacific. Already processing live transactions in 12 currency corridors in the region, the solution will use IBM Blockchain to accelerate clearing and settlement on a single network in near real-time for consumers and merchants in countries like Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.

“This is the first time anyone has made blockchain work at an institutionally viable scale,” KlickEx Group founder and CEO Robert Bell said. Underscoring KlickEx’s experience in facilitating inexpensive, real time, multi-currency payments in the area, Bell said, “this project was a natural next step following our work to create seamless and borderless payments across the Pacific.”

More than 12 banks from Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and Thailand are participating in the development and deployment process. Stellar.org’s network enables near real time settlement by issuing digital assets that serve as a foreign exchange bridge. KlickEx is the partnership’s founding financial institution for the area, supporting FIs and retail customers on the network. Planners believe that up to 60% of all cross-border payments in the South Pacific’s retail foreign exchange corridors could be processed by the network by early 2018.

In a post at the KlickEx blog, Bell put this week’s announcement in the context of his company’s long-term focus on bringing better payments processes to regions “outside our major global banking corridors.” He wrote: “In the 90s I saw first-hand the need to help Pacific Island nations including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu improve their financial infrastructure.” He added, “We have pioneered the use of mobile apps and other emerging technologies to provide convenient, low-cost and accessible solutions to help Pacific communities with banking transactions.”

IBM presented its blockchain-based technology at our developer’s conference last year, discussing Implementation of the Hyperledger Project at IBM with Blockchain As A Service at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016. The company is also a Finovate alum, having recently demonstrated its Customer Insight for Banking solution at FinovateFall 2016, while the company’s security division introduced its cognitive approach to fraud detection, IBM Trusteer Rapport, at FinovateSpring 2017.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New Zealand, KlickEx demonstrated Crypto-Currency 2.0, a new global asset-backed currency for central banks, at FinovateAsia 2013. Remember Finovate returns to Asia next month for FinovateAsia 2017. To learn more about joining us in Hong Kong, November 7 and 8, visit our FinovateAsia page today.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • KlickEx and IBM Leverage Blockchain Technology to Improve Cross-Border Payments in the South Pacific.
  • Dwolla on Designing a New System for Financial Inclusion: Mojaloop.
  • ACI Launches Payments Risk Management Solution to Boost Fraud Protection.

Around the web

  • TSYS introduces its merchant services company ProPay in Australia.
  • Jack Henry & Associates partners with SAS to bring its cloud-based analytics solution to regional and community banks.
  • iSignthis announces integration of Tradefinancial.com.au into its ISCPay transactional banking platform.
  • Identitii’s Software-as-a-Serice offering goes live on Microsoft Azure cloud.

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.

Fintech Trending: Australia and the Road to Fintech in Asia

australia_newzealand_flagsFinovateAsia 2016 is right around the corner. Be sure to visit our registration page and pick up your tickets today. We look forward to seeing you next week, 8 November, as Finovate returns to Asia.

When we talk about financial technology in Asia, we typically turn to places like Singapore, widely regarded to be the fintech “hub” of the region, or to Japan, with its advanced consumer economy (and increased participation in fintech events in the West, like Finovate and FinDEVr, or to China which was recognized by H2 Ventures and KPMG in their 2016 Fintech 100 report as follows:

China now tops the global ranks—swithin three years, China’s fintech ventures have gone from only one company included in the top Established 50 rankings in 2014, to this year China featuring four of the top five companies and eight of the top 50.

This includes Ant Financial, formerly known as Alipay, which as the world’s largest third-party payment platform, is the #1 company in the report, as well as Qudian, a Beijing-based student micro lender, ranked #2.

But there’s a reason why analysts refer to the area as the Asia-Pacific region, and part of that reason is the presence of countries like Australia and New Zealand which, while very much a part of the Asian financial ecosystem, are often overlooked in discussions about the growth of fintech in the area.

Turning back to the H2 Ventures/KPMG report, we see that of the top 100 companies highlighted, while 14 are from Asia, 1o are from Australia and New Zealand. This compares well with the U.K., a long-standing global fintech center, that landed 12 companies in the top 100. These companies include:

  • #14 Xero (F11; FD14) – New Zealand
  • #31 Prospa – Australia
  • #43 Tyro – Australia
  • #50 SocietyOne (F12) – Australia

As well as emerging stars:

  • AfterPay – Australia
  • Bright – Australia
  • Data Republic – Australia
  • HashChing – Australia
  • Identitii (F16) – Australia
  • springy – Australia

Australian and New Zealand fintech companies are clearly punching above their weight. As one illustration noted by Let’s Talk Payments, in December 2015, 5% of Australian fintech startups raised capital. Yet that 5% represented 14% of all capital raised by fintechs in December. Compare this to the United Kingdom where 15% of fintechs received investment dollars in December 2015, yet the amount raised was 11% of the total for that month. It is no surprise that China stands out as the true overachiever, with only 2% of Chinese companies raising capital in last December, but those companies represented 17% of all financing raised.

The takeaway here is more than a call for FinovateDownUnder—although that’s an intriguing idea. It suggests that more attention paid to Australia—as both a developing fintech nation in its own right, as well as a way for Western companies, technical talent, and capital to begin making its way eastward—could be well-rewarded.

See also:

  • 9 Australian companies have made it to the latest global Fintech 100 – Business Insider Australia
  • Australian FinTech Firms Recognized as World Leaders in FinTech – Cryptocoins News
  • Australian fintech founders recognized as world leaders next to tech giants Stripe, Xero and Square – Startup Smart
  • CBA takes pop-up innovation lab on a tour of Australia – Finextra

Our friends from Down Under

This discussion of Australia and New Zealand merits a reminder of how many innovators from Down Under are alums of our Finovate and FinDEVr conferences. In addition to those mentioned above, here’s a quick look at some of our more recent Australian and New Zealander alums:

KlickEx Launches Crypto-Currency 2.0: A New Global Asset-Backed Currency

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateAsia 2013.

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In the final demo before lunch, KlickEx debuted its crypto-currency for central banks:
“After extensive testing in the Pacific, KlickEx is pleased to announce the development of a new asset-backed and algorithmic crypto-currency for institutional and retail use. A stable, international, risk-free asset is a key foundation for efficient financial markets, and KlickEx’s award-winning interbank payment network has an exemplary track record in stability, and efficiency. Having eradicated the significant systematic deficiencies of Bitcoin, then bridged the portfolio limitations of the IMF’s SDR, the new base asset is a proactive response to recent negative public sentiment towards banking in general, and recent global events including the GFC, Euro-Crisis, BASEL II, III, and fiscal & political instability in Prime currencies. 
KlickEx believes in efficient, effective, and accessible financial markets. Our products enhance transparency, stability, inclusion, and systematic velocity by eliminating counter-party risks from central bank balance sheets, informal remittance networks, and mitigating cash inefficiencies for commercial banks, mobile operators and regulators. KlickEx has taken the best, and made it better.”

Presenting Robert Bell (Manager of Operations) and Brett Waterson (CTO)

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Product Launch: November 2013
Product distribution strategy: Distribution begins with use-case pilots, followed by structured phase-in programs with Central Banks and local (sovereign) government entities, then Commercial and Clearing Banks. Finally, KlickEx engages Mobile Telcos and then directly to retail users. The process usually takes 6-60 weeks to go through, depending on the country.
HQ: New Zealand
Founded: 2009
Website: KlickEx.org

FinovateAsia 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 4

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FinovateAsia 2013 is coming to Singapore in just over one week. And, just in time, here are the final seven companies who will bring their live demos to the stage.

If you missed the previous three installments of our Sneak Peek preview series, check out the links below.

Our final event of 2013 is only a few weeks away. Get your ticket here to be a part of the audience.


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BehavioSec focuses on innovation in behavioral biometrics.
Features
    • Transparent biometrics for mobile and web 
    • Large deployments 
    • Cost effective, low impact security
Why its great:
BehavioSec provides biometric security with no user experience cost  

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Neil Costigan
Dr Costigan is a cryptography and security expert with over 20 years experience developing security solutions deployed with retail banking in the U.S. and Europe.

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GMC Software Technology’s Inspire Research Portal (IRP) for investors provides a single platform for users to access and replaces all manual processes to automation.
Features
    • Streamlining the process
    • Reducing human errors while increasing productivity
    • Ability to view research reports from multiple platforms
Why it’s great:
IRP will provide a centralized platform for both researchers and approvers to access and perform their job in an interactive and engaging way.  

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Matthias Kraaz
Matthias has been in the customer communication space for many years and is currently looking after all the technical operations of GMC in Asia Pacific.  
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Kelvin Huang
Working as a Presales Manager in GMC for 2 years, Kelvin specializes in web and mobile communication and is equipped with years of experiences in financial industry.
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Intuition Intelligence’s end-to-end card linked offers solution delivers super relevant offers to users from a huge volume of offers.

Features:
    • Brings a huge volume of offers from Open-coupon Networks
    • Solve Pains: Volume, Velocity, Variety, Vicinity, Visibility & Value
    • Win-win ecosystem for the Bank, Merchants and Customers
Why it’s great: By learning user intent in click time, we deliver the right offers at right moment via digital channels without spam and friction in pre-and post-login.  

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Arif Ansari
Keynote Speaker for Big Data and predictive analytics, expert in multiple areas of advanced intelligent systems and multiple patent holder.





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Yusuf Ansari
Entrepreneur with track record of achieving #1 market share, visionary in building iconic products and hands-on execution and product management.
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KlickEx is the world’s most advanced multi-currency payments network – active in 8 countries, SWIFT and UNDP funded – and Asia’s top-ranked Mobile Money platform deployment.
Features:
    • Completed solution to distributed/”crypto”-currency value destruction
    • No need to dis-intermediate Central Banks or regulators
    • Implemented, asset-based store of value – full USD alternative

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Rob Bell
Rob and his award winning team turned the SWIFT and UNCDP funded, World Bank ranked, Pacific inter-bank payment network, into Asia’s top rated mobile money platform in 3 years. Ex HSBC, Stanford, NZX.
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Brett Waterson
Brett is the multi-award winning architect behind many global trading and banking systems, including the NZ Police Database, and all four NZ bank credit card loyalty programs – and of course, KlickEx.
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Mambu helps banks, microfinance institutions and financial innovators deliver banking services to individuals and emerging enterprises around the world.
Features:
    • Makes state-of-the-art banking technology accessible to all
    • Eliminates the costs and complexities of traditional core banking
    • Helps financial organisations get new products to market, fast
Why it’s great:
Mambu’s cloud-first Software-as-a-Service solution enables financial organizations of all sizes to rapidly deliver state-of-the-art banking services  

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David Hamilton, president of Mambu

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Eugene Danilkis, CEO and co-founder of Mambu
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Payoneer simplifies global commerce by providing companies and businesses of all sizes with an innovative, convenient and cost effective solution to send and receive funds worldwide.
Features:
    • Global corporates can transfer funds to over 200 countries and more than 50 currencies 
    • Funds can be received on prepaid cards, local bank accounts, or even local e-wallets 
Why it’s great:
In a borderless world, Payoneer helps SMBs and professionals get paid with minimal friction and the convenience of choosing their preferred financial instrument.

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Oded Zehavi
As CRO, Zehavi is responsible for Payoneer’s sales, marketing and product activities. Prior to joining Payoneer, he served as business development director for PayPal.

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Features:
    • Spatiotemporal locks allow user to geo-fence their location
    • Authorization Rules allow you to define spend limits for defined cycles
    • Authorization actions the user to Alert, Decline or Pre-authorize
Why it’s great:
TSYS Authorization Controls reduce risk to the card issuer, merchant and consumer by monitoring transactions in real-time and enforcing responsible spending at the POS.  

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Paul Bridgewater
As Group Executive of Global Product, Paul is responsible for product strategy, product delivery, product marketing and TSYS Innovation across the company. 
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Chris Colson
As the director of innovation for TSYS, Chris is an 18-year veteran of the payments and financial services industry, having previously served as vice president, product management, of Equifax.  

For more information about how to join us in Singapore, visit our FinovateAsia 2013 page here.

FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Companies Bring Global Innovation to Singapore

FinovateAsia is typically our most globally diverse show, and this year is no different. Two weeks from now, we will showcase 37 demos from companies spanning the globe that are innovating in everything from remittance to small business tools to back office solutions and much more. 

Given that diversity, we thought it would be fun put together a map showing the geographic spread of the demoing companies that will take the stage (click the map to enlarge).

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Here’s the breakdown of the number of companies from each region:

  • Asia: 12
  • Europe: 11
  • North America: 9
  • Africa: 1
  • Oceania: 2
  • Middle East: 2

To refresh your memory, the list of the companies that we’ve hand-picked to show off their new technology at the Max Atria @ Singapore Expo on November 14, include:

  • Advanced Merchant Payments
  • App Annie
  • Arkalogic
  • ArthaYantra
  • Backbase
  • BehavioSec
  • BlueKite
  • BRIDGEi2i
  • CustomerXPs Software
  • DragonWealth
  • GMC Software Technologies
  • i-exceed
  • IND Group
  • Intuition Intelligence
  • KlickEx
  • Kofax
  • LifePAD
  • Luminous
  • Mambu
  • Matchi
  • Mistral Mobile
  • Mobexo
  • Mobino
  • Pangea
  • Payoneer
  • Pixeliris
  • Red Zebra
  • SaaS Markets
  • Serverside
  • Smart Engine
  • TIBCO
  • Tootpay
  • TradeNet
  • TSYS
  • White Label Personal Clouds
  • Yodlee

To see live demos of the new technology, meet the entrepreneurs responsible, and network with others in the industry, get your ticket to FinovateAsia here. If you have questions about the show, check out who is attending or email asia@finovate.com.

Showing Our Age: A Look at FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Company Launch Timeline

At Finovate, we’ve seen how great innovation comes from companies of all ages. All we have to do is look at the Best of Show winners from FinovateAsia 2012. The founding dates of the winners ranged from 1858 (NAB, the parent company of UBank) to 2012 (SocietyOne).

We don’t know who will win Best of Show at FinovateAsia in Singapore this year, but looking at the launch date of the 37 companies taking the stage November 14, we found a 28-year spread. 

Here they are in reverse chronological order with funding amounts, if disclosed:

2013- 2012
  • BlueKite: 2013
    Total Funding: $1.5 million Seed funding
2011-2008
  • KlickEx: 2011
    Total Funding: $1.3 million
  • Mambu: 2011
    Total Funding: $2 million Series A

2007 or earlier
  • Yodlee: 1999
    Total Funding: $124 million
  • BehavioSec: 1998
    Total Funding: $2 million (€1.5 million)
  • Kofax: 1985
    Public LON: KFX

To learn more about each of these companies, check them out here and come see their live demos in Singapore on November 14.

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All numbers and funding information sourced from Crunchbase.com

Finovate Alumni News– September 23, 2013

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  • ACI Worldwide acquires Official Payments.
  • MasterCard teams up with Basware to help companies migrate from paper-based payments.
  • KlickEx takes home Top Startup prize at Swift’s Innotribe Challenge.
  • Crains NY Business looks at Float Money, Socure, and Capital Access Network.
  • Western Independent Bankers selects Q2 as preferred vendor for virtual banking solutions.
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.

KlickEx Takes Home Top Startup Prize at Swift’s Innotribe Challenge

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At Swift’s Innotribe last week, a group of startups pitched their latest fintech innovations to a group of banks, VCs, and tech gurus. The 14 companies, who were selected from a pool of 200 applicants, were given 6 minutes each to pitch the audience.

Realty Mogul, P2P Cash, and recently-acquired Good April were among the companies vying for the audience’s attention and a $50,000 cash prize.

KlickEx, who will demo at FinovateAsia in November, was selected as the top startup winner. The New Zealand-based company won the top prize for its regulated clearing house for banks and retailers.

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To see KlickEx demo live in Singapore, grab your ticket to FinovateAsia here.

What to Expect at FinovateAsia this November

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You may have seen the list of FinovateAsia demoing companies we released a few weeks ago. Here are more details on the 32 companies demoing November 14 at the MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo. Get your ticket here to be part of the crowd.

Stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series next month featuring a behind-the-scenes look at each company and chance meet the innovators.


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Advanced Merchant Payments’ innovative loan management solution enables banks to offer profitable, unsecured, short-term loans to small businesses
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ArthaYantra provides personal financial advice online to everyone irrespective of what they earn
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Backbase brings social media to the bank, and the bank to social media
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BehavioSec has extended its award-winning BehavioMobile solutions to offer policy-based behaviour authentication

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BellaDati is the agile business data analysis with human touch
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BlueKite’s international bill payment service improves an immigrants’ ability to care for family back home
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BRIDGEi2i is a trusted partner that enables organizations to achieve accelerated outcomes by embedding analytics in their DNA
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CustomerXPs Software is a leading product company offering real-time, Enterprise Fraud Management & CEM products to banks globally
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GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience
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i-exceed has created a Unified Application Development Suite for smartphone, tablets, desktops and laptops across operating systems
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IND Group is a leading innovator and developer of digital banking, PFM and payments technology
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Intuition Intelligence delivers the right offer at the right moment to the right client via digital channels
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KlickEx is a Global Clearing System for commercial and central banks. The Clearing System extends to Retail, as well
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Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interaction
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Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world
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Mambu enables financial institutions to rapidly deliver state-of-the-art banking services through a cloud-first Software-as-a-Service solution
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Matchi is a matchmaker for innovation
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Mistral Mobile powers your mobile financial services to serve anyone
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Mobexo is a scalable, value-added payment ecosystem that allows transactions to be executed between smartphones
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Mobino enables mobile payments for 5 billion people, from any phone, no credit card required
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Pangea Payments’ multiplatform solution will allow you to send money to anyone, from anywhere, at any time, using mobile and retail locations around the world
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Red Zebra brings together consumers, banks and retailers, with targeted rewards based on spending patterns


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SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers
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Serverside Group is the global technology leader in digital card designs and a provider of innovative artwork solutions that create meaningful results

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SinoLending is the leading online lending platform in China
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Smart Engine’s Multichannel Loyalty Platform benefits financial institutions, merchants, web shops and users
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TIBCO Software creates real-time, event-enabled solutions for the 21st Century
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Tootpay’s mobile payment solution works independently from network and operator. It is encrypted, using a standard mobile phone
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TradeNet provides an equity trading customer channel for retail customers in emerging markets at $5 a month
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TSYS focuses on people-centered payments
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White Label Personal Clouds’ Website Welcomer eliminates username/passwords and enables seamless, private transfer of information between organisations

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Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data
To learn more about FinovateAsia, visit the event page, check out the FAQ, or email asia@finovate.com.