Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Revolut makes use of Open Banking with new Quickbooks integration.
  • Check out a sneak peek of Flybits‘ upcoming demo at FinovateMiddleEast.
  • SparkPost to Acquire eDataSource for Undisclosed Amount.

Around the web

  • Ondot Systems launches new Card App to deliver an “Apple Card-like experience” for end clients.
  • Temenos leverages Kony acquisition to launch Temenos Infinity for ominchannel digital banking.
  • Walmart expands relationship with Green Dot for seven more years. 
  • Experian launches a new Open Data solution: Experian Commercial Acumen.
  • Mambu’s composable banking solution to help new SME bank Recognise enhance the customer experience.

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.

Temenos Buys Kony to Boost its Digital Front Office Technology for Banks

Less than a month after securing a $37 million debt financing from BMO’s Technology and Innovation Banking Group, mobile application development platform Kony is back in the fintech headlines with even bigger news: the company has agreed to be acquired by digital banking technology giant and fellow Finovate alum Temenos for $559 million and an earn-out of $21 million.

The acquisition will bolster Temenos’ ability to compete in the digital front office solutions market, specifically strengthening the company’s Infinity offering – which currently has more than 500 banking customers and is widely recognized as a leading technology by industry analysts from Forrester and Gartner. Kony Chairman and CEO Thomas Hogan will serve as President of Temenos North America, post-acquisition, and will join the company’s Executive Committee.

“The power of the Temenos portfolio, combined with Kony’s digital banking applications and multi-experience development platform, will bring the industry’s most robust suite of applications for delivering service, value, and efficiencies from the digital edge to the modern core,” Hogan said. “The strength, scale, and commitment of Temenos will also help protect and extend our market-leading innovation.”

The acquisition is expected to be completed by Q4 2019, and is subject to standard regulatory approvals.

Calling Kony the #1 SaaS digital banking company in the U.S., Temenos CEO Max Chuard highlighted the synergies between Kony and his company. “We are acquiring a digital front office product that has already been successful in the U.S. market and is connected to most third party cores,” Chuard said. “We are also adding a significant amount of exciting functionality and ease of generating customer journeys and experiences that will accelerate Temenos Infinity, providing banks in both North America and internationally with an unrivaled customer experience and omnichannel banking product.”

A long-time Finovate alum, Kony first demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2010, and returned to the Finovate stage two years ago for FinovateFall 2017 to present its retail banking solution. Founded in 2007 and based in Austin, Texas, Kony launched its Conversational AI DevKit earlier this month to enable businesses to deploy new technologies to improve customer engagement. In May, Kony announced that its Quantum digital experience development platform would power the new CareLogic mobile app from Qualifacts, and unveiled a new partnership with multiple Finovate Best of Show winner and fellow alum, MX.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Temenos demonstrated its Connect Mobile Banking solution at FinovateEurope 2015. The company is also an alum of our developers conference, having presented its B2B Financial Marketplace at FinDEVr Silicon Valley – also in 2015. More than 3,000 banks in 150+ countries – including 41 of the top 50 banks – rely on Temenos’ banking technology to process the daily transactions and interactions of more than 500 million banking customers.

Kony is the second major acquisition by Temenos this year. In July, the company announced its purchase of explainable AI innovator Logical Glue and plans to integrate the company’s machine-learning-as-a-service technology into its cloud-native banking solution. Aside from acquisitions, Temenos has been on an energetic partner-making pace, working with IIG Bank, who agreed to use the company’s Infinity digital front office platform earlier this month; as well as teaming up with FIs like Israeli bank Mizrahi-Tefahot, New Zealand’s TSB Bank, and Pakistan’s Bank of Khyber.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Trends at FinovateFall: The Big, the Small, and the Surprises
  • DefenseStorm Launches New Fraud Monitoring Solution
  • From Start-up to Scale-up: Token Introduces New CEO Todd Clyde
  • Temenos Buys Kony to Boost its Front Office Technology for Banks

Around the web

  • PayActiv partners with Fiserv to streamline access to earned wages.
  • ABN Amro teams up with open banking solution provider Tink to bring multi-banking functionality to the bank’s Grip app.
  • Avaloq appoints Imad Abou Haidar as its new Head of Asia.
  • BeSmartee launches its new Mortgage Loan Officer (MLO) Command Center for loan originators.
  • Marqeta to create 175 new jobs in 2019, growing its workforce beyond 400 people.
  • SparkPost unveils new SparkPost Recipient Validation service, a sender reputation protection service that helps eliminate harmful bounces.
  • Azimo’s Richard Ambrose moves from COO to CEO, replacing Michael Kent.

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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  • “Finovate Debuts: Nexmo Brings Seamless Multifactor Authentication to Mobile Banking Apps”

On FinDEVr.com

  • “GreenKey Unveils New CEO and May Launch of Instant Messenger Aggregator”

Around the web

  • Xero and Waddle team up to combine cloud accounting with invoice financing.
  • Hyperwallet to help expert freelancers on OnFrontiers network get paid.
  • New York Times’ DealBook profiles Ripple.
  • MasterCard unveils new remittance service in Bangladesh with partners Western Union, bKash, and BRAC bank.
  • Kony and Cognizant partner to jointly develop and deliver solutions to enhance efficiencies and security.
  • Markit to power Thornburg Investment Management’s enterprise data-management solution.
  • CGI Financial Services to add Ripple gateway to its portfolio of payment solutions.
  • Hanse Orga partners with Taulia to guide organizations through supply-chain decisions with an interactive dashboard.

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

Around the web

  • TSYS launches new data analytics platform, Analytics Intellisuite.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Rippleshot CEO Canh Tran, co-founder.
  • International Business Times previews the arrival of LoopPay-powered Samsung Pay in the U.K.
  • Business Insider looks at the growth prospects for Zopa, P2P lender.
  • New investors can now open Lending Club accounts on LendingRobot.
  • CU Mobile Apps (CUMA) chooses Cachet Financial Solutions as its preferred mobile deposit provider.
  • Holvi launches iframe to enable users to embed Holvi online store products into external websites.
  • Yodlee cites innovations from PayPal, Credit Karma, Personal Capital, and ReadyForZero in its piece 7 Habits of Highly Successful Fintech Startups. Check out Yodlee, PayPal, and Personal Capital at FinDEVr San Francisco 2015.
  • Dwolla gives account holders option to enable two-factor authentication.
  • Lend Academy: Lending Club announces open integration, third parties jump on board.
  • Kony achieves mobile competency status awarded by Amazon Partner Network.
  • Motif Investing celebrates the launch of dollar-based trading with Free Trading Day on Friday

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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  • “The Next FinTech Unicorn? Rumored $150 Million Heading to Kabbage
  • “Reparo Loves Mambu: Partnership Brings New Loan Options to UK SMEs”

Around the web

  • Datamonitor looks at how “wealth giants” are responding to the challenge of robo-advisors like Betterment.
  • Atom Bank chooses front-office technology from Intelligent Enviornments and back-office technology from FIS.
  • Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric technology comes to Fiserv’s DNA account-processing platform.
  • e27 reviews technologies like LoopPay and the prospects for digital wallet use in Asia.
  • Brian Armstrong, Coinbase CEO, says bitcoin will be the world’s reserve currency within 15 years.
  • The Telegraph highlights Zopa in its look at the safety of peer-to-peer lending.
  • Kony launches the latest version of its mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) solution, Kony MobileFabric 6.5.
  • Fox Business News interviews Realty Mogul founder and CEO Jilliene Helman.
  • itBit hosts Bankchain Discover Summit for financial industry professionals.

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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  • “FinovateFall 2015 Presenting Companies Announced

Around the web

  • Pymnts interviews Karmic Labs CEO Ryan Weidenmiller.
  • Kony Announces Asia Pacific and Japan Expansion.
  • Bankless Times features Cloud Lending Solutions.
  • Let’s Talk Payments names multiple FinDEVr alums in its list of 29 APIs to Consider Before Building Any Fintech Product.
  • Betterment, Financial Guard, Personal Capital, Vanguard, and Wealthfront are featured in a Bloomberg Business column on options for new investors.
  • Samsung introduces its Loop-equipped Samsung Pay app in South Korea.
  • Tamebay interviews Peter Plewman, CurrencyTransfer.com director, on the volatility of the euro.
  • Trulioo taps identity and fraud specialist, Jon Jones, as new company president.
  • Business Insider looks at “transformative” fintech leadership at companies like Braintree, Coinbase, PayPal, SamsungPay (with Loop), and Venmo.
  • Forbes highlights Zopa in its review of the growth of P2P lending in the United Kingdom.

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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  • Bankbazaar Scores $60 Million in Funding Led by Amazon.
  • i-exceed Teams Up with Kris FinSoftware to Promote the Mobile Internet in the Philippines

Around the web:

  • Wealth Help to launch advanced PFM tool using the eWise Money Manager solution.
  • Lufthansa Industry Solutions to use Kony to enhance its mobile portfolio.
  • ayondo purchases additional insurance for clients from the Lloyd’s insurance marketplace totaling up to $728k per client.
  • ReadyForZero completely redesigns mobile app.
  • Silicon Prairie News interviews Hip Pocket’s Mark Zmarzly.
  • Banco Santander and Monitise form a $31 million joint venture that will invest in and build fintech startups.

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

  • Social Money Teams Up with Sallie Mae to Provide Goal-based Savings Accounts
  • Finovate Debuts: Shoeboxed’s Features Help Banks Dig Into Level 3 Data
  • Personal Capital Launches Retirement Planner to Give You a Reality Check

Around the web

  • Trustly creates double-digit increase in conversion rate after launching with Logitravel, now constitutes 40%+ of all transactions.
  • PYMNTS interviews Vishal Patel, senior marketing leader at Tradeshift on how the company makes the supply chain run smoothly.
  • Personal Capital launches retirement-planning tool.
  • Finance Magnates features Tradier in today’s Fintech Spotlight.
  • NICE Actimize, a division of NICE Systems, launches its Customer Due Diligence suite.
  • Mobile Syrup features FinanceIt, “the money lender for the smartphone age.”
  • InvestorIntel for Investors highlights Lending Club, Prosper, and FundAmerica in its look at startups in the crowdfunding industry.
  • Upstart Business Journal talks about how Malauzai Software is enabling “wearable banking.”
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Jingit CEO Kate Bolster.
  • BuzFeed lists TradeHero among its “13 apps that’ll teach you something new every day.”
  • Business Insider examines how LoopPay could help Samsung take the “early lead” in mobile payments.
  • PaymentsSource quotes Prairie Cloudware CRO Doug Parr in a column on Apple Pay adoption (sub req).
  • Payments Source features BehavioSec’s biometric security solution (paywall).
  • Emitac Enterprise Solutions partners with Kony to speed the delivery of enterprise mobile apps.
  • Cartera Commerce launches Splender, a new eCommerce and cash-back shopping website.

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

  • PayItSimple Pulls in $10 Million Line of Credit
  • Ripple Labs Reels in $28 Million, Eyes Asia Expansion
  • P2P Lending Meets High Street Banking as Metro Bank Partners to Lend via Zopa
  • Credit Sesame Raises $16 Million in New Funding
  • Planwise Raises $750,000, Nearly Doubling Total Capital

Around the web

  • Fox Small Business News names 11 Finovate alums in list of Hot Fintech Startups to watch.
  • Edenred México S.A. incorporates INETCO’s Insight software platform.
  • D3 Banking taps Jeffrey Walker as chief information security officer.
  • MasterCard launches P2P payments service, MasterCard Send, to help businesses reimburse rebate consumers without checks.
  • nTrust to deploy ID verification technology from Trulioo.
  • North American Savings Bank (NASB) partners with ACI Worldwide for online, mobile banking and billpay.
  • Avoka, Bill.com, BillGuard, CoinBase, Credit Karma, Jumio, Kabbage, Kreditech, OnDeck, Prosper, TransferWise, Trulioo, Venmo and WePay earn spots on Inc.com’s “20 Financial Technology Startups You Need to Know.”
  • ImageWare selects ValidSoft’s voice biometrics solution.
  • Kony teams with Citrix, to offer customers a mobile app solution from mobile design and development to enterprise mobility operations.
  • Altifi.com features Cloud Lending Solutions’ Cloud Lending Exchange.
  • ZD net: Intuit tightens PayPal integration with data synchronization app.

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.