Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AlphaPoint Launches Solution for Initial Coin Offerings
  • Finovate Alums Prepare for Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge Finals

Around the web

  • Bellingham, Washington-based Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) to deploy core processing technology from Fiserv.
  • Digital Wealth Insights reviews Moven Enterprise.
  • Ledger announces XRP support on Nano S and Blue.
  • IDology named one of 2017’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Atlanta.
  • Bankless Times: Lighter Capital an alternative for tech startups.
  • Barefoot Innovation Group features Bill Harris, CEO of Personal Capital.
  • Check Point’s SandBlast Mobile receives Miercom’s Certified Secure Award.

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

  • Lights! Camera! Action! Demo Videos from FinovateEurope Now Available.
  • BlueVine Lands $75 Million Line of Credit.

Around the web

  • Yoyo marks 10 millionth transaction milestone.
  • Jack Henry & Associates‘ Symitar division unveils its account opening self-service hub, SymApp.
  • New APIs from Citi to help clients access network with existing treasury applications. See Citi at FinDEVr New York in March.
  • Credit Union of Southern California ($1.2 billion) chooses Fiserv’s Architect digital banking platform.
  • SuiteBox introduces multi-signing of document functionality to its digital workspace technology platform.
  • Ledger releases the Nano S firmware 1.3.
  • Stoneham Bank to leverage Insuritas to launch insurance agency platform to drive fee income.
  • Report highlights Urban FT, Misys, Kony, Backbase, Infosys, Cachet Financial Solutions, and Nymbus, as key digital banking players.

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

  • Quantopian Receives Undisclosed Amount from Steve Cohen’s Point72

On FinDEVr.com

  • Venmo Enables Payments in Merchant Apps

Around the web

  • Kontomatik introduces Financial Health Indicator for small- and medium-sized lenders.
  • Venmo’s in-app payments technology emerges from beta.
  • Kantox processed $100 million in transactions in the six months since the debut of its API.
  • Kony launches MobileFabric, which features a model-driven approach to mobile app development using microservices.
  • American Banker’s Association features results from banks using Fiserv, Buzz Points and Larky for customer loyalty and rewards.

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.

 

Ledger Launches Newest Hardware Wallet: Nano S

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Blockchain hardware-solutions company Ledger announced a new hardware wallet today. A successor to the HW.1 and Unplugged wallets, Ledger’s Nano S differentiates itself by offering a built-in OLED display and by adding protection for Ethereum fund transfers.

The Paris-based company created the Nano S after spending 18 months improving the Nano, Ledger’s best-selling product. It connects to any computer through USB—allowing users to send and receive payments, check their accounts, manage multiple addresses—and even supports the FIDO Universal Second Factor standard.

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.53.48 AMThe built-in OLED display on the Nano S allows the user to double-check and confirm each transaction by tapping the buttons on the device. While the Nano S includes built-in apps for both Bitcoin and Ethereum, it also supports other blockchain-based currencies.

Priced at 58€ ($66), the Nano S comes with a set of Chrome applications to help users manage their wallets. It is available for pre-order today and will be shipping at the end of July.

At FinovateEurope 2016 Ledger CEO Eric Larchevêque debuted Ledger Blue, a touch-screen smartcard for developers. Ledger Blue offers a second display that connects to devices via BLE, NFC, or USB and thwarts malware attacks by delivering the correct payment address.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Ledger Launches Newest Hardware Wallet: Nano S.
  • ThetaRay Signs with ING Netherlands to Detect SME Lending Fraud.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Goldman Sachs Leads $44 Million Investment in Plaid.

Around the web

  • Oklahoma’s Welch State Bank ($227 million) to deploy core account-processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Qumram adds Peter Ödman and Patrick Barnert to its board of directors. Ödman elected board chair.
  • Top Image Systems inks eFLOW AP for SAP deal with Swiss road construction and civil engineering firm.
  • PageFreezer partners with Actiance for social media archiving.

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.

Finvoate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Let’s Talk Payments features Ledger, Blockchain, and Coinbase in its roundup of blockchain-powered digital wallets.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews BlueVine CEO Eyal Lifshitz on the return of the SMB line of credit.

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

  • “Uber, Green Dot Partner to Help Drivers Get Paid Promptly”

On FinDEVr.com

  • “Symbiont and Ipreo Team Up to Accelerate the Loan Settlement Process”

Around the web

  • Western Independent Bankers (WIB) picks Bizfi as its exclusive premier alternative finance solution provider.
  • Coinbase adds stop orders to its Coinbase Exchange platform.
  • Markit unveils new tax utility service.
  • Eris Industries chooses Ledger as its blockchain hardware security partner.
  • Medium.com features Klarna and Qapital in a look at building a startup “the Swedish way.”
  • SuiteBox listed among fintechs that are developing tools to help superannuation funds.
  • Envestnet wins the 2016 Technology Innovation Award from the Bank Insurance and Securities Association (BISA).
  • Pakistan’s Soneri Bank selects T24 core banking system from Temenos.

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.

Ledger Launches Blockchain Open Ledger Operating System

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A blockchain security company wouldn’t be as secure without its own operating system, which may explain why Ledger launched the Blockchain Open Ledger Operating System (BOLOS) last week.

The new operating system enables developers to build source code for native applications to protect the core against application attacks and to separate the applications from each other. This increased security mechanism means that each application can access only its own memory.

Ledger organized BOLOS into a set of different building blocks. Modules include:

  • Input/Output block to communicate with the outside world and third parties
  • Cryptographic block implementing low-level cryptographic primitives
  • Storage block for on-device storage
  • Wrapping block for external device storage, allowing you to securely bind data to the running BOLOS app
  • Endorsement block providing BOLOS application proof of execution
  • UI block for user presence and confirmation

Access is currently available for the BOLOS implementation on Ledger Trustlet (TEE) on Android. The Ledger Blue smart card hosts the first native implementation of BOLOS, although developer access isn’t available until later this month.

Ledger debuted Ledger Blue at FinovateEurope 2016 in London. Check out our in-depth coverage of the France-based company and interview with CEO Eric Larchevêque.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Ledger Launches Blockchain Open Ledger Operating System”
  • “Finovate Debuts: VoicePIN Offers an Easy Biometric Login Solution”
  • “Finovate Debuts: SuiteBox Introduces its Virtual Meeting Rooms for Financial Professionals”

On FinDEVr.com

  • Avalara teams up with WooCommerce to help online merchants manage sales taxes.

Around the web

  • OnDeck partners with Innovate Finance to debut Transatlantic Policy Working Group.
  • LandlordReferencing.co.uk to use Netverify from Jumio to comply with the U.K.’s new Right to Rent law.
  • The United Bank of Egypt upgrades to latest Misys core banking solutions as part of major modernization of retail, SME, and corporate businesses.
  • Top Image Systems launches next generation, automated accounts payable solution, eFLOW AP.
  • Zopa’s new lender products are live.
  • Golden West CU processes 15 new applications for insurance products in first 30 days of deploying Larky.
  • Coinbase introduces stop orders on Coinbase exchange.

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 Debuts: Ledger’s Blue Smartcard Mitigates Phishing, Malware Attacks

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Bitcoin is inherently difficult to protect and is not guarded from fraud, as many traditional accounts are. To navigate this issue, Ledger has designed hardware to help users preserve ownership of their digital blockchain assets.

The company began as the House of Bitcoin, a physical retail location in Paris where people exchange digital currency in person, learn about bitcoin, and share ideas with other startups (see below). Ledger was born from a merger of three different companies which had gathered at the space to collaborate.

The company’s flagship hardware product Ledger Nano helps individuals protect their bitcoins and make payments safely.

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At FinovateEurope 2016, the company launched the Ledger Blue Smartcard (pictured below), an enterprise solution featuring a touch screen to serve as a second factor to validate transaction information before completing a settlement on the blockchain. The device mitigates phishing and malware attacks, which can occur due to inherently insecure computers, smartphones, or human negligence. ledger-blue

Ledger CEO and founder Eric Larchevêque says, “It is a hardware wallet, but we prefer to call it a personal security device because it can do a lot.” The device not only serves as a second factor for bitcoin transactions and interbank settlements, but also secures the movement of any assets held on the blockchain, including P2P stock trading, workflow certification for insurance management, and even process documentation for pharmaceutical clinical trials.

“It’s not about currency,” Larchevêque emphasizes, “but about what you can do with the blockchain.”

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CEO Eric Larchevêque demoed Ledger Blue at FinovateEurope 2016 in London.

Ledger Blue facts:

  • Employees: 16
  • Funding: €2.5M seed round in 2015
  • 10,000 units sold of first device, Ledger Nano
  • Customers across 100 countries
  • HQ: Paris, France
  • Founded: January 2015

EricLarchevêqueProfileIMGEric Larchevêque demonstrated Ledger’s Blue Smartcard on stage at FinovateEurope in London (above). Larchevêque studied as an engineer of macro electronics at the ESIEE Paris, a French graduate school of engineering. Since 1996 he has been an entrepreneur and has founded, sold, and crashed about a dozen companies.

Finovate: What problem does Ledger solve?
Larchevêque: Ledger secures the last meter of the enterprise infrastructure by designing a new generation of hardware security devices enforcing strong authentication, data integrity and compliance. Use cases range from critical workflow security to trusted hardware for blockchain-based applications.

Finovate: Who are your primary customers?
Larchevêque: Enterprises, banks, fintechs, insurers, asset managers, blockchain startups … Any company requiring a high level of compliance and security in their process. We are present on the European and North American market.

Finovate: How does Ledger solve the problem better?
Larchevêque: Ledger has a strong expertise in embedded hardware security and built its reputation on the blockchain market by designing a popular security solution sold in more than 100 countries.

Finovate: Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution.
Larchevêque: In compliance, necessity of proof lies with the company under scrutiny. Ledger designed a blockchain-based immutable audit trail giving full traceability of any process. Each step is permanently recorded in the blockchain through the signature of personal, secure hardware keys. As the audit trail is fully enforced through a decentralized system, this solution brings the highest possible trust level and prevents any possibility of tampering.

Finovate: What in your background gave you the confidence to tackle this challenge?
Larchevêque: Ledger’s core engineers come from highly regarded hardware and security companies such as Oberthur, Gemalto or STMicroelectronics. Ledger is a full-stack company, with a rare expertise on secure elements (smart cards), and developed its own secure embedded operating system.

Finovate: What are some upcoming initiatives from Ledger that we can look forward to over the next few months?
Larchevêque: Ledger will soon release a suite of FIDO-certified hardware dongles for strong authentication (with USB, NFC and BLE capabilities). It’ll allow enterprises to bring access security to the highest level for both laptop and mobile web apps and native applications.

Finovate: Where do you see Ledger a year or two from now?
Larchevêque: Ledger will be a global leader in trusted hardware for cybersecurity and blockchain-based applications.


Check out Ledger’s live demo video from FinovateEurope 2016: