Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Chain Rebrands to Interstellar Following Acquisition.
  • Kasasa Unveils New Compliance Solution, RegGen.

Around the web

  • GreenKey and IPC add new co-development agreement to their partnership.
  • TransferWise announces its second profitable year amid annual revenue growth of more than 75%.
  • Praxia Bank of Greece to leverage TemenosT24 core banking system to support its SME lending business.
  • TechCrunch: LendingTree is the secret success story of fintech.
  • Zopa listed for 5th consecutive year in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100.

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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  • Business-only Australian bank Tyro forges partnerships to improve connectivity between POS, apps, and merchants.
  • Finastra appoints Elona Ruka-Wright as its new Chief Risk Officer.
  • Australian FinTech Study Loans partners with Cloud Lending Solutions to build new student loan offering.
  • LendingTree to acquire Ovation Credit Services for total consideration of $20.75 million.
  • Socure secures three new ISO certifications for privacy and security controls.
  • Spreedly to integrate Worldpay’s international payment processing API courtesy of new partnership.
  • Hypepotamous profiles South African authentication specialist Entersekt.

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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Around the web

  • PaySimple announces latest payment integration with Profit Rhino’s selling app for home service companies.
  • The Financial Times ranks Transferwise, Kantox, Zopa Featurespace, Trustly, Kreditech on its FT 1000 list of Europe’s fastest growing companies.
  • Jumio and Insights Network partner to deliver “Passport” for blockchain projects.
  • LendingTree launches Credit Analyzer, a free credit and debt analysis tool.

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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  • Ripple Joins Hyperledger Project, Launches Hyperledger Quilt Project.
  • Moxtra Collaborates with OCBC Bank to Help Pilot New Mobile App.
  • MicroStrategy Powering Kasasa’s New Insight Solution.

Around the web

  • ThePaypers interviews BioCatch VP Frances Zelazny.
  • Charlotte Business Journal recognizes LendingTree Senior Talent Development Manager Tess Ausman in its 40 Under 40 for 2018 roster.
  • PYMNTS.com talks with Socure CEO Sunil Madhu on Facebook’s challenges with user data.
  • Park Plymouth in Plymouth, Massachusetts deploys Passport’s mobile parking app, PassportParking.
  • IdentityMind Global named to Disruptor Daily’s 10 RegTech Companies Making Waves in the Industry list.
  • Josh Glover, EVP of the Americas for nCino talks with PYMNTS.com about the importance of the customer experience in corporate banking and lending.
  • InfoQ interviews Eric Horesnyi, CEO at streamdata.io.
  • Check Point Software Technologies teams with TrapX Security to launch real-time visibility, threat detection, and rapid threat containment solution.
  • VM Blog interviews Arvin Hsu, Senior Director of Data Science and Machine Learning at GoodData.
  • Spacequant earns finalist spot in PitchIt competition at Lendit Fintech conference.
  • Sberbank Enters Cloud Products Market.
  • ITSector launches ITSCredit spinoff (news in Portugese).

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

  • LendingTree Launches Free Credit Monitoring.
  • eToro Raises $100 Million in Series E.
  • NICE Actimize Launches AI-Powered Financial Crime Investigation System.

Around the web

  • Hyperwallet tackles payments for staffing and recruiting platform tilr.
  • Compass Plus offers active-active database clustering on TranzAxis.
  • Steward Bank selects NetGuardians to help fight against fraud.
  • Kasasa named one of “2018 Best Places to Work in Financial Technology” by American Banker
  • CardFlight announces that over 80% of SwipeSimple merchants have been upgraded to EMV quick chip payment acceptance.
  • Revolut launches disposable virtual cards for online payments.
  • ACI Worldwide teams up with Shanghai-based UnionPay International.
  • IdentityMind Global announces GDPR-readiness ahead of the EU’s May 25th deadline.
  • MaxMyInterest adds former TD Ameritrade executive Tom Bradley to Advisory Board.
  • NICE Actimize unveils new AI-powered financial crime management solution, Actimize ACTone.

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.

LendingTree Launches Free Credit Monitoring

Online loan marketplace LendingTree is expanding its horizons today. The North Carolina-based company introduced a free credit monitoring service for members of My LendingTree, a financial intelligence platform launched in 2014.

Through a partnership with TransUnion, LendingTree monitors credit profiles of My LendingTree’s 7 million enrolled users on a daily basis and notifies them of any changes within 30 minutes of the report activity. Users with the LendingTree mobile app will be alerted of changes via a push notification. Upon receiving a credit notification, users can confirm or dispute the activity within the My LendingTree platform.

“LendingTree empowers consumers with the information they need to feel more confident in their financial decision making,” said Charles Battle, LendingTree’s Senior Director of Product Management. “By adding free credit monitoring to My LendingTree, we’re making it even easier for consumers to manage their credit and monitor their financial health.”

This new offering falls outside of LendingTree’s core competency as a loan match-maker. However, it helps create a relationship with consumers who may not be shopping for a loan but may be looking to borrow in the future.

Since it was founded in 1998, LendingTree has facilitated more than 65 million loan requests. The company went public on the NASDAQ in 2000 and was acquired by InterActiveCorp (IAC) in 2003. At FinovateSpring 2015 the company debuted My LendingTree, a personalization platform with a dashboard to view all credit-related accounts.

Roostify Integrates with LendingTree

Consumer-focused mortgage digitization platform Roostify integrated with online loan marketplace LendingTree today. The integration leverages LendingTree’s aggregation technology to help consumers find the right loan, while Roostify keeps the mortgage origination process online.

Nikul Patel, Chief Strategy Officer, LendingTree cited a “digital gap” in the mortgage industry, explaining that even though most consumers shop for loans online, the mortgage origination process still takes place offline. “Our integration with Roostify brings the industry one step closer to the all-digital vision for a seamless consumer journey,” Patel said.

Consumers browse mortgages on LendingTree and when they select a lender using Roostify they move seamlessly into the application flow. From the lender’s website, Roostify powers authentication using pre-populated fields and the user can apply for a mortgage using Roostify’s fully online process. The integration will be available in the first quarter of this year for all joint LendingTree-Roostify clients.

“Roostify is dedicated to improving the lending experience for both consumers and lenders,” added Rajesh Bhat, CEO of Roostify. “Partnering with LendingTree, whose mission is to help consumers find the best home loan, helps us achieve both those goals, increasing efficiency and lead quality for lenders while offering consumers a faster, stress-free path to apply for and close a competitively priced home loan.”

This move positions Roostify to better compete with mortgagetech company Sindeo, which takes a B2C approach by enabling consumers to shop 40+ lenders and 1,000+ loan programs on its platform.

Roostify presented at FinovateSpring 2016 where the company’s Nathaniel Sokoll-Ward, Head of Product, and Jonathan Kirst, CTO, showed off integrations with TurboTax, Equifax, as well as account aggregation capabilities for asset verification. About a year ago, the company teamed up with Chase to power the bank’s self-service mortgage application process. In October of last year, Roostify launched a Decision Builder tool to offer lenders a set of visual decision-making tools for borrowers. For more on the mortgagetech sector, check out our industry overview.

Founded in 1998, Lending Tree went public on the NASDAQ in 2000. The company was acquired by InterActiveCorp (IAC) in 2003. At FinovateSpring 2015 the company debuted My LendingTree, a personalization platform with a dashboard to view all credit-related accounts. Last spring the company acquired DepositAccounts.com for $33 million.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • German Challenger Bank N26 Deploys Banking Technology from Mambu.
  • Realty Mogul Launches Second REIT, REIT II.

Around the web

  • Baker Hill NextGen Statement Spreading to bolster commercial lending underwriting for People’s Bank and Trust.
  • Fenergo adds Michele Shepard as Chief Revenue Officer and Greg Watson as Managing Director of Sales and Strategy.
  • LendingTree partners with Benzinga for its Fintech Innovation Challenge.
  • eToro Platform Adds Trading Support for Five Cryptocurrencies.
  • BioCatch to power Fraud Prevention Solutions for HoneyTek Systems
  • SmartX (formerly HedgeCoVest) Announces the Addition of BlackRock, Morningstar Investment Management, and Nasdaq Dorsey Wright.

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

  • StockViews Closes Second Round Equity Funding, Earns FCA Authorization.

Around the web

  • EverSafe picks up $250,000 in capital from JP Morgan as one of eight FinLab startup winners.
  • Affinity Plus FCU ($2 billion in assets) to deploy Fiserv’s Architect platform to power its online and mobile banking services.
  • Trusted Key CEO Prakash Sundaresan looks at changing customer expectations, security challenges, and the shifting regulatory landscape through the lens of FinDEVr London.
  • Payfone wins patent for technology that fights SIM swap fraud.
  • Ghana’s Premium Bank chooses NetGuardians’ anti-fraud solution, FraudGuardian.
  • LendingTree acquires DepositAccounts for undisclosed sum.
  • AutoGravity unveils partnership with Fletcher Jones Auto Group.

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.

LendingTree Launches Student Loan Comparison Tool

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“When banks compete, you win,” LendingTree is famous for saying. Now the same may be said of student loan refinancing, as well.

LendingTree unveiled its Student Loan Refinance Tool this week. The solution enables students to compare their student loans to see if they can save money by refinancing to a loan with lower rates and better terms. With some basic information about the current loan (balance, monthly payment, and interest rate) as well as the interest rate and loan term of the new loan, student borrowers can determine whether or not there are better loan options for them in a matter of minutes. “It is completely free to use, only takes a few minutes to get results, and can save people a lot of money by letting them optimize their student loans,” wrote LendingTree Content Specialist, Tom Sumrak in an email.

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Pictured: LendingTree’s Gabe Dalporto (CMO and President, Lending) demonstrating My Lending Tree at FinovateSpring 2015.

Students can follow up with LendingTree to take advantage of the average $14,417 the company has saved student borrowers over the life of their loans. In order to secure refinancing, students need a picture of their driver’s license, a paystub, and a picture of their current student loan. Students with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees are all eligible for refinancing. Current employment and good credit are a plus.

LendingTree is now competing with newcomers such as SoFi, which launched as a student loan platform in 2011 and expanded to offer mortgages in 2014. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, LendingTree demonstrated its My Lending Tree personalized borrower’s platform at FinovateSpring 2015. In November, the company acquired credit card comparison and education portal, CompareCards, in a deal valued at $130 million. In September, LendingTree was named a top workplace by The Charlotte Observer, and in June, the firm launched its CRA-Eligibility Tool to make it easier for lenders to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act. With partnerships with more than 350 active lenders including Prosper Marketplace, Lending Club, and Quicken, LendingTree was included in our look at the emerging PropTech and MortgageTech sectors last month.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • A Look at the Savings Tech Horizon: Crowdfunded Savings with Spiff and InSpirAVE.
  • LendingTree Launches Student Loan Comparison Tool.
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • A Look at the Savings Tech Horizon: Advice-Only with Hellowallet and  Wealth Wizards.

Around the web

  • Malauzai Software launches Fingerprint Authentication and Touch ID technology for Android 7.0 this year.
  • VISA to enable electronic business payments for SME clients of B2B electronic invoicing network, Viewpost.
  • Fiserv reports nearly 30 banks and CUs deployed its digital banking technology in 2016, taking the total number of FIs using its online banking solutions to 3,500.
  • PurePoint launch leverages Zenmonics’ channelUNITED.
  • Bitpesa partners with Bitbond to financially assist SMEs.

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.

Why PropTech and MortgageTech Are the Future of Fintech

If this is the first time you’ve heard the term proptech, it won’t be the last. Proptech (also known as real estate tech or REtech) and its subset mortgagetech have been around since 2014. Here’s why 2017 is poised to place proptech among the ranks of wealthtech, insurtech, regtech.

This year has already been favorable to mortgagetech and proptech companies. SoFi, for example, is about to close a massive, $500 million round, its competitor LendingHome topped $1 billion in mortgage loan originations last year, and RealtyShares has seen over $300 million raised on its platform. According to CB Insights, since 2012 the real estate technology sector has closed 817 deals worth $6.4 billion. Of that amount, $2.6 billion closed in 2016 alone, which represents a 40% increase from that sector’s funding in 2015.

In the U.S., there are a handful of reasons 2017 will be favorable to real estate. Interest rates are projected to rise for the second time, millennials are starting to buy their first homes, and investors are looking to diversify out of the volatile stock market. On top of all of this, regulations are slated to loosen under the Trump administration, and changing in regulation brings opportunities for innovation.

Players

The broader category of proptech can be broken down into four basic segments.

1- Mortgagetech
These are mostly B2B companies specifically focused on facilitating part of all of the mortgage application process. They do not lend or service the loan.

2- Digital mortgage lending companies
These online lenders facilitate the mortgage application process and service the loan.

3- Real estate investment tech
Companies in this category are focused on the investment aspect of commercial and residential real estate.

4- Pure property plays
These don’t have a fintech angle but play a role in the broader proptech industry. Since this category is out of scope for this blog, this list only encompasses a fraction of companies in this category. Check out CB Insights’ coverage of commercial real estate technology for more.

What’s ahead in 2017

  • Expect to see more mortgagetech-bank partnerships along the lines of Roostify’s recent deal with JP Morgan Chase. As banks try to gain a competitive edge for market share, more established banks will need to leverage mortgagetech offerings.
  • We’ll see more niche alt-lending solutions such as SoFi that facilitate the application process and save borrowers on closing costs.
  • Expect to see more players offering real estate investment technology, coupled with some consolidation in real estate crowdfunding companies.
  • Outside of fintech, we’ll see more platforms aimed at cutting out the middle person, the realtor; and more business models such as Knock and GoldenKey that make the selling process easier.

You don’t have to take my word for it

We posed the question, How do you see proptech/ mortgagetech growing in 2017? to these Finovate alums working in the space. Here’s how they responded:

BhatRajesh Bhat, CEO and cofounder of Roostify:

“We expect to see further widescale adoption of digital mortgage solutions – to the point where one should expect it to be table stakes in 2018. We should also expect to see more players emerge in the space as investors see larger market adoption and validation.”

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 9.52.53 AMLinda Schicktanz, Chief Advisor of CK Mack*:

“If there is one area ripe for fintech innovation, it’s real estate investing. Why put 30% down just to gain massive management headaches when you can now invest in rental cashflow online with very similar returns? Fintech and Real Estate are like peanut butter and jelly, they just go together!”

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 8.30.31 AMNima Ghamsari, cofounder and CEO at Blend:

“There is going to be an explosion in the use of data driving the mortgage process in 2017. Both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have announced their data initiatives toward the end of 2016, and lenders are starting to push consumer financial data aggregation into the core components of their customer experiences. This ties in nicely to the industry-wide push forward to a more digital, end-to-end process that started in 2016.”

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 4.07.54 PMJilliene Helman, CEO at RealtyMogul

“The impact of digital technology on the real estate industry and mortgage technology is still in its infancy, but I see both less experienced and more sophisticated investors, alike, moving toward a process that takes place entirely online. With over $250 million of capital invested and 100,000 registered investors on the platform, RealtyMogul.com is a testament to this change. The more that technology can offer real estate borrowers and lenders transparency, as well as the efficiency of process and convenience, the faster both sides will adapt.”


*Full disclosure: I’m related to Linda Schicktanz. Yup– she’s my mom.