Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Bambu Wins Spot in Hong Kong SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator.

Around the web

  • Lending Stream leverages Decision Management Suite from FICO to build new credit platform.
  • EVRY wins six-year contract extension with Sparebank 1, an alliance of 16-strong Norwegian savings banks.
  • SEB partners with Ripple to build blockchain-based real-time payments system.
  • Wipro launches Open Banking API platform.
  • Riyaz Ladiwala joins Heckyl as CEO for India operations.
  • Guardian Analytics introduces Guardian Analytics Sentinel Treasury Management for fraud protection.
  • Linkable Networks launches platform enhancements to enable retailers to verify purchases.
  • Staples to leverage Tuition.io for student loan repayment benefit option.
  • ProActive launches its 2.0 back end.
  • How Filene and Larky’s Mobile Rewards Pilot Will Promote Stronger Member Loyalty.

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

  • Financeit Recruits CFO from Capital One Canada
  • Wave Mechanics: FT Partners Report Highlights Trends Driving Rise of Insurtech

Around the web

  • Fiserv inks deal with FCTI to provide transaction processing for 8,000 ATMs in 7-Eleven convenience stores in U.S. Video of Fiserv’s recent live demo from FinovateFall is now available.
  • NCR launches cloud-based developer portal.
  • ACI Worldwide and Vocalink partner to provide real-time payments solution.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Tom Burgess, Linkable Networks founder and CEO.
  • Visions FCU signs with MX for money-management app.
  • Zopa releases its first-ever rating of a batch of securitized Zopa loans.
  • Sezzle Wins $10,000 from Securian in Minnesota Cup Startup Competition.
  • Aurionpro joins Temenos MarketPlace.
  • OnDeck launches marketing campaign featuring Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran.
  • RightCapital launches Leads, a tool to help financial advisers turn leads into clients.

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

  • Spreedly Secures $3 Million Financing Round”
  • Xendpay Brings its Money Transfer Service to Tanzania, Burkina Faso”
  • Cardlytics Takes Advantage of its Massive Amount of Customer Spend Data”

Around the web

  • Encap Security unveils version 3.1 of its Smarter Authentication platform, including support for Android fingerprint API.
  • Canada’s digital-first EQ Bank goes live with RetailSuite from Temenos.
  • TSYS and Ethoca team up to fight CNP fraud with the TSYS Transaction Recovery Network.
  • i-exceed technologies earns recognition in Gartner’s 2016 look at MADP vendors around the world. See i-exceed at FinDEVr 2016 in New York in March.
  • WSJ builds article on Cardlytics data.
  • Pymnts highlights cost savings from using the Ripple network.
  • Payments Source features Linkable Networks.
  • Signifyd extends integration with Shopify Plus.
  • Moven partners with Freelancers Union.
  • Check Point and IBM Security to share threat intelligence, announce product integrations.
  • TIO Networks ranks 2nd in top 10 tech companies on the 2016 TSX Venture 50.
  • Taulia launches global partner community, announces new partnerships.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Zopa launches three new loan products: Classic, Access, and Plus, expanding ability to lend to higher risk borrowers.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee teams up with South African API marketplace, Limitless.
  • “PayActiv raises $9 million in Series A”
  • “Modo Payments closes $2 Million in Funding”

Around the web

  • BioCatch announces real time detection of Remote Access and RAT-in-the-Mobile (RitM) malware.
  • PayPal unveils redesign of its Android and iOS mobile apps.
  • eToro partners with Sberbank to bring its social trading network to Russian investors.
  • News America Marketing and Linkable Networks announce partnership deal.
  • Nasscom Product Community blog features Bridgei2i.
  • InforcePRO adopts DTCC’s IR&S Solution to link with Carrier Partners.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “IBSSMail from IBSS Brings Multifactor, Biometric Authentication to Email”

Around the web

  • Hudson River Financial FCU ($51 million assets) hires Insuritas to launch insurance agency.
  • BizEquity partners with Entrepreneur to create a new valuation and performance center for its business community.
  • Intech Worldwide and Forte Payment Systems form partnership.
  • Linkable Networks launches a fully digital shopper-attribution solution to bridge digital and in-store.
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opens new Backbase U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche named to Bloomberg Markets 50 Most Influential list.
  • doxo wins 2015 Washington Excellence Award for Consumer Payments and Customer Service.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

$680 Million Raised by 29 Alums in Q1 2015

cartoonmoneystackThe biggest surprise in our look at first-quarter funding is that the $677 million amassed by 29 Finovate alums was more than 20% of the $3.2 billion invested in the entire worldwide fintech sector.

The $677 million raised was $85 million (+14%) above the same quarter a year ago, and more than triple the first quarter of 2013.

Q1 2015 was also $133 million above the $544 million mark set in the fourth quarter of 2014.

It will be worth watching to see if this record-setting first quarter for Finovate alum fundraising will be a sign of more great things to come for capital-raising in 2015.

Top 10 Overall Investments

  1. Xero: $111 million in February
  2. Coinbase: $75 million in January
  3. Betterment: $60 million in February
  4. TransferWise: $58 million in January
  5. App Annie: $55 million in January
  6. Ayasdi: $55 million in March
  7. Motif Investing: $40 million in January
  8. Ripple Labs: $30 million in January
  9. Bill.com: $50 million in February
  10. Pindrop Security: $35 in February

Previous Quarterly Comparisons

  • Q1 2015: More than $676 million raised by 29 alums
  • Q4 2014: More than $544 million raised by 25 alums
  • Q1 2014: More than $600 million raised by 8 alums
  • Q1 2013: More than $155 million raised by 14 alums

January: More than $275 million raised by 14 alums

February: More than $264 million raised by 8 alums

March: More than $136 million raised by 7 alums

If you are an alum that raised money in the first quarter of 2015, and do not see your company listed, please drop us a note at research@finovate.com. We would love to share the good news! Funding received prior to becoming an alum not included.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • LendKey to Power Online Student Lending at Navy Federal Credit Union. See LendKey at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose in May
  • Credit Karma Now Serves Americans with Thin Credit Files

Around the web

  • D3 Banking taps Jeffrey Hale as chief business development officer.
  • Business & Leadership features “Irish success story” Trustev and its CEO and co-founder, Pat Phelan.
  • MarketWatch looks at Betterment, Blooom, FutureAdvisor, Motif Investing, and Wealthfront in its column on the “battle” between human and robo-advisers.
  • Northwest Community Credit Union to deploy Portico from Fiserv.
  • Wallaby Financial launches Wallaby for Apple Watch.
  • TSYS enables full-service payment-processing for American Express OptBlue program.
  • Bazaarvoice hires Sara Spivey as its new chief marketing officer.
  • WSJ mentions StockTwits’ role in social media for investing.
  • Fierce Finance IT: Tradier’s API platform sees explosion of firms looking to build robo-advisers.
  • Linkable Networks launches Omnyverse affiliate network with digital offers, promotions and incentives.
  • InComm enables Budget Mobile to offer Airfair Lifeline Reload services through 90,000 retail stores.

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.

Linkable Networks Rakes in $11.7 Million

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Card-linked offers company, Linkable Networks, welcomed some extra cash today. The Boston-based company pulled in $11.7 million in Series E funding from existing investors BlueChip Ventures, CommonAngels, and Kepha Partners.

Since its first seed round of $1.5 million in 2010, Linkable Networks has brought in a total of $40.4 million to date.

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The company is also welcoming three new executives to its leadership team:

    • Mike DiFranza joins Linkable as its president. DiFranza is the founder and former president and CEO of Captivate Networks.
    • John Caron joins as CMO
    • Jeff Jensen joins as executive vice president and general manager of Linkable’s new affiliate network for retailers, Omnyverse.

Tom Burgess founded Linkable Networks in 2010 under the name Clovr Media. The startup changed its name to Linkable Networks in 2011.

Linkable Networks demonstrated its MasterCard solution at FinovateFall 2012.

Finovate Alumni News: March 3, 2015

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYour Daily Distraction: FinovateEurope 2015 Demo Videos Now Available.
  • Linkable Networks Rakes in $11.7 Million.
  • Pymnts discusses how Xero will use its recent funding.
  • ThreatMetrix now protects more than 1 billion mobile and web transactions each month.
  • TechCrunch: Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets.
  • CrowdFlower launches Data for Everyone initiative, releasing data sets to the public.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and Small Business Workbench partner for integrated payments.
  • HelloWallet, now owned by Morningstar, to deliver financial wellness software to Seagate employees.
  • BBC News feature on robo-advisers highlights Wealthfront and Betterment.
  • Malauzai Software and Payveris bring next-day P2P payments to First United Bank.
  • ZTE partners with EyeVerify to add Eyeprint ID to its Grand S3 handset.
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.

Alumni News– November 26, 2014

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  • POTs and PANs looks at biometric authentication innovators, EyeVerify, BehavioSec, and BioCatch.
  • Best Advice explores EZBOB’s strategy to attract SMEs to online lending.
  • Bank of Internet USA to deploy IntelliResponse virtual agent technology.
  • First Annapolis’ The Navigator Newsletter interviews Sebastian Siemiakowski, CEO of Klarna.
  • Fastacash, Heckyl Technologies, Kabbage, Linkable Networks, and Nomis Solutions named to Red Herring Top 100 Global.
  • Investor Intel mentions Patch of Land and Realty Mogul in column on helping baby boomers participate in real estate crowd funding.
  • Azimo to join London mayor Boris Johnson’s trade mission to Malaysia and Singapore.
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.