FinovateSpring 2012 in the Press

Here’s a look at press coverage from FinovateSpring 2012 in San Francisco last week. For comprehensive coverage, be sure to check out Erin McCune’s live blog on PaymentsViews, which covers all 63 presenting companies:

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2 Minute Finance
2MF @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference
by Bobby Lee
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BillGuard Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Cardlytics Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Concur Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Flint Mobile Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 2)
by Bobby Lee
Mitek Systems Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
TIO Networks Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
WattzOn Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Bank Innovation
5 Finovate Demo-ers’ News Catching Our Eye
by Mary Wisniewski

4 More Finovate Products We Like
by Mary Wisniewski

Bank Technology News
Best of Finovate Spring Day 1
by Penny Crosman
Best of Finovate Spring Day 2
by Penny Crosman

Dwolla Pitches Fast Fund Transfers, but Bank Participation is Vital
by Sean Sposito
Edo to Harness Payment Data to Spur Consumer Spending
by Victoria Finkle

WattzOn Helps Banks Help Customers Save on Energy Bills
by Sean Sposito

BankersLab Blog
CreditLab Launch: Reactions and Responses

BankNXT
Finovate, Simple, and Re-Imagining Banking Applications
by Bradley Leimer
Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 1
by Jelmer de Jong
Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 2
by Jelmer de Jong

BetaKit
CoverHound Debuts Comparison Tool for Auto Insurance 
by Cheronne Thurab 

Business Insider
Finally, a Mobile App That Helps You Save Money: Meet Urge
by Willy Staley

Business2Community
What Does $4.6 Billion in Coupon Savings Have to Do with Savvy Consumers?
by Andre Bourque

C’est pas mon idée!
FinovateSpring 2012: quoi de neuf?
by Patrice Bernard

Currency Marketing Blog
Four Conference in Four Days
by Tim McAlpine

Credit Union Times
MoneyDesktop Named Best of Show at FinovateSpring Conference
by Natasha Chilingerian

Daily Disruption
Flint Mobile Announces Beta Launch at Finovate and Closes $3 Million Round of Financing
by Tim Rygh

The Daily Guardian (BillGuard’s blog)
Financial Community Awards BillGuard Best Of Show at Finovate
by Maryanne

DCisions Blog
DCisions at Finovate Spring 2012
by Kritika Ashok

Des Moines Register 
Dwolla offers software for free
by Adam Belz

Des Moines Register Blog
Dwolla, Social Money earn praise at national banking conference
by Marco Santana

Exc
elsior
Kuspit, el primer Finovate mexicano
by Alicia Salgado

Experian Blog
Business IQ Express… what is the media saying?
by Roslyn Whitehurst 

FamZoo Blog
Finovate Winners
by Bill Dwight

Finextra
Flint taps phone cameras for card payments
SoMoLend closes $1.17 million seed round

Forrester Blog
Finovate Spring 2012: Digital Financial Services Innovation
by Tiffani Montez

FP Pad
[Video Spotlight] inStream Solutions CEO Alex Murguia at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg
[Video Spotlight] iQuantifi CEO Tom White at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg
[Video Spotlight] Sarah Carter of Actiance at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg

Iconowatch
Accelerating Innovation at Finovate 2012
by Hans Eisenbeis
Investment News
Personal Capital launches iPhone app
by Davis Janowski
Lazy Man and Money
What’s Hot and What’s Not from Finovate 2012
Mercury News
Money Goes Mobile 
Montreal Gazette
Montreal’s Wall Street Survivor teaches about investing
by Jason Magder
MyBankTracker
Can FinTech Stop You from ‘Showrooming?’
by Willy Staley
MoneyDesktop: How Personalized Deals Shine in PFM Tools
by Simon Zhen
Save Your Wallet, and Maybe the Planet, with WattzOn
by by Willy Staley
On Deck Capital Blog
Photo Journal: Our Finovate Demo
PaymentsNews
Highlights from Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco 
PaymentsViews
Live Blogging Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco
by Erin McCune
The Paypers
ZipZap rolls out CashCade payment service
PaySimple Blog
PaySimple at Finovate
by Sarah Jordan
PC World
New Web Apps and Services for Business
by Yardena Arar
QuidLabs
Finovate Best in Show
by Aliisa Rosenthal
SecurityPark.net
BehavioSec voted ‘Best of Show’ for biometric solution by audience at Finovate Spring, San Francisco
Silicon Prairie News
With upgraded FiSync, Dwolla cuts 3-5 day wait to real-time
by Michael Stacy
Silver Tail Systems Blog
Finovate Spring Demonstrates a Growing Richness in Online Interactions
by Laura Mather
Social Lending Network
Roundup of Social Lending News – May 12, 2012
by Peter Renton
TechCrunch 
Capital One Snags Mobile Savings Startup BankOns, Team Moving To Capital One Labs
by Sarah Perez
Flint: A New Mobile Payment App For Small Businesses Picks Up $3M From Storm, True Ventures
by Ingrid Lunden
How Personal Capital Wants To Bring Money Management Into The Internet Age [TCTV]
by Colleen Taylor
Nearing The 1M User Mark, Expensify Adds ‘Trips’ Feature To Mobile Apps
by Colleen Taylor
The Anti-Groupon? Edo Launches Real-Time Local Offers Platform, Tied To Your Bank Card For Instant Credits
by Sarah Perez
Tradestreaming
List Of Winners Of Top Fintech Conference, Finovate
by Zack Miller
World News (wn.com)
Instream Solutions Ceo Alex Murguia At Finovatespring 2012

Linkable Networks Demonstrates its SKU Card-Linked Offer Capability

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“Linkable Networks is demoing our completely new, industry first patent-pending SKU (individual product) card-linked offer capability to the Finovate audience. We will highlight the capability through our new mobile applications, which enable any type of restaurant, service provider, retailer, or brand to capitalize on card linked offers in a mobile environment. 

Additionally, savvy shoppers are empowered to access digital coupons at their fingertips, linking them to their existing credit or debit cards. Our solution leverages a combination of the payment card rails, strategic third party data, and merchant and manufacturer relationships which allows our ad network partners to distribute both merchant and SKU level offers to any consumer in any medium. Both of these differentiating factors translate to a much larger funnel of available and relevant offers as well as an increased reach and frequency of consumer engagement.”

Product Launched: May 2012
HQ Location: Boston, MA
Company Founded: September 2010
Metrics: Currently, Linkable Networks has 25 employees and has raised $11.8 million from several key investors including Bain Capital Ventures, Citi Ventures, Kepha Partners, and Common Angels.
Introducing Tom Burgess (Co-Founder and CEO) and Doug Spear (Co-Founder and Executive Vice President)

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Finovate Alumni News– April 19, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCarahsoft Technology partners with Silver Tail Systems.
  • ARM Insight & IP Commerce close the loop on real-time offer redemption.
  • eToro updates its Android app with Social Cherry feature.
  • MoneyGram joins ZipZap’s U.S. payment center network.
  • Loyalty 360 interviews Tom Burgess, CEO of Linkable Networks.
  • Internet Initiative Japan launches Ping Identity’s Cloud Federated Authentication Solution.
  • Q2ebanking powers Penn Liberty Bank’s Android mobile banking.
  • On Deck announces the launch of Split Funding, a loan repayment method. See its live demo at FinovateSpring.
  • UPS recommends Kabbage for small business financing.
  • Forward Thinking explains how Mint’s mobile model has completely changed Intuit.
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.

FinovateSpring 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 1

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More than 60 leading fintech innovators, both startups and established companies, are gearing up to present at the annual FinovateSpring conference in San Francisco May 8 and 9.

Each company provided a sneak peek of what they’ll demo on stage next month. Below is the first installment of these teasers. We’ll have more next week.

Don’t miss your chance to see the live demo from each company and meet the execs responsible. Get your FinovateSpring ticket here.

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Balance Street

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The premier direct marketplace between consumers and creditors for the purpose of debt settlement, Balance Street, provides consumers the opportunity to relieve their debt burden without fees. Consumers use its web-based automated system to negotiate with creditors directly, avoiding debt settlement companies who charge exorbitant fees (up to 20% of total debt owed).

Eliminating this 20% market inefficiency makes for a better financial outcome for consumers and creditors. With over $780 billion in credit card debt in the U.S., the Balance Street technology will revolutionize the way debt is settled.

Innovation type: Cards, marketing, PFM

Bazaarvoice

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See how leading brands are harnessing the power of online word-of-mouth to boost customer referrals, sales, retention, advocacy, and company innovation while building the world’s most powerful social data asset.

Innovation type: Communications, marketing, sales and customer service

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BehavioSec

No one wants a complicated process for logging in to online or mobile banking. European banks have been forced to go down this route with hardware tokens and smart cards.

So now when U.S. banks will be rolling out new multi-layered security on the front-end following FFIEC, will we see the same thing here?

With BehavioSec’s solution there is a better choice. They add multilayered security through the use of behavioral biometrics. So when the user connects via mobile or online, the technology helps verify that they are who they say they are. Learn more at FinovateSpring 2012.

Innovation type: Identity, mobile, security

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BillGuard

BillGuard identifies deceptive, erroneous and unauthorized charges on consumer payment cards using advanced crowdsourcing and big-data mining techniques that harness the collective knowledge of millions of consumers reporting billing complaints online and to their banks. 

BillGuard’s Advanced Card Protection Service for Banks is a seamlessly integrated, cloud-based solution that enables issuers to generate new value-add service revenue, and lower inquiry/dispute processing costs, by providing their customers daily bill monitoring and notification, enriched transition details and direct-to-merchant resolution.
Innovation type: Cards, communications, online UI

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CoverHound is changing the way people shop for insurance online. Launching at FinovateSpring, CoverHound’s new rate comparison shopping service allows consumers for the first time to compare multiple, instant, accurate rates from top carriers. CoverHound will also be demonstrating an exciting array of products specifically designed to help banks and credit unions generate significant non-interest income while providing a valuable service to their members.
Innovation type: Insurance

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Never before has it been so easy for companies to provide business and retail customers with a way to validate creditworthiness through the use of online deposits. eDeposit provides patented funds visibility and real time settlement to markets across the U.S. in an innovative, new form of payment.
At FinovateSpring, eDeposit announces a new innovation that makes conducting B2B and B2C e-business faster, cheaper and safer.
Innovation type: Payments, security, small business

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From “check-in to check-out”, intersecting the worlds of Payments and Advertising, edo takes the next step forward in its vision to transform shopping and saving.  
This next wave connects mobile and multi-channel retail . . . imagine a world where purchase and location meet and the new standard for mobile advertising moves from “check-in” to “check-out.”
Innovation type: Marketing, mobile, rewards

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Expensify <3’s Finovate — they view it as the premier stage on which to make their biggest announcement of
the year. Three years ago, it launched an open beta on the Finovate stage. Two years ago, it unveiled a major realtime analytics feature. One year ago it launched a revolutionary SmartScan service. But this year will trump all that.  A whole new approach to business travel. Prepare yourself!

Innovation type: Back office, mobile, small business

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Most investors have assets spread across financial institutions and accounts, including limited-option accounts such as their employer’s 401(k) plan.
Managing this is a chore – including figuring out which funds, in which amounts, and rebalancing.
Well, it was a chore, before FutureAdvisor.
Innovation type: Investing and asset management, online, PFM

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Giftly is inventing the future of the gift card. Using its new iPhone app, users can send anyone a Giftly for any place they choose. The recipient redeems it on their smartphone when they go. It’s fast, fun, and secure.
Giftly’s app and web products have been designed to be social, simple, and powerful. Thanks to Facebook, Foursquare, and smart iOS integration, you’ll always know which friends are celebrating birthdays, are checking in to cool new places, or are otherwise in need of a quick gift.

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Is it possible to separate the fun of buying from the nuisance of paying? Klarna thinks so. The idea behind Klarna’s e-commerce services is the concept of after-delivery payment, letting buyers receive ordered goods before any payment is due. Instead of giving financial information, buyers shop with Klarna just by giving their name and select information (Klarna calculates the risk).
Innovation type: Payments

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Linkable Networks will be debuting a first-to-market capability that significantly broadens the value proposition of card-linked offers to issuing banks, merchants, manufacturers, and cardholding consumers. In addition, Linkable Networks will demonstrate new features recently added to its product platform and user interface.
Innovation type: Cards, mobile, rewards


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MShift believes that financial institutions need to enhance existing mobile banking solutions into mobile wallet and payment solutions.
At Finovate, MShift will demonstrate how mobile banking can influence how a consumer spends money in various retail scenarios.
Innovation type: Banking, payments, small business

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Your customers go mobile with smartphones and tablets. When they cannot fulfill their needs in mobile self-service, do you jump in at the right time to help them complete their business? Do you want to maximize the opportunity for smart customer experience and increased business via smart mobile devices (while reducing costs)? NICE Mobile Reach can do that for you. Don’t miss its demo at FinovateSpring.
Innovation type: Mobile, sales

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Personal Capital is wealth management for the Internet Age. The company’s online platform combines digital technology with highly personalized service to provide a holistic view of your unique financial picture. The free online dashboard presents all of your financial data in one place, including an assessment of your allocation, investment risk and fees.
These days, the financial lives of Americans are becoming more and more complex. At FinovateSpring, Personal Capital will unveil core new features that enable you to access your financial data in real time, on-the-go. You’ll be able to view and do, anywhere, anytime.
Innovation type: Investing, mobile, PFM

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Pindrop Security provides enterprise solutions that help prevent phone-based fraud. Pindrop’s acoustical fingerprinting technology detects fraudulent calls and authenticates legitimate callers, helping customers eliminate financial losses and reduce operational costs. Pindrop’s breakthrough technology is the first of its kind to fingerprint individual phone calls, providing verification of caller provenance. 
Recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies at the 2012 RSA conference, Pindrop’s solutions help companies feel more confident in the security of phone-based financial transactions.
Innovation type: Identity,
security

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Easily administer and coordinate your annual budget with Budget Manager from ProfitStars. ProfitStars takes the headaches, and the spreadsheets, out of the budgeting process and optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of budgeting and planning.  
The company will show you how this newly redesigned browser-based version enables users to construct and manage a more efficient budgeting process, including how to tackle more difficult items like salaries and fixed assets.
Innovation type: Banking

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Discover a new Facebook app for banks that will not only make you relevant and engage Facebook users, but will also get your customers recommending and endorsing your card products.  It drives great loyalty from existing customers and also helps to devise new customer acquisition –all through Facebook. 

Serverside does this by letting people design their own credit or debit card using a picture from their Facebook gallery, then post it to their Facebook wall. Their friends then click on the card image to design their own card and help your bank to go viral!

Innovation type: cards


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Social Money can provide any bank in the world its own branded version of our revolutionary and award-winning SmartyPig technology. A new bank can be up and running on our system within 90 days in any language and currency, for a fraction of the cost of internal development efforts.
Innovation type: Banking products, PFM

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The dawn of compliance solutions that work.
Meet Molly. 115 different people use Molly’s SSN.
Financial institutions have no idea who these people really are.
This is possible because FIs and so-called identity protection companies can only verify identity. Verification is not enough. Full identification is needed to fight fraud and provide FIs the means to meet compliance requirements. Only Financial ICONN from TASCET can identify financial customers.
Once Molly activates her ICONN, TASCET proactively secures her identity and FIs know exactly who she is.
Innovation type: Identity, security

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Taulia takes the waste out of the supply chains of Fortune 500 Enterprises while simultaneously solving the cash-flow needs of their suppliers. The large enterprise buyers get discounts by paying their invoices early. In return, their suppliers get paid when they want. In Taulia’s young life, it has already enabled small suppliers from 40+ countries around the world to receive hundreds of millions of dollars of early payments.
Innovation type: Lending, payments, small business

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The Under-18 audience has an estimated $50 billion in spending power. Learn how to successfully monetize the kids/teen market in this powerful demo by Virtual Piggy, an exciting new company that provides innovative technological solutions to help bridge the gap between children, parents and online retailers.
Innovation type: Payments

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Wall Street Survivor is the only place for the beginner to learn about investing. Guided missions, beginner-focused learning content, combined with the web’s best stock simulator help users effectively manage their financial future.
Innovation type: Investing & asset management, marketing, PFM

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Mobi
le commerce is estimated to be a $31 billion industry by 2015, but how will the underbanked participate? Wipit has unlocked mobile payments for this massive and largely untapped consumer demographic representing 25% of all U.S. households and over 70 million U.S. prepaid wireless subscribers. Underbanked consumers can now make in-app and online payments with a single click. No need for bank accounts or credit cards; Wipit lets underbanked consumers use their payment method of choice– cash.
Innovation type: Cards, payments
Stay tuned next week for another sneak peek of FinovateSpring 2012 presenting companies.

Finovate Alumni News– April 10, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCredit Karma is moving its headquarters to San Francisco’s financial district.
  • Linkable Networks is listed as 1 of 5 startups you should follow.
  • Tablet PC review lists Wikinvest Portfolio as one of the best iPad apps for tracking Wall Street stocks.
  • AOL Daily Finance names HelloWallet as 1 of 5 money-smart apps for business travelers.
  • UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School turns to Ping Identity to solve identity management complexity.
  • Daily Herald looks at Credit Sesame.
  • Kony Solutions appoints Harold Goldberg as CMO.
  • The Bellingham Herald recommends using Expensify to organize your expenses for tax time. Come see the live demo at FinovateSpring next month in San Francisco.
  • Scotsman covers UK P2P company, Zopa.
  • CNN Money lists SecondMarket as 1 of 8 crowdfunding sites to watch.
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 Launches Mobile App and API

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Earlier this week, card-linked offer startup Linkable Networks (formerly Clovr Media) launched a mobile app called MyLinkables and a social API.

Tom Burgess, Linkable Networks CEO states:

“The growing consumer desire for ‘on-demand’ mobile access to any online properties, the proliferation of mylinkables.jpg

couponing and the mass appeal of sharing with friends told us it was time to bring even more convenience to shoppers with a MyLinkables app. 

With smartphone shopping on the rise, our new developer tools will allow mobile app developers to link enable any deal or ad, further proliferating card linked offers in the mobile world.”

The app is available on both Android and iOS platforms.

To learn more about Linkable Networks, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– March 9, 2012

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  • Credit Union Times reports Geezeo signs Alabama Telco & San Francisco FCU, totals over 85 clients.
  • P2P Money blog reports Zopa celebrates its 7th birthday.
  • Finextra reports MoBank announces the launch of MoPowered mCommerce service.
  • Detroit Free Press shows how BillGuard has helped people avoid unnecessary charges.
  • SafetyPay selects ZipZap’s CashPay solution as its preferred cash payment option.
  • AppStorm shows off doxo.
  • Finovate shares Best of Show winners from 2007 to present.
  • Linkable Networks launches mobile app & API.
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– January 5, 2012

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  • American Banker describes how T8 Webware, Micronotes, and FreeMonee predicts what customers will buy.
  • Seattle’s King 5 News highlights Linkable Networks’ digital coupons.
  • TechCrunch reports Credit Karma enrolls 100,000 users for its credit monitoring service in one day.
  • Business Insider recommends using BillGuard to prevent credit and debit card fraud.
  • BetaBeat looks at what LearnVest is doing with its $19 million round of funding.
  • ReadyForZero introduces its New Year’s challenge.
  • TechCrunch reports John Donahue, Ebay CEO will serve as PayPal’s interim president since PayPal President Scott Thompson left for Yahoo.
  • ProfitStars reaches milestone of providing image & data conversions for 1,000 FIs over the past 5 years.
  • Check Point Software Technologies works with Amazon Web Services secure the 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.

Linkable Networks Partners with Mphoria, Becomes Mobile in First App

LinkableNetworksLogo.jpgToday, card-linked offer innovator Linkable Networks (formerly CLOVR Media) announced a partnership with mphoria, a mobile and social merchandising platform:

“This agreement will transform retail deals available on the mobile web and via mobile apps into linkable offers.”
The startup also announced that CardStar will be the first mobile app to feature its card-linked offer technology:

“Both partnerships mark the launch of the Linkables mobile API and the first mobile deployment for the card linked offer industry. Now any type of restaurant, service provider, retailer or brand may capitalize on card linked offers in a mobile environment.”

The two developments bring Linkable Networks into the mobile environment and allow retailers and service providers to benefit from mobile card-linked offers.

To learn more about Linkable Networks, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– December 21, 2011

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  • Fox News discusses how Prosper & Lending Club help small businesses.
  • BizReport examines card-linked offers from Linkable Networks (formerly CLOVR Media).
  • ReadWriteWeb’s Richard MacManus lists Xero as #8 in his 2011 list of top 10 web products.
  • Inc Magazine lists Expensify as 1 of 8 startups to watch in 2012.
  • Ping Identity makes the top 10 list of most exciting IT security vendors. Come see Ping Identity’s live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • HelloWallet gives away 20,000 free subscriptions in 2011 to families in need.
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.