Finovate Alumni News– July 30, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgOpenCoin is among the virtual currency innovators looking to form a self-regulatory body for the industry.
  • MasterPass from MasterCard launches in the United Kingdom.
  • Bank Innovation takes a look at FIS Global’s recent remarks on the company’s technology deal with Sainsbury.
  • Yahoo Finance looks at rewards earned using Dynamics ePlate credit card.
  • StreetFight features reasons to opt in for card-linked loyalty programs from Cartera Commerce, Cardlytics, edo Interactive and Swipely.
  • Netbanker features BillGuard, Manilla, and Credit Karma as value-added apps driving mobile adoption.
  • eToro adds price alerts to eToro Trader app.
  • Bright Ideas features Noreen Hafez, senior product marketing manager at Akamai.
  • Kasasa holds sweepstakes, films big-bank breakup video, featuring CEO Gabe Krajicek.
  • Betterment joins fellow Finovate alumni FutureAdvisor and LearnVest in this NYT column on bringing “financial planning to the masses.”
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– July 23, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYodlee launches suite of solutions to give self-directed investors a full picture of their wealth and investments in one place.
  • Forbes lists Narrative Science as 1 of 5 exciting tech companies you’ve probably never heard of.
  • Huffington Post features Personal Capital, Mint, and Manilla as tools to organize finances.
  • First Federal Bank and United Community Bank have selected Fiserv’s DNA account processing platform.
  • Commerce Bancshares extends use of Alogent Payments Gateway from ProfitStars.
  • Thomsen Reuters announces availability of Checkpoint Pocket Assistant for the iPhone, free app for tax professionals.
  • Check to provide mobile bill pay to Desert Water Agency customers.
  • NYSE CIO Peter Leukert to lead FIS’s strategy and thought leadership team.
  • Technologies from Kalixa, DeviceFidelity, and MasterCard combine to bring moneto mobile wallet to the U.K.
  • VerifyValid partners with Deluxe to offer secure check payment solution to small businesses. See VerifyValid demo at FinovateFall in New York.
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.

Manilla User Base Surpasses Half Million Mark

Thumbnail image for ManillaLogo.jpgManilla announced today that it has topped the 500,000 mark in terms of activated users. This figure represents a doubling of the bill management company’s user base in the last six months.

“Activated users” includes only those users who have actually signed up to Manilla and linked at least one account.

A few additional metrics:
  • Manilla is on track to reach more than one million activated users by the end of the year.
  • Manilla users have linked more than three million accounts, bringing more than 3,500 businesses into the network.
  • The average user links six provider accounts each on Manilla.
Manilla is a free account organization service that helps consumers manage their bills both online and via mobile app. In addition to hinting at new mobile and Web features to come, Manilla CEO Jim Schinella said that Manilla’s milestone “proves that there is a real growing consumer demand for a new breed of account management tools.”


The company was in the headlines this spring after announcing its customers had added more than 54,000 local small business accounts to the network courtesy of a new Custom Accounts feature. The feature was launched in December 2012, and is available on Android and iOS.
Developed within and supported by Hearst Corporation, Manilla presented its technology as part of the FinovateFall 2012 show in New York. See the company’s demo here.

Finovate Alumni News– July 10, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgAuthentify launches security app for mobile devices, replacing passwords with digital images and spoken pass phrases.
  • Google Wallet’s “Buy with Google” promotion provides discounts via Android apps ranging from Airbnb to Uber.
  • IBS Intelligence ranks SAGE SA’s Prospero 2nd in 2013 Sales League Table.
  • Manilla’s activated user base surpasses half million mark.
  • CashStar announces new clients for its digital gifting program.
  • Moven’s beta program expands to add additional testers as company anticipates mobile signup by year’s end.
  • Bank Innovation reviews GoBank’s progress toward customer engagement and mobile centricity.
  • American Banker reports: Mitek Receives Patent for Mobile Card Balance Transfers.
  • SecondMarket launches General Solicitation solution in response to the SEC lifting of the ban on general solicitation by the JOBS Act.
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– June 24, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network named one of the top financial services companies of the year at the 11th Annual American Business Awards.
  • American Banker looks to Zigrhra, GoodApril, Realty Mogul, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab for innovation.
  • Lead411 names Cartera Commerce to Hottest Companies in Boston list.
  • TIBCO and Western Union partner to leverage Big Data to anticipate consumer trends and customize customer engagement.
  • interviews Andera and Intuit on the branch of the future.
  • Tagit to expand in the Philippines by offering mobile-banking application software to banks.
  • Manilla adds email integration feature to personal finance platform.
  • Acculynk announces RuPay debit cardholders in India can make online purchases using the card.
  • Keynote DeviceAnywhere to be acquired by private equity investment firm, Thoma Bravo in a $395 million, all-cash, deal.
  • Adotas column on mobile commerce for SMBs takes a look at Zooz.
  • NordFX and Currensee launch partnership as former joins Trade Leaders Investment Program.
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.

Webby Awards Honor Finovate Alums Among Web’s Best


So what do fintech innovators, and Finovate alumni, like Mint, Manilla, and Dashlane have in common with the likes of the Chrome Web Lab, Tom Hanks’ Electric City, and

How about earning honors from the esteemed judges of the 2013 Webby Awards?

Thumbnail image for ManillaLogo.jpgManilla made the most of its showing at the 17th Annual Webby Awards, picking up honors in three categories (Utilities & Services, Web Services & Applications, and Financial Services/Banking). But the biggest winner among the Finovate-affiliated nominees was Mint. Mint won the Webby People’s Voice award in the Financial Services/Banking category, along with earning an honor in the Best User Experience category.


Also representing well at the Webby Awards was Dashlane, coming in for Web Services & Applications honors, and a trio of Finovate alumnus that impressed judges in the Financial Services/Banking category: LearnVest, UBank’s PeopleLikeU, and Kapitall.

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The Webby Awards have been given out every year since 1996 by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). The Academy includes among its members such luminaries as David Bowie, Vint Cerf, and Arianna Huffington. 

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The Webbys provide two major awards per category: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. The latter award is determined by an online vote.

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Learn more about our Webby Award-winning alumni at our demo pages.
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DashlaneFinovateFall 2012
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KapitallFinovateFall 2010

Manilla Adds More Than 54,000 Small Businesses to Network

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Since launching their Custom Accounts feature in December 2012, bill-management service Manilla has seen users add more than 54,000 local small business accounts to their network.

The expanded network means that Manilla customers are accessing a growing number of small and local businesses, thereby extending the service beyond the company’s current biller library of more than 3,500 national and regional businesses.

Manilla’s Custom Accounts feature allows users to add and manage future payments, from babysitter and lawn-care services to paying the rent. The feature also allows users to set up reminders for other upcoming obligations, such as tax filing or contributing to charity.

Android app users can use the Custom Account features immediately. Forthcoming updates from Manilla will enable iOS app customers to take advantage of the Custom Account functionality as well.

Manilla’s announcement comes in the wake of a recent survey of the company’s users. More than 65% said that they find it easier to access their financial service provider’s website through Manilla. More on Manilla’s survey is available here.

Manilla was last on the Finovate stage in September 2012 for FinovateFall. Watch their product demo here.

Finovate Alumni News– March 13, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgrplan has launched an online course providing education on the fundamentals of investing.
  • scores a 9 out of 10 in AppStorm’s review.
  • Virtual Piggy receives Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Best Practices Award.
  • IDT & Fiserv partner to expand availability of International calling services and walk-in bill payments.
  • ABC News reviews student banking service Waspit.
  • PaySimple launches redesigned mobile app and credit card reader.
  • Ping Identity names Michael J. Sullivan CFO.
  • TradeKing wins seventh consecutive, four-star rating in Barron’s Online Broker Survey.
  • Cloud Squads reflects on the Bazaarvoice Summit 2013.
  • TechCrunch reports PayPal acquires mobile app development Studio Duff Research to work on its mobile and digital wallet.
  • Aptys Solutions chosen by Texas-based Mainstay Group as payment exchange provider.
  • Manilla adds more than 54,000 small businesses to its network.
  • Identity Theft 911 talks with Reuters about identity protection during tax time.
  • TSYS scheduled to present at Barclays Emerging Payments forum in Boston.
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 8, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Financial Brand investigates how Mitek’s bill payment service can aid customer account switching.
  • ShopKeep POS partners with Griffin Technology to launch iPad POS system with a built-in magnetic card reader.
  • Fiserv selects Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager solution to enhance EMV card processing systems.
  • LearnVest app reaches 100,000 downloads.
  • SEO-Cart integrates PayLeap from Acculynk Direct, a division of Acculynk.
  • Profile of Banno CEO in American Banker highlights recent partnership with ProfitStars.
  • Phillip Capital signs Heckyl Technologies to integrate News and Sentiment analytic platform.
  • CreditKarma, PayPal, Experian, Pageonce, and Manilla earn spots on Netbanker’s top 50 iPhone and iPad finance apps.
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.

New “Paperless Coalition” Includes 3 Finovate Alums

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With a battle cry of “save time, money and trees” the Paperless Coalition has launched its campaign to promote a paper-free workplace.

Among the members of the Paperless Coalition are three Finovate Alumni: Xero, Manilla and Expensify. The Coalition is led by HelloFax, and has set-up a website, where businesses can “take the pledge” to work toward using less paper – and sign up for the coalition’s monthly newsletter.

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According to, the average office worker consumes more than 10,000 sheets of paper every day. More than three million tons of office paper are used in the United States alone every year.

Also participating in the Coalition is Google via Google Drive.

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To see Xero’s most recent Finovate demonstration, click here. Manilla’s last Finovate demo is here.  Expensify can be seen in action here.

Manilla Introduces Custom Accounts

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Last week online organization platform, Manilla, notified me that I can now create custom accounts for services that do not support online payment systems such as rent, babysitters, gym memberships and dog walkers (see email below).


To get started, log into the Manilla accounts dashboard and select create a custom account.


After selecting the account type and assigning it a name, enter due date, amount due, and frequency. Just like with Manilla’s traditional accounts, users may also create email and SMS reminders.


Once saved, the new account appears alongside the others.

New York-based Manilla stated users have requested this for quite some time now, so it is rolling out the feature in time to help consumers organize for the new year.

To learn more about Manilla, watch its FinovateFall 2012 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– December 13, 2012

  • Manilla update means one app is all you need to manage expenses from bills to subscriptions.
  • Just in time for the holidays TradeHero is now available at the Apple app store.
  • Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers to join Lending Club board of directors.
  • CorFire announces strategic integration with PayPal.
  • Speaking of PayPal, you can now fund your account with cash using PayPal’s new “PayPal My Cash Card.”
  • Credit Sesame launches free credit-monitoring service.
  • Wipro announces the launch of SmartOffers, in partnership with Intuition Intelligence.
  • On Deck Capital adds American Express veteran to head marketing efforts.
  • InComm launches the Paypal My Cash Card.

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.