Manilla 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
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 Cracked.com?
How about earning honors from the esteemed judges of the 2013 Webby Awards?
Manilla 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.
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.
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.
Learn more about our Webby Award-winning alumni at our demo pages.
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.
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, paperless2013.org where businesses can “take the pledge” to work toward using less paper – and sign up for the coalition’s monthly newsletter.
According to Reduce.org, 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.
To see Xero’s most recent Finovate demonstration, click here. Manilla’s last Finovate demo is here. Expensify can be seen in action here.
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.