Manilla Adds More Than 54,000 Small Businesses to Network

Thumbnail image for ManillaLogo.jpg

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.
  • Tuition.io 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

xero logo

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.

Thumbnail image for ManillaLogo.jpg

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.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Expensify.jpg

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

Thumbnail image for ManillaLogo.jpg

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).

ManillaCustomAcct1.jpg

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

ManCreateCustomAcct.jpg

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.

ManageCustomAcct1.jpg

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.

Finovate Alumni News– October 30, 2012

  • Cortera to open new office in Boston.
  • American Banker reports Mitek Plans Driver’s License Authentication, Mobile Pay Software.
  • The Next Web reports Braintree and LightSpeed team up to launch new payment plan for merchants.
  • Finovate takes an in-depth look at Manilla’s account management platform.
  • Emida partners with Global Business Services and The Mint Corporation.
  • The Currency Cloud raises $1.9 Million.
  • The WSJ takes LearnVest for a test drive.
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.

What We Learned About Manilla’s Account Management Platform

ManillaLogo.jpg

Earlier this month, I opened a free account with online account management and organization service, Manilla. After spending some time in the platform, I was impressed with the capabilities of the clean UI and its easy functionality. The company offers both a desktop and a mobile version.

Company overview

    • Headquartered in New York, NY and San Francisco, CA
    • Founded March 2010
    • Over 50 employees

Awards & recognitions

    • Named one of Time’s Top 10 NYC Startups to Watch in 2011
    • Won the DEMO God Award at the DEMO conference in Spring 2011
    • Won the Webby and the People’s Voice Award in the 16th Annual Webby Awards in 2012
How it works
1. Sign up with:
    1. Name
    2. Zip code
    3. Email address and password
    4. Two security questions
SignUpIMG.jpg

2. Add accounts such as utility bills, bank accounts, travel and rewards memberships, and even magazine subscriptions.

Select a pre-listed provider (Manilla integrates with over 3500), then enter your username and password. More secure accounts, like online banking, require additional security questions and verification information.

I uploaded 5 accounts, ranging from Alaska Air mileage plan to my Verizon account. The average number of accounts a typical user maintains is between 7 and 10; some have up to 20.

ManAccountsIMG.jpg

BillsIMG.jpg

Thumbnail image for ManillaReminder.jpg

3. Use it to manage bills and payments:

    • Select how and when to be reminded (pictured right) of an upcoming bill due date
    • Store PDF versions of bills forever
    • Login directly to biller websites through your single Manilla password
With the accounts dashboard (pictured below), users can see an overview of all their uploaded accounts, including bill payment reminders and items that need attention.

ManillaDashboard.jpg

In the documents tab (pictured below), users see an overview of all documents, such as a bill, associated with their accounts.

DocumentsDash.jpg

Mobile app

The mobile experience parallells the full web experience. Just like the web experience, it has dashboards for reminders, documents, and accounts. It allows you to view your bills on-the-go, email them, and go directly to the biller’s site to pay the bill.

In addition, you can set up push notifications on your phone to be reminded of upcoming bill payments.

ManillaMobile.jpg

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

Finovate Alumni News– October 22, 2012

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpg

  • Equifax announces Spectrum Verification Services Platform, which helps verification through underwriting, QA & closing.
  • Credit Sesame blog features Manilla as a way to digitize finances.
  • Dynamics to nationally launch ePlate credit card device tomorrow via live webcast with 30+ payment apps.
  • Investment News reports Stockr offers social-media site for those passionate about stocks.
  • HelloWallet updates web app with bulk edit transactions, auto categorization, & re-organizing action steps.
  • VentureBeat explains how Kapitall gamifies stock trading.
  • Tenants Can Now Pay Rent Using Cash with PayNearMe’s Cash-Payment Solution.
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– October 12, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgIDentity Theft 911 to offer Humana members ID management & credit monitoring services.
  • ThreatMetrix honored as bronze winner in the 4th annual 2012 Golden Bridge Awards.
  • Euromoney looks at SoMoLend as a funding alternative.
  • ReadyForZero answers questions about debt on Lifehacker.
  • Geezeo opens API to third party developers.
  • Monitise CFO John Brougham retires.
  • Finsphere issued 4th patent.
  • TIO transforms bill pay options for growing Hispanic marketplace through partnership with Progreso Financiero.
  • Arroweye Solutions’ digital tech powers growth at GiftCard.com.
  • Allied Wallet partners with Swedish e-commerce payment services provider Klarna.
  • Janrain and Bazaarvoice team to enhance social shopping experience via social login.
  • Pageonce and Blackstone Tech Group partner to bring utility companies a mobile payment option for customers.
  • Idaho Central CU launches RDC powered by MShift.
  • MyBankTracker reports Fifth Third Bank Statements Now Available on Manilla.
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.