Mobino Inks Partnership with Paymit

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Mobino will soon be available to customers of the Swiss payment system, Paymit. The partnership was announced during an industry event this week by Mobino CEO Jean-François Groff and Thomas Landis, head of Paymit’s Exploration Team.

Interviewed by ICT Journal, Groff said that his company had been in discussion with Paymit for awhile, helping develop “a Swiss standard for mobile payment.” The goal of the partnership is to create joint interfaces that will support P2P payments for users of both Mobino and Paymit apps.

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From left: Mobino CTO Alvaro Fussen and CEO Jean-François Groff demonstrated Mobino Cash at FinovateEurope 2015.

Paymit launched its P2P payment service in Switzerland this spring, and by summer, it had been deployed by six banks. The technology enables anyone in Switzerland with a Swiss phone number to send and receive money via smartphone. Mobino Cash is a universal mobile payments technology that supports P2P money-transfers and e-commerce, and is easily integrated into POS systems for in-store use. Groff developed the technology in an effort to replicate the speed, directness, and anonymity of cash in a digital form. Talking about the technology in an interview with FutureBanking, Groff referred to the platform as “having an ATM in your pocket.” The agreement will enable Paymit users to access Mobino Cash via direct debit from their bank account.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Mobino demonstrated Mobino Cash at FinovateEurope 2015. The company reports 20,000 users and 150 merchants are using the technology.


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Finovate Alumni News

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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.

Mobino Introduces Mobino Cash, a Swiss Standard for Mobile Money

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Global payment service Mobino is up next with its mobile money solution, Mobino Cash.
The Mobino Cash platform delivers superior convenience for customers with a seamless integration of many payment scenarios:
  • Peer-to-peer money transfer
  • Payment for goods and services in shops
  • POS and cash register integration
  • Quicker and safer e-commerce payments
  • Fluid payment flow for mobile commerce
  • Cheap and efficient international remittances
  • Registration and KYC process for unbanked
  • Cash-in/out operations at agents and ATMs
  • New one-touch payment from your smart watch
We are looking for distribution partners, merchants, and investors, to expand our reach in Europe and worldwide.
White labeling and cobranding are available.
Presenters: CEO Jean-Francois Groff, and CTO Alvaro Fussen
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Product launch: February 2015
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C); Direct to Business (B2B) through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms; licensed
HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Metrics: Emerging market leader in Switzerland, expanding in Europe and Africa in 2015
Website: mobino.com
Twitter: @mobino

Alumni News– November 18, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCoinbase to introduce bitcoin tip button to enable micropayment acceptance online.
  • Venmo users can now log in using both bank ID and Touch ID.
  • TechWeek Europe takes a look at Arxan Technologies’ State of Mobile App Security report.
  • Malaysian Digest features Azimo in a discussion on the revolution in the money transfer industry.
  • Dough Roller interviews iQuantifi CEO and Co-Founder, Tom White.
  • Business News Daily quotes Igor Gonta, CEO of Market Prophit on the importance of having a social media strategy.
  • PostFinance AG’s Monexio selects Mobino platform to help develop its own digital payment solutions.
  • SK Planet wins first prize at KPRA Awards 2014 for its filter program, Flitter.
  • Hiscox launches new digital insurance platform powered by Backbase CXP.
  • PayPal challenges Apple Pay with an app for the Pebble smartwatch.
  • The European Commission approves Tradeshift data format for government purchasing.
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– February 26, 2014

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  • United Bank Limited picks VoiceTrust for voice biometrics.
  • InComm partners with Asia-based Money Online to launch POS-activated gift card mall solutions in Southeast Asia.
  • Rezzcard to integrate with InComm’s Cashtie to enable Rezzcard cardholders to pay their rent in cash at over 70,000 retail locations.
  • American Banker reports: Western Union to use NICE Customer Analytics. Come see its new tech at FinovateSpring.
  • Xero reaches 100,000 paying customers in Australia.
  • Check out an interview with BRIDGEi2i Director and Co-Founder, Ashish Sharma.
  • SecondMarket considering U.S.-based bitcoin exchange.
  • Live Gamer customers to get access to MasterCard’s MasterPass digital payment service.
  • authenticID enhances ID proofing technology to help combat cloned credit card fraud.
  • Green Dot wins top honors in four categories at 2014 Paybefore awards.
  • Global Banking & Finance Review takes a look at Kalixa Group’s American expansion.
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.

FinovateEurope: Behind the Scenes with CRIF, Mobino, and SaaS Markets

Here’s more “behind-the-scenes” coverage of some of the companies that presented at FinovateEurope 2014.

If you missed our previous installment from last week, click here to read “FinovateEurope: Behind the Scenes with AdviceGames, Nous.net, and Yseop.”


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What They Do:
CRIF specializes in leveraging big data to help small and medium sized banks make sound credit decisions.
In a conversation the day before the company’s Finovate demo, CRIF’s Marketing Director Sheila Donohue noted that what’s critical for banks is flexibility: “Banks are more and more requesting the ability to change and make changes,” she said. “They don’t want to be dependent on vendors, or have their hands tied.” 

CRIF Credit Framework serves this need by helping financial institutions use the platform to create end-to-end products such as custom apps for loan origination or tools for business analytics and intelligence. The company’s solutions have been deployed widely, from the Bank of Georgia in Central Europe to Interra Credit Union in north central Indiana.
Stats:
  • More than $106 million in equity
  • More than 2,400 financial institutions use CRIF technologies daily
  • More than 1,500 employees/associates worldwide
  • Total revenues in 2012 were 285 million euros
  • Founded in Italy, CRIF recently celebrated its 25th anniversary
Use Case:
The new release of CRIF Credit Framework will be especially helpful for banks looking to deploy a 21st century sales force equipped with productivity-enhancing mobile solutions. The company’s mobile app can be used in-branch, as well as at the point-of-sale when customers are considering a variety of financing options.
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CRIF is also unveiling a new version of its business-intelligence product, also optimized for mobile, which provides a dashboard that allows business executives better transparency and the ability to monitor KPIs.
This technology allows executives, rather than IT staff, to dig into the data behind their KPIs and make changes immediately. Changes are visible, graphical (not in programming language), and are tracked.
“You want to be fast,” Donohue said. “But if the regulators come by tomorrow, you want to be able to substantiate the changes you made.”

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What They Do:
Mobino’s project is straightforward, if not simple: to enable everybody with a phone in their pocket to make mobile payments as easily as paying with cash.
“We are both independent from the card networks and the telcos,” said Mobino CEO Jean-Francois Groff in a conversation the day before his company’s Finovate demo. “But we are working very closely with the banking industry. We want to enable bank account holders to circulate real money just as easy as they would circulate virtual money.”
How Mobino Works:
Smartphone and feature phone users alike are able to take advantage of Mobino. With a smartphone, the solution is a downloadable app (available for both iOS and Android). “Dumb” phone users can utilize a voice-based service that provides the same basic functionality.
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Users can load money to their Mobino accounts through a variety of methods, including bank account direct deposit, wire transfer, and by purchasing prepaid cards. The company’s independence from the card networks means that funding Mobino accounts via credit cards is not a part of the plan.
The service is free to use for consumers, both for making P2P payments as well as transacting with merchants. Merchants accepting Mobino pay a 1% commission, substantially less than card fees.
Use Cases: 
Groff sees use cases for Mobino everywhere: from online transactions to point-of-sale shopping at brick and mortar retailers, to peer-to-peer payments, merchant payments and more. 

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Here’s an example of how a merchant using Mobino might interact with a Mobino-paying customer:
Step One:
The process starts with the merchant entering the transaction amount in the Mobino app.
The merchant will then receive a one-time token number, and will be instructed to show the token number to the customer.

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Step Two:
The customer then enters the token number given by the merchant. 
The customer agrees to pay the amount, and enters his or her private passcode. 
The merchant and the customer receive notification confirming the payment by SMS.
Mobino allows the merchant to have funds transferred to the merchant bank account, and charges a 1% fee for the transaction.


During our discussion, Groff previewed yet another use case he would be sharing with Finovate audiences: “Each merchant who participates, who uses Mobino at their point-of-sale, can act as a cash machine. A sort of reverse ATM.” This is because Mobino operates on a prepaid basis. And in the same way Mobino allows consumers to exchange “e-money” for goods and services, Mobino also allows consumers with cash in pocket to exchange that cash for the merchant’s accumulated “e-money.”
Role for Banks:
Groff makes an interest
ing point about our relationship with our banks: 
“(Online banking) was marketed toward us as banking without waiting. But in the end we do all the work, and the bank is not available when we need them. They are there when we need credit or want to buy a house or set up investments. But when we just want to do the basic movements of money that are paired with daily life, the banks are really in the background.”
How do move banks to the foreground? Groff suggests that the success of PingIt, launched in the United Kingdom by Barclays, reveals that there is a “latent, unmet demand from the population for simpler services coming from the banking world.”
Looking forward, Mobino is optimistic about the growth of his company and in the technology that makes his service work. Distribution is a major focus, the hard work especially of getting “mom and pop” shops with older POS hardware to consider Mobino. 
And, as always there are regulatory issues. Here, however, Groff remains confident:  “The regulators, in general, are quite open,” Groff said. “When we show them the potential the innovation has to enhance what they call ‘financial inclusion’ – helping people who would never have access to finance to actually do something with money –  they really, really are open to experimenting.”


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SaaS Markets

What They Do:
Saas Markets helps financial institutions build app stores to help their small and medium business clients solve their business challenges.
This is no small accomplishment. In addition to capital, one of the things that can help make a difference in the success of SMEs is their access to resources, especially business solutions that will save them money, create more efficient processes, and help them compete more effectively in the marketplace.
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“We address three things,” Ferdi Roberts, SaaS Markets CEO said in a briefing in advance of his company’s Finovate appearance. “One, helping banks understand the challenges facing their business customers.Two, to help them provide solutions to those challenges. And, three, to give them a platform that helps them gain new customers and keep the customers they have longer, so there’s a stickiness to the product.”
To this end, SaaS Market’s MarketMaker cCloud platform provides a personalized, cloud-based marketplace containing more than 1,500 curated business apps from accounting to invoicing. Use of these SME apps is convenient for the business operator, who can take advantage of these app while never being more than one click away from their bank. It also increases stickiness and the potential for greater engagement for the financial institution that hosts the platform.
Benefits for Financial Institutions:
Making it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to get the accounting and invoicing technology they need is a worthwhile business in and of itself. But in conversation with  Roberts, and with Director of Marketing, Jay Manciocchi, it becomes clear that, in some ways, the app store is only the beginning.
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This path toward a personalized app store is optimized by a technology called MarketMentor. MarketMentor works like a search engine within the platform, associating highly specific business problems to no less specific responses and solutions.  “Even if you don’t know what you want,” Roberts said. “You know what your problem is – so let’s start with that. And Market Mentor helps crystalize that.” 
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The challenge for banks is that small and medium sized business customers tend to be the most numerous, the most profitable, and the most difficult to engage. Part of what SaaS Markets is trying to accomplish with its cCloud platform and Market Mentor technology is to boost engagement via personalized problem-solving. This helps banks become a more collaborative partner when it comes to helping SMEs solve their business problems.
The result is a win-win for banks, who benefit from greater engagement and less churn, as well as for their customers, who become better businesspeople with more resources at their disposal and a deeper understanding of their own business environment.

Stay tuned for next behind-the-scenes look at FinovateEurope 2014 later this week.

Mobino Presents Its Universal Mobile Payments Solution

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2014.

The team from Mobino is making its way to the stage now with their innovative approach to bringing mobile payments to the masses.

“The new Mobino app delivers superior convenience for customers with a seamless integration of many payment scenarios:
  • Peer-to-peer money transfer
  • Payment for goods and services in shops
  • POS and cash register integration
  • Quicker and safer e-commerce payments
  • Fluid payment flow for mobile commerce
  • Cheap and efficient international remittances
  • Registration and KYC process for unbanked
  • Cash-in/out operations at agents and ATMs
We are looking for distribution partners and investors to expand our reach in Europe and worldwide.”
Presenting Jean-Francois Groff (CEO) and Bea Beyer (Evangelist)
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Product Launch: November 2013
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed
HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Founded: March 2011
Website: mobino.com
Twitter: @mobino

Innovations at FinovateEurope 2014: Part 2

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A week ago we introduced you to half of the companies that will be demoing their technologies on stage for FinovateEurope 2014.

Today we’re providing the second half of our scheduled roster for February.

For more information, and to get your tickets, visit our Finovate Europe 2014 page here.

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Luxoft’s iStockTrack is an innovative iPad solution providing mobile banking services for private and premium banking clients.

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Matchi is an innovative matchmaking platform for banks and innovators to establish collaborative relationships that deliver increased ROI for innovators and banks alike.

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Meniga is Europe’s leading white-label PFM provider. The company helps banks improve their businesses through data-mining, cross-sales, and improved retention.

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Mobino enables mobile payments for 5 billion people, from any phone, no credit card required.

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The Moneyer is the future of online Personal Finance Management.

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Money on Toast delivers independent and whole of the market, FCA-regulated financial advice online via its algorithm-powered adviser.

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MyOrder provides a m-commerce mobile app that serves businesses in parking, catering, and entertainment.

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myWishBoard is the first crowdfunding platform for personal dreams and wishes.

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NF Innova’s Personal Experience Module, a part of iBanking product suite, enables banks to offer their customers a truly unique and tailored user experience.

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Nostrum Group has built a virtual collection product that automates and optimizes the delinquency management process.

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Nous.net’s Spark Feed is a real-time financial data service that helps you understand and predict the markets.

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payworks is the provider of a mobile POS, Software-as-a-Service platform that lets developers quickly build payment functionality into their shopper and merchant apps.

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PhotoPay’s technology allows users to extract data from any document, paper or electronic, enabling billpay on mobile devices.

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Pixeliris’s CopSonic is the first universal contactless mobile payment system powered by our unique technology based on sonic communication.

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Plutus Software’s KreditAja credit scoring system is designed to better serve the unbanked and underbanked in Asia.

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SaaS Markets is an enterprise cloud marketplace company whose MarketMaker platform helps FIs deploy their own branded, cloud-based business app store.

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SmartEngine stands for personalization and target marketing. As pioneers in the field of customer loyalty, Smart Engine is a driver of innovation and a leader in personalized target marketing.

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SoftWear Finance’s HACU PLATFORM enables banks to provide customers with the best possible user experience on any platform or device.

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SQLI’s Augmented Banking is a new take at Online Banking. It is aimed at positioning a bank at the very center of people’s digital lives.

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Temenos’s Treasury Management Dashboard tablet app has been developed for Microsoft Windows 8 and enables the transformation of treasury operations.

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Tink is a free personal finance service that allows you to follow your money, where ever you are.

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Tootpay’s solution is a mobile financial solution for payments, banking, telecommunications, and remittance industries.

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Top Image Systems has leveraged its deep recognition and imaging expertise to develop a powerful suite of image processing applications for mobile devices.

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Topicus Finan is a software vendor specializing in enterprise-level financial analysis. Its solution enables banks to provide self-service business lending processes for SMEs.

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Toshl Finance is a personal finance manager made fun. Find out where your money is going, keep on top of bills and spending, and set up budgets.

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Truphone, the innovative mobile operator, introduces the only global network-based recording solution for the Financial Industry.

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Trustev provides a new approach to fraud prevention through a real-time, online identity verification platform, which ensures that merchants know exactly who they are selling to.

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Yseop Sales Force Productivity Suite and its email writing application (YseMail) support financial advisors through the entire sales cycle.

Mobino Debuts the International Version of its Universal Mobile Payments Solution

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateAsia 2013.

Making their way to the stage in our first presentation after the noon lunch break is Mobino. The company is debuting its universal mobile payments solution.

“We are introducing the international version of the Mobino application, available in 5 languages and 50 currencies.
  • Various scenarios will be outlined:
  • Peer-to-peer money transfer
  • Payment for goods and services in shops
  • POS and cash register integration
  • Quicker and safer e-commerce payments
  • Fluid payment flow for mobile commerce
  • Cheap and efficient international remittances
  • Registration and KYC process for unbanked
  • Cash-in and cash-out operations at agents
We are looking for distribution partners and investors in the Asia Pacific region in order to prepare service launch.”
Presenting J.F. Groff (CEO) and Sabrina Bailly (Evangelist)

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Product Launch: November 2013
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, and licensed.
HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Founded: March 2011
Website: mobino.com
Twitter: @mobino

FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Companies Bring Global Innovation to Singapore

FinovateAsia is typically our most globally diverse show, and this year is no different. Two weeks from now, we will showcase 37 demos from companies spanning the globe that are innovating in everything from remittance to small business tools to back office solutions and much more. 

Given that diversity, we thought it would be fun put together a map showing the geographic spread of the demoing companies that will take the stage (click the map to enlarge).

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Here’s the breakdown of the number of companies from each region:

  • Asia: 12
  • Europe: 11
  • North America: 9
  • Africa: 1
  • Oceania: 2
  • Middle East: 2

To refresh your memory, the list of the companies that we’ve hand-picked to show off their new technology at the Max Atria @ Singapore Expo on November 14, include:

  • Advanced Merchant Payments
  • App Annie
  • Arkalogic
  • ArthaYantra
  • Backbase
  • BehavioSec
  • BlueKite
  • BRIDGEi2i
  • CustomerXPs Software
  • DragonWealth
  • GMC Software Technologies
  • i-exceed
  • IND Group
  • Intuition Intelligence
  • KlickEx
  • Kofax
  • LifePAD
  • Luminous
  • Mambu
  • Matchi
  • Mistral Mobile
  • Mobexo
  • Mobino
  • Pangea
  • Payoneer
  • Pixeliris
  • Red Zebra
  • SaaS Markets
  • Serverside
  • Smart Engine
  • TIBCO
  • Tootpay
  • TradeNet
  • TSYS
  • White Label Personal Clouds
  • Yodlee

To see live demos of the new technology, meet the entrepreneurs responsible, and network with others in the industry, get your ticket to FinovateAsia here. If you have questions about the show, check out who is attending or email asia@finovate.com.