Alumni Updates from BAI Retail Delivery 2012


Last week, I attended BAI Retail Delivery in Washington D.C. where over 200 exhibitors lined the trade show floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

There were 31 Finovate alums on the expo floor, and even more in attendance. My schedule was packed, but I was able to catch up with a handful of Finovate alums.

Here’s what I learned.

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The card-linked offers company is in the middle of a successful mobile deployment effort with BofA, PNC, Regions, and a few other unnamed FIs. After launching their respective rewards programs on mobile, the FIs have seen an increase in user engagement and an increase in the number of online banking visits per user.

It is also working on International expansion. So far the top 3 European card issuers have signed.


BofA’s BankAmeriDeals on tablet interface


BofA’s BankAmeriDeals on iPhone mobile app

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The consumer credit reporting agency recently launched its Insight Score for Retail Banking, a solution that will help FIs generate a risk score for underbanked individuals with no credit data or history. It does this by using non-FI-related payment data from companies like Telco and other TV and cable providers.


The fintech provider showed me its SpotPay payment dongle and back-end solution. It appears to be Fiserv’s response to Square that it will co-brand with FIs. Fiserv is able to on-board FIs with SpotPay in a couple of days, so it is a quick way for FIs to get into the payments game. 
While there is an $8.95 per month fee, it is competitively priced, charging only a 1.99% fee on a swipe, and a 3.19% fee on card-not-present transactions.


Fiserv’s SpotPay dongle being used on an iPhone

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Because volume and sophistication of fraud has grown, Guardian Analytics started bank-sourcing (think crowdsourcing) fraud by bringing multiple institutions together to collaborate on the types of fraud they’re seeing so the whole industry will be better at fighting it. Tiffany Riley, Guardian Analytics’ VP of marketing tells me they’ve received positive feedback so far.


Mobile banking solutions company, mFoundry launched its Fin.X platform. This platform can be thought of as a type of app store for FIs to select which products/services they want to include in their mobile app. 
At BAI, mFoundry announced partnerships with Blackhawk Network, Dwolla, and Micronotes 
to white-label their solutions within the Fin.X platform.
An example of what the Fin.X app platform could look like on a tablet


The PFM won CUNA Tech Council’s Best of Show Award at BAI. This counts as its 5th Best of Show award.
MoneyDesktop team with BAI President & CEO, Deborah Bianucci

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After the mobile money solutions company acquired Clairmail 3 months ago, Monitise now has 17 million active users. It is in trials of an NFC solution with a few banks. The solution uses a sticker as opposed to a chip inside of the actual device.

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The electronic banking solutions provider launched Q2clarity, a tablet-optimized dashboard that provides customizable analytics and visibility to how customers are using an FI’s mobile and online platform. Providing these metrics to a branch manager, gives them the ability to make more informed decisions about which products and services to offer.
These eight companies are just a fraction of what I saw at BAI this year. For more information on who attended the trade show, visit here.

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Finovate Alumni News– October 2, 2012

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  • InComm celebrates 21 years in the payments industry.
  • Backbase introduces My Backbase, a platform supporting integrators, partners, professionals, prospects and customers.
  • ID Analytics and iovation partner to fight online fraud.
  • Yodlee strengthens management team with three key executives.
  • The Financial Brand features SaveUp’s saving gamification model.
  • Monitise announces partnership with eMerit Solutions.
  • Fenergo enhances FATCA Compliance Solution with auto-classification.
  • Cortera appoints Gary Brooks as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine features the success of a business recieving financing through Lighter Capital.
  • Geezeo signs Riverside Community CU.
  • TechCrunch reports: Braintree eases signup process for developers
  • Money Marketing takes an in-depth look at FinovateFall demos.
  • MyBankTracker reports MoneyDesktop launches Sleek Mobile Apps.
  • New Dutch bank uses Figlo Platform to offer online financial overview.
  • Citi using Statement Rewards from Truaxis to bring card linked offers to cardholders.
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 Online Banking Report Published: The Best of FinovateFall 2012

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We wrapped up FinovateFall in New York City about a week ago. Over the course of two days, 64 companies give seven-minute demos to an audience of around 1,100. We’ve summarized the information and presented in our latest Finovate Report, Fall Edition.


The Best New Products at FinovateFall 2012

This post-show wrap-up is designed to help those that weren’t there get a better understanding of the major themes. And for those that were in attendance, it’s a box score to compare with your own notes and impressions.

In the report, we looked at the three big trends that emerged at FinovateFall:

    • Small businesses get the same financial tools as bigger businesses
    • Security moves past the PIN 
    • Beyond plastic, the mobile wallet is here

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And we profiled each of the seven companies voted Best of Show by the attendees at the event (note 1):


About the report

The Best New Products at FinovateFall (link)
Includes a look at all eight Best of Show winners

Author: Julie Schicktanz, Finovate Group Research Analyst
Editor: Jim Bruene, Finovate Group Founder

Published: 28 September 2012

Length: 59 pages, 12,000 words

Cost: No extra charge to OBR subscribers, US$195 for others

The printed version will be mailed to subscribers next week


1. See Best of Show methodology here.

FinovateFall 2012 in the Press

Here’s a look at the press coverage from FinovateFall 2012 held September 12 and 13 in New York:

ABA Banking Journal
Bank Technologists Meet American Idol
by John Ginovsky

Stock Picking Goes Social as Stockr, aSpark Debut
by Joyce Hanson
American Banker
Apple Effect Evident at Innovator Gathering
by Mary Wisniewski
Dynamics Adds Another Option for Its High-Tech Cards
by Daniel Wolfe
Payfone Aims to Make Mobile Payments Pain-Free
by John Adams
PreCash to Debut Mobile Wallet for the Underbanked
by Daniel Wolfe
Reporter’s Notebook: Day 1 FinovateFall Favorites
by Mary Wisniewski

The Top 10 Tweets of Finovate

Andera blog
Finovate Takeaway: User Experience in Retail Transactions
by Andrea Hunter

Bank Innovation
Finovate Fall 2012: Demo Performance Scores and Reviews
by JJ Hornblass

Wade Arnold, CEO of Banno, Presents Grip
by Phillip Ryan

Bank Systems & Technology
5 Hot Bank Technologies From FinovateFall 2012
by Bryan Yurcan
Banno Releases Updated Grip Product
by Bryan Yurcan
MasterCard Forms New Rewards Program Partnership with Linkables Networks
by Jonathan Camhi
Mobile Commerce Company Payfone Debuts Checkout Solution
by Bryan Yurcan

Business Insider
Financial Planning Startup LearnVest Already Has Millionaire Clients
by Alyson Shontell

The Business Review 
To save or buy is ImpulseSave’s question

FinovateFall 2012 Recap
by Jacob Jegher

Consumer Reports 
Finovate Fall 2012: A solution to the mortgage crisis?
by Tobie Stanger
Finovate Fall 2012: Help with students’ loans and seniors’ bills
by Tobie Stanger

Finovate Fall 2012: Making, managing and keeping money
by Tobie Stanger

Finovate Fall 2012: Now maybe you’ll switch banks
by Tobie Stanger

Contactless News
Dynamics unveils Triple Interface, battery-powered payment card

Credit Sesame Blog
Check Out the Newest Way to Measure Your Credit and Loan Health!
by Erin Renzas
Finovate Dispenses Inspiring Ideas (Part 1)
by Aaron Pugh

Finovate Dispenses Inspiring Ideas (Part 2)
by Aaron Pugh
The Currency Cloud blog
Finovate NY – Video & Photo Diary
by Nasir Zubairi 

CU Soapbox
GUEST POST: Innovation Unveiled In The Big Apple
Alix Patterson

Daily Finance
A Digital Wallet for the Unbanked: Mobile Finance Goes Downmarket
by Ross Kenneth Urken

The Digital Mailer Blog
FinovateFall 2012: A Recap

Discerning Technologist
Best of Show Locked Up? @MoneyDesktop Demo At #Finovate
by Bradley Leimer
Dough Roller blog
The Best Way to Track Your Investments Online (and it’s Free!)
by Rob Berger

Dwolla Blog

Dwolla at FinovateFall
by Caitlin
Financial Planning 
LearnVest Becomes an RIA, Plans to Hire Advisors
by Elizabeth Wine
EToro launches social trading index
PreCash introduces mobile wallet for underbanked
Fintech Marketing blog
William Mills III, CEO William Mills Agency Live Blog from Finovate Fall NYC 2012-DAY ONE
by William Mills III
William Mills III, CEO William Mills Agency Live Blog from Finovate Fall NYC 2012-DAY TWO
by William Mills III
by Walt Cox
Forbes blog
4 Great New Tools to Manage Your Money
by Richard Eisenberg
Gonzobanker Can Make FinTech Amusing
by Tom Groenfeldt
LearnVest Reinvests In Its Mission: Financial Planning For The 99%
by Meghan Casserly
If You Want to Really Raise Capital, Try This Company and Not KickStarter
by Mark Fidelman
The Problem with Finovate
by Helaine Olen
Forget Mint, LearnVest’s new platform takes aim at financial planning industry
by Ki Mae Heussner
Locaid bolsters location service with IP address data
by Ryan Kim
Gonzo Banker
Vendor Dirt: 2012 Finovate Fall
by Scott Hodgins
Huffington Post Money Blog
Online Financial Planning: The Chilling Thing I Found Out About My 70th Birthday
by Catherine New
JP Nicols Blog
Finovate Fall 2012 Best of Show Winners
by JP Nicols
Keeping Nickels
My Tweets from #Finovate
by Nichelle Stephens
Moment NYC blog
Finovate Fall 2012: Less tech, more desire.
by Alexa Curtis
Dashlane: Finally Something that Might Actually Make Online Shopping Easier
Dynamics Introduces Card Capable of Swipe, EMV, Contactless Payments
Finovate Wrap-Up: What Can FinTech Do for You? Really?
by Willy Staley
Ideon Choice Unveils Platform for Customer-Created Savings Products
ImpulseSave: Another App to Help You Save
LearnVest Gets SEC Certified, Announces Mobile App, Upgrades
by Willy Staley
Linkable Networks, MasterCard Expand Card-Linked Offers
by Simon Zhen
Locaid: Enter the Digital Panopticon!
MoneyDesktop Connects PFMs Across Multiple Devices
mShift’s AnyWhereMobile Wallet Actually Adds Value
by Willy Staley
New Technologies Are Coming for Unbanked, Underbanked
by Simon Zhen
PayTap Debuts Shared Bill Payment Portal
PreCash Announces FlipMoney at Finovate: Mobile Money for the Underbanked
by Willy Staley
SwitchAgent: Bank-Switching Made Easy
by Simon Zhen — It’s a Pun, Get It?
The New York Times Blog
LearnVest Dips Its Toes Into Investment Advice
by Ann Carrns
Next Avenue
4 Great New Tools to Manage Your Money
by Richard Eisenberg
FINOVATE: Mobile and Social FinTech Innovations Dominate
by Lauren Keyson

The Consumerization of Life’s Ickiest Chores Continues: LearnVest Injects Its Financial Planning Tools With Steroids
by Erin Griffith
Payfone launches a mobile commerce checkout solution
MasterCard Keeps Investing in Rewards, This Time With Linkable Networks
FinovateFall 2012 – Best of Show Winners
Payfone To Launch Mobile Commerce Checkout Solution
PayTap Launches Social Bill Pay Service
PreCash Introduces FlipMoney Mobile Wallet for Underbanked Consumers
The Paypers
Banno adds new features to Grip financial aggregation app
Payfone makes 1 Touch Checkout available, partners CardinalCommerce
PC World
New web apps tackle business finance problems
by Yardena Arar
Banno Unveils New Features for Grip, Strengthens the Mobile Banking Standard with Pre-Transaction Insights
Silicon Prairie News
Banno unveils upgraded interface, new analysis tools for Grip
by Michael Stacy
Snarketing 2.0
by Ron Shevlin

Advice For Finovate Presenters
by Ron Shevlin
Credit Sesame Adds Social Comparison Tools, Lets You See How Your Debt Compares With People Like You
by Sarah Perez
Dashlane’s Password Management Service Now Alerts Users When Their Accounts May Be Hacked
by Sarah Perez
It’s Not Just For Women Anymore: LearnVest Brings Financial – And Now Investment – Planning To Everyone
by Sarah Perez
Money Management Service Personal Capital Wants To Manage Your 401K
by Leena Rao
Payfone launches m-commerce checkout service
Tier One blog
Finovate: Day One in Review
by Kathy Wilson
FinovateFall Part Two! All about Savings, Security and Slick New PFM Tools
by Sue Parente
The Next Web
eToro launches Social Trading Index for learning from other traders and sharing top techniques
by Jamillah Knowles
LearnVest launches redesigned tools, new financial plans and teases its upcoming iPhone app
by Harrison Weber
Thomson Reuters 
EPAM Systems and Thomson Reuters announced a partnership to develop and host an App Store solution
Upstart Business Journal
Financial planning, iPad app among best at Finovate
by Kent Bernhard, Jr
Get a 401(k), win an iPhone5
by Kent Bernhard, Jr 
LearnVest targets masses for professional financial advice
by Teresa Novellino 
No need to wait for crowdfunding
by Kent Bernhard, Jr
Personal Capital aims to disrupt 401(k)
by Kent Bernhard, Jr
Sci-fi meets finance at Finovate
by Kent Bernhard, Jr
Financial planning for all: LearnVest gets its biggest update yet
by Devindra Hardawar

Locaid launches Internet and mobile location-tracking service
by Dean Takahashi
Be sure to check back because we’ll add more coverage as it is published throughout the week.

FinovateFall 2012 Best of Show Winners

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Our fifth annual FinovateFall in NYC concluded an hour ago. After seeing 64 demos over two packed days, the audience voted for their three favorites each day. The top eight overall were named Best of Show (see notes).

The winners (in alphabetic order):

  • Credit Sesame for its Financial Fitness Indicator that gives users a comprehensive view of their financial situation
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  • Dynamics for its Triple Interface card, allowing for tap, swipe, or EMV payments
  • eToro for its social trading index 
  • LearnVest for its certified financial planning capabilities and mobile app
  • MoneyDesktop for its PFM platform and bubble budgets 
  • PayTap for its social bill-payment platform
  • ShopKeep POS for its tablet-based POS

We’ll have videos of all 64 demos posted at as fast as possible (probably two to three weeks out).

Thanks to everyone who presented, attended, tweeted, networked, blogged, tolerated the Internet hiccups and helped push fintech forward. You are the best! 


Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.   
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites as the day went on and choose three favorites from just the demos of that day. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session each day. 
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.” 
4. The eight companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners.

MoneyDesktop Introduces Desktop Widgets

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Next, MoneyDesktop took the stage with its PFM desktop widgets:
“On average, industry percentages for online banking PFM user adoption and engagement perform far below what is possible. The problem: PFM has been implemented as a mere check-the-box add-on, thus diminishing its huge potential as the core experience for complete money management. With this mindset, PFM in general has struggled to gain meaningful adoption largely because it has remained separate from the complete online banking experience – usually buried deep in a drop-down tab of optional services. A dividing line exists that separates PFM from the rest of the online-banking experience.
MoneyDesktop is officially erasing this dividing line and introducing a seamless PFM solution for the online banking and mobile channels. This will allow financial institutions to:
        • Drive data aggregation with prominent visualizations that prompt users to add outside accounts – leading to even higher levels of loan volume through targeted cross-selling opportunities based on aggregated, user-specific account data.
        • Drastically enrich the online banking experience with eye-catching data visualization that can be framed throughout the online banking interface. 
        • Fuse online and mobile banking with data visualization that is precise and consistent from desktop to mobile devices – giving users timely and rich financial insight when and where it matters most.”
Product Launched: September 2012
HQ Location: Provo, UT
Company Founded: March 2010
Metrics: Triple-digit growth over the past 2 years, 25 Online Banking/Core/Payment Network Partners, 310+ FI Clients, 71 Employees
Twitter: @moneydesktop
Finovate demo (demo video will be posted next week)
Introducing Ryan Caldwell (CEO) and Jason Cragun (Product)

Finovate Alumni News– September 5, 2012

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  • Former E*TRADE General Counsel joins Lending Club as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
  • SecureKey teams up with Dell for private cloud expansion.
  • Safeway announces preparations for Blackhawk IPO. Come check out Blackhawk at FinovateFall.
  • Acculynk announces acquisition of PayLeap Gateway & Merchant Services.
  • Mootwin partners with Progress to build mobile apps.
  • Sacramento’s Fox40 interviews Priya Haji, SaveUp CEO.
  • South Metro FCU offers members mobile deposits through Cachet Financial Services. Come see Cachet at FinovateFall.
  • InComm announces minority investment by Warburg Pincus.
  • Tradeshift selected by UK-based strategic outsourcing & energy corp to implement e-invoicing 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– August 14, 2012

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  • American Banker reports: Guardian Analytics Offers Behavior-Based Fraud Prevention. Come to FinovateFall to check out its new technology.
  • miiCard joins Open Identity Exchange to help develop online trust standards.
  • Spa & wellness eGift cards by Spa Week available through CashStar’s B2B Partner Network.
  • Verallia North America chooses Taulia to provide dynamic discounting to supplier network.
  • Commercial Business Systems & RC Olmstead partner with MoneyDesktop. Come see MoneyDesktop’s live demo at FinovateFall.
  • SoMoLend launches small business competition.
  • Mashable features LearnVest. Check out their live demo at FinovateFall.
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– August 3, 2012

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  • National Standard Bank goes live with TranzWare from Compass Plus. Come to FinovateFall to see Compass Plus demo.
  • Directions Credit Union selects Andera oFlows for account opening and lending.
  • Monitise partners with U.K.-based Associated Newspapers.
  • ReadyForZero commends the Yodlee team and platform.
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.

MoneyDesktop Acquires MoneyReef


PFM MoneyDesktop announced this morning that it has acquired MoneyReef, a financial mobile app development company. This is MoneyDesktop’s second acquisition in 8 months.

As part of the acquisition, the MoneyReef design will be incorporated into MoneyDesktop’s PFM platform, which will enhance the mobile experience for the clients of its 300+ financial institutions. In addition, the MoneyReef team will be joining MoneyDesktop.

The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

MoneyDesktop also noted that the iPad app it demoed at FinovateSpring will be available in the next month or so.

To learn more about MoneyDesktop, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo and come to FinovateFall next month to check out their new demo.

Finovate Alumni News– July 31, 2012

  • SecureKey named eastern Canada’s winner of contest hosted by UK Trade & Investment. See its live demo at FinovateFall in September.
  • American Banker reports Park State Bank clients now have access to MoneyDesktop’s PFM.
  • Kasasa accounts have brought $55 million in interest to over 306k account holders at credit unions and community banks nationwide.
  • SecureKey wins one of three inaugural Secure Development Awards from Veracode.
  • Mashable reports StockTwits CEO ‘Disappointed’ With Twitter’s Cashtags.
  • Lending Club appoints former Visa & Morgan Stanley Executive, John MacIlwaine as new CTO.
  • Small Business Trends reports Xero makes changes to improve cloud-based accounting software.
  • Check Point Software launches new appliances for Sri Lanka.
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 29, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAustin Business Journal discloses Bazaarvoice reports $104M financing.
  • IBT, FI solutions provider announces the launch MoneyDesktop as its PFM solution.
  • Affinity Solutions Lands $14.5 Million in Funding from Chestnut Hill Ventures.
  • Finovate takes a closer look into the Strands Finance PFM.
  • The WSJ examines how SimpleTuition’s SmarterBank help students and alumni pay back student debt.
  • Balance Street becomes an Affiliate Member of the California Bankers Association, will begin a pilot program to bring its debt settlement tool to California banks.
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.