Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finovate Alums Populate RegTech Top 100 Power List.

Around the web

  • Moven announces five-year extension of partnership with TD Bank.
  • PyraMax Bank selects DNA account processing platform from Fiserv. Visit our FinDEVr video archives soon to see Fiserv’s presentation this month from FinDEVr 2017 New York.
  • BBVA and SecureKey among the latest companies to join Hyperledger.
  • E-commerce services from Vantiv achieve Oracle Validate Integration. Video of Vantiv’s FinDEVr 2017 New York presentation will be available soon.
  • Netverify from Jumio to validate customer drivers licenses for mobility app, Free2Move. See Jumio at FinovateSpring 2017 next month.
  • Forrester recognizes FinDEVr newcomer Outsystems as a leader in low-code development platforms. Check back soon for video of Outsystems’ FinDEVr presentation from last week.
  • Trulioo expands coverage to Republic of Korea.
  • DAVO Technologies reaches 1,000-customer milestone for its sales tax platform.
  • Blackhawk Network rebrands incentives division as Hawk Incentives.

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.

Forecasting Fintech for 2017

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It takes more than just one crystal ball to discern which trends will drive fintech innovation in 2017. To this end, here’s a roundup of predictions and prognostications on what the new year will bring in everything from artificial intelligence and the blockchain to payments and banking for the underbanked.

  • Banking ‘Disappears’ and Other Fintech Predictions for ’17 – American Banker
    • Hot Take: “Whether it’s through IoT devices, fintech platforms, virtual assistants or chatbots, people will likely spend more time connecting to their money through such channels and less time directly interacting with their banks.”
  • 3 Key Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Banking.com
    • Hot Take: “As much as 80 percent of the (African) continent is unbanked and up to 90 percent of retail payments are made using cash. This opens the door for fintech players to target consumers and workers who do not have access to traditional banking. Because of this banking gap, it is likely that some countries will entirely skip one generation of payment types (e.g. cards and start building a more innovative, mobile-drive(n) payments infrastructure.”
  • 11 Fintech Trends You Need to Follow – The Finanser
    • Hot Take: “According to EY, China has now taken the lead as the #1 fintech market in the world. Organizations should be looking east for business model innovations that can drive new revenues and sources of profit. New business models, such as Ant Financial and WeBank services, will start influencing fintech in the U.S. and Europe, as they are driven by mobile money services.”
  • Top 10 Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Daily Fintech
    • Hot Take: “Bitcoin moves from its Darknet phase (illegal) to the early adopter Clearnet phase. This is when legitimate people charge in Bitcoin for legal transactions. This will start with cross border digital products. Because this brings new bitcoins into ‘circulation’ with owners who also then want to pay in bitcoin, this starts a sustainable move to mainstream use which supports the price.”
  • Five fintech trends for 2017 – bobsguide
    • Hot Take: “Innovation in artificial intelligence is set to increase in 2017. AI will provide business users with access to powerful insights before they are available to them. This will be done through the use of cognitive interfaces in complex systems, advanced analytics, and machine learning technology.”
  • Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Crowdfund Insider
    • Hot Take: “The rebirth of trust is upon us with the advent of distributed ledger. Many issues such as fraud, verification of true ownership, clearance of multi-party transactions and chain-of-events are easily solvable. Insiders have been calling the distributed database, ‘The New Internet.'”
  • Fintech Predictions for 2017 – TechCrunch
    • Hot Take: “2016 brought rocky times for some FinTech lenders, especially in the first half of the year, but through the tumult came maturity. The complexity and challenges of running capital intensive businesses in a highly regulated industry was never more real than 2016, but the top platform weathered the storm, and most are long-term stronger for it. 2017 will continue to be the year where the top players pull away from the pack. At the beginning of 2016, there were an estimated 400+ fintech lenders in the U.S. – in 2017, I expected the supermajority of the lending to come from just 10 or so platforms.”

Fintech 2017 – The Roundtables

  • Fintech: What’s Next? – Breaking Banks
    • Brett King, Moven (F16); Chris Skinner, The Finanser; Jim Marous, The Financial Brand; Dave Birch, Consult Hyperion; Ghela Boscovich, FemTech Leaders; and Penny Crosman, American Banker
  • Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Fintech Insider
    • David M. Brear, 11FS; Chris Skinner; Jason Bates, 11FS; Simon Taylor, 11FS; David Birch; Ben Brabyn, Level3
  • Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2017 – The Financial Brand
    • Last, but not least, this 90+ page report features insights from a panel of more than 100 global financial service leaders from around the world. Includes Don Bergal, Avoka (F16, FD16); Mike Carter, D3 Banking (F15); Scarlett Sieber, Shamir Karkal, Teppo Paavola, Maria Jose Jorda Garcia, BBVA (F13, FD16); Jon Ogden, MX (F16, FD16); Frank Schwab, Sberbank (F16); Sophie Guibaud, Fidor (F11, FD16); Matthew Wilcox and Deva Annamalai, Fiserv (F16); Bob Legters, FIS (F16); John Waupsh; Kasasa (as BancVue F09); Jelmer de Jong, Backbase (F16).

“F” refers to the company’s most recent Finovate conference appearance. “FD” refers to the company’s most recent presentation at our developer’s conference, FinDEVr. Find out more about our upcoming events FinovateEurope in February and FinDEVR New York in March.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Moven

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Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 4.27.53 PMA look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 7 and 8 of February 2017 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Moven is an engagement platform that brings value to customers while driving positive, measurable business outcomes for banks.

Features

  • Innovation to prepare for PSD2
  • Moving from history to advice through Impulse Savings
  • Surprise – trust Moven, it’ll be exciting!

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Brett King, Founder & CEO
King is a five time Amazon bestselling author, a renowned commentator, a globally respected speaker on the future of business, and the CEO of a $100m startup called Moven.

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Midtbo has 30 years of experience helping global financial institutions transition through disruption. He is currently responsible for the Enterprise line of business at Moven.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

Around the web

  • Betterment unveils new multi-plan offering with access to human advisors.
  • Green Dot to acquire UniRush and its prepaid card business, RushCard, for $167 million.
  • Fidor partners with EPAM Systems to gain access to additional product development and software engineering talent.
  • D3 reports record revenue in 2016, up 160% from 2015.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Polly Portfolio Unveils Bespoke Custom Investing Platform for Financial Advisers”
  • “Top Direct-to-Consumer Wealth Tech Plays”

Around the web

  • CashStar announces digital gift card agreements with online marketplace OpenSky and Marcus Theatres.
  • Nasdaq.com profiles Moven, “the future of banking.”
  • Charlotte Business Journal names Passport among its Fast 50 award winners for its more than 475% revenue growth from 2013 to 2015.
  • Inc. lists Xero, Gusto, and PayPal among 8 business apps that will crush it in 2017.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate, FinDEVr Alums Earn AWS Financial Services Competency Status

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Amazon Web Services has introduced a pair of new competencies as part of its AWS Competencies Program. The program is used by AWS to designate specific industry expertise or “competency” among its network partners. And this week we learned that one of these new competencies, AWS Financial Services, features more than a handful of Finovate/FinDEVr alums.

Earning spots in the Risk Management category of AWS Financial Services Competency Partners were FICO (FD16), FIS-Prophet (F16), and NICE Systems (F15). Four alums—Avoka (F16), Corezoid (F16), Mambu (F13), and Moven (F16)—made up more than half of the companies in the Core Systems category. IHS Markit (FD16) earned a place in the Data Management category along with two other alums, Infosys (F09) and Wipro (F15).

Avoka CMO Don Bergal credited the AWS Cloud for enabling the company to deliver solutions with the speed, security, and regulatory compliance needed to serve “the largest financial institutions worldwide.” Mambu CEO Eugene Danilkis called AWS “the future of agile, cost-effective infrastructure” for both fintech companies and FIs. Speaking for FICO, which made its FinDEVr debut in New York this spring, CTO Stuart Wells said his company will increase the amount of its risk management and compliance technology available via the cloud “powered by AWS.”

The AWS Competency Program is designed to help customers use Amazon Web Services by connecting with the company’s network partners in a variety of fields. For the Financial Services competency, these fields include banking and payments, capital markets, and insurance. Amazon Web Services made the new competency announcements at its re:Invent conference this week.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate, FinDEVr Alums Earn AWS Financial Services Competency Status”

Around the web

  • FIS and Trunomi team up to build a data protection solution to help FIs comply with new EU regulations.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at Concur and its partnership with China DataCom Corporation.
  • Comarch to integrate EyeVerify into its Smart Finance and Corporate Banking solutions.
  • FinDEVr alum Symbiont hires Dr. Lisa Yin as new chief security officer and chief cryptographer.
  • D3 Banking adds more than a million users to its digital banking platform.
  • Hypepotamus interviews CTO Amala Duggirala, Kabbage’s new chief technology officer.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions develops new prepaid banking platform for CereTel.
  • Tuition.io wins 2016 Best In Biz Awards.
  • Financial Brand: Moven promotes financial health with ‘Smart Savings Account’
  • RealtyMogul.com unveils new lower minimum of $1,000 for investment in its online REIT, MogulREIT I.
  • Business Standard profiles MarketsMojo and its algorithm-based approach to stock market analysis.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alums Earn Spots in FinTech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch”

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Half of the companies in the FinTech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch” list presented by American Banker and BAI this week are Finovate/FinDEVr alums. These 10 companies range from payments innovators and security specialists to alt-lending platforms and mobile banking app builders—the list even includes a pair of alums that have earned multiple Best of Show awards.

“The following 20 companies are the standouts among a pool of companies that nominated themselves and ones familiar to our judges,” American Banker declared in an announcement accompanying a slideshow of the FinTech Forward 20. When evaluating the various companies, judges were encouraged to ask themselves questions such as: “Is this organization solving relevant problems for the banking industry?” and “Does it speak to the challenges the industry faces now.”

Below are the ten Finovate/FinDEVr alums that made the cut. The rest of the FinTechForward 20 is listed below.

  • Currency cloud (FF16)
    • Founded in 2012
    • Headquartered in London, United Kingdom
    • Michael Laven is CEO
    • $35 million raised
  • identitii (FF16)
    • Founded in 2014
    • Headquartered in Sydney, Australia
    • Nick Armstrong is co-founder and CEO
  • BehavioSec (FF15)
    • Founded in 2007
    • Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden
    • Neil Costigan is CEO
    • More than $8 million raised
    • Two-time Finovate Best of Show winner
  • InSpirAVE (FF16)
    • Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City, New York
    • Om Kundu, founder, is CEO and chairman
  • Moven (FF16)
    • Founded in 2011
    • Headquartered in New York City, New York
    • Brett King, founder, is CEO
    • More than $24 million raised
    • Two-time Finovate Best of Show winner

Commenting on its spot on the list, Finovate newcomer InSpirAVE founder and CEO Om Kundu said the recognition was a “testament that our patent-pending technology enables financial institutions partnering with us to set themselves apart.” Kundu said his company’s solutions help FIs “tangibly boost deposits and payments revenues” as well as improve customer engagement and share-in-wallet in enduring ways.

Co-founder and CEO of CUneXus credited his firm’s one-click consumer-lending technology for catching the Fintech Forward judges’ attention. He said banks and credit unions were growing the size of their loan portfolios and “competing with emerging technologies” by adopting CUneXus’ solutions.

Speaking for Alkami Technology, which demoed at Finovate 2009 as iThryv, founder Stephen Bohanon, chief strategy and sales officer, pointed to his company’s flagship Alkami ORB platform and called it an example of the sort of “user experience brought about by great design and tightly coupled integration” that increasingly will set FIs apart. “ORB gives banks and credit unions a competitive advantage by placing strong emphasis on delivering the ultimate digital banking experience,” Bohanon said.

Also on the Fintech Forward 20 Companies to Watch list were:

  • Autobooks
  • Kasisto
  • ClickSWITCH
  • Built
  • BookingBug
  • Lenndo
  • Supipay
  • Self Lender
  • Private Wealth Systems
  • Yantra Financial Technologies

Fintech Forward is a collaboration between American Banker and BAI that combines research, media, and event hosting into a single professional, educational enterprise. In addition to its Fintech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch” list, Fintech Forward also publishes a Top 100 Companies and Top 25 Enterprise rankings.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Yoyo Wallet is Prepared for Liftoff (But Not in a SpaceX Explosion Sort of Way)

Around the web

  • American Banker features Moven’s partnership with TD Bank. Come see Moven at FinovateFall this week in NYC.
  • FST Media interviews Phil Copeland, co-founder and chief executive officer of Avoka. Come see Avoka’s FinovateFall demo.
  • MoneyStrands launches new app to help users create good spending habits. Check out Strands 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.

Mobile: Going All-in with PFM in Mobile Banking

becu_mx_mobileThe ongoing migration to mobile provides financial institutions a chance to reboot their approach to delivering information digitally. Digital banking v1.0 (desktop online banking) was primarily about porting paper-based statements into an online format. It was a huge change and made banking more convenient, though not really any more effective than the paper-and-call-center system it replaced.

Digital banking v2.0 (mobile banking) is where modern processing power and machine intelligence pays off. Banking becomes not only more convenient, but much simpler, less time consuming, and helps consumers make better financial decisions. But to get to those payoffs, FIs need to provide advanced features, that we in the industry call PFM (personal financial management).

But it’s hard to transition entrenched desktop-banking users to the more powerful PFM platforms. Many customers have been happily using desktop-online banking for a decade or more. And it’s a painful process to move them into what looks initially like a more complicated system.

So some FIs are gently pushing users into the future by offering ONLY a PFM-based native app. The largest U.S. financial institution to use that approach is Seattle-based BECU, the fourth largest credit union in the nation, with nearly 1 million members and 350,000 using mobile banking (up 75% in the past year).

A year ago, the credit union replaced its simple mobile-banking app with a fully PFM-integrated version powered by MX (see them at FinovateFall next week). CU members using native apps (Apple, Android, Windows) now do all their banking through a full PFM interface.

becu_mob_money_homeIt’s a good long-term move. Users expect, and need, more functionality than simple balance lookup and funds transfer. But making such a big change all at once carries risks too. With more than 200,000 users at conversion time, there ensued some initial member grumbling, inevitable with such a big change. But the latest version released in May 2016 carries the highest 5-star rating, so apparently users have come to grips with the change. You can see the reviews in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Check out the MX case study for more details.

The full-conversion approach used by BECU may be the fastest way to move customers into the future. But to minimize initial pushback and work out any UX hiccups, grandfathering the old app could provide some breathing room. Or call the new version “Pro,” charge $1.50/mo for it (waived for a few months), and let both versions live side by side indefinitely. TD Bank in Canada offers the Moven-powered MySpend app as an add-in to its regular mobile banking app (see Moven at FinovateFall next week).

Alternatively, users turned off by a the full-featured app can be referred to the mobile website with instructions on how to save it as an icon on their phone. As long as you have a reasonably responsive, well-designed site, non-power user customers will be satisfied.

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The BECU Money Manager has a start page (inset) that includes links to a tour, FAQs, new member application, online banking enrollment (required for mobile banking), location finder, and a link to the full mobile website.

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Here’s a 3-minute MX-produced video of BECU exec Howie Wu discussing the desktop PFM platform and integration:

BECU on MX

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Moven

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FF2016-Logo-wdate-largeA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500+ fintech professionals on 8/9 September 2016. Register today.

Moven offers a software platform designed for mobile customer-centric banking, connecting the customer’s lifestyle to the revenue moments of a bank.

Why it’s great
Moven partners with global financial institutions to transform banking from products and balance sheets to insights and advice.

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Greg Midtbo, Chief Revenue Officer

 

 

 

Moven_BobSavinoBob Savino, Chief Technical Officer

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Persado Earns Top 20 Ranking in Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List
  • Qumram Wins Swisscom Startup Challenge (Note: See Qumram demonstrate its technology in New York at FinovateFall 2016 on 8/9 September.)
  • HelloWallet’s New Feature is a Budget Within a Budget
  • Upserve’s New Square Partnership Offers Clients Access to Funding via Square Capital

Around the web

  • New partnership lets small businesses using Xero pay invoices using PayPal.
  • TSYS extends payments agreement with Swisscard.
  • The Muse features Persado on its list of “20 companies that want you to be happy.”
  • CRN lists MapD Technologies as one of 10 of the coolest big-data startups of 2016.

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.