FinovateSpring 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 1

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More than 60 leading fintech innovators, both startups and established companies, are gearing up to present at the annual FinovateSpring conference in San Francisco May 8 and 9.

Each company provided a sneak peek of what they’ll demo on stage next month. Below is the first installment of these teasers. We’ll have more next week.

Don’t miss your chance to see the live demo from each company and meet the execs responsible. Get your FinovateSpring ticket here.

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Balance Street

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The premier direct marketplace between consumers and creditors for the purpose of debt settlement, Balance Street, provides consumers the opportunity to relieve their debt burden without fees. Consumers use its web-based automated system to negotiate with creditors directly, avoiding debt settlement companies who charge exorbitant fees (up to 20% of total debt owed).

Eliminating this 20% market inefficiency makes for a better financial outcome for consumers and creditors. With over $780 billion in credit card debt in the U.S., the Balance Street technology will revolutionize the way debt is settled.

Innovation type: Cards, marketing, PFM

Bazaarvoice

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See how leading brands are harnessing the power of online word-of-mouth to boost customer referrals, sales, retention, advocacy, and company innovation while building the world’s most powerful social data asset.

Innovation type: Communications, marketing, sales and customer service

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BehavioSec

No one wants a complicated process for logging in to online or mobile banking. European banks have been forced to go down this route with hardware tokens and smart cards.

So now when U.S. banks will be rolling out new multi-layered security on the front-end following FFIEC, will we see the same thing here?

With BehavioSec’s solution there is a better choice. They add multilayered security through the use of behavioral biometrics. So when the user connects via mobile or online, the technology helps verify that they are who they say they are. Learn more at FinovateSpring 2012.

Innovation type: Identity, mobile, security

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BillGuard

BillGuard identifies deceptive, erroneous and unauthorized charges on consumer payment cards using advanced crowdsourcing and big-data mining techniques that harness the collective knowledge of millions of consumers reporting billing complaints online and to their banks. 

BillGuard’s Advanced Card Protection Service for Banks is a seamlessly integrated, cloud-based solution that enables issuers to generate new value-add service revenue, and lower inquiry/dispute processing costs, by providing their customers daily bill monitoring and notification, enriched transition details and direct-to-merchant resolution.
Innovation type: Cards, communications, online UI

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CoverHound is changing the way people shop for insurance online. Launching at FinovateSpring, CoverHound’s new rate comparison shopping service allows consumers for the first time to compare multiple, instant, accurate rates from top carriers. CoverHound will also be demonstrating an exciting array of products specifically designed to help banks and credit unions generate significant non-interest income while providing a valuable service to their members.
Innovation type: Insurance

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Never before has it been so easy for companies to provide business and retail customers with a way to validate creditworthiness through the use of online deposits. eDeposit provides patented funds visibility and real time settlement to markets across the U.S. in an innovative, new form of payment.
At FinovateSpring, eDeposit announces a new innovation that makes conducting B2B and B2C e-business faster, cheaper and safer.
Innovation type: Payments, security, small business

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From “check-in to check-out”, intersecting the worlds of Payments and Advertising, edo takes the next step forward in its vision to transform shopping and saving.  
This next wave connects mobile and multi-channel retail . . . imagine a world where purchase and location meet and the new standard for mobile advertising moves from “check-in” to “check-out.”
Innovation type: Marketing, mobile, rewards

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Expensify <3’s Finovate — they view it as the premier stage on which to make their biggest announcement of
the year. Three years ago, it launched an open beta on the Finovate stage. Two years ago, it unveiled a major realtime analytics feature. One year ago it launched a revolutionary SmartScan service. But this year will trump all that.  A whole new approach to business travel. Prepare yourself!

Innovation type: Back office, mobile, small business

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Most investors have assets spread across financial institutions and accounts, including limited-option accounts such as their employer’s 401(k) plan.
Managing this is a chore – including figuring out which funds, in which amounts, and rebalancing.
Well, it was a chore, before FutureAdvisor.
Innovation type: Investing and asset management, online, PFM

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Giftly is inventing the future of the gift card. Using its new iPhone app, users can send anyone a Giftly for any place they choose. The recipient redeems it on their smartphone when they go. It’s fast, fun, and secure.
Giftly’s app and web products have been designed to be social, simple, and powerful. Thanks to Facebook, Foursquare, and smart iOS integration, you’ll always know which friends are celebrating birthdays, are checking in to cool new places, or are otherwise in need of a quick gift.

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Is it possible to separate the fun of buying from the nuisance of paying? Klarna thinks so. The idea behind Klarna’s e-commerce services is the concept of after-delivery payment, letting buyers receive ordered goods before any payment is due. Instead of giving financial information, buyers shop with Klarna just by giving their name and select information (Klarna calculates the risk).
Innovation type: Payments

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Linkable Networks will be debuting a first-to-market capability that significantly broadens the value proposition of card-linked offers to issuing banks, merchants, manufacturers, and cardholding consumers. In addition, Linkable Networks will demonstrate new features recently added to its product platform and user interface.
Innovation type: Cards, mobile, rewards


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MShift believes that financial institutions need to enhance existing mobile banking solutions into mobile wallet and payment solutions.
At Finovate, MShift will demonstrate how mobile banking can influence how a consumer spends money in various retail scenarios.
Innovation type: Banking, payments, small business

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Your customers go mobile with smartphones and tablets. When they cannot fulfill their needs in mobile self-service, do you jump in at the right time to help them complete their business? Do you want to maximize the opportunity for smart customer experience and increased business via smart mobile devices (while reducing costs)? NICE Mobile Reach can do that for you. Don’t miss its demo at FinovateSpring.
Innovation type: Mobile, sales

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Personal Capital is wealth management for the Internet Age. The company’s online platform combines digital technology with highly personalized service to provide a holistic view of your unique financial picture. The free online dashboard presents all of your financial data in one place, including an assessment of your allocation, investment risk and fees.
These days, the financial lives of Americans are becoming more and more complex. At FinovateSpring, Personal Capital will unveil core new features that enable you to access your financial data in real time, on-the-go. You’ll be able to view and do, anywhere, anytime.
Innovation type: Investing, mobile, PFM

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Pindrop Security provides enterprise solutions that help prevent phone-based fraud. Pindrop’s acoustical fingerprinting technology detects fraudulent calls and authenticates legitimate callers, helping customers eliminate financial losses and reduce operational costs. Pindrop’s breakthrough technology is the first of its kind to fingerprint individual phone calls, providing verification of caller provenance. 
Recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies at the 2012 RSA conference, Pindrop’s solutions help companies feel more confident in the security of phone-based financial transactions.
Innovation type: Identity,
security

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Easily administer and coordinate your annual budget with Budget Manager from ProfitStars. ProfitStars takes the headaches, and the spreadsheets, out of the budgeting process and optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of budgeting and planning.  
The company will show you how this newly redesigned browser-based version enables users to construct and manage a more efficient budgeting process, including how to tackle more difficult items like salaries and fixed assets.
Innovation type: Banking

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Discover a new Facebook app for banks that will not only make you relevant and engage Facebook users, but will also get your customers recommending and endorsing your card products.  It drives great loyalty from existing customers and also helps to devise new customer acquisition –all through Facebook. 

Serverside does this by letting people design their own credit or debit card using a picture from their Facebook gallery, then post it to their Facebook wall. Their friends then click on the card image to design their own card and help your bank to go viral!

Innovation type: cards


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Social Money can provide any bank in the world its own branded version of our revolutionary and award-winning SmartyPig technology. A new bank can be up and running on our system within 90 days in any language and currency, for a fraction of the cost of internal development efforts.
Innovation type: Banking products, PFM

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The dawn of compliance solutions that work.
Meet Molly. 115 different people use Molly’s SSN.
Financial institutions have no idea who these people really are.
This is possible because FIs and so-called identity protection companies can only verify identity. Verification is not enough. Full identification is needed to fight fraud and provide FIs the means to meet compliance requirements. Only Financial ICONN from TASCET can identify financial customers.
Once Molly activates her ICONN, TASCET proactively secures her identity and FIs know exactly who she is.
Innovation type: Identity, security

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Taulia takes the waste out of the supply chains of Fortune 500 Enterprises while simultaneously solving the cash-flow needs of their suppliers. The large enterprise buyers get discounts by paying their invoices early. In return, their suppliers get paid when they want. In Taulia’s young life, it has already enabled small suppliers from 40+ countries around the world to receive hundreds of millions of dollars of early payments.
Innovation type: Lending, payments, small business

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The Under-18 audience has an estimated $50 billion in spending power. Learn how to successfully monetize the kids/teen market in this powerful demo by Virtual Piggy, an exciting new company that provides innovative technological solutions to help bridge the gap between children, parents and online retailers.
Innovation type: Payments

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Wall Street Survivor is the only place for the beginner to learn about investing. Guided missions, beginner-focused learning content, combined with the web’s best stock simulator help users effectively manage their financial future.
Innovation type: Investing & asset management, marketing, PFM

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Mobi
le commerce is estimated to be a $31 billion industry by 2015, but how will the underbanked participate? Wipit has unlocked mobile payments for this massive and largely untapped consumer demographic representing 25% of all U.S. households and over 70 million U.S. prepaid wireless subscribers. Underbanked consumers can now make in-app and online payments with a single click. No need for bank accounts or credit cards; Wipit lets underbanked consumers use their payment method of choice– cash.
Innovation type: Cards, payments
Stay tuned next week for another sneak peek of FinovateSpring 2012 presenting companies.

Finovate Alumni News– January 23, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFox Business News advises using BillShrink to review your mobile phone bill.
  • T8 Webware to receive $120k in incentives & $200k in job training to help it expand to Des Moines.
  • BetaBeat plants rumor that Dwolla landed $10 million in Series B funding from Union Square Ventures.
  • MShift reaffirms strategic relationship & rights to MShift software & technologies.
  • Finsphere raises $11.3 million, adds Vodafone board member.
  • The New York Times Buck blog details Dwolla’s payments approach.
  • PayNearMe to launch mobile cash payment application in mid-February.
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– November 18, 2011

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  • FiPath (formerly eRollover) launches FiPath for Advisors, online marketing solution for advisor leads.
  • Reuters discusses the benefits of BillGuard.
  • TSYS signs largest private bank in Azerbaijan.
  • MShift to power AmeriCU’s mobile banking platform.
  • StockTwits & Gnip partner to cater to traders.
  • StockTwits goes International with its real-time financial platform.
  • Mitek doubles clients, plans to enter insurance vertical.
  • PayPal relaunches Facebook app for friend-to-friend payments.
  • Expensify launches lite iPhone app for mileage support.
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 27, 2011

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCredit Karma is giving away free credit-monitoring service to first 12,500 readers.
  • HelloWallet opens a second office in San Francisco.
  • FreeMonee tells AOL Daily Finance that it is to launch a merchant-reward plan with a major U.S. bank on Nov 17.
  • Credit Union Times reports that mShift is one of the three largest providers of mobile banking tools to credit unions.
  • ABC News looks at BankSimple’s alternative banking approach.
  • Auto insurance & finance providers The General, Mark One Holdings, &  Freeway Insurance add BillFloat as a payment option.
  • Continuity Control endorsed by Western Independent Bankers.
  • Expensify launches an app for the Windows phone.
  • Mlive.com recommends using BillShrink (Truaxis) to avoid an outrageous mobile bill.
  • Mint.com and Budgettracker.com are recommended as two tools for mitigating financial mistakes.
  • Bank of America will use Yodlee’s FinApp 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.

Finovate Alumni News– October 5, 2011

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  • The Future of Media blog refers to CLOVR Media as a disrupter in the industry.
  • Mindful Money lists Zopa as an alternative to receiving bank funding.
  • Josh Reich, CEO of BankSimple, speaks up on why he thinks traditional banks suck.
  • ProfitStars introduces Gladiator Enterprise Security Monitoring Module for NetTeller online banking clients.
  • Wonga CEO named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for eCommerce, UK.
  • CU Times reports MShift helps Alaska CU provide iPhone and Android Apps to its customers.
  • PayPal to Open a brick-and-mortar pop-up store in Manhattan.
  • edo Interactive is awarded DMA Innovation Award.
  • Lendio’s partnership with Prosper will facilitate small business funding.

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.

ACI Worldwide & MShift Create Business Banking Tool for Executives

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This morning, ACI Worldwide and MShift did a joint demo of their Mobile Enterprise Banker for tablets:

“It is a tablet-optimized business banking solution. The solution is targeted towards business executives who are interested in robust and graphically rich presentations of company data as well operational tasks like ACH and Wire release and bill payment.”

Product Launch: May 2012

HQ Location
  • ACI: Elkhorn, NE 
  • MShift: Fremont, CA 
Company Founded
  • ACI: 1975 
  • MShift: 1999 
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Presenting Jeff Chen (VP Business Development, MShift) & Ileen Pinhasi (Product Manager, ACI Worldwide)

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FinovateFall 2010 Demo Videos Now Available

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We’re pleased to announce that the demo videos from FinovateFall 2010 are now available for free download (or immediate consumption) from the Finovate archives.

This fall’s NYC conference showcased 56 handpicked companies doing 7-minute demonstrations (no slides allowed) of their latest technology innovations to a sold-out audience of 650 financial & banking executives, venture capitalists, press, analysts and entrepreneurs.

Check out these cutting-edge ideas in financial, banking, payments, mobile, lending, investing and security technologies today for inspiration and your next edge on the competition! 

(P.S. If you’re interested in joining us at the next Finovate event, tickets are now on sale for FinovateEurope (Feb, 1, 2011 in London). It is going to be an amazing showcase of European and global fintech innovation!)


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Eric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.

FinovateFall 2010 Demo Lineup Revealed

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We’re very excited to reveal the 56 cutting-edge companies that have been selected to demo their latest technology innovations on October 4 and 5 in New York City at FinovateFall.

Over the show’s two days, attendees will get to watch the future of fintech and banktech unfold on stage via fast-paced demos (28 each day) from these innovators. And then have a chance to interact with top executives from each of the demo companies during intimate networking sessions.

Without further delay, here’s the list of companies we’re excited to showcase:

If you’re interested in attending the conference, registering now will save you $100 on your ticket via the early-bird discount and reserve your spot (space is limited and we’re expecting to sell out). We’ll see you in New York!


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Eric Mattson is CEO of Online Financial Innovations, the parent company of NetBanker, Online Banking Report and the Finovate Conference Series. He can be reached at eric@netbanker.com.

Numbers: Remote Deposit Penetration at Randolph-Brooks FCU

image In an article in today’s Austin Business Journal about the coming launch of mShift-powered mobile remote deposit at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, the CU revealed its penetration number in its EasCorp-powered, home-scanner-based service, eDeposits:

Total members: 300,000
Total checking account customers: 202,000
% of checking using remote deposit: 5%
Number of remote deposit users: 10,000 (derived)
% of members using remote deposit: 3+% (derived)

The San Antonio, TX-based credit union expects more mobile users than in-home users. The product, which debuted at Finovate on Sep. 29, is currently being tested with employees before it rolls out to select customers.

imageUSAA was the first major financial institution to launch mobile remote deposits in August.  But WV United beat them to market in July earning our OBR Best in the Web award. And this week, speaking at BAI Retail Delivery, Bank of America’s Doug Brown was bullish on the feature, leading many to believe that the giant would add the feature to its mobile offering at some point (see note). And if that happens, it’s not inconceivable the feature could show up in television commercials, either from BofA or Apple.

Note:
1. In response to an audience question after his presentation, Brown said that the bank was seeing 1 million envelope-free deposits made at ATMs every day, and “there was an obvious use-case in mobile”. Note that he did not specifically say, or even directly imply, that BofA would launch it, but he also didn’t dismiss the idea. 

Finovate 2008 mShift

image Next we have Awele Ndili, CEO of mShift.

Founded in 1999, mShift is one of the oldest mobile banking providers and now supports 120 clients.

Today, mShift is showing its new mobile business banking solution with full payment capabilities.

Active Messaging System was also demo’d. It’s a new multi-channel alert system that enables alerts to text, voice, email or fax.