Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “FinovateAsia 2016: A Tale Told in Tweets”

Around the web

  • Vantiv to acquire Moneris USA for $425 million.
  • IBM to help Thailand’s KBank develop blockchain network to fast-track complex corporate credit processes.
  • Aerospike launches new version of platform designed for enterprise customer-engagement apps.
  • Wipro wins 2016 Customer’s Choice award in the IT Provider of the Year category of the Payload Asia Awards.
  • Bill.com introduces new digital payments solution, Bill.com Connect.
  • “Overbond Integrates Thomson Reuters Data Universe to Optimize Price Discovery”
  • MX to power financial data for Tyfone digital banking solutions.

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.

FinDEVr Flashbacks: Full Presentation Videos Now Live

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It’s FinDEVr Silicon Valley like you’ve never seen it before—on video! If you missed out on last month’s conference and want to catch the latest in fintech developer trends, or if you just want to re-live the moments from the show, you’re in luck.

All of the presentation videos from the conference are available for free on FinDEVr.com. Not sure where to start? Take a peek at these award-winning companies:

Tuesday crowd favorite: MX


Wednesday crowd favorite: OCR Labs

 


Media favorite: 1787fp

 


Favorite alum: Lleida.net


Favorite debut: WiseBanyan


Favorite established company: IBM


Favorite startup: Alloy

 

We’ll see you next year or at FinDEVr New York on March 21 & 22, 2017!

FinDEVr Silicon Valley: Celebrating the Best of the Builders

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After watching two days of live presentations from fintech innovators from around the world, the attendees at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 have made plain their preferences. So many presenters received enthusiastic praise for the way they are solving problems and developing tools/APIs to make payments more efficient, security more effective, and financial data more accessible. Although all companies impressed the audience, still a few emerged as clear favorites.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at them (all chosen by audience vote, except the press/analyst favorite):

Crowd favorite, day one:

  • MX for its heartfelt message on how it gets the necessary work done, both in fintech and in life

Crowd favorite, day two:

  • OCR Labs for its innovations in optical character recognition (OCR) and facial recognition (FR) technology and their application on web and mobile platforms.

Press/analyst favorite:

  • 1787fp for its mobile app that helps consumers track and manage their finances and investments.

Favorite FinDEVr alum:

  • Lleida.net for its registered email and registered electronic contract technology.

Favorite FinDEVr debut:

  • WiseBanyan for its free, independent, goal-based roboadviser designed to help investors reach their first $100,000.

Favorite established company:

  • IBM for its implementation of the Hyperledger Project and blockchain-as-a-service strategy.

Favorite startup company:

  • Alloy for its software solutions that help financial services companies conduct KYC/AML; develop risk-management strategies; and maintain continuous compliance.

We want to thank everyone who made FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 possible. From our presenters to our attendees to all the staff and others who participated in this year’s event, we truly could not do this without you. So give yourselves a pat on the back, raise a toast of something tasty, and mark your calendars as we take our developers conference to the Big Apple next spring for FinDEVr New York 2017, and then across the Atlantic in June for FinDEVr London 2017.

FinDEVr Preview: MX

FinDEVr PreviewsFinDEVrSV16-withdate highlight companies presenting new developer tools, platforms, and integrations at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, October 18 & 19. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our registration page and save your spot today.

MX will be unveiling a next-generation financial API platform. The fintech community can benefit from advanced features and real-time, open-source solutions. This presentation will explore how to create call-back mechanisms and client-side libraries, including RubyGem and NodeJS.

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Why it’s a must-see
The company’s MX Atrium API gives you more than 30,000 connections to financial institutions. It also cleanses, categorizes, and classifies all transaction data with the greatest accuracy on the market—all with fintech-friendly pricing and no user limitations. Get access to the code in 30 seconds and see our world-class documentation for yourself.


Check out more of today’s FinDEVr Previews:

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • A Deep Dive into the Upcoming FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016

Around the web

  • Idaho Central CU to deploy Alkami ORB platform.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils blockchain dev platform, BlockOne ID.
  • Banking Technology looks at Misys and its plans for a November IPO.
  • Revolut partners with Bank of Lithuania to promote cross-border payments.
  • Hyperwallet introduces its Tax Compliance Services initiative.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions appoints new chief revenue officer and chief financial officer.
  • Yandex.Money to offer mobile money-transfers and support-group chats for crowdfunding via Apple’s iMessage.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrSV16-withdateOur FinDEVr New York developer showcase was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today to save your spot!

Check out our latest FinDEVr Previews featuring:

The latest from FinDEVr New York and upcoming Silicon Valley presenters

  • Visions FCU signs with MX for money-management app.
  • OnDeck launches marketing campaign featuring Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran.
  • Inside Expensify’s New Concierge Bot.
  • Lleida.net Calls New Patent a Turning Point.

Alumni updates

  • Entersekt listed among 100 most promising African fintech companies of 2016.
  • Aurionpro joins Temenos MarketPlace.
  • Avalara Raises $96 Million in New Funding.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Financeit Recruits CFO from Capital One Canada
  • Wave Mechanics: FT Partners Report Highlights Trends Driving Rise of Insurtech

Around the web

  • Fiserv inks deal with FCTI to provide transaction processing for 8,000 ATMs in 7-Eleven convenience stores in U.S. Video of Fiserv’s recent live demo from FinovateFall is now available.
  • NCR launches cloud-based developer portal.
  • ACI Worldwide and Vocalink partner to provide real-time payments solution.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Tom Burgess, Linkable Networks founder and CEO.
  • Visions FCU signs with MX for money-management app.
  • Zopa releases its first-ever rating of a batch of securitized Zopa loans.
  • Sezzle Wins $10,000 from Securian in Minnesota Cup Startup Competition.
  • Aurionpro joins Temenos MarketPlace.
  • OnDeck launches marketing campaign featuring Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran.
  • RightCapital launches Leads, a tool to help financial advisers turn leads into clients.

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.

Fintech Trending: Bots Break Out, AI Gets Personal, and Blockchain Buys the Farm

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Is it fair to judge a fintech conference based on the way it reflects, anticipates, and even uncovers what’s most important in the field? We think so, and were once again impressed by the way FinovateFall this month helped spread the story of fintech in the second half of 2016.

After all, we read about new technologies every day. But once the wow factor subsides, the question remains: Does it really work? Is anybody, any bank, any business in the real world actually putting this great looking, great sounding technology—these bots, this blockchain—to the test?

The good news is that the good news is true: new technologies like chatbots not only work, but were demonstrated live on stage by companies like Personetics (F16); Fiserv (F16); Kore (F16); and FinovateFall 2o16 Best of Show winner, Backbase (F16). We can even include companies like Clinc (F16) in this category of innovations that make it easier for people to communicate with technology. Clinc, which also won Best of Show honors at FinovateFall, developed and demonstrated an artificial intelligence-based natural language, using an intelligent assistant that earned rave reviews from both attendees and the media.

  • “Backbase promises 60-second customer on-boarding with new solution”—Banking Technology
  • “Bots Are Everywhere, But Are They Ready for Banking?”—Bank Innovation

What about the blockchain, you ask? Earlier this year at FinovateSpring, our attendees awarded a Best of Show trophy to BanQu (F16), a company that uses blockchain technology to help refugee and displaced persons re-establish community ties through identification and financial inclusion. This month at FinovateFall, we met Full Profile (F16), an Australian company leveraging the blockchain to support real-time settlement, financing, and provenance-tracking of agricultural commodities.

  • “Blockchain technology extends to agricultural contracts”—The Australian

But FinovateFall was about more than the most headline-grabbing technologies. As our Best of Show voting revealed, the appeal of technology to solve more everyday problems—be it buying a car or a gift card—remains strong as well.

“You’ve Got A Car!” and a Digital Revolution in Regifting

This certainly seems to be what Finovate attendees had in mind when it came to Finovate newcomer and Best of Show winner AutoGravity (F16). Founded last fall, the Irvine, California-based startup leverages the smartphone to make every aspect of the car-buying experience easier, from initial selection of a vehicle all the way through the financing process. As with a growing number of fintech solutions, AutoGravity combines several innovations we’ve seen individually in fintech demonstrations over the years—document scanning; the integration of social media with credit application; geolocation—to produce a solution that seeks to disrupt traditional auto financing as we know it.

Swych (F16), the mobile gifting platform that also won Best of Show, is another example of technology making magic out of the otherwise mundane. The company facilitates the purchase, sending, redemption, and exchange of gift cards using digital technology that puts the smartphone at the center of the process. Based out of Plano, Texas, Swych’s technology brings the gift card industry into the 21st century, potentially helping breathe new life into what is typically thought of as the “gift of last resort.”

  • “Mobile tech for automobile lending, gift card redeeming snag top prize at Finovate”—Bizjournals
  • Brief: FinovateFall 2016 Best of Show—CrowdfundInsider

Security: short and sweet

It is no exaggeration to say that Trusona (F16), a two-year-old security specialist out of Scottsdale, Arizona, provided one of the most well-received demos of the year. And a large part of what made it so successful (and such a must-watch) was the way the demo itself embodied the dream of a simple security solution that works the same way every single time.

By quickly and effortlessly authenticating and logging in repeatedly in the course of six minutes, Trusona CEO and founder Ori Eisen did what every person who has ever wracked their brain for their most recent password, or struggled to enter a captcha code on a mobile phone, wants out of a security solution: Make it fast, make it easy, make it work the same way every single time. With plenty of competition in the security space from innovators on stage and off, it is no surprise that Trusona, with its #nopassword campaign and did-I-mention-it’s-free offering, stood out from the pack.

  • “Trusona Wins ‘Best of Show’ at FinovateFall 2016—MarketWired

Everybody loves a (six-time) winner

No discussion of FinovateFall would be complete without a tip o’ the hat to MX (F16). The company took home its sixth Best of Show trophy, impressing audiences with its PowerSwitch technology that allows an FI to quickly establish a new card of reference for consumers across a variety of platforms such as Netflix, Uber, Hulu, and Amazon.com. This gives financial institutions a powerful tool in attracting new customers and in providing new options to existing customers. It also gives FIs potential access to what MX CEO Ryan Caldwell called “a mountain of interchange”—more than $200 billion in 2015 according to MX—that banks and credit unions can’t afford to miss.

  • “MX Achieves Innovation Milestone, Becomes First Company to Win Finovate Best of Show Six Times”—MX Blog

For more coverage on FinovateFall, check out our press roundup and our FinovateFall on Twitter post.

In other news

A hybrid debit/credit card

San Francisco-based startup Zero raised $2.5 million this week. While the investment sum is not particularly notable, what the company is doing certainly is.

Zero offers a Visa credit card that works in conjunction with a mobile app, but it’s not just another alt/neo/challenger bank. The differentiating factor is that Zero deducts money from the user’s account in real time just like a debit card, so there is no monthly bill. Unlike a debit card, however, transactions process on credit card rails so cardholders receive from 1% to 3% cash-back on purchases. It also touts no fees and pays higher interest on deposits (though they don’t yet specify how much) than traditional savings accounts.

The credit card is made out of solid metal and the app offers great looking PFM tools that forecast users’ balances into the future. Clearly, the startup has millennial users in its sights and claims to have the potential to increase a credit score, since there’s no way to default on payments.

The company makes money on merchant processing instead of charging fees to users. It also saves money on advertising by using a pyramid-scheme referral approach (which worked on me as I shamelessly promoted them on Facebook yesterday).

With recent talk of credit cards falling out of favor with millennials because of their hesitancy toward debt, Zero offers an option that provides the best of both worlds—the cash-back and credit-building opportunities that come with credit cards, and the real-time transactional capability of debit cards.

Another just-launched startup doing something similar is New York-based Debitize. However, Debitize does not issue a new credit card but instead aggregates customers’ existing credit-card transactions and initiates a real-time transfer from their checking account to cover the charges. Keep an eye on this space; we think we’ll see FIs picking up on this idea in the next couple of years (presuming regulators allow the practice).

New ACH regulation

The first phase of same-day ACH-transfer regulation lands today. And while the final phase will not hit until March 2018, all bank and credit union accounts must now accept same-day transfers.

To help banks move forward with the new rule, Dwolla (F11) launched a white-label API for same-day ACH. The API, which is in a pilot program, currently supports credits only. Dwolla will roll it out with more partners in Q4 of this year.

The Clearing House, the organization behind the ACH modernization, has partnered with IBM’s (F16) Power8 to serve as the hosting program for same-day ACH. U.K.-based Vocalink (purchased by Mastercard in July 2016) is set to deliver the platform, which will roll out to banks in the U.S. within the next year.

See What You Missed at FinovateFall: Demo Videos Now Available

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I should start this post by admitting that I missed FinovateFall this year. My wedding was the weekend after the show and there was no way to swing both. While I think I chose wisely, I certainly felt FinovateFall FOMO after reading Twitter highlights and press coverage.

If you, like me, missed out, we have the next best thing to being there. All of the 70 demos from FinovateFall are now available for free in our video archives and event photos are posted on Flickr. Also, there’s still time to catch more fintech this fall at our developer’s conference, FinDEVr (October 18 & 19) and our first event in Hong Kong, FinovateAsia (November 8).

The best place to start is by watching the six demos that won Best of Show:

AutoGravity

Backbase

Clinc

MX

Swych

Trusona

Thanks again to all the presenting companies who braved the Finovate stage and to all who attended. We’ll see you next year!

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016FinDEVrSV16-withdate is just over a month away! Join us October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara, as our developers’ conference returns to the West Coast. Tickets are available now.

The latest from upcoming presenters at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016

  • AutoGravity wins Best of Show at FinovateFall 2016. Learn more about their technology at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 in October.
  • Six-time Best of Show winner MX partners with NCR to launch new money-management platform with more than three million end users.
  • Ahead of its FinDEVr debut next month, Kyckr has announced completion of phase one of its corporate identity blockchain service.

Alumni updates

  • Giftbit, formerly Kiind, launches its commerce currency platform.
  • Aerospike earns a spot on the Big Data 50.
  • Concur acquires travel-based startup, Hipmunk.
  • Digital onboarding technology from Avoka helps Ebury pick up 50% gains in its customer base.
  • Terry Roche of TABB Group interviews Stephane Dubois, CEO of Xignite.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems unveils its P2PE solution for Merchant Link.
  • BlockCypher announces instantaneous cross-border payments.

Keep up to date with the daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.