New Investment Makes Numbrs Europe’s Latest Fintech Unicorn

Swiss fintech Numbrs, which demonstrated its PFM solution at FinovateFall in 2013, is back in the fintech headlines in a big way. The company has raised $40 million in new funding that takes the firm’s total capital to nearly $200 million and boosts the company’s valuation to more than $1 billion.

The company did not disclose the round’s investors by name. It did confirm that both existing and new investors participated. The funding is designed to help Numbrs as it prepares to expand outside of its current market in Germany, with the U.K. as the company’s next target.

In a blog post at the Numbrs website, the company highlighted the relatively-exclusive club it has joined when it comes to private firms with a billion-plus valuation and praised the role of private investors in giving Numbrs “the time to build the best technology platform in the financial industry.” Since its founding in 2012, the company has developed partnerships with major FIs such as Barclaycard and Santander. More than two million app downloads and an excess of $11 billion (€10 billion) in managed assets have helped the company’s solution to become the top independent finance app in Germany.

Numbrs leverages machine learning and analytics tools to enable users to better manage their financial lives. Users link one or more accounts to the app and Numbrs goes to work: analyzing finances to create savings plans based on user goals, tracking and categorizing transactions in real-time to help users avoid overspending, and making it easy to handle common banking chores such as checking balances and transferring money.

The Numbrs app also offers a Money Store where users can shop for loans, credit cards, and insurance – just added in April – as well as other financial products and services.

The funding news for Numbrs arrives amid a summer of positive headlines for the company. Numbrs celebrated reaching 2.2 million downloads in July, the same month the company announced hitting the €10 billion mark in terms of assets managed on the platform. The company forged a partnership with Allianz in May, making the company’s insurance products available via the Numbrs app.

Numbrs is headquarterd in Zurich, Switzerland. Martin Saidler is CEO.

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  • Onfido tests portable identity with U.K. fintechs.

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

Around the web

  • Seeking Alpha explains why a merger between Yodlee and FutureAdvisor makes sense.
  • Xconomy features Vince Turner’s Planwise.
  • American Banker features how Seattle-based Lighter Capital loans money to tech startups.
  • Cardlytics Wins 2 Silver Stevie Awards at 2015 American Business Awards.
  • Tradeshift to partner with C2FO to expand dynamic discounting solutions to a broader network of suppliers and buyers.
  • Financial Conduct Authority mentions how Nutmeg explains its fees and charges graphically.
  • Jack Henry acquires Bayside Business Solutions.
  • Fox News features Trulioo, Bionym, TransferWise, Kofax, and Numbrs in its column on “10 CEOs who are disrupting finance with technology.”
  • ProfitStars introduces Call Report Pro CU, a solution for meeting regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Hedgeweek takes a look at how QuantConnect enables quantitative traders to operate at a low cost.
  • PayPal acquires money-transfer provider Xoom.

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.

Alumni News– July 29, 2014

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  • Concur partners with Uber to allow Concur users to link their accounts and automatically send Uber receipts to their expense reports.
  • The Financial Brand looks at opportunity for banks and credit unions in the Loop Visa partnership. 
  • Open Bank Project making its API available during hackathon in September.
  • TechCrunch explores Pellucid Analytics’ take on PowerPoint pitch books.
  • Seed Me! Thinknum raises $1 million in seed funding round.
  • Feature on robo-advisors highlights seven alums: Betterment, Financial Guard, FutureAdvisor, Jemstep, Personal Capital, SigFig, and Wealthfront.
  • Macwelt reviews banking app Numbrs.
  • Bank Systems & Technology points to Moven as a nontraditional financial service provider “gunning” for banks.
  • Xero partners with MarketInvoice to bring faster funding to UK businesses.
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– May 23, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSilicon Republic reports: Disruptive banking service Holvi gets regulatory approval to spread across Europe.
  • Cardlytics named one of the Georgia Fast 40, which honors GA-based companies that sustain growth over a 3 year period.
  • CBS 12 News features Arxan’s security tech.
  • miiCard partners with eMerchantPay to offer merchants a more secure, compliant transaction processing solution.
  • Bank Innovation speculates on potential new features from GoBank.
  • Finovate alums Fenergo and Thomson Reuters win recognition from Inside Reference Data Awards.
  • Virtual Agent Chat takes a look at IntelliResponse’s OFFERS as a form of “just in time marketing.”
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek sources Scott Goldman, CEO of TextPower, on the eBay data breach.
  • Deutsche Startups interviews Numbrs CEO, Julien Arnold.
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– March 8, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgActiance partners with Shoutlet to integrate Shoutlet’s social marketing capabilities with Actiance Socialite.
  • PayPal’s Braintree to waive the first $50k of processing fees for startups building on its platform through its new Ignition program.
  • On Deck raises $77 million in funding round led by Tiger Capital.
  • Mechanics Bank’s Bradley Leimer takes a look at the lessons from BBVA’s acquisition of Simple.
  • Simple, Moven, and Numbrs are listed in American Banker’s feature “6 Apps That Are Making Bankers Jealous.”
  • Recode reviews Loop. Check out its new payment tech at FinovateSpring next month.
  • The Tally’s Financial News Fintech Focus column features Kensho.
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– January 7, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgState of Iowa expands government payment partnership with Dwolla; Iowa DOT begins using service for IFTA and IRP.
  • Urban Partnership Bank introduces upbAnywhere, the New Virtual Banking Platform from Q2 (Q2ebanking).
  • ABL Advisor looks at BancVue’s BancAssets advising partnership with UHaul.
  • Zopa wins “Best Peer to Peer Lender” award from Moneynet Personal Finance.
  • TSYS announces partnership with Womply to provide TSYS Merchant Insights business analytics dashboard.
  • Jack Henry Banking to provide its clients with access to American Express’ FX International Payments service.
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.

CEO Interview: Julien Arnold of Numbrs

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With FinovateEurope a month away, it seemed like a good time to check in with some of the European startups redefining innovation in financial technology. Today we bring you our conversation with the CEO of Numbrs, Julien Arnold.

Numbrs made its Finovate debut at FinovateFall 2013 in New York. The Switzerland-based, self-described “nonbank”demoed a personal finance app that combines bill pay, fund transfer and PFM into an easy-to-use mobile banking solution. 

Additionally, the Numbrs app does more than help users see and analyze past spending and saving. The app also helps users anticipate and project their future financial behavior. This feature, called “Timeline” is one of the more unique aspects of the Numbrs app and potentially shows an important new direction in the PFM space.

Numbrs was founded in September 2012. The startup has raised more than $11 million in its 2013 Series A round. Follow Numbrs on Twitter @numbrs.
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Finovate: You are making a move to the United States, and have opened in office in New York. Can you tell us some of the thinking behind this decision? How did you know the time was right? 

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Julien Arnold: Numbrs will expand to the US market and establish a new entity in the greater New York area. We’ve launched the app in Germany in November. The user, media, and investor feedback has been very good so far, and we are very confident that the product will be a huge success in the United States as well. That’s also why we decided to raise another 3.8 million USD to adjust Numbrs to the specific market needs. As soon as the product improvement process will be finished we’ll raise an additional amount of money to ensure the market launch. 
Finovate: What are some of the major differences between mobile-first banking in Switzerland and the rest of Europe? What are some of the major differences between Switzerland and the United States? How will you deal with those differences in seeking to popularize Numbrs?   
Arnold: For now Numbrs is only available in Germany. We are also planning to launch the product in Switzerland and the UK. Of course, the actual banking behaviour differs considerably from one country to another. Especially, Switzerland is a very sophisticated market.
Finovate: Talk about the Future Timeline. This was the feature that our publisher, Jim Bruene, was most impressed by. Can you talk a bit about the idea behind the Timeline, as well as the technology that makes this feature possible?   
Arnold: Numbrs analyses your spending behaviour and existing transactions to calculate your future income and expenses.Your financial status, today and tomorrow, is shown on your timeline. Numbrs safely integrates with all your banks via securely encrypted protocols – such as HBCI in Germany – to aggregate all your financial data into an easy-to-understand overview, which we call the Timeline. 
Through a combination of machine learning algorithms, each transaction is automatically categorised, and will be enriched with useful information, such as a logo of the counter party with which the transaction was made.
Finovate: What is your relationship with Centralway? How did it begin and how important has the relationship been to the development of Numbrs?   
Arnold: Numbrs is a product created by the Company Builder Centralway. Numbrs profits from the infrastructure, the knowledge and the efforts each team member puts into the project. To partner up with Centralway has been a very important step for the successful roll out of Numbrs.   
Finovate: The Numbrs business model is based on advertising. Do you see advertising as the major revenue source for the business a year from now? Three to five years from now?   
Arnold: The business model offers a lot of potential for the future. There are numerous possibilities to increase revenue also outside of the field of advertising.
Finovate: Can you tell us a little about your background? Before Numbrs you were involved in building Groupon London. Is there anything in your experience with Groupon London that informs the work you are doing with Numbrs?   
Arnold: Before my move to Centralway Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, I had various positions in different startups of which one was as at Groupon UK in London. Groupon evolved from a startup company to its IPO in no time. During that I had the chance to understand the challenges of a hyper growth company and would like to apply those learnings to Numbrs.   
Finovate: Tell us a little about your team. Who do you work with most closely on a day-to-day basis?   
Arnold: Numbrs is about technology and design. The biggest part of the team are developers. Although I’m not a technology expert, it’s very important to me that I can influence the product at all levels. Thats why I’m constantly in contact with our frontend and backend developers and work with them on the product level.   
Finovate: What can we expect to see from Numbrs in the first few months of 2014?   
Arnold: We’ll increase the marketing spendings in Germany and roll-out a 360 degree marketing campaign. Besides that I’ll focus on launching Numbrs in the United States and UK. 

Finovate Alumni Raise $825 Million in 2013, Up 79%

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Cheers to a new year! After ringing in 2014, we wanted take a look back at the capital raised by Finovate alumni in 2013. It was quite a year, with alums pulling in $825 million, $365 million more than in 2012 for an increase of about 80%.
2013 funding summary:
    • 62 companies raised $825 million
    • Q4 had the most capital, with a total of $294 million raised by 17 companies (more than half by Xero, which landed $150 million). 
    • October was the busiest month, with $177 million raised (mostly Xero’s $150 million)
    • May was second highest with $91 million raised by 7 companies
2012 comparison
Last year Finovate alums took in almost twice as much as 2012, when 44 Finovate alums collectively raised $460 million. The chart below shows the quarter-by-quarter comparison for both years.
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Quarter 1 — blog post
More than $155 million raised by 14 companies
January — $57 million raised by 6 companies
February — $56 million raised by 5 companies

March — $42 million raised by 4 companies


Quarter 2 — blog post
More than $205 million raised by 15 companies
June — $81.7 million raised by 6 companies
May — $91.5 million raised by 7 companies
April — $32 million raised by 2 companies

Quarter 3 — blog post
More than $171 million raised by 22 companies

July — More than $63 million raised by 8 companies
August — More than $26 million raised by 6 companies
September — $82 million raised by 9 companies
Quarter 4
More than $294 million raised by 17 companies

October— $177 raised by 6 companies
November — More than $87 million raised by 7 companies
December — More than $30 million raised by 6 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they first appeared at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

Finovate Alumni News– November 8, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgadesso to sell & implement Backbase’s Customer Experience Platform in Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
  • ValidSoft announces appointment of Paul Burmester as CEO. Pat Carroll to assume role of Executive Chairman.
  • Fidor Bank expanding into Russia through a joint venture Life.Sreda.
  • Numbrs, Kofax make American Banker’s “Top 10 FinTech Companies to Watch” roster.
  • Intuit announces partnership with American Express to support receipt data integration to QuickBooks.
  • La Caixa launches social network for its investors, StockTactics.
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.