Finovate Alumni News


  • “Finovate Debuts: LoanNow Helps Borrowers ‘Outperform their FICO Score'”

Around the web

  • HedgeCoVest launches its real-time, hedge fund replication platform.
  • First Republic Bank to deploy virtual banking solutions from Q2 Holdings.
  • The Independent takes a look at Klarna and the power of micropayment.
  • oneID featured in MacWorld as a two-factor authentication app for the Apple Watch.
  • Allied Wallet now a supported online payment provider of Spreedly.
  • emX Select from eMoney Advisor now integrated with Dropbox.
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung features Trustly and Klarna (in German).
  • Bank Innovation profile on alternative fintech capitals looks at Iceland and highlights Meniga.
  • Ripple Labs adds former Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) CEO Donald Donahue as advisor.
  • A review of local fintech startups in the Boston Globe features Kensho and Quantopian.
  • Temenos wins “Best Core Banking System” honors from Banker Africa East Africa Awards 2015.
  • American Banker considers how Namu covers the emotional side of banking.
  • Entrepreneur lists Patch of Land as 1 of 100 brilliant companies to watch in 2015.
  • Pendo Systems wins awards from international financial technology publications, the New Jersey Technology Council, and SWIFT.
  • Asian Wealth Times: “Singapore’s MoneySmart to Launch PFM tools with Ewise”
  • Finaeos teams up with TATA Consulting Services to help SMBs take advantage of Regulation A+ of the JOBS Act.

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


  • Get Your Kicks: DriveWealth Earns Investment from Route 66 Ventures. See DriveWealth make its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2015 next week in San Jose.

Around the web

  • India’s Karnataka Bank deploys “e-lobby” services from FIS. See FIS in action at FinovateSpring 2015.
  • Ayasdi earns spot on Computer Reseller News’ Big Data 100 for the third year in a row.
  • WhatTheyThink interviews Didier Rouillard, VP of service provider business for GMC Software Technologies.
  • Ventana Research highlights Nomis Solutions in report on price- and revenue-optimization software.
  • KUBRA to integrate InComm’s Cashtie API into its services.
  • Boku launches carrier billing technology on Google Play in Saudi Arabia.
  • Re/code: FutureAdvisor Launches Free Service to Manage College Investments
  • Killer Startups profiles oneID and its “internet without passwords.”

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


  • HedgeCoVest Wins Top Honors at 2015 Benzinga Fintech Awards

Around the web

  • oneID launches its simple, free solution to secure personal information online across all devices.
  • Born2Invest talks about “thematic investing” in its review of Motif Investing.
  • Currency Cloud opens offices in New York, kicking off its U.S. expansion.
  • Select Mobile Money from Cachet Financial Solutions now supports Apple Watch.
  • Sberbank launches new digital platform based on technology from Backbase.
  • Five Degrees named winner of Dutch FinTech Awards in Banking & IT category.
  • PYMNTS looks at Ezbob’s role in SMB lending in the United Kingdom.
  • PayNearMe enables customers of LA Covered to pay their monthly premiums in cash.
  • Critical Mass radio show interviews CEO Jack Bicer.
  • Trulioo wins Europe’s 2015 Digital Identity Innovation Award. Watch Trulioo demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • NAB links core API technology to Xero’s accounting cloud ecosystems, connecting client’s online bank to their Xero account.
  • Authentify enables E-Transfer Technologies to protect currency trading accounts with mobile multifactor authentication.
  • Forbes: Kony and Soasta partner to close the mobile development and monitoring loop.

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 Alums Make Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative in Finance

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Who knew? More than half of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in finance are Finovate alums.

Don’t just take our word for it. Fast Company published its roster of innovation in the financial space as part of their quest to find those companies that are “creating radical new approaches to move cash from one place to another.” 

And among such widely-known and talked-about entities as Square and Bitcoin, we find more than a handful of innovators who have used the Finovate stage to help show their technology to the world.

Take a look at the companies below, accompanied by Fast Company’s take on just what makes each innovator truly unique.

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Fast Company: “For connecting banks and other clients to frazzled end users when problems arise.”

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Fast Company: “For daring to take on the fee-laden credit card establishment.”

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Fast Company: “For slashing pesky foreign-exchange costs by creating a transparent peer-to-peer network.”

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Fast Company: “For establishing a single login for web users and taking a giant leap toward eradicating the scourge of the Internet: passwords.”
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Fast Company: “For luring international customers with a mobile-payment network that lets them purchase with a simple click.”

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Fast Company: “For creating a social network that lets traders emulate those with skin in the game.”
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Where the Alums Are: A Remembrance of FinovateSpring Past

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It is hard to believe that it is almost time for FinovateSpring 2014.

There’s still plenty of time for you to get your tickets to our upcoming event in San Jose, California on April 29 and 30. Our final Sneak Peek preview post is up, all the companies who were prepping under the radar are now out of stealth, and we can’t wait for you to see what this year’s spring crop of fintech entrepreneurs and innovators has in store.

Before we do, however, let’s take a moment to take a look back at last year’s FinovateSpring alums. As we scrolled through blog archives, several themes jumped out: the appetite for startups remains as passionate as ever, with three of our Spring 2013 alums being acquired by such financial sector potentates as Intuit and PayPal. And venture capitalists continue to see innovation in this space as a more than worthwhile investment, with 20 separate fundings for Spring 2013 alums

We’ve grouped the achievements into four categories: Exits, Fundings, Awards, and Acquisitions. Enjoy!

  • Jack Henry buys Banno for undisclosed sum
  • The rumors are true: eBay’s PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million in cash
  • Intuit buys tax planning/preparation specialist GoodApril
  • TaxAct acquires Balance Financial
  • CardFlight secures $1.6 million in seed funding from ff Venture Capital
  • Encap earns seven-figure investment from ProVenture Seed
  • EyeVerify earns $2.3 million in Series A funding
  • Jemstep raises $4.5 million in Series A round
  • Kabbage brings in $270 million in debt financing to provide small businesses with funding of their own
  • Kabbage brings in $75 MIllion in debt financing
  • Leaf raises $20 million from Heartland Payment Systems
  • Alternative lender LendUp raises $14 million in new funding
  • D3 Banking creator Lodo Software Brings in $3 million
  • Narrative Science secures $11.5 million in Series C funding
  • OpenCoin wins investment from Google Ventures, IDG Capital Partners
  • P2BInvestor raises $1.2 million in Series A round
  • PayNearMe leverages Family Dollar Partnership; raises $20 million
  • PayNearMe raises $10 million in Series D funding, launches Express Merchant Onboarding Option
  • Prestadero raises 5 million pesos ($400,000 USD) in first round of funding
  • Quantopian raises $6.7 million in Series A round
  • Realty Mogul raises $9 million in round led by Canaan Partners
  • SeedInvest raises $2 million in crowdfunded investment campaign
  • SeedInvest Raises $1 million in round Led by Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
  • Zooz Closes $2 million Series A round Led by XSeed Capital
  • OpenCoin acquires SimpleHoney
  • Kofax acquires data integration software provider Kapow Technologies
  • NICE to acquire Causata to enhance customer experience management

Trustev Wins SXSW Accelerator Award for Top Enterprise Startup

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Fresh off their Finovate debut, Irish-based real-time ID verification innovator Trustev is the latest winner in the SXSW Accelerator awards in the Enterprise and Big Data category.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,”Trustev CEO Pat Phelan said in an interview with News At One. “I’m just moving to the U.S. to head up the U.S. launch of the business.”


More than 1,000 companies applied for this year’s SXSW Accelerator. Forty-eight were selected to compete for 18 spots in the competition’s final round.
This year marks the sixth year of the event, held in Austin, Texas as part of the annual SXSW Music Film Interactive. Previous Accelerator participants include Klout (2009) and Siri (2010), as well as Finovate alums Kabbage (2011), OneID, and Toopher (both 2012).
A specialist in online fraud detection, Trustev serves more than 100 customers in five countries, and has raised more than $3.5 million in seed and angel funding. The company recently announced a partnership with Datameer, a big data analytics firm, that will help them further enhance the capabilities of their fraud detection system.
Trustev was named Europe’s Top Technology Startup by the EU Commission, and was recognized as one of the Hottest Global Startups by Forbes magazine. See the company in action in their video from FinovateEurope in February here.

Finovate Alumni News– June 28, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network achieves new record of $66 million in monthly volume.
  • CoverHound names Keith Moore Chief Marketing Officer.
  • ProjectionHub and Lendio partner to help small businesses find the right loan.
  • Green Bay Press Gazette features GoBank on the heels of the company’s public launch this week.
  • Kashoo publishes interview with company “Jack of All Trades” Amrik Randhawa.
  • OneID provided to students of Sydney, Australia’s MacQuarie University.
  • Techcrunch takes a look at LendUp’s plan to provide instant online, mobile loans.
  • SeedInvest raises $1 million in round led by the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network.
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 10, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgThe Oakland Tribune’s Inside Bay Area profiles OneID founder and CTO Steve Kirsch.
  • EZBOB adds variable lengths, longer periods, lower interest, and loyalty discounts on its loans.
  • Realty Mogul co-founder and CEO Jilliene Helman talks crowdfunding and real estate investing.
  • MicroStrategy business intelligence solution, MicroStrategy Express named a finalist at 2013 American Business Awards.
  • Newfination interviews Jilliene Helman, co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul.
  • SF Gate blog looks at Personal Capital, Wealthfront, and FutureAdvisor.
  • Newfination interviews Kristoffer Lawson, Holvi CEO, on replacing your bank with Holvi.
  • Mortgagebot launches MortgageMarvel site to help consumers shop for mortgages.
  • CNET interviews Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche on recent funding and future growth.
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek takes a look at the business of Google Wallet.
  • Money Under 30 reviews TradeKing.
  • Intellaegis’s masterQueue technology helps catch wanted fugitive.
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 29, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgPaymentsSource talks with Noam Inbar, VP for product development for Zooz.
  • OneID takes a look at the “security theater” of Twitter’s two-factor authentication.
  • TSYS renews payment processing arrangement with Nationwide Building Society.
  • Pizza Marketplace interviews Leaf director of sales Alex MacKenzie on mobile marketing.
  • MIT Technology Review features OpenCoin.
  • Waspit to release new UX & mobile Apps in August to coincide with the new academic year.
  • TIO Networks partners with the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services and payment processor Paymentus to help customers make child support payments.
  • Virtual Piggy partners with ClickandBuy to Increase Customer Signups, Conversions, and Sales.
  • Mitek receives patent for signature verification and fraud detection.
  • Christian Lanng, TradeShift CEO, takes on the position of Chairman alongside the responsibilities of CEO.
  • CU Times highlights Moven, Micronotes, GoBank, Refundo, AuthenticID, MoneyDesktop, Mint, FIS, Escardgo, and GoNow as noteworthy demos at FinovateSpring 2013.
  • Silicon Prairie News features Banno and EyeVerify demos at FinovateSpring.
  • Check (formerly Pageonce) and Lending Club are among the emerging financial services companies highlighted in Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report.
  • SaveUp helps credit union members save more than $400 million.
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 20, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgQuantopian featured in the print edition of Barron’s Electronic Investor column.
  • Software company Malauzai, technology partner with Allied Payment Networks, talks mobile photo bill pay adoption rates.
  • CardNotPresent takes a look at OneID’s two-factor authentication technology.
  • Palo Alto Software collaborates with MasterCard to provide lean planning and management software solutions to small businesses.
  • Lendio interviews BBC Easy founders in a podcast on its blog.
  • CommunityLend’s FinanceIt launches paperless document function.
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.

OneID Introduces One-Click Login, Two-Factor Authentication Security Solution

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The team from OneID is making its way to the stage. The company brings together advanced encryption and a distributed cloud architecture to help consumers transact easier, safer, and more efficiently online and on the go.
“By combining a tap- and click-driven user experiences with public key cryptography, OneID delivers convenience and security to consumers and providers alike.
  • Login: Single-click login, no password needed
  • Two-Factor Authentication: Customizable to meet different security requirements
  • Cross-Sell: Removes friction with single-click form filling
  • Top of Wallet: Increases purchase frequency with e-commerce deployment of OneID.”
Product Launched: May 2013
HQ Location: Redwood City, CA
Company Founded: May 2011
Metrics: $7 million raised; 20 employees 
Twitter: @OneID
Presenting Alex Doll (CEO) and Clay Hausmann (VP Marketing)


Finovate Alumni News– May 9, 2013

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  • Compass Plus presents instant card issuance in debut appearance at CARTES America conference.
  • SAGE SA names Amir Suleman as Head of Sales for Middle East.
  • Striata receives PCI compliance for its Grade 1 infrastructure in the UK.
  • New Europe Online interviews eToro’s Head of Product Marketing, Alon Levitan, about how eToro is changing online trading.
  • features SaveUp’s Priya Haji.
  • PEHub interviews Drew Sievers, who led mFoundry to an acquisition by FIS.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee leverages Billhighway Give to Reach Fundraising Goals.
  • Perfectsen selected as a semi-finalist for the Innotribe Startup Challenge 2013.
  • OneID wins 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Come see their presentation at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Locaid earns extended relationship with LaaS company Timesheet Mobile. See Locaid demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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.