Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate, FinDEVr Alum News at Money20/20″
  • “Figo Announces New “Seven-Figure” Financing Round”

Around the web

  • Payoneer Selected by Amazon to Expand Cross-Border Payment Options in Select Countries.
  • Business Insider names Holvi, BehavioSec, Trustly, Meniga, and Klarna among the 12 hottest Nordic fintech startups.
  • Xero reaches 600,000 subscribers in 180 countries.
  • Tradeshift launches Tradeshift Risk, a solution to monitor and mitigate supplier risk.
  • ayondo launches first product in Singapore.
  • Crowdfund Insider interviews Krista Morgan, CEO and co-founder of P2Binvestor.
  • ACI Worldwide acquires payment gateway, PAY.ON.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Tom Villante, CEO and co-founder of YapStone.
  • MainStreet features “simplified 401(k) robo-adviser” Blooom.
  • SavingAdvice.com reviews Motif Investing.

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 Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Last Call! FinovateFall Tickets Going … Going … “
  • “FinovateFall 2015: Mapping Fintech’s International Neighborhood”

Around the web

  • The Forrester Wave: Omnichannel Banking Solutions report recognizes Backbase as leader.
  • BizEquity signs contract with Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York.
  • North American retailer Newegg chooses Payoneer to simplify its cross-border payments.
  • Zopa and Nostrum Group earn spots on The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 roster.
  • Philippine bitcoin-remittance service Rebit teams up with mobile money-transfer specialist, ZipZap.
  • Let’s Talk Payments looks at Wealthfront and Betterment in a discussion on the effectiveness of robo-advisers.

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

  • “Finovate Debuts: Slice Introduces Intelligent Shopping API”
  • “Arxan Technologies Drafts Joe Sander as CEO”

Around the web

  • Kasasa reaches milestone: 300+ community FIs now offer Kasasa to members, a total of 823,000 accounts.
  • NY Times lists Betterment, Coinbase, Wealthfront, ZenPayroll as companies that may be the next startup unicorns.
  • Crowdfund Insider: Zopa tops £1 million in loans, a U.K. first for peer-to-peer lending.
  • Global News interviews Karl Martin, Nymi CEO and founder.
  • Trustly bolsters team with appointments from H&M and Klarna.
  • FIS launches financial inclusion lab in India.
  • SME Insider interviews CurrencyTransfer.com‘s CEO Daniel Abrahams.
  • Silanis to deploy eSignLive technology with TransGuard and Occidental Fire & Casualty.
  • Puerto Rico-based Evertec to enable mobile e-commerce courtesy of Acculynk’s PaySecure.
  • Payoneer wins contract with Dailymotion.
  • NPR interviews Pindrop Security‘s CEO Vijay Balasubramaniyan.
  • Selling Power ranks OnDeck 17 out of 50 on its list of 2015 Best Companies to Sell For.
  • Nostrum Group receives FCA authorization for debt administration to cover its involvement in customer loan accounts and debt collection.

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

  • “More than 30 Alums Earn Spots on the Hot Topics 100 Most Influential People in Fintech Roster”
  • “Finovate Debuts: How DRAFT Offers Transparency into Investment Performance”

Around the web

  • Patch of Land to directly secure all existing and future loans with underlying collateral.
  • The College Investor reviews FutureAdvisor.
  • The Denver Post profiles Broomfield-based Avoka Technologies. See Avoka at FinovateFall 2015 in New York City in September.
  • Matchi launches new insurance category.
  • Pymnts interviews Flint Mobile’s CEO Greg Goldfarb on how its solution will adapt to the upcoming liability shift.
  • Larky to power CoastHills Credit Union’s privi, a mobile app that delivers instant member savings and loyalty.
  • Let’s Talk Payments looks at Venmo and its new group-payments feature.
  • Payoneer partners with freelance jobs platform, Nebbish.com.
  • Expensify launches real-time expense reports.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland hosts hackathon in partnership with Open Bank Project.

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.

 

Payoneer Pulls in $50 Million

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PayoneerPlacedMobileCross-border payments platform Payoneer closed its eighth round of funding yesterday, a $50 million investment from seven contributors.

Financiers include new investors Greylock, Secondary Market, and Wellington Management. Existing investors Carmel Ventures, Nyca Partners, Ping An, and Susquehanna Growth Equity also contributed.

The new installment brings the company’s total funding to $90 million. While shares were purchased from existing investors, all of Payoneer’s major shareholders retained the majority of their holdings.

Payoneer’s money-transfer solutions enable small businesses and professionals to receive funds in 150 currencies and withdraw the money to their local bank account in their own currency. It also facilitates mass payouts for businesses looking to transfer money internationally, a service that supports companies such as newegg, airbnb, and fiverr.

The New York-based company has 500 employees in offices across Silicon Valley, Europe, and Asia.

Payoneer debuted its commercial account capability at FinovateAsia 2013. Check out the live demo video below:

 

 

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

Around the web

  • FIDO Alliance now certifies security products from Entersekt and MicroStrategy.
  • Prosper updates credit model to PMI 6.
  • Boku acquires Mobileview Italia, offering it access to all four of the major mobile carriers in Italy.
  • NAFCU chooses Geezeo as PFM Preferred Partner.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions unveils CL Originate, its next generation, cloud-based loan-origination platform.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at Tradeshift’s acquisition of Merchantry.
  • BlackBerry and PayPal team up to beta test P2P payments via BBM in Canada.
  • Albawaba profiles Zooz and its unique approach to hiring developer talent.
  • Partnership with DigitalMailer to enable Primadata to provide its clients with the ability to send digital statements.
  • The Tennessean names ProfitStars a 2015 Top Workplace.

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

  • “Ask Finovate: Who’s Who in Voice Banking Technology?”

Around the web

  • American Banker talks with miiCard CEO James Varga on how miiCard creates “digital passports” for consumers to prove their identities without oversharing information.
  • Pymnts considers Mitek’s latest acquisition.
  • Canandaigua National Bank & Trust hires Insuritas  to expand the bank’s existing insurance agency with its omni-channel, insurance-agency platform.
  • Payoneer expands presence in India.
  • LendingTree adds Ascend Consumer Finances to its personal loan-lender network.
  • EyeVerify partners with Olcsan CAD Technology to bring eye-vein biometric technology to Turkey.
  • StrategyEye interviews Jens Saltin, Klarna’s head of expansion.
  • The Telegraph’s column on the high cost of bank transfer fees highlights TransferWise.
  • T24 Islamic core banking solution from Temenos now available as cloud-based service.
  • Dwolla ditches the quarter, stops charging 25-cent transaction fee.
  • Arxan extends its application-protection platform to support apps built on Android on Intel Architecture.
  • Xero reaches 500,000 customers for its cloud accounting service, sets sights on 1-million-customers milestone.
  • VentureBeat names Prosper, Lending Club, and TransferWise in list of billion-dollar companies.
  • Finaeos forges partnership with Tata Consulting 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 Alums Take Gold, Silver and Bronze at PYMNTS Innovation Awards 2015

Sixteen Finovate and FinDEVr alums have been recognized by the PYMNTS Innovation Awards 2015. Three alums, MasterCard , Clover Network and OnDeck took home top honors in their categories, winning gold in “Best New Technology,” “Best POS Innovation,” and “Best Small Business Innovation,” respectively. The rest of the alum field earned silver and bronze in 13 additional categories, including LoopPay, which earned Silver for Best New Technology and a Bronze for “Most Innovative.”

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More than 600 companies competed for the awards, with more than 10,000 votes tallied. Finalists were selected by an expert panel, and the top five companies in each category were submitted to the “PYMNTS community” for voting. In addition to the Innovation Awards, the event recognized Phil Tomlinson of TSYS (also a Finovate alum) and Michael Joseph of Safaricom, inducting both into the PYMNTS Hall of Fame. Two women, Carey Kolaja, VP of Global Consumer Products for PayPal and Perse Faily, CEO of Tillster, were also recognized at the event. Apple took home the Innovation Award’s Catalyst Award for what MPD CEO Karen Webster called during the award ceremony, “creating a roadmap for the industry” with its ApplePay innovation.

The full list of winning alums is below. For more information about the Innovation Awards 2015, including the full list of all finalists, visit their page here.

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Bronze

Finovate Alumni News: March 2, 2015

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  • Bank Innovation takes a look at how Xignite “democratizes” financial trading.
  • ACI Worldwide teams up with STS PayOne to build fraud prevention technology for e-commerce merchants in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Payoneer appoints Neil Platt to Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Medium.com column on the money-transfer industry features CurrencyFair and TransferWise.
  • Financeit receives $75 million renewal from Pacific & Western Bank of Canada to help expand consumer financing program.
  • PYMNTS interviews Fiserv on how banks can capitalize on emerging trends.
  • Google launches a status dashboard for several of its cloud infrastructure services in the Google Cloud Platform.
  • PayPal acquires Paydiant for an estimated $280 million.
  • PayPal debuts chip & PIN and NFC payments-acceptance device.
  • Authentify Ranked 46 out of 500 Hottest Security Firms; its xFA Solution is a finalist for Authentication Solution of the Year.
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– January 7, 2015

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  • Algomi announces Jesper Bruun-Olsen as new head of Asia-Pacific operations.
  • LendingTree parent company, Tree, to change corporate name back to LendingTree.
  • New York Daily News coverage of financial advisor, Nicole Lapin, references Toshl Finance.
  • European CEO publishes an extended feature on ayondo.
  • American Banker considers how Larky offers geolocation-based offer services to community banks.
  • KissMyAds partners with Payoneer to receive funds through Payoneer MasterCard.
  • ABC News features Betterment and Wealthfront to help investments.
  • AboutThatRatio names Dwolla, Wealthfront and Kabbage as 3 fintech companies to watch.
  • How Backbase Engage Upgrades Banks’ Digital Channels.
  • Coinbase redesigns iOS and Android wallet apps.
  • SigFig Starts 2015 with New Mobile Features, Refreshed Look.
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– August 7, 2014

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  • Payoneer partners with Gosocet to bring cross-border e-invoicing capabilities to Latin American businesses.
  • American Banker interviews Green Dot CEO, Steve Streit, on the relationship between fraud and reload cards.
  • PYMNTS column on what to expect in the 2nd half of 2014 features thoughts from Justin Benson, CEO of Spreedly, and Teri Llach, CMO of Blackhawk 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.

Alumni News– August 7, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTSYS to license payment transaction processing platform to Metrobank Card Corporation in the Philippines.
  • Payoneer partners with Gosocet to bring cross-border e-invoicing capabilities to Latin American businesses.
  • American Banker interviews Green Dot CEO, Steve Streit, on the relationship between fraud and reload cards.
  • PYMNTS column on what to expect in the 2nd half of 2014 features thoughts from Justin Benson, CEO of Spreedly, and Teri Llach, CMO of Blackhawk 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.