Updated: Pindrop Security Raises $35 Million

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A major infusion of capital has put the total funding for Pindrop Security at more than $42 million.

The leader of the $35 million Series B round was described in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a “new West Coast investor.” The Chronicle adds that the new investor has valued Pindrop at more than $200 million.

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The new capital will help Pindrop expand its operations. The Atlanta-based company says it will add 100 jobs in engineering, software development, and sales and marketing—as well as look for a new, larger workspace.
Pindrop Security specializes in combating phone fraud for enterprise call centers. Using acoustic fingerprinting, Pindrop’s technology isable to tell the difference between fraudulent and authentic callers. The company’s services include a database of more than 300,000 phone numbers associated with 40,000 phone-fraud “fingerprints,” a fraud-detection system to prevent call spoofing, and real-time call forwarding protection.
And because of the growing use of phones as part of a multifactor authentication process that requires an out-of-band component, Pindrop also sees its technology as a way to make sure that the phone is the strongest link.
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Presenter: Pindrop Security CEO Vijay Balasubramaniyan at FinovateFall 2012
Pindrop Security partnered in AGNOTiO in May to help call centers adapt to safety concerns from mobile customers. And in December, the company teamed up with Contact Solutions and IDology to develop technology to defend against IVR (interactive voice response) fraud.  Pindrop Security launched its combined voice biometric/phoneprinting fraud detection system last year, as well as its NCE mobile NFC payments solution.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2011, Pindrop Security demoed at FinovateFall 2012 in New York. Vijay Balasubramaniyan is CEO.

Alumni News– December 11, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMalauzai Software announces launch of its SmartMarketing program to promote mobile banking.
  • Azimo extends £1 money transfer service to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
  • Information Week takes a look at mobile payment apps including Flint.
  • Mortgage Harmony rebrands as Rate Reset.
  • Contact Solutions, IDology, and Pindrop Security team up to Cut IVR Fraud.
  • Examiner.com: Dynamics‘ next-generation credit card features buttons to log-in PIN security code.
  • Lendio CEO explains how his company is fueling the American dream.
  • Prosper comments on Lending Club IPO, expects to top $9 billion in loans this year.
  • PayNearMe partners with Department of Health and Human Services to spread the word about healthcare.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems to provide its PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) Solution to Priority Payment clients.
  • Career Bliss lists PayPal, Intuit, and Google in the top 50 happiest companies in the U.S.
  • Lending Club launches IPO, shares rally 70% in early trading.
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 14, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTIO Networks partners with New Jersey’s Public Service Electric and Gas Company to set up bill payment kiosks.
  • Pindrop Security and AGNITiO partner to protect call centers as they adapt to an increasingly mobile customer base.
  • Bolstr explains the basics of crowdfunding on NBC Chicago.
  • Loop Wallet app now available on Android.
  • Maps Credit Union chooses ACI Worldwide’s online banking platform.
  • Javelin Strategy takes a look at bill pay alternatives to Manilla, including Finovera.
  • BodeTree brings in $2 million in Series A round.
  • SavedPlus, LikeFolio, Wallaby, FutureAdvisor, Simple and Wealthfront earn spots on CNN Money’s list of the 15 best financial websites and apps.
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– April 18, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTuition.io brings in funding, surpasses $1 billion in loans under management.
  • eWeek talks to Pindrop Security about scams during tax season.
  • PYMNTS.com chats with miiCard CEO James Varga about identity theft.
  • Financial Samurai interviews FutureAdvisor CEO, Bo Lu.
  • Lending Club raises $115 million in debt and equity; acquires Springstone Financial.
  • Kabbage blog features Expensify in its list of the 10 best mobile apps for small businesses.
  • MasterCard to acquire APAC-region loyalty and rewards provider, Pinpoint.
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– April 2, 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.jpgBottomline Technologies buys Andera for $48 million.
  • Marketing Land takes a look at Narrative Science’s free, Google Analytics app, Quill Engage.
  • Saudi Arabian Bank Albilad to deploy FIS’ card management system and switching platform.
  • TradeKing promotes Kevin Delo to Chief Information Officer.
  • Startups.co.uk interviews Tradeshift CEO, Christian Lanng.
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle looks at Pindrop Security’s growth: doubling its workforce and has quadrupled its workspace.
  • Check Point Software Technologies launches new ZoneAlarm 2015 security product line.
  • Finovate alums raise $600 million in first quarter of 2014.
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– February 28, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPindrop Security launches Industry’s First Combined Voice Biometric and Phoneprinting Fraud Detection System.
  • Tyfone launches mobile banking platform for small and medium FIs.
  • Taulia launches Taulia Enhanced Discounting which gives organizations the choice of using cash or the capital of a third-party FI to pay early.
  • FreeAgent launches its first dedicated division giving direct support to UK accountants and their clients.
  • ShopKeep POS reaches 10,000 customers, announces expansion in Ireland and western U.S.
  • PrivatBank launches HCE mobile NFC payments solution.
  • Housing Wire lists Realty Mogul among its 100 most innovative technology companies for 2014.
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– February 4, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNous makes it to the finals of UK’s Million Pound Startup competition. Check them out at FinovateEurope in London.
  • Luminous partners with Jack Henry & Associates. Come see them both at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Pindrop Security achieves record growth in 2013 fueled by rising phone-based fraud.
  • Sun Hearlad features Finovera as a new site to help manage personal finances.
  • In yet another partnership, Refundo partners with Stripe to process payments for tax preparers.
  • CNB Texas launches responsive design website from Banno for greater cross-sell potential.
  • Top-Five U.S. Bank makes million dollar investment in software licenses for Kofax’s Mobile Capture. Come see Kofax’s live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • VentureBeat lists TransferWise among London’s hottest startups.
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 21, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBraintree opening office in Sydney, Australia, that will cater to developers and startups.
  • Monitise named winner in the Inspire Wales Awards.
  • Pindrop Security raises $11 million led by Andreessen Horowitz and Citi Ventures.
  • Metaforic wins American Technology Award for Cyber Security.
  • New Business interviews CurrencyFair founders on saving money when making foreign currency transactions.
  • Biz Report’s Mobile Marketing column features 3 tips to improve location-based campaigns in an interview with Locaid CEO, Rip Gerber.
  • INTJ Capital takes a look at QuantConnect’s announcement that it has added historical FX and US equity tick data.
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.

Pindrop Security Raises $11 Million Led by Andreessen Horowitz and Citi Ventures

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Pindrop Security, a startup that aims to stop caller ID fraud, announced today that it has received $11 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Citi Ventures.

Other investors contributing to Pindrop’s Series A round include:

The Atlanta-based company plans on using the funds to add resources in engineering, operations, and sales and marketing in the U.S., Canada and Europe in order to better meet customer demand.

Scott Weiss, General Partner for Andreessen Horowitz, has joined Pindrop’s board.

To learn more about Pindrop Security, watch its FinovateFall 2012 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– March 8, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTechCrunch reports: PayPal separates developer platform from X.commerce, launches Simpler mobile APIs.
  • Springwise considers the open source nature of TESOBE’s OpenBankProject.
  • Pindrop Security named the Best Rookie Security Company at the 2013 SC Awards.
  • Servant of Chaos reports: SocietyOne eyes off disruption in personal lending.
  • Intuit Small Business blog lists Mint and Expensify as 2 of 4 apps to help manage your small business.
  • UK Wired Magazine reports BehavioSec invents alternative to passwords using biometric fingerprints.
  • Edison Investment Research publishes report covering Virtual Piggy.
  • Founder and CEO of Fuze Network, Dave Wilkes, to speak at the 2013 BAI Payments Connect Conference & Expo.
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.

2012 Funding for Finovate Alumni– More than $450 Million Raised

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After an impressive 2011, where more than $423 million was raised, 2012 was even better, with more than $450 raised.
A few stand-out metrics for the year:
  • A total of 44 companies received funding, some more than once in 2012
  • Combined, more than $450 million was raised
  • The best quarter for raising capital was the first quarter when more than $150 was raised
  • The biggest funding month this year was March, with more than $68 million raised by three companies
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received.
January — $25 million raised by 3 companies
Currensee: $2 million — blog post
Finsphere: $11.3 million — blog post
HelloWallet: $12 million — blog post
February — $57 million raised by 5 companies
Capital Access Network: $30 million — blog post
Dwolla: $5 million — blog post
Jemstep: $6 million — blog post
Kabbage: undisclosed — blog post
Xero: $16.6 million — blog post
March — $68 million raised by 3 companies
Boku: $35 million — blog post
eToro: $15 million — blog post
ThreatMetrix: $18 million — blog post
April — $2.5 million raised by 1 company
miiCard: $2.5 million — blog post
May — $55.5 million raised by 5 companies
Kony: $15 million – blog post
Pindrop Security: $1 million — blog post
SecureKey: $30 million — blog post
SoMoLend: $1.17 million — blog post
Yodlee: $8.3 million — blog post
June — More than $62 million raised by 8 companies
Affinity Solutions: $14.5 million — blog post
Arroweye Solutions: $3 million — blog post
Cartera Commerce: $12.2 million — blog post
Credit Sesame: $12 million — blog post
Doughmain: undisclosed — blog post
Lending Club: $15 million — blog post
Nutmeg: $5.3 million — blog post
Planwise: $200,000 — blog post
July — $6 million raised by 2 companies
Continuity Control: $1 million — press release
SaveUp: $5 million — blog post
August — More than $49 million raised by 6 companies*
DemystData: undisclosed — blog post
FutureAdvisor: $5 million — blog post
FreeMonee: $34 million — blog post
The Currency Cloud: $3.1 million — blog post
CashStar: $5 million — blog post
Continuity Control: $2.25 million — blog post
September — More than $59 million raised by 5 companies
Banno: $2 million — press release
Betterment: $10 million — press release
Edo Interactive: $15 million — press release
Fuze Network: $2.5 million — press release
Kabbage: $30 million — blog post
October — $37 million raised by 2 companies
The Currency Cloud: $1.9 million — blog post
Braintree: $35 million — blog post
November — More than $23 raised by 4 com
panies
ActivePath: $10 million — blog post
Jingit: $7 million — blog post
Bazaarvoice: $6.7 million — blog post
Xero: $49 million — blog post
December — More than $16 million raised by 4 companies
Waspit: $3 million — blog post
Controlabill: $570,000 (A$600,000) — blog post
Zopa: undisclosed — blog post
ShopKeep POS: $10 million – blog post
Clover Networks: $3.3 million – blog post
*In addition to the companies listed for August, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments.
Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at Julie@Finovate.com or David@Finovate.com.

Pindrop Security Launches Fraud Detection System

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Then, Pindrop Security launched a solution to protect FIs against fraud:

“FFIEC Authentication Guidance recommends out-of-band methods to verify online (web-based) transactions as part of their layered security approach. Most banks use the phone to do this by placing a phone call to verify an online transaction. However, attackers are using fraudulent call forwarding and number porting to redirect this phone call to the attacker’s phones. 

Pindrop Security is introducing a first-of-its-kind service to protect financial institutions against fraudulent customer out-of-band verification by identifying when a call is reaching a legitimate customer and when the call has been forwarded/ported to a new device.”

Product Launched: September 2012
HQ Location: Atlanta, GA
Company Founded: April 2011
Metrics: Pindrop employs 15 people as of September 2012, and we’re hiring. We raised $1M in seed funding and have also been granted significant funding through National Science Foundation grants. We have deployed at a Top 5 bank and are engaged in most of the top financial institutions.
Twitter: @pindropsecurity
Finovate demo videofinovate.com/fall12vid/ (demo video will be posted next week)
Introducing Vijay Balasubramaniyan (CEO) and Matt Anthony (VP Marketing)
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