Finovate Alumni News


  • “Social Trading Company ayondo Appoints New CFO Prior to Reverse Takeover IPO”
  • “Ignite Sales Taps Ex-Fiserv SVP as New CEO”
  • “VoicePIN Launches New SaaS Model for SMEs”
  • “Realty Mogul Reaches $200 Million in Funded Real Estate Transactions”

Around the web

  • Markit adds Federal Republic of Germany to derivatives trade-management service.
  • FIS introduces Banking by Appointment with TimeTrade.
  • Zopa partners with to offer cell phone financing.
  • RegTech event sponsored by BBVA features presentation by Ayasdi.
  • Infosys wins five-year contract with Commerzbank.
  • Temenos welcomes new core banking client, BMO Asia Pacific.
  • Fiserv adds ten years to its loan processing, private-label credit partnership with John Deere Financial.
  • Buzz Points and Xtend partner to provide new loyalty rewards program to credit unions.
  • Bloomberg features TradeSafe, a distributed ledger from Standard Chartered and DBS Group that uses Ripple.
  • eSignLive unveils new UX featuring responsive design.
  • TechCrunch column on APIs features Signifyd, Plaid, and Twilio.
  • The Law of Startups interviews B.J. Lackland, Lighter Capital CEO.
  • WorkFusion earns recognition from Gartner in its “Cool Vendors in Smart Machines” 2016 report.
  •  Guardian Analytics introduces a certification program to help fraud examiners become familiar with the Guardian Analytics platform.
  • Crowdfund Insider interviews Emmanuel Marot, LendingRobot CEO.
  • Comarch launches prototype of wealth management app for virtual reality.

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-LogoV2(wdate)Our FinDEVr New York developer showcase last week was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today and save.


  • “What’s in a Name? Plaid Earns “Cool Vendor” Status from Gartner”
  • “Chain Launches Open Source Blockchain Protocol”

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • PayPal’s Venmo processed $3.2 billion in total payments volume in Q1 2016, an increase of 154% year-over-year.
  • Infosys Finacle teams up with Samsung SDS to give mobile banking customers better authentication technology.
  • A look at APIs in the robo-adviser industry by Bank Innovation underscores the role played by Xignite.
  • PYMNTS interviews Hyperwallet CEO Brent Warrington.

Alumni updates

  • Bluefin Payment Systems integrates Visa Data Secure Platform into its portfolio.
  • Xero for Payroll goes live in Pennsylvania, making the technology available in a total of 22 states.

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

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Zooz Raises $24 Million in its Largest Funding”
  • “Fiserv and INETCO Team Up to Enhance ATM Management”


  • “What’s in a Name? Plaid Earns “Cool Vendor” Status from Gartner”

Around the web

  • U.K.’s oldest bank, C. Hoare & Co, goes digital with Backbase.
  • “Crowdfund Insider: CAN Capital Forms Agreement with Entrepreneur to Provide SME Loans”
  • Huffington Post names Tactile Finance on its list of 15 women-led startups to watch in 2016.
  • Qumram opens offices in London and San Francisco. See Qumram at FinovateSpring in San Jose next week.
  • Core banking solutions from Wipro to power Paytm’s new payments bank.

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.

Intuit Developer Group Drops Financial Data APIs, Partners with Finicity to Ease Transition


Intuit Developer Group has decided to discontinue its Financial Services APIs (CAD), which provide financial account aggregation services to a number of third parties. Writing at Intuit’s developer page, Head of Financial Data Services Emily Silberstein explained that the service “no longer fits with our core growth strategy.”

“As of today (March 15, 2016), no new direct financial data API (CAD) developers will be allowed to move into production,” she wrote. The API will be maintained until November 15 to accommodate developers currently in production. Silberstein added that Intuit was partnering with Finicity which “will provide a façade API interface that translates Intuit-structured API calls into Finicity-structured API calls.”


Pictured: Intuit Developer Group’s Head of Financial Data Services, Emily Silberstein, during her presentation at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.

Over at Finicity, the company has already rolled out the welcome mat. Finicity assures newcomers that its APIs “have the same origins and Intuit’s” and that “our teams are doing all the hard work to make sure our new ‘Façade’ API is a true replica of Intuit’s API, so you don’t have to do another integration.” Developers can sign up to test drive the API at Finicity’s developer portal. The company is also offering two months of free service for developers who migrate to the Intuit façade API or Finicity’s API before July 15.


Making its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose, Finicity was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. A provider of API services for account aggregation, cash-flow verification, and account-ownership verification, Finicity is the maker of the TxPUSH API for Fintech Apps, which makes it easier for developers to use the Finicity API platform to receive account and transaction data instantly.

Intuit Developer Group demonstrated its Transactions and Identification APIs at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco last fall. In January, the company tapped Vinay Pai to be head of the developer team, and in February, the Group celebrated the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Intuit Developer Network and the release of the first QuickBooks API.

The decision by Intuit Developer Group leaves Finicity, Envestnet | Yodlee, and FinDEVr alum, Plaid, as the remaining few major firms providing financial account-aggregation services in the United States. Yodlee, acquired by Envestnet last August, released a simplified, more intuitive RESTful API architecture in February. The Redwood City, California-based company presented its financial data platform and rapid development kit at FinDEVr 2015.

20 Alums Make the First Forbes Fintech 50


There’s more to the Forbes Fintech 50 list than just an awesome logo featuring George Washington wearing wrap-around shades. Forbes compiled the list by soliciting information from 300 startups, then interviewing more than 150 CEOs, founders, and industry experts. To make the cut, companies were required to have operations in the U.S. and a viable product.*

Simply put, Forbes describes the companies on the list as “small firms destined to have a big impact on your financial future and possibly upend your portfolio.”

This year, 20 Finovate and FinDEVr alums made the cut:


  • Founded: 2012
  • HQ: London
  • Funding: $30 million
  • Customers: 14 large banks and 140 buy-side firms
  • FinovateFall 2014 demo




Credit Karma


  • Founded: 2009
  • HQ: Washington, D.C.
  • Exit: Purchased by Morningstar in 2014 for $52.5 million
  • FinovateFall 2015 demo



  • Founded: 2009
  • HQ: New York City, New York
  • Exit: Purchased by Northwestern Mutual in 2015 for $250+ million
  • FinovateFall 2013 demo


Personal Capital











*While the list excludes financial giants, Forbes included startups acquired by larger companies but operating independently.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “SumUp Brings its mPOS Technology to America”

Around the web

  • iSignthis and TikForce enter agreement for identity services.
  • Banks and merchants connected through Alpha Payments Cloud’s AlphaHub now have access to the iSignthis suite of services.
  • Functional Geekery interviews Plaid engineer David Chambers.
  • Power supplier ENEL to deploy TIS’s automated accounts payable and accounts receivables processing-solution across Russia.
  • TechCrunch Cribs features Credit Karma’s office.
  • Telefonica to work with Monitise in its transition to a cloud-based business.
  • Nigel Morris of QED Investors to join Zopa board of directors.
  • Fiserv launches wealth-management partnership with InvestEdge.
  • Trulioo, was named Top Innovator at the Integrate 2015 conference.

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.

The FinDEVr APIntelligence

Are you building new financial technology? Be sure to register now for the only event exclusively for fintech developers, FinDEVr 2015, Oct 6-7 in San Francisco.


The latest from FinDEVr 2015 presenters

  • Pinterest turns to Braintree to power PayPal payment option for browsing consumers.
  • FinDEVr 2015: First Round of Presenting Companies Revealed.
  • Backbase set to launch its first hackathon, 19/20 June 2015.
  • Spreedly now supports third-party tokens to help merchants continue to process transactions using their existing gateway-specific tokens from within Spreedly.
  • Thinking Capital announces new name, visual identity and tagline.
  • SandHill mentions SnoopWall as 1 of 5 Cool, Pre-VC, Cybersecurity Startups.
  • Avalara acquires Belgium-based VAT Applications.
  • UPS Capital Partners integrates with Kabbage to offer more SMBs access to a loan through UPS.

Alumni updates

  • Xero developed business apps that Apple is using to help market the iPad’s use in business.
  • looks at how Trulioo’s API defends startups against credit-card fraud.
  • Xero reaches 500,000 customers for its cloud accounting service, sets sights on 1 million customer milestone.
  • Verizon Ventures welcomes SimplyTapp to its portfolio of investments.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, Fandango, Sundance Catalog and Williams-Sonoma have all integrated Visa Checkout into their apps.
  • NerdWallet turns to Trulioo CEO Stepehn Ufford who offers 5 steps to protect against cyberthreats.

Stay up to date on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “PayPal’s Braintree Tapped to Turn Pinterest Browsers into Consumers”
  • “EyeVerify’s Partnership with Turkish Reseller Yields Vodafone Contract”
  • “U.K.-based TransferWise: Growth and Metrics Updates

Around the web

  • TradeHero updates mobile iOS app.
  • WSJ features how Venmo helps users instantly move money more cheaply.
  • Apple lists Xero among group of business apps Apple is using to market the iPad for use in business.
  • Indianapolis Business Journal looks at the rise of robo-advisors Betterment, Wealthfront, Hedgeable, and Motif Investing.
  • TSYS launches its Chip Card on Demand to help issuers make the transition through the October chip-liability shift.
  • Top Image Systems unveils its new mobile account opening and onboarding app, MobiENROLL.
  • Benzinga interviews Igor Gonta, CEO of Market Prophit, on the launch of his Twitter-based, social media, smart beta index.
  • Fox Business features Planwise, LendUp, Trulioo, Plaid, Wealthfront, TrueAccord, WePay, Flint, Lending Club, Prosper, LendingRobot, and FutureAdvisor in its roundup of “30 Hot Fintech Startups to Watch.”
  • New York Business Journal reviews its gamification strategy of PFM solution, Qapital.
  • Financial Times profiles LendUp and the “grubby end of U.S. debt.”

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.

OnFinance’s “50 Companies to Watch” Features Finovate, FinDEVr Alums


Alumni from both Finovate and FinDEVr are featured in AlwaysOn’s OnFinance “50 Companies to Watch” roster released this week.

AlwaysOn’s OnFinance “50 Companies to Watch” highlights “early to mid-stage startups focused on honing fintech innovation” that are effectively taking their technologies to market. This ability to “capitalize on enormous market opportunities” is what AlwaysOn uses to distinguish its “50 Companies to Watch” from its “Top 100” list published earlier this month.

“(The 50) are positioned at the inflection point of growth and are quickly emerging as contenders that are earning global recognition,” write the editors.

See for yourself. The full list is here. Below are the nine Finovate and FinDEVr alums that made the cut, along with a link to their most recent appearance on stage.

AlphaPoint_hires_logo_boxFinovateEurope 2015


Betterment_logo FinovateFall 2011


CardFlight_logo FinovateSpring 2014



See them at FinovateSpring 2015




jumio_logo_cmyk FinovateEurope 2015



Kensho_logo FinovateEurope 2014


Plaid_logo FinDEVR San Francisco 2014


Tradier_logo FinDEVR San Francisco 2014



Zumigo_logo FinovateSpring 2014


FinDEVr 2014: Plaid Demonstrates How its API Works with the Financial Infrastructure

This post is part of our live coverage of FinDEVr San Francisco 2014.

Plaid showed how its API works for the infrastructure:

Plaid: API for Financial Infrastructure
Learn all about Plaid, the problems we’re solving, and the companies we power.
Presenter: William Hockey and Zach Perret
Plaid powers financial technology applications. Using our API, developers can leverage the data and infrastructure of user bank accounts in a fast and secure manner.

FinDEVr Preview: Who’s Who on Day Two


There will be a lot going on over the course of the two day FinDEVr conference in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. You can still pick up your ticket here.

Each of the companies below will have 6 minutes on stage to show off what their tools are all about:


PayStand, an online payment solution that offers zero transaction fees

Presentation: Comparing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Payment Types
Card Networks (Visa/MasterCard/Amex), eCheck (ACH/Bank Network/Check21), and Digital Currency (Bitcoin/Ripple/Altcoins) all have unique advantages and disadvantages. Explore the different use cases of why each are valuable and learn how to use PayStand’s unique multi-payment network technology to build the next generation of commerce applications.
Why it’s great for developers:
    • Payments as a service
    • Enables merchants to accept eCash, eCheck, and credit card payments
    • Allows for no transaction fees
PayStand is an online payment solution that enables organizations to accept credit cards, eChecks, and digital currency without transaction fees.


Plaid, an API that powers fintech applications

Presentation: Plaid: API for Financial Infrastructure
Learn all about Plaid, the problems we’re solving, and the companies we power.
Why it’s great for developers: 
    • Access detailed account and transaction data from financial institutions
    • Authorize accounts for ACH and Wire transfers in seconds
    • Verify account holder information

Plaid is an API for financial infrastructure – we give developers the tools they need to build applications that interface with banks.


Prudena is a subscription-based online community that provides value analysis to developers.

Presentation: Prudena: Automating Financial Statement Analysis
Charlie Strout founded Prudena when – after graduating from Columbia Business School – he decided performing fundamental equity analysis was too labor intensive. The presentation discusses how he was able to leverage existing APIs to develop Prudena’s analysis tools and publish his own API.

Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Allows you to reduce the time required to perform financial statement analysis
    • Better understand risk by running simulations
    • Aggregate your investments accounts
Prudena automates the process of performing high-quality financial statement analysis–saving investors time and improving their decision-making processes.


SecureKey Technologies delivers authentication solutions for online consumer services

Presentation: Moving Away from Passwords: The Future of Digital Identity
We are first exploring some of the traditional ways to secure online access. We will then look at a more innovative approach via device anchoring and dynamic authentication that will show the audience how to strongly and uniquely identify customers with a unified solution across devices.
Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Every authentication event provides unique proof of their customer’s identity
    • Simple access with a better, more secure user experience
    • Eliminates password frustration Connect can provide users with the opportunity to use simpler methods that are actually far stronger than passwords and better secured.

SekurMeLogo eliminates passwords by turning your phone into your digital identity. 

Presentation: Want to be secure? Eliminate passwords!
If you don’t have a password, it cannot be stolen. See a live demo of a patented disruptive technology taking security to the next level, while making login safer and simpler. And see how it can be used to secure payments and reduce shopping cart abandonment for eCommerce and mCommerce.
Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Eliminate passwords
    • Single-Click payments
    • Checkout and pay in 9 seconds
If you don’t have a password, it cannot be stolen.


SimplyTapp provides host card emulation

Presentation: Host Card Emulation
Overview of SimplyTapp’s HCE solution and offering.
Why it’s great for developers: 

Host Card Emulation (HCE) is the presentation of a virtual and exact representation of a card using only software.


Tagcash, a digital payments and rewards company

Presentation: TAGCASH
The importance and benefits of a platform for both users and merchants that makes use of these key features: digital wallet usage, merchant payments integration, remittance capabilities, and built-in rewards program (which includes marketing modules and advertising).
Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Digital Wallet Usage (including Remittance)
    • Rewards Program
    • Practical Advertising
Cash, Rewards, and Advertising can all be found on a single (yet multi-featured) and safe /secure platform.


The TxPUSH Initiative makes real time account events available to third party apps.

Presentation: Aggregation 2.0 – TxPUSH and the Evented Financial Web
TxPUSH technology is focused on aligning app user experience and FinTech industry players around the Evented Financial Web. The TxPUSH technology will improve the security model of the existing account aggregation ecosystem and promote the delivery of real-time financial transaction data to account holders in the apps they choose.
Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Eliminate third party interactions with user credentials
    • Push real time transactions to your app
    • See the launch of TxPUSH and the Evented Financial Web
TxPUSH and the Evented Financial Web deliver the framework to build secure, event driven, real-time apps for the Evented Financial Web ecosystem.


Thinknum provides technology for financial analysts to host their financial data in the cloud.

Presentation: Thinknum: A Powerful Web Platform for Financial Analysis
Learn about Thinknum, the web platform that is changing the way that financial analysts work. Find out more about our unique data and technology that enhances the financial research process.
Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Utilize unique web data to value companies
    • Leverage web technology to enhance the research process
    • Manage user generated content
Thinknum is changing the way that financial analysts work, enabling them to manage their own content while enhancing their research processes.


Trulioo a cyber identification company.

Presentation: Trulioo’s Global Gateway
Demonstrating how Trulioo’s Global Gateway verifies a consumer’s identity within a single, unique portal. We will input a person’s first name, last name, date of birth and address to show how Trulioo verifies these attributes from our 130+ data sources.
Why it’s great for developers: 

    • Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer compliant electronic ID Verification
    • Instant global address verification for ecommerce and P2P
    • Access over 3B identities
Global Gateway is the leading identity verification solution with the largest coverage in the market.