Finovate Alumni News– June 17, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgVirtual Piggy grows to over a quarter million users.
  • TrustedID launches new service to help protect AARP members from identity theft.
  • Lendio launches new small business resource center to give business owners access to products and services to help grow their businesses.
  • Geezeo advances social finances by launching Friend and Feed tools.
  • FreeAgent launches Invoice-o-matic, a free online invoicing tool for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • EZBOB announces new, 12-month business loan with decreasing rate over term.
  • Realty Mogul featured in Herald-Tribune column on bringing real estate investing “to the masses.”
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.

FinovateSpring 2013 in the Press

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Last week’s FinovateSpring 2013 received great coverage through blogs, tweets and articles. Here are the highlights:

Full conference live blogs

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Three contributors risked carpel tunnel to cover all 72 demos. Thanks to Erin McCune and William Mills III and Phillip Ryan for going the extra mile!

Bank Innovation
by Phillip Ryan
FinovateSpring recap and ratings
Day one morning recap
Day one afternoon recap
Day two morning recap
Day two afternoon recap

PaymentsViews
Live Blogging Finovate Spring 2013 San Francisco
by Erin McCune 
William Mills blog
Live Blog: FinovateSpring 2013 San Francisco by William Mills III-DAY ONE
by William Mills III
Other coverage
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Affluent Strategies
What About the Overbanked?
by JP Nicols

American Banker
5 Most Intriguing Companies at Finovate
by Sean Sposito
Bank Security Top Focus at Finovate
Banno Launches Data-Analytics Marketing Feature
by Sean Sposito
Crowdfunding Startups Pose New Competition to Commercial Lenders
by Sean Sposito
EyeVerify Rolls Out Authentication Service for Mobile Banking
by Brian Browdie

GoBank to Go Live on the Fourth of July
by Sean Sposito
The Buzz at Finovate: New Security Tech
by Sean Sposito
Bank Marketing Strategy
Musings of a Finovate Virgin
by Jim Marous
Bank Systems & Technology
Digital Marketing Solutions Stand Front and Center at Finovate Spring
by Jonathan Camhi
Banking 2020
FI Spotlight: USAlliance FCU Sees Cross-Selling Success
Barron’s
Algorithms for the Masses
by Theresa W. Carey 
Bloomberg Businessweek
Kabbage Expands Its Cash Advances to Brick-and-Mortars
by Patrick Clark

Celent
How to give a killer Finovate presentation
by Dan Latimore

Credit Union Magazine
Finovate Unveils Best of Show Winners

Finovate Highlights Industry’s Best and Brightest
by Steve Rodgers
Look into the Future of Finance
by Steve Rodgers
Scenes from FinovateSpring 2013
by Steve Rodgers

Credit Union Times
5 Things You Don’t Know Because You Weren’t at Finovate
by Robert McGarvey
Onsite Coverage: Finovate Crowns the Winners
by Robert McGarvey
Onsite Coverage: New Security Tools Take Finovate Stage in Numbers
by Robert McGarvey
Onsite Coverage: No Clear Winners at Finovate Day 2
by Robert McGarvey
Threat of the Week: DDoS Back at You
by Robert McGarvey
Tomorrow’s Ideas Spark Interest But Fail to Excite
by Robert McGarvey
Des Moines Register
Banno launches marketing product for banks
by Marco Santana
Ecommerce Bytes
ZooZ Lets Mobile Shoppers Tap an Ad to Buy
By Ina Steiner 
FamZoo blog
My Finovate Scorecard Winners Plus Snarky Tweet Highlights
by Bill Dwight
Spend Money Like a Pop Star…Or Not: FamZoo’s FinovateSpring 2013 Demo
by Bill Dwight
Filene blog
Filene Five: Promising Products from Finovate
The Financial Brand
7 Reasons to Love GoBank
by Jim Marous
Finews.ch
Neues aus der Finanzwelt der Zukunft
Finextra
Banno unveils marketing tool Kernel
Forrester blog
FinovateSpring Fling 2013: Another Year of Dazzling Financial Services Delight!
by Tiffani Montez
Hotwire blog
Innovations inspire at Finovate Spring 2013
by Annette Leach
IntelliResponse blog
IntelliResponse Takes Center Stage at Finovate Spring 2013
by Dwayne Weppler 
Investment News
Quantopian launches trading platform pilot program
by Davis D. Janowski
Kabbage blog
Kabbage and Intuit Partner to Fund Small Businesses!
Lisa LaMagna’s Slideshare
Finovate SF in 60 Seconds
by Lisa LaMagna
MainStreet
Kabbage Expands Small-Business Financing
by Laurie Kulikowski
Man in Ranks blog
I attended Finovate Spring in San Francisco
by Christopher Perrien
Intuit
by Christopher Perrien
Newfination
Finovate Spring 2013: Expensify Is At The Forefront Of Innovation In Business Expense Management
Finovate Spring 2013: On Finovera You Can Store Your Bills, Statements, And Financial Documents
Finovate Spring 2013: GoBank Is A New Finance Bank That Enables Smart Personal Money Management
Finovate Spring 2013: GoodApril Helps You With Your Taxes All Year Round
Finovate Spring 2013: In San Francisco At The Center Of The New Finance World
Finovate Spring 2013: Kabbage Approves And Lends Money To Small Businesses in 7 Minutes or Less
Finovate Spring 2013: Leaf.me Is A Multiprocessor Payment Platform For Merchants
Finovate Spring 2013: Prestadero Is A Mexican Peer To Peer Lending Marketplace
Finovate Spring 2013: Realty Mogul Is A Crowdfunding Platform For Real Estate Investing
Finovate Spring 2013: Refundo’s App Is For The Under and Unbanked
Finovate Spring 2013: Start A Trust Fund For Each Of Your Kids At TrustEgg
Finovate Spring 2013: Virtual Piggy Is A Safe Payments System For Your Kids to Spend their Allowance
Finovate Spring 2013: Walla.by Is A Full Service Credit Card Advisor
Newsday
Banking Up Launches at FinovateSpring, Lets Any Business Offer Customers a Trusted Alternative to Traditional Banking
PandoDaily
Finovate: Quantopian debuts live data trading for consumer quants
by Michael Carney
Pymnts.com
A VC’s Inside Look At FinovateSpring 2013
by Dan Rosen
GoBank Announces Timing of General Availability and National Distribution Relationships at FinovateSpring
Kabbage Extends Loan Services To Offline SMBs
TipRanks Wins Best of Show Award at Finovate
TransCard Congratulates FamZoo, Winner of One of Five 2013 FinovateSpring Best of Show Awards
The Paypers
InvoiceASAP, Zebra Technologies
partner for mobile invoicing solution
Refundo blog
FinovateSpring 2013 Trip – Demo Day
by Michael de Senna
SF Gate
ZooZ Previews “In-Ad Payments”™ at Finovate Spring
Silicon Prairie
Onstage at Finovate, Banno unveils ad platform for banks
by Danny Schreiber
Watch EyeVerify, Banno demo their wares at bank tech event Finovate
by Fred Bauters
TechCrunch
Mobile Payments Startup ZooZ Debuts In-Ad Payments (Yes, “Ad” Not “App”)
by Sarah Perez
VentureBeat
Expensify takes on Freshbooks with invoicing & billing features
by Sean Ludwig
Kabbage expands its loans business, now supports Quickbooks
by Christina Farr
Y Combinator Blog
LendUp (YC W12) wins Finovate 2013 Best in Show for consumer loan platform to help the underbanked build credit
We’ll continue to add coverage throughout the next few weeks. If you have FinovateSpring press coverage you would like to add, please email the link to julie@finovate.com.

Plastyc Demos the Backend of its BankingUP Platform

This is a part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2013.

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Next up this afternoon, Plastyc showed off the administrator-facing side of its BankingUP platform:
“Plastyc is demonstrating the administrator-facing side of the BankingUP platform, allowing issuing banks and program managers to:
    • Monitor and analyze cardholders’ financial activity in real time;
    • Monitor and analyze cardholders’ non-financial activity; e.g., usage of mobile apps and web, customer support interactions;
    • Communicate instantly with programmable subsets of cardholders via web inserts and smartphone push notification for marketing/upselling and product alerts.
This is a departure from traditional batch mode financial-transactions only reporting obtained from processors.”
Product Launch: November 2012
 
HQ: New York, NY
Founded: 2006
Metrics: 5K direct-to-consumer opened to date; platform deployed for a 3M card portfolio; 10 employees; $10M raised so far
Website: plastyc.com
Twitter: @ibankup
Presenting Patrice Peyret (CEO) and Colette Oliver (Director, Marketing)

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FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 4

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Our FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek preview continues with another 12 companies that will be demoing their innovative technologies at our San Francisco event on May 14 and 15.

If you missed the previous installments of our Sneak Peek preview, here are links to parts 1-3:

Everything you need to know about FinovateSpring, from a full list of presenters to instructions on how to buy tickets, is available at our FinovateSpring 2013 information page here.  

For now, here’s a look at a dozen more fintech companies who will be presenting their innovations on stage in May.

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Arxan Technologies protects the App Economy from emerging hacker attacks with award-winning application integrity protection products that provide best-of-breed mobile app shielding.
Features: 
  • Strengthens financial apps with self-defense and tamper-resistance
  • Delivers multi-layered application security, broadest platform
Why it’s great: Arxan provides global Forbes 500 companies with the world’s strongest and most deployed application integrity protection to launch multi-OS mobile services.

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BBC Easy is a web service that increases lending efficiency and reduces risk by automating the collection of borrower’s financial data.
Features:
  • Pulls financial data directly from the top 10 accounting systems
  • Loans are monitored with automated Borrowing Base Certificates
Why it’s great: Direct access to financial data lowers risk and increases loan efficiency.

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CardFlight is the easiest way to integrate card-present payments into your own mobile apps.
Features:
  • Encrypted reader that works with virtually any iOS or Android device
  • Easy, flexible SDK
  • Support for most payment processors
Why it’s great: Easily accept card-present payments in your apps while keeping full control of your user experience.

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Corduro Register helps enable Payments as a Service for the enterprise.
Feature:
  • No Credit Card, No Phone, No Hassle 
Why it’s great: Corduro focuses on enterprise clients, providing them with a unique way to pay.

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Credit Sesame is the consumer’s credit and lending expert, providing smart financing for your life.
Features: 
  • Buying a house? See what you can afford
  • Compare multiple loans and find the best one
  • Monitor your credit for free on the go
Why it’s great: It’s the one mobile app that provides the information, analysis, advice, and offers you need for every important financing decision.

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Escardgot introduces the Helix SCard. Evolved spending. Simple. Store your cards, select, and swipe.
Features:
  • Merchants can send cards and offers directly to a consumer’s phone
  • A consumer can decide which ones to use when ready to swipe
Why it’s great: The Helix SCard is the perfect transitional technology to usher in the wireless payment industry. No POAS hardware changes like NFC.

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Finect is the only online network for the financial industry.
Features:
  • Online profiles and groups with seamless LinkedIn integration and professional verification
  • One-stop compliant social media
  • First-ever investment profiles for real-time peer discussions
Why it’s great: We’re a one-stop shop network allowing you to build your brand and community in a compliant manner.

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GoNow‘s eWallet Platform will ignite mass market eWallet adoption and includes a “Super Smartcard” programmed by the eWallet which enables payments at any POS terminal.
Features:
  • Full compatible with existing POS infrastructure
  • Generates new revenue, extends brand
  • GoNow has independent secure element
Why it’s great: Available as white label, GoNow’s eWallet Platform makes it easy to launch an eWallet that works everywhere and offers new revenue opportunities.

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Narrative Science enables companies to automatically uncover insights hidden in data and create new content and communication at a scale and frequency never before possible.
Features: 
  • Provides powerful insight across a variety of industries
  • Business intelligence solutions that deliver actionable insight
Why it’s great: Narrative Science’s Quill solution addresses today’s challenges with Investment Research and Portfolio Reporting for both individual and institutional investors.

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Plastyc Inc. enables better banking services to be delivered to all via web and mobile, regardless of income, age, and bankability.
Features: 
  • Turns prepaid cards into DDA alternative
  • Web/mobile consumer interfaces with push messaging
  • 24×7 monitoring and analytics
Why it’s great: Brings life-time-value of prepaid accounts to unprecedented levels.

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P2BInvestor introduces crowdfunding receivables.
Features:
  • Investor dashboard for crowdfunding platform
  • Explore receivables loans to invest in
  • Interactive returns calculator
Why it’s great: First platform for crowdfunding receivable loans

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Wallaby Financial is the first service to combine a cloud-based wallet with an intelligent credit card to help consumers maximize rewards and cash back.
Features:
  • Build the perfect wallet and credit card mix
  • Get more rewards and cash back
  • Swipe smart every time you shop
Why it’s great: Consumers that want to maximize their credit card rewards and cash back can build their ideal wallet with Wallaby.
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For more information on being a part of FinovateSpring 2013, see our FAQ. To register, visit our FinovateSpring page here.

Finovate Alumni News– April 9, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAG Beat features Entrepreneurial Finance Lab.
  • BSCG, Mitek, and Yodlee selected as Monarch B2B Innovation Award Winners.
  • Lodo Software appoints Matthew Lawlor, former founder & CEO of Online Resources, to board of directors.
  • South African Logistics Company implements Kofax Software to Automate HR. Watch Kofax demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • Business Credit Radio features Sue Heilbronner, PaySimple’s Chief Growth Officer.
  • American Banker highlights Plastyc’s unique approach to serving prepaid card users. Watch Plastyc’s demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Mati Greenspan, senior investment consultant at eToro, explains how eToro will soon support Bitcoin.
  • American Banker looks at Braintree’s multi-merchant approach. Come see Braintree demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Live Science considers how Narrative Science
    automates journalism and report generation. See Narrative Science’s live demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Quantopian announces algorithm development competition.  The company will demo at FinovaeSpring in May.
  • Bank Innovation reports: Intuit will continue to support FinanceWorks.
  • Reuters takes a look at TipRanks. See them demo at FinovateSpring.
  • eDeposit announces major new features in upgrade of mobile app.
  • TradeHero a winner at Echelon Singapore Satellite pitch competition.
  • INTJ Capital gives kudos to Quantopian’s decision to provide for external data sets. Join Quantopian in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • American Banker interviews Green Dot CEO and founder Steven Streit. See Green Dot demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Realty Mogul is among the companies highlighted in Upstart Business Journal column on crowd funding. See them demo at FinovateSpring.

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.

Plastyc Adds Instant Access Fee to Mobile Check Deposit

Thumbnail image for Plastyc2.jpgPionneering alternatives to traditional banking sine 2006, Plastyc is unveiling a new option that provides quicker access to checks deposited into their prepaid Visa accounts.

Customers using mobile remote deposit will be offered the option of immediate access to the deposited funds for a 1% fee for government or printed payroll checks, or 4% for personal checks. Customers who opt for delayed access, typically five business days, pay no additional charge.
Additionally, Plastyc has increased the maximum deposit amount for checks to $2,500, which the company says is more than that allowed by other mobile deposit systems.
The service is being tested with the company’s mobile app users before being rolled out to the entire card base. The service is powered by Chexar Networks.
Plastyc is one of a handful of Finovate alumni who are participating in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Project Catalyst, which we featured late last year.
To learn more about Plastyc in action, click here to see their demo from FinovateFall 2011.

Finovate Alumni News– January 16, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker highlights Simple and Jwaala’s natural language search.
  • Metaforic extends its app protection system to be compatible with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system.
  • Plastyc powers online banking and payments services for H&R Block, launches new white-label service.
  • Andera increases sales bookings by 59%, sees 5x increase in oFlows customers.
  • Cambodia’s leading commercial bank adopts Temenos Group technology upgrade.
  • Fiserv completes acquisition of Open Solutions.
  • AppShopper features eDeposit’s first mobile app.
  • Edelweiss Securities launches real time news terminal powered by Heckyl Technologies.
  • Google Analytics touts Kapitall’s content experiments.
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 Help Power CFPB’s Project Catalyst

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAs part of its mandate to develop innovation and entrepreneurship in the consumer financial marketplace, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is calling on the help of three Finovate alumni.

BillGuard, Plastyc, and Simple are taking part in the first phase of the CFPB’s Project Catalyst, which has three goals: 

  • Establish firm lines of communication with innovators
  • Understand new and emerging products in the market
  • Engage with innovators
In a statement, the CFPB noted that the “data-driven agency … always wants to learn more about what innovators are discovering about consumer wants, needs, and practices.”

To that end, here’s a quick key to what each company does and how each will contribute to the project.

Bill Guard

Bill Guard provides consumers with email alerts to warn of questionable activity in their debit or credit accounts. As part of Project Catalyst, BillGuard will be providing data on customer complaints and dispute resolution.

Watch BillGuard’s most recent Finovate demo here.

Plastyc

Plastyc provides an online-based, prepaid card that serves as an alternative to traditional checking accounts. Here, the CFPB is hoping to learn more about how consumers are using remote mobile check deposit, as well as the importance of immediate access to deposited funds.

To see Plastyc in action, watch their Finovate demo here.

Simple

Simple is a virtual bank that provides checking, savings and debit-card functions via a state-of-the-art user interface. Simple’s Goals savings program, which allows customers to make daily, set-aside contributions toward an eventual purchase, is largely what the CFPB is looking to study.

Simple debuted at FinovateFall 2011. Watch their demo here.

Note that while all three companies are sharing data with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, no personally identifiable information will be included.

Finovate Alumni News– November 15, 2012

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  • TIO Networks signs 5 yr agreement with City Utilities of Springfield to provide financial services.
  • TechCrunch reports Tradeshift Lands Huge Global Client For Its New CloudScan Product.
  • FutureAdvisor wins Bronze in Best in Biz Awards 2012.
  • Finextra reports Artisans’ Bank chooses Andera oFlows for online deposits.
  • American Banker reports CFPB to Collaborate with Startups BillGuard, Plastyc and Simple.
  • Ping Identity ranked Number 166 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500.
  • Braintree expands to Australia, Providing Sophisticated Payment Tools for Australian Merchants.
  • Kony Solutions opens Brazilian office, announces Itau Unibanco as a client.
  • Allfiled today announced the addition of miiCard verified identities to its personal data service platform.
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– October 23, 2012

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  • Dwolla upgrades iPhone app and adds ability to pay money requests.
  • The Receivables Exchange appoints Henry Allen as New CEO.
  • SimpleTuition launches Private Student Loan Refinance Center.
  • Xero and Bill.com enable integration, ease transactions and cash management.
  • Now Plastyc’s UPside Visa customers can add cash to cards instantly at Walmart.
  • NFU Mutual automates paper processes with Tibco. Check out Tibco’s live demo at FinovateAsia.
  • Equifax selected byIRS as one of first eTranscript Pilot Vendors.
  • ModoPayments and Alliance Data partner to offer mobile solutions to retailers and U.S. Consumers.
  • Bill.com wins Sleeter ‘Awesome Application’ Award.
  • San Diego North County Times reports StockTwits: Howard Lindzon takes stock talk to new level.
  • Bridge2 Solutions and Affinity Solutions launch mobile app.
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.