Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • H2 Ventures and KPMG Unveil 2016 Fintech 100

Around the web

  • Signifyd to power fraud protection for Magento Commerce platform’s online merchants.
  • InComm launches new brand of solutions for cash-based consumers, VanillaDirect.
  • Handpoint expands agreement with PaySafe to power EMV POS.
  • YoYo Wallet expands focus to U.K.’s high street retailers, with partnerships between Planet Organic, Fernandez & Wells and Hummus Bros.
  • Temenos launches Digital Engagement modules to offer real-time customer marketing and engagement.
  • TSYS signs payments agreement with Optal Financial Limited.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems launches cloud-based hosting option for its Decryptx PCI-validated P2PE product through Amazon Web Services.
  • Socure launches revamped Digital Identity Dashboard.
  • Civic expands focus from 2FA to Secure Private Login.
  • BBVA chooses Amazon Web Services as its preferred cloud infrastructure services provider.
  • FIS to provide reconciliation solution to U.K.-based Raphaels Bank to facilitate access to faster payments.
  • PayStand offers payment certification and notarization for its customers via the blockchain.
  • PrivatBank adds fund-transfer functionality via iMessage to its Privat24 mobile banking app.
  • ThetaRay unveils its analytic platform for fraud detection, THETA.

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.

PrivatBank’s Partnership with InComm Initiates Launch of Prepaid Products in Ukraine

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PrivatBank and prepaid commerce company InComm partnered this week to launch prepaid products in Ukraine, where PrivatBank is headquartered.

The partnership will enable PrivatBank’s 25 million Ukrainian customers to purchase prepaid codes and top up their account with no additional fees. Clients can already use PrivatBank’s web interface, Privat24, to purchase prepaid codes. The 5.5 million clients who prefer the bank’s mobile interface will be able to purchase codes via the app later this month.

Currently, clients can use the account funds to add credit to video chat and voice-call applications. In a press release, the companies stated plans to expand the product line in the future, but did not indicate when.

At FinovateSpring 2014 PrivatBank launched an ATM that connects to Android phones via NFC, eliminating the need for buttons on the ATM itself. Founded in 1992, PrivatBank serves customers in Ukraine, Latvia, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, and Georgia.

InComm SVP Thomas Cornelius presented at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2014 where he showed how the company’s Cashtie API provides rails for cash payments. If you’re interested in seeing more developer tools, FinDEVr is coming to Santa Clara on the 18th/19th of October. Early bird tickets expire soon, so register today to save your spot.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • PrivatBank’s Partnership with InComm Initiates Launch of Prepaid Products in Ukraine
  • Obloco Beta Tests Expense Reporting Solution with Washington Trust Bank
  • SocietyOne Has Facilitated $38 Million in Personal Loans in 2016
  • PayPal Partners with Xero to Support B2B Invoice Payment

Around the web

  • Boku partners with Google to enable carrier billing as payment option on Google Play in Lithuania.
  • Ghana-based startup, Sovereign Bank, deploys T24 core-banking system from Temenos.
  • CenturyLink to host SatuitCRM and SatuitCRA software as part of new agreement.
  • Risk Ident CEO Robert Valerio appointed to European Advisory Board of the Merchant Risk Council (MRC).
  • Fortune features PayPal, MasterCard, and IBM on its list of companies that will change the world.
  • Nikkei Asian Review looks at how Japanese banks will leverage Ripple.

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

  • “Cardlytics Launches Syndicated Audiences”

On FinDEVr.com

  • Chain Launches Open Source Blockchain Protocol.

Around the web

  • ReadWrite features Tyfone’s launch of a new challenge at MIT focused on Internet of Things (IoT) security.
  • “Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche Receives Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award”
  • Cointelegraph interviews Alexander Vityaz, founder of Corezoid and head of e-commerce at PrivatBank.
  • 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.
  • “Kasasa Wins Multiple Hermes Creative Awards”
  • Pendo Systems unveils version 3.1 of its data exploration, discovery, and analysis 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

On Finovate.com

  • Rippleshot Raises $1.2 Million in Round Led by KGC Capital”
  • SocietyOne Offering Car Loans to Uber Drivers in Australia”

Around the web

  • Xero adds two-step authentication to its accounting platform.
  • CAN Capital teams up with iPayment to help SMEs get access to working capital.
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Klarna, Holvi, BehavioSec, Trustly, Meniga, and Tink in a roundup of top Nordic fintech startups. Remember FinovateEurope 2016 comes to London on February 9 and 10.
  • Check Point Names Julie Parrish as Chief Marketing Officer”
  • MyBankTracker names Mint, SmartyPig, Lending Club, Coinbase, and Loyal3 on its list of companies every millennial should know about.
  • ayondo CEO Robert Lempka Explains Innovative Trading Solutions Live on CNBC Asia”
  • TechCrunch looks at TransferWise’s growth.
  • PaymentEye interviews Daniel Abrahams, CEO and co-founder of CurrencyTransfer.com.
  • Bankless Times talks with Encap Security CEO Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen on current trends in authentication technology.

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

  • “Dashlane Integrates Samsung Biometric Technology in Android App Upgrade”
  • “Revolut Launches to Public, Announces $2.3 Million in Funding”

Around the web

  • PYMNTS looks at OnDeck’s record-breaking quarter.
  • Red Herring names Kabbage a Top 100 Private Company.
  • Geezeo to power BankMobile’s PFM.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud using Snapcard to enable AlphaHub users to accept Bitcoin payments.
  • PrivatBank to offer remittance services courtesy of TransferWise.
  • StockViews earns a spot in the 2015 Startupbootcamp FinTech London cohort.
  • ING Bank Slaski launches ING Business for Apple Watch app powered by Comarch Mobile Banking.
  • Caltech Letter interviews Financeit CEO Michael Garrity.
  • The Indian Express profiles the biometric authentication technology of EyeVerify.
  • Aragon Research names eSignLive by Silanis Technology as a “Hot Vendor” in digital transaction management (DTM).
  • peerTransfer petitions Chinese government to open office in Shanghai.
  • The Independent looks at the IPO plans of Fenergo in light of the company’s recent funding.
  • Investment News highlights Vanguard, Wealthfront, and Betterment in a look at how much money is being managed by robo-advisors.
  • Spreedly surpasses $1 billion in annual payment volume. Come see Spreedly at FinDEVr, 6/7 October in San Francisco.
  • Expensify integrates with Workato to connect it with more than 50 business apps.
  • CheckPoint’s ZoneAlarm Launches Windows 10 Compatible Antivirus Software for Consumers.
  • The Mifos Initiative joins The Open Source Initiative, a global nonprofit that promotes and protects open source software, development and communities. Check out Mifos at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco, 6/7 October.
  • Stuart Frankel of Narrative Science earns a spot on Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50.
  • USA Today column on personal finance for millennials features Kai Stinchcombe, CEO and co-founder of True Link.
  • Business Insider includes Lending Club and Coinbase in its list of the seven hottest startups in Silicon Valley.
  • Blooom and Future Advisor are profiled in a Forbes column on making the most out of your 401(k).

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 8, 2015

  • 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.jpgForbes series on thought leaders in business and technology features Ayasdi CEO and co-founder, Gurjeet Singh.
  • defi SOLUTIONS announces its Loan Origination System is now integrated with Dealertrack’s eDocs.
  • PrivatBank upgrades its Privat24 business account management mobile app.
  • Service Credit Union hires Insuritas to open and manage turnkey insurance solution.
  • Sonavation unveils IDKey M-Series fingerprint scanner for storing passwords, data.
  • WSJ blog post on banks and mobile payments features quote from Paul Thomalla, SVP and managing director EMA at ACI Worldwide.
  • Loop announces two new OEM partners, XPAL Power and Trident Case.
  • All Day features Dynamics interactive payment cards in its review of the “coolest gadgets from CES 2015.”
  • Radius reflects on its collaboration with big data analytics company, BIME.
  • Dealbook looks at the cooperative side of fintech innovation with Behalf, Nymi, and Dynamics.
  • CSI globalVCard announces availability of the Android version of its mobile payment.
  • EZBOB boosts its maximum loan size from £50,000 to £120,000, and extends its maximum term length from 12 to 15 months.
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– December 5, 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.jpgGreater Fort Wayne Business Weekly takes a look at Allied Payment Network and PicturePay.
  • Capital Resorts announces collaboration with Access Development.
  • Bank of Georgia buys Georgian arm of Ukranian-based PrivatBank for $51 million USD.
  • Live Mint features BankBazaar in a column on financial product aggregators.
  • Huffington Post interviews Lisa Pearson, CMO of Bazaarvoice.
  • Dwolla releases new apps for Android, iOS, and Windows.
  • Finovate Debuts: SAS Games Helps Kids Save for College by Playing Games.
  • ThreatMetrix Protected 10 of the Top 20 Online Retailers Against Fraud During Cyber Week.
  • Segmint partners with fan and consumer engagement software company, Phizzle, to deliver 1-to-1 engagements.
  • Credit Karma transitions to the VantageScore 3.0 Score provided by TransUnion.
  • Muthoot Finance picks FIS for ATM managed services, video surveillance, and network connectivity and switching.
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– November 20, 2014

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  • Financial Times Technology section looks at UK fintech startups TransferWise and Azimo.
  • CurrencyTransfer recognized by Secret Tel Aviv as Olim Business of the Week.
  • USA Today column on millennials and saving featured Tom White, CEO of iQuantifi.
  • TransferWise helps lead fight for foreign exchange fee transparency.
  • iBillionaire’s Index has increased 16.5% since launching in November of last year
  • Swipely now managing $4+ billion in annual sales, doubles sales under management in 6 months,  and provides businesses with insights on 20+ million customers.
  • Numerous Finovate and FinDEVr alums make AWI’s list of top 50 fintech innovators.
  • Advanced Merchant Payments brings in $5 Million in First Funding Round.
  • Kony helps Farmatodo increase customer loyalty and deliver new services via mobile apps.
  • Coinbase teams with Rewardspay to create workaround to make purchases on Facebook and iTunes with Bitcoin.
  • TSYS offers merchants and partners an omni payments solution with more ways to accept payments.
  • $493 million in P2P loans originated on Prosper in Q3 2014.
  • Credit Sesame wins 2014 U.S. Mobile and App Design Awards in Financial and Information Tools category.
  • BancVue wins four MarCom Gold awards.
  • Kensho launches strategic partnership with NBCUniversal.
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.

Sender and Privatbank Launch Sender.mobi to Bring Direct Chat Messaging to FIs

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2014.

Our next presenters are Sender and Privatbank who have teamed up to launch Sender.mobi.

“People communicate with each other via chats with similar interfaces. Businesses communicate with people via Apps with various unique interfaces and UX.
Sender:
  • Creates 2-way communication between businesses and customers like in usual chat environments
  • Enables a friendly and familiar interface for customers
  • Provides the possibility for businesses to create business processes without developers or endless software/Apps updating, reducing App development work by 80%

Sender is like Google’s Search Bar with endless possibilities. It is the first messenger for businesses enabling direct chat communication with customers. Instead of tons of applications, use Sender – the last and only App.”

Presenting: Egor Avetisov (Creative Director), Maria Gurina (Deputy Head of E-Commerce), and Kristina Chaykovskaya (Head of E-Commerce)
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Product Launch: September 2014 at FinovateFall
Metrics: $1M in angel investments, 5 employees
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through other fintech companies and platforms
HQ: Wilmington, DE
Founded: November 2013
Website: sender.mobi

FinovateSpring 2014: Lights! Camera! Demo Videos!

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The demo videos from FinovateSpring 2014 are now available in our Video Archive. Check them out here.

Here’s your chance to relive FinovateSpring 2014 in its new home in what was a very sunny San Jose. Every single video from the two-day event is here, arranged alphabetically from Artivest to Zumigo

You’ll see and hear every presenter, every screen capture, every device display (from mobile payment fobs to smart watches and Google Glass), and every innovation that our 67 presenting companies had to share.
And if you’ll be checking out our presenters for the first time, then sit back and enjoy our unique, demo-only format in action.
This is also a great opportunity to see (or see again) just what it took to win the hearts and minds of our audience of more than 1,200 fintech professionals who voted for Best of Show. As a reminder, our FinovateSpring 2014 Best of Show winners are below. Click on the company logo to see the award-winning demo.
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Best of Show Winners from FinovateSpring 2014

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Our record-breaking audience has spent a hot two days in San Jose watching 68 demos covering the best in fintech.

After watching the 68 demoing companies show off their newest innovations on stage in front of the sold out auditorium, the crowd voted for their 3 favorite demos at the end of each day. The eight companies with the highest number of votes were crowned winners.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

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Loop, for its smart mobile wallet system accepted at virtually every retail POS terminal without making changes to the existing POS system

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Interactions, for its voice-activated self-service solution for mobile and phone interactions 

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Motif Investing, for its Advisor Platform that streamlines the way advisors build, monitor, and rebalance investment portfolios
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Ondot Systems, for its CardControl technology that allows users to remotely control their credit and debit cards via their smartphone

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PrivatBank, for topless, contactless smartphone-enabled Android ATM technology

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SaveUp, for its Gen Y/Millennial-oriented solution that combines gamification with personal finance

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Stockpile, for their “give the gift of stock” solution that helps people invest in the brands they love  

As always, thanks for your continued support. See you next year at FinovateSpring 2015!
All of the demo videos will be available on Finovate.com in two weeks.

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Notes on methodology:  
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.     
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.    
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”  
4. The eight companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.  
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners.