Finovate Alumni News


  • Feedzai Brings Automated Machine Learning to the Fraud Fight.
  • DriveWealth and Bambu Join Forces on Roboadvisory Tool.

Around the web

  • Your Legacy Federal Credit Union to deploy core account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • CYBG (Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank) partners with The ID Co. to integrate DirectID into CYBG’s B mobile banking app.
  • Coinbase unveils crypto plugin to make it easier for e-commerce merchants to accept cryptocurrency payments.
  • Bloomberg: Quantopian makes $50 million allocation to one of its quants.
  • OurCrowd named Most Active Venture Investor in Israel by PitchBook.
  • Jack Henry & Associates and Mastercard deliver Priceless Surprises campaign to 1.8 million cardholders.

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.

Quantopian Partners with FactSet to Launch Quantopian Enterprise

Courtesy of a new partnership with FactSet, cloud-based algorithmic trading platform Quantopian is launching a new service, Quantopian Enterprise. The new paid offering gives quantitative finance professionals a flexible data science platform that combines Quantopian’s Python-based research environment with FactSet’s expertise in data aggregation and integration.

“We believe you can be more successful with more markets and more data,” Quantopian CEO and founder John Fawcett wrote on the company blog about the announcement. “By partnering with FactSet, we are doubling down on our commitment to crowdsourcing and making allocations to the community.”

The decision to partner with FactSet also will help Quantopian respond to demand for enterprise sales and support from investment management companies. “We’ve always declined because we didn’t have a global team that could scale sales and support to make a successful SaaS business,” Fawcett wrote. “FactSet has that scale today, and as part of our partnership will also begin selling a new service to their clients: Quantopian Enterprise.”

SVP and Global Head of Content and Technology Solutions for FactSet, Rich Newman pointed out that having both data and tools to take advantage of that data were a necessary combination for today’s financial professionals to maximize the advantages of new technology. “New data sources are growing rapidly, but the tools needed to capitalize on them are not coming to market at the same pace,” Newman said. “Our work with Quantopian will give clients a powerful platform that addresses the need for better quantitative resources. Access to data alone is simply not enough.”

With FactSet, Quantopian will be able to provide quant analysts worldwide with the ability to test their trading and investment ideas, evaluate a wide range of alpha factors, simulate market behavior, and optimize portfolio building. Its comprehensive global coverage will add to Quantopian’s current coverage of U.S. equities since 2002. Quantopian will continue to provide its free service, now known as Quantopian Community, whose users will gain access to the new functionality and data including international market coverage, supply chain relationships, RBICS (Revere Business Industry Classification System), detailed estimates, ownership, and geographic revenue exposure. And while there are some distinctions between the free and paid services, Fawcett pledged to “maintain parity” between the two offerings, calling the Quantopian community the “north star for our product and for our company.”

Quantopian demonstrated its live trading platform at FinovateSpring 2013. The company enables quant traders and analysts to develop and write trading and investment algorithms. Algorithm authors can license their code to Quantopian and get paid based on the algorithm’s performance. Named to CB Insights Fintech 250 list last summer, the company announced in October that its community had grown to more than 160,000 members from more than 190 countries.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Quantopian has raised more than $48 million in funding and includes Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Spark Capital among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Quantopian Partners with FactSet to Launch Quantopian Enterprise.

Around the web

  • Dwolla partners with Cryptanite Blockchain Technologies to enable the firm’s ChargaCard payment app to process online payments.
  • The Paypers interviews Maxim Yevdokimov, Head of Mobile and Digital Strategy at Tinkoff Bank Maxim.
  • Fortytwo Data appoints machine learning expert Luca Primerano as Chief AI Officer.
  • Radius partners with Leadspace to deliver a go-to-market platform with data, artificial intelligence and integrations at its core.
  • NCR names Michael Hayford Chief Executive Officer, Frank Martire Executive Chairman, and Bill Nuti Chairman Emeritus.
  • BBVA issues loan using the blockchain.
  • ACH Alert launches PRO-TECH RT and PRO-TECH CR.

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 the web

  • Smart Launch from NYMBUS Digitizes Your Bank in Under 90 Days.

Around the web

  • IFC and Mastercard expand partnership to drive financial inclusion in emerging markets.
  • Pushfor goes live on the Temenos MarketPlace.
  • Smart Technology Solutions (STS), a U.K.-based payments acceptance software provider, teams with Worldpay to offer enhanced payment capabilities.
  • FactSet and Quantopian to launch financial data analysis platform to help investors capitalize on rapid data growth.

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.

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.









Credit Karma





Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)










Personal Capital





Ripple Labs
















Finovate Alumni News


  • BioCatch and Experian Form Partnership.
  • Finovate Debuts: Icon Solutions’ Instant Payments Helps Keep Banks PSD2 Compliant.

Around the web

  • unblu receives European patent protection for 3rd generation co-browsing technology.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems earns EMV certification from First Data.
  • Payment solutions provider Buckaroo chooses AML solution from Fiserv.
  • Tech Loop interviews GMC Software Technology’s Michaela Rýdlová and Jan Růža.
  • Infosys recognized as “major player” in IDC MarketScape: Service Providers for EMA Utilities Vendor Assessment.
  • Quantopian to deploy order/execution management technology from FlexTrade.
  • BusinessWorld profiles BankBazaar and co-founder Rati Shetty.
  • Neener Analytics accepted into the Citibank WorldwideT4I Accelerator. Come see Neener Analytics at FinovateSpring on April 26  & 27.
  • Standard Chartered announces digital wealth advisory tool

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


  • Check out sneak peeks from FinovateSpring demoing companies SpeechPRO, CallVU, ACH AlertnanoPay DefenseStorm, and SuperMoney.
  • InComm Partners with WeChat Pay Parent Tencent.

Around the web

  • looks at Payoneer and escrow service as a way to support B2B payments.
  • SelfScore launches Achieve Card to provide international students with access to credit.
  • New service from Azimo enables money transfers with just a phone number.
  • PYMNTS profiles LendUp’s target market focus.
  • Loan validation firm Global Debt Registry Adds Prosper to Network.
  • DemystData celebrates its one-year anniversary in Singapore by expanding its offices.
  • EyeLock receives patent for sequentially linking iris matching with facial imaging.
  • Wired gets into the algorithmic brains of Quantopian.

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


  • Microsoft Marketing Vet Jeremy Korst Joins Avalara as New CMO.

Around the web

  • New York-based BizFi reaches $2 billion in originations.
  • LTP: Trulioo CEO Stephen Ufford writes about the problem of gift card fraud.
  • Boku extends partnership with Microsoft to support carrier billing to France.
  • Exostar teams up with Taulia to bring supply chain finance to the aerospace and defense industry.
  • Avoka, SocietyOne, and SuiteBox named finalists for Fintech Business Awards.
  • HBR: Narrative Science CEO Stuart Frankel writes about talking chatbots.
  • Quantopian recognized by Boston Globe as a “Company to Watch in 2017.”
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Kontomatik’s successful 2016.
  • Dashlane to support Intel Software Guard Extensions to help protect your passwords with hardware-enhanced security.
  • OurCrowd marks 4 years, $320m raised, 100 startups, 9 exits.

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


  • “Socure Raises $13 Million in New Capital”
  • “Investment from Rakuten Boosts Kreditech’s Total Capital More Than $10 Million”
  • “Personal Capital’s Growth Leads to Additional $25 Million in Funding”

Around the web

  • eToro forges strategic partnership with Lufax Holding, China’s largest internet financing company.
  • PayPal teams up with Citibank, FIS to expand cross-channel presence.
  • NICE Systems celebrates record year in customer acquisitions.
  • SocietyOne appoints Maria Loyez as chief marketing officer.
  • NuData Security partners with Arvato Financial Solutions to combat fraud and enable a smoother customer experience.
  • Quantopian hires Marc Volpe as chief financial officer.

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.

Andreessen Horowitz Leads $25 Million Investment in Quantopian


With an investment of $25 million led by Andreessen Horowitz, quantitative investment crowdfunding platform Quantopian adds a successful Series C to a year that featured winning the endorsement of billionaire investor, Stephen Cohen. This summer, Cohen invested $250 million in a fund that uses algorithms generated by Quantopian members.

Also participating in Quantopian’s funding round were Bessemer Venture Partners, Point72 Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Spark Capital—all existing investors. The Series C takes Quantopian’s total capital to nearly $50 million.

“Quantopian has a chance to really disrupt this industry by bringing a distributed-contributor approach to finance, harnessing technology to educate and empower the greatest minds around the world,” says Alex Rampell, Andreessen Horowitz general partner. Rampell, who will join the company’s board of directors, called Quantopian “the next-generation BlackRock”


Quantopian co-founders, CEO John Fawcett and CTO Jean Breech demonstrated Quantopian Live Trading at FinovateSpring 2013.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Quantopian demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2013. With more than 300,000 algorithms on its platform, Quantopian gives quantitative-based investment and trading system-developers the capital, data, and R&D environment to build, test, and profit from their trading strategies. The company’s community of developers has more than 90,000 members, and includes everyone from financial professionals and data scientists to students and entrepreneurs.

In addition to funding and investment, Quantopian made 2016 headlines with a set of major C-level hires. In July, the company added Dragan Skoko as its new Head of Trading, and in June, Quantopian brought onboard Jonathan Larkin as chief investment officer and Derek Meisner as general counsel and chief compliance officer.