Alumni News– November 26, 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.jpgSpend Matters features P2Binvestor and its crowdfunding approach to providing credit to small businesses.
  • POTs and PANs looks at biometric authentication innovators, EyeVerify, BehavioSec, and BioCatch.
  • Best Advice explores EZBOB’s strategy to attract SMEs to online lending.
  • Bank of Internet USA to deploy IntelliResponse virtual agent technology.
  • First Annapolis’ The Navigator Newsletter interviews Sebastian Siemiakowski, CEO of Klarna.
  • Fastacash, Heckyl Technologies, Kabbage, Linkable Networks, and Nomis Solutions named to Red Herring Top 100 Global.
  • Investor Intel mentions Patch of Land and Realty Mogul in column on helping baby boomers participate in real estate crowd funding.
  • Azimo to join London mayor Boris Johnson’s trade mission to Malaysia and Singapore.
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– August 20, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCUneXus improves loan acceptance by 68% over 2013 for Educational Employees CU.
  • With Simple’s 2.0 mobile app update, users can send paper check payments via mobile.
  • ID Analytics names Daniel Rawlings as Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Essent Guaranty offering lenders access to rate quotes through an interface with D+H’s MortgagebotLOS.
  • ThreatMetrix selected as one of CIOReview100s Most Promising Technology Companies.
  • EyeVerify and Zumigo selected for Wells Fargo’s accelerator.
  • Expensify integrates with Uber’s API to launch SmartRides feature.
  • PayNearMe and SIMI partner to offer cash collection services to US government agencies.
  • Kony launches MobileFabric to Accelerate Speed of Delivering Great Enterprise Mobile Apps.
  • PayPal announces access to its One Touch mobile payment solution. Join PayPal in San Francisco for FinDEVr this fall.
  • Cartera Commerce unveils new website.
  • Wallaby Financial launches CardBase and The Card Guide, opening its credit card database to the public.
  • National Real Estate Investor features Realty Mogul CEO and co-founder, Jilliene Helman.
  • Forex Brokerz talks about the beta release of Darwinex’s social trading platform.
  • peerTransfer tops $1 billion in international education payments, announces 500th client.
  • Bloomberg.com features Venmo, Fiserv’s Popmoney, and Dwolla in column on Millennials and mobile payments.
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.

Realty Mogul Debuts its Crowdfunding Tool for Real Estate Investing

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

Our next presenter is real estate crowdfunding innovator, Realty Mogul.

“Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate, the world’s largest online marketplace for real estate lending. Investors are empowered by investor dashboards that standardize and streamline real estate investments across different real estate companies, countless geographies, real estate property types and the entire real estate capital stock. These dashboards allow investors 24/7 access to watch how their real estate investments are generating passive income for them.”
Presenting: Jay Samit (Executive Chairman) and Justin Hughes (CTO & Co-Founder)

Product Launch: March 2014
Metrics: The largest real estate crowdfunding company in the U.S., Realty Mogul has 15 employees and investments in over $100 million worth of real estate value.
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B)
HQ: Beverly HIlls, California
Founded: May 2012
Website: realtymogul.com
Twitter: @realty_mogul

Finovate Alumni News– April 16, 2014

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  • Betterment raises $32 million in Series C round.
  • Realty Mogul crowdfunds Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.
  • Partnership with Clearly Loans brings Nostrum Group into the secured loan processing business.
  • Credit Sesame launches free credit and identity protection service.
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.

Where the Alums Are: A Remembrance of FinovateSpring Past

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It is hard to believe that it is almost time for FinovateSpring 2014.

There’s still plenty of time for you to get your tickets to our upcoming event in San Jose, California on April 29 and 30. Our final Sneak Peek preview post is up, all the companies who were prepping under the radar are now out of stealth, and we can’t wait for you to see what this year’s spring crop of fintech entrepreneurs and innovators has in store.

Before we do, however, let’s take a moment to take a look back at last year’s FinovateSpring alums. As we scrolled through blog archives, several themes jumped out: the appetite for startups remains as passionate as ever, with three of our Spring 2013 alums being acquired by such financial sector potentates as Intuit and PayPal. And venture capitalists continue to see innovation in this space as a more than worthwhile investment, with 20 separate fundings for Spring 2013 alums

We’ve grouped the achievements into four categories: Exits, Fundings, Awards, and Acquisitions. Enjoy!

EXITS
  • Jack Henry buys Banno for undisclosed sum
  • The rumors are true: eBay’s PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million in cash
  • Intuit buys tax planning/preparation specialist GoodApril
  • TaxAct acquires Balance Financial
FUNDINGS
  • CardFlight secures $1.6 million in seed funding from ff Venture Capital
  • Encap earns seven-figure investment from ProVenture Seed
  • EyeVerify earns $2.3 million in Series A funding
  • Jemstep raises $4.5 million in Series A round
  • Kabbage brings in $270 million in debt financing to provide small businesses with funding of their own
  • Kabbage brings in $75 MIllion in debt financing
  • Leaf raises $20 million from Heartland Payment Systems
  • Alternative lender LendUp raises $14 million in new funding
  • D3 Banking creator Lodo Software Brings in $3 million
  • Narrative Science secures $11.5 million in Series C funding
  • OpenCoin wins investment from Google Ventures, IDG Capital Partners
  • P2BInvestor raises $1.2 million in Series A round
  • PayNearMe leverages Family Dollar Partnership; raises $20 million
  • PayNearMe raises $10 million in Series D funding, launches Express Merchant Onboarding Option
  • Prestadero raises 5 million pesos ($400,000 USD) in first round of funding
  • Quantopian raises $6.7 million in Series A round
  • Realty Mogul raises $9 million in round led by Canaan Partners
  • SeedInvest raises $2 million in crowdfunded investment campaign
  • SeedInvest Raises $1 million in round Led by Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
  • Zooz Closes $2 million Series A round Led by XSeed Capital
AWARDS
ACQUISITONS
  • OpenCoin acquires SimpleHoney
  • Kofax acquires data integration software provider Kapow Technologies
  • NICE to acquire Causata to enhance customer experience management

Finovate Alums Raise $600 Million in First Quarter of 2014

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Want some context on the torrid pace of fintech financing in the first three months of 2014?

Consider this: a year ago, fourteen Finovate alums raised a total of more than $150 million in the first quarter of 2013.

A year later, we have just nine alums raising more than twice as much in the month of March alone.

March Madness, indeed.
Q1 of 2014 saw 23 Finovate alums walk away with just under $600 million in capital. The biggest haul of the quarter came courtesy of Klarna, which raised more than $125 million. 
But there were plenty of similarly impressive fundraisings, including the $85 million raised by Credit Karma, and the $77 million and $75 million secured by OnDeck and Tradeshift, respectively.
Total raised = More than $592 million
January — $91 million raised by seven companies
February — $139 million raised by seven companies
March — $362 million raised by nine companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at David@finovate.com or Julie@finovate.com

Realty Mogul Raises $9 Million in Round Led By Canaan Partners

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CEO and co-founder of Realty Mogul, Jilliene Helman, said that her goal was to “bring the $11 trillion commercial real estate market into the 21st century.”

Thanks to Canaan Partners, the real estate crowdfunding startup now has $9 million more to help make that happen.

Calling her innovation “democratization of deal flow”, Helman’s company saw growth of more than 400% in the six months since July, and now has more than 6,000 accredited investors using Realty Mogul’s platform. And this deal with Canaan Partners arguably helps put Realty Mogul in the same conversation with other crowdfunders that have attracted venture capital interest such as CircleUp.
Total capital raised by Realty Mogul now stands at approximately $10 million.
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Hrarch Simonian, a principal at Canaan Partners who also sits on the Realty Mogul board of directors, compared what Realty Mogul is doing for real estate investing to what another Finovate alum is doing for retail lending. “Realty Mogul will be the next disruption in a massive asset class just like Lending Club has been for the consumer credit market,” he said.
In addition to recently celebrating the first anniversary of its launch, Realty Mogul announced just a few days ago that crowdfunders using the platform had invested in more than $100 million worth of real estate. In a note to investors, CEO Helman noted this and stressed a commitment to technology going forward, saying the company has budgeted more than $2 million toward developing Realty Mogul’s proprietary technology.
Founded in May 2012 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Realty Mogul made its Finovate debut at the spring show in 2013. See a video of the company on stage here.
And for more information about our upcoming FinovateSpring 2014 event, click here.

Finovate Alumni News– March 18, 2014

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  • Fiserv to adopt Visa’s debit EMV solution to offer issuers, acquirers and merchants an approach for debit EMV adoption.
  • Tyfone appoints former UBS managing director Nizar Jamal as Chief Technology Officer.
  • PaymentsSource: Virtual Piggy’s Oink partners with European Games Group.
  • App Shopper features BudgetTracker’s iOS mobile app.
  • Realty Mogul crowdfunders top $100 million worth of real estate investment.
  • VentureBeat takes a look at mobile payment success stories including PaySimple, Braintree, and PayPal.
  • TD Bank enhances online money movement services with addition of Popmoney and TransferNow from Fiserv.
  • DoubleBeam powers new mobile app for Foodland Super Market.
  • Nostrum Group reports revenue gains of more than 80% to £7 million. for FY 2013.
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.

Realty Mogul Crowdfunders Top $100 Million Worth of Real Estate Investment

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Happy First Birthday, Realty Mogul!

And while other crowdfunding platforms may celebrate with cake or champagne, leave it to Realty Mogul to mark the occasion with news that its investors have put $14.6 million to work financing more than $100 million worth of real estate investment.

They’ve even published a helpful infographic that shows how they did it.

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“In just 12 months, Realty Mogul has become the largest online marketplace for real estate investing,” the company wrote. “And in just six months starting in July we grew nearly 400% in investments.”
“We thank our valued investors and look forward to an even better 2014.”
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Realty Mogul serves as an online marketplace that makes it easy for accredited investors to invest in real estate properties ranging from retail to residential. Using a crowdfunding model, Realty Mogul allows investments as low as $5,000, and investors can earn investment income as quickly as the next month or quarter.
A few metrics on Realty Mogul:
  • 67% of investments made by repeat investments
  • 55% of investors have made multiple investments
  • More than 6,000 accredited investors are using the platform
  • The average age of Realty Mogul’s investors is 42 (the youngest, 24; the oldest, 75)
TechCrunch noted that the investments consisted of 58 separate properties in 14 different states.
Founded in May 2012 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Realty Mogul is led by CEO Jilliene Helman. The company demoed its technology as part of FinovateSpring 2013 in San Francisco. See Realty Mogul in action here.

Finovate Alumni News– March 14, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgArxan Technologies wins in the Products and Services Excellence category of the Infosecurity Global Excellence Awards.
  • OnDeck’s CEO Noah Breslow appears on CNBC Squawk Box.
  • Mitek opens mobile imaging platform to developers.
  • Klarna raises £90 million to finance acquisition of Sofort.
  • Collision features Realty Mogul in its selection of “10 Top Startups with Powerful New Ideas.”
  • OnDeck tops $1 billion in small business loans.
  • CBS News features DynamicsHidden card, interviews CEO Jeff Mullen.
  • Yale microfinance program to deploy Mambu platform.
  • FPPad Bits and Bytes <a features Guide Financial in its latest video review.
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 24, 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.jpgNICE Systems named to Fast Company’s 50 most innovative companies list.
  • American Banker takes a look at BBVA’s acquisition of Simple.
  • MasterCard brings in-app payments to MasterPass; acquires m-wallet startup, C-Sam.
  • CNBC Finance hosts Kasasa CEO Gabe Krajicek to discuss the drive to local banks and credit unions.
  • Arxan Technologies partners with IBM to protect mobile apps against attacks.
  • HelloWallet launches Insights app to help HelloWallet users better understand their financial habits.
  • InterAksyon features TransferWise in column about transferring money overseas.
  • Realty Mogul’s real estate portfolio surpasses $85 million mark.
  • ExactCPA Tax Solutions introduces its app of the week: Kashoo Accounting.
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.