Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Onfido Teams Up with Extended Stay Marketplace 2nd Address.
  • London’s Accountant Marketplace Capitalise Raises $4.5 Million.
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Intelligence Platform Neutrino.

Around the web

  • Featurespace brings its anti-fraud technology to Singapore.
  • Revolut CEO Nik Storonsky urges UK government to provide special tech visa to ensure London’s status as a “fintech powerhouse” after Brexit.
  • Fiserv helps Kazakhstan’s Halyk Bank centralize its currency management process.
  • Bottomline Technologies partners with UMB Financial to offer Visa-powered payables solution to customers in the U.S.

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

  • Insurtech Innovator CoverHound Fetches $58 Million in New Funding.
  • Bill.com Partners with American Express to Offer New AP Solution, Vendor Pay.

Around the web

  • Revolut and WeWork team up to provide three months of “hot desk space” to Revolut for Business customers.
  • PXP Financial, borne of the merger of PXP and Kalixa, announces its public launch.
  • U.K.-based cloud accounting firm FreeAgent to offer direct data feeds to banks via the Open Banking framework.
  • bpm’online forges partnership with Meritus Business Solutions.
  • Optimove unveils iGaming Pulse, a benchmark solution to enable gaming operators to test the performance of their platforms against industry performance metrics.
  • Onfido appoints former Head of Computer Vision for Robotics at Amazon, Mohan Mahadevan as its new VP of Research.
  • Switch reports that its CardSavr service boosts credit card usage immediately at activation.
  • Enveil announces technology partnership and integration with advanced data security solution and services provider Thales.
  • CuneXus partners with outdoor recreational vehicle buying network, Rollick, to streamline the financing process for RV shoppers.

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.

Revolut Turns to ClauseMatch to Streamline Compliance

Revolut, a digital-only bank, has signed an agreement with ClauseMatch to adopt its regulatory technology to streamline management of internal policies, controls and regulatory compliance, following a two-month trial period, reports Henry Vilar of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The bank has experienced “significant” growth since it was founded three years ago, across 28 markets in Europe, and is preparing to launch in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan in the coming months.

Revolut is currently working in multiple jurisdictions with different rules applied to financial services companies. And across these jurisdictions it faces different regulatory challenges.

The company’s CEO and founder Nikolay Storonsky said that one of the main reasons the company was able to scale so fast is due to its approach to compliance.

“Compliance is something that a company cannot get wrong. That’s why it is incredibly important to evaluate the process constantly and innovate where possible. We strongly believe in innovation and technology. We decided to double-down on technology,” Storonsky says.

Revolut reports that it is signing up over 250 businesses and 9,000 customers per day.

Previously, in 2017, ClauseMatch went live with Barclays for policy management and compliance globally.

In other news today (29 January), Revolut unveiled his plan to build a global licensing team that will be responsible for securing banking, trading and credit licenses.

Founded in 2013, Revolut demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2015.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Feedzai and DataRobot Team Up to Tackle Financial Crime.
  • Revolut Turns to ClauseMatch to Streamline Compliance.

Around the web

  • Identity verification specialist Onfido partners with augmented identity innovator IDEMIA.
  • NICE Actimize unveils new integrated fraud management platform, IFM-X.
  • Open banking platform provider Token hires new Chief Technology Officer, Gaurav Kohli.
  • RightCapital taps Pietro La Greca as VP of Enterprise Sales.

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.

Licensed to Bank: Revolut is Ready for Europe

Following on from the recent licenses in Singapore and Japan, challenger Revolut has secured its European banking license, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The “specialized” bank license was facilitated by the Bank of Lithuania. This type of license was introduced by the Bank of Lithuania in 2017. It has a minimum capital requirement of €1 million (a traditional bank is €5 million), and excludes some investment services and also complex financial services.

Revolut will begin implementing the license next year, and plans full current accounts, consumer lending and commission-free stock trading. Customers will also be able to deposit their salaries into their Revolut account, which will be protected for up to €100,000 by the European Deposit Insurance Scheme.

“With the banking license now secured, commission-free stock trading progressing well and five new international markets at final stages of launch, we are living up to our reputation as the ‘Amazon of banking’,” said Nik Storonsky, founder and CEO of Revolut.

The firm will initially focus on smaller European countries, before eventually passporting the licence to “key markets” including the U.K., France, Germany and Poland.

It says one of the “key focus areas” for the company is to break into lending. Revolut plans to offer standard overdraft facilities as well as personal and business loans at competitive rates.

Invest Lithuania explained: “The move of getting a license in mainland Europe has been considered by many a hedge against Brexit. Having received both the specialized bank license and electronic money institution facilitated by the Bank of Lithuania, Revolut is now effectively safe from any decision regarding Britain leaving the EU.”

At the end of 2016, FinTech Futures was invited to a fintech tour of Lithuania. During that trip, the Bank of Lithuania discussed its memorandum of understanding with Revolut. The firm said it intended to set up a financial institution in the country and obtain a banking license.

Over the last 12 months, Revolut says it has opened between 8,000 and 10,000 current accounts daily and transacted over $4 billion per month in volumes.

As reported last month, it was planning a $500 million Series D investment round, potentially enlisting tech giants like SoftBank to its roster of investors.

This is with a view to launch in the U.S. after the investment round. Revolut has seen major regulatory shortcoming preventing it from starting operations there.

And not forgetting April, when Revolut raised an additional $250 million in Series C funding. The plan was to expand, starting with the U.S. (as above), Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia in 2018.

The company has raised a total of $336 million from investors including DST Global, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and Ribbit Capital.

Founded in 2013, Revolut demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2015.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • BlackRock to Acquire Equity Stake in Envestnet.
  • BBVA Brings on Onur Genç as New CEO.

Around the web

  • Check Point Software integrates with New Amazon Web Services Security Hub.
  • Revolut to launch in Singapore and Japan.
  • Payfone to extend Anti-SIM Swap fraud technology to 35 markets in 2019.
  • Mambu now powering Lendico Switzerland.
  • Dan Madden to join Ellie Mae as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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.

Revolut Readies for $500 Million Series D

Revolut, the multi-functional cross-border card and app, is planning a $500 million Series D investment round, potentially enlisting tech giants like Softbank to its roster of investors, reports Henry Vilar of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

According to City AM, the fintech has aggressive plans for expansions, with plans to launch in the U.S. after the investment round. Revolut has seen major regulatory shortcoming preventing it from starting operations there.

Australia and Japan are also on Revolut’s radar.

The round, set to take place early next year, would give the fintech the necessary boost to enter the U.S. market, a particularly difficult geography to crack.

This comes after the firm’s last funding, which had the shocking figure of $250 million.

The unicorn, which has already surpassed the $1.7 billion valuation, has grown fivefold in the past year, despite reporting annual losses.

It is not known whether Revolut’s previous backers, which include Index Ventures, Draper Esprit and DST Global, will sign on to its next round.

Earlier this year, Softbank said it planned to invest around $200 million into fintech, from its $100 billion Vision Fund.

Founded in 2013, London-based Revolut demonstrated its multi-currency card at FinovateEurope 2015. Nikolay Storonsky is founder and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • MoneyHub Secures Investment from Nationwide.
  • Lighter Capital Increases Funding Limit to $3 Million.
  • Prosper Plans HELOC Product Launch in 2019.
  • Nvstr Brings Brokerage Optimized Investing to the Masses.

Around the web

  • Kasasa partners with rateGenius to offer Kasasa Loans on behalf of Kasasa’s community financial institution network.
  • Infosys to open technology and innovation hub in Texas and hire 500 American workers by 2020.
  • Xero announces new integrations with Tide, Starling Bank, TransferWise, Revolut, and Soldo.
  • Javelin names OneSpan ‘Best in Class’ provider, honoring it with the 2018 Mobile Biometrics Platform Award.
  • Emailage announces Tom Miller as new Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Quovo becomes the first U.S.-based financial data provider granted registration in the Open Banking Directory.
  • Javelin Strategy & Research names Daon a 2018 Mobile Biometrics Platform Awards Leader in the Functional category.

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

  • Gusto’s New Deal to Deliver Automated Accounting to Small Businesses.
  • Quadient’s New Launch Accelerates the Insurance Claims Process.
  • AlphaPoint to Power Asset Management Tools for Laureate Digital Securities.

Around the web

  • Pendo Systems appoints Bill Woodley as President and COO.
  • eMoney Advisor launches voice assistant for financial advisors.
  • Ledger to integrate IOTA tokens with its secure hardware cryptocurrency wallets.
  • KPMG names Klarna, Revolut, and SoFi among 25 most innovative Fintech startups in the world.

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

Around the web

  • Revolut seeks banking license in Luxembourg to ensure post-Brexit access to European markets.
  • Crypterium earns listing on KuCoin cryptocurrency exchange. See Crypterium at FinovateFall in New York this week.
  • Klarna teams up with U.K. fashion brand In The Style.
  • Pushfor founder and CEO John Safa talks cybersecurity on KRLA LA radio.
  • Braintri awarded the Polish Innovation Award 2018 for its creation of Jiffee, a bluetooth-based mobile payment and loyalty technology, and Biffee, a core banking system offloading engine.
  • Kasasa named to 2018 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings.

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.