Finovate Alumni News– January 9, 2013

  • Gartner highlights Comarch Commission & Incentive in recent report.
  • FIS announces expanded relationship with Modern Woodmen Bank.
  • TomTom uses Keynote DeviceAnywhere for real-time performance monitoring in Paris.
  • The New York Times features Simple’s approach to customer service.
  • Check Point Software Technologies introduces new ZoneAlarm 2013 security product line, integrates Facebook Privacy Scan.
  • MyBankTracker looks at Movenbank’s new site layout. Come see Movenbank’s live demo at FinovateEurope Feb 12 and 13.
  • Daily Tekk interviews Brendon McQueen, CEO of Tuition.io.
  • eToro launches new version of its WebTrader platform.
  • Dwolla introduces new look, allows users to apply for higher transaction limits.
  • Cardlytics opens office in San Fran, appoints new SVP of Marketing. Come see Cardlytics demo at FinovateEurope next month.
  • CNBC interviews Barry Silbert, SecondMarket CEO, to understand why entreprenuers avoid IPOs.
  • Bank Systems & Technology considers how NICE’s newest solution uses voice recognition to prevent fraud. Come see NICE demo its new tech live at FinovateEurope in London February 12 and 13.
  • Biometric Update highlights a year of new customers and pilot projects from VoiceTrust.
  • TechCrunch features a video interview with Betterment CEO and founder, Jon Stein.
  • Experian announces deal to provide address and mortality screening services to Guardian Financial Services.
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– January 8, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Financial Brand investigates how Mitek’s bill payment service can aid customer account switching.
  • ShopKeep POS partners with Griffin Technology to launch iPad POS system with a built-in magnetic card reader.
  • Fiserv selects Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager solution to enhance EMV card processing systems.
  • LearnVest app reaches 100,000 downloads.
  • SEO-Cart integrates PayLeap from Acculynk Direct, a division of Acculynk.
  • Profile of Banno CEO in American Banker highlights recent partnership with ProfitStars.
  • Phillip Capital signs Heckyl Technologies to integrate News and Sentiment analytic platform.
  • CreditKarma, PayPal, Experian, Pageonce, and Manilla earn spots on Netbanker’s top 50 iPhone and iPad finance apps.
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– January 3, 2013

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  • Internet Marketing For Small Business likes how Flint leverages the camera for mobile payments.
  • Lithium Knowledge Center shares tips on configuring Klarna.
  • Entrepreneur interviews Jason Richelson, founder of New York-based ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based system.
  • Clover raises $3.3 million from undisclosed investors.
  • Tuition.io exits private beta, aims to make student loan management easier.
  • The Boston Globe takes a look at Tom Leighton, the new CEO at Akamai.
  • Techie Insider looks at how PayPal mobile payments can benefit your church.

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.

2012 Funding for Finovate Alumni– More than $450 Million Raised

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgHere is a list of all the funding Finovate alumni received over the course of 2012.  

After an impressive 2011, where more than $423 million was raised, 2012 was even better, with more than $450 raised.
A few stand-out metrics for the year:
  • A total of 44 companies received funding, some more than once in 2012
  • Combined, more than $450 million was raised
  • The best quarter for raising capital was the first quarter when more than $150 was raised
  • The biggest funding month this year was March, with more than $68 million raised by three companies
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received.
January — $25 million raised by 3 companies
Currensee: $2 million — blog post
Finsphere: $11.3 million — blog post
HelloWallet: $12 million — blog post
February — $57 million raised by 5 companies
Capital Access Network: $30 million — blog post
Dwolla: $5 million — blog post
Jemstep: $6 million — blog post
Kabbage: undisclosed — blog post
Xero: $16.6 million — blog post
March — $68 million raised by 3 companies
Boku: $35 million — blog post
eToro: $15 million — blog post
ThreatMetrix: $18 million — blog post
April — $2.5 million raised by 1 company
miiCard: $2.5 million — blog post
May — $55.5 million raised by 5 companies
Kony: $15 million – blog post
Pindrop Security: $1 million — blog post
SecureKey: $30 million — blog post
SoMoLend: $1.17 million — blog post
Yodlee: $8.3 million — blog post
June — More than $62 million raised by 8 companies
Affinity Solutions: $14.5 million — blog post
Arroweye Solutions: $3 million — blog post
Cartera Commerce: $12.2 million — blog post
Credit Sesame: $12 million — blog post
Doughmain: undisclosed — blog post
Lending Club: $15 million — blog post
Nutmeg: $5.3 million — blog post
Planwise: $200,000 — blog post
July — $6 million raised by 2 companies
Continuity Control: $1 million — press release
SaveUp: $5 million — blog post
August — More than $49 million raised by 6 companies*
DemystData: undisclosed — blog post
FutureAdvisor: $5 million — blog post
FreeMonee: $34 million — blog post
The Currency Cloud: $3.1 million — blog post
CashStar: $5 million — blog post
Continuity Control: $2.25 million — blog post
September — More than $59 million raised by 5 companies
Banno: $2 million — press release
Betterment: $10 million — press release
Edo Interactive: $15 million — press release
Fuze Network: $2.5 million — press release
Kabbage: $30 million — blog post
October — $37 million raised by 2 companies
The Currency Cloud: $1.9 million — blog post
Braintree: $35 million — blog post
November — More than $23 raised by 4 com
panies
ActivePath: $10 million — blog post
Jingit: $7 million — blog post
Bazaarvoice: $6.7 million — blog post
Xero: $49 million — blog post
December — More than $16 million raised by 4 companies
Waspit: $3 million — blog post
Controlabill: $570,000 (A$600,000) — blog post
Zopa: undisclosed — blog post
ShopKeep POS: $10 million – blog post
Clover Networks: $3.3 million – blog post
*In addition to the companies listed for August, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments.
Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at Julie@Finovate.com or David@Finovate.com.

Finovate Alumni News– December 21, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCompare Broker reviews the new mobile app from TradeKing.
  • MyBankTracker reviews how BillGuard protects from unwanted charges.
  • San Francisco Business Times reports: Giftly lets givers put ‘heart’ into gift cards.
  • Capital Access Network relocates Headquarters to NYC, adds Scott Blum as CMO.
  • Fiserv partners with TOPS Software to improve payment processing for property managers.
  • The Washington Post looks at SoMoLend’s community-focused lending.
  • Forbes names Lending Club one of the top five fintech companies of 2012.
  • Chicago donut chain “Glazed and Infused” now using ShopKeep POS software.
  • Wired.co.uk names Holvi startup of the week.
  • Credit Sesame unveils free credit monitoring 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.

ShopKeep POS Raises $10 Million in Series B Round

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Yesterday, iPad-based POS solution provider ShopKeep POS brought in $10 million in series B funding. It has now raised more than $12 million.

Participating investors include:

    • Canaan Partners 
    • Tribeca Venture Partners
    • TTV Capital

The New York-based company plans to use the $10 million to integrate with new partners to create a more robust solution for its SMB users and hire engineering talent to build out the iPad-based POS platform.

ShopKeep POS has experienced an eightfold growth since the beginning of this year, with more than 3,000 SMB retailers using the platform.

To learn more about ShopKeep POS, watch its Best of Show-winning FinovateFall 2012 demo.

Dwolla Launches Guest Checkout and New POS Integrations

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Iowa-based payment platform Dwolla made some key announcements today on its blog.

1.) Guest checkout
Users no longer need a Dwolla account to check out online with Dwolla. Instead, users authorize a one-time transfer from their bank account (via ACH).


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Once customers opt to pay as a guest, they are routed to Dwolla’s external payment gateway where it takes 60 to 90 seconds to complete the process (assuming you have your checking account number handy) as follows:

a.) Enter name, Zip code, email address
b.) Enter phone number where a text or voice-authentication code is transmitted
c.) Enter the authentication code
d.) Enter bank account and routing numbers

To finalize the transaction, the consumer completes the normal checkout process back at the merchant.

2.) The “Dwolla Price”
Merchants can encourage consumers to use Dwolla by sharing the interchange savings. In the example below, a $100 unit is sold at the discounted price of $98.75 after the 3% interchange savings is split 50/50 with the customer and then the Dwolla flat 25 cents is added back in.

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3.) POS integrations

Dwolla announced POS integrations that have been in use for almost a month now*:

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Change and ShopKeep POS can initiate payments with Dwolla instead of using the Dwolla app or mobile wallet partner.

To learn more about Dwolla, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo video.

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*ShopKeep POS announced its integration at FinovateFall 2012.

Finovate Alumni News– November 9, 2012

  • Billcom adds open APIs to banking platform.
  • Blackhawk Network Announces New Financial Service Products in Canada.
  • Startup Central looks at Heckyl, Clari5 and BankBazaar at FinovateAsia.
  • VentureBeat considers SecondMarket’s partnership with Angellist.
  • M.O. interviews Constancio Larguia, CEO & founder of Weemba.
  • SiliconBeat looks at Personal Capital’s 401(k) product.
  • Kabbage Becomes Exclusive Funding Provider for Bonanza Sellers.
  • American Banker reports: Bill.com Ties Cash-Flow Tools to Banks’ Small Business Software.
  • Finextra reports UBank gathers transaction data for spending comparison site.
  • ShopKeep POS announces entry into the quick serve market with full kitchen printing capabilities.
  • Mashable lists SimpleTuition, ReadyForZero, and Tuition.io as tools to help minimize student loan debt.
  • Capital Access Network moves Headquarters to NYC.
  • Crowdfund Insider reports SoMoLend Announces New York Expansion.
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– November 8, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBill Dwight, CEO of FamZoo, interviewed by Unlock Your Wealth Radio.
  • TechCrunch reports BillGuard Teams Up With Lemon’s Mobile Wallet, Will Alert Users To Fraudulent Charges.
  • MyBankTracker reviews Betterment’s gift registry feature.
  • Tech in Asia describes why Striata caught its eye at FinovateAsia.
  • Personal Loan Finder looks at SocietyOne.
  • BetaKit reports ShopKeep adds employee time tracking feature to iPad POS system.
  • SecureKey launches Online Authentication Service for Government of Canada.
  • TechCrunch reports Lending Club Surpasses $1B In Personal Loans, Hits Profitability.
  • PaySimple Launches ReceivablesPro Turnkey Private-Label Solution.
  • Campaign Asia reports London-based Innovation Agency launches in Singapore.
  • At FinovateAsia, Barclays announces the launch of PFM powered by Strands.
  • SG Entrepreneurs covers Perfectsen’s launch of The Hook at FinovateAsia.
  • Des Moines Register covers Dwolla’s MassPay.
  • e27 lists 3 finance startups that caught their eye at FinovateAsia 2012.
  • Pando Daily reports Bazaarvoice replaces its CEO and acquires Longboard Media.
  • Finextra reports Authentify opens Japanese subsidiary.
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.

ShopKeep POS partners with BlueStar to Distribute Cloud-Based Point-of-Sale Solution

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Cloud-based point-of-sale system, ShopKeep POS, announced today that it has partnered with BlueStar, a distributor of mobility, POS, RFID, digital signage, and security technology solutions.

Through this partnership, ShopKeep POS is able to provide a complete POS system, with software and hardware that uses BlueStar’s bundled “In-A-Box” offerings.

It also gives ShopKeep POS access to more resellers. Now, 16,000 resellers across the U.S. will be able to buy the cloud-based solution directly from BlueStar and join the 3,000 locations that already use it.

To learn more about ShopKeep POS, watch its FinovateFall 2012 demo.