Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Overbond Launches COBI Matching in Pivot to Analytics.
  • YellowDog Raises $3.3 Million in Series A.
  • Nutmeg Says No to IPO, Opts for Crowdfunding Instead.

Around the web

  • Ledger integrates with Cardano’s ADA and Yoroi Wallets.
  • Insuritas partners with SouthEast Bank to launch bank-owned digital insurance agency platform.
  • Adobe unveils Commerce Cloud, a customizable and scalable platform to manage, personalize, and optimize the commerce experience.
  • SigFig unveils SigFig Atlas, a financial advice and software-guided sales platform.
  • InComm and WH Smith launch in-store, online hubs for game cards in the U.K.
  • UBank integrates Watson into its customer service offerings with RoboBrain, a Watson-enabled virtual assistant.
  • Token.io and Konsentus launch fast PSD2 compliance solution by combining a PSD2 API with automated TPP verification.
  • Verimi and Signicat partner to deliver verified digital identity solution for European enterprises.
  • HooYu to provide ID verification for esports betting platform, Luckbox.
  • Qover earns a spot on Programmable Web’s list of 13 Notable Insurance APIs.
  • WRAL Tech Wire features Spreedly in a look at local technology companies.

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.

SigFig Appoints Anne Morrissey as its First CFO

Asset management platform SigFig has hired its first Chief Financial Officer. The company announced today that Anne Morrissey, a finance and technology veteran with experience growing startups like Fitbit and LeapFrog, will join SigFig as CFO.

“Anne joins us at a pivotal moment in SigFig’s growth trajectory as we unveil new products, expand into new regions, and grow our range of clients across the financial services sector,” SigFig co-founder and CEO Mike Sha said.

In addition to her work at Fitbit (Senior Director of Finance) and LeapFrog (Director of Finance), Morrissey worked at Yahoo! as Director of Investor Relations. For nearly ten years she worked in financial services with both JPMorgan Chase & Company and Salomon Smith Barney. Morrissey is a graduate of DePauw University and Harvard Business School.

“I’ve always been passionate about my work in technology and financial services,” Morrissey said. “(With) SigFig’s pioneering vision for the industry, I see this as an opportunity to work with Mike and his team to scale the business with strategic financial management.”

SigFig demonstrated its roboadvisory and asset management platform at FinovateFall 2011. Founded in 2007 (as Wikinvest) and headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company introduced its digital wealth platform for financial advisors, CoPilot, back in October. CoPilot automates administrative tasks – including compliance processes – makes onboarding new clients easier, and provides a more personalized experience.

With more than $114 million in assets under management, SigFig purchased SmartWealth roboadvisory technology from UBS in 2018. The company has raised $117 million in funding, and includes DCM Ventures among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Alternative Data Platform Thinknum Raises $11.6 Million.
  • SigFig Appoints Anne Morrissey as its First CFO.

Around the web

  • Modo taps Matt McBride as its new Chief Information Security Officer.
  • eToro to end commissions for U.K. customers trading on its platform.
  • Avaloq joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.
  • Kofax launches its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) 10.4 solution.
  • Vymo wins FICCI (The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce) Award for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.
  • TurnKey Lender opens new office in Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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.

SigFig Launches CoPilot, a Digital Wealth Platform for Financial Advisors

Wealthtech company SigFig announced this week it is building on its business-to-business offering with the launch of CoPilot, a digital wealth management platform for financial advisors.

Among the first to leverage SigFig’s new enterprise platform is the company’s current client, Citizens Bank Wealth Management, which will offer the CoPilot digital wealth management tool to its financial advisors. SigFig’s relationship with Citizens Bank dates back to 2016, when the bank agreed to leverage SigFig’s digital investing capabilities for its 2017 launch of SpeciFi from Citizens Investment Services.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Citizens Bank Wealth Management to kick-off our CoPilot offering,” said Mike Sha, CEO of SigFig. “The CoPilot platform represents the importance of advisors in the financial planning lifecycle and the value they provide to clients. CoPilot brings powerful end-to-end software to advisors to further assist their clients in their financial needs.”

CoPilot automates administrative tasks for advisors to help them focus on their client relationships. The tool facilitates onboarding while providing a more personalized client experience. And to help improve the advisor’s productivity, CoPilot automates compliance processes as well as changes to the client’s risk profile and suitability.

“This is an incredibly powerful tool for our financial advisors, seamlessly digitizing many of our processes so that they can focus on what matters most – our customers, not the paperwork,” said John Bahnken, president of Citizens Bank Wealth Management.

Launched in 2007 under the name Wikinvest, SigFig is a wealthtech pioneer with more than $114 million AUM. Co-founder Parker Conrad debuted the company’s Actionable Advice offering at FinovateFall 2011. Earlier this year, SigFig acquired SmartWealth roboadvisory technology from UBS.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • SigFig Launches CoPilot, a Digital Wealth Platform for Financial Advisors.
  • Fiserv Finalizes Acquisition of Elan Financial Services’ Debit Processing Solutions.

Around the web

  • Eltropy partners with NWCUA to Bring Text Messaging to More than 180 Northwest Credit Unions.
  • CashStar named one of the best places to work in Maine for 8th consecutive year.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Anthea Louie as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • CCN names Crypterium among top 5 coins to watch in 2018.
  • Fenergo Launches Client Lifecycle Management Solution for Natixis.

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.

SigFig Buys SmartWealth from UBS

Wealthtech company SigFig announced a big purchase today. The San Francisco-based company bought SmartWealth roboadvisory technology from UBS for an undisclosed amount.

In a memo, UBS’ Eva Lindholm, head of Wealth Management U.K., and Reto Wangler, chief operating officer of Global Wealth Management, said the company found “limited short-term potential” for SmartWealth after launching it in 2017. The SmartWealth technology was aimed to serve wealthy investors, requiring a minimum investment of $19,500. Though the Swiss bank originally aimed to expand the roboadvisory service, a management reorganization resulted in a redistribution of resources, ultimately cutting off funds for SmartWealth.

Under the sale, SigFig will receive the SmartWealth technology (not the clients). “We’re pleased, however, to have entered into an agreement to sell the intellectual property relating to UBS SmartWealth to SigFig – a financial technology firm that we have an equity stake in and with whom we’ve been working for two years in the U.S.,” the memo added.

SigFig CEO Mike Sha said, “This acquisition underscores our strong, growing relationship with UBS, as we work together to provide better digital financial solutions to advisors and their clients.” UBS has been working with the fintech for the past two years. “We saw this deal as a perfect opportunity to quickly establish a veteran technology team and UK compliant offering,” added Sha.

Launched in 2007 under the name Wikinvest, SigFig is a wealth-tech pioneer with more than $114 million AUM. Co-founder Parker Conrad debuted the company’s Actionable Advice offering at FinovateFall 2011. Earlier this year, the company closed on $50 million in funding, bringing its total capital to $117 million.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • SigFig Buys SmartWealth from UBS.

Around the web

  • Compass Plus migrates Brazilian prepaid card issuer, BPP, to its platform.
  • UBS shutters its robo advisor, SmartWealth, selling technology to SigFig.
  • Azimo forges strategic partnership with African payments business, Interswitch Group.
  • BehavioSec unveils its Behavioral Biometrics Platform, which boosts security with invisible, continuous authentication.
  • PayPal’s Xoom partners with Ria Money Transfer to accelerate global expansion in 86 countries.
  • Bluefin and SoftPoint partner for comprehensive PCI-Validated P2PE solution for POS systems.
  • NCR appoints Andre Fernandez as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Kony teams with Payveris to help banks deliver digital money movement services.
  • Cryptoline News: Payfone’s technology now used to prevent SIM swap attacks.

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.

SigFig Raises $50 Million in Series E

Automated wealth management advisory specialist SigFig has raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by General Atlantic. The Series E round also featured the participation of existing investors UBS, Eaton Vance Corporation, DCM Ventures, New York Life, Nyca Partners, and Bain Capital Ventures.

“For over a decade, SigFig has provided access to premium, tech-enabled financial services for customers, banks, and wealth advisors,” CEO and co-founder of SigFig, Mike Sha said. “We are now aggressively expanding our services and reach to improve how banks utilize technology with their clients and increase the number of everyday people using technology to manage their finances.”

The company said it will use the additional capital to invest in new technology and to expand its service to larger FIs like current partners UBS and Wells Fargo. This week’s investment takes SigFig’s total capital to $117 million.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, SigFig demonstrated its portfolio management service at FinovateFall 2011. The company enables financial service providers to offer their customers a way to build tax efficient, diversified investment portfolios that are personalized, mobile-accessible, and less expensive than using traditional financial advisors. SigFig’s platform provides tax reduction strategies, reinvests dividends, and monitors the portfolio, rebalancing when allocations get out of balance.

SigFig clients get their first $10,000 managed free and accounts can be opened with as little as $2,000. Accounts above $10,000 are charged a 0.25% annual fee. All clients get free portfolio monitoring and analysis, unlimited access to professional investment advisors, and minimized brokerage commissions.  SigFig supports individual and joint accounts, as well as all IRA types.

General Atlantic Managing Partner Paul Stamas, who will join SigFig’s board of directors as part of the investment, praised the company’s B2B2C business model, which he said could help SigFig take advantage of the growing market for “digitally-native investment advisors.” Stamas added that the company “leverages its industry-leading technology alongside its partners’ existing physical infrastructure and human capital to create a best-in-class advice solution.”

The funding for SigFig comes in the wake of a pair of major deployments of its platform. Earlier this year, UBS Wealth Management USA went live with SigFig-powered, robo advisory solution, UBS Advice Advantage. The UBS solution is geared toward clients with $10,000 to $250,000 in investable assets, and follows just a few months after Wells Fargo unveiled its own SigFig-developed robo advisor.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • ThetaRay Partners with ABN AMRO to Boost AML Capabilities.
  • SigFig Raises $50 Million in Series E.

Around the web

  • Signicat integrates Belgian digital identity scheme, itsme, into its platform.
  • Australia’s Bendigo and Adelaide Bank selects OneSumX from Wolters Kluwer for regulatory reporting.
  • Fiserv inks deals with Sioux Valley Community CU and Coulee Dam FCU based in Iowa and Washington state, respectively.
  • Payfone collaborates with Canadian telecom EnStream to develop mobile federated authentication service.
  • Indiana-based Elements Financial Credit Union ($1.5 billion in assets) to deploy digital sales platform from Gro Solutions.

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 Alums Among Top Investment Targets for Top European Banks

Earlier this year, CB Insights took a look at where fifteen of the top European banks were spending their investment dollars. The result is an interesting portrait of an industry appears very committed to three areas of fintech in particular: blockchain, financial services software, and Regtech. Of the 15 banks represented in CB Insights’ survey, all but one had invested in R3, the blockchain consortium, with ten banks investing in financial services software companies, and eight banks funding Regtech firms.

Also noteworthy is the presence of ten Finovate/FinDEVr alums among the investments. Symphony Software Foundation, an alum of our developer’s conference, FinDEVr, was the alum with the most support from among the 15 European banks. Santander was the bank with the broadest support among our alum community, backing six out of the 11 alums listed.

Kabbage (FinovateSpring 2015)

  • Founded in 2009
  • Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Total Capital Raised: $488 million
  • Top European banks: Santander, ING

Personetics (FinovateFall 2016)

  • Founded in 2010
  • Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Total Capital Raised: $18 million
  • Top European bank: Santander

Prosper (FinovateSpring 2009)

  • Founded in 2006
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, California
  • Total Capital Raised: $355 million
  • Top European bank: Credit Suisse

Ripple (as OpenCoin, FinovateSpring 2013)

  • Founded in 2012
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, California
  • Total Capital Raised: $93.6 million
  • Top European bank: Santander

SaveUp (FinovateSpring 2014)

  • Founded in 2011
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, California
  • Total Capital Raised: $7 million
  • Top European bank: BBVA

SigFig (FinovateFall 2011)

  • Founded in 2007
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, California
  • Total Capital Raised: $60 million
  • Top European banks: Santander, UBS

Socure (FinvoateFall 2015)

  • Founded in 2012
  • Headquartered in New York, New York
  • Total Capital Raised: $29.4 million
  • Top European bank: Santander

SumUp (FinovateEurope 2013)

  • Founded in 2011
  • Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland
  • Total Capital Raised: $44.3 million
  • Top European bank: BBVA

Symphony Software Foundation (FinDEVr New York 2017)

  • Founded in 2014
  • Headquartered in Palo Alto, California
  • Total Capital Raised: $229 million
  • Top European banks: BPCE/Natixis, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse

Tradeshift (FinovateEurope 2012)

  • Founded in 2010
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, California
  • Total Capital Raised: $182 million
  • Top European banks: Santander, HSBC

Tyfone (FinovateSpring 2008)

  • Founded in 2004
  • Headquartered in Portland, Oregon
  • Total Capital Raised: $13.4 million
  • Top European bank: Deutsche Bank

The analysis focused on fintech investments from 2012 through June 2017, and includes investments made by the venture arms of the banks shown.