Finovate Alumni News– March 21, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCashStar brings eGifting platform to the UK.
  • Service2Media signs AppCenter Partner agreement with HintTech.
  • Clairmail appoints former Apple executive, Mitch Stein as new Director of Innovation and Design.
  • Lazy Man and Money blog covers SigFig, calling it the best way to track your investments.
  • Wonga launches Easter Egg hunt on Facebook.
  • eToro’s OpenBook wins 2011 Superior Trading and Resource (STAR) Award.
  • WSJ’s MarketWatch suggests using HelloWallet to help employees build wealth.
  • Relevantly Speaking highlights Offermatic in a podcast.
  • NY Times Bucks blog describes the experience of using Citi’s rewards card powered by Dynamics.
  • Finextra looks at Mint, HelloWallet, and Lodo to consider benefits of implementing a PFM.
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 Wins Windows 8 First Apps Contest

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Earlier this week, SigFig announced that it was one of eight startups to win the Windows 8 First Apps Contest.

The contest gave developers three weeks to create an app for the Windows 8 platform that would be available for demo on the Windows 8 consumer preview.

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The Windows 8 contest judges were impressed with SigFig:

“SigFig Portfolio allows you to track your financial portfolio from various brokerage accounts, get related news, see how investments perform against major indexes, explore various analytics, track movement in your portfolio, and get investor recommendations. The SigFig team took the opportunity to deliver exciting new features to the SigFig Portfolio app for Windows 8 that they haven’t yet released on the SigFig website.”

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To learn more about SigFig, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– March 2, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker reports: Prosper markets to small businesses.
  • InComm patents “Value Insert” solution for more effective RFID card products and services.
  • Business Insider rumors that Ashton Kutcher, an Iowa native, participated in Dwolla’s recent round of funding.
  • BOKU announces another partnership: teams with Vindicia for mobile carrier billing.
  • TechCrunch lists Holvi as 1 of 5 startups to watch from Seedcamp’s demo day.
  • Confident Technologies joins McAfee security innovation alliance.
  • miiCard shares its incentive for predictions from the FinovateEurope audience of the top 2012 trends.
  • SigFig wins windows 8 First Apps contest.
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 31, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgStockTwits now powered by Revere Data.
  • PC World includes HelloWallet in its list of software that does it all.
  • Investment News looks at SigFig’s free service.
  • American Banker examines Dwolla’s role in digital disintermediation in the banking industry.
  • Technorati explains how Kabbage can help small businesses. Come to FinovateEurope to see its live demo.
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 Gives Advice on How to Improve Your Investment Portfolio

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Next this afternoon is SigFig, which demonstrated how it provides consumers with concrete, free, and actionable advice on how to improve thier investment portfolio:
“Because of the wealth of data we import from users’ brokerage accounts when they sign up for our portfolio service, we are in a unique position to offer specific and actionable advice. 
  • The entire product is powered by sync – you don’t have to enter data, we automatically analyze your historical behavior. 
  • If you own a bad mutual fund or ETF, and there’s a better one in the same category, we’ll recommend a switch. 
  • We analyze the fees your brokerages charge you — across dozens of categories — and simulate your behavior at other brokerages in our system to see how much money you could save money. 
  • We’ll automatically provide tax loss harvesting advice to help you optimize on taxes.
  • If you have a financial advisor, we’ll automatically detect that and compare his or her performance to all others in our system and recommend a switch if warranted.
  • We’ll analyze your behavior & style and recommend changes where warranted (such as too-frequent trading).”

Product Launched: October 2011 


HQ Location: San Francisco, CA 

Company Founded: July 2007 
Metrics: 25 employees, 1M unique visitors
Website: sigfig.com
Presenting Parker Conrad (Co-Founder)

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