Socure Unveils Digital Identity Bot Aida

 

Socure, a New York-based company that provides predictive analytics for digital identity verification, has launched a new solution this week. Aida (Authentic Identity Agent) is a new identity verification bot that can be deployed to validate authenticity in online transactions. Aida is named after the world’s first computer scientist, Ada Lovelace, and leverages AI to process billions of on- and offline datapoints to provide real-time digital identification.

“Socure is solving the single most difficult problem in identity verification,” Socure’s founder and chief strategy officer Sunil Madhu said, “validating a person that’s never done business with an organization before.” Criticizing traditional methods of verifying identity in the digital world as “a miserable failure,” Madhu praised both Aida’s speed and accuracy.

“Aida can assess in real-time and with unprecedented levels of reliability, whether a digital identity is authentic, synthetic, or has been stolen by performing beyond-human analysis at machine speed,” he explained. “Aida essentially lives every minute of every day to verify identities and fight fraud.”

Socure founder and Chief Strategy Officer Sunil Madhu demonstrating the Socure ID+ platform at FinovateFall 2017.

Part of the company Socure ID+ identity verification platform, Aida combines AI, unsupervised machine learning, and clustering algorithms to provide a continuous loop of data ingestion, normalization, and evaluation from sources such as credit bureaus, social networks, and email history. Aida automatically builds explainable, transparent machine learning models in hours, and conducts predictive analytics on real-time transactions to determine which should be accepted automatically and which should be flagged for manual review by a human fraud analyst.

Named to Red Herring’s Top 100 in North America earlier this month, Socure announced in June that two of the top five U.S. banks (and three of the top ten) are using its technology. This spring, the company appointed Tom Thimot as its new CEO, with Socure founder and former CEO Madhu transitioning to the Chief Strategy Officer role.

Founded in 2012, Socure demonstrated its verification platform at FinovateFall 2017 last year. The company has raised nearly $32 million in funding, and includes Commerce Ventures, Flint Capital, and ff Venture Capital among its investors.

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  • Edwards Federal Credit Union signs with Bankjoy to enhance home and mobile banking functionality.
  • Two of the top 5 US banks (and three of the Top 10) are now using Socure’s ID+ platform.

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Socure Appoints New CEO Tom Thimot

Socure, a provider of predictive analytics for digital identity verification has appointed Tom Thimot as its new CEO. Thimot takes the helm from company founder and original CEO Sunil Madhu.

Madhu, who will take a new role as Chief Strategy Officer focused on platform innovation and exploring new market opportunities, pointed to his experience working with Thimot in the past and expressed his excitement at teaming up again. “Tom and I worked together at Netegrity to grow the identity and access management business many years ago,” he said. “I’m thrilled to work with him again at Socure and glad to pass the baton so he can help us accelerate the next phase of our growth as a pioneer of trust in digital identity.”

Thimot (pictured) comes to Socure from Clarity Insights, a big data consultancy. Before this, Thimot was COO of Kazeon, which was acquired by EMC, CEO of GoRemote (acquired by IPass), an EVP at Netegrity (acquired by Computer Associates) and CEO of CaseCentral (acquired by Guidance Software). He has a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and also attended Harvard Business School.

“The market opportunity and applications for Socure’s technology span a wide range of industries,” Thimot said. “We are in the right place at the right time. I look forward to further accelerating our expansion, while maintaining Socure’s focus on customer satisfaction and innovation.”

Socure demonstrated the first-ever digital-to-physical identity verification platform at FinovateFall 2017. The company extended its digital identity verification solution to include an integrated document authentication feature that enables authentication of government-issued IDs and cross-checks with personally-identifiable information. Socure’s ID+ platform reduces fraud by up to 90 percent, according to the company, lowers manual review and knowledge-based authentication rates by up to 80 percent, and automates Customer Identification Program (CIP), KYC, and AML compliance activity.

PYMNTS.com sat down with Madhu earlier this month to discuss Facebook’s issues with user data. The company was named one of the Top AI Companies in the world by CB Insights last December and was highlighted last August as one of the Finovate alums that has been a top investment target for European banks. Founded in 2012, Socure is based in New York City.

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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.