Finovate Alumni News


  • LendUp Raises $150 Million in Series B; Expanded Credit Facility”
  • Fiserv Buys ACI Worldwide’s Community Financial Services Division for $200 Million”

Around the web

  • Tradeshift partners with (RED) to facilitate donations to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
  • Payoneer selects AU10TIX to enhance online customer ID authentication and record generation.
  • AlphaPoint appoints Scott Scalf as EVP of Development Operations.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate, FinDEVr Alum News at Money20/20


I spent the majority of last week at Money20/20 catching up with Finovate and FinDEVr alums.

With 5 tracks of panel discussions and product announcements, plus an exhibit hall floor, it was impossible to parcel out all of the themes buzzing around. However, from the slice of the mega-conference that I attended, the overarching theme was payments, specifically, removing friction from the payments experience. This became evident in the product announcements and discussions throughout the keynote sessions from Stripe, Poynt, Chase, Verifone, Google’s AndroidPay, Samsung Pay, PayPal, MCX, and First Data.

In addition to these larger players, there were many smaller companies in attendance. I sat down with five Finovate and FinDEVr alums to find out what’s new.

Arxan, which protects applications, has experienced 50% year-over-year growth for the past 5 years.

Last week the company announced the extension of its application protection to the Apple TV. Arxan safeguards the TV operating system and already protects multiple pre-installed applications on the Apple TV. The apps are shielded using multi-layered guards to fortify the application from being reverse-engineered and compromised and are inserted within the binary code of the applications.

See Arxan’s FinDEVr 2015 presentation.

endeavour logoEndeavour
This was the first time I’ve chatted with Endeavour since they debuted their mobile account opening solution at FinovateSpring 2014. The Austin-based company revealed some crucial news— it was acquired by Genpact, an operational efficiency specialist for enterprise organizations.

The structure of Endeavour’s organization will remain more or less unaffected by the acquisition which Genpact hopes will bolster its Lean Digital offering by adding Endeavour’s mobile expertise.

Kabbage recently partnered with ING, Santander, and Kikka Capital, and the company is growing fast. These partnerships will help the Atlanta-based company expand operations outside of the U.S. Kabbage is especially targeting the growing ecommerce market in India through its Bangalore office.

Kabbage anticipates originating $1 billion in small business loans in 2015, and is planning a major push into consumer loans next year.

Watch Kabbage’s presentation from FinDEVr 2015 and its demo from FinovateSpring 2015.

Socure uses a person’s existing online “fingerprint” (Facebook photos, email address, and phone number) to validate their identity. Because Socure sources the data from pre-existing information users to simply take a selfie to validate who they are.

In my discussion with Socure the company disclosed plans to extend its services to verify information for small and medium-sized businesses. Today, this process consists of manually scouring websites for data. Socure’s technology could speed up and streamline that process.

Check out Socure’s demo video from FinovateFall 2015

splititSplitIt (formerly PayItSimple)
SplitIt offers point of sale financing with no interest by placing a hold on the customer’s existing line of credit. The solution launched at FinovateFall 2014 under the name PayItSimple. Alon Feit, the company’s CEO, states that the new name is a better reflection of what the company does.

Since launching last year SplitIt has signed 100 merchant partners and is in negotiations for $14 million in funding. After the round closes the company plans to use the funding to further grow its merchant base, as well as its 15-person team.

Socure Launches Facial Biometric Anti-fraud Technology, Perceive

SocureThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2015.

Socure is announcing Perceive at FinovateFall 2015. Perceive is a patented, remote facial biometrics solution designed to address account-takeover fraud and transaction security. The device-agnostic Perceive SDK can be added to any mobile or web application to accurately authenticate a consumer using their face, without the hindrance of prior training required by conventional recognition biometrics.

Presenters: Co-founders Sunil Madhu, CEO, and Johnny Ayers, SVP, business development



Product launch: September 2015 at FinovateFall

Metrics: $7.2 million raised; $3 million revenue; 320 customers across 32 countries; 23 employees
Product distribution strategy: Direct to business (B2B); through financial institutions; through other fintech companies and platforms

HQ: New York City, New York
Founded: September 2012
Twitter: @SocureMe

Finovate Alumni News


  • “FinovateFall 2015: Mapping Fintech’s International Neighborhood”

Around the web

  • Feedzai teams up with Socure to combine social biometrics with fraud-risk scoring. See Socure at FinovateFall 2015 in New York City next week.
  • Moven CEO Brett King joins the advisory board for Jumio.
  • Fiserv joins Visa, Citi, Nasdaq, and Capital One in $30 million funding of blockchain startup, Chain. Join Fiserv in New York City next week for FinovateFall 2015.
  • iSignthis confirms the adequacy of its KYC services for use by financial institutions 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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Socure


The Sneak Peek series looks at the innovators demoing live on stage at FinovateFall 2015. Be sure to pick up your tickets to our annual autumn conference, and we’ll see you in New York!

takes an innovative approach to identity verification by using online and social media data to enable financial institutions to confirm consumers’ identity.

Features of Socure:

  • Innovative Social Biometrics Platform(TM)
  • Blends facial recognition with social media and online data
  • Patented technology to fight fraud, reinforce KYC/CIP

Why it’s great
Socure is the only platform that blends facial recognition with social media and online data, using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to validate an identity in real time.


Sunil Madhu, CEO, Co-founder
Madhu is a serial entrepreneur, with several successful transitions through IPO and acquisition. A security architect by profession, he has spent 20+ years innovating and implementing ideas for identity safeguards and access management.

Johnny Ayers, SVP, Business Development; Co-founder
Ayers has worked at Socure since September of 2012.



Finovate Alumni News


  • “SumUp Raises €10 Million in Round Led by BBVA Ventures, Groupon, American Express”

Around the web

  • In its fiscal year 2015, Avoka signs record number of clients and experiences 70% year-on-year bookings growth.
  • Yodlee is accepting applicants for its upcoming Ynext Incubator class.
  • Markit acquires FX trade-processing specialist DealHug. See Markit at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco in October.
  • Emailage opens European data center.
  • After BlackRock’s acquisition of FutureAdvisor, ThinkAdvisor considers the fate of Wealthfront and Betterment.
  • Forbes looks at Mint, MaxMyInterest, Moven, and Venom in a discussion on the connection between mobile, messaging, and financial services.
  • Mainstream features a quote from founder of DoubleNet Pay, CEO Brian Cosgray, on the impact of debt on new retirees.

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

  • Pymnts interviews Rich Aberman, WePay co-founder.
  • TradeSharp integrates with Tradier to offer brokerage services and enhanced trading strategies.
  • Gwyneth J. Gaul joins Bright Funds as the company’s new vice president of corporate partnerships.
  • features several alums in its discussion on how robo-advisors are changing the investment world.
  • Washington Technology Industry Association creates video about Lighter Capital.
  • InComm to expand offerings in Asda, the United Kingdom-based subsidiary of Walmart.
  • PayPal acquires mobile commerce platform Modest, its first acquisition as a standalone, public company.
  • Socure appoints Michael Hiskey as vice president of marketing. Join Socure at FinovateFall 2015 in New York.
  • Investment News quotes Hedgeable CEO Mike Kane on bitcoin’s prospects as an alternative asset class. See Hedgeable in New York at FinovateFall 2015.
  • Avidia Bank ($1.2 billion) to deploy Cardless Cash ATMs courtesy of partnership with FIS.
  • Eco-Mail names John Schloff as managing director of marketing. Catch Eco-Mail live at FinovateFall 2015 in September.
  • CardFlight’s SwipeSimple to power Integrity Mobile’s mPOS tech.
  • Pindrop Security appoints Mike Vandiver as chief financial officer.
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • Australia-based SocietyOne hits $200m in applications.

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


  • “Socure Secures $2.5 Million in Debt Financing”
  • “Five Finovate Alums Named 2015 Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum”

Around the web

  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Stephane Dubois, Xignite CEO and founder. See Xignite at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco in October.
  • Flint Mobile upgrades its iOS mobile app to improve compatibility with Apple Wallet.
  • Cloud OS Corezoid is now available via the Amazon Marketplace (in Russian).
  • Forbes notes MaxMyInterest, Dragon Wealth, and EverSafe in a feature on the global growth of fintech accelerators.
  • Market Visual integrates with the Tradier API to enable investors to manage stock portfolios and trade on a single platform.
  • Q2 Holdings acquires Centrix Solutions for $20 million.
  • Ayasdi named a 2015 Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum.
  • Delaware Business Times profiles Global Debt Registry.
  • RateFuel asks if Qapital represents the “future of banking.”
  • PayNearMe partners with The California Department of Child Support Services to offer a new payment option for cash-paying customers.
  • FutureAdvisor launches FutureGift to help friends and family easily contribute to kids’ college funds.

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.

Socure Secures $2.5 Million in Debt Financing


Finovate has confirmed that ID-authentication specialist Socure has raised $2.5 million in debt financing. This supports a recent report that Socure CEO Sunil Madhu had filed a Form D with the SEC in late July.

The debt financing adds to the more than $4 million in equity capital Socure has earned. The company’s last fundraising was a $2.5 million investment Novembe 2014 that featured participation from ff Venture Capital, Founder Collective, and Two Sigma Ventures.


From left: Socure CEO Sunil Madhu and Johnny Ayers, SVP of business development, demonstrated their company’s Social Biometrics technology at FinovateFall 2013.

Socure provides a real-time identity-verification technology to help payments-remittance companies, FIs, and online merchants combat identity fraud. The company’s Social Biometrics platform is an SaaS solution that combines artificial intelligence, machine learning, and social behavior-pattern analysis to distinguish qualified logins from attempted logins by fraudsters and bots.

Socure announced last month that it had earned U.S.-EU and U.S. Switzerland Safe Harbor Certification. This assures customers that the company’s handling of sensitive data meets the privacy requirements of both the European Union and the Swiss government. In June, Socure was profiled in, which interviewed co-founder Johnny Ayers, SVP of business development, and Ken Allen, SVP operations.

Founded in August 2012 and headquartered in New York, Socure demonstrated its Social Biometrics solution at FinovateFall 2013. The company returns to the Finovate stage in September for FinovateFall 2015. To learn more about our upcoming conference in New York City, visit our FinovateFall 2015 page.

Socure Scores $2.5 Million to Overcome Evil with Good


Online security companies are always working to stay one step ahead of fraudsters. Socure, a New York-based company is out to fight these malevolent deeds with an approach it calls Social Biometrics.

As it turns out, it pays to be good. The company just closed a $2.5 million round of funding this week. Investors include:

    • Founder Collective
    • Two Sigma Ventures
    • ff Venture Capital 

This, added to Socure’s $2.2 million Seed round it generated in March, brings the company’s total funding to $4.7 million.


Socure’s fraud detection solution uses people’s social behavior across networks to determine the authenticity of their identity. See their debut of Social Biometrics at FinovateFall 2013.