Alumni News– December 16, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTop Image Systems announces closing “six-figure eFLOW5 deal” with leading Asia-Pacific bank.
  • ACCESSbank to deploy turnkey insurance agency courtesy of Insuritas.
  • Klarna payment solution now integrated into ekmPowershop.
  • D3 Banking partners with ProfitStars to offer iPay Consumer Bill Pay.
  • Pymnts interviews Jingit, Spreedly, and TSYS CEOs on what they think will make or break 2015.
  • Pymnts: PayPal Loan Program to Compete with Lending Club.
  • ShopKeep gives free NFC reader to new customers wanting to accept ApplePay.
  • Finovate Debuts: EyeLock’s Myris Device Authenticates Using Iris Identification.
  • Arroweye Solutions to Provide Debit and Prepaid Card Production to DMS Bank & Trust Ltd. 
  • ZenPayroll now lets companies match employees’ charitable donations.
  • Arxan Integrates With IBM Security AppScan and Trusteer Products.
  • Mint launches bill pay and management platform.
  • Entersekt Receives Honorable Mention in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Authentication.
  • Interactions closes strategic deal to acquire AT&T Watson speech recognition and natural language understanding platform.
  • Consumer Reports features AnchorID, Betterment, Blooom, EverSafe, FutureAdvisor, iQuantifi, MaxMyInterest, and Wealthfront in its column, “Bright Ideas for a Prosperous 2015.”
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.

Alumni News– October 15, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPYMNTS: Karen Webster interviews Spreedly CEO Justin Benson.
  • Finovate alums dominate alternative lending section of Bplans’ “35 Great Ways to Fund a Small Business.”
  • Check out our latest CEO Interview: Mike Iacobucci of Interactions.
  • Betterment launches Betterment Institutional to bring its technology to registered investment advisors.
  • G2 Crowd Gridscape at Dreamforce ’14 shows eSignLive by Silanis earning highest customer satisfaction rating.
  • Kony receives Global Information Security Certifications for Enterprise Mobility Solutions.
  • Iceland’s Snorrason acquires Handpoint merchant portfolio.
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.

Alumni News– October 7, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMatchi opens global fintech challenge 
  • New Frontier Group to integrate BehavioSec’s behavioral authentication solution in online banking.
  • Boku acquires competitor Mopay, now covers 5 billion users.
  • BBC: Wonga to write off £220m of debts for 330,000 customers.
  • Financial Planning features FutureAdvisor.
  • Tradeshift announces new operations in Japan and Europe, new executive appointments.
  • Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) partners with InComm to leverage its POS integrations.
  • WallStreetSurvivor.com launches Financial Education Courses.
  • Vista Equity Partners to take Tibco Software private for about $4.3 billion.
  • Expensify announces $3.5 million round led by Barracuda Networks.
  • Blockchain raises $30 million in growth capital.
  • Credit Karma announces equity investment of $75 million; $1 billion valuation.
  • Spreedly announces new investment; raises $750,000 in equity financing.
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.

Spreedly Announces New Investment; Raises $750,000 in Equity Financing

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According to a report from the Triangle Business Journal, credit card vault in the cloud, Spreedly has raised another $750,000 in equity funding.

The Journal’s report is based on a review of a recent SEC filing by Spreedly. The report adds that a single investor is listed in the filing.

Spreedly’s most recent funding was from a $500,000 venture round in January. With previous equity investment of $1.3 million according to Crunchbase, this latest infusion brings Spreedly’s total capital to just north of $2 million.
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Spreedly serves 71 gateways and 82 countries as of October 1. The company processes more than 160,000 successful credit card transactions a month, producing between $15 and $20 million in top line revenue. Its solutions make PCI compliance easier, help companies develop their own recurring billing programs, and eliminates revenue lost by out-of-date cards by automatically updating all cards on file.
Based in Durham, North Carolina, Spreedly was founded in 2008. Justin Benson is CEO. See the company launch its Payment Method Distribution & Card-on-File Updater solution at FinovateSpring 2014 here.

Alumni News– August 28, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPymnts features PayPal’s OneTouch mobile payments app.
  • American Banker considers how banks are looking closely at how BillGuard uses geolocation to prevent fraud.
  • Taulia launches SupplierPay.org to help corporations support the White House’s SupplierPay initiative.
  • IBM and Monitise expand partnership to combine IBM’s sales and specialist resources with Monitise’s Mobile Money services.
  • Pymnts.com feature on lending shares observations on consumer credit from Lending Club.
  • Forbes column on natural language processing features Narrative Science and Yseop.
  • Wired.co.uk profiles BehavioSec in its Stockholm category of “Europe’s hottest startups” in 2014. See BehavioSec at FinDEVr this fall.
  • CopSonic joins the FIDO Alliance.
  • Markets Media features interview with Avoka CEO Phil Copeland.
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.

Alumni News– August 7, 2014

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  • Payoneer partners with Gosocet to bring cross-border e-invoicing capabilities to Latin American businesses.
  • American Banker interviews Green Dot CEO, Steve Streit, on the relationship between fraud and reload cards.
  • PYMNTS column on what to expect in the 2nd half of 2014 features thoughts from Justin Benson, CEO of Spreedly, and Teri Llach, CMO of Blackhawk Network.
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.

Alumni News– August 7, 2014

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  • Payoneer partners with Gosocet to bring cross-border e-invoicing capabilities to Latin American businesses.
  • American Banker interviews Green Dot CEO, Steve Streit, on the relationship between fraud and reload cards.
  • PYMNTS column on what to expect in the 2nd half of 2014 features thoughts from Justin Benson, CEO of Spreedly, and Teri Llach, CMO of Blackhawk Network.
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.

New Technology from Spreedly Turns its Credit Card Vault in the Cloud into an Industry API for Consuming Card Data

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2014.

Spreedly is on its way to the stage right now. The company is launching its Payment Method Distribution & Card-on-File Updater.

“Prior to today, Spreedly could take a stored card and pass it against a Spreedly integrated payment gateway. With today’s announcement three new things are happening. Firstly, customer’s can create their own end points to which they want to pass cards. No more relying on Spreedly to do the work. Secondly, those end points can be more than just payment gateways. Think of it as an industry API for consuming card data (hotel, ticketing, restaurant, and transportation). And thirdly, customers can use Spreedly to automatically update cards across 60+ gateways, which means no more lost revenue from lost or expired cards.”
Presenting: Justin Benson (CEO) and Brendon Prebble (Business Development)

Product Launch: April 2014
Metrics: We have raised $1 million in angel funding, have 150 customers, and are processing approximately 160,000 successful CC transactions (worth around $15 – 20 million in top-line revenue) monthly on our platform
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B)
HQ: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: January 2008, hard pivot in March 2013
Twitter: @spreedly

FinovateSpring 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 6

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Welcome to the finale of our FinovateSpring 2014 Sneak Peek series. If you’re just joining us, then you might want to check out the previous five installments of our Sneak Peek (see below). There’s no better way to get to know the entrepreneurs and innovators who will be demoing on the Finovate stage on April 29 and 30 in San Jose.

You can find out more about our upcoming event – including our new location and locale – on our FinovateSpring 2014 page here.

Today we wrap up the series with eight more companies, starting with transaction management specialist Avoka and ending with WePay, an innovator in risk analysis for merchants, crowdfunders, and software makers. In between, we’ll talk security and digital currencies, alternative lending and credit decisioning, credit card vaults and Insurance Buying 3.0.

Enjoy!

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Avoka TransactWEB – an Omni-Channel 2.0 customer transaction experience form the leaders in SmartForm & Transaction Management.
Features:
  • Omni-Channel 2.0 – Seamless crossover between channels in a single transaction
  • Integration with ID verification and signature services for maximum convenience
  • All delivered without programming
Why it’s great:
Avoka TransactWEB delivers an Omni-Channel 2.0 experience for account opening, loan origination, etc. without programming.
Presenters:
Phil Copeland, CEO and Co-Founder
Phil is responsible for the company’s business strategy and worldwide operations.
Jeff Kalicki, Account Manager
Jeff is comfortable presenting technology to all levels of business, as well as leading architecture discussions.

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Coinbase is a bitcoin wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with the new digital currency bitcoin.
Features:
  • The ability to debit customers for a more convenient checkout experience
  • The ability to set individualized merchant permission controls via API keys
  • The ability to use recurring billing
Why it’s great:
Coinbase offers innovative tools that allow merchants to accept bitcoin payments easily and securely.
Presenters:
Roger Gu, Business Development Manager
Roger leads payment partnerships at Coinbase. He previously worked in Strategy and Development at Visa and in Investment Banking at Marcum Cronus. Roger holds an A.B. in Economics from Princeton.
Nahid Samsami, Business Development Manager
Nahid previously worked as a senior product manager at Playdom, acquired by Disney Interactive. She began her career at Bain and Company and holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University.

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CUneXus’ unique lending platform integrates at all digital and physical touch points, delivering an omnichannel borrowing experience, proven to significantly increase loan volume and reduce acquisition cost.
Features:
  • Customers can easily access loans anytime, anywhere – with no loan application
  • Lenders enjoy increased product penetration, loan volume, and ROI
  • Simple integration with online and mobile banking
Why it’s great:
CUneXus helps lenders drive substantial loan volume, by providing customers a refreshingly simple on-demand borrowing experience across traditional, online, and mobile banking channels.
Presenters:
Dave Buerger, Co-Founder and President
Dave is a finance and marketing visionary who has been recognized by CUNA and CUES for award-winning strategies that have yielded record loan volumes and response rates.
Darin Chong, Co-Founder
Darin is an expert strategist and has been instrumental in the development of the company’s Comprehensive Pre-Screened Lending (CPL) strategy.

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OnBudget develops PFM tools, Mobile Apps, and Bank Companion Cards that give banked consumers simple budgeting tools and banks a profitable way to monetize them.
Features:
  • Uniquely profitable prepaid product simplifies banked consumers’ budgeting needs
  • Auto learns users’ spending habits, suggests budgets
  • Analyzes spending trends, offers insights/savings opps to help users stay on track
Why it’s great:
OnBudget’s intuitive and interactive solution delights banked consumers by simplifying their budgets. It’s a bank companion card that provides real consumer value at no cost to the consumer.
Presenter:
Jim Collas, President and CEO
Jim is a personal computing pioneer with nearly 30 years of senior exec
utive experience in computers, prepaid cards, and consumer markets. He is a successful entrepreneur and visionary leader.

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Spreedly is the independent credit card vault that works with any PCI end point API. We provide all the benefits of tokenization without gateway lock-in.
Features:
  • Quickly extend your business to non-gateway end point APS’s (hotel, ticketing, transportation, restaurants)
  • Automatically update lost/expired cards
  • One integration, 60+ gateways, 70+ countries
Why it’s great:
Spreedly gives you all the flexibility of having your own credit card vault without the headache of PCI compliance or building your own integrations.
Presenter:
Justin Benson, CEO
Justin specializes in scaling startups from concept to IPO/acquisition. He’s experienced in driving direct revenue and leveraging partnerships to achieve double-digit SaaS revenue growth.

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Sureify educates consumers on their life insurance options, helps them build a plan that’s right for them, and take the next steps to get covered.
Features:
  • Learn about life insurance from simple text, visuals, & videos
  • Unbiased, third-party source for life insurance education
  • Define needs and build the right plan for you quickly
Why it’s great:
Sureify is the only unbiased, third-party source for life insurance education online.
Presenters:
Dustin Yoder, VP of Business Development
Dustin leads strategy, product and business development. Loves talking with our customers, prospecting all possible channels, and relationship building in every part of our business.
Chris Cichon, Marketing
Chris drives marketing and customer experiences. Loves digital marketing and growth hacking; dabbles in front-end web development.

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True Link protects vulnerable seniors from predatory marketing and fraud.
Features:
  • Seniors are victims of $100bn/year in scams
  • Seniors are the largest, fastest growing market in the U.S.
  • True Link is the killer app for the 43 million people caring for their aging parents.
Why it’s great:
Everyone deserves a safe way to spend their money without having to worry about scams, fraud or spending mishaps.
Presenter:
Kai Stinchcombe, Founder and CEO
Kai is a data scientist and entrepreneur who created the True Link Prepaid Visa Card after discovering that his grandmother was the victim of several credit card frauds.

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WePay enables marketplaces, crowdfunding sites, and business software makers to offer payment services to their customers without worry about risk or loss.
Features:
  • WePay’s Veda risk engine leverages big data to make better decisions
  • WePay’s Innovative Risk API collects risk data from platform partners
  • Veda analyzes social footprint to verify users
Why it’s great:
Through its proprietary Veda social risk engine, WePay gives platforms a flexible payment API that provides a great user experience while still taking on all their fraud risk and compliance burdens.
Presenter:
John Canfield, VP Risk Management
John leads all our risk strategy, processes and tactics at WePay. He holds a Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.

Finovate Alums Raise $600 Million in First Quarter of 2014

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Want some context on the torrid pace of fintech financing in the first three months of 2014?

Consider this: a year ago, fourteen Finovate alums raised a total of more than $150 million in the first quarter of 2013.

A year later, we have just nine alums raising more than twice as much in the month of March alone.

March Madness, indeed.
Q1 of 2014 saw 23 Finovate alums walk away with just under $600 million in capital. The biggest haul of the quarter came courtesy of Klarna, which raised more than $125 million. 
But there were plenty of similarly impressive fundraisings, including the $85 million raised by Credit Karma, and the $77 million and $75 million secured by OnDeck and Tradeshift, respectively.
Total raised = More than $592 million
January — $91 million raised by seven companies
February — $139 million raised by seven companies
March — $362 million raised by nine companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at David@finovate.com or Julie@finovate.com

Credit Card Vault in the Cloud Spreedly Raises $500K

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Lost in the wave of funding news over the holidays was word that fintech’s “credit card vault in the cloud” is now half a million dollars richer.

The $500,000 in new funding goes to Spreedly, the Durham, North Carolina-based payments specialist that made its Finovate debut last fall. The investment comes courtesy of E-Merge.be, a group of angel investors from Belgium that has previously put capital to work on behalf of companies like the recently-acquired payments gateway, Ogone, and Cabify.

The investment represents a stamp of approval for the direction Spreedly has taken since it was founded in 2007. Once just another startup in the crowded field of online payments, Spreedly has evolved to play a different, more unique role when it comes to helping businesses make better, more secure, fully PCI-compliant, payment routing decisions.
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At its most basic, Spreedly’s credit card vault allows businesses to securely store credit card information in the cloud, where it can be readily accessed for repeat customers. Perhaps even more importantly, Spreedly provides businesses with data on the relative performance of more than 50 different payment gateways. This helps businesses not just save money, but also cut down on efficiency-killers like time outs and false declines.
Spreedly includes among its customers Fusebill, BoxTV, and fellow Finovate alum, Wallaby. The company’s CEO is Justin Benson.

Finovate Alumni News– January 27, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLending Club named #5 on Forbes’ Most Promising Companies List.
  • The Wall Street Journal mentions SecondMarket’s private shares trading market.
  • Doxo receives 2013 Award for best Software and App from the Seattle Award Program.
  • VentureBeat lists Xero and Expensify as 2 of the best back-office software applications for small businesses.
  • Billhighway Prepaid MasterCard named winner in eighth annual Paybefore Awards.
  • Bank Systems & Technology features Allied Payment Network’s Picture Pay mobile bill pay app.
  • FIS wins Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement award for FIS Mobile Wallet.
  • Credit Card Vault in the Cloud Spreedly Raises $500k.
  • Find Biometrics takes a brief look at 2013 and 2014 with EyeVerify’s Director of Marketing, Denise Myers.
  • DeviceFidelity announces availability of its IsisReady NFC cases for iPhone.
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.