Finovate Alumni News


  • ACI Worldwide Partners with Solutions by Text.
  • Envestnet to Acquire PIEtech for $500 Million.

Around the web

  • Prepaid Technologies Acquires Dash from Karmic Labs.
  • Switch launches its issuer-branded CardUpdatr app.
  • Kinetica unveils its active analytics platform that makes it easier to deliver smart analytics applications at scale.
  • Forbes interviews co-founder and CEO of Onfido, Husayn Kassai.
  • Tinkoff Mobile, a subsidiary of Tinkoff Bank, announces service in six new regions.
  • DocuSign launches its DocuSign Agreement Cloud to help companies better manage business agreements digitally.
  • Capsilon announces the beta launch of its digital underwriter solution.
  • AlphaPoint adds DiamondBack stablecoin to its crypto exchange.
  • Sri Lanka’s Bank of Ceylon goes live with Clari5 Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solution to address money laundering threats.
  • PYMNTS: Amazon and Worldpay team up on one-click commerce.
  • NetGuardians‘ AI fraud-prevention software available on Microsoft Azure.
  • TurnKey Lender signs partnership agreement with Refinitiv.
  • MX and Personetics partner to bring AI-driven insights to financial institution customers.
  • ICBA and Jack Henry’s ProfitStars expand preferred service provider program with remote deposit capture solutions.
  • Insuritas and Oregon Mutual announce partnership to offer auto and home insurance solutions through meta-agency platform.

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


  • Insurtech Innovator CoverHound Fetches $58 Million in New Funding.
  • Partners with American Express to Offer New AP Solution, Vendor Pay.

Around the web

  • Revolut and WeWork team up to provide three months of “hot desk space” to Revolut for Business customers.
  • PXP Financial, borne of the merger of PXP and Kalixa, announces its public launch.
  • U.K.-based cloud accounting firm FreeAgent to offer direct data feeds to banks via the Open Banking framework.
  • bpm’online forges partnership with Meritus Business Solutions.
  • Optimove unveils iGaming Pulse, a benchmark solution to enable gaming operators to test the performance of their platforms against industry performance metrics.
  • Onfido appoints former Head of Computer Vision for Robotics at Amazon, Mohan Mahadevan as its new VP of Research.
  • Switch reports that its CardSavr service boosts credit card usage immediately at activation.
  • Enveil announces technology partnership and integration with advanced data security solution and services provider Thales.
  • CuneXus partners with outdoor recreational vehicle buying network, Rollick, to streamline the financing process for RV shoppers.

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.

Switch Granted $2 Million in Funding

Credit card information management platform SWITCH announced its largest round of funding to-date. The Seattle-based company just closed a $2 million investment, bringing its total funds to more than $2.3 million.

Founded in 2013, SWITCH enables cardholders to automatically update their card-on-file information across multiple accounts. This comes in handy for consumers replacing the 700 million U.S. credit and debit cards that are lost, stolen, or reissued each year.

SWITCH’s technology is embedded into its CardSavr API which it launched in February of this year. The CardSavr API allows card issuers to place new cards into circulation immediately after they are issued instead of waiting for a new one to arrive by mail. SWITCH enhanced the technology earlier this year by integrating voice technology, enabling customers to update card information and add a new card to their account simply by using voice commands.

SWITCH also offers TopWallet (pictured right), a card issuer-branded app that allows cardholders to manage all of their payments and passwords in one place. TopWallet is currently being offered in beta.

“Switch is a win-win-win for card issuers, cardholders and merchants/billers,” said Switch CEO Chris Hopen, who demoed SWITCH’s platform at FinovateSpring 2016. “Merchants and billers want… cards on file in order to operate and provide friction-free purchasing for customers. Top financial institutions gain valuable insight and higher transaction volume by helping their customers with the burden of managing payments online.”

Finovate Alumni News


  • Backbase Powers OmniChannel Digital Services for BGŻ BNP Paribas Bank.
  • Switch Granted $2 Million in Funding.

Around the web

  • IBM partners with Thought Machine for legacy systems.
  • TransferWise introduces its borderless account – with a debit card – to Ireland.

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.

Switch Brings Voice Technology to its CardSavr API

Switch CEO Chris Hopen announced today that the company’s CardSavr API will leverage natural language processing to accelerate the process of managing cards on file and getting new and renewed cards provisioned with merchants. The technology will enable cardholders to use their voice to make commands to update autopay information, add a new card to an online account, and more.

“Switch has been preparing for the convergence of voice and fintech and brings an exclusive approach with our CardSavr API that can advance the evolution of voice technology and fintech,” Switch Co-Founder and CEO Chris Hopen explained. He pointed to the growing use of natural language technology to manage online payments and conduct other financial activities, and highlighted how easy it was for financial institutions to add these technologies to their solutions. “The CardSavr API can be implemented immediately into banking apps, website, and other financial technology platforms, without changing the inherent environment,” Hopen said.

Switch’s announcement came as part of a panel discussion on fintech and voice technologies at the VOICE Summit in New Jersey.

Tailor-made for a world in which the average consumer carries more than three credit cards and an ever-growing volume of commerce is taking place online via credit card, Switch’s CardSavr API empowers card issuers to get new and re-issued cards into circulation with online merchants immediately after activation. The API builds on the company’s previous success in providing solutions for consumers to make it easier for them to manage their credit card accounts.

“Switch offers the only automation platform that can power the entire virtual ecosystem with strategic, voice-first experiences that benefit consumers,” said Weber Marketing Group CEO Mark Weber. He added that the growth of voice payments is likely to “accelerate exponentially faster than mobile payments” and would contribute to both faster profit growth for companies and less friction for consumers.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Switch demonstrated its platform at FinovateSpring 2016. Last month, the company, which has raised more than $1.9 million in funding, announced that its CardSavr API could be deployed to help card issuers transition to virtual cards.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Switch Brings Voice Technology to its CardSavr API.
  • Feedzai to Help Credorax Fight Merchant Fraud.
  • Five Degrees Acquires Icelandic IT Software Company Libra.
  • Flywire Raises $100 Million for Global Expansion.

Around the web

  • Global Debt Registry adds new Chief Financial Officer and new Product Director.
  • Pakistan’s Silkbank upgrades its core banking system with technology from Temenos.
  • ACI Worldwide unveils its UP eCommerce Payments API.
  • Yukka Lab selected to participate in the Swiss Kickstart Accelerator.
  • S&P Global and Kensho Technologies launch Kensho Labs.

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.

Switch Speeds Virtual Card Adoption with CardSavr API

Looking to make the leap from plastic cards to virtual cards? Switch and its CardSavr API are here to help.

“Until now, activating merchant-specific virtual cards required cardholders to laboriously create and update every merchant one-by-one,” Switch CEO Chris Hopen said. “Our CardSavr API automates and simplifies the entire user process and secures the card on file at the merchant with one step.”

Launched earlier this year, Switch’s CardSavr API is a first-of-its-kind technology that supports and enables an often-overlooked aspect of commerce: healthy credit card circulation. The CardSavr API helps card issuers get new and re-issued credit cards into circulation with thousands of ecommerce retailers soon after the cards are activated.

The application of the CardSavr API to the virtual card market is the latest evolution in use cases for the technology. From its origins as an innovative credit card updater, the company’s solution provides further assistance to card issuers looking to leverage the efficiency of virtual cards.

In the company’s press release, Switch said that its technology would help speed virtual card adoption and suggested that CardSavr “conquer(s) the elusive issue” of ensuring a seamless card creation and updating process for virtual cards in the same way it has for physical cards. The core technology behind CardSavr can also be used with reward, private label, and P2P payment schemes, creating what Hopen called “a healthy virtual payment ecosystem for everyone.”

Speaking for CULedger, a leading credit union project that is developing applications based on distributed ledger technology, CEO John Ainsworth praised Switch’s latest offering. “Switch has brought a very innovative technology solution that uniquely allows financial institutions and issuers to capitalize on virtual cards, while increasing security and convenience for our customers.” He added, “Switch continues to impress me with their disruptive and successful approach to vanquishing major foundational industry challenges that have never been solved.”

Switch demonstrated its credit card updating technology at FinovateSpring 2016. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the company has raised $1.9 million in funding after picking up a $400,000 angel investment last spring.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Personetics Accommodates Digital-Only and Challenger Banks.
  • Diebold Nixdorf Brings its Bank-Like Kiosk to Emirates NBD Customers.
  • Munnypot Announces Strategic Partnership with Capita.
  • Switch Speeds Virtual Card Adoption with CardSavr API.

Around the web

  • aixigo wins top honors in the Outstanding Front-End Digital Solutions Provider (Vendor) category of the Private Banking Conference & Awards in Germany for its wealth management platform.
  • Trunomi announces partnership with blockchain-based digital ID solution, Shyft.
  • Mambu and Form3 team up to launch cloud-based payments processing service.
  • Fiserv collaborates with Rippleshot to provide early breach detection solution, Card Risk Office Fraud Warning.
  • Mitek adds identity document verification and biometric facial recognition technology to its platform courtesy of a new agreement with Experian.
  • Earnix introduces AcceleRate-it with Direct Deploy technology.
  • Trulioo wins Startup Canada’s Global Entrepreneurship Award.

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.

Switch Launches Cardsavr API To Get Cards Into Circulation Faster

Healthy credit card circulation is an underestimated aspect of what makes e-commerce work. In a world in which the average consumer carries more than three credit cards and a growing number of consumers are using those cards to shop online, it is critical that the infrastructure that delivers these cards works as seamlessly as possible – as well as for the benefit of all participants in the process.

This is what makes the new technology from Switch so compelling. The Seattle-based company unveiled Cardsavr today, the first API of its kind to give card issuers the ability to get new and re-issued cards into circulation with thousands of online merchants immediately after activation.

“Until Cardsavr, banks and merchants were held hostage by archaic credit card networks’ issuing and replacement processes and the inability alone to digitally help their cardholders manage online payments,” Switch CEO Chris Hopen explained. “This is the first time an API provides all card brands with direct control over a large source of potential and/or lost revenue.”

Switch made its name as a platform that enables consumers to easily manage their credit card accounts. With Cardsavr, the company is leveraging its core platform to help issuers and merchants increase or recapture revenues lost through the current, inefficient process.

“Our platform increases both their bottom line around credit card circulation issues and enhances cardholders’ online purchasing experiences. All parties of the e-commerce ecosystem benefit,” Hopen said. He added that Cardsavr API currently supports thousands of e-commerce sites and leverages machine learning to add more merchants daily. This enables faster card updates, Hopen explained, which was a feature merchant issuers especially liked because of the way getting cards into circulation drives outside spend, as well.

A standard REST API with support for basic CRUD (“create, read, update, and delete”) operations for cards on-file, the Cardsavr API makes it easy for card issuers to integrate Switch’s technology into their online and mobile banking apps. Mark Morrison, President and CEO of MountainCrest Credit Union and a member of the focus group that explored the Switch app, underscored this point in the statement accompanying the Cardsavr launch. “The Switch application is extremely easy to use and provides a much faster way to pay and shop at card-on-file sites,” Morrison said.

Founded in 2014 and with $1.6 million in funding, Switch demonstrated its platform at FinovateSpring 2016. The company anticipates naming a “significant list” of partners for its new Cardsavr API soon.

SWITCH Lands $400,000 Angel Investment


SWITCH, a Seattle-based startup that makes it easy to manage your online payment information, has raised $400,000 in funding from angel investors. The company, which made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring last year, now boasts $1.9 million in total capital.

Chris Hopen, SWITCH co-founder and CEO, called his technology the “first of its kind, credit card updater for online accounts.” SWITCH makes it easy for card holders to update their payment methods at online merchants and e-commerce sites, as well as for subscriptions and recurring repayments like cable and utility bills. It also helps card issuers get new and replacement cards to cardholders faster, and provides issuers with analytics and data on card usage to better understand their competition. Hopen highlighted the benefit this analytics component provided for issuers, saying “If I’m in 10,000 wallets, I want to know who my top five competitors are in those wallets, so I can do something about increasing my profile and getting more sites using my card.”

SWITCH was founded in 2014 by Chris Hopen and David Pool. The company demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2016, and has 10 employees. SWITCH opened early access to its free, credit card updating service in February.