Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Q2 and ALTR Leverage the Blockchain to Boost Data Security.
  • Neustar Helps TELUS Fight Caller ID Spoofing.
  • Fintech OS Raises $1.2 Million.
  • Personetics Unveils AI-Enabled Small Banking Solution.
  • SparkPost Launches Predictive Email Intelligence Platform.

Around the web

  • Meniga opens an office in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Coinbase extends support for USD Coin (USDC) trading in 85 countries.
  • Finastra hires Mark Miller as new Chief Financial Officer.
  • Fenergo announces API integration with global financial markets data provider Refinitiv.
  • Hastings Direct extends deal with Equifax by signing a multi-year deal.
  • SDC and Tink partner to give 120 Nordic banks access to account aggregation and payment initiation services.
  • Kony Quantum powers Qualifacts’ new CareLogic mobile app.
  • WireBarley partners with Currencycloud to boost its operations in the U.S.
  • Lendio named to Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance.
  • BlueVine taps Herman Man as new Chief Product Officer.

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.

Currency Cloud Cooks Up $18 Million in New Funding Round

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Cross-border payments as a service company Currency Cloud closed an $18 million Series C funding round this week, bringing its total funding to $36 million.

Strategic contributors to the round include SAP’s independent venture arm, Sapphire Ventures, along with the Rakuten FinTech Fund. The U.K.-based company will leverage the SAP relationship to offer cross-border money remittance services to SAP’s business customers. Currency Cloud will work with Japan-based Rakuten to help guide its expansion into Asia next year.

Existing investors also contributed to the round:

  • XAnge Private Equity
  • Notion Capital
  • Atlas Venture
  • Anthemis Group

The company will use the funds to invest in R&D, product enhancements, and to support international expansion. Last year Currency Cloud expanded to the U.S. and opened an office in New York.

Currency Cloud, which launched in 2012, has seen 100% year-over-year revenue growth over the past two years. Adding to its success, this year Currency Cloud received an eMoney license from the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This permits it to execute payment transactions and issue electronic money.

Michael Laven, Currency Cloud CEO, divulged additional metrics in an interview with TechCrunch:

Laven says that by the end of 2015, the company will be processing $1 billion per month in transactions. Those transactions, meanwhile, tend to be for around $15,000 to $20,000, with “many” extending to $1 million.

At FinovateSpring 2015, Currency Cloud launched Payment Engine, an API that Finovate alums such as Transferwise, Azimo, Kantox, Fidor Bank, and CurrencyTransfer use to power their services. Check out its launch video below:

Alumni News– November 13, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgKili acquires NFC microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity.
  • American Banker lists Currency Cloud, BioCatch, Linqto, VerifyValid, and Rippleshot as top 10 tech companies to watch.
  • Fintech in the fall: themes and company updates from CAN Capital, Encap Security, Fuze Network, Guardian Analytics, Larky, Ripple, and Xpenditure.
  • American Banker examines 2015 plans for FIS, Fiserv and Diebold.
  • Forbes looks at the success of RoboAdvisors: Betterment, Wealthfront, Personal Capital, and SigFig.
  • Forbes examines Kantox’s P2P FX trading technology.
  • TSYS partners with FICO to deliver a marketing product for card issuers called TSYS Targeted Messaging.
  • Digital Insight enters reseller agreement with Guardian Analytics to deliver anomaly detection services to financial institutions.
  • Trulioo wins 2014 Canadian Technology Companies to watch award from Deloitte.
  • Huffington Post interviews Andrea Gellert, SVP Marketing at OnDeck.
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 31, 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.jpgRippleshot wins Up and Comer honors at Chicago Innovation Awards.
  • Vantiv announces agreement to provide merchant services to MUFG Union Bank.
  • Symitar division of Jack Henry introduces Malauzai-powered Episys Anywhere.
  • Breaking Banks interviews Derek Corcoran, Founder of Avoka.
  • App Annie releases new app, VPN Defender, published by Smart Sense.
  • Currency Cloud partners with XE.com to deliver money transfer solution for business.
  • Excess Return launches new Ideas Center and Screener modules in partnership with Keytrade Bank
  • Coinbase introduces Multisig Vault to enable companies to control their private keys on Coinbase.
  • Benzinga interviews Howard Lindzon on what’s next for StockTwits.
  • Quantcha enhances stock options search engine with integrated trading from Tradier.
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 27, 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.jpgFeedzai and Encap Security team up to combine behavioral profiling with device credentialing to build better security for banks and merchants.
  • CB Insights lists Nutmeg, TransferWise, The Currency Cloud, and Azimo among the 10 top fintech startups from the UK.
  • The Guardian Money section looks at peer-to-peer lender including Zopa.
  • TWiST (This Week in Startups) interviews FutureAdvisor Co-Founder and CEO Bo Lu.
  • Prosper reaches $2 billion, reaching the second billion dollars in just 6 months.
  • Payment processing solutions provider, Bill2Pay, partners with PayNearMe to digitize cash collections.
  • The Australian Business Review features Matt Symons, SocietyOne co-founder.
  • EVO* Snap launches mPOS Solution Supporting Apple Pay and EMV Globally.
  • MedicalMine and Bluefin Partner for Integrated Patient Payments.
  • Check out our feature on Xignite: Inspiring the Future of Finance with Easy and Speedy APIs
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 20, 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.jpgNous raises $600k to help drive its SparkProfit stock market prediction platform.
  • Lending Club selects the NYSE for its IPO.
  • Currency Cloud releases Connect API 2.0.
  • InComm partners with CardCash to integrate its online gift card exchange at InComm’s retail partners nationwide.
  • Compass Plus completes its TranzAxis integration with Klarna.
  • ID Analytics names Scott Carter Chief Operating Officer.
  • CAN Capital closes its first capital markets asset-backed notes offering.
  • Coinbase now available in 6 additional languages.
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 8, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgXpenditure brings in $1.25 million in funding.
  • Pymnts interviews Mike Laven, CEO of Currency Cloud.
  • WePay launches WePay Clear to powers payments invisibly from the backend.
  • TSYS upgrades CentreSuite, its online self-service solution for commercial cardholders.
  • LSC deploys Cachet Financial Solutions’ Select Mobile Money Platform for LSC’s CU Money prepaid card users.
  • Investment News features Personal Capital.
  • Actiance integrates with PeopleLinx to facilitate social media adoption.
  • Hospitality Marketing Concepts selects Arroweye Solutions to deliver personalized rewards cards and welcome kits.
  • Top Image Systems announces relocation of TIS America’s headquarters to Plano, Texas.
  • In a funding round led by CME Group, Dwolla raised $9.7 million in new capital.
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– July 31, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgA discussion of “next gen PFM” at The Financial Brand features insights from Melanie Flanigan of Yodlee.
  • Xendpay announces mobile wallet service in Indonesia.
  • Wallaby for Samsung Gear 2 brings personal finance to the smart watch.
  • Grass Roots America deploys InComm’s Physical Fulfillment Solution to streamline physical and digital prepaid card delivery.
  • Payments provider MangoPay and Currency Cloud partner to offer better rates for international payments.
  • Herald Media explores how MoneyDesktop is contributing to the Utah business boom.
  • Infocomm Development Authority evaluating Tagit for accreditation to help it build capabilities and allow it to compete with big companies in bidding for government projects.
  • QuantConnect overhauls core backtesting technology to increase speed by 10x.
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– July 30, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThreatMetrix granted patent for its ability to differentiate between trusted customers and cybercriminals 
  • Australia-based Vermilian acquired by banking technology firm Ultradata.
  • Boku brings its direct carrier billing-based mobile payments technology to India.
  • Mangopay teams up with Currency Cloud to provide international money transfer services to its customers.
  • Shivalik Mercantile Cooperative Bank to deploy “bank in a box” from FIS.
  • Blackhawk Network teams with Amazon to enable customers to manage and spend their gift cards in the new Amazon Wallet app.
  • Financial Guard to provide clients with both passive and active investing options.
  • Insuritas wins 2014 NAFCU Services Corporation (NSC) Innovation Award that highlights groundbreaking solutions for credit unions.
  • TechCrunch: Credit Karma offering free, weekly credit reports – no strings attached.
  • Franklin University chooses ACI Worldwide for online payment processing.
  • Wikipedia Foundation partners with Coinbase to allow bitcoin donations.
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 Alums Raise More than $600 Million for Second Quarter in a Row

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In the first quarter of 2014, 23 Finovate alums raised more than $592 million

And as the second quarter draws to a close, it’s clear that a comparable cohort of alums have kept the pace.

Over the course April, May, and June, 28 alums raised significant amounts of capital ranging from Gremln’s $100,000 to the $65 million raised by Lending Club. The quarterly total of $594 million is almost exactly the same as the previous quarter.

And given that some amounts are undisclosed (I’m talking about you, Holvi, RevolutionCredit, and Tuition.io), we’re confident that Finovate alums have notched their second $600 million fund-raising quarter in a row.
How does this compare with the less recent past? Very well, indeed. 
In the second quarter of 2013, 15 alums raised more than $200 million. This was a major improvement on the second quarter from 2012, which featured 14 companies raising more than $120 million. 
Total raised for Q2 2014 = $594 million
April — $217 million raised by 11 companies
May —  $226 million raised by 11 companies
June — $151 million raised by six companies

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