Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • North Carolina Data Management Innovator Cognitect is Alum 1,000. Join Cognitect at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 next week.

Around the web

  • Strands hires former CaixaBank veteran Oscar Sala as head of product strategy.
  • Misys earns top spot in Asia Risk Technology Rankings 2016 for overall trading systems.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils new AML solution, TRAC, specifically targeting trade-based money laundering.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at the launch of Wipro’s new cloud-based, analytics platform for corporate treasurers, Treasury DNA.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Alpha Payments Cloud Teams Up with RS2 Software to Support FIs in Thailand. See Alpha Payments Cloud at FinovateAsia in Hong Kong on November 8.
  • Backbase and Mitek Partner to Remove Onboarding Friction

Around the web

  • Suez Canal Bank in Egypt upgrades its core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Intuit QuickBooks buys Bankstream.
  • Thomson Reuters partners with AIM Software to provide buy-side firms with better access to pricing and reference data.

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.

Fintech Favorites

Featured

  • U.K.-based challenger bank Atom opens to the public. The bank’s iPhone and iPad app is built on the Unity gaming platform and is the only way to access the mobile-only bank. Atom has a customer service team equipped with AI and machine learning, and has bolstered its security using voice and face biometric login. Atom Bank is the first of a handful of U.K. challenger banks set to launch this year, including Mondo, Starling Bank, and Tandem. Atom is headquartered in Durham and is already valued at almost $190 million. Check out Business Insider’s coverage.

Deals

  • Akamai (FEU 15) acquires Soha Systems, which offers secure access as a service for enterprises. This matches well with Akamai’s aim to offer cloud-based services to enterprises, and places it in a good position for a potential acquisition. See our coverage.
  • Jack Henry & Associates (FF 15) collaborates with Visa (FDSV 14) to accelerate P2P payments to debit cards. This may help banks compete with other services that have sped up settlement times, such as Zelle (formerly clearXchange) and Venmo (FS 13). See the press release.

Milestones

  • IBM (FF 16) announced a $200 million investment for a new global headquarters for its Watson IoT business. The headquarters will be located in Munich and is one of IBM’s largest-ever investments in Europe. This move is part of a $3 billion initiative to bring Watson’s computing expertise into the world of IoT. See IBM at FinDEVr Silicon Valley, 18/19 Oct 2016. See VentureBeat’s coverage here.
  • Banking Technology reported that Misys (FEU 15) is preparing to issue an IPO in Nov 2016 with a $6.9 billion float. Advisory firm Moelis will be overseeing the move. Misys was delisted from the London Stock Exchange in 2012 when it merged with Turaz. Misys CEO Nadeem Sayed says going public is a “logical step in our evolution.” See Banking Technology’s coverage.
  • Aire (FEU 15) raised $2 million. Along with the funding announcement, the alternative credit-scoring platform announced it is now authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the U.K.’s financial regulator. This places it on a more level playing field to compete with the big three credit bureaus. See our coverage.

Tech

  • Thomson Reuters (FF 12) unveils blockchain-dev platform, BlockOne ID. Built for Ethereum, BlockOne ID is an experimental framework in which app owners can manage access to their blockchain contracts in a controlled environment. See Banking Tech’s coverage.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • A Deep Dive into the Upcoming FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016

Around the web

  • Idaho Central CU to deploy Alkami ORB platform.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils blockchain dev platform, BlockOne ID.
  • Banking Technology looks at Misys and its plans for a November IPO.
  • Revolut partners with Bank of Lithuania to promote cross-border payments.
  • Hyperwallet introduces its Tax Compliance Services initiative.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions appoints new chief revenue officer and chief financial officer.
  • Yandex.Money to offer mobile money-transfers and support-group chats for crowdfunding via Apple’s iMessage.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • Payoneer Closes $180 Million Series E Round
  • Finovate Alums Earn Spots in FinTech Forward 20 “Companies to Watch”

Around the web

  • IBM announces $200 million investment in its Watson IoT business in Munich. See IBM at FinDEVr Silicon Valley, October 18 & 19.
  • Novum Bank chooses Netverify from Jumio to speed client onboarding. Be sure to check out our recent interview with Jumio CEO Stephen Stuut.
  • Thomson Reuters launches ONESOURCE InDirect Tax Development Partner Program.
  • Top Image Systems wins $450,000 deal with U.S. government to deploy eFLOW.
  • BankNXT interviews Dwolla’s Jordan Lampe about real-time ACH.
  • PaySimple introduces an online store built specifically for service providers.

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.

A Look at the First Week of Nasdaq’s Fintech Index

While many of you were busy catching Pikachu last week, you may have missed that Nasdaq, in collaboration with KBW, launched an index to track financial technology. Officially named KBW Nasdaq Financial Technology Index (KFTX), the fund tracks 49 fintech companies, including 17 Finovate and FinDEVr alums.

On Monday, 18 July, the index opened at 1,000 points and closed at almost 1,014 points on Friday, 22 July.

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Finovate and FinDEVr alums listed in the index include:

According to Nasdaq’s press release, the companies in the index “represent roughly one-fifth (18%) of the investable domestic financial universe and nearly 4% of the investable domestic equity universe to account for approximately $785 billion in total market cap.”

It’s worth noting that the index, which will be rebalanced quarterly, does not consider activity from private companies, startups, or banks. Large, public companies may not be as sprightly as two guys in a garage, but they create their fair share of cutting-edge products and services. When creating the index, KBW and Nasdaq adhered to three guidelines:

  1. The companies mainly sell financial services
  2. Not primarily brick-and-mortar operated
  3. Income is generated from fees, rather than interest

Other companies in the index include (each company in the index is weighted equally):

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (ADS); Bankrate Inc. (RATE); Black Knight Financial Services Inc. (BKFS); BofI Holding Inc. (BOFI); Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. (BR); Cardtronics Inc. (CATM); CBOE Holdings Inc. (CBOE); CME Group Inc. (CME); CoreLogic Inc. (CLGX); Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (DNB); Euronet Worldwide Inc. (EEFT); EverBank Financial Corp. (EVER); EVERTEC Inc. (EVTC); FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS); First Data Corp. (FDC); FleetCor Technologies Inc. (FLT); Global Payments Inc. (GPN); Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE); MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX); Moody’s Corp. (MCO); MSCI Inc. (MSCI); Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ); S&P Global Inc. (SPGI); SEI Investments Co. (SEIC); Square Inc. (SQ); SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. (SSNC); Total System Services (TSS); The Western Union Co. (WU); VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY); Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK); Virtu Financial Inc. (VIRT); and WEX Inc. (WEX).

FinDEVr APIntelligence

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Alumni updates

  • Thomson Reuters unveils its KYC due-diligence solution, Org ID.
  • Personal Capital Offers Digital Wealth Management for BancAlliance’s Member Banks.
  • Trulioo extends its identity-verification platform, Global Gateway, to the Middle East and North Africa.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • BizEquity Forges Strategic Partnership with Sawtooth Solutions

Around the web

  • Thomson Reuters unveils its KYC due-diligence solution, Org ID.
  • Jack Henry Banking has “refreshed”  its SilverLake Systems core banking solution.
  • Lloyds Banking Group renews processing agreement with TSYS.
  • St. Louis-based Midwest BankCentre picks Insuritas to open and manage its turnkey insurance agency.
  • 2016 Gartner Market Guide for Customer Journey Analytics lists GMC Software as a representative vendor.
  • Lendio to participate in small business lending disclosure, SMART (Straightforward Metrics Around Rate and Total cost) Box initiative.
  • D3 Banking wins Depth of Service Award in vendor analysis report from Celent.
  • Encentus FCU to deploy core account processing technology from Fiserv.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

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On FinDEVr.com

  • Markit Agrees to Acquire Prism Valuation.
  • Goldman Sachs Leads $44 Million Investment in Plaid.
  • Mambu Unveils FinTech Startup Program.

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • Personal Capital Brings on Former Yodlee CFO.
  • FICO acquires cybersecurity firm QuadMetrics, announces plans for “enterprise security scores.”

Alumni updates

  • Let’s Talk Payments asks if fintech startups should be able to access bank data in the wake of Plaid’s $44 million Series B.
  • MX Adds Cash Flow Feature to MoneyDesktop Platform.
  • Trulioo expands to South America as part of Canada’s Fintech Mission to Brazil.
  • Thomson Reuters named 2016 European Tax Technology Firm of the Year by International Tax Review.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • In Third Deal in Four Weeks, NYMBUS Acquires Sharp BancShares.

On FinDEVr

  • Hyperwallet Expands Offerings in Partnership with Choice Bank.

Around the web

  • Operational Risk Magazine names Clari5 from CustomerXPs Best Fraud Detection Product at the 2016 OpRisk Awards.
  • Banking CIO Outlook names Tyfone a Top 10 Mobile Banking Solution Provider for second year in a row.
  • Let’s Talk Payments asks if fintech startups should be able to access bank data in the wake of Plaid’s $44 million Series B.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils compliance solution, Checkpoint State Clear Comply.
  • FIS wins Most Innovative Tech Company, Maverick of the Year, and Woman of the Year at American Business Awards.
  • The American Bankers Association endorsees Rippleshot’s Sonar card-compromise-detection tool.
  • Toshl launches Finance 2.0 app for Android.

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.