Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Token Forges Strategic Partnership with Envestnet | Yodlee.

Around the web

  • ACI Worldwide to provide “technology backbone” for real-time payments platform designed by Payments Network Malaysia.
  • NCR partners with Samsung to launch new all-in-one POS commerce station, NCR Silver Quantum.
  • Grab chooses TransferTo to deliver real-time digital payments to its drivers in Southeast Asia.
  • Meniga wins London Design Awards for brand design experience.
  • PayPal’s TIO Networks suspends operations to protect TIO’s customers.
  • Kinecta FCU to Offer Mortgage Harmony’s CU RateReset products.
  • App Informers lists Credit Karma and Credit Sesame in list of top 5 Identity Monitoring Apps for 2017.

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.

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.

Algomi

AutoGravity

Avalara

Behalf

Betterment

Blend

Chain

Coinbase

Credit Karma

Currencycloud

CurrencyFair

Fenergo

Financeit

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Juvo

Kabbage

Kensho

Kreditech

Klarna

LendUp

Moneytree

PayNearMe

Payoneer

Personal Capital

Plaid

Quantopian

Quovo

Revolut

Ripple Labs

Roostify

Signifyd

SocietyOne

Socure

Tink

Token

Tradeshift

Transferwise

TrueAccord

Trulioo

VATBox

Wealthfront

Xignite

Zooz

Zopa

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On FinDEVr.com

  • Symbiont Gains “Strong Partner in Asia” with Investment from Hundson Technologies.

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Alumni updates

  • Kontomatik earns top 50 spot in the 2017 Dutch FinTech Awards. Join Kontomatik in London for FinDEVr in June.
  • ACI Worldwide’s point-to-point encryption solution earns PCI P2PE compliance validation.
  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire Lexmark’s Kofax.
  • MapD partners with Continuum Analytics & H2O.ai, to form the GPU Open Analytics Initiative.
  • Thinking Capital to offer SMB financing options to TouchBistro POS clients.
  • Token Picks Up $18.5 Million to Help Banks Rise to Challenge of PSD2.
  • PayNearMe adds 8,000 CVS Pharmacy Stores to its network cash acceptance locations.
  • CardFlight unveils new line of mobile card readers to support secure EMV and NFC contactless payments.
  • Gartner recognizes OutSystems as a leader in enterprise high productivity application platform as a service technology.
  • Malauzai’s Vantiv Partnership to Leverage OnDot’s CardControl Tool.

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Token Picks Up $18.5 Million to Help Banks Rise to Challenge of PSD2

With an investment of $15.7 million from Octopus Ventures, EQT Ventures, and OP Financial Group, open bank platform innovator Token has successfully completed its Series A financing. “Securing the backing from such world-class investors allows us to grow and execute faster in our mission to reinvent the world’s payment systems by providing common, secure access to all banks and a modern, bank-centric payment ecosystem,” Token founder and CEO Steve Kirsch said. The total raised in the Series A reached $18.5 million.

Token is leveraging its open banking platform to give financial institutions the ability to fully participate in the digitization of finance. Calling the company’s technology, “a true game-changer in the world of banking and financial services,” EQT Ventures partner and Token board member Andreas Thorstensson said: “Through a secure API, they are creating an open banking ecosystem, which creates possibilities for new revenue streams for its customers and a better user experience for consumers.

Pictured (left to right): Stefan Weiss (Head of APIs and Open Platforms at Fidor) and Marten Nelson (VP, Marketing, Token) demonstrating Token’s technology at FinovateEurope 2017.

In the company’s live demonstration at FinovateEurope earlier this year, Token co-founder and VP of Marketing Marten Nelson emphasized the relative speed and low cost of using Token as a PSD2 compliance solution. “It eliminates security mass breaches, reduces fraud and, perhaps best of all, it paves the way for revenue,” Nelson added. Joining Nelson on stage was Stefan Weiss, Head of APIs and Open Platforms at Fidor Bank who noted, “At Fidor, we believe that PSD2 and open banking is not a threat to banks, it is an opportunity. An opportunity to stay relevant.”

With programmable money, Token has developed a technology that “can transform the way the world transacts,” according to Octopus Ventures partner Simon Andrews. Programmable money uses tokenization and cryptography to enable parties to take advantage of a “vastly greater range of parameters … when exchanging value.” And value is defined as more than just money. Writing at the Token blog, Nelson explained: “Far more than conventional money – time, contracts, expertise, goods, services, and more can all be traded.” For FIs, this offers not just greater security and verification standards for their transactions, but the ability to use more efficient self-validating transactions that would reduce costs for FIs, as well. “The potential applications for self-validating transactions conducted using programmable money are practically limitless,” he wrote.

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, Token presented The Future of Payments Now at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2015. Earlier this month, the company announced a partnership with Finland-based OP Financial Group and, in January, Token teamed up with information technology consulting firm, VirtusaPolaris.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Signifyd Raises $56 Million to Fight eCommerce Chargebacks.
  • Token Picks Up $18.5 Million to Help Banks Rise to the Challenge of PSD2.

Around the web

  • Wipro signs on as founding member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA).
  • PayNearMe adds 8,000 CVS Pharmacy Stores to its network cash acceptance locations.
  • D3 Banking announces enhancements to its small business banking solution.

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

  • Wells Fargo and Finicity Sign Data Aggregation Partnership. Check out Finicity’s recent presentation from FinDEVr 2017 New York.
  • SwipeStox Lands $13 Million, Hints at Asia Expansion.

Around the web

  • Tradeshift teams up with CreditEase to provide low-cost, trade financing to Chinese SMEs.
  • FICO unveils FICO Origination Manager Essentials to accelerate loan decisioning.
  • Market EarlyBird selected to participate in HM Government’s first International Fintech Conference in London in April.
  • VASCO appoints Jeff Cole as Chief Information Officer.
  • Datanami interviews MapD CEO and Co-Founder Todd Mostak.
  • Finland-based OP Financial Group partners with Token to develop new fintech solutions.
  • Celent awards IndusInd Bank for its CustomerXPS-powered solution that has revolutionized fraud and AML management within the bank.
  • Connect JIRA with process mining software from myInvenio.

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.

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The latest from FinDEVr Silicon Valley presenters

  • PwC and Oracle team up to help FIs meet new accounting standards
  • Technology from Modo Payments supports new loyalty point POS payment partnership between FIS and Verifone.

Alumni updates

  • FICO and Ethoca partner to improve card acceptance rates, fight CNP fraud, and reduce disputes.
  • Finextra: Blockchain launches Digital Asset Research Lab.
  • OnDeck and payment solutions provider WEX team up to provide small business financing.
  • Token partners with VirtusaPolaris, information technology consulting and outsourcing company.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

Around the Web

  • Technology from Modo Payments supports new loyalty point POS payment partnership between FIS and Verifone.
  • CurrencyFair unveils new SMS/push notifications feature for deposits and auto transactions.
  • RightCapital enhances platform to make compliance with DOL fiduciary rule easier.
  • FIS earns top honors in Bank Director’s Core Provider and Asia Risk Technology rankings.
  • Marc Thompson joins PaySimple as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Token partners with VirtusaPolaris, information technology consulting and outsourcing company.
  • M1 Finance rolls out retirement account functionality.
  • CUNA Strategic Services partners with Kasasa to provide credit unions with products and services to stay competitive.

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

  • Finovate Debuts: Moonraft Innovation Labs

Around the web

  • Huron Community Bank of Michigan to leverage Insuritas to launch insurance agency.
  • Experian partners with reporting and analytics platform dv01 to enable dv01 clients to access to richer borrower credit attributes.
  • FIS teams with Verifone to enable consumers to pay at the point of sale using loyalty points linked to a credit or debit card.
  • Business Insider names Gusto, App Annie, and BlueVine as 3 startups to bet your career on in 2017.
  • Token announces strategic partnership with VirtusaPolaris.
  • TransferTo to provide bridge linking between EcoCash and Mama Money mobile money services.

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

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Banking and Payments

Finovate/FinDEVr veteran Token (F15; FD15) is leveraging its digital payments technology to help banks meet new requirements when it comes to third party data access. The company announced last month that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with fellow Finovate/FinDEVr veteran Fidor Bank (F11; FD16) that will make Token’s software available within Fidor AG’s digital banking and open community middleware technology, Fidor OS. For Fidor, the partnership will help it fulfill PSD2 requirements in Europe that mandate FI’s provide third party providers with access to customer data. “Our platform can be used as a springboard to generate revenues from PSD2 and XS2A,” Token founder and CEO Steve Kirsch explained. “In the longer term, it can be applied to enhance the security, speed, cost, and efficiency of a massive range of transaction-based banking functions which currently rely on traditional legacy process.” Kirsch included billpay, international money transfers, and e-commerce, as examples.

Meanwhile, neobank Tandem finished off 2016 with a $42.8 (£35) million “initial commitment” from the House of Fraser. The funding comes as part of an agreement that will have the U.K. based retailer offering its shoppers financial services via Tandem. House of Fraser currently offers consumers credit and loyalty cards; it said it will detail how it will use its new relationship with Tandem in the first half of 2017. Tandem currently offers savings accounts and is expected to add current accounts and credit cards later this year.

FI/fintech partnerships and investments such as the above notwithstanding, the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) questions the ability of banks to respond “to the evolving demands for financial services and the entrance of new competitors, such as out-of-market banks and fintech firms” in its semi-annual risk report. At the same time, the OCC is doing what it can to make it easier for fintech companies to become a part of the regulated federal financial system. This includes a new chartering system announced in December, that would, among other things, enable fintech companies to operate across state lines.

misskaya_roboWealth Management and Investing

Gender-oriented financial advisory just picked up another win. The first licensed robo advisor in Singapore, Miss Kaya, was unveiled this week. Developed by former hedge fund manager, Gina Heng, the technology is designed to move beyond the “jargon, financial lingo, analogies” of investing and offer instead a solution that is less “daunting for the modern woman,” Heng explained. The platform includes educational resources on investing and financial planning, budgeting tools, and an e-wallet linked to a Miss Kaya debit card.

Blockchain

The fifth largest private sector bank in India, Yes Bank, announced that it successfully deployed blockchain technology to digital vendor financing. Yes Bank used Hyperledger technology supported by IBM (and demonstrated at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 last fall) to enable its client Bajaj Electricals to digitize both fund discounting and disbursal to vendors.

Using blockchain to facilitate corporate payments, BNP Paribas reported that it has deployed the technology to process real-time payments in a variety of currencies for a pair of corporate clients – Amcor and Panini Group. The effort, part of BNP Paribas’ Cash Without Borders pilot project, is designed to provide an example for corporate treasury managers considering blockchain technology. “This proof of concept demonstrates that blockchain technology offers real opportunities to considerably improve our offer,” Head of Transaction Banking EMEA at BNP Paribas Jacques Levet said.

Putting their bucks where the blockchain is, a number of big banks are putting $18 million behind blockchain technology startup, Axoni. Among the FIs participating in the company’s Series A are Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Thomson Reuters, and Wells Fargo, which led the round along with Euclid Opportunities. Axoni now has more than $20 million in total funding. The company’s distributed ledger technology has been sought after by Wall Street firms, looking to use the blockchain platform for credit default swaps.

Lending

British Business Bank (BBB) gave UK P2P lender, Funding Circle, another $42 (£40) million to lend to small businesses. Funding Circle has received a total of $84 (£80) million from the BBB, which provided the lender with an earlier, $48.7 (£40) million infusion of capital in 2014. Funding Circle says more than 10,000 businesses have benefited since March 2013, and more than $5.2 (£5) million in interest generated “on behalf of the UK taxpayer.”

InsurTech

Auto financing is one of the areas where insurtech has held the most promise in terms of innovation. Idea Bank of Poland has unveiled a pay-as-you-drive financing solution that uses GPS technology to determine payment. The solution, Happy Miles, sets a rate per kilometer based on vehicle type. GPS tracks the distance, sends the data to be processed, and the borrower gets a bill each month for the amount due. Happy Miles is currently just for auto loans. But the company sees expansion into financing for trucks, as well as agricultural machinery and construction equipment and vehicles.

“What is important, in Poland, due to tax regulations, a popular and economical form of car financing is leasing. It’s like the market’s asking us to be transformed,” Idea Bank executive Dominik Fajbusiewicz said. Idea Bank has also earned attention for its fleet of mobile ATMs operating in 12 of Poland’s largest cities, including Warsaw.

Speaking of Europe, remember that FinovateEurope is right around the corner. Join us in London, February 7 and 8 for two days of the latest in fintech innovation from the Europe and around the world.

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On FinDEVr.com

  • Nubank Raises $80 Million in Series D Funding”

The latest from FinDEVr Silicon Valley presenters

  • Aerospike announces 100% year-over-year bookings growth.
  • NuData Security partners with Arvato Financial Solutions to combat fraud and enable a smoother customer experience.

Alumni updates

  • InComm partners with MOL Global to launch PlayStation Network prepaid products to be distributed through 7-Eleven stores in Indonesia.
  • Commerce Bank chooses Temenos to upgrade core deposit banking system.
  • Token signs memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fidor Bank for digital payments.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews Nick Thomas, cofounder of Finicity, in the wake of his company’s latest funding round.
  • Arxan Technologies wins six industry IoT security awards.
  • TemenosMarketPlace receives the Banking Technology Readers’ Choice Award for “Best emerging/innovative technology product/service” at the Annual Banking Technology Awards.
  • InComm expands partnership with Target Australia to offer gift cards in stores and online.
  • PayPal teams up with Citibank, FIS to expand cross-channel presence.

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

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NuData Security Brings Behavioral Biometrics to Arvato Financial Services”

On FinDEVr.com

Around the web

  • Token signs memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fidor Bank for digital payments.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews Nick Thomas, cofounder of Finicity, in the wake of his company’s latest funding round.
  • Aerospike announces 100% year-over-year bookings growth.
  • Touch Bank to deploy FraudNet, online fraud prevention technology from Experian.
  • More than 100,000 customers of Avanza Bank have used Trustly’s real-time deposit service since the two companies forged a partnership last year.
  • Dashlane joins two-factor authentication awareness campaign, #TurnOn2FA.
  • Cortera Decisions‘ credit scorecard capability is now available through Boost, its self-service tool that gives businesses insights on their customers and prospects.
  • TickSmith’s TickVault Big Data management platform is compatible with Thomson Reuters Tick History.
  • NIIT Technologies partners with a top-ranked retirement plan provider to manage their legacy systems.
  • Arxan Technologies wins six industry IoT security awards.

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.