Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Signifyd Unveils Chargeback Solution for Online Merchants.
  • Tink to Support Payment Initiation, PFM for Lunar Way.

Around the web

  • Jumio wins trio of honors at 2019 InfoSec Awards: Market Leader in Compliance, Best Product in Biometrics, and Best Product in Fraud Prevention.
  • Tradeshift and Basware end takeover talk.
  • Veridium teams up with Blue Turtle Technologies to drive deployment of biometric technology in Africa.
  • TickSmith launches new transaction cost analysis (TCA) 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

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  • NDGIT Credits License Revenue, New Bank Clients for Growth.
  • ACI Worldwide Buys Speedway in $750 Million Deal.
  • Identity Verification Specialist Socure Raises $30 Million.
  • Finastra Brings its Total Payments Solution to Silvergate Bank.

Around the web

  • D3 Banking Technology joins Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).
  • Tradeshift introduces new app integration from Transfermate Global Payments.
  • HackerOne opens official APAC headquarters in Singapore.
  • Healthcare information technology services provider Allscripts partners with ID.me.

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 Shine in 2019 Forbes Fintech 50 Roster

A baker’s dozen of Finovate alums has been honored this week with spots on the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50, an annual aggregation of what the editors called “the most innovative companies in fintech.”

Here are the Finovate alums that made the cut. Read the full list.

“Recognition as a leading innovator in fintech is tremendous validation for the hard work we’ve done at Marqeta to open the industry up to the possibilities and opportunities of modern card issuing,” company CEO and founder Jason Gardner said. Marqeta is among the 20 companies to make its first appearance on the Forbes Fintech 50 roster.

Also earning their first appearances on Forbes Fintech 50 roster are New York based mobile investment platform Stash and San Francisco supply chain payments innovator Tradeshift.

“Very excited to be included in the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50!,” Stash tweeted once the news was released at the start of the week, “Monday = made.”

“We made the list!” Tradeshift tweeted this morning.

Summarizing this year’s selection of top fintechs, the editors noted that while 19 out of the 50 fintechs featured are unicorns with valuations of more than $1 billion, a nearly equal amount – 20 startups – are making their first showing on Forbes top fintech list. The two areas where newcomers were more prevalent, according to the editors, were payments technology and startups serving the un- and underbanked.

Tradeshift Acquires Cloud Integration Innovator Babelway

Business commerce platform Tradeshift has acquired cloud integration technology provider Babelway, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Financial details were not disclosed but Tradeshift says Babelway’s technology will now be offered as Tradeshift Link.

According to the buyer, Tradeshift Link will help the integration of disconnected systems used for B2B buying, paying, and selling, which is a “significant” challenge for companies building digital supply chains.

“We believe that B2B commerce should be connected, digital, and flexible. We’ve been partnering with Babelway for over six years and in that time have seen the massive value their technology provides for our users,” said Christian Lanng, CEO and founder of Tradeshift.

Tradeshift Link allows banks and third-party app providers to connect to the Tradeshift network to offer financial solutions such as financing and early payment services.

Small and medium-sized sellers, who “traditionally have smaller ERP systems and smaller teams, will benefit from Tradeshift Link because it allows them to work more easily with large Fortune 500 buyers”.

According to the Tradeshift, more than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries use it to process over $500 billion in transaction value.

As reported last month, the California-based company was reportedly in talks to purchase Basware. Tradeshift made the unsolicited takeover bid in October in a deal backed by China-based Ping An Insurance Group.

FinTech Futures contacted Tradeshift today (18 December) to enquire about the state of this deal – the firm says “no comment”.

Basware just referred us to their site (thanks, I have seen it). That says: “Basware confirms that it is in discussions with Tradeshift regarding a possible cash tender offer. Such further media reports contain speculation regarding the potential offer price level and certain other matters, including the status of financing and timing. Basware has not, among other things, received any confirmation that the financing for the Indicative Proposal is appropriately secured, and an announcement of a possible tender offer is not imminent.”

According to site, Tradeshift intention is to launch a recommended public tender offer of €48 per share in cash for the entire issued share capital of Basware on a fully diluted basis.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco, Tradeshift demonstrated its Instant Payments solution at FinovateEurope 2012. The company has raised $432 million in funding and includes Goldman Sachs, PSP Investments, H14, and American Express Ventures among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Expensify Celebrates Profitability, Cash Flow Positivity at Year’s End.
  • Quantum-Safe Security Specialist ISARA Raises $10 Million.

Around the web

  • Tradeshift acquires cloud integration technology innovator, Babelway.
  • Myanmar’s biggest privately-owned bank, Kanbawza (KBZ) Bank picks Finastra’s treasury management solution, Fusion Treasury.
  • Temenos secures core banking deal with Israel’s largest credit card company, Isracard.
  • Onfido reports sales growth of 342% in 2018.

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.

Tradeshift Makes Bid to Buy Basware

While everyone is busy completing their online orders on Cyber Monday, supply chain innovation company Tradeshift is attempting a purchase of its own.

The California-based company is reportedly in talks to purchase Finnish software maker Basware. Tradeshift made the unsolicited takeover bid last month in a deal backed by China-based Ping An Insurance Group. The terms of the proposal, which is yet to be confirmed, are undisclosed.

As one of Tradeshift’s competitors, Basware provides networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing, and financing services. The company connects 1 million businesses in more than 100 countries across the globe. Some of its current customers include Heineken, McDonald’s, Toyota, and other large global brands. According to Bloomberg, if the deal goes through it could help Tradeshift compete with SAP and Oracle.

Tradeshift was founded in 2010 to provide a platform to digitize and manage business processes such as cashflow. At FinovateEurope 2012, Tradeshift demoed Instant Payments, which allows small businesses to receive payments instantly on the Tradeshift platform in exchange for a small interest rate.

Tradeshift’s business commerce platform connects more than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries. To date, the company has processed more than half a trillion dollars in transaction value. Tradeshift has raised $432 million, including its most recent $250 million round from Goldman Sachs this spring which vaulted the company’s valuation up to $1.1 billion. Earlier this year, the company collaborated with MakerDAO on a blockchain payments solution.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Tradeshift Makes Bid to Buy Basware.

Around the web

  • Atlanta Business Chronicle features Pindrop co-founder Vijay Balasubramaniyan on its list of 40 Under Forty.
  • Blackhawk CEO Talbott Roche listed among 2018 Bay Area Most Admired CEOs.
  • Verizon now offers Pindrop’s anti-fraud services to cloud contact center customers.
  • Kony DBX customer growth rises to 75% globally.

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

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  • Envestnet | Yodlee Doubles Down on the Developer Experience.
  • Braintree Merchants Can Now Accept Samsung Pay.

Around the web

  • eToro sets up a free bitcoin ATM to celebrate Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary.
  • Tradeshift announces new app from kompany to reduce supply chain risk.
  • Crain’s Chicago Business names Narrative Science on its list of most innovative companies.
  • Fenergo listed on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Ireland list.
  • iSignThis’ ISXPay receives Bank Institution Code, will be able to accept deposits directly as a monetary financial institution as of December 4.

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

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  • Fighting for Customers: Will Tech Giants or Big Banks Win the Data War?
  • PayPal’s Walmart Partnership Makes a Move for the UnderBanked

Around the web

  • UK payments startup SumUp launches a 3G-powered credit card reader.
  • Worldpay extends real-time payouts to 50+ countries.
  • TD Bank Group and Flybits expand Canadian banking technology relationship to provide TD customers enhanced, personalized mobile experiences.
  • BlueRush lands co-selling agreement with Valeyo’s network of more than 95 Canadian financial institutions.
  • Tradeshift teams with credit insurer Coface to ensure greater financial transparency between buyers and suppliers.

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

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  • Klarna Rakes in $20 Million in Fall Funding Round

Around the web

  • Entrust Datacard named Employer of Excellence.
  • Ayondo expands B2B offering in Asia with a new white label deal.
  • Tradeshift appoints Silicon Valley veteran as its First CLO, CCO.
  • eToro cuts crypto costs to support mass adoption.
  • Roostify announces bidirectional integration with Ellie Mae’s Encompass digital mortgage 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.