Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: Bluescape Helps Banks Create Products from Napkin Sketches”
  • “Tradeshift Earns Undisclosed Investment from Santander”

Around the web

  • Fenergo rises 25 places in global Chartis Research’s RiskTech100 rankings.
  • Blackhawk Network partners with Apple to offer ApplePay rewards.
  • The Australian reports: OurCrowd goes on start-up funds-drive.
  • SafetyPay and VTEX sign a global agreement for electronic commerce.
  • Expensify selected as preferred expense-management solution by the AICPA and CPA.com.
  • Professional Planner quotes SuiteBox CEO Ian Dunbar in discussion on technology and millennials.
  • Top Egyptian retail FI, housing and development bank goes live with Temenos core banking solution.
  • Avanzia Bank and TSYS renew card-processing partnership.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. Follow our alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Seattle-Based Finagraph Completes $5 Million Financing.

Around the web

  • TSYS inks agreement to process debit transactions for Virgin Money’s U.K. customers.
  • Marcus by Goldman Sachs deploys Infosys Finacle core banking technology.
  • FIS to offer Early Warning’s Zelle Network P2P service as part of real-time payments package.
  • Corezoid achieves Amazon Web Services (AWS) Financial Services Competency status.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions rolls out prepaid mobile-money-platform upgrade.
  • Tradeshift launches two new joint ventures in China to meet demand for supply-chain digitalization.
  • Cortera launches Cortera Decisions, a new automated scorecard platform.
  • Taulia to power supply-chain finance solution for Exostar.
  • CHROME FCU taps NYMBUS for SmartCore digital banking.
  • Ripple hires former CME Group executive Miguel Vias as head of XRP (extended resource planning) markets.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • IBM Goes Behaviorally Biometric with New Additions to Trusteer Pinpoint Detect
  • DemystData lands $7 million round.

Around the web

  • New office in Sydney marks TradeShift’s expansion to Australia and New Zealand markets.
  • Bill.com partners with Quicken Loans, driving speculation the two will work on digital billpay.
  • Marqeta to deploy its network tokenization technology to make it easier to use payment cards with Apple Pay.
  • Signifyd teams up with Accertify to improve anti-fraud protections and reduce chargeback costs.
  • Free Enterprise highlights the biometric technology of Best of Show winner EyeVerify.
  • Personal Capital Appoints Eric Weiss as Chief Marketing Officer
  • NuData to power behavioral biometric security for Early Warning’s Zelle.

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

  • Boku Lands $13.75 Million in Venture Funding

Around the web

  • Tradeshift, Taulia, and GoodData earn spots on Battery Ventures/Glassdoor’s “50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Companies to Work For” roster. See GoodData next week at FinovateFall in New York.
  • Sesloc FCU picks Symitar Episys core system from Jack Henry & Associates for in-house processing.
  • Q2 announces redesign of its corporate website.
  • First Annapolis interviews Cardlytics CEO Scott Grimes, co-founder.
  • NCR honored by 2016 Industrial Design Excellence Awards.
  • NuData Security Included in Industry Analyst Reports by Gartner for Fraud Detection
  • Top Image Systems names Brendan Reidy CEO.
  • Worldpay renews Ingenico terminal contract.

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 Unveils ‘Go,’ the First B2B Virtual Assistant for Managing Business Expenses and Travel

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When you’re looking to make an impression in a new market, coming up with a first-of-its-kind technology is a great way to start.

Tradeshift, the San Francisco company whose open business network connects 800,000 buyers and suppliers across more than 190 countries, unveiled the world’s first B2B virtual assistant for business spending this week. The solution, Tradeshift Go, eliminates the tedium of requesting, approving, and processing business expenses. The virtual assistant uses a conversational UI to make interaction natural and easy, and its virtual card technology limits fraud, maintains transparency, and ensures administrative control. And courtesy of Tradeshift’s acquisition of chat-based travel assistant app, Hyper Travel, Tradeshift Go can also be used to tackle another business pain point: booking travel arrangements.

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During a briefing with Tradeshift’s Sarika Garg, SVP/GM, network and apps, and John Eng, SVP, brand and marketing, the team explained how Tradeshift Go solves a major challenge for middle-sized businesses for whom most procurement solutions were “too heavy and inefficient.” Geared toward businesses with staffs between 50 and 2,000 employees, Tradeshift Go gives Tradeshift_Go_iOS_highresworkers the ability to make business purchases via a pre-approved, single-use virtual credit card that is billed to a corporate card. The employee never sees the corporate card number, and the employer has 100% visibility in real-time on how much and what is being purchased. Compare this, Eng suggested, to the typical situation of the financial officer who doesn’t learn what company funds were actually spent until after they are spent.

Tradeshift Go is available for free at the iTunes store, with Android versions of the app “coming soon.”

Garg and Eng discussed how the solution was an example of how AI and machine learning can “transform age-old problems at work” into “consumer-grade experiences.” It also represents Tradeshift’s new focus on the challenges of medium-sized businesses. The team suggested that additional “skills” beyond travel booking could be added to the Tradeshift Go platform including legal, temporary labor/consultant hiring, and other areas. Tradeshift says it is actively working with partners to add these features to the platform in the future. “We are democratizing access to expertise and buying power of large companies,” Eng said. “(Tradeshift) is changing the landscape of what’s available (to middle market businesses).”

Early feedback has been positive. MyStartupCFO.com, which handles financing and accounting for hundreds of startups, is one of the ten companies piloting Tradeshift Go. “Being nimble and having transparency is important,” MyStartupCFO.com CEO Sandeep Shroff said. “Go gives us both and will save us a ton of time.”

Founded in 2009 and based in San Francisco, California, Tradeshift demonstrated its Instant Payments technology at FinovateEurope 2012 in London. The company has raised $174 million in total capital; its most recent investment was a $75 million capital infusion in June led by Data Collective. Also in June, Tradeshift announced that it was partnering with kompany to automate KYC and KYB verification. The company teamed up with Chinese taxation services firm, Baiwang, in March, the same month it was named to the Tech Tour 2016 Growth 50. Christian Lanng is co-founder and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • A Score for Socure: The Digital ID Company Lands Funds from Santander.
  • Digital Payments Guardian from Prairie Cloudware Goes Live at Multibillion Dollar Regional Bank.
  • Tradeshift Unveils Go,the First B2B Virtual Assistant for Managing Business Expenses and Travel.
  • With Ripple, Seven Banks Test Out the Blockchain.

Around the web

  • TSYS and Equinox team up to launch semi-integrated EMV payment solution for Value-Added Resellers.
  • Forbes column on “millennial money mistakes” features Kapitall.
  • iQuantifi founder and CEO Tom White writes about goal-based selling for BankDirector.com.
  • Accusoft wins spot in 2016 SD Times 100 for its innovations in software development.
  • Prairie Cloudware’s Digital Payments Guardian mobile wallet goes live with multi-billion dollar regional bank.
  • Fintech profile interviews Cloud Lending CEO Snehal Fulzele.
  • Fiserv launches Notifi to deliver actionable alerts.

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

  • “Bento for Business Banks $7 Million in New Investment”
  • “FT Partners New Research Report on Digital Wealth Management Features a Dozen Finovate Alums”

Around the web

  • Daily Fintech profiles Kreditech in a feature on the future of consumer banking.
  • CNN features Betterment, Wealthfront, and StockTwits in a list of the 10 best investing apps.
  • Spend Matters takes a look at the latest investment in Tradeshift and what it means for innovation in the procurement industry.
  • Oren Levy, Zooz CEO, writes in mobile payments today about the rising deployment of mobile wallets in developing markets.
  • Baseventure wins Red Herring Top 100 North America 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.

Tradeshift Closes $75 Million Series D Round, Boosts Valuation to $500 Million

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Invoicing and cash flow management platform Tradeshift pulled in $75 million of new funding this week, bringing the total to north of $200 million since its 2010 launch.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Tradeshift’s valuation now stands at $500 million.

Data Collective led the round; additional contributors include HSBC, American Express Ventures, Notion Capital, CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund, and Pavilion Capital. Data Collective’s co-managing partner and co-founder Matt Ocko will join Tradeshift’s board. The San Francisco-based company will use the funds to “serve a wider range of global customers” by increasing user adoption by boosting growth of sales, product, and engineering operations.

Tradeshift is an open network that connects buyers and suppliers on a single platform to manage business processes. The company offers Tradeshift Buy for cloud-based procurement, Tradeshift Pay for accounts payable automation, and Tradeshift Risk for a lifecycle management solution. At FinovateEurope 2012, CEO Christian Lanng, co-founder, debuted Tradeshift Instant Payments, a solution that enables businesses to receive payments in real time for invoices.

In the past year, Tradeshift has seen 4X growth in supplier accounts, having added Fortune 1000 clients including Zurich Insurance Group, LinkedIn and SUEZ, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers. The company has also increased its focus on small- to medium-sized businesses, bringing its total user base to 800,000 end users; the number of businesses it serves is undisclosed.

Tradeshift saw 2.5X YOY growth in transacted value on its platform, which processes billions of dollars per month in supply-chain transactions in 190 countries. The company anticipates it will make $50 million in annual revenue this year.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Tradeshift Closes $75 Million Series D Round, Boosts Valuation to $500 Million.
  • Finovate Debuts: EquityZen Lets Wealth Managers Invest in Pre-IPO Companies.
  • Backbase Announces New CFO Leonore Van Waiij.
  • MyOrder, Wirecard Helps Power Shared Spending Functionality for GRPPY App.
  • Dyme Unveils Prototype of Facebook Saving Chatbot.

On FinDEVr

  • FICO Launches Falcon Assurance Navigator to Help Universities Monitor Federal Grant Spending.

Around the web

  • Chartis names CustomerXPs an Enterprise Solution player in the 2016 RiskTech Quadrant for Enterprise Fraud Tech.
  • Patch of Land Adds Institutional Investors to Real Estate Platform.
  • Prosper hires investment banks to explore raising more funds.
  • NuData Security Selected Best AntiFraud Solution at CardNotPresent Expo.
  • TechCrunch: Lending Robot makes Lending Club investing easy as setting screen brightness.
  • Tokbox launches its video broadcast solution for producers.
  • Banking Technology: Goldman Sachs to use technology from Infosys to power its new digital bank, GS Bank.
  • Business Insider features Finovate alums Azimo, eToro, Currency Cloud, and Zopa in list of potential future U.K. fintech unicorns.
  • True Potential wins Best Use of Technology at Money Marketing Awards 2016.
  • CreditHQ announces special freelancer rate.

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

  • “Robo-advisor Blooom Reaches $300 Million in Assets”
  • “Finovate Alums Earn Top Honors at 2016 Benzinga Fintech Awards”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Fintonic’s Mobile Banking Offers Products that Matter”
  • “NYMBUS Acquires R. C. Olmstead to Enhance Core Data Processing”
  • “Dashlane Unveils Redesigned App for iPhone and iPad”

On FinDEVr.com

  • “Praesidio Rebrands as DefenseStorm”

Around the web

  • Lighter Capital brings on Jacob Colker as chief marketing officer.
  • The WSJ calls PayPal “the new face of banking.”
  • “Fragmob and CardFlight Announce Integrated Partnership”
  • Tradeshift and kompany partner to automate KYC & KYB verifications.
  • Tech Hunter looks at how the integration of CustomerXPs Clari5 with Oracle Database In-Memory benefits banks.
  • ACI Worldwide to launch its e-commerce payments solution, Up eCommerce Payments.
  • Misys joins Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) to help create a global banking IT standard.
  • Meniga to power new PFM option for CSOB group.

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