TransferWise Now Supports Debit Cards for International P2P Money Transfers

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TransferWise‘s P2P payment service now supports debit cards

This means that instead of having to use their Internet bank to send money to TransferWise when making international payments, users can now simply enter the information from their debit cards directly to the TransferWise website.

Currently only debit cards from VISA and MasterCard are accepted, and even then the cards must be 3D Secure enabled. There are a few other qualifications, all explained in the company’s brief FAQ (available here). 

TransferWise was one of the presenters at the FinovateEurope 2013 event in London in February. A video of the company’s demo will be available soon. In the meantime, here’s a link to our Live Blog post on TransferWise’s London presentation.

Finovate Alumni News — February 19, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgRescuecom highlights TransferWise as low cost, currency conversion option.
  • Acculynk‘s Payzur brings person-to-person payments to consumers on PULSE debit/ATM network.
  • Compass Plus helps Russian-based FI SwitchMaster reach processing benchmark.
  • ekmPowershop announces partnership with EZBOB.
  • American Banker reports: Planwise to Participate in Yodlee’s Incubator Program.
  • BillHighway hires new CFO.
  • Arroweye Solutions reports 40% growth due to 175% uptick in open loop card production, added 27 new clients in 2012.
  • Bill.com to provide Frantopia with accounting services.
  • Prosper unveils new protection for lenders.
  • The Next Web reports: Tradeshift adds support for accounting services Sage and Kashflow, helping businesses get paid.
  • Forbes considers how SoMoLend provides capital to small businesses.
  • VentureBeat reports SecondMarket is partnering with CircleUp to allow investors to invest in up-and-coming consumer product businesses.
  • Thomaston Savings Bank selects Q2ebanking’s full suite of ebanking solutions.
  • HiddenLevers launches portfolio stress testing app to help advisors generate leads.
  • Fiserv awarded Best-in-Class rating in 2012 Anti-Money Laundering Technology Review.
  • Gifting app Wrapp selects Braintree to power payments.
  • Pageonce adds person-to-person payment functionality to mobile app.
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.

TransferWise’s Peer-to-Peer Strategy for Exchange Rate Savings

This post is a part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2013.

The second presenter in the second morning session is TransferWise.

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“TransferWise allows regular people to access the real, mid-market exchange rate. We do this using peer-to-peer technology that cuts out traditional fees.  Customers pay a tiny, fully transparent service charge to access this.”

Product Launched: February 2011

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: March 2010
Metrics: $1.35 million in investment capital; 20 employees; transferred over £10 million in the first year; growing at more than 20% per month
Twitter: @transferwise
Presenting Kristo Kaarmann (Co-Founder) and Taavet Hinrikus (Co-Founder)
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Finovate Alumni News– February 4, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Economist highlights TransferWise. See them demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Strategic Shopping blog, November Sunflower, features Jingit.
  • Top Technology News takes a look at the Flint mobile payment system.
  • Linkable Networks now offers deals at Lunds and Byerly’s Minnesota Grocery stores.
  • Virtual Piggy opens London office. Come watch its live demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Xero’s Report Packs go live for Australian partners.
  • Bloomberg looks at how StockTwits is adjusting to Twitter changes.
  • eToro updates Trader for iOS to allow for native and social registration.
  • SMC Securities, Global Capital to integrate Heckyl Technologies platform. See them demo next week at FinovateEurope.
  • Finovate Alumni abound in Payment Source’s list of 11 major mergers in payments technology.
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– January 25, 2013

  • Silicon Valley Business Journal interviews BillFloat CEO and co-founder Ryan Gilbert.
  • Commercial Bank of Qatar to deploy latest version of TSYS card and merchant management platform.
  • TransferWise wins “Best Middleweight Startup” at The Europas.  See them demo at FinovateEurope in February!
  • Concur rolls out new datacenters in France and the Netherlands.
  • Santander receives 2012 Banking Technology Award for Best Security Initiative for its SIM swapping solution, developed with ValidSoft.
  • Portland’s KATU.com features Simple.
  • UK’s KashFlow integrates with Tradeshift to enable SMBs who use its cloud-based accounting software.
  • The Paypers reports: Geezeo enters 2 new partnerships.
  • VatorNews considers what’s next for Lending Club.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions partners with Volunteer Corporate to provide mobile RDC to their 325 member CUs.
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– January 14, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgElmer’s, Dr Pepper Snapple adopt Jingit engagement and offer platform and mobile app.
  • U.S. Bank to deploy mobile payments technology from DeviceFidelity.
  • Jingit announces partnership with Direct Source.
  • TIBCO Software partners with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Credit.com lists Mint, LearnVest, and ReadyForZero as 3 of 5 must-have apps for 2013.
  • BehavioSec mentioned in Forrester’s report: Building Next-Gen Mobile Banking.
  • The Washington Post mentions doxo and StockTwits as 2 tools for keeping track of your finances, stocks, and global markets.
  • Innovation Excellence features BillGuard.
  • Management Today names TransferWise “start-up of the month.”
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– January 7, 2013

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  • ACI Worldwide launches ACI Money Transfer System 5.0.
  • Suncorp Bank chooses FIS to manage ATM and POS transactions
  • 500Friends to integrate LoyaltyPlus platform with Bazaarvoice.
  • Financial Edge Community CU partners with SaveUp.
  • Mitek issued new patent for “Methods for Mobile Image Capture and Processing of Documents”.
  • The Financial Brand checks out the “Simple” way of banking.
  • The New York Times looks at SoMoLend’s take on crowdfunding, seeking out institutions to serve as lenders.
  • New York Times looks at Enloop’s hassle free business plan writing service.
  • The Telegraph highlights TransferWise as a cost-saving option for overseas money transfers.
  • Luxembourg’s Nordea Bank picks Temenos to standardize IT infrastructure.
  • GMC Software Technology helps Gala Bingo move to “third generation” bingo tickets.
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.