Game On: Compliance Innovator True Office Acquired by NYSE

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A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. And apparently, the New York Stock Exchange thinks the same thing when it comes to gamification and compliance training.

This week we learned that the NYSE has acquired True Office for an undisclosed sum. True Office, which demoed its technology as part of FinovateEurope 2013, specializes in using gamification to help companies and institutions provide regulatory compliance training to their employees.

“I think we’re all guilty of actually gaming the system, having the training on a second screen and flicking through it as fast as an iTunes agreement,” True Office founder and CEO Adam Sodowich said from the stage at the 2013 conference. “And companies are spending vast amounts of time and treasure in this area with little or no return on their investment.”
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True Office puts a human face on regulatory and compliance issues, using simulations and scenarios to challenge understanding on issues ranging from money laundering and bribery to KYC and authentication. The interface is designed to make the experience interesting and engaging for workers, while giving administrators quantifiable ROI through real-time testing, assessment, and risk analytics.
Tellingly, True Office was accompanied in its FinovateEurope 2013 presentation by Thomson Reuters, a heavyweight in the financial services industry and fellow Finovate alum. Given True Office’s relationship with Thomson Reuters – the technology demoed was the True Office | Thomson Reuters Anti Money Laundering desktop and mobile app – it becomes easier to see how and why the NYSE’s interest in the company would have been piqued.
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The goal is to add True Office to the mix of products and services currently offered by NYSE Governance Services. Scott Hill, CFO of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the NYSE, referred to the acquisition in an earnings call earlier this month as a way to “enhance our role as thought leaders in the Governance Risk Compliance setting.”
True Office was founded in January 2010, and is headquartered in New York. 

Alumni News– August 4, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgOink adds payment solutions provider Merchant e-Solutions to its Channel Partner program.
  • American Banker takes a look at Credit Karma’s plan to provide free, weekly credit reports to its 25+ million members.
  • Allied Payment Network announces 99.2% read success rate when processing payments via PicturePay.
  • Intuit to acquire tax filing software startup, KDK Software.
  • MorningStar’s Christine Benz interviews MaxMyInterest founder, Gary Zimmerman. See MaxMyInterest at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.
  • EZBOB reports boost in client volume.
  • Wall Street & Technology talks gamification and compliance training with True Office.
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 Raise $825 Million in 2013, Up 79%

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Cheers to a new year! After ringing in 2014, we wanted take a look back at the capital raised by Finovate alumni in 2013. It was quite a year, with alums pulling in $825 million, $365 million more than in 2012 for an increase of about 80%.
2013 funding summary:
    • 62 companies raised $825 million
    • Q4 had the most capital, with a total of $294 million raised by 17 companies (more than half by Xero, which landed $150 million). 
    • October was the busiest month, with $177 million raised (mostly Xero’s $150 million)
    • May was second highest with $91 million raised by 7 companies
2012 comparison
Last year Finovate alums took in almost twice as much as 2012, when 44 Finovate alums collectively raised $460 million. The chart below shows the quarter-by-quarter comparison for both years.
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Quarter 1 — blog post
More than $155 million raised by 14 companies
January — $57 million raised by 6 companies
February — $56 million raised by 5 companies

March — $42 million raised by 4 companies


Quarter 2 — blog post
More than $205 million raised by 15 companies
June — $81.7 million raised by 6 companies
May — $91.5 million raised by 7 companies
April — $32 million raised by 2 companies

Quarter 3 — blog post
More than $171 million raised by 22 companies

July — More than $63 million raised by 8 companies
August — More than $26 million raised by 6 companies
September — $82 million raised by 9 companies
Quarter 4
More than $294 million raised by 17 companies

October— $177 raised by 6 companies
November — More than $87 million raised by 7 companies
December — More than $30 million raised by 6 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they first appeared at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

First Quarter 2013 Funding for Finovate Alumni– More Than $150 Million Raised

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This quarter, both January and Feburary funding exceeded $50 million. Most of February’s funding can be attributed to On Deck Capital’s $42 million round.

Over three months, 15 companies raised more than $155 million, This is very similar to last year’s first quarter funding* when we saw a total of 11 companies raise more than $150 million.

Here’s the Q1 summary for 2013:

January — $57 million raised by 6 companies
February — $56 million raised by 5 companies

March — $42 million raised by 4 companies

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*While the funding over last year has increased, so has the number of Finovate alums. We’re tracking more than 100 additional companies this year compared to last year.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

Finovate Alumni News– March 25, 2013

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  • Innovations in gamification help True Office win Computerworld Honors Program award.
  • Aiming for the enterprise: Mobile Payments Today features Corduro.
  • Azimo goes live on Google Affiliate Network.
  • American Banker reports: Randolph-Brooks chooses Andera’s online account opening platform.
  • The gamification revolution interviews Michelle Katics, CEO of BankersLab.
  • Kabbage takes home first place for Top B2B Innovation from PYMNTS.com.
  • Virtual Piggy taps into $10Bn Annual Market with epay Partnership.
  • eToro placed on the 2013 FinTech50 Watchlist, a shortlist of 50 companies in Europe that are redefining financial services through technology.
  • Macgasm features Tuition.io as 1 of 5 apps of the week.
  • Newfination interviews SumUp’s Florian Richter.
  • Tradeshift features Intuit’s Eric Dunn to talk about the recent partnership.
  • TechCrunch reports: Yodlee Interactive now powers financial data for 300 apps and businesses; on pace to surpass 500 in 2013.
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.

FinovateEurope 2013 in the Press

Here’s a look at some of the press coverage we received from FinovateEurope last week:

AllFacebook
Money-Transfer Service Azimo Integrates with Facebook
By David Cohen
American Banker

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Cardlytics Brings Offers, Rewards to Bank Customers on Facebook
by Mary Wisniewski
True Office, Thomson Reuters Partner to Offer Gamified Compliance Apps
by Mary Wisniewski

Backbase blog
Backbase Unveils Amazon-like Digital Marketing Module at FinovateEurope 2013
by Prue Duggan

Bank Marketing Strategy
Moven From Mobile Banking to Mobile Money
by Jim Marous

Bankier.pl
mBank idzie za ciosem i pokazuje kolejne nowości
by Michał Kisiel 
Nowy mBank zapowiada mOkazje i przelewy wysyłane jak wiadomości

Banking Technology
Finovate Europe sees arrival of the Old Guard
by David Bannister
Temenos debuts LiveDesigner at Finovate Europe
by David Bannister

BankNXT
Finovate Europe 2013: Bank to the Future
by Auke Douwe

Berliner Morgenpost
SumUp will traditionelle Kassen abschaffen
by Jürgen Stüber

Computer World
Gamification trend could save banks from huge compliance fines
by Matthew Finnegan

Credit Union Times
Mobile Banking by Voice Next Up? Print Preview 
by Robert McGarvey

Datamonitor 
Finantix takes mobile banking to the next level

Ebests.com
Fresh from a $30m funding round, Kabbage looks beyond the US to launch its loans platform for UK SMEs
by Paul Sawers
SumUp demos its latest mobile-payments tech for Europe: Order a coffee simply by saying your name
by Paul Sawers
El Economista
BBVA participa en FinovateEurope entre ´startups´ europeas
El País blog
Móvil y banca en España
by Álvaro Martín Enríquez
Financial Times
Eye-opening options
by Peter Williams
Money app aimed at Facebook users
by Duncan Robinson
Triumph of technology
by Peter WIlliams
Finextra
Moven gears up for launch
Temenos unveils LiveDesigner tool for Web application development
The Currency Cloud API integrated into Salesforce and Sage 50
Forrester blog
Finovate Europe 2013: Bank to the Future
by Auke Douwe Veenstra
Finovate Europe 2013: Digital Financial Innovation
by Benjamin Ensor
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The Currency Cloud’s unique cross-border-payments-a-service capability available for leading enterprise software 
GoMo News
UK startup debuts mobile money app for Facebook
by Dave Evans
ICT journal
Huit innovations financières primées à Finnovate
by Hélène Lelièvre
Temenos étend sa gamme de solutions pour l’expérience utilisateur
by Bastien Brodard
Intelligent HQ
#Finovate NOW a new generation of Social Bankers
by Hayden Richards
FinTech News: #Finovate, #Gamification trends
by Hayden Richards
International Business Times
Sharing Money On Facebook Just Got Easier: Should Banks And PayPal Be Worried?
by Christopher Zara
Mapa Research
Finovate Day One Round Up
by Paul Merry
Finovate Day Two
by Joshua Grant
Money Marketing
Ian McKenna: New tech will drive down costs
by Ian McKenna
PandoDaily
Moven gives sneak peek of new mobile banking app
by Hamish McKenzie
Payments Journal
Kabbage Extends Its Small Business Funding Model To the UK
Payments Source
Cardlytics Searches for Issuer Adoption on Facebook
by John Adams
PR Web
Meniga Awarded its Second “Best of Show” Trophy at Finovate
Programmable Web
Integrate Cross-border, International Payments Processing with Currency Cloud’s XBPConnect API
by Eric Carter
Puls Biznesu blog
Taki będzie Nowy mBank
by EUGENIUSZ TWARÓG
RFP Connect
SAGE SA To Introduce BlackSwan Financial Platform at FinovateEurope 2013
Shiny, Shiny
Azimo lets you transfer money to your Facebook friends
By beccacaddy
Tamebay
Ezbob to expand to the US
By Chris Dawson
Kabbage announces UK launch at Finovate EU
by Chris Dawson
TechCrunch
Kabbage Brings Data-Focused Online Merchant Lending To The UK
by Leena Rao
Social Money Transfer Service Azimo Adds Facebook Integration To Squeeze Western Union
by Steve O’Hear
Telegraph
Now you can use Facebook for international currency transfers
By Justin Harper
The Next Web
Cardlytics’ transaction-linked ads for bank statements to get Facebook integration, as EU launch nears
by Paul Sawers
Open Bank Project aims to bring financial transparency to organizations with an API and Web 2.0
by Paul Sawers
P2P FX platform CurrencyFair announces $500m of transactions so far,
and vies fo $1bn in 2013 alone
By Paul Sawers
SumUp demos its latest mobile-payments tech for Europe: Order a coffee simply by saying your name
by Paul Sawers
TICBeat
BBVA triunfa con Stockbuzz, una app que analiza el IBEX35 en Twitter
by Miriam Castellanos
Travolution
Azimo claims first with Facebook funds transfer service
By Travolution
VentureBeat
Kabbage brings its quick fix loans to UK merchants
by Christina Farr
Thanks to everyone who came and helped make this year’s FinovateEurope the biggest yet.
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We will continue to add to this list throughout the next few weeks as new coverage is published. If we are missing press coverage or if you would like to add to the list, please contact julie@finovate.com with the link.

True Office Anti-Money Laundering App Goes Mobile

This post is a part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2013.
Bringing gamification to the field of regulatory and compliance training is our next presenter, True Office:

“By playing the True Office / Thomson Reuters Anti-Money Laundering desktop and mobile app, financial services employees are exposed to the regulatory risks they confront and learn how to comply with anti-money 

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The data generated from this app provides financial services institutions with compliance analytics that help identify and reduce instances of AML risk.”

Product Launched: February 2013
HQ Location: New York, NY, USA
Company Founded: January 2010
Metrics: 20 employees; 30+ financial services compliance apps currently in production; winner of the 2012 Fintech Innovation Lab; seven-figure product development and distribution partnership with Thomson Reuters Accelus, extending its coverage to over 1,400 banks globally.
Twitter: @trueoffice
Presenting Adam Sodowick (Founder & CEO) and Andrew Neblett (Managing Director, Compliance, Audit & Risk, Thomson Reuters)
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Finovate Alumni News– February 7, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMarket Watch’s Jennifer Openshaw reviews the ReadyForZero user experience.
  • Movenbank drops the “bank”, changes name to Moven. Come see the launch of its new features at FinovateEurope February 12 and 13 in London.
  • Kabbage appoints Simon Yoo, former co-head and managing director of Citigroup’s FI Group, as CFO. Come see Kabbage’s live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • Lending Club opens low-interest, fixed-rate personal loan platform to Tennessee residents.
  • Fuze Network guarantees no late fees for credit card payments made before noon CST on due date.
  • True Office partners with Thomson Reuters to develop new, ramified compliance applications.
  • Affinity Solutions raises more than $6 million in equity and convertible securities.
  • InComm wins in 4 categories in seventh annual
    Paybefore Awards.

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 29, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAcculynk joins EMV Migration Forum.
  • TSYS announces extension agreement with Payment Alliance International.
  • True Office scores $3 million funding round. See them demo at FinovateEurope in London!
  • GetApp compares accounting options in FreeAgent and Kashoo.
  • Taulia doubles customer base in 2012.
  • miiCard granted U.S. patent for method of establishing true online identity based on ability to access online financial accounts.
  • TIO Networks appoints Bill Burnham, founder of Inductive Capital, to Board of Directors.
  • WorkSaveLive blog features ReadyForZero.
  • PaySimple launches 3 new integrated partners.
  • PlayMoolah launches Yusheng Rush, a Chinese New Year themed mobile game.
  • IP Commerce announces latest release of Commerce Boarding, a real-time qualification and decision engine.

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.

True Office Scores $3 Million Funding Round

TrueOfficeLogo.jpgWhen the regulatory and compliance training gets tough, the tough get gamified.

At least that’s the approach taken by True Office, a company that specializes in gamifying the complex (and often tedious) regulatory and compliance training process for professionals working in financial institutions.

And this effort to bring a little bounce to the step of those trudging through mandatory compliance training has won the company $3 million in Series A funding.

Said True Office CEO and founder, Adam Sodowick: “A well-designed game has the power to engage employees and at the same time produce analytics that can help banks identify and reduce operational and compliance risk.”

According to information released by the company late last week, True Office will use the funding to help the company expand its presence in the financial sector, as well as apply its gamification approach to other highly-regulated industries.

Participating in the funding round were Rho Ventures, the Partnership for New York City Fund, and Contour Venture Partners.

Watch True Office in action next month in London at FinovateEurope 2013.  More information about the event is available here.