Vaamo Acquired by Moneyfarm

In merger and acquisition activity this week, robodvisor startup Vaamo has been acquired by Moneyfarm, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Financial details were not disclosed but Moneyfarm now has its third core market, alongside the U.K. (since 2015) and Italy (since 2012). Giovanni Daprà, CEO of Moneyfarm, said, “We see Germany as an attractive growth market with great potential for digital asset management.”

Vaamo founder Dr. Thomas Bloch and Dr. Oliver Vins join the executive committee of Moneyfarm. Dr. Bloch will be responsible for the Germany business and Moneyfarm’s Europe-wide B2B business. Dr. Vins will be responsible for product management and development at Moneyfarm groups in the future. There were no details about any job cuts due to the acquisition.

Moneyfarm was founded in 2011 and had around 30,000 private clients (double year-on-year) at the end of 2017, with a total investment of ($511 million) £400 million, as reported in May 2018. It has made some good progress as back in May it got($51 million) £40 million in a Series B funding round – meaning it has secured close to ($77 million) £60 million in capital so far.

The acquisition is subject to the approval of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority.

Vaamo was founded in 2013. Customers include German challenger bank N26 and 1822direkt. The company launched its goal saving app at FinovateEurope 2014 in London. The company has raised $3.8 million in two rounds from Route 66 Ventures.

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Top Direct-to-Consumer Wealthtech Plays

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Our wealthtech industry coverage continues this week. We looked at the industry last week and reviewed the top trends earlier this month. Today we’re taking a look at industry players with B2C offerings—in other words, companies that market directly to consumers and not through businesses.

Since wealthtech is broader than just roboadvisers, we’ve divided B2C wealthtech players into seven categories and laid out our top picks for each group. Since category sizes vary, the number of our selections also vary.

Top in-house builds from traditional players
These are offerings from traditional wealth management firms that have been built in-house (or purchased and then white-labeled) and marketed under the firm’s brand.

Fully automated roboadvisers
These are online platforms that provide automated, algorithm-based portfolio management without intervention from human advisers and without personalized, one-on-one conversations with a human adviser.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-06-40-pmAcorns takes a unique approach by linking a user’s debit card and investing their “spare change”

Hybrid roboadvisers
These are traditional advisory services, including personalized conversations and actively managed portfolios blended with computerized portfolio recommendations. Business Insider reports hybrid roboadvisers will manage 10% of all investable assets by 2025.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-11-08-pmSigFig has partnered with multiple banks, including Wells Fargo, Pershing, and Citizens Bank

Non-U.S. roboadvisers

Alternative investing platforms
These are platforms that link participants to unconventional investment types, such as private equity, hedge funds, futures, real estate, etc.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-18-08-pmWith Motif, uses invest in grouped stocks and ETFs that revolve around a common theme

Non-U.S. alternative investing platforms

News and information companies
These are online platforms that help users discover news and market trends before they go mainstream. Some include social networking aspects.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-23-47-pmTickerTags helps users discover trends even before they become news

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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.

vaamo Partners with N26 (Formerly Number26)

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Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 11.12.04 AMRobo-adviser solutions-provider vaamo teamed up with one of the hottest fintech players in Germany today, neobank N26 (formerly Number26). N26 is using vaamo’s API to offer clients N26 Invest, a co-branded solution that lets users select from three investment strategies depending on their risk tolerance.

After developing its robo-adviser platform for private investors in Germany, vaamo is seeking to bolster its B2B business model. The company will power an online, automated investment solution for N26. This is the first third-party partner vaamo has signed for its B2B solutions, which can be co-branded or fully white-labeled and are available as a financial intermediary or discretionary portfolio-management solution.

vaamo says its robo-adviser platform addresses younger customers who are “not easily accessible via traditional sales channels” and it helps businesses more profitably serve customers with smaller investment volumes. Maximilian Tayenthal, founder of Number26, said, “vaamo matches perfectly our concept and enables us to provide our customers with an easy and reasonable investment opportunity.”

vaamo launched its goal saving app at FinovateEurope 2014 in London. The company has raised $3.8 million in two rounds from Route 66 Ventures.

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  • Forbes takes a look at how Dwolla is bringing real-time payment technology to CME Group.
  • BNY Mellon’s Leda Glyptis lists Heckyl Technologies among her personal favorite startups.

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.

Alumni News– October 29, 2014

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  • Vogogo partners with Knox Payments to enable its future US clients to accept payment from any US bank account.
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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.

Vaamo Raises $3.2 Million, Launches Out of Private Beta

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A German platform where users save and invest money towards their long term goals has brought on some funding of its own this week.

Vaamo announced yesterday it closed a $3.2 million (€2.5 million) Seed round. The investment was led by Route 66 Ventures, the same firm that furnished U.S.-based D3 Banking with $7 million last week. The remaining funds have come from business angels.

This round comes a year after its angel round of $635,000 (€500,000), which brings vaamo’s total funding to $3.8 million (€3 million).

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According to vaamo co-founders Thomas Bloch, and Oliver Vins, the funding will be used to hire more talent, specifically for marketing, customer service, and engineering. It will also be used to bolster marketing efforts to improve customer acquisition.

Vaamo is opening to the public today after spending about four months in private beta. It currently has 250 customers saving real money on its goals-based platform. It is limited to German residents only, but vaamo has not excluded the possibility of expanding its usage across borders.

Vaamo Launches Goal-Based Savings Platform on Invite-Only Basis

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We caught up with vaamo today, which just launched its platform on an invite-only basis. Today, 150 users are given access to invest real money into the funds on vaamo’s platform in order to achieve their goals.

Vaamo is rolling out the invitations in batches over the next three months or so to accommodate the 2,000 users who have requested full access to its goal-savings platform.

We profiled vaamo earlier this year in our FinovateEurope Behind the Scenes post series (check it out here); as a refresher, here’s how its web app works:

1) Users set up any number of goals on the vaamo platform. These are generally larger life-goals such as higher education, purchasing a house, or saving for a wedding. In the screenshot below, the user has set up and is tracking three separate goals.

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2) Using an investment approach it developed in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt, vaamo invests the user’s savings into a set of funds. The startup has partnered with Dimensional Fund Advisors to provide a group of well-diversified funds through which users can invest to reach their goals. Dimensional Fund Advisors has offices all over the world, and is headquartered in Austin.
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3) If one of the funds changes course, vaamo prompts the user to change their goals using the slider tools on its platform. For example, if a fund lost a significant amount of value, vaamo would prompt the user either to extend the time period of their goal or change the amount desired to reach their goal.
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Users in Germany can now sign up for a demo account, and will be invited to use vaamo with real money in the near future. In other geographical locations, users can sign up for a demo account, but cannot invest funds in the platform.

To learn more about vaamo, check out its launch at FinovateEurope 2014.

Alumni News– June 25, 2014

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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: Behind the Scenes with NF Innova, Tink, and Vaamo

In another behind-the-scenes view of FinovateEurope 2014, we take a closer look at NF Innova, Tink, and Vaamo.

If you missed the previous two behind-the-scenes features, be sure to check out:



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What they do
NF Innova helps banks provide a tailored banking experience for their customers. This Personal Experience Module replaces a company’s static CRM system with an adaptive solution. It responds to individual users’ needs without the need for administrative input. 
By monitoring user behavior on digital touch points, it automatically provides the functionalities that appeal most to each user. The result is a solution that provides a single location for the end user to address all of their financial needs.
Stats
  • $1.5 million in revenue in 2013
  • 1 million users in its iBanking suite
  • 42 employees
  • 15 years experience working with banks
The experience
Customers are greeted with a login screen that speaks especially to them. In this example, the customer is greeted with a clean login screen that targets them with a home mortgage.
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After logging in, the user sees a financial “command center” where they can view multiple accounts and have access to P2P payment options, alerts, account balance and feed of transactions over time, and more.
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In this view, the My Cards section on the right is expanded to detail the customers’ balance across their credit card accounts.
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NF Innova’s solution works for both larger and smaller financial institutions. It is working with one of the largest financial institutions in Russia but is mostly focused on the European market. However, it plans to expand to both North and South America later this year.


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What they do
Tink is a direct-to-consumer mobile app seeking to reinvent PFM to make managing finances more enjoyable and digestible for ordinary people. Its average user is a 25-year-old female, and in order to appeal to this demographic, Tink makes looking at finances as easy and beautiful and checking your Instagram feed.

The Sweden-based company does its own aggregation, ensuring that all of users’ transactions are accurately represented. This is crucial because, as Tink notes, it is rare for users to manually input or change details about their transactions. Therefore, if the aggregation isn’t done correctly the first time, the user’s view of their finances will never be accurate.

Stats
  • 150,000 users 
  • 10 employees
  • Average user logs in 3 times per week
The experience
The middle phone below depicts the user’s financial feed, which has a similar feel to Facebook’s activity feed. Its purpose is to inform the consumer of their spending while not making them feel guilty about it. By viewing spending habits as something positive, Tink encourages users to log in more frequently.
 
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In addition to the general activity feed, Tink also shows the user a close up view of their spending. The phone in the middle depicts spending across simplified categories, and the one on the right is a magnification of what the user spent on a specific category, Food & Drinks.
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Tink is live in Sweden on iOS and Android. It plans to launch in other markets in the future.

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What they do
Vaamo helps users achieve their personal financial goals by providing them a simple and easy-to-use platform that visually portrays their goals over time.
 It invests the user’s money in international equities, government and corporate loans and real estate. To optimize return on investment, Vaamo uses an investment approach that was developed in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt.
If one of the funds changes unexpectedly, the user is prompted to log in and change their goal by either contributing more money or extending the time period.
Stats
  • 14 employees
  • More than €500K in capital raised
  • It is in final negotiations in contracting with a bank in Germany to h
    old customer account balances.
The experience
The screenshot below depicts a user’s view of their three goals. With a personalized picture as the background and the progress bar in the middle, it is easy to see each savings goal.
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The interface below illustrates the simplicity of setting up a goal. Instead of being burdened with selecting individual funds, the user needs only to select their risk class and how much they are willing to contribute initially.
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Users can withdraw funds from their goals at any time. When they opt to withdraw from their account, they are prompted to make a choice about how they want to make up the amount they took from their savings goal (see the red box in the screenshot below).
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Vaamo is a paid product that will target 25-45 year olds who earn a range of €3k to €10k per month.

Check out Vaamo’s live demo video from FinovateEurope here.


Stay tuned next week for another behind-the-curtain view of FinovateEurope 2014.