Where Are They Now? FinovateSpring Alums Raise More than $326 Million in a Year


Last week we took a look at what the alums of FinovateSpring 2015 have been up to in the year since they demoed on the Finovate stage. Today, we’re focusing on the funding.

All $326 million of it.

Of the 72 companies that demoed at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose last year, 21 of them had raised capital within a year. Kabbage’s raise of $135 million certainly stands out. But the $25 million investment picked up by itBit in May of last year, as well as the $15 million raised by Trulioo and the $12 million raised by Moven were also major contributors to a strong fundraising performance from the Class of FinovateSpring 2015. And this doesn’t even include companies such as Yodlee, which was acquired by Envestnet for $660 million, or Aurora Financial Systems, bought by fellow Finovate alum, Finicity, for an undisclosed sum.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • IP Commerce Closes Series A Round”
  • Linxo Raises €2 Million from Crédit Agricole”

Around the web

  • MasterCard and TransferWise talk about the “future of money and credit” with TechCruch at Davos 2016.
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Betterment in a roundup of fintech startups focused on reducing fees for retirement savers.
  • OnDeck enters referral agreement with Opus Bank to power SMB lending.
  • BehavioSec to power behavioral biometrics for TeleSign.

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.

20 Alums Make the First Forbes Fintech 50


There’s more to the Forbes Fintech 50 list than just an awesome logo featuring George Washington wearing wrap-around shades. Forbes compiled the list by soliciting information from 300 startups, then interviewing more than 150 CEOs, founders, and industry experts. To make the cut, companies were required to have operations in the U.S. and a viable product.*

Simply put, Forbes describes the companies on the list as “small firms destined to have a big impact on your financial future and possibly upend your portfolio.”

This year, 20 Finovate and FinDEVr alums made the cut:


  • Founded: 2012
  • HQ: London
  • Funding: $30 million
  • Customers: 14 large banks and 140 buy-side firms
  • FinovateFall 2014 demo




Credit Karma


  • Founded: 2009
  • HQ: Washington, D.C.
  • Exit: Purchased by Morningstar in 2014 for $52.5 million
  • FinovateFall 2015 demo



  • Founded: 2009
  • HQ: New York City, New York
  • Exit: Purchased by Northwestern Mutual in 2015 for $250+ million
  • FinovateFall 2013 demo


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*While the list excludes financial giants, Forbes included startups acquired by larger companies but operating independently.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Roostify Garners $500,000 in Funding from Wells Fargo Accelerator”
  • “Dream Payments Launches its EMV mPOS System in Canada”

Around the web

  • Digital Insight and CUneXus team up to bring digital lending technology to Digital Insight’s financial institution clients.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its new desktop platform, grouping all FX transaction venues into one single point of access.
  • NBT Bank to deploy Sales Enablement from Fiserv, a mobile messaging solution for wealth managers.
  • PaySwag and PayPal are among the companies highlighted in Inc.’s look back at Money20/20.
  • Entrepreneur.com features Vouch, a social network for credit.
  • StartupSmart profiles document-capture specialist, Shoeboxed.
  • Persistent Systems designs and implements online communities for cloud-managed wi-fi solution provider, AirTight Networks.
  • Trulioo Selected as Runner-up for Startup Canada Award for Innovation.
  • Orasi Software signs partnership agreement with Kony Solutions.

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

  • “Spreedly Raises $2.5 Million in New Funding”

Around the web:

  • BNY Mellon to deploy iRemit, a cloud-based remittance solution from Top Image Systems.
  • Vouch Financial CEO Yee Lee weighs in on the future of banking.
  • Cardlytics partners with MasterCard to deliver card-linked services.
  • New York Magazine profiles Blooom President Greg Smith, a former Goldman Sachs banker.
  • Mitek adds facial recognition to its ID document-verification solution, Photo Verify.

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

  • “Nearex Closes Series B Funding”
  • “Avalara Integrates Automated Sales Tax Solution with Stripe”
  • “Finovate Debuts: itBit’s Regulated Bitcoin Trading Platform”

Around the web

  • American Banker article notes Vouch is bringing social connections back into lending in the 21st century.
  • Xero updates Tracked Inventory feature.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions partners with risk-management software company Advanced Fraud Solutions.
  • Kansas City Business Journal considers how Tradeshift is igniting renewed interest in its new partner, C2FO.
  • TechCrunch: “App Annie Integrates with Google Analytics, Launches Free In-App Analytics for Developers”
  • Insuritas to power multistate insurance agency solution for Enterprise Bank.

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

Around the web

  • Let’s Talk Payments features Feedzai, Swipely, BillGuard, Wealthfront, Jemstep, SigFig, and Vouch in its review of companies “pushing the envelope” in payment analytics.
  • Zooz partners with Avalara to bring tax-compliance tools to its payment platform.
  • Daily Fintech profiles DarcMatter and its plan to bring access to alternative investments to the accredited masses.
  • TransferWise sets world record for largest human currency symbol.
  • Bank Investment Consultant takes a look at Betterment, Personal Capital, Motif Investing, FutureAdvisor, Blooom, Wealthfront, and Vanguard in its look at how traditional advisers can compete against robo-advisers.
  • BlinkMobile Interactive wins best enterprise mobility solution at Cloud World Series Awards in London.

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

  • “Oink Launches New App with Peer to Peer Functionality”

Around the web

  • Peter Day’s World of Business talks about machine learning technology with Jay Wilpon and Michael Johnston of Interactions.
  • Forbes.com column on innovations in lending features On Deck, Lending Club, Cloud Lending Solutions, and Vouch.
  • As Lighter Capital ramps up to closing six deals per month and nears its 100th investment, Jeff Seely is named chairman.
  • Lending Club leads investment in Propel(x), an online investment platform.
  • BBVA Compass launches online financial advice portals, MoneyFit and Great Ideas for Small Business.
  • As Lighter Capital ramps up to closing six deals per month and nears its 100th investment, it names Jeff Seely Chairman.
  • Lending Club leads investment in Propel(x), an online investment platform.
  • American Banker: “Temenos Is Ready to Make Waves in U.S. Core Processing”
  • CNBC discusses the future of fintech with Bill Harris, Personal Capital CEO.
  • Braintree partners with Pinterest to launch Buyable Pins.
  • Bluefin releases Version 2.0 of its proprietary P2PE manager.
  • Inc.: “Lending Club Jumps as Online Lending Continues to Grow”
  • Let’s Talk Payments names many alums in list of 50 fintech startups to watch out for.
  • British Bank Association undertakes a campaign to recommend that U.K. businesses deploy solutions such as TIS’ eFLOW INVOICE.

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.

Friction is Good: Social Network for Credit Innovator, Vouch Raises $6 Million


Fresh off its debut at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose, the world’s first social network for credit, Vouch, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from new and existing investors. Vouch’s total capital now stands at more than $9 million, and will help fuel the company’s ability to expand both the number and size of loans offered to its customers.

New investors included Cooley LLP, Data Collective, Stanford StartX Fund, and Core Innovation Capital, whose founder and managing partner, Arjan Schütte, will join the Vouch board of directors. They were joined by existing Vouch investors, AngelList, First Round Capital, Greylock, and IDG Ventures.

If you didn’t think P2P lending could get any more “P”, then you don’t know Vouch. The online lender enables borrowers to develop a “Vouch network”, including friends and family willing to “vouch” for their loans. By vouching, the friend or family member agrees to pay some increment of the loan if the borrower does not. Borrowers can take out larger loans on better terms based on the size and quality of their network. Schütte referred to the platform “simple, yet transformative.”

Vouch provides installment loans ranging from $500 to $15,000, with interest rates between 5% and 30%. Borrowers must have a minimum FICO score of 600, and they cannot be engaged in bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings. Vouch charges a loan-origination fee between 1% and 5% of the amount borrowed.

Vouch combines the increasingly widespread tactic of leveraging social networks to learn more about an individual borrower’s creditworthiness with proven financial strategies like co-signing and sponsorship. TechCrunch reports that more than 70% of the company’s traffic is mobile (both iOS and Android), and more than half the platform’s users are female and older than 35 years of age. According to Vouch co-founder and CEO Yee Lee, a quarter of those using the technology are first-generation immigrant to the U.S., as he is. Founding the company along with Lee in 2013 were Sue Horn (formerly of Prosper) and Hugh Olliphant (formerly of PayPal). Lee is also a PayPal veteran.

Based in San Francisco, Vouch was the first company to present at FinovateSpring last week. CEO Yee Lee started off his demo and the event with a bang. Explaining how his platform likes the idea of keeping “friction intentionally high” during the onboarding process for both potential borrowers and potential vouchers, Lee offered the eyebrow-raising observation that sometimes in fintech “friction is good.”

Find out why in Vouch’s live demo at FinovateSpring 2015 available in our Video Archives later this week.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Feedzai Announces More than $17 Million in New Funding
  • Friction is Good: Social Network for Credit Innovator, Vouch Raises $6 Million

Around the web

  • Financial Guard launches its enhanced, fee-transparency service.
  • defi SOLUTIONS acquires OpenRule Systems APM.
  • Benzinga interviews Andy Swan, LikeFolio co-founder.
  • Wizzio by Novabase featured at IBM World of Watson event.
  • CNBC talks about P2P currency transfer with TransferWise CEO Kristo Kaarmann.
  • Motif Investing earns spot on CNBC’s Disruptor list.
  • Xero ranked #1 Forbes Most Innovative Growth Company 2015.
  • Lending Club receives Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award from Harvard Business School Association of Northern California.
  • Xero scoops Company of the Year at annual Hi-Tech Awards.
  • Payments Source looks at how Taulia speeds up payments for businesses.
  • Google drops cloud computing prices by up to 30%.

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.

Meet Vouch: The First Social Network for Credit

Vouch Logo - Updated 4.14 copyThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2015.

And we’re off! The first demo of the day comes courtesy of Vouch, launching its “social network for credit” platform:

Friends and family members trust you with money, so Vouch does, too. Get started by visiting the Vouch website, or downloading the mobile app for iOS or Android. Borrowers apply for loans and ask friends, family, and other personal connections to “vouch” for them by answering a short survey. Vouchers are encouraged to back a portion of the loan to help further reduce the price to borrowers. “Vouches” are used alongside standard financial data to gain a more complete picture of creditworthiness, bringing down the price of loans for borrowers. The more vouches a borrower receives, the lower their rate.

Presenter: Yee Lee, CEO and co-founder



Product Launch: March 2015

Metrics: Funding, $3M (Seed round)
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C)

HQ: San Francisco, California
Founded: December 2013
Website: vouch.com

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 8


Today marks our final Sneak Peek preview. We hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to get to know a little about the companies that will be taking the stage at FinovateSpring 2015.

Register today to see and meet these innovators in person on 12/13 May at our upcoming conference in San Jose, California.

If you’ve missed an edition, our complete Sneak Peek series for FinovateSpring 2015 is below:

And now let us introduce you to the final fourteen companies of FinovateSpring 2015. See you in San Jose!

FS2015_Finaeos_logoFinaeos automates the back office and capital-raising compliance.

Why it’s great
Serves the demand for new ways to invest, save, and generate income by investors across the globe.

  • Founded: 2015
  • HQ: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

FS2015_Finicity_logoFinicity helps developers build powerful apps to drive financial software innovation.

Why it’s great
TXPUSH Interface to the Finicity API Platform.

  • Founded: 1999
  • HQ: Salt Lake City, Utah

FS2015_MoneyAmigo_logoMoney Amigo is a social money interaction platform that solves the lack of simple and clustered services for the unbanked and underbanked.

Why it’s great
Money Amigo makes managing money fast, fair, and friendly.

  • Founded: 2015
  • HQ: Las Vegas, Nevada

FS2015_Ondot_logoOndot Systems builds white-label solutions that enable financial institutions to provide security and convenience for their customers.

Why it’s great
Our platform brings innovation to mobile card services.

  • Founded: 2011
  • HQ: San Jose, California

FS2015_Onovative_logoOnovative’s powerfully simple marketing automation software helps financial institutions meet the challenge of cross-selling current customers.

Why it’s great
Onovative provides banks and credit unions with modern APIs and a simple UI to help them grow.

  • Founded: 2013
  • HQ: Jeffersonville, Indiana

FS2015_Outski_logoOutski’s platform improves employee health and wellness, increases productivity, and reduces job-related stress.

Why it’s great
Outski helps companies improve margins and reduce costs by focusing on the health and well-being of their employees.

  • Founded: 2013
  • HQ: Tucson, Arizona

FS2015_PrairieCloudware_logoPrairie Cloudware provides a comprehensive set of omnichannel, digital payment services to solve the need for more security, convenience, and control when purchasing goods and services online and in-store.

Why it’s great
We are a cloud-based, open platform that allows consumers to access and use their preferred payment mechanisms and accounts via the financial institution’s digital channels.

  • Founded: 2012
  • HQ: Omaha, Nebraska

FS2015_Slice_logoSlice’s technology provides item-level purchase-data across the largest base of online consumers (two million and counting).

Why it’s great
Slice’s one-of-a-kind Purchase Graph technology.

  • Founded: 2010
  • HQ: Palo Alto, California

FS2015_SmartAsset_logoSmartAsset provides a tools-and-content platform to give consumers personalized and actionable advice.

Why it’s great
Leverage our Automated Financial Modeling technology to make significant personal finance decisions.

  • Founded: 2011
  • HQ: New York City, New York

FS2015_Token_logo_snagToken is a new payment rail that solves the “faster payments” problem for banks, businesses, and consumers.

Why it’s great
A new open bank API, an unbreakable identity system, developer tools, and a wallet app for business and consumers.

  • Founded: 2015
  • HQ: Los Altos Hills, California

FS2015_TopImageSystems_logoTop Image Systems introduces the eFLOW mortgage, which eliminates the manual, time-consuming and expensive mortgage-origination process.

Why it’s great
Top Image Systems’ IQA (Image Quality Analysis) provides unparalleled accuracy, security, and ease of use.

  • Founded: 1991
  • HQ: Tel Aviv, Israel

FS2015_Vanguard_logoVanguard introduces the Funds Visualizer to rid investors of suboptimal portfolio construction.

Why it’s great
Our interactive, 3-D, data visualizations of diversification provide unique insights when it comes to building portfolios.

  • Founded: 1975
  • HQ: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

FS2015_Vouch_logo_414updateVouch is the first social network for credit, enabling consumers to connect and share creditworthiness so they get the financial products they deserve.

Why it’s great
Vouch is for anyone who believes they are more than their credit score.

  • Founded: 2013
  • HQ: San Francisco, California

FS2015_Whodini_logo_snagWhodini helps merchants engage customers using social media marketing, reaching loyal customers with targeted offers.

Why it’s great
At Whodini, we help local businesses know their customers better.

  • Founded: 2004
  • HQ: Westport, Connecticut