Celebrate Canada Day with Our Alums from the Great White North

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July 1st is Canada Day, the day Canadians from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and all the provinces in between celebrate the day the country we know as “Canada” was officially formed as a single nation within the British Empire.

So if you’ve got room in your schedule for one more Canada Day Celebration, then please join us in spending a little time celebrating with a score of Finovate alums that are driving fintech innovation in and out of “the Great White North.”

And a special Canada Day shout-out to Finovate partner, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which supports Canadian startups through mentorship and access to U.S. partners and investors.

Alumni News– January 21, 2015

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYour Personal Financial Mentor profiles EZBOB.
  • BrightScope releases AdviceMatch, a free online service to help consumer choose financial advisors.
  • OnDeck Marketplace emerges from pilot program. Platform helps institutional investors buy small business loans.
  • Venture Burn takes a look at Azimo and the West African remittance market.
  • Kreditech named Germany’s leading digital innovator of the year by Focus Magazine.
  • Arroweye Solutions CEO Render Dahiya urges issuers on EMV adoption.
  • Check out FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 3.
  • Coinbase Raises $75 Million from BBVA, USAA, NYSE, & Others.
  • Millennial-focused BankMobile app is powered by Malauzai Software and uses Mitek to power mobile customer on-boarding.
  • Roostify describes its experience with Yodlee’s FinDat Disruptor program.
  • PayPal to use InComm to support PayPal’s digital gifts services in Canada.
  • Yale Undergraduate selects Wall Street Survivor to help students understand investing and personal finance. 
  • Technical.ly/ Baltimore looks at how TIO Networks powers Baltimore’s online bill pay system.
  • Tradeshift wins Circular Economy Digital Disruptor Award held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
  • CustomerXPs and EY, a tax advisory firm, partner to help companies deal with fraud.
  • iBillionaire updates mobile app & releases new High Dividend Index.
  • Payment Data Systems to acquire Akimbo for $3 million.
  • Be sure to check out FinovateEurope Sneak Peek #2 featuring AlphaPoint, Avoka, Encap Security, investUP, Nostrum Group, and StreetShares.
  • True Link Raises $3 Million in Round Led by Cambia Health Solutions.
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– July 16, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgZions Direct reviews Wall Street Survivor.
  • Braintree partners With Spreedly to provide payment gateway services.
  • Braintree hires Juan Benitez as CTO & SVP of Product and John Sturino as VP of Product.
  • Tech News Daily features Dashlane. Come see its live demo at FinovateFall Sept. 12 and 13.
  • ROXO adds Virtual Piggy as payment solution.
  • Intuit listed in top 10 in India’s Best Companies to Work for 2012.
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– July 10, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBinary Now begins accepting PayNearMe payments from customers without credit card.
  • Mootwin drives BNP Paribas Group’s new iPad economic news app.
  • Mitek hires former Green Dot CTO, Michael Strange, as CTO.
  • Fiserv appoints Dennis Lynch to Board of Directors.
  • Diversinet appoints Bret Jorgensen as Chairman of the Board.
  • Tradestreaming names Wall Street Survivor app of the week.
  • Cachet Financial launches Merchant RDC Tablet Solution.
  • Lending Club wins AlwaysOn Global 250 Award for third consecutive year.
  • Wiltshire business looks at positive returns from Zopa.
  • Q2ebanking opens office in Atlanta to support growth.
  • 2 Minute Finance gets a demo from Portfolio Football.
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– June 28, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Bank Of Marion selects Continuity Control for compliance platform.
  • Des Moines Register reports Inc. Magazine names Dwolla’s Milne to 2012 30-under-30 list.
  • Deutsche Card Services and AcceptEmail sign partnership.
  • Bill.com announces its cash mgmt feature that completes the Cash Flow Command and Control System.
  • Programmable Web considers Confident Technologies’ approach to security.
  • Wall Street Survivor launches to the public.
  • Billeo launches ZipThru Pay and ZipThru Buy to make bill payment and shopping even easier.
  • Jingit hires Tom Venable as the company’s Vice President of Revenue.
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– May 23, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgArroweye Solutions announces 1Q of 2012 was its largest with 9 new clients & sales of over 2 million cards.
  • Check out this month’s CEO interview with Lending Club’s Renaud Laplanche.
  • ValidSoft partners with Adeptra to power a detection & prevention application that helps mitigate SIM card fraud.
  • eToro announces launch of mobile Trade Alerts app that creates actionable trade notifications.
  • Fast Company considers how Tradeshift could disrupt the banking industry.
  • TechCrunch reports: Wall Street Survivor Gamifies Financial Education With Help From Bunchball.
  • AdvisorOne reports BrightScope to propose universal performance standard for financial advisors.
  • Internet Evolution reports: Dwolla Could Speed Online Payments, If Banks Go Along.
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.

FinovateSpring 2012 in the Press

Here’s a look at press coverage from FinovateSpring 2012 in San Francisco last week. For comprehensive coverage, be sure to check out Erin McCune’s live blog on PaymentsViews, which covers all 63 presenting companies:

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2 Minute Finance
2MF @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference
by Bobby Lee
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BillGuard Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Cardlytics Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Concur Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Flint Mobile Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 2)
by Bobby Lee
Mitek Systems Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
TIO Networks Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
WattzOn Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Bank Innovation
5 Finovate Demo-ers’ News Catching Our Eye
by Mary Wisniewski

4 More Finovate Products We Like
by Mary Wisniewski

Bank Technology News
Best of Finovate Spring Day 1
by Penny Crosman
Best of Finovate Spring Day 2
by Penny Crosman

Dwolla Pitches Fast Fund Transfers, but Bank Participation is Vital
by Sean Sposito
Edo to Harness Payment Data to Spur Consumer Spending
by Victoria Finkle

WattzOn Helps Banks Help Customers Save on Energy Bills
by Sean Sposito

BankersLab Blog
CreditLab Launch: Reactions and Responses

BankNXT
Finovate, Simple, and Re-Imagining Banking Applications
by Bradley Leimer
Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 1
by Jelmer de Jong
Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 2
by Jelmer de Jong

BetaKit
CoverHound Debuts Comparison Tool for Auto Insurance 
by Cheronne Thurab 

Business Insider
Finally, a Mobile App That Helps You Save Money: Meet Urge
by Willy Staley

Business2Community
What Does $4.6 Billion in Coupon Savings Have to Do with Savvy Consumers?
by Andre Bourque

C’est pas mon idée!
FinovateSpring 2012: quoi de neuf?
by Patrice Bernard

Currency Marketing Blog
Four Conference in Four Days
by Tim McAlpine

Credit Union Times
MoneyDesktop Named Best of Show at FinovateSpring Conference
by Natasha Chilingerian

Daily Disruption
Flint Mobile Announces Beta Launch at Finovate and Closes $3 Million Round of Financing
by Tim Rygh

The Daily Guardian (BillGuard’s blog)
Financial Community Awards BillGuard Best Of Show at Finovate
by Maryanne

DCisions Blog
DCisions at Finovate Spring 2012
by Kritika Ashok

Des Moines Register 
Dwolla offers software for free
by Adam Belz

Des Moines Register Blog
Dwolla, Social Money earn praise at national banking conference
by Marco Santana

Exc
elsior
Kuspit, el primer Finovate mexicano
by Alicia Salgado

Experian Blog
Business IQ Express… what is the media saying?
by Roslyn Whitehurst 

FamZoo Blog
Finovate Winners
by Bill Dwight

Finextra
Flint taps phone cameras for card payments
SoMoLend closes $1.17 million seed round

Forrester Blog
Finovate Spring 2012: Digital Financial Services Innovation
by Tiffani Montez

FP Pad
[Video Spotlight] inStream Solutions CEO Alex Murguia at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg
[Video Spotlight] iQuantifi CEO Tom White at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg
[Video Spotlight] Sarah Carter of Actiance at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg

Iconowatch
Accelerating Innovation at Finovate 2012
by Hans Eisenbeis
Investment News
Personal Capital launches iPhone app
by Davis Janowski
Lazy Man and Money
What’s Hot and What’s Not from Finovate 2012
Mercury News
Money Goes Mobile 
Montreal Gazette
Montreal’s Wall Street Survivor teaches about investing
by Jason Magder
MyBankTracker
Can FinTech Stop You from ‘Showrooming?’
by Willy Staley
MoneyDesktop: How Personalized Deals Shine in PFM Tools
by Simon Zhen
Save Your Wallet, and Maybe the Planet, with WattzOn
by by Willy Staley
On Deck Capital Blog
Photo Journal: Our Finovate Demo
PaymentsNews
Highlights from Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco 
PaymentsViews
Live Blogging Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco
by Erin McCune
The Paypers
ZipZap rolls out CashCade payment service
PaySimple Blog
PaySimple at Finovate
by Sarah Jordan
PC World
New Web Apps and Services for Business
by Yardena Arar
QuidLabs
Finovate Best in Show
by Aliisa Rosenthal
SecurityPark.net
BehavioSec voted ‘Best of Show’ for biometric solution by audience at Finovate Spring, San Francisco
Silicon Prairie News
With upgraded FiSync, Dwolla cuts 3-5 day wait to real-time
by Michael Stacy
Silver Tail Systems Blog
Finovate Spring Demonstrates a Growing Richness in Online Interactions
by Laura Mather
Social Lending Network
Roundup of Social Lending News – May 12, 2012
by Peter Renton
TechCrunch 
Capital One Snags Mobile Savings Startup BankOns, Team Moving To Capital One Labs
by Sarah Perez
Flint: A New Mobile Payment App For Small Businesses Picks Up $3M From Storm, True Ventures
by Ingrid Lunden
How Personal Capital Wants To Bring Money Management Into The Internet Age [TCTV]
by Colleen Taylor
Nearing The 1M User Mark, Expensify Adds ‘Trips’ Feature To Mobile Apps
by Colleen Taylor
The Anti-Groupon? Edo Launches Real-Time Local Offers Platform, Tied To Your Bank Card For Instant Credits
by Sarah Perez
Tradestreaming
List Of Winners Of Top Fintech Conference, Finovate
by Zack Miller
World News (wn.com)
Instream Solutions Ceo Alex Murguia At Finovatespring 2012

Wall Street Survivor Guides Users Through the Investing Process

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Today, Wall Street Survivor demonstrated its financial education platform:
“The latest version of Wall Street Survivor appeals to today’s passive and active investors. These users are more social, have shorter attention spans, want more guidance and support, and spend more time playing Angry Birds. They want financial education in an easy, rewarding, and unbiased form.”
Product Launched: May 2012
HQ Location: Montreal, Canada
Company Founded: September 2007
Metrics
    • 120,000 registrations in the past 12 months
    • 3.3 million average page views per month
    • 7.5 million trades made
    • 46% of visitors will return 9x or more
    • 80% of traffic is unpaid
    • 9+ minutes average time on site
Introducing Rory Olson (CEO) and Greg Isenberg (CPO/CMO)

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FinovateSpring 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 1

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More than 60 leading fintech innovators, both startups and established companies, are gearing up to present at the annual FinovateSpring conference in San Francisco May 8 and 9.

Each company provided a sneak peek of what they’ll demo on stage next month. Below is the first installment of these teasers. We’ll have more next week.

Don’t miss your chance to see the live demo from each company and meet the execs responsible. Get your FinovateSpring ticket here.

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Balance Street

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The premier direct marketplace between consumers and creditors for the purpose of debt settlement, Balance Street, provides consumers the opportunity to relieve their debt burden without fees. Consumers use its web-based automated system to negotiate with creditors directly, avoiding debt settlement companies who charge exorbitant fees (up to 20% of total debt owed).

Eliminating this 20% market inefficiency makes for a better financial outcome for consumers and creditors. With over $780 billion in credit card debt in the U.S., the Balance Street technology will revolutionize the way debt is settled.

Innovation type: Cards, marketing, PFM

Bazaarvoice

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See how leading brands are harnessing the power of online word-of-mouth to boost customer referrals, sales, retention, advocacy, and company innovation while building the world’s most powerful social data asset.

Innovation type: Communications, marketing, sales and customer service

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BehavioSec

No one wants a complicated process for logging in to online or mobile banking. European banks have been forced to go down this route with hardware tokens and smart cards.

So now when U.S. banks will be rolling out new multi-layered security on the front-end following FFIEC, will we see the same thing here?

With BehavioSec’s solution there is a better choice. They add multilayered security through the use of behavioral biometrics. So when the user connects via mobile or online, the technology helps verify that they are who they say they are. Learn more at FinovateSpring 2012.

Innovation type: Identity, mobile, security

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BillGuard

BillGuard identifies deceptive, erroneous and unauthorized charges on consumer payment cards using advanced crowdsourcing and big-data mining techniques that harness the collective knowledge of millions of consumers reporting billing complaints online and to their banks. 

BillGuard’s Advanced Card Protection Service for Banks is a seamlessly integrated, cloud-based solution that enables issuers to generate new value-add service revenue, and lower inquiry/dispute processing costs, by providing their customers daily bill monitoring and notification, enriched transition details and direct-to-merchant resolution.
Innovation type: Cards, communications, online UI

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CoverHound is changing the way people shop for insurance online. Launching at FinovateSpring, CoverHound’s new rate comparison shopping service allows consumers for the first time to compare multiple, instant, accurate rates from top carriers. CoverHound will also be demonstrating an exciting array of products specifically designed to help banks and credit unions generate significant non-interest income while providing a valuable service to their members.
Innovation type: Insurance

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Never before has it been so easy for companies to provide business and retail customers with a way to validate creditworthiness through the use of online deposits. eDeposit provides patented funds visibility and real time settlement to markets across the U.S. in an innovative, new form of payment.
At FinovateSpring, eDeposit announces a new innovation that makes conducting B2B and B2C e-business faster, cheaper and safer.
Innovation type: Payments, security, small business

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From “check-in to check-out”, intersecting the worlds of Payments and Advertising, edo takes the next step forward in its vision to transform shopping and saving.  
This next wave connects mobile and multi-channel retail . . . imagine a world where purchase and location meet and the new standard for mobile advertising moves from “check-in” to “check-out.”
Innovation type: Marketing, mobile, rewards

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Expensify <3’s Finovate — they view it as the premier stage on which to make their biggest announcement of
the year. Three years ago, it launched an open beta on the Finovate stage. Two years ago, it unveiled a major realtime analytics feature. One year ago it launched a revolutionary SmartScan service. But this year will trump all that.  A whole new approach to business travel. Prepare yourself!

Innovation type: Back office, mobile, small business

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Most investors have assets spread across financial institutions and accounts, including limited-option accounts such as their employer’s 401(k) plan.
Managing this is a chore – including figuring out which funds, in which amounts, and rebalancing.
Well, it was a chore, before FutureAdvisor.
Innovation type: Investing and asset management, online, PFM

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Giftly is inventing the future of the gift card. Using its new iPhone app, users can send anyone a Giftly for any place they choose. The recipient redeems it on their smartphone when they go. It’s fast, fun, and secure.
Giftly’s app and web products have been designed to be social, simple, and powerful. Thanks to Facebook, Foursquare, and smart iOS integration, you’ll always know which friends are celebrating birthdays, are checking in to cool new places, or are otherwise in need of a quick gift.

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Is it possible to separate the fun of buying from the nuisance of paying? Klarna thinks so. The idea behind Klarna’s e-commerce services is the concept of after-delivery payment, letting buyers receive ordered goods before any payment is due. Instead of giving financial information, buyers shop with Klarna just by giving their name and select information (Klarna calculates the risk).
Innovation type: Payments

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Linkable Networks will be debuting a first-to-market capability that significantly broadens the value proposition of card-linked offers to issuing banks, merchants, manufacturers, and cardholding consumers. In addition, Linkable Networks will demonstrate new features recently added to its product platform and user interface.
Innovation type: Cards, mobile, rewards


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MShift believes that financial institutions need to enhance existing mobile banking solutions into mobile wallet and payment solutions.
At Finovate, MShift will demonstrate how mobile banking can influence how a consumer spends money in various retail scenarios.
Innovation type: Banking, payments, small business

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Your customers go mobile with smartphones and tablets. When they cannot fulfill their needs in mobile self-service, do you jump in at the right time to help them complete their business? Do you want to maximize the opportunity for smart customer experience and increased business via smart mobile devices (while reducing costs)? NICE Mobile Reach can do that for you. Don’t miss its demo at FinovateSpring.
Innovation type: Mobile, sales

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Personal Capital is wealth management for the Internet Age. The company’s online platform combines digital technology with highly personalized service to provide a holistic view of your unique financial picture. The free online dashboard presents all of your financial data in one place, including an assessment of your allocation, investment risk and fees.
These days, the financial lives of Americans are becoming more and more complex. At FinovateSpring, Personal Capital will unveil core new features that enable you to access your financial data in real time, on-the-go. You’ll be able to view and do, anywhere, anytime.
Innovation type: Investing, mobile, PFM

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Pindrop Security provides enterprise solutions that help prevent phone-based fraud. Pindrop’s acoustical fingerprinting technology detects fraudulent calls and authenticates legitimate callers, helping customers eliminate financial losses and reduce operational costs. Pindrop’s breakthrough technology is the first of its kind to fingerprint individual phone calls, providing verification of caller provenance. 
Recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies at the 2012 RSA conference, Pindrop’s solutions help companies feel more confident in the security of phone-based financial transactions.
Innovation type: Identity,
security

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Easily administer and coordinate your annual budget with Budget Manager from ProfitStars. ProfitStars takes the headaches, and the spreadsheets, out of the budgeting process and optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of budgeting and planning.  
The company will show you how this newly redesigned browser-based version enables users to construct and manage a more efficient budgeting process, including how to tackle more difficult items like salaries and fixed assets.
Innovation type: Banking

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Discover a new Facebook app for banks that will not only make you relevant and engage Facebook users, but will also get your customers recommending and endorsing your card products.  It drives great loyalty from existing customers and also helps to devise new customer acquisition –all through Facebook. 

Serverside does this by letting people design their own credit or debit card using a picture from their Facebook gallery, then post it to their Facebook wall. Their friends then click on the card image to design their own card and help your bank to go viral!

Innovation type: cards


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Social Money can provide any bank in the world its own branded version of our revolutionary and award-winning SmartyPig technology. A new bank can be up and running on our system within 90 days in any language and currency, for a fraction of the cost of internal development efforts.
Innovation type: Banking products, PFM

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The dawn of compliance solutions that work.
Meet Molly. 115 different people use Molly’s SSN.
Financial institutions have no idea who these people really are.
This is possible because FIs and so-called identity protection companies can only verify identity. Verification is not enough. Full identification is needed to fight fraud and provide FIs the means to meet compliance requirements. Only Financial ICONN from TASCET can identify financial customers.
Once Molly activates her ICONN, TASCET proactively secures her identity and FIs know exactly who she is.
Innovation type: Identity, security

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Taulia takes the waste out of the supply chains of Fortune 500 Enterprises while simultaneously solving the cash-flow needs of their suppliers. The large enterprise buyers get discounts by paying their invoices early. In return, their suppliers get paid when they want. In Taulia’s young life, it has already enabled small suppliers from 40+ countries around the world to receive hundreds of millions of dollars of early payments.
Innovation type: Lending, payments, small business

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The Under-18 audience has an estimated $50 billion in spending power. Learn how to successfully monetize the kids/teen market in this powerful demo by Virtual Piggy, an exciting new company that provides innovative technological solutions to help bridge the gap between children, parents and online retailers.
Innovation type: Payments

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Wall Street Survivor is the only place for the beginner to learn about investing. Guided missions, beginner-focused learning content, combined with the web’s best stock simulator help users effectively manage their financial future.
Innovation type: Investing & asset management, marketing, PFM

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Mobi
le commerce is estimated to be a $31 billion industry by 2015, but how will the underbanked participate? Wipit has unlocked mobile payments for this massive and largely untapped consumer demographic representing 25% of all U.S. households and over 70 million U.S. prepaid wireless subscribers. Underbanked consumers can now make in-app and online payments with a single click. No need for bank accounts or credit cards; Wipit lets underbanked consumers use their payment method of choice– cash.
Innovation type: Cards, payments
Stay tuned next week for another sneak peek of FinovateSpring 2012 presenting companies.

Finovate Alumni Website Traffic in September

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete.
Out of 268 alumni, 80 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in September 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 33 (41%) had more visitors in September than August. Year-over-year, 42 (52%) had traffic increases.
Private Companies
  • Seeking Alpha and Cortera had the highest traffic in September with 2.1 and 2.0 million unique visitors, respectively. Cortera also had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visits with over 1.5 more visits in 2011 than in 2010.
  • Kabbage had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 280x.
  • Weemba saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 7.5 times the number of unique visitors in September compared to August.
  • SmartCredit.com had the highest increase in number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 126,000.
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 2011
 
1) The previous month recorded was August 2011
2) Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue
Public companies
 
  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 7 times the number of visitors this year than last year.
  • Intuit had a notable increase in number of unique, year-over-year visitors, increasing by 300,000 visits.
  • Check Point had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 41% more visitors in September than in August.
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1) The previous month recorded was July 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 268 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed.
3. NM = not measurable
4. t= tie
5. Compete estimates online visitors based on the activity of a panel of more than 2 million U.S. Internet users. It is only an estimate of traffic and may undercount at-work usage.