Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Cachet Financial Solutions to Power Mobile Account Opening for PAYTOO”
  • “First Data’s Clover Launches Ecommerce Solution”

On FinDEVr.com

  • Beyond the Bitcoin BlockChain: Coinalytics is Now Skry”

Around the web

  • Interactions partners with Arise Virtual Solutions to bring virtual assistant technology to customer care.
  • Aerospike releases version 3.8 of its database server.
  • TransferWise opens its remittance service to the U.S./Mexico regions.
  • Wealth Professional features Betterment and Wealthfront in a column on roboadvisers.
  • ThreatMetrix Updates Smart Analytics Platform.
  • “SITO Mobile Partners with Cardlytics to Power Mobile Ad Campaigns with Purchase Intelligence”
  • Bitbond joins SME Finance Forum.
  • Insuritas to power insurance agency solution for Inspire Federal Credit Union.

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

  • “Straight Outta Beta: Flex Credit from BlueVine Now Available for SMEs

Around the web

  • CAN Capital reaches $6 billion milestone in working capital provided to small businesses.
  • Bloomberg Quick Take features FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, Betterment, and Financial Guard in a look at robo-advisers.
  • Misys adds Mourad Ayachi and Bob Kubala to its investment management division.
  • “CardFlight Releases New Data Showing Trends on EMV Chip Card Usage in the United States”
  • The NYT ranks top fintech companies, including multiple Finovate & FinDEVr alums.

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

  • “Santander and Kabbage Partner to Bring Same-Day Funding to U.K. SMEs”
  • “iSignthis Facilitates Instant Bitcoin Purchases on Coinify”

On FinDEVr.com

Around the web

  • Trunomi announces partnership with InAuth, combining fraud protection with mobile customer onboarding and lifecycle management.
  • MyMoneyMobile selects real-time, ID scanning technology from Jumio.
  • Investment News looks at how Betterment and Wealthfront have added data aggregation, and considers Vanguard’s partnership with Envestnet|Yodlee.
  • InvestorDaily considers the pending release of BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor in Australia.
  • Featurespace selected as a finalist for the 2016 RedHerring Top 100 Europe Award.
  • Barlow names Xero TaxTouch most innovative at 2016 Banking Technology 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

On Finovate.com

  • “Malauzai Launches New Version of Banking Software”

Around the web

  • Aurionpro integrates ValidSoft voice biometrics as an authentication layer.
  • Arroweye Solutions to provide digital on-demand prepaid cards for Marqeta.
  • Blackhawk Network acquires Extrameasures, a prepaid consumer promotions and incentives company.
  • PayPal’s Braintree Authorization launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers.
  • The Financial Brand looks at the breakdown of Simple’s customer numbers.
  • Avoka and eSignLive partner to enable 100% digital customer acquisition.
  • Wealthfront 3.0 features a new dashboard; software and API integrations with Coinbase, Venmo, and Lending Club.
  • Texas Dow Employees CU, Thrivent FCU, and Neighbors FCU go live with core processing platform from Fiserv.
  • FIS gains accreditation to provide access to faster payments.
  • Markit unveils new Common Reporting Standard (CRS) solution for tax residency identification and due diligence.

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

  • Fortune.com recognizes Shoeboxed among its five startup companies to watch in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Business Builders interviews Harper Reed, head of commerce at Braintree.
  • Kurtosys features Personal Capital, Wealthfront, LearnVest, and Betterment in a look at the future of roboadvisers.
  • Kasasa (formerly BancVue) launches Retail Portfolio Optimization solution with enhanced, data-driven account analysis.
  • New York Times column on apps that help you save highlights Qapital.

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

  • “Hedgeable Helps Investors Add Venture Capital Exposure with New Fund”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Ledger’s Blue Smartcard Mitigates Phishing & Malware Attacks”

Around the web

  • Ripple reports that banks can save more than 40% on payments by using distributed ledger technology.
  • PFM technology from Geezeo now available to customers of Access Softek, courtesy of new partnership.
  • Concur Technologies teams up with CTI, a travel management specialist.
  • Dashlane adds YubiKey support.
  • Nerdwallet profiles robo-advisors Betterment and Wealthfront.
  • ThetaRay launches its Detection Center, the “visual results module,” for its new UI.
  • Britain’s Bank Leumi to deploy e-banking technology from Infosys Finacle.
  • Cortera releases 10 new modeling-attribute families to help commercial lenders improve their risk and response analytics.
  • Kasasa enhances online marketing platform FIRSTBranch to improve the UX by creating a website that drives traffic online and in-branch.
  • The Australian Business Review features SocietyOne.
  • The New York Times publishes extensive feature on Kensho.

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:

  • Welcome to FinovateEurope 2016, Day Two.
  • FinovateEurope 2016 Best of Show Winners Announced.

Around the web:

  • Betterment and Wealthfront featured in Bloomberg column on the disruptive power of roboadvisors.
  • Reduced costs for Nutmeg yield lower fees for investors using the platform.
  • Markit acquires systems-integration technology from JP Morgan.
  • VISA launches Consumer Transaction Controls for card-issuing FIs.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at Expensify and its expansion into Europe.

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

  • PayPal Taps into Bitcoin by Adding Wences Casares to Board”
  • Taulia Raises $46 Million in Series E; Names New CFO”
  • Check out “Finovate Debuts: Authy’s Password Alternative”

Around the web

  • DriveWealth teams up with StockRadar to provide investors in China with access to U.S. stocks.
  • DNB Luxembourg goes live with Temenos core banking system.
  • Three credit unions in British Columbia—Bulkley Valley Credit Union, North Peace Savings and Credit Union, and Spruce Credit Union— choose DNA account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • Wealthfront launches new, free portfolio review service.
  • Insuritas to power insurance agency solution for Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union.

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

  • “Lending Club Raises Average Rate 0.25%”
  • “Wipro Inks Agreement to Acquire Viteos Group”

Around the web

  • VentureBeat takes a look at the latest update to Toshl’s PFM app.
  • Insurance NewsNet features Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Hedgeable, and Betterment in a survey of robo-advisers.
  • WooTrader enables direct trading from its platform courtesy of a new integration with Tradier and its brokerage API.
  • GeekWire interviews CEO BJ Lackland of Lighter Capital.
  • Fidelity Clearing & Custody to offer clients protection from EverSafe at a reduced rate.

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

  • “Gusto, Formerly ZenPayroll, Closes on $50 Million Funding”
  • “U.K.-Based Yoyo Rolls Out Mobile Wallet in U.S.”

Around the web

  • B2B commerce technology company Handshake teams up with Xero.
  • Braintree launches new extension of its v.zero SDK in partnership with Magento Commerce.
  • CRIF Credit Solutions unveils new, fully responsive website geared toward international audiences.
  • Business Insider names Kabbage, Twilio, and Prosper as 3 of 42 startups that grew to be worth billions in 2015.
  • Top Image Systems to deploy eFLOW Digital Mailroom at GED Bulgaria.
  • NerdWallet’s five financial tips from robo-adviser CEOs feature insights from leaders of Betterment, Wealthfront, TradeKing Advisors, FutureAdvisor, and Personal Capital.
  • Nine months after launching, One Touch from PayPal reaches 10 million users in 23 countries.

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

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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:

Algomi

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

Betterment

Braintree

Chain

Credit Karma

HelloWallet

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

Kensho

LearnVest

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

Motif

Personal Capital

Plaid

Prosper

Quantopian

Ripple

Simple

TransferWise

TrueAccord

Vouch

Wealthfront

Xignite


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

Personal Capital Lowers Investment Minimum From $100,000 to $25,000

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Robo-advisers have been on a roll. By year-end they are expected to amass $53 billion under management, up more than 3x from $16 billion last year. While these numbers are dwarfed by the $20 trillion wealth-management market, robo-adviser growth has garnered much attention.

In an effort to capture more of that growth, Personal Capital is lowering its minimum investment from $100,000 to $25,000. The San Francisco-based company expects the lower threshold will help tap into its 850,000 users who track their investments with its free online platform. About half of these users are eligible to meet the new $25,000 investment minimum.

Lowering the minimum will also help Personal Capital compete with Wealthfront which requires a minimum of $500, and Betterment which does not have a minimum investment requirement.

The New York Times recently reported stats from three robo-advisers:

Company Min. Investment Req’d Users AUM Average AUM/ User
Personal Capital $25,000 6,000 $1.6 billion $260,000
Wealthfront $500 37,400 $2.6 billion $70,000
Betterment $1 118,000 $3 billion $25,000

Personal Capital most recently presented to a crowd of developers at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco. The company launched One Click Investment Proposals at FinovateSpring 2014 in San Jose.

Betterment last demoed its multiple goals feature at FinovateFall 2011, and before changing its name in 2010, Wealthfront launched as KaChing at FinovateSpring 2009.