Finovate Alumni News: March 3, 2015

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYour Daily Distraction: FinovateEurope 2015 Demo Videos Now Available.
  • Linkable Networks Rakes in $11.7 Million.
  • Pymnts discusses how Xero will use its recent funding.
  • ThreatMetrix now protects more than 1 billion mobile and web transactions each month.
  • TechCrunch: Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets.
  • CrowdFlower launches Data for Everyone initiative, releasing data sets to the public.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and Small Business Workbench partner for integrated payments.
  • HelloWallet, now owned by Morningstar, to deliver financial wellness software to Seagate employees.
  • BBC News feature on robo-advisers highlights Wealthfront and Betterment.
  • Malauzai Software and Payveris bring next-day P2P payments to First United Bank.
  • ZTE partners with EyeVerify to add Eyeprint ID to its Grand S3 handset.
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– February 27, 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.jpgWired column looks at LoopPay and the evolution of digital wallets.
  • Silanis Technology partners with Box to help the cloud storage and file sharing specialist provide financial services.
  • Bank of the West to offer photo billpay courtesy of technology from Fiserv and Top Image Systems.
  • Finovate Debuts: Novabase Puts Watson-Powered Wizzio to Work Boosting Sales and Productivity.
  • Mainstreet reviews top roboadvisors including Wealthfront, Betterment, Personal Capital, FutureAdvisor, SigFig, Motif Investing, and LearnVest.
  • Prosper partners with Western Independent Bankers to offer consumer loans to unattractive borrowers.
  • Tech City News features video highlights from FinovateEurope 2015.
  • That Was Easy: Staples to Use Lendio to Power Small Business Lending.
  • Daily Fintech looks at programmable bank trends via APIs from Fidor, Open Bank Project, Yodlee, and Xignite.
  • AlleyWatch interviews MaxMyInterest CEO and founder Gary Zimmerman.
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—February 6, 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.jpgCardFlight releases its mobile POS app, SwipeSimple 2.0.
  • Sky News reports Temasek is investigating a possible purchase of Misys.
  • The Observer features Ripple Labs in its look at the “race to replace bitcoin.”
  • Column on digital money accounting highlights, Mint, Venmo, and Coinbase.
  • Investopedia compares Motif Investing to investing with traditional exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
  • Forbes highlights Betterment, Wealthfront, FutureAdvisor, blooom, Motif Investing, and Personal Capital in a column on roboadvisors.
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– February 3, 2015

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgProfitStars adds Banno Mobile solutions to the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Preferred Service Provider program.
  • Lending Club to serve as exclusive POS financing for Alibaba.com’s U.S. business buyers.
  • Visa CEO selects NBCUniversal’s Vasant M. Prabhu as CFO.
  • On Finovate.com: “Fidelity Investments Acquires eMoney Advisor for Reported $250 Million”
  • The Philippine National Bank deploys core banking solution and EFT switching solution from FIS.
  • ABC2 News in Baltimore talks with Robb Gaynor of Malauzai Software about mobile banking apps.
  • Thinking Bigger profiles Blooom and its new way to 401(k).
  • The Costa Rica Star features Azimo, a money-transfer service.
  • Financial Advisor’s look at assets managed by roboadvisors highlights Wealthfront, Financial Guard, Personal Capital, and Betterment.
  • Jumio enhances capturing technology for its ID card-scanning service, Netverify.
  • Discussion of the “positive powers” of fintech in The Guardian features ACI Worldwide, Azimo, TransferWise, Ripple, and Blockchain.
  • Check out our final Sneak Peek before we launch into a record-breaking FinovateEurope.
  • CSO Online features Nymi, Myris, and EyeVerify.
  • Kabbage funding More Than $3 Million per Day.
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– January 23, 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.jpgInternet Retailer looks at the relationship between product reviews and revenue courtesy of a new report from Baazarvoice.
  • Xero highlighted as “our best purchase of 2014” by Business Betties.
  • MakeMoneyYourWay profiles EZBOB and its new business loan promotion, the New Year’s Revolution.
  • Zee News’ Money Guru interviews Abhishek Dwivedi, vice president operations at BankBazaar.com.
  • Liverpool Echo features Toshl Finance in its list of must-have apps for busy moms.
  • Investopedia’s guide to choosing roboadvisors spotlights nine Finovate alums: Betterment, FutureAdvisor, JemstepLearnVest, Motif Investing, Personal Capital, SigFig, TradeKing, and Wealthfront.
  • Benzinga Fintech Awards publishes its video interview with Gary Zimmerman, CEO of MaxMyInterest.
  • American Banker covers OnDeck’s small business loan marketplace for institutional investors.
  • Pymnts interviews René Lacerte, CEO and Founder of Bill.com about how to simplify B2B payments.
  • Mifos welcomes new partners: SkooliLabs and iSystems
  • Google Cloud Platform releases beta of Google Container Registry for secure hosting, sharing, and management of private container repositories.
  • BlueVine Grabs $18.5 Million to Increase Small-Business Lending.
  • Encap Security CEO Thomas Bostrom Jorgensen asks if biometrics provide a “false sense of security” in a column for Bob’s Guide.
  • Akimbo Financial acquired by Payment Data Systems.
  • Kreditech Secures $200 Million Line of Credit.
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– January 9, 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.jpgKiplinger’s list of five great free financial apps features BillGuard, Mint Bills, Level Money, SavedPlus, and Wallaby Financial.
  • Center for Financial Inclusion highlights Dwolla, Klarna, Kreditech, Receivables Exchange, and Wealthfront in its review of Australia Wealth Investor’s top 50 fintech innovators for 2014.
  • First Electric Cooperative deploying TextPower SmartAlerts.
  • WePay makes Bobs Guide’s “Fintech Startups to Watch in 2015” list.
  • Misys awarded SWIFT Certified Application labels for trade and supply chain management.
  • CrowdCurity launches newly designed website.
  • Time magazine lists Nymi as 1 of 5 most important things happening at CES 2015.
  • Forbes: Xero Wants All Small Businesses To Do Accounting In The Cloud.
  • Tradier releases Morningstar-sourced fundamentals APIs to beta.
  • Cachet Financial launches Co-Branded Option for Select Mobile Money Solution.
  • PYMNTS interviews CAN Capital CMO James Mendelsohn about access to alternative funding.
  • Taulia launches “Take Control” campaign to help companies better understand early payment solution.
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– January 7, 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.jpgGreen Dot boosts CTO Kuan Archer to Chief Operating Officer.
  • Algomi announces Jesper Bruun-Olsen as new head of Asia-Pacific operations.
  • LendingTree parent company, Tree, to change corporate name back to LendingTree.
  • New York Daily News coverage of financial advisor, Nicole Lapin, references Toshl Finance.
  • European CEO publishes an extended feature on ayondo.
  • American Banker considers how Larky offers geolocation-based offer services to community banks.
  • KissMyAds partners with Payoneer to receive funds through Payoneer MasterCard.
  • ABC News features Betterment and Wealthfront to help investments.
  • AboutThatRatio names Dwolla, Wealthfront and Kabbage as 3 fintech companies to watch.
  • How Backbase Engage Upgrades Banks’ Digital Channels.
  • Coinbase redesigns iOS and Android wallet apps.
  • SigFig Starts 2015 with New Mobile Features, Refreshed Look.
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– December 22, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgDeutsche Bank launches FinanzPlaner powered by Strands PFM. Check out Strands’ newest tech at FinovateEurope.
  • Arroweye Solutions increases its payment card security.
  • SF Gate considers how Personal Capital brings a human touch to robo-advising.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems partners with 3Delta Systems to provide Bluefin’s Decryptx Point-to-Point Encryption Solution to 3Delta clients.
  • Financial Post takes a look at how innovations like SelfPay from Digital Retail Apps are helping small businesses.
  • Feedzai wins Silver Stevie Award in Most Innovative Company of the Year category in the 12th Annual American Business Awards.
  • FTSE Global Markets looks at how Kensho, Motif Investing, FutureAdvisor, and Wealthfront are leveraging big data and big computing.
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– December 19, 2014

  • 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.jpgMoney Facts looks at how TransferWise helps consumers save on money transfer fees.
  • Huffington Post features Matthew Goldman of Wallaby Financial in a conversation on credit card strategies for travelers.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews LoopPay Chief Technologist George Wallner.
  • A comparison between Stockholm and Silicon Valley in The Independent highlights Klarna.
  • Virtual Agent Chat checks in on post-acquisition IntelliResponse.
  • Cardflight’s SwipeSimple joins MasterCard mPOS providers.
  • News.com.au reports: How Xero went from a scribbled figure on a serviette to a $2 billion company.
  • Crealogix and Meniga create Digital Bank and PFM Solution for BNP’s Consors Bank.
  • peerTransfer named 2014 Winner of BostInno’s 50 on Fire Award.
  • Forbes lists Holvi as 1 of 5 Finnish startups to watch.
  • Programmable Web considers how Open Bank Project’s API brings more openness to banking internationally.
  • Ayondo launches ad campaign on 2 major German TV networks.
  • Business Insider features Betterment, Financial Guard, FutureAdvisor, Jemstep, Personal Capital, SigFig, TradeKing, and Wealthfront in a look at the growth of robo-advisors.
  • BrightScope releases its Top 30 401(k) Plans List.
  • Management Today profiles David Harrison, managing partner at True Potential.
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 Alums Fill Ranks of KPMG’s Fintech Innovators for 2014

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Draw up a list of the top fintech innovators of 2014. Got it? Now tell me how many of your top 50 companies are not just impressive companies in their respective fields, but Finovate alums, as well.

If you are global accounting and consulting group, KPMG, then the answer is “more than half.”

Of the 50 companies recognized by KPMG in its 2014 review of top fintech innovators, 27 have demoed their technologies at Finovate conferences. And of that 27, 13 have won Best of Show at least once.
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The inaugural “50 Best Fintech Innovators” report is a joint venture between AWI Ventures KPMG Australia and the Financial Services Council (FSC). 
The companies chosen were selected based on four factors: total capital raised, rate of capital raising, degree of sub industry disruption, and “degree of product, service, customer experience and business model innovation.” 
Writing in an introduction to the report, AWI Limited CEO Ben Heap explained why fundraising played such a prominent part of the selection process.
“These assessment criteria reflect the fact that venture capital invested is a relevant measure of innovation which in turn fuels enduring competitive advantage,” he wrote. 
“Venture capitalists seek this enduring competitive advantage over and above everything else.”
Here’s a breakdown of Finovate alums in the list, in order of appearance, along with links to their most recent demo video. Boldface indicates Best of Show winner.
“Ones to Watch” 
See the full list of companies here.