Finovate Alumni News– June 19, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThis is Money Blog compares Zopa with RateSetter and Funding Circle.
  • Geosho brings location-based visualization to Tradeshift.
  • TechCrunch lists reasons why its okay to trust FutureAdvisor to manage your money.
  • Credit Union Journal reports Star One CU Launches Tyfone’s Mobile Banking.
  • American Banker reports Andera’s oFlows supports paperless account opening.
  • Kony and Wipro form partnership to speed up mobile app development.
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.

Kony and Wipro Form Partnership to Speed up Mobile App Development

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Last week mobile application management company, Kony Solutions, partnered with Wipro Technologies, a global technologies and outsourcing company. The partnership will enable Wipro to help developers in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and the Middle East build applications faster.

The joint solution will focus on mobile solutions for: 

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    • Automotive
    • Retail
    • Utilities
    • Transportation

The two expect application development and rollout will accelerate by 40 to 70%.

To learn more about Kony Solutions or Wipro, watch Kony’s FinovateFall 2011 demo and Wipro’s FinovateEurope 2012 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– June 5, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgInfoWorld looks at Keynote DeviceAnywhere’s role in mobile app testing.
  • Busniess News Daily describes SoMoLend as a matchmaker for business.
  • TimesUnion reports Keynote DeviceAnywhere and Worksoft Partners form partnership.
  • Wipro wins 10 year contract from Manipal Health Enterprises to implement Hospital Information System.
  • DemystData and Chexar Networks announce the launch of improved scoring models for underbanked consumers.
  • MoneyDesktop now integrated into the Symitar Episys processing platform at Member Driven Technologies.
  • Kashoo launches MVP program to give accountants & bookkeepers what they need to bring their clients to the cloud.
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.

Wipro Brings Customer Acquisition to the Tablet

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Today, Wipro showed off its banking sales and service app for tablets:

“One of the primary tools the Direct Sales Agents need is a tablet variant of unified desktop. The banking sales and service tablet application which Wipro is developing is essentially a step in this direction. As a first step, Wipro has developed a customer acquisition framework on a tablet-based device. This solution leverages mobile, analytics, and intelligent processes for on-the-go personalized offers and application capture. The solution is also relevant in next generation bank branches wherein a differentiated environment is created for HNI customers. In fact, boutique bank branches have been received well with the digital generations.”

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Company Founded: 1945
Website: wipro.com/industries/banking

Presenting Shankar Sundarrajan (Head, Enterprise Banking)
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FinovateEurope 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 1

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Right now, over three dozen leading fintech companies, both hot young startups and established players, are gearing up to demo their latest innovations at the second annual FinovateEurope next February 7th in London.

To whet your appetite, we asked each handpicked company to provide a sneak peek of what it will be demoing on stage. Below is the first installment. We’ll have another installment next week.

Don’t miss your chance to see fast-paced demos of the newest ideas from each company and meet the execs responsible for the cutting-edge of innovation in financial and banking technology. Plus get your FinovateEurope ticket before December 23rd and you’ll lock in the early-bird price!

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AcceptEmail will launch a revolutionary way of billing and collecting. The inventor of billing and payment via email will introduce AcceptSMS, the world’s first Short Invoice Service. 
With this technology, AcceptEmail users will be able to send payment requests to a smartphone or PDA via SMS, WhatsApp Messenger or social media in an easy and clever way. Improve your customers’ payment behavior by offering multi-channel and customer friendly payment methods.
Innovation type: Communications, mobile and tablet UI, payments

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Find out more about a solution that Raymond James has already adopted to give its investment advisors authenticity on social networks. It also generated a $1 million prospect for another wealth management firm after just 96 tweets.  
Actiance will also demonstrate how you can measure and analyse your network growth to accurately plot your social graph.
Innovation type: Communications, marketing, security

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Brokertainment combines the fun and thrill of stock market trading with a reduced risk due to extremely low minimum investments (1 euro) and ultra-short term durations of derivatives (around 5 minutes). 
Brokertainment will present a new product called STOCKBATTLE.
Innovation type: Investing and asset management

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Business Centric Services Group (BCSG) will present an exciting new credit management tool to the SME market, which will break down the traditional barriers of cost, complexity and awareness. 
BCSG has identified a customer need for this product through research, which highlighted that over half of small businesses never run credit checks on new customers, and just under half do not monitor their existing customers and suppliers.
Its innovative tool allows complex information to be delivered in a simple and usable format, ensuring the best possible end-user experience. 
Innovation type: Banking products, online UI, small business

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Almost all banking today is being done in digital space. Why not communicate with computers in a natural way, as we do in the real world? 
Imagine a financial application that recognizes your face, congratulates you, analyzes your voice to identify you, and navigates you in online banking. You choose what is most convenient for you at that time: using your voice, gestures, keyboard, or a mix of all the approaches. You are smiling. 
Motion and speech belong to the game world or laboratory geeks– not to online banking solutions that refer to a serious, unshakable, respectable realm. ETRONIKA wants to challenge this point of view by introducing a new UX approach to financial online services.
Innovation type: Banking, identity, online UI

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InvestorBee puts data at consumers’ fingertips so they can make smart, confident investments.
    • It’s fact, not opinion. Users can tap into the database to learn from the experiences of over a million UK investors.
    • It’s an investment health check. Users can compare themselves to their peers to set realistic saving targets and investment goals.
    • It’s simple investing without guesswork. In a few easy steps, users can choose an objective risk-based strategy that’s right for them.
InvestorBee users extract wisdom from the crowd to make better, simpler investment decisions.
Innovation type: Investing and asset management, PFM

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Fiserv will demonstrate its next generation mobile P2P, small business an
d eCommerce merchant payments. As an international provider of digital banking and payment solutions, Fiserv delivers market-proven capabilities with innovations in both the mobile and online channels.
Innovation type: Mobile and tablet UI, online UI, payments

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IND Group gamified its white-label Internet Banking and Personal Finance Manager. It added these methods to its new Banking-Front Office. The solution is based on the fact that customers love to do almost anything if they are rewarded for it. 
With the two-level point system, banks can give points for things like function use, transactions, and product or service purchases. Customers can collect points and badges for dedicated actions. The system is closely connected with Facebook, where users can post their results and badges. With its strong visualization features and real rewards, the gamified IND Internet Banking and Personal Finance Manager creates a compelling, engaging user experience.
Innovation type: Online UI, PFM, rewards

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Luup will launch a mobile payment service for corporations and governments that is set to bring them cost-savings, efficiency and productivity gains. The service solves one of the biggest daily challenges that organisations face worldwide. 
Through an interactive live demo from various mobile devices, Luup will showcase how the new service is a fast, convenient and secure way to optimise processes. Attendees will experience how Luup solutions are unique in being universally deployable, bank-grade, live and proven– as well as scalable and easily managed.
Innovation type: Mobile and tablet UI, payments

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miiCard, My Internet Identity, is the first service that allows a consumer to prove their identity to the AML/KYC standard purely online.
Through miiCard, a vendor can identify an individual to a level of assurance that supports real-time online sales of regulated financial products, and replaces the need for a ‘wet signature’ reducing operational costs and increasing conversions. 
miiCard creates trust, protects consumers and fights against fraud. It helps realize the full potential of the digital economy by enabling higher value online business.
Innovation type: Identity, payments, sales and customer service

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Sandstone will be showcasing its next generation mobile banking app that contains sophisticated money management/ OFM tools, the latest anti-fraud and security measures, and user experience capabilities that enable financial institutions to better engage with their customers.
Using the latest HTML5 technology, the app can be developed once and then delivered seamlessly across all smart phone app stores to run on any smart phone mobile device. The registration process for the app locks the user to the device while the page-fingerprinting technology ensures that fraudulent users will not be able to connect to the secure server.
Innovation type: Banking, PFM, security

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Service2Media and Rabobank will introduce mobile payments via a banking app for all webshops. Customers of Rabobank that have installed the Rabobank Mobile Banking app can now pay for their mobile purchases as easily as their online purchases by using a mobile version of the online payment method IDEAL
The new mobile IDEAL payment is facilitated by starting the Rabobank Banking app on an iPhone once a payment request is issued on the merchant’s mobile site. The user then authorizes the transaction in the app with his account number and access code before being redirected to the merchant’s mobile site. Mobile banking is now possible without an e-reader as long as the balancing account is known.
Innovation type: Banking, mobile and tablet UI, payments

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Securing M-Banking
The advancement of technology is making our lives easier. Mobile banking, or m-banking, is here and with 800,000,000 smartphones already in circulation globally, it is going to grow. But how do we make m-banking safe and practical to use? You can’t hold your smartphone in one hand and your bank secure key in the other when walking down the street – that’s not “making our lives easier”.
A much simpler solution is using out-of-band, real-time, multi-factor authentication and transaction verification. ValidSoft will demonstrate how its products can do just that.
Innovation type: Identity, payments, security

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One of the primary tools direct sales agents need is a tablet variant of the unified desktop. Wipro has developed a customer acquisition framework on a tablet-based device, which is a step in this direction. 
CAMS on Tablet leverages mobile, analytics and intelligent processes for on-the-go pe
rsonalized offers and application capture. The solution is also relevant in next generation bank branches where a differentiated environment is created for HNI customers.
Innovation type: Mobile and tablet UI, PFM, sales

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.

Finovate Alumni Website Traffic in August

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete
Out of 268 alumni, 75 had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in August 2011 and are included in the tables below. Of those, 41 (55%) had more visitors in August than July. Year-over-year, 45 (60%) had traffic increases.
Private Companies
  • Seeking Alpha — the most-trafficked in August with 2.5 million unique visitors — also had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits with 300,000 more visits in August than in July.
  • Budgettracker.com saw the highest monthly growth percentage with more than 6.5 times the number of unique visitors in August compared to July.
  • Betterment had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, up 88x.
  • Cortera had the highest number of unique year-over-year visitors, growing by 1.5 million. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved week of October 3, 2011
1) The previous month recorded was July 2011
2) Truaxis was formerly BillShrink
4) Kasasa is powered by BancVue
5) Checkingfinder.com is powered by BancVue

Public Companies

  • Fiserv had the highest month-over-month percent growth, with 50% more visitors.
  • CheckFree had the highest percentage growth year-over-year, with over 5 times the number of visitors.
  • S1 also had a high percentage growth year-over-year, doubling its visitors.
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 3, 2011
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.

Finovate Alumni Website Traffic in July

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of Finovate alums using data from Web-analytics company Compete
Out of 255 alumni, 59 (23%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in July 2011 (see tables below). Of those, 19 (32%) had more visitors than in the previous month and 25 (42%) were flat. Year-over-year, 26 (44%) had an increase, 10 (17%) were flat, and 23 (39%) were down. 

Private Companies
Notable successes:
  • Seeking Alpha had the most traffic in July with more than 2 million unique visitors.
  • eToro saw the highest monthly growth percentage with 3 times the number of unique visitors in July compared to June.
  • Bundle had the highest increase in number of unique month-over-month visits, with 450,000 more visitors in July than in June.
  • eRollover had the highest percent year-over-year traffic increase, with 260,000 more visitors from last July. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011
2. Sears Credit Score is powered by CreditKarma.com
3. Kasasa is powered by BancVue
Public Companies
Notable successes:
  • PayPal had the highest number of U.S. visitors in July, with more than 30 million visitors.
  • Jack Henry & Associates saw the highest monthly growth with twice as many visitors in July than June.
  • Wipro Technologies had the highest year-over-year growth, with 3 times as many visitors this year compared to last year.
  • FIS Global and Online Resources also doubled their traffic compared to last year. 
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Source: Compete.com retrieved the week of August 15, 2011
1. The previous month recorded was May 2011.
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Notes:
1. We reviewed 255 Finovate alumni. Only those with at least 10,000 unique visitors in July are listed. 
3. NM = Not measurable
4. 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.

PayPal and Cortera Take Charge in May’s Web Traffic

Each month we survey the Web-traffic performance of our alums, using data from Web-analytics company Compete to review the sites they operate. 

Out of 255 alumni, 62 (24%) had more than 10,000 unique U.S. visitors in May 2011 (see tables below). Of the 62 reviewed, 25 (40%) had fewer visitors than in the previous month and 28 (45%) saw a decline year-over-year.

Private Companies
The 44 private companies are as follows:

Notable successes:

  • Cortera saw the highest number of unique U.S. visitors in May, with almost 2 million hits.
  • HelloWallet experienced the greatest month-over-month growth, with more than four times as many visitors.
  • Betterment saw its traffic increase an impressive 38 times from May of last year.

Private Finovate Alumni With More Than 10,000 Unique Visitors in May 2011

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Source: Compete.com retrieved June 29, 2011

Public Companies
The 18 public companies are as follows:

Notable successes:

  • PayPal experienced the highest number of U.S. visitors in May, with over 32 million visitors.
  • TransUnion Interactive saw the highest month-over-month growth with more than two times the number of visitors in May than in April.
  • Sybase 365 experienced the highest year-over-year growth, with its traffic up almost 80% from last year.

Public Finovate Alumni With More Than 10,000 Unique Visitors in May 2011 

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Source: Compete.com retrieved June 29, 2011

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Notes:

1. We reviewed 255 unique sites. Data was unavailable or irrelevant for 201 sites because: 

  • They had been acquired.
  • They were no longer available online.
  • They were not covered by Compete for various reasons (including some that were not U.S. domestic companies).
  • The number of unique visits was too small to be considered accurate.
  • They were subdomains of larger websites.

2. Numbers have been rounded to three significant digits.

3. The charts include companies that did not have measurable traffic in May 2011, indicated by “N/A.”

4. Compete draws its information from the online 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.