Finovate Alumni News

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  • KPMG Acquires Minority Stake in Alternative Credit Scoring Specialist, AdviceRobo.
  • Thinking Capital, National Bank Expand Funding Options for Canada’s SMEs.

Around the web

  • Australia’s business bank Tyro to offer flexible same-day settlement and payroll integration courtesy of a partnership with Xero.
  • Spreedly unveils latest version of its Account Updater solution.
  • Dwolla discontinues its last branded solution Transfer; pivots to focus on Dwolla Platform, the company’s white-label API.
  • Klarna to acquire Close Brothers Retail Finance (CBRF).
  • Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank partners with Ripple for instant settlement of cross-border money transfers.
  • WorkFusion launches Partner Portal to support rise in AI-driven automation engagements.
  • Solna launches its intelligent invoicing tool powered by credit score data.
  • Personal Capital Promotes Craig Birk to Chief Investment Officer.
  • Moody’s Analytics partners with Cortera on a small business solution.
  • Arxan launches advanced protection for client-side eeb apps.
  • Checkbook celebrates topping two million user milestone.

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

  • Fiserv Helps Bring Voice Banking to the Aloha State.

Around the web

  • PromonTech to unveil its new income engine, Income AI, next week.
  • PayPal introduces cashflow boosting solution for small businesses, Funds Now.
  • The Paypers interviews Ronnie Millar, PaySend’s Europe CEO.
  • Hedge fund manager John Hempton tells The Australian Financial Review that Xero could become a $100 billion business.
  • Insuritas teams up with 42,000+ member Enrichment Federal Credit Union.
  • Global Finance sits down for a conversation with Tinkoff Bank VP Maxim Evdokimov.

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.

Xero Learn Sets Stage for Next Generation of Number Crunchers

Accountants of tomorrow have a new hero in Xero. The cloud-based small business technology provider announced the launch of its Xero Learn solution this week, providing a new tool to improve financial literacy in the workplace and the classroom. Five institutions, including Swinburne University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, Auckland University of Technology, Macquarie University, and AccountingPod, have already signed on to use the technology with their students.

“Xero Learn will revolutionize and future-proof the way educators teach their financial lessons,” Chief Partner Officer for Xero, Anna Curzon, said. Curzon underscored the number of schools and universities that have already embraced the technology, referring to the partnership as a “joint mission to empower the next generation of accountants, bookkeepers, and business owners with in-demand skills, knowledge, and job opportunities.”

Xero Learn helped the company earn Best Services Innovation honors at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Innovation Awards this summer. The platform enables educators to establish business scenarios and gives students the ability to solve problems and work through tasks using Xero’s professional cloud accounting technology. Xero Learn can be integrated readily into business or accounting course curricula, and was “fine-tuned” in cooperation with more than 30 educational institutions during an early access program last year.

The company’s success with Xero Learn is only the most recent headline from the New Zealand-based fintech. In addition to opening new Americas headquarters in Denver, Colorado last month, Xero announced an integration with B2B payments platform and fellow Finovate alum, Paystand. The company acquired paperless accounting firm, Hubdoc  in August, as well, and forged a strategic alliance with fellow Finovate alum Gusto in July. Earlier this year, Xero integrated with BBVA’s API Market for small businesses, launched Connected Accounting to give businesses better visibility into their finances, and partnered with IT management solutions provider, Kaseya.

Xero is a publicly traded company, headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, and trades on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker, XRO. Founded in 2006, the company has a market capitalization of $4.6 billion ($7 billion NZD) and 2018 revenues of more than $262 million ($400 million NZD).

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Xero Learn Sets Stage for Next Generation of Number Crunchers.
  • SynapseFI Raises $17 Million in New Funding.

Around the web

  • iSignthis acquires core banking platform software business.
  • HooYu teams up with U.K. casino operator, Bear Group.
  • United Bank of Egypt leverages technology from Finastra to upgrade its core banking infrastructure.
  • Ripple and TransferGo partner on real-time, blockchain-enabled remittances.
  • Striata inks partnership with UK-based customer communications specialist Communisis.
  • Experian to launch comparison service feature that gives consumers the real rate charged when applying for a credit card.
  • Tibco has started a research lab to develop new products and services in emerging areas such as blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT).
  • BeSmartee integrates with Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter to Accelerate Mortgage Process.
  • Kasasa names Amy Gililland Chief Financial Officer.

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

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  • PaySimple Adds New Integrations for Targeted Email Marketing.
  • Deutsche Bank Takes Equity Stake in Modo Payments.

Around the web

  • US Alliance Group looks to Fiserv Debit Gateway and Accel Network partnership to support growth.
  • Xero opens new Americas HQ in downtown Denver.
  • Sberbank becomes Founding Partner of World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity.

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

  • Sentifi Secures Top Honors at Swisscom Startup Challenge 2018.
  • Shoeboxed Acquired by Earth Class Mail.

Around the web

  • Revolut introduces metal card with crypto cash back.
  • Wisconsin-based Unity Bank will leverage technology from Finastra to streamline commercial and consumer lending processes.
  • Fiserv announces addition of step-up authentication and identity verification to fight call center fraud.
  • Insuritas announces partnership with Androscoggin Bank to launch digitally-powered insurance agency.
  • Baker Hill expands client base, moves to new office.
  • Crypterium to let Australian citizens pay bills and make bank transfers with crypto. Come check out Crypterium at FinovateFall next month.
  • InComm Celebrates 10 Years in the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • National Association of Credit Union Services Organizations accepts Kony as a Gold Partner.
  • Payroll in Xero launches encryption for UK payslip PDFs.

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

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  • Moneyhub Expands Platform with Payment Initiation Services.
  • Holvi Helps Uber Drivers Manage Finances with New Partnership.
  • Identitii to Raise $11 Million in ASX’s Latest Blockchain IPO.

Around the web

  • NICE partners with Cloud9 Technologies to combine compliance recording and cloud-based voice trading.
  • AlphaPoint earns Best Distributed Ledger Technology Provider by the 2018 Waters Rankings.
  • Prosper reports more than $13 billion loans originated since inception.
  • Xero unveils the finalists of its 2018 Xero Awards.
  • New partnership with Envestnet will make Allianz Life annuity products available on Envestment’s insurance exchange.
  • Bitcoin News features Crypterium. Come see their live demo at FinovateFall next month.
  • QuickBridge partners with Lendio for its Turndown lending program.
  • Temenos and AUC Venture Lab team up to accelerate fintech innovation in Egypt.

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.

PayStand Announces Integration with Xero

Business financial management just got a lot easier for small businesses. B2B payments platform Paystand is teaming up with Xero to enable the cloud accounting firm’s customers to accept bank and card payments directly in sales orders and invoices. This will give Xero users a seamless, automated way to capture payments and reconcile them directly into their accounting systems. Paystand’s Xero plug-in, now available at the Xero Marketplace, will accelerate time to cash and help save SMEs money.

“Our goal is to transform commercial finance by automating the enterprise cash life cycle,” Paystand CEO Jeremy Almond said. He called the partnership “another step closer toward a frictionless payments infrastructure.” Paystand’s Xero plug-in provides support for ACH and Smart ACH/eCheck bank payments, as well as both debit and credit card payments – the only one of Xero’s plug-ins to do so.

The integration enables customers to make digital payments within the invoice which, once cleared, are reconciled in real-time. Payment information is tokenized and encrypted. And because the data is “saved without being visible”, the solution provides both security and seamless future transactions for the customer.

Blockchain-based B2B payments innovator PayStand participated in our developers conference FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2014. CEO Almond led a presentation titled Comparing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Payment Types, which looked at the relative advantages and disadvantages of card networks, eChecks/ACH, and digital currencies as payment options.

Last month, Paystand reported that it would participate in the fintech accelerator, Commerce.Innovated. In June, the company announced that it was expanding to Canada. Named one of The Silicon Review’s 50 Smartest Companies for 2017 at the beginning of the year, Paystand has raised more than $8 million in funding. The company includes BlueRun Ventures and LEAP Global Partners among its investors. Paystand was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California.

Cloud accounting platform provider Xero also participated in our Silicon Valley developers conference in 2014. The company’s Head of U.S. Partnerships, David Pollack, presented Building an API-Driven Ecosystem for Small Business, and led a workshop and discussion on how Xero has grown its marketplace to more than 300 integrated applications. The company previously demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2011.

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Xero made headlines earlier this month with its acquisition of paperless accounting firm, Hubdoc, and the news that it would partner with U.K.-based GoCardless. In July, Xero announced a strategic alliance with fellow Finovate alum Gusto, an innovator in payroll, benefits, and HR management technology. A publicly traded company on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker “XRO”, Xero has a market capitalization of $3.7 billion (AUD$5 billion). Rod Drury is CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Feedzai Brings Automated Machine Learning to the Fraud Fight.
  • DriveWealth and Bambu Join Forces on Roboadvisory Tool.

Around the web

  • Your Legacy Federal Credit Union to deploy core account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • CYBG (Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank) partners with The ID Co. to integrate DirectID into CYBG’s B mobile banking app.
  • Coinbase unveils crypto plugin to make it easier for e-commerce merchants to accept cryptocurrency payments.
  • Bloomberg: Quantopian makes $50 million allocation to one of its quants.
  • OurCrowd named Most Active Venture Investor in Israel by PitchBook.
  • Jack Henry & Associates and Mastercard deliver Priceless Surprises campaign to 1.8 million cardholders.

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

  • Wonga Raises $13 Million in New Funding.
  • TransUnion Teams Up with EXL for CECL Compliance.
  • RightCapital Adds Student Loan Functionality to its Platform.

Around the web

  • PasswordPing wins Startup of the Year at 13th Annual 2018 IT World Awards. See PasswordPing at FinovateFall in New York next month.
  • Zopa to finance loans for CommuterClub season tickets, courtesy of a new partnership.
  • Xero announces integration with GoCardless.
  • PYMNTS.com profiles payroll, benefits, and HR platform, Gusto.
  • MicroStrategy appoints Marge Breya as Chief Marketing Officer.

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.