Finovate Alumni News– December 6, 2011

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  • P2P Lending News reports Prosper & Lending Club issued $37.4 mil in loans in November.
  • Trade Streaming interviews Rob Foregger, co-founder of Personal Capital, on the future of online investing.
  • mFoundry receives $18 mil in growth capital from MasterCard, Intel, FIS, and Motorola Mobility.
  • Bank Systems & Technology looks at how USAA uses Yodlee to aggregate accounts and power its PFM.
  • SavvyMoney (Formerly DebtGoal) launches new site, adds Jean Chatzky to team.
  • Steve Shivers, doxo CEO, speaks up about the potential cuts to the US Postal Service.
  • Credit Unions see positive results from Mortgagebot PowerSite technology.
  • Q2ebanking ranks on The Austin American-Statesman’s List of Top Workplaces.
  • Zecco unveils its new Trading Center.
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– November 9, 2011

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  • Read Write Web argues the mobile payments capital of the US is Des Moines, IA thanks to Dwolla.
  • Fox Business News reports GoalMine seeks to level the investing field.
  • PayPal updates its Android app with support for NFC payments.
  • eWise hires Alexandre Gonthier, former Boku CTO, as new CEO.
  • Lendio makes its business loan matching service free.
  • Finextra reports Intuit partners with AT&T to take on Square in the emerging mobile card processing market.
  • Xero updates its app: increases speed and improves UI.
  • Business Insider lists Dwolla and Simple as 2 of 20 most innovative startups in tech.
  • Billeo launches ShopSmart to bring consumers relevant discounts.
  • Zecco hosts $500 sweepstakes.
  • miiCard gives first 10,000 users free accounts for life.
  • Netbanker: Top 10 Reasons Why BankSimple Dropped the Bank.
  • Expensify creates four pricing plans.
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 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.
PublicWebTrafficSeptember2.jpgSource: Compete.com retrieved the week of October 26, 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 News– October 25, 2011

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgGeezeo signs three more referral engine clients.
  • ComputerWorld looks at how SilverTail Systems mitigates fraud.
  • Bank Innovation highlights CashStar’s partnering with banks for its gift-reward program.
  • Zecco is listed as 1 of 7 smart ways to invest $100.
  • Weemba reports a growing number of personal loan requests.
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– October 24, 2011

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSouth Florida Business Journal covers Weemba’s borrower-lender matching service.
  • Deutsche Well World profiles eToro and also highlights Currensee and Zecco.
  • Expensify launches a lite version of its iPhone app.
  • RobotDough announces its Portfolio Monitoring Tool & discusses its FinovateFall experience.
  • NBC 12 in Virginia reports InComm named Leading Prepaid Organization and Best Prepaid Product Distributor at 2011 Prepaid Awards.
  • FierceFinanceIT looks at how Zecco and TradeKing are using social media.
  • On Deck Capital reviews its experience at BAI.
  • Fox Business News looks at PayNearMe’s quest to assist consumers without credit cards.
  • HelloWallet launches feature that allows users to manually add transactions.
  • Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner blog profiles Bills.com.
  • Pageonce launches Mobile Bill Pay Service that allows consumers to “Tap to Pay.”
  • American Banker on how four Finovate alums unwrap the payments genome.
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 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 News– October 6, 2011

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNetbanker highlights BillGuard’s monthly credit/debit card scan report.
  • Offermatic unveils OfferMatch, a pay-for-performance marketing channel that brings customers.
  • NBC Chicago names Ben Milne, Dwolla CEO, as a person to watch during Ideas Week.
  • WealthTouch partners with TILE Financial to create portfolio-reporting offerings for high net worth young adults.
  • Wall Street and Technology lists Zecco as 1 of 6 brokerages leading the way in social media.
  • New York Times blog reports BankSimple to go live on the Web next month.
  • HelloWallet announces its fall webinar series.
  • Business Daily Africa compares Xero and Kashoo accounting services with QuickBooks.
  • Credit Karma’s new feature graphically compares credit card clientele.
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 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.

Alumni News — Week of July 18, 2011

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ChargeSmart 
AOL’s Daily Finance highlighted Chargesmart’s secondary gift card market that allows 

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consumers to pay for bills in exchange for gift cards. Link
CheckFree 
Family Wealth Report stated that CheckFree is leading the way in UMA processing. Link
Credit Karma 
  • CBS Money Watch discussed Credit Karma’s data on America’s debt. Link
  • Fox Business News listed Credit Karma’s credit score simulator tool as a 15-minute fix for your credit score. Link
doxo 
Practical Ecommerce listed doxo as one of 17 apps for productivity. Link
Dwolla  
  • Dwolla hit $1 million in payments per day and Ben Milne, CEO, shared a sneak peak of future plans. Link
  • Ace Community Credit Union provided customers with access to Dwolla through its site.
  • Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explained why starting a business in Iowa isn’t hard. Link
  • Dwolla introduced a new Autoload feature. Link
  • Dwolla was listed on The Next Web as one of eight awesome ways to pay with your phone. Link
eToro 
eToro Partners began testing a new foreign exchange affiliate tool called Custom Links. Link
Expensify 
  • The Info.rmatics blog testified to Expensify’s ease of use. Link
  • ipCommerce showcased Expensify’s innovation. Link
GoalMine 

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Mango Money added GoalMine to its list of services. Link
HelpMyCash 
HelpMyCash revamped its website to be more consumer-friendly. Link
IDTheft 911
Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Company selected Identity Theft 911 for its LifeStages service. Link
iPay Technologies 
TechCrunch reported that Bill Ready, former President of iPay Technologies, joined Accel Partners as an Executive in Residence. Link
Lending Club 
  • ATM Options discussed seven good reasons to invest through Lending Club. Link
  • Netbanker discussed Lending Club’s record high growth. Link
Lendio 
  • Lendio added TAB Bank to its network of lenders. Link
  • Reuters reported that Swift Capital and Lendio partnered to help small businesses. Link
mFoundry 

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  • American Banker considered Bank of America’s recent investment in mFoundry. Link
  • Credit Union Journal discussed Colombia Credit Union’s adoption of mFoundry’s mobile banking. Link
Mint.com
  • Mint.com introduced a manual transactions feature for its iPhone app. Link
  • TechCrunch reported Mint.com’s debut of a new feature that tracks bills and sends reminders. Link
Monitise 
  • Monitise signed over 6,000 users in Nigeria to a mobile payments trial. Link
  • TechMarketView discussed Monitise’s financial success. Link
peerTransfer 
Yahoo! Finance reported peerTransfer’s growth in international student payment processing. Link
Prosper 
  • Netbanker discussed Prosper’s record high growth. Link
  • Prosper raised its interest rates by 2.5 percent. Link
SmartyPig 
SmartyPig introduced its back-to-school cash giveaway contest. Link
ThreatMetrix 
ThreatMetrix announced its upcoming user conference October 9th through 10th. Link
TradeKing 
TradeKing launched a new video series to help consumers understand options trading. Link
Tyfone 

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Oregonlive.com described Tyfone as a major player in mobile payments. Link
Wikinvest 
Forex Promos shared an interview with Mike Sha, Wikinvest CEO. Link
Xero 
Reuters reported that Xero agreed to acquire Paycycle, a payroll company. Link

Zecco 
Wealth Building Tips and Strategies blog shared Zecco’s options trading video series. Link
ZimpleMoney 
ZimpleMoney adjusted its services in response to the Dodd-Frank reform. Link

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.