Alumni News — Week of May 23, 2011

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Aptys Solutions
Aptys Solutions signed with Banker’s Bank, a top check depositor with the Federal Reserve Link

Backbase to host webinar on how to use social media in financial services Link


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  • Betterment announced a growth of over $10M under management and over 4000 customers in first year Link
  • Betterment celebrated its first birthday Link is working to improve its mobile offering for small and midsized businesses Link

Mobile Entertainment explained how Boku will revolutionize pay-by-mobile for digital goods Link

Capital Access Network
CNBC explained how Capital Access Network solves the need to use financial creativity Link

Credit Karma
WiseBread Blog interviewed Credit Karma CEO Link



  • doxo’s first fan video was posted online Link
  • Oregon employees were the first to give its members doxo’s online file cabinet Link
  • TechFlash highlighted the benefits of using doxo to achieve paperless business Link
  • 2Minute Finance interviewed doxo at FinovateSpring Link


  • Dwolla was listed by inc Tech as one of three startups you must know from Big Omaha Link
  • Credit Union Times listed Dwolla as a new P2P service rivaling ‘bank giants’ Link

edo Interactive
MyBankTracker interviewed edo Interactive COO about its Prewards service Link

Slate explained how Expensify will help the ‘frequent flier’ Link


Technorati described how Kabbage works with eBay Link

Lending Club

  •’s blog covered what you need to know about Lending Club Link
  • San Francisco Business Times commented on Lending Club’s strong backing from both investors and lenders Link
  • San Francisco Times reported that Lending Club stated it is not planning to go public for several years Link

Entrepreneur featured LendingKarma as a good tool to use when borrowing money from family or friends Link

San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lendio offers funding opportunities for new grads Link

Lodo Software
Lodo Software was described as a startup providing jobs in the “Silicon Prairie” region, a.k.a. Omaha Link


Monitise released a report predicting that the majority of consumers will use mobile money services within the next three years Link

Mortgagebot reached 1000 clients, one of its goals from the beginning Link

2MinuteFinanced interviewed PayDivvy about its services Link


BillShrink examined PayNearMe’s cash payment service Link

Mass High Tech interviewed Iker Marcaide from peerTransfer about becoming an entrepreneur Link

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ProfitStars announced a new version of Margin Maximizer that’s now available as a hosted solution Link

Robot Dough
2MiniuteFinance toured RobotDough’s demo during interview at Finovate Spring Link


  • Wall Street Journal stated that SecondMarket helped fuel the tech boom Link
  • CNBC interviewed SecondMarket for an explanation of the change in trading numbers Link and LinkThumbnail image for smartypig.jpg

Smarty Pig
Smarty Pig launched new sharing features, including activity sharing and goal sharing Link

Striata will host a June 2 webinar for implementing successful ebilling strategies Link

San Francisco Chronicle covered ThreatMetrix’s research around mobile transaction activity Link

TILE Financial
TILE Financial released a Financial Identity Profile to strengthen the connection between advisors and under-30 consumers Link


TradeKing divulged the lineup of its free webinars in June Link

Tyfone won 2010 Asia Pacific Smart Card Association Award for its NFC innovation and implementation Link

Dow Jones Advisor highlighted Wikinvest as a way to analyze portfolios Link


  • Wonga won 2011 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award for exceptional accomplishments Link
  • Wonga won the Media Momentum Awards, a coveted award for digital media companies in Europe Link
  • Wonga’s Errol Damelin discussed consumer-centric credit Link


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  • Diversity Limited commented on Xero’s move to the US markets Link
  • Xero and Keebo teamed up to help you manage and process receipts Link
  • New Zealand Herald commented on Xero’s surging revenue Link


  • The Wall Street Journal reviewed Zecco’s new Facebook app Link
  • Zecco launched an app for stock trades & viewing realtime market data on Facebook Link

Zopa shows how it helps consumers protect against inflation Link

Alumni Updates — Week of February 14th, 2011

First Data selects Acculynk’s online PIN debit service. Acculynk’s PaySecure is available to over 3,000 US e-commerce merchants.
GoalMine introduces accounts for children. Now you can open an account under UTMA for your child or the child of a loved one.
Pageonce hits four million users, up from just one million a year ago.
SecureKey receives undisclosed investment from Intel Capital. SecureKey develops hardware to encrypt debit and credit card transactions.
TSYS and CASSIS enter into mobile NFC partnership to enable merchant payments, loyalty programs, coupons and rewards.
Yodlee announces its global reach has surpassed 26 million individuals.
Zecco launches Zecco Mobile Lite an iPhone app to manage your Zecco brokerage account.

FinovateStartup Best of Show Winners Announced

finovatestartup_logo An important part of Finovate Conferences, at least for the winners, is the voting process for best demo. All non-presenting attendees receive a ballot which allows them to rate each demo on a scale of one to seven. At the end of the final demo sessions, the ballots are tallied and the presenters ranked 1 through 40 based on the average score. A majority of attendees complete a ballot so it's a good indicator of the group consensus.

There were dozens of awesome demos to choose from, but the peoples' choice yesterday are shown below (in alphabetic order). Congratulations!

 First ROI (BancVue)             Jwaala

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Zecco                                                                        Zopa

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Videos of all the demos will be available soon at the FinovateStartup website.

SimpleTuition, SocialPicks, Tyfone, and Zecco Added to FINOVATE Startup Lineup

imageThe demo lineup at our upcoming FINOVATE Startup conference just keeps getting better. With the additions of SocialPicks, SimpleTuition, Zecco, and Tyfone we now have a total of 34 presenting companies on board. We have a few more cool startups vying for the last couple spots, which we'll announce next week.

The full lineup for the April 29th event is maintained at our website (here). If you want to be in the audience and have a chance to see and interact with these companies, please register here

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