Finovate 2008 Conference Demo Lineup – Comments & Expectations (part 2)

Finovate 2008 Conference Demo Lineup – Comments & Expectations (part 2)

Finovate2008I hope you have already bought your ticket for Finovate 2008 in NYC on October 14th!

In the meantime, I invite you to check the conference demo lineupannounced on NetBanker two days ago. It is another promising line up from Jim and Eric.

Most of the shortlisted companies already demoed some of their innovative services at Finovate 2007 and/or FinovateStartup2008.

* mShift <mshift.com>
MShift is the leading provider of Mobile Banking solutions in the US.

It is a competitor of Drew Sievers’ mFoundry. mShift is active online too, they help a few Credit Unions to launch a Facebook application such asKeypoint Credit Union (November 2007), and SEFCU Credit Union (July 2008). I hope I will have the pleasure to interview their CEO, Awele Ndili.
Coverage on NetBanker

* Inner8 <inner8.com>
Discover the power of 8 – 15/09/2008?

* LendingClub <lendingclub.com>
LendingClub is one of the most popular social lending sites, with Prosper and Zopa. They did a big marketing coup when they launched the service exclusively on Facebook.

Management team: Renaud LaPlanche – Founder & CEO, Patrick Gannon – SVP Lending.
It is not everyday that a Frenchman creates one of the most innovative startups, especially in the booming Social Lending space. Well done Renaud!

Renaud was supposed to come and speak at FinovateStartup last April, but he had to pull out because of their recent initiative: Lending Club Adds Secondary Market to Updated S1.
Coverage on NetBanker

* Pertuity Direct <pertuitydirect.com>
Pertuity Direct is a financial services company which aims to bring the next generation of social lending to the web. They will launch in September 2008.

I invite you to check the video interview I shot with Kim Muhota, Founder & CEO, at Finovate 2007.
Coverage on NetBanker

* SmartHippo <smarthippo.com>
SmartHippo.com is a vertical search engine and comparison shopping service for financial products. We are the first-ever site that uses the power of community to help consumers find the best finance rates and save money.

I invite you to check my video interview with George Favvas, Smarthippo’s Founder & CEO, at FinovateStartup.

* Sybase 365 <sybase.com/365>
Sybase 365 is the world leader in mobile messaging services, mCommerce, and mobile marketing & advertising.

* Vidoop <vidoop.com>
Vidoop provides enterprise-level, multi-factor authentication solutions to businesses.

I am not sure if they are coming, but I look forward to meet with the Senior Management of the company, people like Luke Sontag – Co-Founder & President or Mitchell Savage – EVP (Mitchell presented at FinovateStartup for Confident Technologies).

To find out more about Vidoop, I invite you to check their blog.

* Wesabe <wesabe.com>
Wesabe was the first PFM online community ever launched, back in 2006. It is one of the most innovative startups out there. The latest addition to their service was to offer the option to update your Wesabe account in “real-time” via the hugely popular twitter.

Marc Hedlund became CEO after Jason Knight stepped down due to personal reasons (Jason, we all hope August’s condition is improving). Just like Jason, Marc makes himself available: you can contact him directly everyday at specific times.
As far as I am concerned, they have the best Marketing/Comms team:DebbieAllese, and Gabe, are doing a great job with the bloggers.

I invite you to check my video interview with Marc Hedlund, co-Founder & CEO.
Coverage on NetBanker

* WeSeed <weseed.com>
WeSeed is a free online community for sharing ideas and to figuring out the stock market-without the middle man telling you how to invest.

I have never met them, but it would be a pleasure to interview Jennifer Openshaw – CEO & Co-Founder if she is around.
Currently, they have a splage page with several videos from YouTube. I invite you to check their Twitter page (with only 11 followers and 1 update…) They also have a page on Facebook.

* Yodlee <yodlee.com>
Yodlee delivers innovative financial applications that make online banking more profitable. Accel and S1 Corporation are two of their investors. Their solutions are focused mainly on three key areas of online banking: Personal Financial Management, Payments and Customer Acquisition.

I really like Yodlee. They provide excellent products, made by great people like Peter Hazlehurst – SVP Products (un grand bonjour egalement aMelanie Flanigan – Senior Director, Marketing)

Yodlee managed to reinvent themselves: they are not the “account aggregation company” anymore. They provide an excellent Personal Finance Management solution for banks as well as individuals. They power the popular PFM service from Bank of America.

I met Peter on many occasion. I invite you to check my two video interviews with him: @ Finovate 2007 in NYC, @ FinovateStartup 2008 in San Francisco.
Coverage on NetBanker

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