Global Primex, Metropolitan Commercial Bank | July 18, 2022
Global Primex, a privacy-first payments company specializing in secure digital payment solutions for merchants and consumers, today announced the launch of its payment platform VLoad in partnership with New York-based Metropolitan Commercial Bank (NYSE: MCB). VLoad is an innovative online payment method that provides industry-leading privacy and security to consumers and empowers merchants in the VLoad Merchant Network with increased revenue resulting from unparalleled fraud prevention, dispute management, and acceptance rates.
“Global Primex was founded on the premise of creating anti-fraud solutions for online merchants suffering from excessive chargebacks and low acceptance rates, and for providing consumers with a best-in-class private and secure online payment method." - said Marek Sala, CEO of Global Primex.
“Global Primex was founded on the premise of creating anti-fraud solutions for online merchants suffering from excessive chargebacks and low acceptance rates, and for providing consumers with a best-in-class private and secure online payment method. With VLoad, merchants are protected under Global Primex’s PCI DSS Level 1 certified payments platform, benefitting from early fraud detection and dispute resolution, while customers’ identities and data are kept private from third parties,” said Marek Sala, CEO of Global Primex. “VLoad brings tremendous value in industries such as online gaming where we can bring consumers and merchants together in an environment where the risk of fraud on either side of a transaction is significantly diminished.”
While VLoad is tailored to the general ecommerce market in the U.S. and is perfect for a wide range of online merchants, Global Primex is targeting such industries as regulated online gaming operators, subscription billing services, entertainment, and the travel industry in the U.S. due to its unique expertise in solving payment problems for traditionally high-risk merchants plagued by excessive chargebacks, low acceptance rates, and fraud.
The VLoad Merchant Network connects consumers to merchants who have successfully passed Global Primex’s rigorous merchant due diligence process and (i) whose products and services consumers want, but have challenges accessing with traditional payment methods; (ii) who need a little (or a lot of) help managing their fraud and payment dispute risk; and (iii) who want immediate, low-cost access to an ecosystem of hundreds of thousands of consumers whose identities have been verified and whose collective fraud rate is a mere fraction of the market average.
“Our partnership with Global Primex is a natural fit given our shared vision around digital transformation of the payments space,” said Nick Rosenberg, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Payments Group at Metropolitan Commercial Bank. “We look forward to introducing a product that will provide both sides of a purchase with a strong sense of security through VLoad transactions.”
All businesses participating in the VLoad Merchant Network have instant access to their customers' full purchasing power in once place. VLoad can be purchased online with debit card, credit card, ACH/open banking and wire.
For more information on Global Primex and VLoad, visit globalprimex.com or https://vloadcards.com.
About Global Primex
Global Primex is a privacy-first payments company specializing in innovative and secure digital payment solutions for merchants and consumers offered through its innovative digital payments platform, VLoad. Headquartered in Miami, FL with an additional office in Chicago, IL, Global Primex is the U.S.-licensed arm of a multinational, award-winning family of FinTech and RegTech companies that have been redefining payments – and finance in general – for more than 15 years.
About Metropolitan Commercial Bank
Metropolitan Commercial Bank®, The Entrepreneurial Bank, is headquartered in New York City and operates full-service banking centers in Manhattan; Boro Park, Brooklyn; and Great Neck, Long Island. Metropolitan Commercial Bank is also an established leader in digital payments and one of the fastest growing U.S. issuers of virtually every type of debit card. We are a leading issuer of debit cards and an acknowledged innovator in the General Purpose Reloadable (GPR) debit cards, virtual cards, mobile payments, e-wallets, peer to peer and cross-border payments.
In addition, Metropolitan Commercial Bank is keeping pace with rapid industry evolution and the trend towards mobile payment apps and all that FinTech has to offer. Metropolitan Commercial Bank has also established an impressive track record of successful collaborations with new category innovators and serves as the e-wallet sponsor bank for a number of global payment programs.
Fluence Technologies, Sturnis365 | July 06, 2022
Fluence Technologies, the only provider of purpose-built financial consolidation, close and reporting software for high-growth businesses, today announced the acquisition of Sturnis365, the leading provider of intelligent, collaborative disclosure management and narrative reporting solutions.
Sturnis365 serves dozens of public, private and pre-IPO customers across Europe including AB InBev, Enel Group, Rothschild & Co., Bouygues Group, Ferragamo and KBC Bank. Like Fluence, Sturnis365 offers a familiar Microsoft Office interface and domain-specific workflow to automate collaborative report production, combining companywide data and narrative text for:
Immediate adoption among finance and business professionals compared to reporting available in their ERP system
Game-changing efficiency gains in report production compared to standalone Excel spreadsheets, Word and PowerPoint documents
Trusted, accurate internal and external reporting for any stakeholder, auditor or regulator
“Sturnis365 is a natural extension of our consolidation, close and reporting solution so CFOs can stay ahead of evolving reporting demands on the office of finance,” said Michael Morrison, CEO of Fluence Technologies. “Further, Sturnis365 strengthens our position in Europe, where more than 70% of their customers and partners are based. We also gain seasoned employees with strong ‘DNA’ in collaborative disclosure management.”
“Sturnis365 is a natural extension of our consolidation, close and reporting solution so CFOs can stay ahead of evolving reporting demands on the office of finance,” said Michael Morrison, CEO of Fluence Technologies.
“We are excited about the value Fluence and Sturnis365 presents to our customers and partners,” said Didier Katz, co-founder and director at Sturnis365. “Companies across the globe are looking for a solution that combines financial consolidation, close and disclosure management in a single offering. Now, Fluence is the only player on the market that can meet this need."
Katz and fellow Sturnis365 co-founders Marco Mattei and Piero Ferreri are joining Fluence’s leadership team as part of the acquisition, along with their respective teams in product development, services, sales and marketing.
Fluence and Sturnis365 have already secured joint customers including cryptocurrency trading platform provider WonderFi.
“When we learned about Sturnis365, we were considering a legacy disclosure management solution that would have cost a significant amount and taken months to implement,” said John Rim, CFO at WonderFi. “Between its out-of-the-box functionality, Office integration and the fact that our finance team can manage the entire reporting process, we quickly realized how much more we’d benefit from Sturnis365.”
“Today’s CFOs don’t just need modern consolidation software, but end-to-end group accounting solutions spanning from account reconciliation to disclosure management.” said Carsten Bange, founder and CEO of BARC. “With its acquisition of Sturnis365, Fluence has broadened its offering to meet the changing needs of the constantly evolving finance function.”
"Acquiring Sturnis365 continues building on the vision of a complete financial corporate performance management suite that Michael Morrison and our team had when we originally invested in Fluence,” said Stephen Davis, managing partner at Banneker Partners, Fluence’s principal investor. “We look forward to Fluence continuing to deliver exceptional value to its customers."
The announcement comes just over six months after Fluence acquired self-serve, Excel-centric reporting software vendor XLCubed, and three months after unveiling its purpose-built account reconciliation and transaction matching solution. As a result, Fluence now has the market’s only end-to-end consolidation, close and reporting solution, and over 900 customers worldwide.
For more information on Fluence’s disclosure management and narrative reporting solution, visit: https://www.fluencetech.com/disclosuremanagement/home
About Fluence Technologies - www.fluencetech.com
Fluence is the only pure-play financial consolidation, close and reporting software for high growth businesses. Our customers go live in weeks, close their books in days and report intelligence in real time. We deliver game-changing efficiency gains and trusted, timely numbers to over 900 customers so they get the time, control and confidence they deserve. Fluence is out-of-the-box, no-coding software with a full Excel interface and enterprise-grade capabilities for immediate adoption and quick time to value, all in a truly finance-owned solution. Welcome to Fluence...we close early.
About Sturnis365 - www.sturnis365.com
Sturnis365 provides full end-user collaborative creation, publication and disclosure of corporate information, including for annual and periodical corporate reports, sustainability and ESG reporting, compliance and risk reporting and procurement and tax disclosures. Our unique Inversed Design capability allows for automated data synchronization to reduce document setup and maintenance and optimize overall cost of ownership.
TeamSnap and Goalsetter | August 12, 2022
TeamSnap, the leading provider of team management software and online community for everything youth sports, today announced its partnership with Goalsetter, an award-winning and groundbreaking fintech platform dedicated to providing families and K-12 youth with access to banking, savings, investing, and financial education tools.
This strategic alliance between TeamSnap and Goalsetter will help drive the TeamSnap Impact mission, making it possible for youth in underserved communities to have equal access to quality sports programs, so all kids can reap the benefits that sports participation and physical activity bring. To maximize the power of this partnership, TeamSnap and Goalsetter will jointly use the revenue generated from family sign-ups toward TeamSnap Impact efforts, supporting community partners nationwide.
TeamSnap Impact and Goalsetter are committed to working together to help youth teams and sports programs build stronger communities and brighter futures through an increased participation in sports and focus on both physical and financial well-being. To download the Goalsetter app and support TeamSnap Impact efforts, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and use referral code: TEAMSNAP.
"Our mission with TeamSnap Impact is to increase access to quality sports programs, which we know is strongly tied to improved goal-setting among youth. Together with Goalsetter, we're committed to driving the connection between improved goal-setting from youth sports participation and setting goals for financial success. I'm confident that together we'll be able to positively impact the trajectory of the next generation. That's how we all win,"
- Greg Ludke, VP of Corporate Strategy & Development for TeamSnap
To make the most impact in leveling the playing field, TeamSnap Impact has centered its initiatives around policy formulation, direct funding and technology grants. They are focused on improving access to quality sports programs—regardless of race, gender, religion or socio-economic status—so all young athletes can experience sport at all stages of life. TeamSnap and Goalsetter are aligned on addressing the number of challenges facing today's youth, especially in underserved communities.
The work we are doing with TeamSnap is a critical part of achieving our mission at Goalsetter because we understand that to effectively address disparities and change the economic trajectory of our communities requires taking a holistic approach that ensures their physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being, Together, TeamSnap and Goalsetter are working to help our youth establish the healthy behaviors we know will serve them and their own children for generations to come by putting them on the path to wellness, both physically and financially,said Tanya Van Court, founder and CEO of Goalsetter.
Led by studies which indicate that kids who have a savings account are six times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to own stocks by the age of 25, Goalsetter empowers K-12 students and their families by helping them build confidence in their financial decisions. Its financial education offering uses relatable GIFs, memes, quizzes and gamification to teach kids and teens the language of money.
In addition to offering effective and engaging financial education, Goalsetter is the only platform to also provide access to savings accounts, debit cards and investment accounts with groundbreaking and industry-leading features. For example, "Learn to Earn" lets kids earn money for every financial quiz question they get right, and "Learn Before You Burn" lets parents automatically freeze their child's debit cards if they haven't taken their financial literacy quizzes for the week. Additionally, the Goalsetter Invest feature teaches kids how to invest on a dollar equivalent basis while learning the terminology of the stock market.
Waud Capital Partners is excited about the TeamSnap and Goalsetter partnership and its potential to change the lives of youth in underrepresented communities. At WCP, we strongly believe in educating young, underrepresented populations on financial literacy and responsibility, and we are thrilled that our portfolio is making an impact in this space as well, hopefully improving the lives of families for generations to come, said Justin DuPere, partner at Waud Capital Partners, private equity partner of TeamSnap.
Participation in youth sports aids children in the development and improvement of cognitive skills, according to a study that tracked kids from kindergarten through fourth grade (Piche, 2014). Additionally, physical activity in general is associated with improved academic achievement, and can have a positive impact on attitudes and academic behavior, including improved concentration, attention, and improved classroom behavior (GAO, 2012). Other positive effects include increased mental health, decreased risk of obesity and improvements in goal setting skills.
Goalsetter is a mobile banking, debit card, and investing app that focuses on educating the next generation with fun financial quizzes based on pop culture, putting them on the path to financial freedom. Goalsetter works with both teens wanting financial independence, parents wanting to start saving with their kids, and adults who want to jump-start their financial literacy.
About TeamSnap Impact
TeamSnap recently launched TeamSnap Impact, a program dedicated to tackling the major problems facing youth sports, including affordability, gender equality, access to quality coaching and more. TeamSnap is dedicated to enacting positive change in youth sports through the pillars of policy, technology grants, and direct funding.