Trovata and Banco Santander | September 05, 2022
Trovata, the leading fintech in automating cash workflows through multi-bank API data aggregation for corporate finance and treasury teams, announced today a global distribution agreement with Santander. Through the partnership, Santander will market & refer Trovata’s cash management platform to its corporate & investment banking clients to modernize treasury workflows through data-driven automation.
With Trovata’s next-gen platform, Santander offers its clients a way to digitally transform its cash operating workflows automated cash reporting, deeper insights into analyzing historical cash flows, and a contemporary labeling mechanism that uses artificial intelligence to model out future cash flows in seconds. The companies plan to collaborate in ways to continuously improve cash visibility and cash flow insights to help its large corporate clients make better and faster business decisions.
“Santander's commitment to innovation meets our clients' need to evolve tools and adapt their processes to a changing environment. We are really thrilled to bring to our clients the most advanced technology on the market for cash forecasting and liquidity management. Our purpose at Santander is to help our customers grow with the best solutions available. Trovata aggregates and transforms corporate banking data at scale and that automates much of the cash forecasting process, which will allow our clients to gain efficiency.”
-Eva Bueno, managing director & global head of cash management for Banco Santander
Since February 2018 and coined as open banking, the world’s largest financial institutions have been releasing APIs for direct access. In this way, as opposed to static files, balances and transactions are transmitted much more dynamically, in real time and richer in metadata. Trovata has been there every step of the journey to help the bank’s clients connect. As a result, it has become the world’s largest API-based aggregation hub for corporate bank data with its next-gen Treasury Cloud™ platform.
We’re excited to partner with Santander to expand outside the U.S. and deploy Trovata for the bank’s clients in key markets within Europe and Latin America, Cash forecasting with greater visibility, agility, speed, and precision is not only critical, but universal. With data-driven automation, we not only want to make this possible, but available and accessible for every business throughout the world,said Brett Turner, Founder & CEO for Trovata.
Trovata makes it easy for businesses to automate cash reporting, forecasting, analysis, and money movement. By bridging the gap between banks and accounting systems, Trovata helps companies gain powerful insights into their cash flows and facilitate better and quicker business decisions. As a next-gen technology platform, Trovata is helping many of the world’s largest financial institutions digitally transform commercial and corporate banking with its growing network of direct API integrations. Trovata is based in San Diego, CA.
About Banco Santander
Banco Santander is a leading commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. It has a meaningful presence in 10 core markets in the Europe, North America and South America regions, and is one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. Santander aims to be the best open financial services platform providing services to individuals, SMEs, corporates, financial institutions and governments. The bank’s purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in a simple, personal and fair way. Santander is building a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments to support this objective, including raising over €120 billion in green financing between 2019 and 2025, as well as financially empowering more than 10 million people over the same period. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, Banco Santander had €1.2 trillion in total funds, 155 million customers, of which 26 million are loyal and 49 million are digital, 9,900 branches and 198,000 employees.
Aliaswire, Inc. | September 02, 2022
Aliaswire, a provider of bill payment and credit solutions for businesses and banks, today announced new capabilities for utility clients in its DirectBiller platform and reported impressive growth in the number of payments being processed by utilities. The new features address the growing need for utilities to meet customer expectations for more modern and convenient payment methods, while also reducing their operating costs.
The company saw a 337% increase in the number of payments processed by utility companies on its DirectBiller platform over the last 12 months, with one natural gas provider processing over one million payments per month and continuing to grow volume at 12% month-over-month.
“When you have recurring billing relationships like utilities, the billing and payment experience becomes a critical touchpoint. In many cases, it may be the only one a utility has with a customer each month, Not only does that experience have a huge impact on customer satisfaction, but it can also create big operational inefficiencies without proficient systems and processes in place, as finance teams are then forced to manually handle payment receipt and reconciliation.”
-Jed, Rice, CEO of Aliaswire
DirectBiller optimizes the billing and payment experience for residential, commercial and non-consumption utility customers. The platform manages the entire end-to-end process from billing through payment reconciliation and encourages on-time payments by providing easy and secure ways for customers to receive and pay their utility bills. DirectBiller enables utilities to consolidate all payment channels on a single platform and integrates seamlessly with utilities’ ERP systems and their banks’ treasury management systems to streamline payment reconciliation.
Key features in DirectBiller for Utilities
Members of the same household can log in separately to make payments against their shared account
Multiple payment options (web, mobile, text, CSR, IVR, kiosk)
One-time payment and auto pay
Automated payment reminders
Multilingual IVR service that follows the same payment flows as web and mobile experiences
CSRs can provide one-time payment links via text or email to unenrolled customers
Customers can pay directly on DirectBiller’s hosted payer portal, or the payment experience can be embedded within a utility’s existing payment site via single sign-on or API
Real-time posting lets the utility and customer know immediately when payments have posted to better manage service levels and terminations
Support for Multiple Divisions
For utilities with multiple lines of business, DirectBiller can support separate payment flows and websites. Reporting can be provided at the division level as well as a single consolidated view at the corporate level.
Flexible Card Processing and Fee Management
Support for different fee models for residential, commercial and non-consumption lines of business
Patented technology streamlines daily net settlement of surcharges, convenience fees.
Competitive “cost plus” interchange pricing, including Level 2/3 processing
Support for Non-Consumption Business
Full PDF presentment of complex and multi-page invoices
Multiple invoices can be grouped into a single payment transaction or processed individually
Payers can apply credit memos to invoices and pay net balance due
About Aliaswire, Inc.
Aliaswire is a fintech company based in Boston with a history of innovation in payments. The company supports leading financial institutions and merchant services providers with bill pay through DirectBiller® and small business credit solutions through Payvus®.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Miracle Mile Advisors, Karp Capital Management and Corsair | September 17, 2022
Miracle Mile Advisors and Karp Capital Management announced today that they intend to combine, creating an award-winning, national wealth advisory firm with over $4 billion in assets under management serving clients from five main offices. In conjunction with the transaction, the combined company will receive a significant investment from Corsair Capital, a leading private equity firm in the financial and business services industries. The combination and subsequent Corsair investment is expected to be completed in November 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.
Karp Capital is a wealth management firm based in the San Francisco Bay area, with over $1.2 billion in client assets. Peter Karp founded Karp Capital in 2004 as an independent alternative to larger brokerage firms, providing sophisticated financial planning, investment advice, and retirement services to high-net-worth individuals and business owners with a specific expertise in the automotive sector.
“Miracle Mile and Karp Capital coming together is a unique partnership. We share a strong cultural alignment and dedication to providing clients with highly customized, fiduciary advice. Our focus on providing wealth management services to the automotive, RV, and powersports spaces complement Miracle Mile’s broad foundation in advanced financial planning and wealth advisory services,”
- Peter Karp
Miracle Mile is a national, award-winning wealth advisor headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Chicago and Portland. Founded in 2007, Miracle Mile provides clients with highly-customized financial advice across all aspects of their balance sheet. Miracle Mile is consistently ranked as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs nationally, one of the Best Places to Work for financial advisors, and has multiple Forbes and Barron’s top-ranked advisors.
We are fortunate to have developed an amazing culture and growth track record that has attracted some of the best and brightest advisory teams in the industry, and the addition of Karp Capital is a perfect example. As we scale the combined firm and enhance the service offering to our clients, we have found an incredible partner in Corsair. Their deep industry expertise and network will be instrumental in our future success, With our combined capabilities, we believe we can offer a differentiated partnership, culture, and set of resources to other wealth management firms looking to grow and thrive,said Duncan Rolph, Managing Partner.
Corsair expects to leverage its deep fintech and wealth management expertise to support Miracle Mile, as it accelerates the growth trajectory, enhances the client experience, and builds on its history of successful acquisitions and partnerships. Corsair’s investment in Miracle Mile expands on its successful track record of investing in the asset and wealth management sector.
We have been looking at the wealth advisory space for several years, trying to find the right platform company we found it in Miracle Mile. Their unwavering commitment to clients, incredible management team, market-leading growth, and award-winning culture makes the newly combined firm a perfect fit, said Gunnar Overstrom, a partner at Corsair. Tony Ling, a managing director at Corsair, added Miracle Mile is uniquely positioned as an ideal partner for high-growth advisors and their clientele.
The Asset & Wealth Management Investment Banking team of Raymond James served as financial advisor to Miracle Mile and Karp Capital on the combination and recapitalization, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP served as legal counsel to Miracle Mile and Venable LLP served as legal counsel to Karp Capital. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel and Ardea Partners LP and Waller Helms Advisors served as financial advisor to Corsair Capital.
About Miracle Mile Advisors
Miracle Mile Advisors is a registered investment advisor committed to providing dynamic financial planning and custom investment management to high-net-worth individuals, families, business owners and institutions. Miracle Mile’s advisors integrate clients’ ambitions with best-in-class guidance, advice, and technology, and have been recognized across leading industry awards such as Barron’s, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., and InvestmentNews.
About Karp Capital Management
Karp Capital Management is a registered investment advisor serving as a trusted partner for highly successful individuals, businesses, and families. Karp Capital simplifies the complexity in the financial lives of their clients and integrates clients’ entire wealth picture with their long-term aspirations so that they are confident about achieving what is important to them.
Corsair is a global specialist investment firm offering opportunities for investors and solutions for companies across financial & business services and infrastructure. The firm has almost three decades of experience partnering with businesses at the crossroads of technology transformation and financial services complexity and established its complementary infrastructure investment practice in 2015. Corsair has invested $12 billion in capital across its global buyouts and infrastructure platforms since inception.
GravyStack | October 18, 2022
GravyStack, a startup that has developed a gamified financial literacy banking app for kids, has won a coveted spot on the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School's annual Most Fundable Companies list. GravyStack competed against more than 4,000 early-stage U.S. companies spanning all 50 states and was one of 16 companies to be selected to present at the showcase event in Malibu.
The Most Fundable Companies program is designed to recognize forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are solving today's problems with innovative solutions.
With GravyStack's high-performance banking and gamified educational app, kids and teens can learn to make and manage money through age-appropriate levels of real-life, skill-building challenges. Through their Game, Learn, Earn™ methodology, GravyStack harnesses the power of play to intrinsically motivate kids to master levels that teach everything from Saving to Earning to Sharing to Investing. Parents can supervise their kids' account activity and set flexible controls, making GravyStack a comprehensive solution for the whole family.
Like many parents, Co-founder Scott Donnell saw the need for his kids to manage money virtually in a cashless world, but all the options he saw in the virtual banking world only encouraged spending. He saw the need for an app that teaches millions of kids to earn, invest, and share all in one place.
"GravyStack has created a movement to accelerate financial literacy in young people, and this award only adds fuel to the fire, We are honored to share our mission with more people as a Most Fundable Company."
-Co-founder Scott Donnell
As part of the rigorous application process, several variables were evaluated, including financial projections, market opportunity, intellectual property, and the strength of the management team, all of which were used to produce a fundability score.
The Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies were evaluated and selected based on their ability to attract private investment. The Most Fundable Companies initiative is backed by The Venture Alliance.