Financial Management, Fintech

Freedom Bank Announces Partnership with FinTech Autobooks to Deliver Digital Invoicing and Payment Solutions to Business Clients

Freedom Bank Announces Partnership with FinTech Autobooks
The Freedom Bank of Virginia announced it launched a new digital invoicing and payment solution for business clients powered by Autobooks. These new services allow Freedom's small business clients to leverage easy invoicing and payments options seamlessly integrated and available within the Bank's online and mobile banking platform. Business clients can quickly and easily generate professional looking invoices and send them directly to their customers' inbox. Each invoice includes a "pay now" button that recipients can use to make their payment safely and securely using a credit card or ACH. There is no monthly cost for the service and clients only pay the merchant fees for credit card transactions and ACH payment sent by their customer.

"Freedom Bank is thrilled to add these new digital and payment services to our robust suite of digital banking solutions. We pride ourselves on offering our clients online access to critical money management tools one would only expect at a larger bank. At Freedom we combine a technology forward focus business owners need with a more personalized relationship and advice small businesses want,"

- Joe Thomas, President and CEO

About Freedom Bank
Freedom Bank (OTCQX: FDVA) is a next-generation community bank, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, offering commercial banking, personal banking, and mortgage banking solutions using banker expertise and innovative technology to build lead relationships with clients. Focusing on businesses, real estate owners, and professionals, Freedom Bank concentrates on key industry verticals to deliver unique, sector-specific solutions to help clients meet their goals and realize their dreams. Freedom Bank has sales office locations in Fairfax, Vienna, Reston, Manassas, and Chantilly, VA. The Freedom Bank Mortgage Division is headquartered in Chantilly, VA and the Freedom Bank Small Business Lending Division is headquartered in Harrison, NY.

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Synechron Launches 'Synechron Nexus' AI Solutions Suite in Fulfilling the Promise of AI With Ready-to-use Solutions

Synechron | February 02, 2024

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Its automated research capability saves significant time in a wide range of use-cases, reducing the tedium of gathering, analyzing and reporting market news, trends and strategies. Synechron Clarifai is a tool for summarizing and analyzing call-center transcripts. Conversations are flagged for non-compliance and further human review/actions. Synechron Simplifai centralizes project portfolio data and metrics for streamlined executive decision-making, informing effortless, data-backed decisions for executive and steering committee groups. Operational Efficiency: Advanced solutions to streamline processes and elevate internal operations Synechron Nexus Chat is built on a conversational AI model, understands and engages in a comprehensive range of scenarios and supports plug-ins for real-time data and integration, while delivering human-like conversational responses and text, safely and securely. 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It works closely with Synechron Verifai which addresses software testing aspects. Synechron Verifai is a GenAI tool for SDLC productivity, using automation in code generation with a focus on QA test case generation, automated test script generation, synthetic test data generation, and bug detection and bug fixing. It works closely with Synechron Codifai which addresses software development efficiency. This new Synechron Nexus AI suite of real-world, practical business solutions, combined with the five formalized RiskTech.AI Accelerators (launched in October 2023), leverages Synechron's AI Practice expertise globally. The creation of AI-led business solutions has been a passion of Synechron's for over a decade, and the firm's commitment to innovative excellence has won the firm eight prestigious AI industry awards to date. 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Prabhakar Srinivasan, Co-head of Synechron's AI Practice in Bangalore, India, commented, "Artificial Intelligence has proven to be a wonderful force for driving business enhancements by quickly synthesizing extraordinarily large data sets. The Large Language Models used learn over short span of time on how to optimize each firm's proprietary information, thereby boosting productivity and allowing businesses to realize time and cost savings as they optimize tasks." About Synechron At Synechron, we believe in the power of digital to transform businesses for the better. Our global consulting firm combines creativity and innovative technology to deliver industry-leading digital solutions. Synechron's progressive technologies and optimization strategies span end-to-end Artificial Intelligence, Consulting, Digital, Cloud & DevOps, Data, and Software Engineering, servicing an array of noteworthy financial services and technology firms. 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Jefferies Establishes Full Service Investment Banking and Capital Markets Capabilities in Canada

Jefferies | December 04, 2023

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Capchase Launches Collections Tool, Expanding Revenue Services for SaaS Companies

Capchase | December 06, 2023

Capchase, the revenue acceleration platform for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, today released Capchase Collect, an invoice collections tool for SaaS. Capchase Collect is the company's latest solution as part of its mission to help SaaS companies manage revenue, access non-dilutive capital, and accelerate growth. The tool was announced alongside a brand refresh for Capchase. In the U.S., 49% of the invoices produced by a business for services become overdue, according to a 2022 industry report. The longer the collection process takes, the likelihood of a customer paying the invoice decreases. Capchase also found average days sales outstanding (DSO) for SaaS companies has increased by 20% in 2023, resulting in less working capital for the business to invest in growth. With macroeconomic uncertainty, companies are looking for more ways to increase their cash position and extend runways, making it ever more imperative to collect on invoices in a timely manner. Businesses already experiencing a burden of overdue invoices, or want to enact a system to prevent falling behind, can expect cash flow to increase by a median amount of 34% per month using Capchase Collect. Capchase Collect automates the invoicing process by sending reminders and offering a system for easy re-payment to expedite revenue growth. Effective revenue management is one of the fastest ways companies can strengthen their capital position. Capchase Collect is a transformative solution for SaaS founders, addressing the core challenge of securing revenue from customers in a consistent and efficient way. With Collect, we streamline the entire process - beyond just invoice generation—ensuring timely payments, reducing errors, and facilitating robust collaborations across departments. Our focus is on boosting cash flow predictability and empowering SaaS companies to harness their financial potential with ease. Miguel Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of Capchase The intuitive product, which connects directly into existing Capchase customer dashboards or can be accessed as a standalone tool, and integrates with accounting systems like Quickbooks and Xero, provides the following benefits to users: A holistic and sortable view of accounts receivable balances including, total outstanding, upcoming, and overdue balances for buyers and unpaid invoices. An overview of total aging balances to easily track past due payments. Customizable emails for personalized notices based on customer and invoice status with the ability to automate and edit the frequency of reminders. "Capchase Collect has proven to be a valuable addition to our financial toolkit, enhancing the way we handle our invoicing tasks," said Juan Sebastian Angel, COO at Audiense, an early Collect user. "It offers seamless integration with our existing systems, allowing us to automate and streamline our invoicing like never before. Collect has had a massive impact in unblocking cash sitting on receivables." Capchase Collect joins Capchase Grow and Capchase Pay in the company's suite of tools for SaaS companies. Capchase's flagship product, Grow, has recently reached profitability, which has enabled the company to fund additional innovations to further its mission in accelerating revenue growth for SaaS companies. Capchase Collect is available today for small- to- large size SaaS companies that want to automate their collection process and improve cash flow. To learn more about Capchase's revenue services for SaaS, visit www.capchase.com. About Capchase Capchase empowers B2B SaaS companies to grow faster through non-dilutive capital and revenue acceleration tools. Our capital solution, Grow, has made more than $2B in funding available to the SaaS industry. Our revenue management tools, Pay and Collect, help SaaS vendors sell more and collect cash faster. Founded in 2020 and headquartered in NYC, we've worked with over 5,000 businesses and partners to date. Capchase operates in 10 countries in North America and Europe, and was recognized as one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies and Forbes' Next Billion Dollar Startups in 2023. To learn more about Capchase, visit capchase.com.

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VoPay Unveils Instant Micro-Transaction Service for Bank Account Verification, Marking a First in Canada and the US

VoPay | January 11, 2024

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