CUSO-Backed P2P Specialist Dwolla Wins 'Best of Show' at Finovate
Iowa-based social payments vendor Dwolla won a “best of show” award at this week’s Finovate Spring 2011 show in San Francisco.
Ben Milne, founder of the Des Moines, Iowa, company, was one of 64 companies given seven minutes to demonstrate their products in front of a crowd of several hundred executives, venture capitalists, analysts and other entrepreneurs.
Milne, whose company is backed by The Members Group and a Veridian Credit Union CUSO, presented his company’s new FiSync technology, which allows credit unions to integrate the mobile person-to-person and geo-locator functions of Dwolla into existing systems at credit unions and banks.
A dashboard function also will be released soon, the company said, allowing financial institutions to analyze where and how their end users are spending money. Online security also is enhanced, the platform’s developer claims.
“Mining this information and cross referencing it with other data sets, like the location of a transaction and consumer behavior, will create an even more secure atmosphere,” Milne said.
The P2P platform already has been purchased by at least one credit union and there are about 400 businesses now participating in the Dwolla network in the Des Moines area, Milne told Credit Union Times at the conference at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse.
Dwolla was one of seven “best of show” winners selected by attendees.