23 fintech startups in Austin that are shaking up finance

by Tessa McLean
June 21, 2016

Austin might not be the first city you think of when you're talking about finance.  

But the truth is, Austin is emerging as a center for fintech innovation. Entrepreneurs are collaborating with the financial sector steeped in centuries-old traditions, and creating a new way to approach this age old industry. Here are some of the most prominent leaders in Austin fintech, along with a few startups worth keeping an eye on.

ScaleFactor
ScaleFactor

ScaleFactor enables companies to have a more efficient back office by simplifying bookkeeping, real time reports and managing compliance requirements. With ScaleFactor, there’s no need to start over with a new system, the software integrates a company’s existing program and automates tedious tasks, saving time, energy and money.

 

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Q2ebanking

Q2ebanking designs mobile, virtual and voice banking applications for banks and credit unions. The Q2 platform enables banks to personalize user experience, while also offering tools like analytics dashboards and integrated security features.

 

juniper square fintech company austin
Juniper Square

Juniper Square provides software that streamlines the investment and fundraising industries. The company’s software offers an encompassing investment management solution that includes a customer relationship manager tool and investor reporting analytics.  

 

amherst insightlabs fintech company austin
amherst insightlabs

Amherst InsightLabs helps to mitigate risk for clients in the commercial and residential real estate industry by predicting market trends through its data analytics platform. The team has partnered with three financial institutions to drive the innovations and growth of the risk-management solutions. 

 

creditcards.com
creditcards.com

Creditcards.com is a leading financial services technology and marketing company that provides consumers with free content, credit information, and financial insights, connects consumers with financial institutions and helps users achieve financial goals and well-being.

 

Founded in 2004, WorldFirst provides businesses with currency exchange and international payment solutions across the world. Boasting more than 100,000 customers the London-based company, which has an Austin office, moves $10 billion dollars each year.

worldfirst fintech company austin
Worldfirst
self lender fintech company austin
self lender

Self Lender launched in September 2014 to help consumers build good credit. Here’s how it works: For a one-time $60 fee, the company will cut you a loan for $1,100 with an interest rate of 12.52% and hold it in a savings account while you pay it back. Self Lender reports your payments to credit bureaus to build your credit scores.You get all the money back once you finish pre-paying the loan.  

 

student loan genius fintech company austin
student loan genius

When companies compete to attract top tech talent in cities like Austin, sometimes career decisions really do come down to benefits. Student Loan Genius offers a leg up with a 401k-style financial perk to help employees pay off their school debt faster. The startup counts Intel, Boeing and Kellogg’s among its growing roster of clients.

 
 
east pay direct fintech company austin
easy pay direct

EasyPayDirect gives online merchants an easy way to accept payments, plain and simple. Founder and CEO Brad Weimert said the company is a relationship facilitator. “Helping companies scale their business the right way—through solid connections—is at the core of what we do.”

 

bankers toolbox fintech company austin
bankers toolbox

Banker’s Toolbox provides software-based solutions and consulting to small banks to help detect fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes.

 

able lending fintech company austin
able lending

This Austin-based small business loan platform comprises entrepreneurs and the family and friends they recruit to fund their businesses. The backers from their network front 10 percent of a business loan at an interest rate of their choosing. Able Lending funds the rest, which is just one of the ways it distinguishes itself from crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

 

draft fintech company austin
draft

DRAFT is an investment portfolio management app that allows investors to compare their performance to other investors, and make adjustments to emulate the best performers. The app pulls information from a user’s investment accounts into one single location and compares performance, fees and asset allocation against real portfolios from other users.

 

honest dollar fintech company austin
honest dollar

Honest Dollar launched at SxSW and raised $3 million to offer alternative, streamlined retirement savings plans directly to workers. The company was purchased this year by Goldman Sachs for an undisclosed amount, but the company will remain under the leadership of CEO and co-founder whurley.

 

kasasa fintech company austin
kasasa

Kasasa offers free checking accounts that offer big rewards like high interest or cash back. They also boast no minimum balances or penalties ever and no ATM fees.

 

mozido fintech company austin
mozido

Mozido spent most of 2015 expanding its mobile fintech software to merchants and consumers in Russia, China, India and Africa. The company builds tools to connect retailers, telcos and other merchants to consumers who have cell phones, but are “unbanked,” meaning they handle their money without the structure of a financial institution. The company estimates there are two billion unbanked adults worldwide.

 

netspend fintech company austin
netspend

Netspend exited 2015 with 16 consecutive quarters of double digit revenue growth. The Austin-based company is a provider of reloadable prepaid cards and related financial services in the United States. They serve the estimated 68 million underbanked consumers who do not have a traditional bank account or who rely on alternative financial services.

gane fintech company austin
gane

Gane launched its mobile payments platform for card issuers and developers in the summer of 2014 to ultimately allow consumers to make easy payments from their smartphones in lieu of physical cards or cash. 

 
 
vyze fintech company austin
vyze

Vyze is a financial technology company for businesses. By combining a comprehensive lending supply, technology, and support under one roof, Vyze is able to deliver businesses simpler, more satisfying financing experiences for their customers, wherever and whenever they shop.

 

SKILLS FUND

SKILLS FUND

Skills Fund thinks student loans should work like investments, where all the players have skin in the game. The fintech startup primarily partners with bootcamps that teach skills in coding and data science programs. Those companies share the risk in the student loans brokered by Skills Fund.

 

liveoak technologies fintech company austin
liveoak technologies

Liveoak is a software startup dedicated to using technology and innovation to make financial processes easier and available to everyone. Put simply, they builds tools to make paperwork easy.

 

 

kestra financial fintech company austin
kestra financial

Kestra Financial offers an independent advisor platform to help financial professionals provide personalized consulting and support services. The firm aids more than 1,700 independent financial advisors, and its services are backed by over twenty years of experience in the industry.

 

buzz points fintech company austin
buzz points

Founded in 2009, Buzz Points developed a loyalty and rewards program, rewarding customers for going local with businesses and financial institutions, instead of buying and banking from national chains. 

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