Posts Tagged ‘online identity’

Mobile is changing data and data is changing mobile.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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When was the last time you went a day without checking your smartphone? Or even an hour? According to Ofcom, over 60% of Scots own a smartphone and more than half of us say mobile is our preferred means of getting online. Such devices are now so firmly entrenched in our society that it’s hard to remember a time before we had them.

With the increased use of mobile comes an avalanche of data generated, captured and analysed. What does this mean for the way brands interact with us, as the marketers track every click and swipe?

Ian Hammond, head of analytics at big data analytics company Aquila Insight takes a look at how data will change mobile and vice versa:

1. Get busy living

Many of us already rely on our phones to run our lives. We use our mobiles to complete everything from our weekly shop, telling Tivo to record Strictly while we’re in the pub and our phones are collecting data 24/7. This means that mobile servicer providers, such as O2 and EE, are a major source of marketing information and they could eventually become the biggest. Traditional recipients of our data such as retail banks will become disenfranchised if they fail to adapt.
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ScotlandIS awards CodeClan Scholarship

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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ScotlandIS today announced the award of its CodeClan scholarship to Michael MacLeod, a freelance journalist and former TV producer.

CodeClan is Scotland’s first digital skills academy and the ScotlandIS Scholarship was set up to fund one outstanding applicant through the academy’s ground-breaking coding course.

There was fierce competition for the award, which aims to increase access to the CodeClan CX3 course. It was open to applicants who had not been to university and had not worked in an IT or software career to date.

Before winning the scholarship, Michael had an interest in coding and taught himself the basics whilst working as a journalist. He made the decision to leave his full time job to pursue this further.

Commenting on the news, Michael said: “I am delighted to have won this scholarship and to have a place at CodeClan. I’m really looking forward to the intensive learning ahead. I see coding as a force for good and a means of vastly expanding my horizons after I graduate from the course.”
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ScotlandIS in the news

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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The trade body for the information and communications technologies (ICT) industry, ScotlandIS represents around 200 software, telecomms, IT and creative technologies businesses throughout Scotland.

ScotlandIS: some good news for the UK technologies sector in the Autumn Statement, Tech City News, 24 November 2016

Comments: Autumn Statement, Compute Scotland, 24 November 2016

Autumn Statement dissected – your take on the fiscal plan, Scotland B2B, 23 November 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: £400m of venture capital funds pumped into British Business Bank, Real Business, 23 November 2016

Autumn statement; some good news for the technologies sector, FutureScot 23 November 2016

Scots urged to match digital investment, Holyrood, 23 November 2016

Tech 100: ‘Scotland must raise its sights to become a digital world leader’, Holyrood, 24 November 2016

Radio interview with Polly Purvis ahead of Cyber Threats event, BBC Good Morning Scotland, 19 November 2016

Tech events round up, FutureScot, 14 November 2016


Measures are required to protect companies from cyber criminals
, The National, 7 November 2016

Measures are required to protect companies from cyber criminals, The National, 7 November 2016

FS Fives – Daily Tech Round Up, FutureScot, 1 November 2016

Experts to tackle digital cyber threat, Daily Business, 1 November 2016

ScotlandIS to host digital technology cyber threat event, SBNN, 1 November 2016

Top cyber experts to give talks on security breaches, The National, 1 November 2016

Top cyber experts to give talks on security breaches, The National, 1 November 2016

ScotlandIS: hosts digital cyber threat, Compute Scotland, 31 October 2016

ScotlandIS to host digital technology cyber threat event, Tech City News, 31 October 2016

Employers facing loss of crucial EU talent amid Brexit camp jingoism, The Herald, 14 October 2016

Ian McConnell: Employers facing loss of crucial EU talent amid Brexit camp jingoism, The Herald, 14 October 2016

North of Scotland students lift coveted IT awards, SBNN, 9 October 2016


Young Software Engineers
, Tech City News, 7 October 2016

Aberdeen Student named top young software engineer, The Scotsman, 7 October 2016

Crooks and kids (not scary spies paid by govt overlords) are behind most breaches, The Register, 7 October 2016

Troy Hunt Interview, Radio Forth, 6 October 2016

7 Elements Interview, Radio Forth, 6 October 2016


Digital sector urged to ‘think big and move fast’
, The Scotsman, 6 October 2016

Scotland set to tap into virtual reality revolution, The Scotsman, 6 October 2016

We need to talk about tech, BQ Live, 6 October 2016

Talks explore digital growth, The National, 6 October 2016

Russell urges cross-party talks on Brexit options, Daily Business, 12 October 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, Daily Business, 6 October 2016

o-design-will-heart-scottish-government-digital-strategy, Future Scot, 6 October 2016


‘We are on the crest of another wave of technology’
, Future Scot, 6 October 2016

We need to to talk about tech, BQ Live, 5 October 2016

Cybersecurity on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh, Tech City News, 26 September 2016

Scotsoft cyber security expert keynote, Compute Scotland, 26 September 2016

Cyber security on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh, SBNN, 26 September 2016

Web security expert flies in for summit, The Courier, 26 September 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, The National, 26 September 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, The National, 26 September 2016

Scottish digital industry body urges action on negative impact of Brexit, Public Technology, 2 September 2016

Tech trade body calls for “decisive” Brexit action, FutureScot, 1 September 2016

Scottish business groups call for action after Brexit, BBC Online, 1 September 2016

Scotland’s digital sector calls for action to tackle negative impact of Brexit, Holyrood, 1 September 2016

Fifth of digital firms ‘would quit UK’ over EU vote, Daily Business, 1 September 2016

Positive action required to tackle Brexit inertia says digital tech sector, SBNN, 1 September 2016

Polly interviewed on Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 September 2016

Technology sector calls for government action to limit impact of Brexit, The National, 1 September

Brexit ‘threatens’ digital technology, The National, 1 September 2016

Information tecnnology companies worried about access to skilled staff after Brexit vote, The Herald, 1 September 2016

Brexit will harm access to IT staff finds industry survey, The Herald, 1 September 2016


Digital sector calls for action as fears mount over Brexit
, The Scotsman, 1 September 2016

Digital sector calls for action as fears mount over Brexit, The Scotsman, 1 September 2016

Tackling Brexit fears head on with positive action, Business Quarter, 31 August 2016

Friday Fives, Future Scot, 25 August 2016

Friday Fives, Future Scot, 12 August 2016


ScotlandIS digital tech boom for the Scots
, Tech & Learning UK, 11 July 2016

FS Fives: Friday, June 24 *BREXIT SPECIAL*, Future Scot, 28 June 2016

Scottish digital technologies trade body achieves national first, SBNN, 23 June 2016

European award for ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 23 June 2016

ScotlandIS scores first with Eurppean Commision accreditation, The Herald, 23 June 2016

Scotland’s digital tech trade body wins European accreditation, The Herald, 23 June 2016

ScotlandIS awarded national first, Compute Scotland, 22 June 2016

ScotlandIS wins European accreditation, Daily Business, 22 June 2016

European accolade for digital trade body ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 22 June 2016

FS Fives: Monday, June 13, FutureScot, 13 June 2016

ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year, SBNN, 9 June 2016


Developers to get full day at Scotsoft event
, Daily Business, 9 June 2016


Sir Chris Hoy saddles up for ScotlandIS conference
, The Scotsman, 9 June 2016

Scotsoft 2016, October 6th, Compute Scotland, 9 June 2016

Facebook buyout boost, The Herald 30 May 2016

Scotlands tech sector needs young people, The Scotsman, 27 May 2016

Tech sector boss highlights ‘missed opportunity’ of cabinet reshuffle, FutureScot, 19 May 2016

Success for digital firm Calnex, Linlithgow Gazette, 29 April 2016

Why smart meters could be the future of digital innovation in Scotland, ScotlandB2B, 26 April 2016

Smart meters offer a platform for digital innovation, Building Construction, 26 April 2016

Smart meters offer platform for digital innovation, conference told, Scottish Housing News, 26 April 2016

Scotland’s digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, E-spaces, 25 April 2016

Skyscanner wins business award, The National, 23 April 2016

Edinburgh firms win big at digital industry awards, ScotlandB2B, 22 April 2016

Skyscanner named Scotland’s best large tech business, The Scotsman,22 April 2016

Scotland’s digital stars honoured at ScotlandIS annual awards, Scottish Business News, 21 April 2016

Technology toasts success at sell-out ceremony, Daily Business, 21 April 2016

Sixth ScotlandIS honour digital stars, Compute Scotland, 21 April 2016

Technology industry survey, Contractor Umbrella, 11 April 2016

How to turn Scotland into a world-leading digital nation, The Scotsman, 7 April 2016

Scottish Technology Industry Survey featured on Reporting Scotland, BBC Scotland, 1 April 2016

Polly Purvis interview Scottish Technology Industry Survey, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 April 2016

Digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, BBC News Online, 1 April 2016

Minding Scotland’s research gap, BBC News Online, 1 April 2016

Technology industry survey, The Times, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech industry optimistic for 2016 after ‘exceptional’ year, The Herald, 1 April 2016

Tech sectors boom set to continue says new report, The National, 1 April 2016

Two in three Scottish digi-tech firms increased sales in 2015, Press & Journal, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech sector ‘optimistic’ following strong 2015 year, Daily Record, 1 April 2016

Demand for digital technology talent outstripping supply, The Courier, 1 April 2016

Exceptional year for Scottish tech, BQ Live, 1 April 2016

Thriving digital sector striving to tackle skills shortage, Daily Business, 1 April 2016

Digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, Santander Corporate, 1 April 2016

Strong Growth For Digital Technologies Industry, Scottish Financial Review, 1 April 2016

Scotland could create 70,000 tech jobs by 2020, Fresh Business Thinking, 1 April 2016

Fund to support digital activities for young people,The Scotsman, 1 April 2016

Fund to support digital activities for young people, Skills Development Scotland, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech industry optimistic for 2016 after exceptional year, SBNN, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s digital technology sector ‘thriving’ as entries flood in for awards, Holyrood, 17 March 2016

50% increase in Scotland’s digital award entries thanks to tech industry growth, SBNN, 16 March 2016

Scotland’s digital award entries up by half, Daily Business, 16 March 2016

Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 16 March 2016

ScotlandIS Awards: April, Compute Scotland, 16 March 2016

Digital firms queue up for awards as sector booms, The National, 16 March 2016

Shortlist unveiled for Scottish digital tech awards, The Scotsman, 16 March 2016

ScotlandIS chief on gender ratio in Scots technology, The Scotsman, 10 March 2016

Silicon Glen: It’s decline and why Scotland no longer needs it, The Scotsman, 10 March 2016

Future skills special, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016 edition

Science and Technology special, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016 edition

Meet the MD: Polly Purvis of ScotlandIS, Business Quarter, 8 March 2016

The Digital List – Polly Purvis and Tommy Laughlin, 24 February 2016

Interview with Polly Purvis, The Times (Future Scot), 24 February 2016

Focus: digital growth, Compute Scotland, 23 February 2016

Trade body calls for digital collaboration, ScotlandB2B, 22 February 2016

Tech body calls for digital economy focus in Scottish Parliament Election 2016 manifesto, CBR, 19 February 2016

Tech body predicts 70,000 new digital technology jobs by 202, SBNN, 19 February 2016

ScotlandIS predicts 70,000 new jobs by 2021, Business Quarter 19 February 2016

Plea to help develop invisible industry, Daily Business, 19 February 2016

Friday Business roundup, The Scotsman, 19 February 2016

Morning news bulletin, Forth One, 19 February 2016

Scottish tech body calls for focus on growth, The Herald, 19 February 2016

Government support could see 70,000 jobs created, The Scotsman, 19 February 2016

Digital sector support needed, The Courier, 19 February 2016

Digital and Tech Predictions for 2016, CodeClan, 26 January 2016

Computing sees gender imbalance in reverse, Scottish Business Insider, January 2016 edition

Major steps on road to world class digital vision, Scottish Business Insider, January 2016 edition

Awards beckon for Scotland’s digital tech firms, ScotlandB2B, 12 Janaury 2016

The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2016 are now open for entries with some new categories emerging., Compute Scotland, 8 Janaury 2016


Trio of categories added to Scottish digital tech awards
, The Scotsman, 7 January 2016

Digital technology Oscars open for entries, Innovators Mag, 7 January 2016

Scotland’s Digital Technology Oscars Open for Entries, Scottish Business News Network, 7 January 2016

Polly Purvis appointed chair of digital skills academy, Paystream, 22 December 2015

Purvis To Chair Digital Skills Academy, Scottish Financial Review, 21 December 2015

Purivs to chair skills academy CodeClan, Daily Business, 21 December 2015


ScotlandIS chief to chair CodeClan
, The Herald, 21 December 2015

Polly Purvis takes chair at digital skills academy, The Scotsman, 21 December 2015

Polly Purvis named CodeClan chair, BQ Live, 21 December 2015

Skyscanner and Fanduel sucess inspires next Scot tech superstars, The Scotsman, 10 December 2015

Mapix Technologies: Around the World in 80 Trades, BQ Live, 9 December 2015

Movers & Shakers – December 2015, BQ Live, 2 December 2015

Sutherland to head up ScotlandIS in North East, Daily Business, 30 November 2015

Boost for North East’s digital sector, Innovators Mag, 30 November 2015

Grampian digitech lobbyist, Compute Scotland, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS appoints Allan Sutherland North East representative, SBNN, 30 November 2015

New bosses appointed at Aberdeen firms, Press & Journal, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS appoints digital veteran to north-east role, The Scotsman, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS awards first CodeClan scholarship, The Scotsman, 2 November 2015

First scholarship awarded at CodeClan, Edinburgh Reporter, 2 November 2015

How Scotland’s FIrst Coding School Plans to Help Plug the Skils Gap, Tech World, 1 October 2015

Think games not gamification,Research, 24 September 2015

ScotlandIS chief Polly Purvis on what lies in store for the tech industry, Holyrood Magazine, 24 September 2015

Dundee student is Scotland’s young engineer of the year, STV Dundee, 21 September 2015

Abertay student lifts Young Software Engineer of the Year Award 2015, Scottish Business News Network, 20 September 2015

2015 Software names to watch, Compute Scotland, 19 September 2015

Top Prize for Peeter, The Courier, 19 September 2015

Young Software Engineer of the Year Award won by Abertay student, Abertay University, 18 September 2015

Edinburgh set to host first Developers’ Conference, Scotland B2B, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS urges ‘think big’, Compute Scotland, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS calls on digital tech industry to ‘think big’, Invest Edinburgh, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS calls on digital tech industry to ‘think big’, BQ Live, 17 September 2015

Polly Purvis on ScotSoft 2015, Forth One News, 17 September 2015

Polly Purvis on ScotSoft 2015, BBC Radio Scotland – Good Morning, 17 September 2015

Tech boss says confidence is high in Scottish industry, The herald 17 September 2015

Firms aim to be third Scots giant in Unicorn hunt, The Scotsman, 17 September 2015

ScotSoft 2015, The Scotsman, 16 September 2015

ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015, Scottish Business News, 21 August 2008

ScotlandIS plans developer event, The Scotsman, 20 August 2015

ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 19 August 2015

Edinburgh set to host first Developers’ Conference, Scotland B2B, 19 August 2015

Developers ‘to explore’ at ScotlandIS conference, Daily Business, 19 August 2015

Insider special report: Women on boards, Scottish Business Insider, 11 August 2015

FanDuel Big Winner at Digi Tech Awards, FreeNewsPos, 23 June 2015

FanDuel Wins big at didgitech awards, Wow247, 22 June 2015

FanDuel are big winners in digital awards, Invest Edinburgh, 22 June 2015

FanDuel the big winner at DigiTech Awards, The Scotsman, 22 June 2015

FanDuel is four-time winner on DigiTech night, Daily Business Group, 22 June 2015

FanDuel scoops four awards as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars, Scottish Business News Network, 20 June 2015

FanDuel four time winners as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 19 June 2015

ScotlandIS honours Scottish digital stars, Business Quarter, 19 June 2015

Digital technologies celebrate, Compute Scotland, 19 June 2015

Monday Interview: Polly Purvis, ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 15 June 2015

ScotlandIS chief Polly Purvis confident of growth, The Scotsman, 4 June 2015

Scottish Digital Technologies Ramping Up Staff, UK Fast, 13 May 2015

Contractors with niche skills enjoy increased demand and high rates, but skills gap widens, Contractor Calculator, 15 May 2015

Shortlist Revealed for DigiTech Awards, News for Scotland, 13 May 2015

Buoyant DigiTech 2015, Compute Scotland, 13 May 2015

Old faces and rising stars in DigiTech Awards 2015 shortlist, Business Quarter, 13 May 2015

Shortlist revealed for DigiTech Awards, The Scotsman, 13 May 2015

Scottish digital technologies ramping up staff intake for 2015, Computer Weekly, 12 May 2015

Survey: Scotland’s digital sector confident on growth in 2015, Daily Record, 12 May 2015

Increased confidence among Scotland’s IT sector, survey finds, Hollyrood, 12 May 2015

Grads in demand with Scottish digital tech industry set for further growth this year, HR Review, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with IT industry set for further growth, The National, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand for Scots IT Firms, ScotBuzz 11 May 2015

Digital tech sector ‘to see strong growth in Scotland, Smart Work, 11 May 2015

Positive trends in Scottish digital industry, Business Quarter, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Onrec, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Recruitment International UK, 11 May 2015

Scotland to see 2015 digital tech boom, Computer Business Review, 11 May 2015

Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Dotrising, 11 May 2015

Scotland’s digital companies upbeat about their future, Tech World, 11 May 2015

Boom year predicted for software and IT sector, The Scotsman, 10 May 2015

Reining in Google’s rising dominance, The Herald, 19 April 2015

Who will be next stars of Digital Tech Awards?, Open Scotland Mag, 8 April 2015

Stars of Scotland’s buoyant tech sector invited to enter 2015 Digital Technology Awards, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 8 April 2015

Come all technies: with-out or in, Compute Scotland, 8 April 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 30 March 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Recruitment International UK, 30 March 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Onrec, 31 March 2015

IT jobs scheme marks milestone , The Herald, 30 March 2015

Tech sector leader says Scotland can think big, The Herald, 10 January 2015

Bo’ness pupils pop the question to IT giants, Linlithgow Gazette, 13 October 2014

Meet the software geniuses who look just like you, TESS, 10 October 2014

The Bottom Line: The Herald Business Diary, The herald, 9 October 2014

Glasgow Uni student scoops top undergraduate prize, STV Glasgow, 6 October 2014

Dundee Uni student hailed at Young Software Engineer of the Year awards, STV Dundee, 6 October 2014

Scotland’s skills shortage is now heading towards a crisis, BQ Live, 3 October 2014

Event to motivate teenagers into digital careers, The Herald, 3 October 2014

Too few hear about high paid digital careers, The Scotsman, 2 October 2014

Robots to replace accountants? That’s something for the future, BQ Live, 26 September 2014

Robots to replace accountants, Compute Scotland, 26 September 2014

Scottish IT sector growth threatened by skills shortage, The Drum, 04 September 2014

IT and Technology Skills Shortage, The Herald, 04 September 2014

ScotSoft 2013 – Funding Growth, RookieOven, 02 September 2013

Do we need a ‘Cyber Fire Department’?, IAmSteve, 30 August 2013

Tech pioneer Vint Cerf on the age of context and why you can’t be a citizen of the Internet, The Next Web, 30 August 2013

Internet pioneer’s hopes for Scottish IT sector, Herald Scotland, 30 August 2013

Vint Cerf, Larry Cable and Heidi Roizen speak at ScotlandIS global forum, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 28 August 2013

Google internet pioneer at Edinburgh event, Herald Scotland, 28 August 2013

ScotSoft: Scale and fund?, Compute Scotland, 27 August 2013

Scotland’s entrepreneurs urged to ‘think global’, Scotsman, 25 August 2013

Vint Cerf: The internet and 40 years of openness, Computer Weekly, 22 August 2013
Iomart Group Plc : Wins for Outstanding Business Growth at Digital Technology Awards, 4-Traders, 21 June 2013

Amor wins top title at Digital Awards, Business Insider, 21 June 2013

US tech outfit expands Scots base as the IT sector carries on growing, Scotsman, 21 June 2013

Investment strategy aims to tackle IT skills shortage, Scotsman, 16 June 2013

Growth in IT sector held back by skills shortages, Herald Scotland, 3 April 2013

Scotts IT firms recruit abroad in ‘skills crisis’, Scotsman, 3 April 2013

Warning over skills gap in computing, BBC News, 3 April 2013

Scottish IT and digital businesses look elsewhere due to skills shortage, Computer Weekly.com, 3 April 2013

Scotland short of IT skills, Techradar.com, 3April 2013

Summer jobs – surprisingly worth it, Engineering and Technology, 18 May 2012

IT companies urged to take on paid interns, The Scotsman, 13 May 2012

New initiative launched for IT interns,The Journal, 26 April 2012

Scotland debuts ‘Lets Get Paid’ IT scheme for students, Net Imperative, 11 April 2012

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, HR Review, 11 April 2012

Student IT paid work placements, Compute Scotland, 08 April 2012

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme, Micro Scope, 04 April 2012

miiCard Raises $2.5 Million Investment To Prove Real Identities Online

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Online identity verification service miiCard today announced the completion of a second seed funding round, securing $2.5 million angel and venture capital from a mix of investment groups including New Wave Ventures, IQ Capital and Par Equity, to accelerate growth and adoption of its ‘digital passport’ amongst businesses and consumers.

The substantial investment supports miiCard’s expansion into the US and will enable rapid growth of the business, across a range of markets including financial services, ecommerce, social networking and dating, where trust online is now critical. Such a high level of seed funding for an early stage company reflects miiCard’s strong initial market traction as well as the global acceleration of the online identity verification sector and the realisation of the need to prove real identities on the web.

miiCard (My Internet Identity) is the world’s first independent, commercial identity verification service allowing the individual to control their digital identity and prove “I am who I say I am” online and in real-time, to Anti-Money Laundering standards, eliminating the need for a physical ID check.

miiCard is responding to a growing demand worldwide for a means to prove identity purely online as both the risk and value of transactions on the web escalate. Both the US and UK governments have launched initiatives to tackle the issue, with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in the United States and the UK Identity Assurance Programme, with the aim of validating consumers’ true identities – not just checking information about them.

James Varga, miiCard CEO, comments: “Now, more than ever, we are seeing a huge amount of activity in the marketplace around online identity and trust. With miiCard we can create a level of trust that currently does not exist online, and dramatically change the way we transact on the Internet.

“We’re delighted to have New Wave Ventures on board to help drive our business forward. Along with our existing investors and board members, we have a fantastic team and a unique opportunity to change the way we interact online.”

This is the first time New Wave Ventures have invested in miiCard and its backing builds on an earlier funding round during which miiCard raised over $.75 million from investors including IQ Capital and Par Equity who have reinvested during this current round.

Tim Bullock, co-founder of New Wave Ventures comments: “As the Internet plays a growing role in the way we interact with each other, especially when executing financial transactions, it becomes increasingly important to be able to prove who we are, and quickly and reliably establish who we are dealing with.

“The miiCard team have developed a unique and global solution to this problem, which will facilitate commercial transactions and remove uncertainty from more personal interactions, and we look forward to working with them to develop the business.”

Ed Stacey of IQ Capital Partners, comments: “miiCard has clearly demonstrated an ability to develop rapidly. We’re proud to be continuing to support the company as it positions itself as the market leader in online identity.”

Paul Atkinson of Par Equity, states that: “miiCard has clearly made huge progress over the last few months and we are delighted to be involved as investors. We are looking forward to miiCard being adopted as an industry standard for online identity validation.”

Founded in September 2011, miiCard already supports seven countries and is quickly expanding to meet demand from businesses wanting to improve customer satisfaction, increase conversions and reduce operational costs by enabling consumers to meet identity verification requirements purely online and in real-time. miiCard is looking to grow the existing team, with plans to treble staff in the coming months.

http://www.miicard.com/

Watch the tour video and see how miiCard can create trust online.

For more information please contact Sally Rattray.

miiCard Targets US Market with Digital Passport

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

miiCard today announced a move to target the US market following increased market traction globally for miiCard’s online identity verification service.  This strategic expansion is in direct response to the Internet’s identity crisis and the US government’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative.

Today’s news reflects heightened consumer concern around the issue of online identity in the US and growing demand worldwide for a way to create trust and protect people’s online identity, which was identified as one of 2012’s key technology trends by Deloitte earlier this year.

“miiCard’s pioneering digital passport is the only commercial product able to prove someone’s online identity, not only for financial services but across the board in e-commerce, online dating and social networking,” said James Varga, miiCard CEO, “miiCard puts users in control of their online identity and instantly enables them to create real trust online.”

miiCard lets users prove ‘I am who I say I am’ online, in real-time and with the same level of assurance that a passport or driver’s license carries offline. Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard is a federated identity service that centralizes the management and control of your online identity.

miiCard’s innovative use of Yodlee’s patented Personalized Finance Platform enables miiCard to establish a consumer’s identity by using information only the account holder would know.  Along with a number of additional security measures, including email verification and 2-factor authentication via sms, miiCard can validate a consumer’s identity to the fullest extent of applicable anti-money laundering and know your customer standards.

miiCard’s use of the Yodlee Platform will allow financial services and ecommerce sites around the globe to offer online versions of products and services that have historically required offline identity checks. In addition, miiCard can also be made available as a Yodlee FinApp™, available for distribution across Yodlee’s Personalized Finance Platform and network of banking customers and partners.

“Your financial accounts and transactions history don’t lie,” said Yodlee’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Joseph Polverari.  “miiCard’s innovative use of the Yodlee Platform will take the friction out of many legacy identification methods, dramatically reducing customer abandonment and making critical products and services more accessible to more consumers around the world.”

James Varga, miiCard CEO, comments: “Right now, digital identity is one of the most talked about technology topics. From social networking to banking, the need to create trust online is becoming ever more important. Our relationship with Yodlee means miiCard is the first commercial solution to the problem of how to prove ‘you are who you say you are’ online.”

Vendors accepting miiCard as proof of online identity benefit from increased conversions by supporting a live and purely online sales process, reduced cost of execution by not having to validate an identity offline or physically, and additional fraud and identity theft protection equivalent to a class 2 verification.

http://www.miicard.com/

For more information please contact Sally Rattray.

miiCard Shares Fintech Digital Identity Predictions For 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Online identity verification service miiCard is today releasing a short video on the predicted impact of digital identity on financial services in 2012. While attending FinovateEurope in London last month, miiCard asked a range of experts in financial services about the role digital identity was going to play over the coming year.

The importance of a customer-centric view of data emerged as a strong trend, with those interviewed stressing the increasing significance of individuals being able to manage and control their identities online. Interviewees also predicted that the need to identify and authenticate users across a range of platforms would become a priority for financial institutions.

These predictions reflect growing awareness of the need to prove identity online. Deloitte’s January report on the Top Technology Trends for 2012 identified digital identity as a key issue, and initiatives geared to tackle these concerns have been launched by both the UK and US governments, with the UK Identity Assurance Programme and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in the United States.

James Varga, miiCard CEO, comments: “The response from the leading fintech innovators has only reinforced, along with the increased activity we have already seen and Deloitte’s own predictions, that digital identity is going to be a core trend this year.”

miiCard was developed out of a need to prove online identity, to the same level of authority as a driving licence or passport would do offline, to make the buying and selling of financial products faster and easier.

The inability easily to authenticate a user’s identity online has long been a significant barrier to trade with between 70% and 90% of all online financial transactions terminated when the customer is required to provide physical proof of identity.

miiCard’s online identity verification allows a consumer to prove that “I am who I say I am” purely online and in real-time, to an Anti-Money Laundering standard, without the need for a physical ID check.

As a user-centric service miiCard gives the individual control over their identity and what information they share. Vendors accepting miiCard as proof of online identity stand to benefit from increased conversions, reduced cost of execution and additional fraud and identity theft protection equivalent to a class 2 verification.

Check out miiCard’s video:Digital Identity in Financial Services in 2012

For more information please contact Sarah Lee.

miiCard Expands Global Presence

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Today, at FinovateEurope in London, online identity verification service miiCard will announce the global expansion of support for its ‘digital passport’ to include South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. The news further boosts miiCard’s already strong start to the year, which has seen a partnership with credit solutions provider Callcredit and TRUSTe Web Privacy certification. This international reach, combined with strategic partnerships, cements miiCard’s exclusive position as the only Electronic Identity and Verification (eID&V) service to prove identity purely online and in real time to anti-money laundering (AML) standard, globally.

James Varga, miiCard CEO, comments: “Proving online identity is the final barrier to global trade. The need to create trust online is a worldwide problem so we are delighted to be rolling out support for miiCard in India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This takes us one step closer to conducting business, protecting consumers and fighting fraud internationally, without resorting to physical offline identity validation.”

A user-centric service, miiCard provides the primary ID verification that is missing from existing eID&V solutions, and can be used as an online equivalent to the offline driver’s licence or passport checks normally conducted in a range of industries like financial services, ecommerce, dating and gambling. miiCard is powered by Yodlee, the leading Personal Finance Management (PFM) solution behind 85% of online users at leading bank and portal sites worldwide.

The Callcredit partnership brings together miiCard’s anti-impersonation technology with Callcredit’s award winning data based electronic verification solutions, to provide an unrivalled level of protection and convenience for consumers and companies wanting to do business purely online.

“Our strategic relationships with Yodlee and Callcredit demonstrate confidence in the miiCard digital passport to change the way we trade and transact online, and we are very excited to be working with them to create trust on the Internet,” Varga says.

FinovateEurope is one of the most influential trade shows for the financial services industry and is designed to showcase the most innovative financial technology products and ideas from established industry leaders as well as cutting-edge startups like miiCard.

Eric Mattson, CEO of The Finovate Group says “We are delighted to bring miiCard back to FinovateEurope for a second year. miiCard’s digital passport innovation is an exciting idea in online identity that has the potential to make a real impact on how retail banks interact online with their customers.”

Callcredit and miiCard team up to launch financial ‘digital passport’

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Opening a new savings account or credit card online is set to become a lot easier thanks to a new partnership between ‘digital passport’ providers miiCard and data specialists Callcredit.

Until now, fraud and money-laundering regulations have meant that customers applying for a financial product online have usually had to follow this up by providing proof of identity and other documents by post.

As a result, up to 90% of sign-ups are never completed – meaning many customers are missing out on the attractive ‘online only’ rates offered by banks.

But in a major step for both consumers and the finance industry, miiCard and Callcredit have joined forces to provide a unique online identity service that removes the need for paper-based checks.

The miiCard (My Internet Identity Card) service allows a consumer to prove their identity online and in real-time, creating the same level of trust as a passport or driving licence. Callcredit’s award-winning identity verification software, which contains data on millions of UK consumers, gives an extra, robust layer of protection that ensures the service meets strict anti-money laundering and fraud regulations.

James Varga, Chief Executive of miiCard, said: “In a digital economy where there is a 70% to 90% drop out rate when selling financial products online as soon as the process goes offline, removing the drivers’ licence, passport and utility bill checks is critical. Creating this level of trust online will not only change the face of financial services but anywhere you need to know who you’re dealing with.”

Graham Lund, Managing Director of Callcredit, said: “At this time of year, many consumers will be looking to get their finances in order for 2012 by taking advantage of competitive online banking offers.

“As a recognised leader in identity verification and fraud prevention, we have been working closely with miiCard to make it easier for customers to complete the sign-up process without compromising compliance with regulations or fraud rates. The new service provides a consumer-focused solution that combines the latest cutting edge technology with the widest range of robust data sources. Today represents a shift in the way consumers and companies will view identity verification in the future.”

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miiCard invited to speak at FinovateFall after success at European conference

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

miiCard, developers of a revolutionary digital passport, have been invited to attend FinavateFall 2011, the high profile banking technology conference, after a highly successful visit to FinovateEurope earlier this year. miiCard CEO James Varga has been asked to speak at the prestigious event, which will be held in New York later this month.

miiCard, which last year signed a strategic development and distribution relationship with Yodlee, the leading provider of online and mobile personal finance management (PFM) solutions, is set to launch in beta before the 2011 Christmas retail season. The product aims to fight internet fraud and protect the consumer by finally solving the issue of trust online. From buying a sofa or selling a bike, to finding a flatmate or applying for a new credit card through the Internet, miiCard allows the individual to prove ‘I am who I say I am’ and create trust when transacting online.

FinovateFall provides a showcase for the most innovative new financial technology products and ideas. The selection process to be accepted is exceptionally competitive and miiCard will appear alongside some of Europe’s most exciting emerging technologies. FinovateFall will provide a powerful platform for miiCard to reach new customers, as well as to form strategic partnerships.

James Varga is looking forward to the conference: “The Finovate events bring together the sharpest minds in financial technology– we thoroughly enjoyed FinovateEurope and it’s a great honour for us to be invited to FinovateFall. The timing is perfect for us at miiCard – the online commerce world is desperate for a solution to the problem of trust – and we’re here to provide the answer.”
miiCard aims to change the way we transact online, by providing a system where proof of identity can be validated entirely online and in real-time. miiCard will make online transactions easier, faster and safer.

Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard allows the consumer to track, monitor and so take control of their online identity for the first time. miiCard costs the consumer just £1 a month and is charged to the vendor on a transactional basis.

For more information please contact: Lauren Cormack.

About miiCard

miiCard is a revolutionary “digital passport”, powered by Yodlee, that enables users to prove their identity online for the first time to the same level of authority as a driving licence or passport would do offline. By creating trust in an environment characterised by anonymity and transient identities, miiCard will open up opportunities for business online and put internet users back in control of their personal information.

The inability easily to authenticate a user’s identity online has long posed a significant barrier to trade. Between 70% and 90% of all online financial transactions are terminated when the customer is required to provide physical proof of identity so it is imperative that businesses find a solution.

miiCard is designed to support ecommerce and eradicate this problem by enabling customers to complete complex transactions online without supplying further proof of ID.
For businesses selling online to consumers, miiCard improves conversion rates, cuts operational cost and fights internet fraud.
miiCard also benefits users and vendors by creating trust between parties in a purely online environment, increasing convenience, consistency and simplicity of shopping online, speeding up transactions, reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction and easing regulatory compliance.

James Varga – Founder and CEO

James is a Canadian entrepreneur with over 15 years of innovative technology and internet marketing solutions. In recent years, he has focused on developing Rich Internet Applications and User Experiences for global audiences. James has worked with leading brands in a range of sectors including Winterthur Life, Centrica Business Services, Thomas Cook and Sky Sports.

Stuart Fraser – CTO

Stuart is one of Scotland’s leading digital security experts. Co-founder of specialist IT security consultancy DNS, recently sold to SecureWorks, Stuart’s early career began in the energy sector working for Conoco, BP and Scottish Power.

Finance experts join board of miiCard digital passport to boost next stage of growth

Monday, September 12th, 2011

miiCard has appointed three key board members, Stephen Brannan, Graham Paterson and David Ball – bringing heavyweight financial services and investment expertise to the company at a vital point in its growth.

miiCard has developed a purely online digital passport service that brings trust to the Internet by proving the user’s identity to the same level as a driver’s license or photo ID. It closed its first funding round and completed a management buyout earlier this month and plans a beta launch later this year. The three new board members recognise that miiCard is at a critical stage in its success path and will bring their own expertise to help it reach its full potential.

Stephen Brannan has spent 15 years at Royal Bank of Scotland, latterly as director of Separation Business Services, and has extensive experience of the international banking industry. After leading the separation of a number of businesses acquired under ABM AMRO as part of the RBS Group’s strategy to return to stand-alone strength, and further disposals dictated by the European Commission in return for state aid, he most recently managed the separation process necessary for Santander to purchase parts of the RBS retail network. Brannan also ran the RBS Cards business from 1999 to 2004, so has a thorough understanding of miiCard’s needs.

A highly respected figure in UK banking, Stephen Brannan will bring expert guidance to miiCard as it builds on its recent funding success and management buyout.

Graham Paterson was one of the founding partners of SL Capital Partners LLP and played a major role in the growth of that business from a team of two, with assets under management of £200 million, to a team of 40 and assets under management of £5 billion. An experienced and decisive senior executive, Graham brings extensive investment experience to the table.
David Ball has held board positions with Tesco Bank and senior roles at HBOS plc and Bank of Scotland, managing IT and business transformation programmes.

Together the three new appointments strengthen the miiCard board enormously, bringing insight and understanding of relevant industries and business management practices.

Stephen Brannan says: “There’s a huge opportunity here – there’s nothing else like this available, and, the timing is perfect – if online commerce is to continue to function properly we need to create secure identity procedures. I know my experience and background in financial services can help miiCard reach its potential, so it will be an exciting time, working with the team to find all the applications for this great product.”

miiCard, the revolutionary digital passport, closed its first funding round on September 1, 2011. Raising a total of £550K seed funding from VC, angel and the public sector sources, the round was significantly oversubscribed and completed within six weeks. At the same time, miiCard completed a management buyout, with James Varga appointed CEO.

James Varga says: “This is a big step forward for miiCard – with a board of this calibre we are ready to take miiCard to the next level. It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to start changing the way financial products are distributed online. Consumers want convenience and with the help of Stephen, Graham and David we can help give them exactly that.”

Set to launch in beta before the 2011 Christmas retail season, miiCard aims to fight internet fraud and protect the consumer by finally solving the issue of trust online.

Changing the way we transact online by providing a system where proof of identity can be validated entirely online and in real-time, miiCard will make online transactions easier, faster and safer. miiCard can be used as an online equivalent to the normal driver’s license, passport or photo ID checks normally conducted not only in Financial Services but a range of industries such as online trading, dating, gambling and social networking. miiCard provides a new layer of trust previously unavailable in a purely online environment.

Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard allows the consumer to track, monitor and so take control of their online identity for the first time. miiCard costs the consumer just £1 a month and is charged to the vendor on a transactional basis.

For more information contact: Sarah Lee.

About miiCard

miiCard is a revolutionary “digital passport”, powered by Yodlee, that enables users to prove their identity online for the first time to the same level of authority as a driving licence or passport would do offline. By creating trust in an environment characterised by anonymity and transient identities, miiCard will open up opportunities for business online and put internet users back in control of their personal information.

The inability easily to authenticate a user’s identity online has long posed a significant barrier to trade. Between 70% and 90% of all online financial transactions are terminated when the customer is required to provide physical proof of identity so it is imperative that businesses find a solution.

miiCard is designed to support ecommerce and eradicate this problem by enabling customers to complete complex transactions online without supplying further proof of ID.

Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard gives the user security for their personal data, allowing them to track, monitor and thus take control of their online identity. For businesses selling online to consumers, miiCard improves conversion rates, cuts operational cost and fights internet fraud.

miiCard also benefits users and vendors by creating trust between parties in a purely online environment, increasing convenience, consistency and simplicity of shopping online, speeding up transactions, reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction and easing regulatory compliance.

miiCard closes first funding round and completes MBO

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

miiCard, the revolutionary digital passport, announced today that it has closed its first funding round and completed a management buyout with James Varga appointed CEO. Raising a total of £550K seed funding from VC, angel and the public sector sources, the round was significantly oversubscribed and completed within six weeks.

miiCard, which is set to launch in beta before the 2011 Christmas retail season, aims to fight internet fraud and protect the consumer by finally solving the issue of trust online. From buying a sofa or selling a bike, to finding a flatmate or applying for a new credit card through the Internet, miiCard allows the individual to prove ‘I am who I say I am’ and create trust when transacting online.

Investment has been secured from angel syndicate Par Equity, venture capital group IQ Capital and the Scottish Investment Bank’s Scottish Seed Fund. miiCard has already generated a huge amount of interest from both financial and commercial sectors and over the coming weeks it expects to make a number of high profile appointments of expert advisors and board members.

The idea behind miiCard is to create trust online in the way that a passport or driving licence does offline, as CEO James Varga explains: “From buying and selling online to using social networks, we often need to be able to prove our identity online and in real-time. miiCard will do that by offering an alternative to the traditional offline checks of driver’s licence, passport or utility bill. There is nothing else on the market today that does this, giving miiCard a massive opportunity.

“That is why this funding round has been so well supported by investors. This is a hugely exciting time for the team at miiCard and we are extremely proud that so much confidence has been shown in us. We know that we have an incredible product with countless applications. We are all looking forward to the coming months.”

Changing the way we transact online forever by providing a system where proof of identity can be validated entirely online and in real-time, miiCard will make online transactions easier, faster and safer.

Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard allows the consumer to track, monitor and so take control of their online identity for the first time. miiCard costs the consumer just £1 a month and is charged to the vendor on a transactional basis.

For more information contact: Sarah Lee.

About miiCard

miiCard is a revolutionary “digital passport”, powered by Yodlee, that enables users to prove their identity online for the first time to the same level of authority as a driving licence or passport would do offline. By creating trust in an environment characterised by anonymity and transient identities, miiCard will open up opportunities for business online and put internet users back in control of their personal information.

The inability easily to authenticate a user’s identity online has long posed a significant barrier to trade. Between 70% and 90% of all online financial transactions are terminated when the customer is required to provide physical proof of identity so it is imperative that businesses find a solution.

miiCard is designed to support ecommerce and eradicate this problem by enabling customers to complete complex transactions online without supplying further proof of ID.

Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard gives the user security for their personal data, allowing them to track, monitor and thus take control of their online identity. For businesses selling online to consumers, miiCard improves conversion rates, cuts operational cost and fights internet fraud.

miiCard also benefits users and vendors by creating trust between parties in a purely online environment, increasing convenience, consistency and simplicity of shopping online, speeding up transactions, reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction and easing regulatory compliance.


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