• Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint, has unfinished business with AI

    Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint, has unfinished business with AI

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mint’s win at the first ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition (back then – lost in the mists of time – it was known as TechCrunch 40). But what is less known about founder Aaron Patzer is that he’s one of the pioneers of AI. Now based in the Southern Hemisphere, he’s coming to speak at Techcrunch Battlefield… Read More

  • Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution Crunch Network

    Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution

    New consumer-facing financial applications are being built on top of old banking infrastructure, while other startups are going around financial infrastructure altogether. Together, they are unbundling the roles of banks and other financial incumbents. Read More

  • How startups are trying to fix consumer debt Crunch Network

    How startups are trying to fix consumer debt

    Consumer debt remains one of the biggest challenges with the American economy. The average household has $130,922 in debt, and debt interest payments represent 9 percent of the average household income. The silver lining is that with tough problems comes the opportunity for tech companies and investors to build solutions to address them. Here are some of the startups helping us get out of debt. Read More

  • founders back dating app Mint founders back dating app Mint

    The founders of — the popular social Q&A app that became embroiled in a cyberbullying media storm before being acquired by IAC — have backed new dating app Mint. Read More

  • You’re Still Modeling Growth Incorrectly Crunch Network

    You’re Still Modeling Growth Incorrectly

    When I first got the job running marketing at Mint, founder and CEO Aaron Patzer told me that we had to get Mint to 100,000 users within six months of launching. The number itself didn’t intimidate me: Before Mint, I had been Facebook employee No. 30. I’d witnessed crazy, exponential user growth first-hand. The difference was that at Mint, we were pre-product and certainly… Read More

  • With $63 Million Under Management, Student Loan Hero Joins The “Mint For Student Loans” Crowd

    With $63 Million Under Management, Student Loan Hero Joins The “Mint For Student Loans” Crowd

    Debt-management focused Student Loan Hero is ramping up the competition in the “Mint for Student Loans” space, with now 2,000 people on board, $63 million in debt under management, a platform built on proprietary technology (not Yodlee, like some of its nearest competitors), and a little bit of seed funding from Expansion VC. Read More

  • Finance Is Boring? Mint Competitor Adaptu Hits The Deadpool

    Finance Is Boring? Mint Competitor Adaptu Hits The Deadpool

    Intuit’s Mint has one less competitor now. Adaptu, a Portland-based startup that positioned its mobile wallet as an alternative to Mint, is closing its doors. The company announced the change via its website and in emails to its subscriber base. According to the company, the decision was made because Adaptu didn’t want to have to transition away from its free model in order to… Read More

  • iRobot Acquires Evolution Robotics, Makers Of The Mint Robot Vacuum, For $74 Million

    iRobot Acquires Evolution Robotics, Makers Of The Mint Robot Vacuum, For $74 Million

    Home (and military) robot maker iRobot has just acquired Evolution Robotics, the makers of the Mint floor-cleaning robot with an R&D shop focused on navigational tools. The Mint cleaner will join iRobot’s Roomba line. In a press release that touts the move as an expansion of iRobot’s “position as global robotic floor care market-leader,” the company announced that… Read More

  • Revealed: Could Soon Fire Back At Simple With A Debit Card Of Its Own

    Revealed: Could Soon Fire Back At Simple With A Debit Card Of Its Own

    Earlier today, online banking startup Simple unveiled new reporting features that will allow users to see how much — and where — they’re spending money in their bank accounts. Those features seemed aimed squarely at Intuit-owned, which has been one of the leading online budgeting and data visualization tools. One advantage that Simple has over Mint and other… Read More

  • Scott Cook of Intuit

    Intuit Founder Scott Cook: Mint Is Roughly 4X Bigger Than It Was Pre-Acquisition

    Scott Cook started Intuit in 1983, and since then he and the company have overcome quite a few obstacles. He watched as mobile became a dominant channel in people’s lives, found ways to penetrate emerging markets, and leveraged Intuit’s excellent reputation to pick up the hot new kid on the block, The acquisition went down in 2009, two years after Mint launched on… Read More

  • Launches Android Tablet App Launches Android Tablet App, the financial service we first mentioned at TechCrunch40 in 2007 (wow, that seems like a long time ago), announced that they have launched a new native app specifically for 9 and 10 inch Android tablets running Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. This new app, available in the Android Market, will join the previously available versions for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile phones. Read More

  • Mint Founder’s New Project, Swift, Studies Personal Maglev Vehicles

    Mint Founder’s New Project, Swift, Studies Personal Maglev Vehicles

    Aaron Patzer, the founder of Mint, has a new project that he is spending half his time on (he continues to spend the other half as VP of Product Innovation at Intuit, which acquired Mint two years ago for $170 million). His new project is called Swift, and it is his vehicle (if you will) to exlore the feasibility of building a personal maglev vehicle transit system. “The goal is to see if… Read More

  • Apple’s Lion Creates Dilemma For Older Quicken Fans

    Apple’s Lion Creates Dilemma For Older Quicken Fans

    Intuit’s “Quicken 2007 for the Mac” users have a problem. The personal financial accounting software is not going to work under Lion, Apple’s new OS 10.7, due to be released as early as Wednesday. Intuit suggests three solutions. But each has its own flaws, especially if you want to track investments, reconcile your financial statements or not have to buy 3… Read More

  • Money Dashboard, the UK's answer to, exits beta with consumer push

    Money Dashboard, which can be thought of as a for the UK, gets its consumer launch today. Running in some form of beta since December 2009, the startup, which is funded to the tune of £2m, provides an online service for consumers to manage their finances via a dashboard that aggregates data – balances and transactions – from online bank accounts and credit cards etc. Read More

  • Over A Year After Its Acquisition, Is Mint Still Fresh?

    Here at TechCrunch, we’ve long been fans of personal finance site Mint, which won our first TechCrunch40 conference in 2007 and was acquired two years later by Intuit for an impressive $170 million. But things may not be going gangbusters at the company these days. We’ve learned that in the next month, three key employees from the original, pre-acquisition team will be leaving… Read More

  • Toshl wants to become the of Europe, if the banks will let them

    While attending an exhausting, snowy yet insightful LeWeb in Paris, the TechCrunch Europe team met with a variety of startups and founders. One of them is a recently launched Slovenian company called Toshl, which gives people a well-designed mobile app to track their day to day expenses. Both the web interface and the mobile version, which is available for most mobile phones such as iPhone… Read More

  • Wesabe Co-founder Explains Why They Lost To Mint, Blames Himself

    Marc Hedlund, co-founder and former CEO of personal finance company Wesabe, has penned a refreshingly honest and open take on why he thinks the startup lost to rival Mint. The latter launched later than Wesabe (and won the top prize at the TechCrunch40 conference back in 2007) and was later acquired by Intuit for $170 million, while Wesabe had a less stellar exit and hit the deadpool last June. Read More

  • Money Dashboard Bids To Become The For The UK

    Money Dashboard, which is shooting to become the for the UK, launched its open beta today, coming out of a period in closed Beta which, they say, was “massively over-subscribed” after its appearance in October. The site recently completed a funding round, securing £1 million of investment via a consortium of investors. It also has a lot less competition now that main… Read More

  • Offermatic Is The Freak Love Child Of Mint, Groupon And Blippy

    The best way to describe Offermatic is this – imagine if Mint, Blippy and Groupon went off to Vegas for the weekend, got wasted and ended up in bed together. Nine months later, out pops Offermatic. Like Mint, Offermatic is a front end user interface to Yodlee’s robust financial network. And the service digs through your credit card transactions just like Blippy does (although… Read More

  • The Mint Automatic Roboswiffer: Like Roomba but more like Robocop

    What the deuce? This looks like some sort of Swiffer/robot cyborg that mated with an Apple power supply. Apparently the Mint floor cleaner is available for $249 and is now on pre-order. The sweeper dusts and wet mops floors and you can add Swiffer cloths to it. It’s much smaller than the Roomba and I’d actually wager it’s a bit more handsome. This is truly an exciting time… Read More

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