Intuit Opens Financial Data Service APIs to Developers

Hoping to unleash a wave of developer creativity in financial apps, Intuit is giving developers access to the financial data service that powers Quicken, QuickBooks and Mint.com.

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Tue, September 11, 2012

CIO — Got an idea for a killer personal or small business finance application? Intuit is opening the door for third-party developers with the APIs to its financial data service in the U.S. and Canada. These APIs will provide developers with the same aggregation and categorization data services that power Intuit's Quicken, QuickBooks and Mint.com.

"Access to reliable financial data is among the biggest challenges developers face when working to innovate," says Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint.com and vice president of Product Innovation at Intuit. "These new APIs will accelerate the pace of development we'll see at startups looking to create new services for both individuals and businesses."

Intuit's data aggregation and categorization capabilities is what it uses to seamlessly collect, organize and manage consumers' and small businesses' financial information. The APIs are designed to provide access to more than 19,000 sources of personal and business banking, brokerage and investment accounts in the U.S.

"If you're an innovative developer with a creative idea to create a financial application for consumers and small businesses that relies on customer financial data, we're basically empowering that to happen in an efficient and reliable way," says Michael Grossman, vice president of marketing for Intuit's Financial Services Division. "One of the reasons for doing this is that we have the sense that if you let a thousand flowers bloom, you unleash creativity that we might never have thought of. My prediction is that we're going to be surprised."

Intuit APIs Form Cornerstone of SaveUp's Business

SaveUp, a San Francisco-based startup, is a prime example, says Sammy Shreibati, co-founder and CTO. SaveUp is a financial rewards program for good financial behaviors and actions. Essentially, you connect your accounts to SaveUp, which is then able to track when you save money or pay down debt. Shreibati says the credits are then used to play for prizes underwritten by sponsors. The prizes include everything from a $10,000 home and bedroom makeover to a vacation and even a $2 million jackpot. The company is currently advertising-driven and the service is completely free to SaveUp's users.

"These APIs are the key driver for what SaveUp is about," Shreibati says. "It's the cornerstone of how our product works."

"Intuit's service is easy to use and helps our customers securely access their data from just about any financial source you can think of through SaveUp," says Priya Haji, co-founder and CEO of SaveUp.

"We're then able to use this information to track our customers' smart financial actions and reward them accordingly," Haji says. "This data service has helped us build a better tool to help people save more and have fun while doing it. To date, more than $100 million in savings and $90 million in debt payments have been registered in SaveUp from financial institutions across the U.S."

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