The 10 most innovative companies in finance 2017

In the past year, the financial technology sector has seen a wave of innovations. Microfinance startups are finding their place inside of automated savings programs, social money sharing, and app-based investing, while legacy financial institutions are testing their own limits, putting payments inside of jewelry, appliances, and other unlikely places. Below are the top 10 organizations that are breaking with traditional notions about what it means to bank.

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10. FORERUNNER VENTURES

For investing in the future of commerce

(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

09. VISA

For empowering payment via wearables

(Shutterstock / Kritchanut)

08. VENMO

For expanding beyond peer-to-peer transactions

(AOL)

07. ROBINHOOD

For adding premium perks to trading

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

06. QUANTOPIAN

For crowdsourcing investment algorithms

(Boston Globe via Getty Images)

05. ANT FINANCIAL

For banking on economic growth in rural China

REUTERS/Bobby Yip

04. ETHEREUM

For creating a more developer-friendly public blockchain

(Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

03. IEX

For helping human investors compete with computers

Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

02. DIGIT

For turning saving money into a mindless task

01. GOLDMAN SACHS

For becoming a consumer lender

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This article is part of our coverage of the World's Most Innovative Companies of 2017.

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