Buxfer.com

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Introduction
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Buxfer is based in Sunnyvale, California.

Buxfer's mission is to build an online and mobile money management tool that is easy to use, yet powerful enough to effect necessary changes in people's money habits. Buxfer believe's there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to managing money. They believe a good money manager doesn't simply mean automatically generating pretty charts. A good money manager adapts to a user's needs, gives them control and flexibility to customize it as needed, and delivers insightful, actionable advise to help plan for the future.

Historic Development of Personal Financial Tools

The evolution of personal financial tools to track expense, income and make personal budgets dates back to Microsoft Money coming out in 1991. The software was available for purchase in conjunction with Windows 3 and Microsoft Office. The software allowed you to upload bank account balances, create budgets, and track expenses. In 1998 Microsoft added an internet component to the software for online banking and stock trading, so real time updates were now possible. Microsoft discontinued the software and accompanying website in stages between 2009 and 2011 due to a lack of demand.

Quicken was the next released personal financial software, and it was released in 1996 for use on Windows 1995. Quicken attempted to differentiate itself from Microsoft Money by offering varying versions of software that increases with complexity of tools and cost. Quicken's higher end software offers tax planning guidance and tax preparation help. Quicken also has a website that supports its software for real-time interactions. Quicken's online reach has expanded greatly with the acquisition of Mint.com in 2009.

Mint.com was founded in 2005 by Aaron Patzer who wanted to make financial planning and budgeting easier for himself and the masses. Mint is a free to use online and mobile app that traces bank statements, credit card statements, investments, and loan transactions and balances in an easy to use user interface. The user interface allows you to make budgets, set savings goals, and find additional savings in your current budget. Mint was sold to Quicken in 2009, and now also supports Quickens software.

Buxfer was founded in 2006 by Ashwin Bharambe and Shashank Pandit to track expenses between friends and to easily split bills like rent and utilities between friends as well. It has since grown into a full fledge financial planning website with social media features as well.

Personal Uses, Features, & Functionality

Core Features

Banking and Account Management
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1. Auto-Categorization:

The program automatically breaks down your expenses into certain categories—such as clothes, restaurants, groceries, alcohol, and gas—to show you where your money goes each month. This feature can be especially useful for those who are looking to save money and want to know where to cut back their spending.

2. Bill/ Payment Reminders:

The personal finance software will send you notifications and reminders when bills are due. This will ensure you make your payments on time, which means you won't have to pay any late fees. 3. Bill Pay:

This functionality allows you to automatically pay your monthly bills with the software, making the payment process extremely easy and convenient.

4. Foreign Currency Support:

The personal finance software can support various currencies, which will be especially useful for those living in foreign countries.

Budgeting and Goal Setting
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1. Goal Progress Tracking:

The personal finance software will track your progress towards each of your financial goals. Some solutions will also offer advice, reminders, and words of encouragement to help you achieve your goals.

2. Goal Setting:

The software gives you the ability to create financial goals for yourself, such as fulfilling your mortgage payment or paying off your student loans. Many programs will also provide simple steps and advice that can help you meet your goals quicker.

3. Saving Planner:

The personal finance software allows you to easily manage your savings account, enabling you to increase your financial stability. Some programs will also offer advice on ways to save, which will help you increase the amount of money you can set aside each month.

Security

Security features ensure your financial information is protected.

Security Features
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1. Data Encryption:

This feature ensures all of your data is encrypted and protected from prying eyes.

2. Password Protection:

The software program requires you to enter a password before you can access your financial information.

3. User Defined Alerts:

This functionality allows you to customize your own alerts and notifications.

Reporting

Reporting and analysis features provide insight to your spending, enabling you to determine how you can save.

Reporting and Analysis
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1. Balance Forecasting

2. Budget vs Actual

3. Overall Summary

4. Spending By Category

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Conclusion

Buxfer has the potential to remake the way people plan there financial futures making it much easier, more efficient, and organized process for all people. Buxfer eliminates the boring work of organizing receipts and expenses, and helps people create budgets that work for them. It also helps stay them within their budget with timely alerts and reminders. Buxfer will hopefully unleash a generation of savers and financially savvy people.

References

http://www.buxfer.com

http://www.crunchbase.com/company/buxfer

http://venturebeat.com/2008/01/04/buxfer-is-giving-mint-other-personal-finance-sites-a-run-for-their-money/

http://techcrunch.com/2007/03/02/billmonk-has-a-half-brother/

http://www.mint.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicken

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Money