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Disrupting Insurance: The Other Financial Services Opportunity

March 12, 2014

In the last years, most of the focus on innovation in financial services has been, it seems, on banking (investing and lending) and payment. Comparatively, fewer startups have been addressing the insurance space. This is about to change and the...
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Smart Commerce will only succeed with Smart Banking

February 4, 2014

Bill Ready had a great post at PandoDaily on the growing importance of smart mobile driven commerce. In my view this is one side of the equation of the future of commerce, the other side being the creation of smart banking services. Using...
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The battle for the POS is the battle for digitization of physical retail

January 18, 2014
The battle for the POS is the battle for digitization of physical retail

The POS market has recently seen interesting transactions and announcements: First Data acquired Clover end of2013 and launched its Clover Point of Sales in 2014. First Data Quietly Buys Payments Startup Clover; Launches Point Of Sale Platform For Merchants Amazon acquired...
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Understanding a Bitcoin Advocate

January 6, 2014

After an eventful last year, 2014 is starting with more debate and conversations around Bitcoin. It is often said that understanding Bitcoin is too technical for the average user (and at core it is, for a good summary of Bitcoin, this things the following is one of my favorite posts : http://brokenlibrarian.org/bitcoin/ ), but understanding...
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Welcome to Banks’ new competitors

December 9, 2013
Welcome to Banks’ new competitors

Founded in 2006 by a single repeat entrepreneur. IPOed the next year. Raised a total of USD 232 M, including a last round in 2013 of USD 150M that puts it firmly in the dollar billion valuation club (aka the...
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Braintree takes Venmo Touch international with AMEX > what it means for credit

October 4, 2013

With Simple and now AMEX on board as preferred marketing partners in the US and UK, expect Braintree to follow a similar playbook in future markets. There also could be some significant competition in these initial two markets from other...
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Capital8, Financing, and Supplier Adoption

September 19, 2013

Finally, the last parameter is funding cost, for supplier financing. This is important because Tradeshift already has very advanced semantic analyses of content (this is in fact how we build CloudScan). We use this to give CapitalAid and other financing parties access to a proprietary risk model to gauge factoring risk. A lot of...
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Acquisition cost vs Processing cost : strategies for payment startups?

July 18, 2013

With the cambrian explosion of payment startups, clones tackling mobile, NFC, QR codes, cryptography etc. it is quite a confusing market, especially when looking for the startups and companies that will shape the market. One possible framework to look at payment startups is to focus on the 2 main competitive  forces in the market...
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Google I/O payment announcements: is a revolution with no insurgency possible?

May 20, 2013
Google I/O payment announcements: is a revolution with no insurgency possible?

Google’s megafest was happening last week, with big announcement for Hangout, Google +, Android and Search / Maps. Among these were a couple of announcements related to Payments (but no major push from Google since Wallet 2.0 last year  and no...
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Shadow banking: a platform for innovative financial services

May 8, 2013
Shadow banking: a platform for innovative financial services

Shadow banking has become a focus of media in the last years, with many headlines on its growing size, its supposed incomprehensible structure and how it was superseding the existing banking system . This view has often been biased toward rejection...
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