From Square S1 to ApplePay, to Microsoft Wallet to Bitcoin to Identifying Business Opportunities

Episode 81

Our speakers in this week’s episode:

In this week’s episode:

  1. Square S1 thoughts
  2. One Women takes Square for millions- Rookie mistake takes 2 years to discover- solitary seller represented nearly 23% of Square’s transaction and advance losses for the first half of 2015 http://www.buzzfeed.com/nitashatiku/square-fraud-losses-single-seller
  3. Apple Pay turned 1 year
  4. Microsoft wallet (http://www.pymnts.com/news/2015/microsoft-takes-another-look-at-mobile-payments/)
  5. Identifying Business Opportunities – is there a pattern to identify these ideas?
    1. How 3 guys created Blue Apron, a $2 billion recipe-delivery business with 2,500 employees, in 36 months – Blue Apron (http://www.businessinsider.com/blue-apron-founder-story-sai-100-2015-10)
    2. Slack $2.8B http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/slacks-breakneck-growth
    3. Pinterest valuation: http://www.pymnts.com/news/2015/pinterests-payments-push-documents-leaked/
  6. Bitcoin pricing
    1. What 2016 Holds for Bitcoin Businesses (October 18, 2015, coindesk.com)
    2. EU Rules Bitcoin Is a Currency, Not a Commodity — Virtually (Oct 22, 2015, wsj.com)
  7. Sweden first country cashless (http://cointelegraph.com/news/115452/sweden-to-become-worlds-first-cashless-country)

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Apple Pay & Starbucks + Lyft & Stripe instant payout.

Episode 80

Apple Pay & Starbucks + Lyft & Stripe instant payout.

Head of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey Shares How Apple is Winning Local

Jennifer Bailey – retail experience expert and head of apple pay discloses that Apple is using the existing merchant sales people, 370,00 in the US to distribute and educate the merchants across the country. Also we discussed the impact of immediate payouts for marketplace companies.

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Interview with Peter Ohser EVP Business Development for MoneyGram

Episode 79

Interview with Peter Ohser EVP Business Development for MoneyGram

In this special episode Mike & Faisal interview Peter Ohser, EVP (Business Development) for MoneyGram, one of the large incumbents in the money transfer space.

Peter Ohser, EVP Business Development for MoneyGram

MoneyGram

About MoneyGram

MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services. We provide quick and reliable worldwide funds transfer through our vast network of approximately 350,000 agent locations – including retailers, international post offices and banks – in more than 200 countries and territories. It is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. We have a fast-growing $125 million self-service business. That means we are more accessible for more consumers in more places. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. Our services are trusted by tens of millions of customers around the world. MoneyGram’s platform enables money transfers to cross physical boundaries like country borders or cross digital boundaries like mobile wallets.

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Trump & T-Mobile Hacks, EMV in America, Poor Bitcoin, to Psychology of Marketplaces

Episode 78

This week we discuss we touch upon the recent rise in hacking, where customer data is being leaked on to the Internet. The most recent hack of Trump Hotels & T-Mobile – what does it mean for the consumer?

On 1st of October 2015, EMV formally became a requirement in the US, and has now shifted the liability of card fraud to the merchant is they are not EMV compliant. Brian expands on what this means for credit/debit card users in America.

Faisal briefly talks about Ben Milne (founder of Dwolla) and his blog article on Blockchains. What truly should be a banking blockchain and Ben’s vision/opinion on it.

Brian and Faisal discuss Bitcoin – has it lost its shine? There seems to be a slow down in both Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Last, but not the least, Mike touches upon the marketplaces in America, specifically understanding the psychology behind the marketplaces.

Our speakers in this week’s episode:

Resources

  1. Trump Hotels Data Breach
  2. T-Mobile Hacks
  3. EMV in America – Brian Roemmele’s take on it.
  4. Ben Milne’s Blog article on Blockchain
  5. Understanding the Psychology of Marketplaces

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