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August 28, 2015

Join Us for Payments in Portland! - September 16, 2015

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And we mean Oregon, not Maine!...

The payments industry is highly complex, growing rapidly, and presents fascinating opportunities and challenges for both incumbents and challengers. We have a number of companies in both categories in Portland - so let's get together and talk!

You are invited to the inaugural "Payments in Portland" event on September 16th, from 5:30 - 7:30. Come meet your peers (and your competitors!) and talk about what's happening - and what's not - in our industry. This first event is organized by Carol Coye Benson of Glenbrook Partners and Dr. Siva G Narendra of Tyfone. It is being (generously) hosted by Oregon Story Board, a startup accelerator in Portland's Old Town.

For this first event, we won't have any formal speakers - but we will do around-the-room introductions and talk about what would be useful for future events. This is Portland, so we'll have beer, and wine - and some snacks. Please join us - and RSVP here.

Questions? Send an email to carol@glenbrook.com or to siva@tyfone.com

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 28, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin Technology Piques Interest on Wall St. - New York Times - "Many in the financial industry hope they can find a way to use the blockchain concept — what is often referred to as a distributed ledger — without using the blockchain associated with Bitcoin."
  • Ingenico Said to Join Bidding for U.K. Payments Firm Worldpay - Bloomberg - "Ingenico Group, a French payments-processing company, has joined the race to buy Worldpay Ltd. ahead of a planned initial public offering by the U.K. rival, according to a person familiar with the matter."
  • Payments firm iZettle raises 60 million euro, starts financing service - Reuters - "The firm, a maker of payment card readers for smartphones and tablets, said on Friday that the capital injection was led by previous investors Intel Capital and Zouk Capital. The funds will be used to support the expansion of the new service, called iZettle Advance, and boost growth in iZettle's existing business."

On the Wires:

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Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Introducing the Square Appointments App - "The new Appointments app is available for iPhone –– even if you don’t process payments with Square. We want to empower you to do business anywhere, and our family of Square apps makes it easier to run your point of sale, check your sales reports, and book more business."
  • Consumers Believe Nontraditional Providers Will Drive Financial Industry Innovation, Says Research from Raddon Financial Group - “U.S. consumers continue to trust that banks and credit unions will provide them with the highest quality and most secure financial services available, and they believe that the emergence of nontraditional financial service providers has the potential to drive innovation in the industry,” said Bill Handel, vice president of research, Raddon Financial Group.
  • Consumers Rank Discounts and Savings on Fuel as Their #1 Preferred Reward - “This survey confirms what our merchant partners and over 5 million members have been telling us for the last three years,” said Brandon Logsdon, President and CEO of Dallas-based Excentus. “Today’s consumers clearly value the ability to earn rewards – like fuel savings – that have a meaningful and tangible impact on their household budget, making everyday life more affordable."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wirecard Said to Join Worldpay Contest With $9.4 Billion Bid - Bloomberg - "German payments processor Wirecard AG has joined the bidding for U.K. rival Worldpay Ltd., according to people with knowledge of the matter."
  • PayPal One Touch is Now Being Used By Millions of People and Available in 16 Countries - "One Touch is the biggest change to online shopping in more than a decade. It is a faster, safer way for consumers to check out at merchant sites, whether in mobile apps, on mobile web or online -- across platforms and payment types. Since launching One Touch, we’ve gotten phenomenal feedback from consumers and merchants alike. One Touch has led to a 50% or greater improvement in conversion of PayPal on mobile and we believe ushers in a major upgrade in the way consumers and merchants will connect in the coming decade. "

On the Wires:

  • First American Payment Systems Releases Payment Integration Tools for Partners and Developers - "As the payments world evolves, ISV partners are looking to increase revenue and differentiate their product offerings in the marketplace,” said Neil Randel, Chief Executive Officer for First American Payment Systems. “1stPayBlaze provides that functionality to the ISV community, as well as to their existing and new merchants, backed by our award-winning customer service and technical support. Our tools allow developers to incorporate this advanced technology within their software or website quickly and easily, eliminating many of the complex integration steps required in certifications.”
  • New Payment Technology is an Ace for MasterCard and The Barclays - "Golf fans using the latest in payment technology from MasterCard can get their food and drinks faster whether they are on the course, in the clubhouse or visiting the MasterCard Club on the ninth fairway during The Barclays in Edison, NJ. Concession point of sale terminals throughout Plainfield Country Club will be enabled to accept contactless payments and Qkr! with MasterPass, giving spectators a chance to use some of the newest payment technologies."
  • QCash Financial Offers QCash and QCash Plus as White Label Products to Financial Institutions - "QCash Financial’s product suite enables financial institutions to offer small-dollar, short-term loans quickly via a mobile device, from a branch or online to consumers. The suite is currently comprised of fee-based, small-dollar loans (QCash), and interest-based, near small-dollar loans (QCash Plus), both of which use the data analytics, technology and underwriting engine powered by QCash."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 25, 2015

On the Web:

  • Inside the Fight Over Bitcoin’s Future - New Yorker - "A terrific rumpus broke out in the world of Bitcoin last week, when veteran developers Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn published Bitcoin XT, a competing version of Bitcoin Core, the open-source program that generates new bitcoins, verifies all transactions, and records them on the massive distributed ledger known as the blockchain."
  • The FTC Has the Authority to Enforce Data Security: FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. - TeachPrivacy - "This is a very important case. The FTC achieved a huge win in this case, preserving its power to regulate data security (and privacy by implication). The FTC strengthened its power, as its victory in this case was a strong one, making clear that the FTC has broad authority to enforce to protect data security. "

On the Wires:

  • Apriva and Global Payments Sign Agreement to Provide Secure, EMV Mobile POS Solutions to U.S. Merchants - “Mobile payments are increasingly crucial in today’s market. Merchants that haven’t embraced a mobile solution risk missing out on users who expect to be able to pay with their mobile device as well as via traditional methods,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation at Global Payments. “AprivaPay Plus complements our existing suite of mobile solutions by giving our merchants the tools needed to offer a cutting-edge mobile solution, designed to provide the transaction security EMV affords.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s Award-Winning HCE Payment Solution Achieves Visa Ready Approval - “INSIDE Secure is extremely pleased to receive functional Visa Ready approval for MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for financial institutions,” said Martin Bergenwall, EVP of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE not only meets the latest HCE standard, but it also incorporates potential future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Nok Nok Labs Announces Second Closing of $16.25M Series C Financing to Fuel Global Expansion - "New strategic investors were added to the oversubscribed round, including DaouKiwoom Group from South Korea; DOCOMO Capital from Japan; and Thundersoft from China. The round also includes current investors DCM Ventures, Lenovo Group, ONSET Ventures and Raven Ventures and related affiliates."
  • Study Reveals Old-Fashioned Payments Processes Impact the Cost of Doing Business - "Through a survey of US and UK finance professionals, Currency Cloud found the US has a lot to learn from its UK counterparts when it comes to international payments, with nearly half (47 percent) of US businesses still relying on old-fashioned paper checks. In contrast, the majority of UK businesses (70 percent) make international payments electronically."
  • TSYS Executives Discuss Women’s Impact in Payments Industry - "TSYS today announced that Sarah Hartman, senior director of Consumer Payment Solutions, and Christina Hall, director of business development for Commercial Services, will speak at today’s annual Women in Payments® Symposium in Atlanta."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • Stanford Joins NYU and Duke in Offering Bitcoin Course - CoinDesk - "The college's new course, Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends, launches on 21st September. Besides Stanford students, it will be open to professionals completing their graduate certificate in cyber security."
  • Next-Gen Cybersecurity Is All About Behavior Recognition - TechCrunch - "Rather than focusing on stopping cybercriminals with walls, new technologies are emerging that work to identify cybercriminals instead. Take the relatively new startup BioCatch, which received $11.6 million in funding over three rounds. BioCatch’s technology works to identify patterns of user behavior in certain applications, creating user profiles that can then be matched to subsequent visits."

On the Wires:

  • Bharti Airtel And Uber Announce First-Of-Its-Kind Strategic Partnership - "We are thrilled to announce an innovative collaboration with Bharti Airtel – the largest wireless carrier in India and third largest wireless carrier in the world. Through this partnership, riders in India can pay for their trips with Airtel’s mobile wallet, Airtel Money. Additionally, Mumbaikars will now be the first in India to enjoy free high-speed internet from Uber, powered by Airtel 4G. This service will soon be rolled out for all Uber riders pan India."
  • Visa Checkout Expands Global Availability with New Merchants and Issuers - “It’s great to see banks like CMB and SPDB bringing best-in-class enrollment experiences to their customers in China who are eager to shop overseas,” said Senior Vice President of Visa’s Digital Solutions, Sam Shrauger, who recently outlined Visa’s Checkout strategy in a pymnts.com article. “As more merchants and issuers integrate Visa Checkout, the number of consumers seeing the benefit of a faster online checkout experience also grows. We’re starting to see the network effect kick-in.”
  • Dailymotion Selects Payoneer for Cross-Border Mass Payouts to Its Global Network of Video Creators - “The global banking infrastructure is complex and expensive. Payoneer has simplified the user experience by removing the limitations that typically surround international money transfers for business,” said Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer. “We’ve built a broad set of payment capabilities that enable companies like Dailymotion to scale their businesses globally with a single API connection to Payoneer that enables them to make payments in over 200 countries quickly, securely and in local currency.”
  • Synchrony Connect Completes Program Rollout with New Portal to Engage Business Partners with Insights and Experience Beyond Credit - "Synchrony Connect offers Synchrony business partners a broad range of Synchrony expertise, insights, and tools in non-credit areas delivered through webinars, one-on-one engagements, consulting projects, multi-client and cross-industry events, and the new online portal."
  • POS on Cloud and Clutch Partner to Serve Advanced Customer Solutions to Restaurants and Retailers - "Clutch’s advanced Consumer Management technology will be fully integrated with POS on Cloud’s solution for restaurants and retailers, providing streamlined gift card, loyalty and customer intelligence programs for their merchants. This integration is accessible on mobile and countertop POS terminals and is designed to be streamlined and easy-to-operate in order to maximize the benefits to both merchants and their customers."
  • Michael Walsh, Former CEO of CyberSource, Joins Board of Directors of Forter - "Michael Walsh's appointment exemplifies the company's commitment to delivering first-class global e-commerce fraud prevention regardless of the payment type, channel, or device," said Michael Reitblat, Co-Founder & CEO of Forter. "Michael is an expert in merchant payment and fraud management and his unique retailer and consumer experience make Michael a valuable asset to Forter's Board of Directors. We are confident that he will help guide Forter to new heights as we reinforce and expand our leadership position in the e-commerce ecosystem."
  • FIS Opens Financial Inclusion Lab in India to Drive Banking Access - "The lab is the first of its kind in India and the seventh FIS lab focused on innovation. It is designed to provide a working, collaborative environment for FIS to cooperate with business leaders, government organizations and NGOs across the country to create and test solutions that will help increase financial literacy for the majority of India’s unbanked population."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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