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April 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 23, 2014

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  • SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much, Much Bigger - Business Insider - ""For the first time, two people can exchange a piece of digital property, without any prior relationship, and in a secure way, over the Internet," Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin's core developers..."
  • Africa’s Tech Edge - The Atlantic - "How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age..."
  • It's Time for the Industry to Embrace Phased-In, Same-Day ACH - American Banker BankThink (Pat Thelen) - "As an industry, we're at a crossroads on whether to evolve or be left behind. If we choose not to evolve, we risk becoming irrelevant."
  • Beyond their breach - BillGuard Blog - "At this point, we might as well walk around with our credit card numbers plastered on our foreheads."
  • The Mobile Security Journey at Wells Fargo - Bank Systems & Technology - "With mobile adoption growing so fast and providing a constant touchpoint with customers (Wells’ mobile customers log in an average of 13 times each day), embedding security, without hurting the customer experience, is a top priority for the bank, Ajami shares."

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  • IDC Financial Insights Unveils Results from 2014 Consumer Payments Survey - "After several years of growth, the market for 'alternative' payment methods is now entering a period where adoption gains may come more slowly and where simply providing an alternative isn't enough. Instead, providers need to offer products that add value beyond the payment," said James Wester, practice director for Worldwide Payment Strategies and the author of the report.
  • Domino's Pizza® Now Accepting Payment via Google Wallet - "Google Wallet is a great technology that allows customers even more flexibility and convenience when it comes to paying for their Domino's orders."
  • Digital River Extends Its SMB Payments Solution to U.K. Merchants - "The solution offers small and medium enterprises, commerce providers, systems integrators and developers turn-key access to credit card processing capabilities for Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards in Euros and Pound Sterling."
  • 2Checkout Appoints Shawn Budde as CEO - "Mr. Budde has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry including executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company."

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November 04, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 4, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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October 29, 2013

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
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October 16, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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September 27, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 27, 2013

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  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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September 20, 2013

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  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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September 03, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 3, 2013

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  • BitMonet: Pay-per-view for the Internet - IEEE Spectrum - "Publishing houses most likely chose this payment model to offset the high processing fees that credit cards bundle into their purchases..."
  • Why Debit Cards Will Survive with Lower Swipe Fees - American Banker BankThink (Mark Horwedel) - "In the hands of the signature networks, debit interchange became a new source of revenue that today is viewed by the banks as a natural right."
  • A Look Back at the History of the Federal Reserve - The Big Picture - "What did the Federal Reserve Act do? According to the preamble of the Act, the intent was “to furnish an elastic currency.”"
  • EMV Is Coming to the United States--Right? - Portals and Rails Blog - "Based on comments I've also heard at recent industry conferences, many of the major card issuers' replacement plans seem to be focused on card replacement for international travelers and high net worth/private banking clients rather than a wholesale card replacement effort."
  • Stripe in Ireland - Stripe Blog - "With Stripe’s launch in Ireland, we’re bringing all our core functionality to every Irish individual and business: instant setup, full control over the user experience, straightforward pricing, and a fully integrated stack."
  • GSMA's MMU releases infographic on the Kenyan experience with mobile money - GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked Blog - "The Kenyan Journey to Digital Financial Inclusion is an infographic that chronicles the development of mobile money in the country tracing how policy decisions and product innovations worked together to connect three quarters of the Kenyan people to electronic payments and other products."

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August 22, 2013

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July 22, 2013

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July 08, 2013

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June 04, 2013

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June 03, 2013

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May 24, 2013

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May 21, 2013

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May 16, 2013

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April 18, 2013

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April 16, 2013

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April 11, 2013

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October 23, 2012

Vodafone’s M-Pesa to Expand Money Transfer Routes to 35 Countries

M Pesa logo 140px Vodafone announced that next month, it will connect its M-Pesa service to a leading international remittance hub, HomeSend operated by BICS. This will allow M-Pesa customers to send and receive funds via their mobile phone accounts by connecting directly to more than 21 international money transfer businesses in 35 countries.

April 10, 2012

October 31, 2011

March 31, 2011

Mobile Money Exchange - Global Deployment Tracker

Mobile money exchange logo 140pxThe Mobile Money Exchange has a great visual tool that nicely illustrates the proliferation of mobile money deployments around the world.

This tool was originally developed by the GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked team (covering the countries under their remit) and has been extended to include all worldwide mobile money deployments.
The global deployment tracker requires the Google Earth browser plug-in; its worth getting it if you don't already have it.

September 22, 2010

Mobile Money Wins the Social and Economic Innovation Award 2010

M-Pesa_logo_140px.pngBased on the success of mobile money-transfer services in Kenya and other developing countries, The Economist has announced that Nick Hughes and Susie Lonie will jointly receive the Social and Economic award at its forthcoming Innovation Awards ceremony for their outstanding contributions in this field. Nick Hughes (Signal Point Partners) and Susie Lonie (Vodacom South Africa) started a mobile money initiative in Kenya in 2005 called M-PESA, which is a joint venture between Safaricom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Kenya, and Vodafone. READ MORE »

May 18, 2010

Safaricom, Equity Bank Bring Banking to M-PESA Users in Kenya

M-PESAEquity Bank and Safaricom have announced "an ultimate bank account that lets customers transfer money to and from their M-PESA accounts via their mobile handsets while enjoying other benefits that come with the bank account." Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph said “M-PESA is proud to launch another new initiative with our partners Equity Bank by offering a new service that will target customers who are looking for the convenience of a bank account that uses M-PESA as the tool to deposit money into their accounts. This is a great idea that will drive customers to save into their bank accounts and enjoy the benefits of having the value added services of both M-PESA and an Equity bank account."

An M-KESHO account will offer short term loan facilities as well as pay interest on mobile account deposits. Credit evaluation for loans will be based on scoring using 6 months of history of the consumers M-PESA balances. There is no application for to fill - the loan request is made by the consumer using the mobile phone.

For more information, see "M-PESA meets microsavings with Equity Bank deal in Kenya" on the CGAP blog.

April 21, 2010

New Paper: Mobile Payments Go Viral - M-PESA in Kenya

A new paper is available from the CGAP Microfinance Gateway titled "Mobile Payments go Viral: M-­PESA in Kenya" by Ignacio Mas and Dan Radcliffe of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mobile Payments Go Viral_M-PESA in Kenya_Mas and Radcliffe.jpgFrom the abstract:

M-PESA’s market success can be interpreted as the interplay of three sets of factors:

  • Pre-existing country conditions that made Kenya a conducive environment for a successful mobile money deployment;
  • A clever service design that facilitated rapid adoption and early capturing of network effects;
  • A business execution strategy that helped M-PESA rapidly reach a critical mass of customers, thereby avoiding the adverse chicken-and-egg (two-sided market) problems that afflict new payment systems.

July 14, 2009

What You Don’t Know About M-Pesa

M-Pesa_logo-140px.jpgOver on CGAP's Technology Blog, Olga Morawczynski, a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, writes about Kenya's M-Pesa and what most of us don't know about M-Pesa. She credits much of its success not to the usual suspects we've heard about but rather to Sagentia, a technology consultancy firm based in Cambridge. As often happens with innovations, it was the small dedicated team working with the two big players that provided the focus to get things done!

January 12, 2009

M-Pesa Success Stirs Banks’ Fury in Kenya

logo_mpesa.gifIn a story titled "M-Pesa success stirs banks’ fury as five million subscribers enroll", Washington Gikunju writes for Business Daily Africa about the success of mobile payments service M-Pesa in Kenya - saying that "Business Daily’s extensive interviews with M-Pesa users and commercial bankers has established that the system may slowly be evolving into Kenya’s biggest retail bank by all definitions —save for its official recognition as a basic money transfer service."

December 24, 2008

Kenya Banks vs. M-PESA

James Mbugua reports for the Nairobi Star that "four big local banks [in Kenya[ have formed an "ad hoc committee" to try and get M-PESA stopped." M-PESA, a mobile payments service offered by Safaricom, has been very successful - "The problem for the banks seems to be the extraordinary popularity of M-PESA. Launched in March 2007, it now has over 5,000,000 registered users and almost 5,000 registered outlets." [Editor's note: Hat tip to Dave Birch!]

December 08, 2008

Vodafone, Safaricom, Western Union Partner for Mobile Transfers

Vodafone, Safaricom and Western Union have announced that they will partner to pilot a cross-border Mobile Money Transfer (MMT) service between the U.K. and Kenya. This service will enable customers to send cross-border remittances from select locations directly to Safaricom mobile subscribers in Kenya generally in minutes. READ MORE »

May 31, 2008

The Safaricom IPO

Jack Ewing and Eliza Barclay writes for Business Week about the upcoming initial public offering of shares in Kenya's Safaricom - scheduled to begin trading on the Nairobi Stock Exchange on June 9th. Although not mentioned in the article, Safaricom is the home of M-PESA, perhaps the most successful person-to-person mobile payment scheme on the planet. (See more articles about M-PESA in the Payments News Archives.)

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