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April 10, 2014

Fundbox Raises $17.5MM Series A with a Focus on SMB Cash Flow Acceleration

Fundbox Logo 140pxFundbox has announced it has closed $17.5MM in funding led by Khosla Ventures to "fill the void left by banks and credit companies, and fix the small business economy using data science."

Other investors include Ron Conway’s SV Angels, Vikram Pandit, former CEO of Citigroup, Tom Glocer, former CEO of Thomson Reuters, Jay Mandelbaum, former Head of Strategy and E-commerce at JP Morgan Chase, Emil Michael, SVP of Business at Uber, Shlomo Kramer, CEO Imperva, David Krell, Chairman ISE and several others. The investment will be used to scale the data operations and product, increase marketing outreach efforts, expand the Fundbox San Francisco headquarters, and make additional strategic hires in the Bay Area.

We’ve identified an unprecedented opportunity to bring data-driven innovation to a critically underserved and broken market, focused initially on allowing small businesses to immediately clear outstanding invoices and improve cash flow by accelerating payments,” said Fundbox Founder and CEO Eyal Shinar.

“However, the vision behind our company is much larger, as our proprietary engine can dramatically disrupt and modernize entire industries built around analyzing data. We are starting with small business credit because this is where we can have a significant and immediate positive impact, but the future is boundless.”

Fundbox says it processes tens of thousands of invoices daily, offering small business owners the ability to fix their cash flow by advancing payments for unpaid invoices. This effectively eliminates the net plus 30, 60, 90-day problem from which small businesses suffer.

In order to use Fundbox, a small business owner connects with one-click to their accounting and bookkeeping apps, including Quickbooks, Xero, or Freshbooks, on Fundbox.com. The Fundbox risk engine assesses the customer’s network and invoices for risk automatically and instantly. The user can then view all outstanding invoices through their Fundbox account and choose which invoices to clear.

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April 09, 2014

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April 08, 2014

Meet the Glenbrook Team on Thursday, April 17 in Menlo Park, CA

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April 07, 2014

Musings about Bitcoin

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Bitcoin is like...", Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson muses about comparing bitcoin to the introduction of the printing press:

The printing press freed the written word from the control of the clergy, and let the masses have direct access to books, to the Bible, to politicians’ screeds. Bitcoin has the potential to free money from the control of bankers, central and otherwise."

What do you think? Carol welcomes your comments!

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April 04, 2014

First Data Names Michael Manos as Chief Technology Officer

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data has announced the appointment of Michael Manos as chief technology officer. Manos will be responsible for First Data's global technology infrastructure, be based in Atlanta, and report to company president, Guy Chiarello.

Mike is a key addition to our world-class leadership team and his knowledge and expertise enhances our ability to provide our clients with cutting-edge technology,” said Chiarello.

“He is a seasoned technology management executive with a proven track record of successful revenue generation. Mike’s leadership will be invaluable as we continue to improve our financial position and seek to grow First Data’s business as the global leader and most trusted, reliable and secure network.”

Manos joins First Data from AOL Inc., where he served as CTO of AOL’s Brand Group. Prior to joining AOL, he was a vice president at Nokia where he was responsible for the global operations, consolidation and restructuring of service operations for commercial-facing products and services.

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April 03, 2014

Equifax Partners with Jumio for Mobile Commerce

Equifax logo 140pxEquifax has announced a partnership with Jumio to develop "a series of solutions that will create a more streamlined, secure mobile transaction process for both consumers and retailers."

One of the biggest challenges facing the mobile commerce industry is shopping cart abandonment. Almost 47 percent of consumers have abandoned a mobile purchase specifically due to the difficulty of entering personal information and card data on a small device. By leveraging the strengths of Equifax 1-Touch Services and Jumio’s proprietary Netverify and Netswipe technology, Equifax will be able to auto-fill the personally identifiable information needed to complete a transaction on a mobile device. Equifax consumer information resources will be utilized in tandem with Jumio’s authentication and validation capabilities to reduce fraud, increase purchases and ultimately improve the consumer mobile commerce experience.

“The partnership with Jumio will bring our mobile commerce capabilities to the forefront of a very dynamic, cutting-edge industry,” said Anand Krishnaswamy, Vice President of Mobile Commerce, Equifax Inc.

“Our joint initiatives are unmatched in the market, and we’ll be working very closely with Jumio to take our technologies and solutions to the next level by making mobile transactions easier than ever and more secure for consumers and retailers alike. Consumer identity verification, device authentication and credit card origination can now be done in real-time with just the tap of a finger.”

The solutions will also be integrated with the Equifax Mobile Wallet functionality, allowing consumers to access their cards on their mobile device to use for purchases. Shoppers can choose to either scan their credit card with their smartphone, or utilize their smartphones in-store at the checkout counter to complete the transaction. Additionally, users can opt in for instant, store-brand credit card offers. If the line of credit is extended to the user, they can instantly use the card on their mobile device. Most importantly to the consumer – no consumer credit data is stored or cached on their smartphones.

First Data Adds MasterCard Common Debit EMV Support for STAR Issuers

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data and MasterCard have announced an agreement in which First Data’s STAR® Network will participate in MasterCard’s common U.S. Debit EMV solution. The companies say that this agreement, combined with other recent industry announcements, provides a cost-effective solution and accelerates the ability for EMV functionality to be implemented across the U.S.

By working together, MasterCard and First Data will deliver enhanced choices in how debit card issuers identify and apply multiple network relationships to ensure Regulation II compliance in a cost-effective way. Merchants and acquirers will continue to route transactions as they prefer, without host systems reprograming.

First Data again demonstrates its leadership position in the advancement of EMV in the U.S. with STAR being one of the first debit networks to assist issuers, acquirers, and merchants with equal access to a shared EMV chip card technology, without restrictions on cardholder verification methods,” said Barry McCarthy, president, First Data Financial Services.

“This agreement, and other EMV agreements we have recently announced, helps accelerate the migration to EMV adoption, and moves the entire industry a step closer to additional debit payment security,” McCarthy added.

In January 2013, MasterCard was the first network to offer its proprietary technology to other U.S. debit networks in an effort to support the migration to EMV and enable the routing of PIN debit transactions over multiple, unaffiliated networks. This decision allows acquirers to brand transactions originating from the U.S. common AID (application identifier) for any debit networks that elect to participate.

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April 02, 2014

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April 01, 2014

A Look at a Modern API for Card Data

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Plaid – A Modern API for Card Data", Glenbrook's Russ Jones writes for PaymentsViews.com about Plaid - a new startup company that Russ says "is making the first serious attempt we’ve seen in a while that rethinks the quality of the transaction data."

Every consumer knows how confusing it can be to open up a statement or view their recent activity and find a bunch of transactions for purchases that are not obvious at first glance or maybe not even obvious after a detailed investigation. What is this? Is this a gas station? Was that me or somebody else using my card? And that’s with human reasoning. It gets a lot worse when you try to couple that level of transaction data quality with analytics and third party apps.

Be sure to read more of Russ' thoughts - and share your comments!

FIS Licenses Visa EMV Debit Technology

FIS logo 140pxFIS has announced a licensing agreement that will make the Visa® EMV debit solution available to all NYCE debit network participants. FIS says that the "agreement furthers the U.S. payments industry goal of EMV adoption and is NYCE’s first formal EMV license, which can be used by NYCE Network participants with respect to Visa card products."

Fundamental to the agreement is the support of key NYCE participant business flexibilities, including portability between debit networks for issuers, routing choice for merchants at the point of sale and issuers at NYCE ATMs. At the same time, it ensures that NYCE will have access to Visa EMV technology in perpetuity to support NYCE clients and NYCE will be able to support transactions using all authentication types.

EMV deployment is at a critical point in its business adoption in the U.S. and carries the promise of significantly reducing card-based fraud. Our challenge has been deploying EMV solutions in the U.S. without disrupting the business goals of any industry participant,” said Bob Woodbury, SVP and general manager, FIS Payments Networks. “This agreement will now enable us to offer this Visa-NYCE solution to all NYCE participants and will complement FIS’ substantial EMV card production and EFT processing capabilities.”

“NYCE’s participation in Visa’s common debit solution marks an important milestone in the industry’s efforts to adopt chip technology in the U.S.,” said Bill Sheedy, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Government Relations, Visa Inc. “With the uncertainty of how to enable debit routing on EMV chip effectively resolved, issuers, acquirers and merchants can move forward in their implementations with confidence.”

FIS was a founding member of the Debit Network Alliance (DNA), already supports EMV card production and processing, and is launching EMV-based payment mechanisms that support overseas travel and personalization of debit and credit cards.

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March 31, 2014

Square Market Accepts Bitcoin

Square logo 140pxSquare has announced that "starting today, buyers can purchase goods and services on Square Market with Bitcoin."

Keeping it simple for the seller, the seller receives the amount of the purchased goods or services in USD and in the amount of USD advertised to the sellers' customer at the time of transaction, so the seller takes no risk on Bitcoin value fluctuations.

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March 30, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshops

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxThis week's PaymentsNews.com daily email and RSS feed distribution have been sponsored by Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshops.

This week we conducted the first of our new Bitcoin: Basics and Beyond workshops in Mountain View, CA. The next session of that workshop will be in New York City on June 25, 2014.

Next up in the Payments Insight series is a workshop on Data in Payments on April 22, 2014 in Mountain View, CA. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is leading this workshop - he writes:

Everyone is saying that "data's where the money is." Big data, small data, transaction data - we all know intuitively that this is important.

But what is payment data, really? How detailed is it? And, most important, who has access to it - and the ability to use it - at what point in the purchase value chain?

Glenbrook's Data in Payments Workshop takes apart these questions, and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of where the value of payments data is, and why it is important.

For more information about Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshops, you can learn more here - and be sure to contact Russ for more information about the Data in Payments workshop.

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March 27, 2014

Stripe to Add Bitcoin Acceptance for Merchants

Stripe Logo 140pxIn an article titled "Stripe Merchants Will Soon Be Able to Accept Bitcoin Payments", Jason Del Rey writes for Re/code.net about Stripe's plan to allow its merchant customers to accept bitcoin payments.

Up to now, Stripe merchants that wanted to accept bitcoin as a payment method would have to integrate with bitcoin-specific processors such as Coinbase or Bitpay.

Merchants interested in learning more about Stripe's forthcoming bitcoin support can add themselves to the waiting list to participate in the beta.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 27, 2014

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  • Putin warns West against curbing use of payment systems in Russia - Reuters - "President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Thursday that curbing Russians' use of payment systems based in the United States and Europe would backfire..."
  • Google’s brilliant plan to get millions to adopt its e-money system: Gmail - "While the service has been available since last summer to anyone who had a Google Wallet account or had already been sent money via Gmail, Google now seems to be starting to push it out to the broader public."
  • The Fierce Battle for the Soul of Bitcoin - Wired - "Meanwhile, some of the new entrants to the bitcoin universe—venture capitalists and entrepreneurs—have a much different vision. They see bitcoin as something more practical: a hyperefficient online transaction system like Visa, but cheaper, faster, and more flexible."
  • Wal-Mart sues Visa over interchange fees - City Wire - "The suit claims that Visa raised interchange fees by 234% between 1998 to 2006. The complaint also alleges Visa’s anticompetitive conduct generated more than $350 billion in interchange fees for the colluding issuers during the damages period ..."
  • Target, Visa Say Fraud Limited in Wake of Data Breach - Wall St. Journal - "Target Corp. said it has seen relatively little fraudulent activity on its cards following a massive data breach over the holidays..."
  • Despite Challenges, Bitcoin Technology is Here to Stay - CoinDesk - "Governments must beware of being too heavy-handed with bitcoin, he said. If not, they run the risk not only of pushing bitcoin activity into other countries, but also giving rise to more secretive technologies."

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  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Virgin Money - Kelley Knutson, executive vice president of TSYS’ International Services segment, said, "We will help to ensure Virgin Money’s efforts to grow their cards business are successful by combining our experience in international markets with the strength of the Virgin brand."
  • Businesses Deposit $1 Billion Through Wells Fargo Mobile App - "Wells Fargo & Company – the first major U.S. bank to offer mobile services for corporate and commercial customers – today said that businesses have made more than $1 billion in mobile deposits through its CEO Mobile® Deposit service."
  • VeriFone Welcomes New Member to Board of Directors - "VeriFone Systems, Inc. today announced that Richard A. McGinn will leave the board and be replaced by long-time retail and consumer financial services veteran Jane J. Thompson, effective immediately."

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March 26, 2014

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March 25, 2014

Same Day ACH - A Step (or Lurch) Ahead...

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Same Day ACH – A Step (or Lurch) Ahead" on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson writes about last week's announcement by NACHA that it has plans for a phased introduction of same-day settlement for ACH. Carol spoke earlier today with NACHA President and CEO Jan Estep.

Carol writes:

For now, Estep emphasizes that this is the important settlement “layer” – and that products and services will be defined by financial institutions that can rely on the reduced counterparty risks enabled by this initiative. NACHA’s vision is that same day settlement will start with “push” credit transfers – for all ACH types, including P2P, payroll, bill payment and B2B. Receiving banks (RDFI’s in the ACH system) would be required to receive the transactions, and rules are expected to specify same-day posting to recipient accounts.

Be sure to read Carol's article and add your comments on NACHA's new initiative.

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March 24, 2014

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  • Milestone moment for V.me by Visa as fifteen leading European payment service providers join forces to promote the service to retailers - "Visa Europe has today announced new partnerships with fifteen European Internet Payment Service Providers (IPSPs), giving the V.me by Visa digital wallet service access to their extensive e-commerce merchant portfolios, and supporting the continued growth and availability of the multi-market wallet service."
  • Nordea to divest all its shares in Nets Holding A/S - "As the payments industry is becoming increasingly complex and international, Nets needs a strong experienced owner with a clear strategic vision to take the Company to the next level of its development. Nordea believes its divestment and the new owner will be beneficial for the Company and the customers of Nets."
  • Statement on Credit Card Processing Issue - California Department of Motor Vehicles - "There is no evidence at this time of a direct breach of the DMV’s computer system. However, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting the sensitive information of California drivers, the DMV has opened an investigation into any potential security breach in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement."

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March 22, 2014

Glenbrook's Industry Scan Programs

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxThis week's PaymentsNews.com daily email and RSS feed distribution have been sponsored by Glenbrook's Industry Scan Programs.

These valuable programs are managed by partner Erin McCune. She writes:

Perhaps you’re responsible for identifying important industry trends and new initiatives by your company’s competitors. You follow many industry news sources but distilling the most important items to surface to your executives is challenging.

This is what we at Glenbrook do best. We work with your team to ensure your competitive radar is finely tuned, well focused, and effective.

For more information about Glenbrook's Industry Scan Programs, you can learn more here - and be sure to contact Erin to receive a customized quote that meets your specific needs.

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March 21, 2014

Merchants Lose Debit Card Interchange Fee Appeal

FedEarlier today a US appeals court in Washington, DC upheld the Federal Reserve's Regulation II interchange fee and network routing rules. The appeals court overturned an earlier district court decision handed down last July that struck down Regulation II.

In the Court's opinion on the case, Circuit Judge Tatel expressed a bit of frustration:

Before addressing the parties’ arguments, we think it worth emphasizing that Congress put the Board, the district court, and us in a real bind. Perhaps unsurprising given that the Durbin Amendment was crafted in conference committee at the eleventh hour, its language is confusing and its structure convoluted. But because neither agencies nor courts have authority to disregard the demands of even poorly drafted legislation, we must do our best to discern Congress’s intent and to determine whether the Board’s regulations are faithful to it.

The case is NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 13-5270.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 21, 2014

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  • Visa and PULSE Agree on EMV Common Debit Solution - "Visa Inc. and PULSE, a Discover Financial Services company, announced an agreement to enable financial institutions that issue EMV debit cards on both the Visa and PULSE networks to use Visa’s common debit solution."

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March 20, 2014

What Comes After Bitcoin?

PaymentsViews logo 140pxOn our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's George Peabody writes about math-based currencies:

Don’t get too attached to how Bitcoin looks today. It or its immediate successor is going to change. Moving to another math-based currency may be in your future because we are only at the end of the beginning of the math-based currency journey.

Read and comment on his post here!

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 20, 2014

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  • American Express Expands Benefits for Platinum Card® Members - "These benefits include complimentary, unlimited access to Wi-Fi hotspots provided by Boingo Wireless, a global market leader in Wi-Fi, as well as an application fee statement credit option for the TSA Pre✓™ program."
  • Small Businesses Get Paid Faster With QuickBooks Payments - "As part of the expanding QuickBooks ecosystem of online products and services, QuickBooks Online users who also use QuickBooks Payments get their invoices paid on average two times faster than those who don’t. When these small businesses email their invoices and allow their customers to pay online, they significantly reduce the time it takes to receive payment."

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