Articles by: JJ Hornblass

ShopKeep's NFC reader, which is being given to merchants for free

Will NFC Keep Square from Profitability?

by December 16, 2014 at 10:34 am 1 comment

Yes, Square has finally gotten NFC religion. Jack Dorsey, Square’s founder, disclosed in an interview with The New York Times a few days ago that, indeed, Square will unveil NFC functionality, although he offered no release date. Dorsey said only that, “We have committed to making sure our sellers areRead More

Parlez-vous LendingClub?

Parlez-vous LendingClub?

by December 11, 2014 at 11:51 am 0 comments

LendingClub’s IPO, which was trading 65% higher than its IPO price today, is big news here in the United States. But the peer-to-peer credit company might be more notable news in France. As has been well-documented, LendingClub’s founder, Renaud Laplanche, is French. He appears to have more notable status there, although he livesRead More

Amex Gives TouchID a Vote of Confidence for Biz Cards

Amex Gives TouchID a Vote of Confidence for Biz Cards

by December 4, 2014 at 10:33 am 1 comment

In updating its core cards app for iOS late Tuesday, American Express has given a thumbs up to TouchID security for business cards.

Two Highly Divergent Views on Bitcoin Surface

Two Highly Divergent Views on Bitcoin Surface

by December 3, 2014 at 11:45 am 2 comments

It is as if the fintech world views bitcoins in either black or white — nothing close to grey. On Monday, those two perspectives were in contrasting view. On the one hand, VentureBeat published a laudatory opinion piece on bitcoins, claiming that “bitcoin is going to be one of the mostRead More

If at First You Don’t Succeed … Try Giving Out Free Money (Like Google Wallet)

If at First You Don’t Succeed … Try Giving Out Free Money (Like Google Wallet)

by November 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm 1 comment

Google Wallet is trying a new method to spur adoption: giving out free money. Google Wallet recently started a campaign to give out $5 to consumers who buy gift cards from the following retailers via Google Wallet: Regal Cinemas Sephora Staples Toys “R” Us on Gyft.com Whole Foods Market GoogleRead More

Square, PayPal Lapses in QuickBooks Tough for Small Businesses

Square, PayPal Lapses in QuickBooks Tough for Small Businesses

by November 24, 2014 at 11:17 am 0 comments

To say Square and PayPal are important to American small business might be an understatement.

So when those two ventures’ integration into the accounting platform of choice for America’s small business — QuickBooks Online — falls short, the shortcoming deserves notice.

Fiserv, LexisNexis in App Hookup

Fiserv, LexisNexis in App Hookup

by November 13, 2014 at 11:21 am 0 comments

Fiserv and LexisNexis, two big brands in financial technology, now have apps that are integrated. Greylock Federal Credit Union, the former credit union of General Electric, built the LexisNexis-Fiserv tie in using Fiserv’s DNAappstore, which fields such integration efforts. Specifically, the Greylock-built app, introduced this fall, allows demographic data from DNARead More

Alipay Pitches PayPal on JV

Alipay Pitches PayPal on JV

by November 11, 2014 at 11:47 am 0 comments

When China’s largest payments processor makes partnership overtures, they deserve notice. That’s what happened today, when Alipay, which has about 700 million registered accounts, said it wants to partner with PayPal, in addition to its ongoing talks with Apple to join Apple Pay.

Silence Speaks Volumes on Future of Facebook Messenger Payments

Silence Speaks Volumes on Future of Facebook Messenger Payments

by November 11, 2014 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Facebook Messenger passed a major milestone. That would not be the introduction of payments.

The Underappreciated Banking Conversation

The Underappreciated Banking Conversation

by November 7, 2014 at 10:01 am 0 comments

Is every banking conference truly blah, blah, blah boring?

Bank of America Adds 3 Telcos, Including Sprint, to Text Banking

Bank of America Adds 3 Telcos, Including Sprint, to Text Banking

by November 5, 2014 at 9:54 am 0 comments

Bank of America Corp. has quietly expanded its text banking service — yes, text banking service — to “support” at least three more telcos. Those telcos are Sprint, Boost, and Cincinnati Bell. BofA also added MetroPCS, which is a T-Mobile brand.