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Capital One’s Fairbank Gets Passionate About Digital

Capital One’s Fairbank Gets Passionate About Digital

by October 17, 2014 at 10:17 am 1 comment

Capital One founder and CEO RIchard Fairbank got passionate about digital in the bank’s earnings call yesterday

PayPal Is Said to Be in ‘Early Talks’ to Acquire Square

PayPal Is Said to Be in ‘Early Talks’ to Acquire Square

by October 14, 2014 at 11:45 am 35 comments

PayPal, reportedly is looking to make some acquisitions before it spins off from eBay, and is eyeing Square.

Social Money’s New Savings Tool Already Gaining Customers

Social Money’s New Savings Tool Already Gaining Customers

by October 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm 0 comments

There’s no secret how challenging it is to make money off of low-balance, “free-checking” customers. (Just ask M&T.) But Social Money‘s president, Scott McCormack, thinks he has a pretty good solution under his roof, and soon he’ll have the clients to prove it. One client is slated to sign ontoRead More

VIDEO: Why There Is Opportunity Among the Underbanked via Bloomberg TV

by October 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm 0 comments

Bill Gates gave a speech at Sibos today, and for some unexpected reason Bloomberg TV reached out to me to comment on why the unbanked are important.  It turned into a cool 7 minute segment on Core, how our portfolio companies are improving people’s lives and how Visionaries, like Amex, are avoiding the traditional missionary and […]

Epiphyte, Matchmove Win Fintech Startup Challenge

Epiphyte, Matchmove Win Fintech Startup Challenge

by October 2, 2014 at 10:28 am 7 comments

More than 280 companies entered the Innotribe Startup Challenge but just two emerged triumphant: the money movement service Epiphyte, and Matchmove, which offers virtual credit cards.

What We Hope to See From the Leumi Hackathon

What We Hope to See From the Leumi Hackathon

by September 30, 2014 at 9:29 am 0 comments

To explain the remarkable technology innovation coming out of Israel, one Israeli entrepreneur once said that in the tiny nation, “there’s zero tolerance for work-arounds.,” This is the kind of attitude we are looking forward to seeing aimed squarely at fintech. Indeed, on Oct. 22-23, Leumi, one of Israel’s largestRead More

In Prep for IPO, Uber Makes Payments More Expensive for Its Drivers

In Prep for IPO, Uber Makes Payments More Expensive for Its Drivers

by September 29, 2014 at 10:51 am 1 comment

Uber has quietly been finding new ways to increase revenue — and its first target is payments.

12 High-Flying Demos from Day 2 of Finovate Fall 2014

12 High-Flying Demos from Day 2 of Finovate Fall 2014

by September 25, 2014 at 11:29 am 3 comments

The second and final day of Finovate Fall 2014 saw several strong presentations on the stage. There was were no drones, costumes or grunting, on Day 2 as there were in Day 1, but overall the demos were stronger, especially early in the day.

Ten Winning Demos from Day 1 of Finovate Fall 2014

Ten Winning Demos from Day 1 of Finovate Fall 2014

by September 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm 3 comments

Finovate Fall 2014 is halfway over and if you were one of the nearly 1,500 attendees packed into New York’s Hilton Midtown, you saw two costumed superheroes on stage grunting as they apparently tried to open an account on a mobile device.

Thee were also 34 other demos.

CEO Dorsey Says Square Will Accept Bitcoin

CEO Dorsey Says Square Will Accept Bitcoin

by September 22, 2014 at 11:55 am 6 comments

CEO Jack Dorsey says that Square will be adding Bitcoin support to its terminals.

MasterCard Beta Program Adds Voice & Facial Biometrics

MasterCard Beta Program Adds Voice & Facial Biometrics

by September 18, 2014 at 11:57 am 0 comments

MasterCard launched a pilot beta program to test out voice and facial biometrics.