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The Lessons I Learned Growing A Startup From Scratch To A $5B Valuation

The Lessons I Learned Growing A Startup From Scratch To A $5B Valuation | Competitive Edge |
Last week I caught up with Nishul Saperia, a member of the founding team at Markit. Markit grew from 5 staff to more than 3,500 in under a decade and was valued at more than $5bn shortly before listing on the Nasdaq in June 2014. Nishul spoke about his journey, why Markit was such a success, and the start-up projects he has backed since leaving the firm. Compulsive reading!

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It's a nice story, but the best part to learn from is on page 3, his final thoughts.

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Emerging Payment Technologies Will Create New Winners And Losers In The Giant Credit Card Industry

Emerging Payment Technologies Will Create New Winners And Losers In The Giant Credit Card Industry | Competitive Edge |

The credit card companies themselves aren't going anywhere for now. Visa and MasterCard in particular will remain an indispensable part of the chain because they don't actually process payments. They simply provide the rails that the credit card system runs on. Credit card processors like First Data that actually do the work of processing merchants' credit card transactions on the back-end are also in a strong position.Two pieces in the chain are particularly vulnerable to disruption: the makers of the actual hardware — basically card readers and registers — that are used to physically accept card payments at stores, and the hundreds of vendors known as merchant service providers, or MSPs, which set businesses up to accept credit cards.Manufacturers of register systems are vulnerable: Point-of-sale hardware faces an immediate threat from mobile devices. These devices are cheap and easy to implement, they do not require consumers to adopt new behaviors, and they free up retailer space previously devoted to bulky hardware.In addition, the new payments companies — including PayPal, Leaf, Revel Systems, Square, and others — could shove traditional MSPs aside as they bridge the offline and online worlds. They pair their mobile registers with consumer-side smartphone apps, and often also provide additional merchant services, like software for loyalty programs or for parsing online consumer data. These new companies want to replace the old players that focused mainly on logistics, i.e., helping merchants take credit card payments.But it's not all doom and gloom yet for legacy MSPs: they have existing relationships with the majority of merchants who accept credit cards and with banks. They also have established marketing channels and large sales forces. Large MSPs will move to acquire new payments technologies to squelch the disruption threat.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

 A lot of innovation is going on in the payment realm. Innovation, disruption, positioning, strategies...

What happens to all the small percentages?

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, May 21, 2014 8:48 AM

In Tel-Aviv, I paid a taxi with my and his smartphone and a square like dongle. Since, I'm getting more and more interested in #Fintech disruption...