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Dealing with activist investors: A conversation with Larry Kanarek | McKinsey & Company

Dealing with activist investors: A conversation with Larry Kanarek | McKinsey & Company | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Shareholder activists are having a profound impact on the behavior of companies. McKinsey director Larry Kanarek says executives must work with—rather than against—activists to improve performance. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Chip makers AMS and ST team up for wearable NFC payments

Chip makers AMS and ST team up for wearable NFC payments | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Technology used to boost the NFC signal in Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is now being made available for wide range of wearable device and mobile phone makers

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Google removes Wallet's biggest roadblock — carrier buy-in

Google removes Wallet's biggest roadblock — carrier buy-in | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
In a strange turn of events Google is striking up a partnership with wireless carriers to make tap-to-pay technology pre-installed on all Android devices. Google Wallet announced a deal today with ...

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Bad news for Windows Phone–Google set to buy NFC payments provider Softcard

Bad news for Windows Phone–Google set to buy NFC payments provider Softcard | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is negotiating for the purchase of US mobile payments provider Softcard by May this year. The effort would be to bolster Google Wallet, which has been lo...

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Apple Pay to Get Google Rival

Apple Pay to Get Google Rival | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
According to new reports, Google is working on a new service to take on Apple Pay after the iPhone payment system overshadowed Google Wallet.

With the help of Square, Google has been testing a new mobile payment option, reported The Information,...
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With the help of Square, Google has been testing a new mobile payment option, reported The Information, citing people involved in or briefed about the service. Codenamed Plaso, this service would allow people carrying Android phones to pay at retailers without needing to take your phone out of your purse or pocket.  

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Google may be acquiring its old NFC payment rival

Google may be acquiring its old NFC payment rival | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it

“Remember when the big battle in mobile payments was Google versus the carriers? Or more precisely, Google Wallet versus Isis?”


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10 Chinese Internet of things startups to watch in 2015

10 Chinese Internet of things startups to watch in 2015 | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things, or IoT, emerged as the third wave of internet development and is gradually merging the physical and online worlds.

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CrowdedRocket promises to actually deliver your pledges

CrowdedRocket promises to actually deliver your pledges | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
CrowdedRocket, the new crowdfunding platform focusing on consumer tech, launched this week and shortly afterwards its host servers crashed from the huge amount of traffic to the site. It's up and running again now, with a handful of projects carefully selected by its dream team of bloggers, investors and wearable tech experts. Essential reading: Kickstarter…
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CrowdedRocket is trying to right many of the wrongs associated with late, failed or wildly successful Kickstarter projects. "Existing crowdfunding platforms have created a noisy space with an abundance of products that rarely deliver or deliver late, by providing the critical support that startups need with marketing, messaging, PR, and social media, and by introducing companies to thought leaders and investors."

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Sony looks to crowdfund its new smart lock project

Sony looks to crowdfund its new smart lock project | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
While certainly not the first of its kind, it looks as though Sony might be putting a new smart lock on the market. The massive electronics company will be looking to crowd-fund its new Qrio Smart Lock project on Makuake. 
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While it may seem odd to some for such a large company to use crowd funding, most believe this is just a way for Sony to get feedback on the new Qrio, not necessarily a way to fund it. You might remember when the company did something similar with its e-paper watch project.

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Democratization of Philanthropy Through Crowdfunding

Democratization of Philanthropy Through Crowdfunding | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Nonprofits that are used to relying on super donors writing hefty checks need to learn to embrace a better way: The idea of crowd-funding, where numerous smaller donations add up, powered by social media marketing....
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Sure, the traditional techniques above are still used, but the dawn of social fundraising has democratized fundraising so that deep pockets are no longer required. Anyone with five dollars and a smartphone can be a philanthropist. Welcome, to the age of social media -- the great equalizer. - Nonprofits that are used to relying on super donors writing hefty checks need to learn to embrace a better way: The idea of crowd-funding, where numerous smaller donations add up, powered by social media marketing.

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Data Mining: Take a 3-D Tour of Patent Analysis

Data Mining: Take a 3-D Tour of Patent Analysis | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
In my last post Data Mining: 4 Ways to Use Patent Analysis for Any Size Business, I described some benefits of patent analytics using 2-D data, but let’s look into the data rich information that can be derived from adding dimensions. (Don’t forget, patent analytics isn’t intended to be used in isolation from other resources.) …
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Subway Eschews Exclusivity, Supports Multiple Mobile Wallets | NFC Times – Near Field Communication and all contactless technology.

Subway Eschews Exclusivity, Supports Multiple Mobile Wallets | NFC Times – Near Field Communication and all contactless technology. | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
By:  Dan Balaban and Kiona Smith-Strickland NFC Times Exclusive: LAS VEGAS, Nev. – While a number of...

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Battle of The Mobile Wallets - QR Code or NFC?

Battle of The Mobile Wallets - QR Code or NFC? | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
With mobile payments set to go mainstream, the battle is no longer just between smartphone manufacturers. Big retail has now stepped in and is positioning

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Mobile payments solutions have had a hard time gaining acceptance in the Android dominated smart phone market. Apple, with nearly 1 billion credit card users on its iTunes and other payment platforms, may have provided the jolt required to get the market going by launching Apple Pay.  -  But instead, over the last week, Best Buy, Walmart and other retailers have decided to disable near field communication (NFC) on their checkout machines, which has caused Apple Pay along with other payment methods supporting NFC to not work. Including Google Wallet. - Bands of Android and Apple users have come together in a strange comradery, and focused their efforts on the consortium behind the latest revolt — Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the makers of the CurrentC app.

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Mobile Payments Still Facing the Same Big Obstacles - Street Fight

Mobile Payments Still Facing the Same Big Obstacles - Street Fight | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
This year has been a turning point in mobile payments, as Square, Paypal, along with Apple and others like SoftCard (formerly ISIS) have all made strides in

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Google Wallet to Be Preinstalled on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile Phones

Google Wallet to Be Preinstalled on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile Phones | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Google acquired technology and IP from a mobile-payment venture Softcard. The move places Google in partnership with major backers of the technology.
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The company on Feb. 23 said it has acquired technology and intellectual property from Softcard, a mobile payments venture established in 2010 by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA. Softcard's near-field communication (NFC) payment technology will power future versions of Google's Wallet app for mobile payments, the two companies said. Under the technology acquisition arrangement, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will preinstall Wallet on smartphones running KitKat or higher versions of Android, starting later this year. 

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Samsung’s Move to Payments Creates Friction With Google

Samsung’s Move to Payments Creates Friction With Google | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Samsung's shift into services such as mobile payments creates tension with Google, creator of the Android mobile-operating system used in Samsung smartphones.

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It won’t be the first time Samsung tried to build its own software platform atop Android. For at least two years, Samsung has been investing heavily in an enterprise-security platform called Knox. But the companies increasingly are working together on security and Google last year said it would embed parts of Knox in an upcoming Android update. That effectively left Samsung with less to differentiate its devices from those of other Android-powered smartphones.

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Samsung Ready to Go Head to Head With Apple Pay

Samsung Ready to Go Head to Head With Apple Pay | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Samsung is ready to challenge Apple Pay.
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"Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal," said JK Shin, president of Samsung 

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As the retail landscape changes, payments hardware is scrambling - Gigaom

As the retail landscape changes, payments hardware is scrambling - Gigaom | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Three months ago, Apple Pay kicked off a new flurry of excitement about contactless payments.

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By example VeriFone has decided to make a kind universal point of sale system that will work with any kind of mobile device and mobile payments system.  Called the Mobile PAYware e355, the device has a built-in NFC reader and EMV chip reader, meaning it will accept contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet or Softcard as well as new EMV smart chip cards, which will start replacing our old magnetic stripe cards this year. For good measure it also has a mag stripe reader so it can handle today’s credit cards as well as an optional barcode scanner that can read QR code-based payment systems like MCX CurrentC, a mobile wallet being promoted by big box retailers like Best Buy and Walmart. 

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Water Hero: protection from major pipe bursts & costly leaks

Water Hero: protection from major pipe bursts & costly leaks | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Plumbing catastrophe avoidance for everyone. Stops pipe bursts & small costly plumbing leaks. SmartPhone controlled & easy install
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Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor

Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
The potential deal would involve Samsung licensing technology from a payments startup called LoopPay.
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No deal has yet been cut between Samsung and LoopPay. For LoopPay, a Samsung licensing agreement would go a long way toward giving its technology the mainstream credibility it so far lacks. LoopPay’s technology can wirelessly transmit the same information stored on a debit or credit card’s magnetic stripe to a store’s checkout equipment without swiping a card. The company has embedded the technology, which it calls magnetic secure transmission, into a few hardware products it sells directly to consumers: A fob, as well as a LoopPay digital payment card that can be used on its own or while secured in a special LoopPay smartphone case. To complete a purchase, LoopPay users tap any of these devices near the spot on a store’s credit card terminal where a card is usually swiped. 

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​Crowdfund this: The best wearable kickstarters

​Crowdfund this: The best wearable kickstarters | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Looking for for the best wearable projects seeking funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms? Then you've come to the right place. You can't move for a wearable tech startup at the moment, and the industry is being driven by the great ideas being realised by the internet of things revolution. Each week we…
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How Gamification and Loyalty Can Drive Mobile Payments

At the BRITE '13 conference, Michael Hagan, COO & Chief Rockstar of LevelUp, takes a deep dive into the future of mobile payments, and how game-like elements...

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Square will soon accept Apple Pay

Square will soon accept Apple Pay | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
The mobile payments company Square is planning to accept Apple Pay.

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Why Mobile Payments Will Never Replace Cash - Nasdaq

Why Mobile Payments Will Never Replace Cash - Nasdaq | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Joe Ross . Are Americans entering into a love affair with mobile payments ? Even though the technology is still rather new, Forrester.

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Powa Raises $80 Million to Launch Its Mobile, E-Commerce Payments in U.S.

Powa Raises $80 Million to Launch Its Mobile, E-Commerce Payments in U.S. | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
In another large late-stage play from a public-markets investor, Wellington Management has put $80 million into Powa Technologies.

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Southeast Asian Mobile Payments Company Soft Space Acquires Fasspay - TechCrunch (blog)

Southeast Asian Mobile Payments Company Soft Space Acquires Fasspay - TechCrunch (blog) | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Soft Space, a Southeast Asian white-label mobile point-of-sale platform maker, announced today that it has acquired Fasspay, a payment service provider based..

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