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WePay Named among Forbes' Top Five Financial Technology Companies of 2012

WePay Named among Forbes' Top Five Financial Technology Companies of 2012 | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

Forbes: ... many entrepreneurs, particularly those in Silicon Valley, are frustrated by some of PayPal’s habit of “freezing” companies.  WePay has done a good job playing to that discontent with some creative marketing like their infamous ice block weighing 600 lbs.  Their product is strong but I have most admired the courage with which they have taken on PayPal. If you’ve worked with an online payments provider before, and tried to incorporate one into your site, you know the regulatory and technical challenges in that space are massive.

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Forbes' commentary is very shallow. PayPal does not "freeze companies" on a whim and certainly would prefer not having to do so. However, fraud is pervasive and fighting fraud is all but easy. New payment systems that pretend to "simplify" payments often backtrack when fraud hits them for real.   

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Payments 2.0
Digital wallet, Mobile payments, Contactless payments, NFC payments, Mobile wallet, Mobile POS, Bill payments, Bitcoin, Virtual currency
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Curating Payment 2.0 News

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Payments 2.0 is about the new digital payment solutions that aim to replace cash, facilitate online payments and enable mobile payments.

 

These solutions are very diverse because they use various technologies to (re-)invent a complex payment value chain.

 

Here are a few (overlapping) categories of payments 2.0:

- Virtual currencies: such as BitCoin, or Facebook Credits used to pay virtual goods (i.e. games) on Facebook

- Mobile payments: Any payment is called "mobile" if an account is credited or debited using a mobile phone. This covers a large variety of options. 

- Contactless payments: most talked about but not yet widespread. Contactless payment use close-range wireless technology such as NFC (near-field communication) or Bluetooth to quickly pay small amounts in "tap and go" situations such as transporation and fast food. NFC payment solutions include Google Wallet, PayPass from MasterCard and payWave from Visa.

- Bar code or QR-code-based mobile payments such as LevelUp's trigger payment through taking a picture of a Bar-code or of a QR-code with the mobile phone.

- Other forms of (remote) mobile payments include SMS-based mobile payments like boxPAY's, quite widespread in underbanked countries. Strictly speaking, SMS payment are "contactless" but the expression is generally reserved for tap and go payments. One sometimes opposes "remote" mobile payments to "proximity" (close range, tap and go) mobile payments.

- Digital wallets: Mobile payments, and in particular contactless payments, are combined with a digital wallet such as PayPal's, Starbuck's, Google Wallet or ISIS' wallet (both in the US) which is the repository of the user account information. The wallet can also store a prepaid amount.

- Apple's PassBook is a special form of mobile wallet used to hold multiple payment card and loyalty card information.

- Mobile card readers are dongles hooked on the phone via the sound jack, the USB port or the SD slot, such as those provided, sometimes for free, by Square, Pay Anywhere, iZettle, PayPal Here, Groupon and many others.

- Mobile POS: Mobile Point-of-sale systems, also called mobile checkout/cash registers, enable merchants to track and manage payments on mobile devices. Examples are Square Register, Ingenico, GoPago, Verifone's PayWare...

- Device versus cloud-based account identification: Identification can be done through access to a physical storage device such as the SIM card (ex. ISIS wallet) or an SD card (then called the secure element), or via an application 'in the cloud' (ex. PayPal).

- Local or in-store mobile payments: The first digital wallet was PayPal's online payment wallet. PayPal now wants to be used in physical retail stores and service companies through it mobile solution PayPal Here. In-store payment is also sometimes called "local".

- Mobile payments can also be used to shop online in a non mobile setting, for example to avoid inputing a credit card information online (see Buyster, Card.io),

- Carrier billing: Carrier billing is payment (mobile or online) charged to the user's mobile operator phone bill (see Bango, Boku, MoPay). Facebook and PayPal offer carrier billing, too. It's mostly used for gaming. Good luck to parents!

- Direct transfer payments: mobile payments such as Dwolla's directly debit the bank account of the payer, bypassing credit card networks. Dwolla is said to be mobile because it uses a mobile phone application, but it can also be used on the Web for online payments.

- Peer-to-peer payments: enable anyone to accept card payments. For exemple you don't have to be a merchant to buy a Square reader (You get it free if you're a merchant).

- Bill payments: are mobile and/or Web solutions that enable the payment of invoices.

- Remote check deposit: enables users to credit their bank account or ther digital wallet by taking a picture of a check.

 

The main challenges of payments 2.0 are more business than technical. They are:

- to win consumer and merchant acceptance: it's not easy to provide a satisfying user experience that motivates consumers and merchants to switch away from their existing habits. For example, the security of new payment systems is more easily called into question than the (however very flawed) security of existing ones. 

- to create a powerful distribution and servicing network: somebody has to push new payment solutions into the hands of both merchants and consumers and support them.

- to find an economic equation that satisfies enough critical players in the payment ecosystem.

 

The latter is in my view the main hurdle for the deployment of payment 2.0. Payments can be a very profitable business. To caricature the issue: Banks, credit card companies, technology providers, new entrants ... all fight (each other) for a bigger slice of the profits.

 

Merchants and consumers also want a fair deal.  In that respect, 2011 was a turning point because companies such as Square and Dwolla introduced payment solutions that have zero set-up costs and a low(er) commission (interchange fee) for merchants. 

 

I hope this helps readers navigate this topic. Thank you for pointing out errors in comments.

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Pascale Couderc's comment, December 23, 2012 3:47 PM
Great payment 2.0 overview
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Big picture du paiement mobile : solutions et enjeux

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Oberthur (OT) partners with Swatch to offer wearable payments in Brazil [in French]

Oberthur (OT) partners with Swatch to offer wearable payments in Brazil [in French] | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OT (Oberthur Technologies), l’un des leaders mondiaux de produits, solutions et services logiciels embarqués, annonce ce jour un partenariat stratégique avec Swatch, le fabricant de montres suisse de renom et l’une des marques les plus populaires, pour offrir … Lire la suite →
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WorldCheck crime data leaked on Net

WorldCheck crime data leaked on Net | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
The records of 2.2 million individuals and organisations suspected of being involved in terrorist activity or financial crime have been leaked on th
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ABN Amro taps WhatsApp for payments

ABN Amro taps WhatsApp for payments | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
ABN Amro is using popular messaging service WhatsApp as a payments request channel, providing a direct link between customer mobile payment apps an
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Ledger Launches Newest Hardware Wallet: Nano S with Ethereum integration

Ledger Launches Newest Hardware Wallet: Nano S with Ethereum integration | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Blockchain hardware solutions company Ledger announced a new hardware wallet today. A successor to the HW.1 and Unplugged wallets, Ledger’s Nano S differentiates itself by offering a built-in OLED display and by adding protection for Ethereum fund transfers. The Paris-based company created the Nano S after spending 18 months improving the Nano, Ledger’s best-selling product. It connects to any Rea
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Berlin-based FinTech accelerator FinLeap raises €21 Million

Berlin-based FinTech accelerator FinLeap raises €21 Million | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
This article from Let's Talk Payments talks about FinLeap raising 21 million euros in its funding round.
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PayNearMe Acquires Financial Management App Prism Money

PayNearMe Acquires Financial Management App Prism Money | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - Electronic cash payment network PayNearMe has acquired consumer financial management app Prism Money, enabling the company to offer businesses and financial institutions in-app bill presentment and the ability for consumers to make bill payments via Automated Clearing House (ACH) or credit/debit/prepaid cards
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Founded in 2009, PayNearMe has raised more than $71 M according to Crunchbase https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/paynearme#/entity

Using PayNearMe, consumers can make payments on their own schedule, in their own neighborhood, at one of nearly 17,000 trusted locations in the U.S., which include 7-Eleven®, Family Dollar® and ACE Cash Express stores. The company processes payments for Greyhound bus, California Department of Child Support Services and the city of Philadelphia's bike share program Indego, among others

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Coin Sells to Fitbit. Twilights All Smart Payment Products

Coin Sells to Fitbit. Twilights All Smart Payment Products | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

Coin, the one smart card that set out to rule them all, has called it a day in attempting to dominate credit card transactions.  In a release published yesterday...

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A typical overhyped "smart" payment system
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Craig Wright backs out of Bitcoin proof, says sorry and goodbye

Craig Wright backs out of Bitcoin proof, says sorry and goodbye | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Craig Wright, the man who earlier this week claimed to be inventor of Bitcoin, has backed out of a commitment to present new proof that he is Satosh
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Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
The tech community is currently poring scorn on the news that Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed himself to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi..
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Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp granted passportable Payment Institution license in Luxemburg

Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp granted passportable Payment Institution license in Luxemburg | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Luxembourg has granted Payment Institution status to European cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, providing the firm with a passportable license in 2
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undeniably an important step in the troubled history of bitcoin exchanges
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Over $220M Invested in Bitcoin & Blockchain Startups in 2016

Over $220M Invested in Bitcoin & Blockchain Startups in 2016 | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

@finSMEs :  Bitcoin & Blockchain startups, all the deals of 2016 with over $220M already invested

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Apple Pay comes to France

Apple Pay comes to France | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
13 June 2016. Apple has announced an agreement with four French partners: the banking group Banque Populaire Caisse d%u2019Epargne (BPCE), Orange, Carrefour, and the French meal voucher provider Edenred. Apple Pay will be launched in France this summer.
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MasterCard to pay Sainsbury's £68.6 million after losing interchange battle

MasterCard to pay Sainsbury's £68.6 million after losing interchange battle | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
MasterCard is to pay £68.6 million to the UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's after losing a Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing over interchang
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Social payments Circle comes to China on back of $60 million funding round

Social payments Circle comes to China on back of $60 million funding round | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Social payments app Circle has scored $60 million in financing from a syndicate of major Chinese investors and formed a new Beijing-based company
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A well readable account of Ethereum's DAO Hacking - MUST READ

A well readable account of Ethereum's DAO Hacking - MUST READ | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Oops. Ethereum's first Decentralized Autonomous Organization, The DAO, has lost money - lots of it. To be specific, it has lost the equivalent of about US$ 60m. This is not because it is a duff idea and no-one can be bothered with it (though that might also be true). No, [...]
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Extract from the attacker's letter to Ethereum:

"I am disappointed by those who are characterizing the [my] use of this intentional feature as “theft”. I am making use of this explicitly coded feature as per the smart contract terms and my law firm has advised me that my action is fully compliant with United States criminal and tort law….."


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Mobile International Remittances to Exceed $25Bn by 2018 [Research report]

A new study from Juniper Research has found that international remittances, including airtime top ups via mobile phones, will exceed $25 billion by 2018, up 67% from an estimated $15 billion in 2015.
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Payments "startup" Stripe opens office in France to serve as Southern European HQ [in French]

Payments "startup" Stripe opens office in France to serve as Southern European HQ [in French] | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
L'API de paiement irlandaise Stripe, valorisée 5 milliards de dollars, se lance officiellement en France. Guillaume Princen, directeur général France et Europe du Sud, détaille sa stratégie.
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Stripe has raised $290M in 7 Funding Rounds
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/stripe#/entity
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PayPal forced to shut down in Turkey

PayPal forced to shut down in Turkey | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
In a move that will affect hundreds of thousands of consumers and thousands of businesses, PayPal says that it is shutting down in Turkey next wee
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Square shares tank

Square shares tank | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Shares in Jack Dorsey's Square plummeted 20% on Friday amid concerns about rising first quarter net losses and the financing of its merchant lendin
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How peer-to-peer changes the financial world

How peer-to-peer changes the financial world | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Another factor of reimagining finance for the internet age is the very nature of person-to-person connectivity and peer-to-peer networking. These two factors are very different and also different in the nature of how people are connecting. In the developed world, we have the viral connectivity of the smartphone; in the developing world, we have the basic connectivity of the mobile phone. Soon, both will transition into smart and mobile objects from cars and televisions to heating systems and refrigerators. In fact, with Nest and Samsung Home, it’s already pretty much there.

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It's about P2P payments but applies to all areas of finance
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European mobile payment card reader startups SumUp and Payleven merge

European mobile payment card reader startups SumUp and Payleven merge | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Some consolidation afoot in the world of mobile payments: today Groupon- and BBVA-backed SumUp and Rocket Internet's Payleven -- two of the several European..
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Of course, in her (otherwise excellent) article Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch had to call these startups "Square Clones" although Square was a ***follower*** of European innovators as regards mobile chip-card readers 
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Azimo wants to drastically cut the price of remittance

Azimo wants to drastically cut the price of remittance | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

Fusionwire (Mysis): “We’re not in the money business, we’re in the people business,” reads a poster on the wall at Azimo’s London office. Strictly speaking, remittance startup Azimo is most definitely in the money business – the company enables money to be sent to over 190 countries in over 70 currencies – but speaking to co-founder and

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東京ビットコイン会議 / Bitcoin Tokyo Meetup

東京ビットコイン会議 / Bitcoin Tokyo Meetup | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
This group is for people in Tokyo interested in Bitcoins. Bitcoins are the world's first P2P virtual currency that are changing the way the world does business.
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http://bitcoin.com
http://weusec
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Nice lady, funny watch.

Looks like in spite of Mt. Gox's collapse, bitcoin hasn't lost its allure in Japan...

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