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Fintech for the bottom of the pyramid

Fintech for the bottom of the pyramid | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
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There's a lot to learn from innovation that is built to serve those that are unreachable or unprofitable today

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Google Is in Talks to Buy Mobile-Payments Service Softcard

Google Is in Talks to Buy Mobile-Payments Service Softcard | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Google is in talks to acquire mobile-payments company Softcard in a deal that would pair the Internet giant with the largest U.S. wireless carriers to battle Apple Inc. and its new Apple Pay service, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Paytm applies for Indian payment bank license | Mobile Payments Insider

Paytm applies for Indian payment bank license | Mobile Payments Insider | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Indian company Paytm will be one of the first mobile wallets to apply for a permanent banking permit in the country, an accreditation which is part of the Reserve Bank of India’s financial inclusion project.
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Not a telecom operator or a bank - disrupting financial services in emerging markets

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Here's How Mobile Payments Will Change, According To The Company That Powers A Lot Of Them

Here's How Mobile Payments Will Change, According To The Company That Powers A Lot Of Them | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBraintree, the company eBay bought for $800 million last year, is one of the leaders in the mobile payment and commerce space.
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The one thing missing from this list is real time payments

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The cheque is in the tweet

The cheque is in the tweet | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it

Who HANDLING small transfers between individuals is not an especially big or lucrative part of the financial system, but it is a faddish one. On November 17th Snapchat,...

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Slowly but surly, paying your friends back will become easy and fun

 

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Apple Pay is here - should low income customers care?

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Couldn't have said it better - Apple Pay's impact on emerging markets will most likely be minimal, serving mainly as a catalyst for NFC adoption at the POS

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Tech enthusiast embeds NFC chip in hand | Mobile Payments Insider

Tech enthusiast embeds NFC chip in hand | Mobile Payments Insider | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Imagine being able to pay with a wave of your hand – ultimate connectivity. While that ability may be some time off, one man has made the first move by having an NFC chip embedded into his hand.
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Posting for shock value. Forget wearable, this could be the next big thing...

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Payment acceptance alone is not enough

Payment acceptance alone is not enough | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Recently I’ve seen a number of articles saying the same thing we’ve been experiencing at Kopo Kopo in the past couple of years. Mobile payment acceptance alone is not enough. By that, I mean that most merchants that we work with in East Africa have adopted digitized payments somewhat reluctantly, and only when they saw …
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The logic outlined here when looking SME's payment acceptance in emerging markets, is similar to the logic followed by a consumer. The value of digitizing cash needs to be clear and relevant to overcome cash stickiness

 

 

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Bitcoin apps join Philippines' mobile money market

Bitcoin apps join Philippines' mobile money market | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
The Philippines’ international remittance market is well known for its innovation, and the latest contributors to that tradition are Bitcoin wallet apps. The newest app has just been launched by local outfit Coins.ph, according to Coindesk.
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Bitcoins for remittances are used more and more as an instrument of delivery, rather than the currency in which funds are sent or received. It carries great potential doing that. It'll be interesting to follow how well this company and others will do in the future.

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17 ways to take your innovation to scale

17 ways to take your innovation to scale | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Our expert panel give their top tips on taking a great technology idea from pilot phase to a reach of millions • Sponsored by Crown Agents Foundation
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Not news or a just released piece, but it just contains great advice for scaling mobile mobey

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The Plastc all-in-one payment card could eat Coin's breakfast - The Next Web

The Plastc all-in-one payment card could eat Coin's breakfast - The Next Web | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Payments are tricky. Square, PayPal and others are still working on getting you to pay with your phone. Google Wallet and Apple Pay have and will try to get NFC... Keep reading →

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I'm definitely not a target audience for this one. I'd rather carry all my cards in my beautiful $100 designer wallet, than get a plastic card aggregator for $155. Low value proposition for a consumer in that price

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The Internet’s Missing Link | TechCrunch

The Internet’s Missing Link | TechCrunch | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
When the web was originally designed, its creators aspired to include a way to transfer value. According to the HTTP standard, error code 402 was “reserved..
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Visionary read drawing similarities between the evolution of the internet and that of digital payments

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10 Myths About M-PESA: 2014 Update

10 Myths About M-PESA: 2014 Update | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
M-PESA and its 12.6 million active customers have fundamentally altered the landscape of financial services in Kenya. Despite its popularity, there are still some misconceptions about how it works.
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Alibaba looks to spend $500m in Indian mobile payment group Paytm

Alibaba looks to spend $500m in Indian mobile payment group Paytm | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Move marks Chinese technology group s first significant foray into the country s rapidly expanding start-up scene
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Paytm with Alibaba's financing mark it's potential success and future growth potential

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Harnessing the power of transaction data: Safaricom launches M-Ledger | Mobile for Development

Harnessing the power of transaction data: Safaricom launches M-Ledger | Mobile for Development | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
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For merchants especially, being able to manage and track their payments is important. This is true for all markets, and M-PESA Kenya recognizes it with the launches of M-Ledger

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Uber and lessons for the mobile wallet

Uber and lessons for the mobile wallet | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it

r is Mark Ranta from ACI Worldwide believes payment apps need to focus on the experience and create new experiences that are meaningfully better than the ones we have today.

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Uberize payments?

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Assessing Mobile Money profitability

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Bottom line - operators should view mobile money operations as a future growth engine, and accept that it takes time and some investments to make mobile money profitable

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The Global Mobile Money Landscape

The Global Mobile Money Landscape | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
The world of mobile money is an exciting but complex one. The sector has moved firmly into the mainstream with an ecosystem that captures stakeholders from innovative startups to established mobile...
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Not a bad way to map the global landscape of mobile money

 

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Faisal Omar's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:03 AM

Looks like mobile money is becoming a crowded market with so many startups aiming for their own niche service segments.  Alot of those names up there on this chart were probably not around 2 years ago.

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Solving the Mobile Money Problem in the Philippines

Solving the Mobile Money Problem in the Philippines | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
The mobile-money problem hasn't yet been cracked in the Philippines despite the various options available in the country.
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Mobile money in the Philippines: the experiences of a user directly written by the user. An important piece to read to see how telecom operators are doing it wrong and how they can be doing it right

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What does Apple's new mobile wallet mean for restaurants?

What does Apple's new mobile wallet mean for restaurants? | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Seth Priebatsch, LevelUp's Chief Ninja, wrote about his outlook for Apple Pay.
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Interesting perspective on adoption of mobile payments in the US. LevelUp gives its two cents on the retail impact and uses it opens, despite potential added costs

 

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Kenyan mobile money and the hype of messy statistics

Kenyan mobile money and the hype of messy statistics | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
By Susan Johnson The hype around the success of mobile money in Kenya has been growing as mobile payments develop both there and worldwide. This week’s Economist cites a figure that 43% of Kenyan G...
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Not news, but a good reminder which keeps the Mobile Money success stories in proportion.
Although the MPESA numbers are not as impressive when further examining them, MPESA remains a good example of a scaled and profitable mobile money operation, which has more room to grow.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s tryst with India, Modi and 'Chandauli'

Mark Zuckerberg’s tryst with India, Modi and 'Chandauli' | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Everything from blowing his own trumpet to receiving Modi's bucket list for Facebook and his experience in an Indian village. What all did Mark Zuckerberg do here?
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And again India takes the spot light. This time around internet access with Facebook's internet.org. It's hard not to draw the similarities between the current state of affairs with internet penetration, and that of financial inclusion - infrastructure, reach, illiteracy and cost

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Norway’s Telenor explores taking mobile payment licence in India

Norway’s Telenor explores taking mobile payment licence in India | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
CEO Baksaas differs with Zuckerberg’s call for free basic services
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If all goes well with the easing of regulations in India, it could be a ripe time for mobile money and payments to reach a long awaited tipping point

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Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger | TechCrunch

Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger | TechCrunch | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Facebook Messenger is all set up to allow friends to send each other money. All Facebook has to do is turn on the feature, according to screenshots and video..
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Facebook is working on it's P2P and payments service. In developed markets there's definitely a Venmo-like play. For the emerging markets' banked, it's definitely relevant. But for serving the unbanked? Would they have a play without integrating with a source of funds? And would operators want to integrate?

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Zimbabwe's mobile wallets

Zimbabwe's mobile wallets | Mobile Money and Mobile Payments - Moves Worth Watching | Scoop.it
Thanks to a new platform called EcoCash, many Zimbabweans are able to access their money instantly using their mobile phone.
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Zimbabwe is one of the countries where Mobile Money achieved scaled adoption in a short time. It shows an example on how emerging markets payment networks have the potential to leap frog over the traditional legacy networks and move faster into digitized real time payments

 

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