Want Square-like or Stripe-like Growth Rates? It’s Not as Hard as You Think

There has never been a more exciting time to be in payments. The market is in transition, and with change comes opportunity. Companies with strong strategies are achieving explosive growth. Square stock now trades above $15 per share, after having traded at less than $9 per share about seven months ago. In November 2016, Stripe … Continue reading Want Square-like or Stripe-like Growth Rates? It’s Not as Hard as You Think

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The iPhone 7 Is an Opportunity for Square, Not a Problem

It’s finally official. The iPhone 7 will not include a headphone jack. How does that affect Square and other mobile point-of-sale (MPOS) vendors and their merchants who rely on card-reading dongles plugged into headphone jacks to process credit card transactions? Not much. If anything, it’s an opportunity. There are three types of users that Square … Continue reading The iPhone 7 Is an Opportunity for Square, Not a Problem

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MCX Has Given Up the Battle, but not the Fight

In a statement released on May 16, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) CEO Brian Mooney announced that MCX had indefinitely postponed the launch of its CurrentC mobile wallet, that it had laid off approximately 30 employees, and that moving forward it would focus on partnering with financial institutions. This could mean that MCX is dead, but … Continue reading MCX Has Given Up the Battle, but not the Fight

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Can Apple, Visa and MasterCard Finally Disrupt PayPal?

Late last century and into the early part of this one, an Internet-driven technology shift enabled PayPal to become the leading online payment network, a position it has maintained and strengthened ever since. In the years that have followed, the traditional payment networks have launched a continuous stream of efforts to disrupt PayPal, all of … Continue reading Can Apple, Visa and MasterCard Finally Disrupt PayPal?

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Why Acquirers Should Be Afraid of Square

If you want some good old-fashioned negativity, just Google the words “Square and unicorn,” and you’ll find an infinite supply of articles spelling out how Square is a symbol of all things evil in the business world and how it’s a classic case of economic-stimulus-inspired Silicon Valley overindulgence that’s about ready to collapse (how about this … Continue reading Why Acquirers Should Be Afraid of Square

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