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LevelUp and Loop Wallet: The Code Reader and the Dongle

LevelUp and Loop

This weekend, I installed two new apps on my phone: LevelUp and Loop Wallet. These join Square Wallet, Square Cash, PayPal, Google Wallet, Venmo, and PopMoney. My payment apps folder is getting as crowded as the competition! That said, I am excited to try these

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Cash is king in Thailand, credit cards co-exist in Singapore

The past 10 days have proven that cash is still the preferred payment method  in Bangkok and Singapore. Credit cards are also widely accepted in Singapore, whereas only more commercial merchants in Bangkok accept plastic. There have been no opportunities for mobile payments in

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Wells Fargo SurePay billboard is attractive, effective

I recently blogged that ClearXchange, a payments venture between Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Chase, is in a good position to succeed in the mobile payments space, and deserves more press. With the right marketing (e.g., billboards, mobile advertisements, commercials),

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Wallet-less Weekend: woes outweigh wows!

Wallet-less weekend complete! I survived.

This weekend, I embarked on a 3.5 day wallet-less adventure to see if I could survive on mobile (iPhone) payment apps in place of cash and credit. My experiment was insightful and enjoyable! That said, the past few days in San

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Wallet-less Weekend: testing mobile-readiness in Silicon Valley

Mobile Payments Only

This afternoon, I’m feeling inspired by Forbes’ Steven Bertoni‘s “wallet-less day” adventure. As described in his post, Steven went one day without credit cards or cash his wallet, to see if he could survive on solely mobile payment apps. In admiration

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Scanbot app falls short of expectations, misses mark

Scanbot

This morning, I posted a note about the launch of Scanbot, a new iOS app that can be used to “scan anything” and store the scanned image for later retrieval. I was hopeful that the new app could bridge the gap

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Create your monetization stack, earn your first billion

It turns out, there is a great way to think about mobile app monetization. Zynga alumnus Xing Wang presents clear guidance on understanding mobile game revenues, giving developers a great mental framework for planning their billion dollar idea and tracking the app’s success over

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