September 2009

Based on a vote of attendees – bankers, investors, industry experts, financial company executives from companies large and small – the best of show awards went to: BancVue (Kasasa) – national checking/savings account brand for community banks and credit unions Credit.com – report card with letter grades to help users make sense of the underlying […]

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I am live blogging Finovate2009 from NYC. AFTERNOON SESSION #2 BillShrink – Peter Pham, CEO and Samir Kothari, VP Help consumer save money on credit cards, cellphones and gas; now launching savings products Interactive tools to help eliminate nuisance fees Continuously monitoring banks all around the country to create apples-to-apples fee comparisons Infosys – Puneet […]

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I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jason Hogg, CEO of Revolution Money, parent company of Revolution Card. My colleagues and I at Glenbrook Partners are frequently tapped as a source of information about the very latest goings on in the world of “alternative payments”, but unfortunately, Revolution doesn’t share a whole lot of key […]

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Resuming my live blogging of Finovate2009 from NYC in a few minutes. AFTERNOON SESSION #1 Yodlee -Peter Hazelhurst, SVP Products New Yodlee dashboard highlighting capabilities that used to be hard to get to Web 2.o interface based on widgets New UI indicates good and bad times to pay bills, based on expected balances New feature […]

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I am live blogging Finovate2009 from NYC. MORNING SESSION #2 Outright.com – Kevin Reeth, CEO Online tools for tracking small businesses and self-employed people for records like business expenses Imports and classifies expenses from credit card statements Integrates with FreshBooks (free, open source small business accounting software) Also integrating to PayPal API for those who […]

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I am live blogging Finovate2009 from NYC. MORNING SESSION #1 BrightScope – Ryan Alfred, President Mission:  Help Americans retire in dignity Website provides additional information on existing employer 401k plans Provides ratings and does comparisons on plan performance Can also upload plan documents for plans not already covered, no matter how small Free to the […]

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I am attending Finovate 2009 in NYC today – a whirlwind of financial innovation. Each company has seven minutes to demo their latest and greatest technology; no PowerPoint allowed!  I’ll do my best to keep up and give you real-time updates on the presentations. Finovate events are organized by Online Financial Innovations which also writes […]

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Last week, Starbucks announced a raft of new mobile capabilities, with iPhone apps to enable consumers to use their phone as their card in a variety of ways, including seeing a balance and reloading.  For the payments industry, however, the announced test of a usable-for-purchase prepaid card on the phone, using 2d bar code technology, […]

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I’m in Baltimore attending the NACHA Council mega-meeting. This morning Aneesh Chopra, the Federal Government’s CTO (officially, director of technology for the President’s Office of Science and Technology) was the Keynote Speaker. He took a few minutes to warm up, but by the end he had the whole room of bankers, financial technology providers, regional […]

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At Glenbrook, we’re fascinated by the topics of mobile payments (in general); the potential for new ACH applications; and the continued growth of eCommerce.  So it was great to talk to Conrad Sheehan, CEO of mobile payment startup mPayy – who has moved his company right into the center of all three topics. To start […]

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The new International ACH format, IAT, goes into effect today. IAT is the single biggest change to the ACH network in decades. It affects all International ACH transactions that flow through the US ACH network, regardless of currency or country. The NACHA rule change both redefines what an International transaction is and creates a new […]

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Ashok Misra has an interesting, and certainly provocative, article in the current Secure Payments Magazine.  If you  don’t know Ashok, he is Sr. Manager Payments & Security at RealNetworks, Inc in Seattle, chairman of the European CNP Payment Forum, and a long-time friend of Glenbrook Partners.  In the article, he comments that the current credit […]

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Over at TechCrunch, Sarah Lacy laments the that too few of the start-ups on stage at this week’s TechCrunch50 were chasing audacious, world-changing ideas: I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not […]

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A little shameless Glenbrook promotion, forgive us. Today our partner Allen Weinberg spoke at the San Francisco Treasury Management Association (the local AFP) monthly lunch about emerging payments: PayPal, Amazon, Google Checkout, and many, many more start-ups nipping at their heels.  The crowd – half bankers and half corporate cash managers/treasury professionals – loved it. […]

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Chase Blueprint brings new transparency and consumer control to credit cards Today’s announcement of the new “Blueprint” functionality by Chase Card Services represents a significant generational inflection point in the evolution of the US credit card business. Although they often try to refute it, for more than 25 years US credit card issuers have marched […]

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