Ecommerce Payments

Glenbrook’s Russ Jones is attending the PayPal X Platform developers conference in San Francisco. His post from Day 1 is here. The second day of payments conferences usually give me a chance to step back, reflect on what was announced on the first day, and catch up with some people to better understand how things […]

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Glenbrook’s Russ Jones is attending the PayPal X Platform developers conference in San Francisco. His post from Day 2 is here. The PayPal news feed was running full blast today given all the various products, initiatives, and alliances that were announced on the first day of the PayPal Developer Conference. This was PayPal’s second developer […]

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You are a bona fide payments professional if that headline makes senses to you. For everyone else, here’s an explanation. Kombini Payments Before we take a look at PayNearMe, let’s first explore how Kombini payments work. Kombini (variously spelled Konbini, Kombini, or Combini) or convenience store payments are an important element of the Japanese payment […]

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As you may have seen on PaymentsNews, MasterCard announced the acquisition of DataCash, a pan-European (and a bit beyond) gateway, this morning for $520 million. Before I jump in, you might want to take a look at the earlier opinion piece I posted regarding Visa’s $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource, since the rationale for MasterCard’s […]

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I’m just back from a fascinating ten day visit to India – and, frankly, I’m still in a bit of a daze from that amazing experience. More to come about my visit there. Tonight, as I’m catching up on the happenings while I was gone, I came across a press release earlier this week from […]

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“Pay with a Tweet – A social payment system.” These aren’t my words. Instead, it is the name of a new payment concept developed by an interactive advertising agency called Innovative Thunder. Given the work we’ve been doing on social payments here at Glenbrook, we had to investigate this one. Here’s how it works. A […]

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Earlier today, Sweden’s Klarna AB announced an investment – indeed, a majority investment, by Menlo Park’s Sequoia Capital – and that Sequoia’s Michael Moritz has joined the board of Klarna. Talk about coming out of “left field”! A Sequoia investment – especially when led by Moritz (famous for his early investments Yahoo!, PayPal, Google and […]

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A number of us self-proclaimed “payments geeks” awoke this morning to learn of Visa Inc’s intention to purchase CyberSource for approximately $2 billion.  Over the course of the day, Glenbrook’s been getting a flood of emails generally asking, “What’s the REAL reason Visa’s buying this big gateway company?”

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Here at Glenbrook, we work closely with eCommerce merchants on issues and opportunities that they confront every day. Increasingly, the questions we hear surround the topic of “going global” — “What countries should I sell into? What local payment methods are important? Who can provide my company’s payment services over seas? It seems that U.S. […]

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As a volunteer at several non-profits, I have, of course, jumped or gotten pulled into those organizations’ payment issues. Accepting donations over the Internet is increasingly important and there are a staggering array of specialized service providers that offer turnkey payment acceptance. Over the past year though, we at Glenbrook have noticed more and more […]

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Written by Jacqueline Chilton based on a speeches and panel discussion at ATPS 2009 – Airline and Travel Payments Summit (Link to presentations) – Save the date for ATPS 2010 in San Francisco, Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2010 Localization is one of the key trends influencing the future of payments. At Glenbrook we believe […]

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It’s the holidays and the online retail sales are… well… who knows? We’re seeing data points all over the map. comScore is reporting better-than-they-expected 4% growth over the the previous year. U.S. online holiday spending has grown 4% to nearly $21 billion during the first 43 days of the November-December shopping season, according to comScore […]

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I’m attending the PayPal Developers Conference this week and want to share some initial impressions about the Paypal platform and what it might mean in the world of payments. First off, the combined weight of the new products, partner demonstrations, and new applications is almost overwhelming. There’s a lot here competing for our collective attention. […]

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Amazon.com fancies itself, with some justification, as a trialblazer in eCommerce. We spoke with Amazon recently to get a better sense of PayPhrase and how it might be used by today’s consumers. Amazon PayPhrase is a new checkout concept that is designed to provide consumers with a convenient way to use the payment and shipping […]

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Among other recent interviews on mobile payments, we took a look last month at two companies (Boku and Zong) that are focusing on bill-to-carrier models for digital content purchases in the online gaming arena.  Fascinating, but surely (for my demographic, at any rate) a niche market – after all, how many times have you spent […]

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