Web/Tech

One of the fun things we do at Glenbrook is help clients think through product concepts in financial services, commerce, and payments. An intriguing area that I’ve been thinking about and watching closely over the years is voice-activated purchasing. My interest in “voice” stems from my belief that as microprocessors get smaller and faster, the […]

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Certainly one of the most daunting aspects of cross-border payments is the complexity inherent in the fact that different countries have different payment systems. Many payment systems require data specific to the local processing environment. Sort codes, IBANs (International Bank Account Number), SWIFT codes, and ISO country codes are prime examples of data not typically […]

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Editors note: Our colleague Carol Coye Benson recently experienced first hand the power of social payments and shares her experience in this post. To learn read more of Glenbrook’s thinking on social payments check out this post by Russ Jones. I had a great online experience yesterday – the kind of thing that makes you […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about social payments, and have reached two conclusions. The first is that a payment facilitated by a social network is not a social payment—it’s just a normal customer-not-present payment. The second is that social payments are, by definition, social in nature and involve multiple parties. Hear me out on […]

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Editors Note: Glenbrook, along with the rest of the payments industry, has been watching developments in mobile payments closely.  Our partner Carol Coye Benson profiles Boku today. She has also taken a look at the CashEdge’s POPmoney, Canada’s Zoompass, Zong, Billing Revolution, and Blaze Mobile. [UPDATE Aug 6th: Be sure to check out Carol’s latest […]

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Last Friday, the  Wolfram Alpha “computational knowledge engine” went live.  Steven Wolfram is the driving force behind this incredibly ambitious venture.  His previous accomplishments include publication of first scientific paper at age 15, a PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech at age 20, creation of Mathematica software, and publication of  “A New Kind of Science.” […]

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Please support my efforts to reference check SaaS ERP vendors Intacct and NetSuite on behalf of a Web 2.0 client. Do you have any success stories? Horror stories? Particularly interested in feedback on ease of integration/APIs and customer support. Got insight? Please email me and I will call you back for a quick chat.

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Photo: SF Chronicle The SF Chronicle interviews Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf in today's paper. The Wells Fargo – Wachovia merger blog inspired rave reviews and sets the bar high for other financial institutions considering blogging The Finanser (Chris Skinner) – "Therefore, this could prove interesting in creating a corporate case study in how to […]

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