Episode 127: Alexa Blows Up, PayPal Buys TIO Networks $233M and MoneyGram is China-owned.

Fintech Podcast: Episode 127- Alexa Blows Up, PayPal Buys TIO Networks $233M and MoneyGram is China-owned

Episode 127

This week, Brian, Faisal, and Mike are back on the air again. We discuss Brian’s Multiplex application, Faisal’s traveling and Mike changing the direction of his company. In addition, we talk about Amazon Alexa hitting 10,000 skills, yet it is difficult to make an income from it. PayPal buys TIO Network and what does it mean for the unbanked? Alibaba’s Ant Financial scoops up MoneyGram – what will they do with it? And TransferWise now uses Messenger Bots to transfer money!

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Episode 83

This week, Brian, Faisal and Mike discuss a wide variety of topics, and in between these, we talk about Apple Car, Edward Snowden, Strangulation by Regulation, Wall Street pressure, Jack Ma of Alibaba to Jack Mama!

  • Summit at Sea
  • Square IPO
  • Barclays fined again
  • Martha Stewart moves to Amazon’s Handmade platform
  • Amazon first physical store
  • Most US consumers plan to go to Amazon.com for their online holiday shopping, rather than going to malls and shops, finding parking, weathering  the cold days and testing their patience
  • Apple to partner (acquire?) Postmates
  • Samsung Pay is coming to budget phones. The Korean mobile phone maker says it will be offering Samsung Pay on both its mid and low end handsets.
  • Silicon Valley Bank survey shows 43% think regulatory red tape is main hurdle to growth in fintech growth,
  • In an interesting development, a UK government report cites that “digital currencies pose lowest money laundering risk”
  • China’s Alibaba Singles Day Sale: $14.3 Billion in 24 hours. Up 60% from last year’s record: $ 9.3 Billion.

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