Trump & T-Mobile Hacks, EMV in America, Poor Bitcoin, to Psychology of Marketplaces

Episode 78

This week we discuss we touch upon the recent rise in hacking, where customer data is being leaked on to the Internet. The most recent hack of Trump Hotels & T-Mobile – what does it mean for the consumer?

On 1st of October 2015, EMV formally became a requirement in the US, and has now shifted the liability of card fraud to the merchant is they are not EMV compliant. Brian expands on what this means for credit/debit card users in America.

Faisal briefly talks about Ben Milne (founder of Dwolla) and his blog article on Blockchains. What truly should be a banking blockchain and Ben’s vision/opinion on it.

Brian and Faisal discuss Bitcoin – has it lost its shine? There seems to be a slow down in both Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Last, but not the least, Mike touches upon the marketplaces in America, specifically understanding the psychology behind the marketplaces.

Our speakers in this week’s episode:

Resources

  1. Trump Hotels Data Breach
  2. T-Mobile Hacks
  3. EMV in America – Brian Roemmele’s take on it.
  4. Ben Milne’s Blog article on Blockchain
  5. Understanding the Psychology of Marketplaces

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PayAnywhere & Apple Deal, and How 1099 vs. W-2 Works in Service Based Marketplaces

Episode 75

PayAnywhere & Apple Deal, and How 1099 vs. W-2 Works in Service Based Marketplaces

This week Brian and Mike cruise through recent news, giving insight to the recent PayAnywhere & Apple exclusive partnership, breaking down what it takes to get a successful partnership with Apple. We chat about the international world of payments in Kenya’s recent partnership with PayPal and end discussing the changing landscape of 1099 independent contractor models vs W-2 employee model and what the implications are in today’s world.

Topics:

  1. Etsy’s new app to pay local artisans
    1. http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/08/26/etsys-updated-mobile-app-lets-you-locate-local-artisans-on-the-go/
  2. PayAnywhere exclusive for Apple $5000 free Apple Pay transactions.
    1. http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/27/apple-pay-for-everyone-payanywhere-mobile-reader-hits-apple-stores-in-september/
  3. Apple pay, September 9th announcements
  4. Social:   ** Why Has “Social” Failed In Fintech? (techcrunch.com)
  5. PayPal to ‘Unlock Global Marketplace’ in Kenya (pymnts.com) Intersection of the financial machine with business & community creation and growth
    (possible topic title?)
  6. Bank Activity: ** Wall Street banks have changed the way Silicon Valley’s top startups raise money (businessinsider.com)
  7. Independent contractor 1099 vs W-2 discussion in service based marketplaces

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Bitcoin startup 21 raises US$ 116 Million, NASDAQ explores Blockchain and Money Transmitter Licenses

Episode 63

This week we cover Bitcoin Startup 21 that raised US$ 116 Million. Everyone is speculating as to what 21 would be doing with the money. Would it be mining hardware? Cloud based mining contracts? or something else. NASDAQ, the stock market for the next 100 years is experimenting with Blockchain, and Faisal Khan and his quest for digging out money transmitter licenses, who has them and who might be getting them.

Our speakers in this week’s episode:

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Affirm Gets A $275M Adrenaline Shot While Clinkle Collapses

Episode 62

Brian and Mike have fun this week chatting about recent topics in the news and as usual diving deep into the behavioral psychology and economics behind it all.

Topics we touched on include Clinkle, Moven joining Accenture, Square raising more money, Affirm raising $275M, Ripple fined $700,000, LearnVest acquired for $250M.

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Zing.co CEO Nate Stewart Talks About Acquisition To BigCommerce

Episode 61

Nate Stewart - Zing

This week was a special show as we had guest Nate Stewart on the show to discuss the acquisition of Zing.co to BigCommerce. Nate Stewart and Mike Townsend worked together in the early days of Zing and so the story of Zing being acquired carries a special significance.

Our speakers in this week’s episode:

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