Episode 88: The Sherpa’s Guide to a Payments Startup

 

 

Episode 88

This week Brain Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss what would it take for those with an idea about a payments startup in the US market to take their dream forward. Dispensing some practical advice on how to go from and idea to product launched in your target market.

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Big Moves by Facebook, Uber, and Braintree

Episode 85

This week we talk Facebook+Uber+Braintree, what are they up to? Apple Pay and Samsung enter China partner China Union Pay, Target’s rumored new Wallet App using NFC, Global Payments acquires Heartland Payment systems, Pinterest Buyable pins now come with price tracking, plus new segments in our show, including Limelight where we showcase a new startup, a personality and an article/blog article we might have read about.

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Constantine Firun, Co-Founder of VoisiCard

Episode 64

Constantine Firun Co-Founder VoisiCard

VoisiCard

This week, Faisal Khan interviews Constantine Firun, Co-Founder of VoisiCard. Voisicard is a full stack banking solution for Telcos. It provides interoperability between MNOs and raises ARPU offering user-friendly banking services for subscribers along with customer intelligence data for merchants.

On the back-end, Voisicard reduces fraud risk and optimizes Telcos banking expenditures. Transaction costs for real-time regional and international payments are significantly lower without changing how Telcos work with conventional banks.

On the front-end, customers and merchants get user-friendly, affordable and widely available mCommerce/eCommerce and brick&mortar payment platform compatible with existing infrastructure (mobile and PC) with additional banking services – including remittances, P2P loans and automated investments.

Voisicard combines military grade voice biometry, state-of-the-art cryptography and sophisticated machine learning techniques delivering industrial-grade financial and customer intelligence product.

Technically Voisicard is a middleware product designed to connect Telco’s billing and banking account. Interoperability between multiple Telcos is available via cryptographic protocol powering payment platform. As of February 2015 Voisicard is in alpha development stage with fully developed roadmap and production-ready front-end solution compatible with mobile and PC devices. Back-end and integration with telco billing is ongoing. Deployment is ongoing with MVNO launching in 12 European and Asian markets in late 2015.

The team behind Voisicard has a vast experience in financial services technology, voice biometry, speech recognition and machine learning. Previous projects include High-Frequency Trading algorithms, intelligent personal assistants, real-time bidding platforms and conventional banking software integrations.

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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.

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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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