2018

From Startup To Global Payments Giant: Visa Turns 60

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Sixty years ago today (Sept. 18), a San Francisco startup launched by sending roughly 60,000 credit cards to consumers living in northern California. This startup was a bank, and its innovation was a single card that could be used by consumers to purchase things on credit from many different merchants. The card eliminated the need for consumers to establish credit with multiple merchants, then carry multiple cards issued by each of those merchants to pay for purchases over time.

How to Apply the Rule of 40 for Your SaaS Company

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How to Calculate the Rule of 40 in SaaS The rule of 40 in SaaS is simple financial framework that balances revenue growth versus margins. It’s a rule of thumb to quickly determine the health and/or attractiveness of a SaaS company. You’ve probably heard of the rule of 40, but the application of the formula […]. The post How to Apply the Rule of 40 for Your SaaS Company appeared first on The SaaS CFO. Rule of 40

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Amex Touts Success In Ripple Cross-Border Payments Pilot

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In a renewed show of support for blockchain technology , American Express General Manager of Corporate Payments Carlos Carriedo has suggested that its pilot tests with partner Ripple to enable real-time cross-border corporate payments have been a success. Reports in Invest In Blockchain on Tuesday (Dec. 11) said Carriedo spoke at the Wings of Change Europe conference and emphasized American Express’ interest in blockchain technology.

What An Alleged NSA Hack Reveals About Payments Cybersecurity

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Not to ruin your holiday spirit, but let’s start this story with the cold and brutal truth: One of the largest risks that payments and commerce operators face in 2019 is being called to account by government officials, regulators or media about a failure to secure their organizations from cyberattacks.

AFP FP&A Guide: Scenario Planning

Inflexible budgets break; scenario planning is a complementary, structured approach to creating flexibility in planning and operations. This guide presents practical, actionable steps to integrate scenario planning into y

FICO To Debut New Credit Scoring System In 2019

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Fair Isaac, creator of the FICO credit score, will be rolling out a new scoring system in early 2019. According to the Wall Street Journal , the UltraFICO Score should help many consumers get approved for loans because it factors in how consumers manage the cash in their checking, savings and money-market accounts, which could serve as an indication of how likely they are to repay their debts.

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2018 Data Breaches: The List No One Wanted To Make

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So far this year (and there’s still one more day), Verizon reported that there have been 2,216 confirmed data breaches across 65 countries. Even more disturbing, perhaps, is that 68 percent of those breaches took months for the breached companies to discover. If that’s not disturbing enough, 28 percent of those incidents were perpetuated by insiders. More than half of those breaches by outsiders were done by members of organized crime.

How to Properly Record Deferred Revenue in SaaS

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Software subscriptions are the life of every SaaS business. But most SaaS companies I have spoken with are incorrectly recording their most important revenue stream. That is subscription revenue and the corresponding deferred revenue balance. And I don’t blame you. Often, your accounting is outsourced to a bookkeeper or accountant. Your bookkeeper compiles your financial […]. The post How to Properly Record Deferred Revenue in SaaS appeared first on The SaaS CFO.

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Deliverr Vying To Become ‘Uber’ Of Ground Shipping In eCommerce

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Before Michael Krakaris co-founded an online fulfillment platform for eCommerce merchants, he learned firsthand how companies could reinvent messy spaces with software. One of his first jobs was working for a company that created an application programming interface (API) to help businesses send text messages to their customers. That business solved a major pain point, he says, as companies used to have to make deals with the wireless carriers themselves to have that capability.

MoneyGram And Visa Team To Deliver Real-Time Global P2P

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MoneyGram and Visa announced today (July 24) that they have partnered to deliver real-time digital disbursements to MoneyGram customers using Visa’s push payments platform, Visa Direct.

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Successful Change Management with Enterprise Risk Management

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of ERM Services

Join us as we discuss the various tangents of data and the change management process that will help you make better risk-based business decisions to save time and money for your organization.

Venmo Payment Fraud Led To $40M In Losses

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Venmo , the digital money transfer service owned by PayPal , suffered payments fraud earlier in 2018 that played a role in the company posting losses that were higher than forecasted for the first quarter of this year. The Wall Street Journal , citing internal documents it reviewed, reported that for the first three months of 2018 Venmo had operating losses of around $40 million, which was close to 40 percent bigger than what the company had planned for.

Consumers Paid $34.3B In Overdraft Fees In 2017

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Overdraft fees have reached their highest level since 2009, which was at the end of the Great Recession. Consumers paid $34.3 billion in overdraft fees during 2017 compared to $33.3 billion in 2016, The New York Post reported. Despite the increase, consumers aren’t, in fact, overdrawing their accounts. Instead, Moebs Services says the uptick was caused by credit unions increasing their overdraft fees. Overall, average overdraft fees at banks have risen from $20 in 2000 to $30 in 2017.

Warehouses Aren’t Keeping Up With eCommerce

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Retail continues to migrate toward eCommerce, but warehouse space is not designed to keep up with the increasing pace of online orders. The average age of a warehouse in the U.S. is more than 30 years old, and many lack modern features, CNBC reported. CBRE has found that most warehouses constructed prior to 2005 had low ceilings, tight space and uneven flooring — issues that are not easy to fix through a renovation. “It’s

Russian Central Bank Ends FX Competition

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The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (CBR) announced that it has revoked the licenses of five Russian foreign exchange (FX) trading companies. According to a statement on the bank’s website, the decision was made due to “the repeated violations of the requirements of the Russian legislation on securities within one year.”. The five companies — Forex Club, Alpari Forex, Trust Forex, InstaForex and TeleTrade — will see their licenses expire on Jan.

The Emerging Spend Management Sector: Simplifying Your Accounting Processes

Speaker: Spencer Falbo, Principal at Kong Basile Consulting

In this webinar, Spencer Falbo, principal at Kong Basile Consulting will teach you how Spend Management can help to automate many of your processes, making your job as an accountant more efficient.

Mastercard Will No Longer Require Signatures On Cards, Receipts

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Mastercard, the payments company, announced on Thursday (Oct. 18) that cardholder signatures will now be optional for the back of credit cards and receipts. In a press release , Mastercard said it is making the changes due to advancements in technology and security.

Why Belgium Can Be A Good ‘Test Market’ For FinTech Firms

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Belgium, which is home to many European Union (EU) institutions, is also a burgeoning FinTech hub. The country has the fifth-highest number of FinTech deals in Europe, according to an analysis from Belgium-based European FinTech platform B-Hive. The average FinTech deal size in the region is doubling, but B-Hive noted a decrease in the number of deals. At the same time, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics are seeing a particularly high amount of activity.

Google Gets EU eMoney License

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Google Payment Lithuania, a unit of Alphabet’s Google, was granted an electronic money institution license by The Board of the Bank of Lithuania. Finextra , citing Google, reported that with the license Google can issue and redeem electronic money and provide payment services. The end of this year reflects our efforts and experience of the past few years in actively developing a FinTech-conducive ecosystem in Lithuania.

Visa Accelerates Tokenization Of Credentials On File For Digital Payments

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Visa announced today the commercial expansion of its Visa Token Service for “credential-on-file token requestors.” This expansion involves adding 20 acquirer gateway and technology partners as token requestors — including the likes of PayPal, Worldpay and Adyen — who can now, or soon will be able to, tokenize credential-on-file digital payments for their merchant and payment clients.

Sample Chart of Accounts in SaaS

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Sample Chart of Accounts for SaaS I’ve received quite a few requests about a sample chart of accounts for SaaS, so let’s address a super critical component of your accounting. Not a “fun” topic per se, but you need to understand the concept behind your chart of accounts and implement the correct structure if you […]. The post Sample Chart of Accounts in SaaS appeared first on The SaaS CFO. Chart of Accounts General Ledger

Australia Gets First Virtual Commercial Cards Via Mastercard, DiviPay

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Expense management company DiviPay is rolling out what it says is Australia’s first Mastercard virtual commercial card for corporate payers, and the first solution in the country that combines payments with expense management automation. Reports in Finder this week said DiviPay is launching its virtual card offering to help small and medium-sized companies (SMBs) automate their expense reporting and management processes.

Bitcoin: 10 Years Of Smoke And Mirrors

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The end of this month, Oct. 31, 2018, will mark the 10th anniversary of the day that a link to a paper , authored by Satoshi Nakamoto , describing the digital currency called bitcoin was first publicly circulated.

A Look Inside Switzerland’s Plans To Bank Crypto Businesses

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The global regulatory framework of cryptocurrencies and blockchain remains either fragmented, vague or simply nonexistent. However, Swiss officials recently took steps to get ahead of the regulatory uncertainty surrounding the world of blockchain, focusing on a particularly large hurdle for companies in the industry.

2018: The Year Of Evolution In Payments’ Revolution

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In life, change is the only constant, so why should it be different for payments? From cash to digital, from plastic cards to mobile wallets, from cash registers at the front of restaurants to tablets brought to tables (redefining the concept of “dine and dash”) — the way we pay shifts along with the availability of technology, and tech shifts as commerce demands new features. Among those demands, at least on the part of the consumer, are speed, flexibility and personalization.

How Connected Devices Are Revolutionizing How And Who We Pay

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Connected devices — smartphones, tablets, voice-activated speakers, smartwatches, in-car dashboard systems — are changing how consumers in the U.S. buy and pay. Not just some consumers, but almost all of them. We have brand-new data that reveals how much change is happening.

How 5G Will Shake Up Banking and FinTech?

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Financial institutions are in the midst of becoming more mobile, with many of those legacy operations opting to — or at least considering — working more closely with FinTech providers to upgrade services, retain customers and acquire new ones. The debut of 5G promises to add another tool that can aid such efforts. As that mobile technology get closer to mainstream introduction, the potential 5G ecosystem for FinTech and mobile banking is gaining clarity.

InComm Partners With Welcia To Grow Barcode Payments

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InComm , a global prepaid product and payment technology company, has announced a partnership with Welcia , Japan’s leading pharmacy chain, to launch four mobile barcode payment solutions in its stores. InComm will be integrating its point-of-sale payment technology directly with Welcia.

Ripple Forms Blockchain For Europe Association With Other Players

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Ripple, the blockchain company that owns XRP, the digital currency, has joined forces with NEM, Fetch.AI, and EMURGO/Cardano to create a new association that represents the interest of blockchain and cryptocurrency business in Europe. According to a report in The Next Web , the group, dubbed Blockchain for Europe, says its the first unified voice for the industry in Europe.

Uber Seeks Driver Lawsuit Settlement Before IPO

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Uber, gearing up to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in the first quarter of 2019, is offering to settle with drivers who have been fighting the ride-hailing company via individual arbitration. According to a report in TechCrunch , citing law firm Lichten & Liss-Riordan, Uber has as part of the settlement tentatively offered to pay 11 cents for each mile Uber drivers drove.

Cannabis Cos’ $4.7B In Cash-Based Taxes Overwhelm IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying $1.7 million to a Virginia company to handle “large cash payments for processing cannabis federal taxes.”. According to Quartz , the U.S. government collected approximately $4.7 billion in taxes last year on nearly $13 billion in revenue from legal cannabis companies. Most of these companies were forced to pay their federal taxes in cash because about 70 percent of all legal cannabis businesses are unbanked.