Thu.Mar 04, 2021

Bill Gates' Land Grab Fuels Speculation About Smart Cities, AgTech Plans

PYMNTS

Bill Gates ’ interests are quietly moving from server farms to soil farms. No one knows why except Bill and Melinda Gates and their inner circle, but the speculation is turning again to their vision of building new ‘connected’ smart cities and farms.

XBRL News about blockchain, SASB and old ladies

Daily Fintech

Here is our pick of the 3 most important XBRL news stories from the last week. 1 Blockchain-anchored XBRL Distributed ledgers (i.e. blockchain or otherwise) and XBRL are a match made in heaven.

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Sezzle CEO: 'We Don’t Think Credit Is A Four-Letter Word'

PYMNTS

The field of buy now, pay later (BNPL) offerings has become crowded over the last year with new products , big partnerships and massive funding rounds. The race is on to stake a dominant claim in the newly exploding market.

India's payments 'umbrella' could provide uneven cover

Payments Source

A government-backed digital transaction system will soon have private sector rivals, who will have an inside track to returns on massive investments. India Compliance Digital payments

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Realizing the Benefits of Automated Machine Learning

How are organizations using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to derive business value? Renowned author and professor Tom Davenport explains the rise of automated machine learning, its benefits, and success stories from businesses that are already using it.

The Connected Future Of Kitchen Technology

PYMNTS

As kitchen technology rapidly evolves, with automated solutions entering the mainstream, remaining at the forefront of restaurant innovation will require more than just individual automated devices.

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InsurTech Firms Take SPAC Path To Wall Street

PYMNTS

The only sure things in life, they say, are death and taxes. And maybe the parade of continued special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) – at least so far as the horizon stretches out before us. News came this week that Hippo Enterprises is going public via SPAC.

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Regulations give crypto the push it needs to counter skeptics

Payments Source

As the public's interest in bitcoin and other crypto assets gradually spreads, government rules and compliance will follow, says Voyager Digital's Stephen Ehrlich

For ISVs, The Lure Of Northern Exposure And Integrated Payments

PYMNTS

Payment facilitators (PayFacs) could do with some northern exposure. In an interview with PYMNTS, Marcus Dagenais , president, Canada, at payment processor Payroc , said that expanding into Canadian markets can boost the growth of ISVs. There are more similarities than differences between the U.S.

Alt lending Week Ended 5th March 2021

Daily Fintech

UK Government plugs mortgage deposit gap with 5% nudge My youngest son told me the last weekend that a mortgage adviser had told him that he needed at least a 30% deposit to fund a new mortgage. I told him that I didn’t think that would last. Lo and behold four days later the […].

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Mixing Human And Data Intelligence For Smarter Hiring Spend

PYMNTS

employers missed analysts' estimates last month when they added 117,000 jobs across the private sector, ADP data recently revealed, the latest evidence of what ADP Chief Economist Nela Richardson described as a "sluggish" labor market.

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Discover opening call center in low-income Chicago neighborhood

Payments Source

The operation will employ 1,000 people in a predominantly Black community. The move is part of the city's push to create job opportunities beyond the downtown area. Diversity and equality Discover Credit cards

Visa, Black Girl Ventures Team To Digitize Black, Women-Owned SMBs

PYMNTS

Visa has introduced a new locally-focused initiative to help digitally enable Black-owned small businesses, with a focus on companies owned by Black women, as Black History Month (February) transitions into Women’s History Month (March), according to a Thursday (March 4) press release.

Arizona’s app store bill could force Durbin-like changes

Payments Source

The growing pressure on app stores to allow multiple payment methods may prove to be as disruptive as the Durbin amendment was to debit card payments. Compliance Arizona Digital payments Debit cards

How to Choose an AI Vendor

This report explores why it is so challenging to choose an AI vendor and what you should consider as you seek a partner in AI.

Jersey Mike's Orders Up AI In Fight Against Mobile Fraud

PYMNTS

Americans spent more than $769 billion ordering food from restaurants in 2020, PYMNTS found, and a significant chunk of these orders originated from websites or mobile apps.

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5 Customer Service Mistakes Impacting Your Account Holders’ Experience

SWBC's LenderHub

As we all know, providing exceptional customer service is key to running a successful company, but is your financial institution doing everything it can to ensure your valued customers are getting the type of service they want and need? Collections Outsourcing

Atlassian Choses Stripe To Develop Unified SaaS Payments Platform

PYMNTS

To form one platform for international billing and payments throughout all of its cloud product offerings, team collaboration and productivity software firm Atlassian is teaming with Stripe , according to an announcement. “We’re

Do You Know Your Business Borrowers New Year’s Resolutions?

Strategically Speaking

The New Year is widely recognized as the start of a clean slate. Many of us take it upon ourselves to set New Year’s resolutions, goals to improve our lives in one way or another. And after the year we all had in 2020… I would say a New Year’s resolution is in order! But not the typical ones.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Bitcoin Daily: Merchants Can Accept Crypto Payments Via Bitfinex Pay; Ripple Co-Founder Requests Dismissal Of SEC Case; Kraken Could Go Public In 2022

PYMNTS

Merchants can now accept cryptocurrency payments through Bitfinex Pay, a new contactless and borderless payment technology launched by Bitfinex on Thursday (March 4). With Bitfinex Pay, online shoppers can pay via Bitcoin, Ethereum and Tether, according to a company blog post.

A variety of payment types is better than just 'digital'

Payments Source

With so many personally and financially impacted by COVID-19, consumers have made it clear that the way customers pay for goods or services can no longer follow a one-size-fits all approach, says eBay's Alyssa Cutright. Risk Digital payments Merchant E-Commerce

Dallas Mavericks To Take Dogecoin For Payment With BitPay

PYMNTS

Digital currency payment provider BitPay has launched Dogecoin payments for retailers and individuals. The Dallas Mavericks will be the first to accept Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency with a market cap of $6 billion, with the help of BitPay, according to a Thursday (March 4) announcement.

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D.C. power shift complicates Fed decision on capital rule

American Banker

The industry wants regulators to extend a temporary measure making it easier to satisfy the supplementary leverage ratio. But Democrats’ control of the White House and Congress has given a bigger platform to those who say banks have had enough relief.

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MLOps 101: The Foundation for Your AI Strategy

Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) allows organizations to alleviate many of the issues on the path to AI with ROI by providing a technological backbone for managing the machine learning lifecycle through automation and scalability.

Amazon Opens Physical Cashierless Store In London

PYMNTS

Amazon is opening a cashierless store in London on Thursday (March 4), its first physical retail location outside of North America, The Financial Times reported. . The 2,500-square-foot physical store will be branded Amazon Fresh and located in West London, in the Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.

Budget 2021: Fintech omission disappoints

Bobsguide

Hopes of detailed spending plans for fintech were dashed when Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to specifically mention the sector in his Budget speech on March 3. Luke Hamm, CEO of R&D tax specialists GovGrant said in a statement that the government had “fallen short” of

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U.S. Treasury Injects $9 Billion Into Minority And Community Lenders

PYMNTS

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that a new program intending to help out with access to capital in communities that have traditionally been underserved and that have suffered more than usual in the pandemic, a press release says.

Plaid jumps on income verification with new tool

BankInovation

Plaid is the latest company to step into income verification services, in a move to tackle manual processes and speed underwriting for financial institutions.

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.