Whitepaper: Google Wallet and the New Payments Ecosystem

Google Wallet Whitepaper by David W. SchropferMobile payments is starting over. When the Google Wallet launched on September 20, 2011, the first test of a remarkable new financial ecosystem began. But despite the apparent success of traditional mobile payments products like M-PESA in Kenya and South Africa, Google and rival Isis have decided to rewrite the business model – and for good reason. Actually, four good reasons: Continue reading

Tribute to Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs (Photo Credit: SF Weekly)

Update to previous post:Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday October 5, 2011.  Farewell, and thank you.

Here is the original post from August 24:

Steve Jobs, legendary of Apple Incorporated, resigned today as CEO. The Board of Directors of Apple named him chairman, then named Tim Cook as the new CEO according to an article that appeared in Reuters today, and a letter from Jobs posted on the Apple Web Site tonight.

As a practical matter, Steve has been on medical leave since January 17, 2011, and has been seen and heard from by the general public rarely during that period. While it is unclear to what extent Steve is been influencing the operations and direction of Apple since his bout with pancreatic cancer began, stepping down as CEO and becoming chairman may not, in fact, materially change the role he has been playing at the company for over a year.

However, as someone who is focusing on the emerging Mobile Commerce industry and has been waiting for Apple to make a stand in this new arena, I am particularly sorry to see him go at this time. The reason? In a word: innovation. Continue reading

New Mobile Commerce Industry Outlook Presented at PrePaid Press Expo in Las Vegas

Overview from PrePaid Press Expo

A detailed forecast and quantitative analysis of the emerging Mobile Commerce industry was presented and discussed at the Pre Paid Press Expo in the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, and the results were remarkable.

Mobile payments and mobile commerce have become different products, applicable to different markets. One of the key differences is the use of Pre-Paid and Stored Value cards as a ‘ virtual bank’ and a new revenue source for products like the Google Wallet and Isis. Read an overview of the analysis presented yesterday by David W. Schropfer at the Expo. The presentation preceded an expert panel discussion which also included mobile commerce experts: Dennis Andrews and T. Jack Williams. Moderator Lori Breitzke expertly guided Continue reading

Mobile Wallet Model vs. 4 Different Mobile Payment Models

Columnist Alistair Fairweather recently published an article detailing 4 different Mobile Payments Models. With one caveat, the analysis is one of the best-written and most succinct written on the topic to date; a must read for anyone who wants to take a crash course in Mobile Payments.

Mr. Fairweather clearly indicated that his list was not exhaustive with his comment, “There are at least a half dozen different approaches competing to become the de facto format.” However, the model that is notably missing is one the includes payments as a component, and not the sole function: the Wallet model. The Google Wallet (often categorized as a payment method) uses the ‘Wallet” model,which  produces no revenue for Google directly from payments; the revenue from payments remains intact for the banks, processors and ISO’s and the ‘Wallet’ is simply a form-factor replacement for a plastic card.  But, Google is not a non-profit; they will make plenty of money from this model; Here’s how:  Continue reading

According to ISIS: “NFC…Just About to Explode.”

Image Credit: Dial-a-Phone / ISIS

Yesterday, Andrew Johnson  of American Banker magazine (and PaymentSource) interviewed ISIS head of marketing Jaymee Johnson (no relation).   In the article published today, Johnson said:

“The handset pipeline around NFC is basically just about to explode,” Jaymee Johnson, ISIS head of marketing, said in a June 22 interview.

“That will change pretty dramatically … by the early part of next year and really the end part of this year,” Johnson added.

Click here to read the full article.

Insightful Report on Mobile Wallets by Nora Young, Spark Radio

Nora Young–host of “Spark” on CBC Radio

Next  Sunday, an insightful report on the Mobile Wallets by Nora Young will be broadcast on CBC Radio’s “Spark” program in advance of the Mobile Money Forum in Montreal on June 21, 2011.  The podcast of this report was posted this morning.

In her report, Nora uses a variety of different interviews and prior reports to present to her listeners with a clear picture of what mobile wallets will become in the relatively near future.  Also, Nora’s report touches on the most important issues that surround the mobile wallet and mobile commerce in general. Unlike many other reports in the media that I have seen this since the Google/ MasterCard/ First Data/ VeriFone announcements last week, Nora focuses on the consumer experience, and the practical application  of mobile  wallets. Also, she uses excerpts of interviews with myself and others to clearly describe some of the terminology the benefit of consumers without using overwhelming jargon. Continue reading

Google ‘Wallet’ Will Be More Secure Than Plastic Credit/Debit Cards

Image Credit: cloudave.com

Yesterday, the Google Wallet was announced.   given that security has always been the number one concern of consumers, the most important question on people’s mind is, “will it be more secure?”

The short answer is: Yes.

Here’s why:   a Smartphone can be secured on the network of your bank, or the network of your credit card company, or any other network using the exact same technology that secures your smart phone on the network of your mobile phone company.

Do you remember decades ago when fraudulent Continue reading