35 Insights from Let’s Talk Payments

March 5, 2015     By : Aditya Khurjekar

Sometimes 140 characters is all it takes to make a point. Here’s a few of my recent ones.

(To get these in real time, follow me on twitter @khurjekar)

1) Dear Google, Please get it right this time! Apple can’t do it alone. BTW, it’s what GW should’ve always been!. Link: https://lnkd.in/ergRUTf

2) This is the “drive thru” of the 21st century. The car might actually be the most under-leveraged commerce platform! Link: https://lnkd.in/eh8_Q67

3) This can revolutionize payments auth 1 day; but fingerprint scans needed long time 2b good enough for TouchID. Link: https://lnkd.in/e8uFxgK

4) Diminishing leverage for financial intermediaries. Pendulum swinging back to reducing distance b/w buyers & sellers. Link: https://lnkd.in/easmGxG

5) Remember ‘Value Added Services’? Amit Goel makes “value of value” connection between Apple Pay 2.0 & decades-old VAS. Link: https://lnkd.in/eyHvCN7

6) Great time to be a startup & get funded, especially in payments & digital commerce: Angel.me Angellist Circleup. Link: https://lnkd.in/e_k3Bix

7) PayClip Inc. and Centili Mobile making waves in Latin America – huge opportunity for growth Link: https://lnkd.in/ee8urqT

8) What will be the “killer app” for these new smartwatches? health/fitness, payments, messaging, weather, time…? Link: https://lnkd.in/e_p92w3

9) Only 13% of Mexicans & 15% of Colombians have a credit card – oppty for: Alpha Payments Izettle SafetyPay Mexivo… Link: https://lnkd.in/ee8urqT

10) Govt security (=spy) agencies keep security companies like Gemalto on their toes. New meaning to “stress testing”? Link: https://lnkd.in/eebR3AB

11) Another place, just like public transit, to invest in to form consumers’ habits in contactless experiences. Link: https://lnkd.in/e6XazNh

12) It’s not personal! Just hold on to your integrity & your intelligence; the ecosystem will forgive your indiscretions.Link: https://lnkd.in/eh9CRR8

13) $66 million invested in Symphony – secure encrypted communications for the financial services industry. Link: https://lnkd.in/evyHFUM

14) China not an easy market for anyone, not even Apple, not even Apple Pay! Link: https://lnkd.in/eSpS8-k

15) This “under the hood” innovation is often ignored but will allow many to experiment with new banking models. Link: https://lnkd.in/esc_8-c

16) Big win for Dwolla & PayPal. Will be interesting to see how much of the $trillions starts flowing through them now. Link:  https://lnkd.in/e3AGcqN

17) How much real money can you send in a billion virtual red envelopes? Link:  https://lnkd.in/epGUsqf

18) Mobile commerce in the US will exceed $120 billion by 2017 with 150 million users. Details in this new report. Link: https://lnkd.in/e-8_cXy

19) Google Wallet does not need Softcard to execute a better Wallet strategy. Will it help or hurt? Link: https://lnkd.in/ew2wQuM

20) This will save over $3B in fees that Visa and MasterCard pay the Russian Central Bank. Link:  https://lnkd.in/eVS5JiB

21) Loyalty and Coupons seen as benefits by 50% of US consumers; mobile advertising spend to reach $42B by 2018. Link:  https://lnkd.in/eX6367c

22) Mobile component of US digital commerce revenues expected to rise from 22% to 50% in 3 years. Link:  https://lnkd.in/e9PQjb8

23) The volume and velocity of VC investment in this sector continues unabated, yet does not feel like a “bubble”… Link: https://lnkd.in/eSrBkuE

24) Opportunities for growth in this centuries-old industry are ripe as ever! One of the many LTP reports in the space.. Link: https://lnkd.in/ehxFT-u

25) With outdoor seating and free loaner bikes in contemporary cafe-like setting, UmpquaBank branch in SF delights. Link: https://lnkd.in/ev2Fqgn

26) Obama’s Gift to Tim Cook: huge win for Apple Pay – federal entities could begin accepting by Sep 2015. Link: https://lnkd.in/eytmbNc

27) Just in case you were suspicious of what i was sharing in a shortened link (and scared of opening). Link: https://letstalkpayments.com/14-ways-impress-valentine-2142015-part-1/

28) Tweets can be ephemeral, especially when posted before 7am; didn’t want you to miss this one: Apple Pay 2.0 imminent. Link: https://lnkd.in/egMrAKD

29) You probably missed this – Revelsystems:”…what appears to be the highest valuation in our industry”. Link: https://lnkd.in/egw4FWH

30) Money well spent…there’s only 2 of these in the market. Ours is better. Link: https://lnkd.in/ercxir5

31) MTA-NYC learning from Transport for London, who saved GBP 20-30 million after abolishing cash payments in July 2012. Link: https://lnkd.in/e-HiQmA

32) Lots going on Groupon – proximity marketing, mobile payments, messaging partnership with Snapchat …comeback? Link: https://lnkd.in/erR5Crp

33) I want ability to pay in Starbucks store using ApplePay without barcode or NFC, and also get my gold stars. Link: https://lnkd.in/eRcT6eU

34) How long can Amex fight downward trend in payments interchange? Amex is highest  at 2.48%; industry average is 1.79%. Link: https://lnkd.in/ei-gYPz

35) Did you know? “ACI Worldwide processes $13 trillion in payments and securities transactions…”. Link: https://lnkd.in/edib4gw

Aditya Khurjekar

Aditya Khurjekar

CEO & Co-founder at Let's Talk Payments
Aditya Khurjekar is CEO & Co-founder at Let's Talk Payments. Aditya is committed to the LTP vision of building a community of innovators in payments and commerce, an industry that is being transformed by technology and rapid change.

He was the co-founder of Money2020 in 2012, and was previously the executive in charge of Commerce/Payments at Verizon Wireless from 2008-2011, where he was on the founding team that led to ISIS (SoftCard). Aditya is based in Charlotte, NC.
Aditya Khurjekar