5 03, 2014

Will the „middle man” disappear?

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 5th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Electronic Wallet, Interdependency, Marketplaces, Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The removal of the middle man function in an exchange based on the bitcoin protocol does not automatically lead to the disappearance of the companies (and their interests) performing these today. The middle man function will slowly but surely erode with the advent of the bitcoin protocol, the middle man of today (parties) will be the gate(way)keepers of tomorrow.

31 01, 2014

Amazon’s foray into payments: a big melting-pot of concepts

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 31st, 2014|Categories: Electronic Wallet, Marketplaces, Next Payments, Payments, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(2 minutes reading time) Since having spend some early years of my professional life in a technical wholesale company I have been following the incredible developments of Amazon with great [...]

30 01, 2014

“Why was PayPal not invented in the EU?”

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 30th, 2014|Categories: Business Development, Electronic Wallet, Next Payments, Payments, Question of the day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A long time friend who had just returned from a business trip to the USA to discuss various business development opportunities on two sides of the big point. He was wondering why certain types of innovation are typically initiated in the USA and not in the EU (or ROW). He pointed at PayPal as an example. I think I understand where his question is coming from and at first glance would agree to the gut feel expressed with this question that the conditions in the EU for innovation especially in payments are less favourable. But once you start thinking about it various inroads are possible:

6 03, 2013

Tokenization is fundamental shift: 4 corner model is dead

2016-11-16T10:46:53+00:00March 6th, 2013|Categories: Against the tide, Below the surface, Electronic Wallet, Opinion, Payments, Popular, Trends|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the cornerstones of my speech at the conference on the Future of Payments in June 2012 (Amsterdam), which I delivered on behalf of Enigma Consulting, was that the [...]