LevelUp, Run by 'Ninjas' and 'Rock Stars,' Starts to Grow Up
LevelUp, a mobile payments provider known for its playful office culture — and a CEO who prefers to be called a chief ninja — may need to mature as its competition gets serious.
Darth Vader downloads the LevelUp app in one of the many murals painted on the walls of LevelUp's Boston offices.
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Starbucks, an investor in Square, will not use Square's order-ahead app as the coffee chain pushes ahead with its own mobile ordering technology. more »
Linda Mantia, executive vice president of digital payments and cards at RBC.
The Royal Bank of Canada, an early adopter of wearable technology, is adding host card emulation (HCE) technology to the RBC Mobile App, enabling Android smartphone users to make contactless mobile payments through any carrier. more »
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Apple is planning to take its new mobile payment system into the U.K. and other parts of Europe in the coming year, though its current fee structure for banks may not be as easy to export. more »
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Bancroft & Associates has added Spindle's credit and debit card payment acceptance to its online property management payment platform. more »
Dan O'Malley, chief operating officer for Mozido.
White-label mobile payments and commerce provider Mozido LLC has acquired mobile wallet provider CorFire, which developed mobile wallets for retailers like Dunkin' Donuts, to fuel its global expansion. more »
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A South African company called FlickPay wants to win over the country's retailers with a flexible fee structure for offering deals and loyalty programs through its smartphone app, but it operates in an increasingly crowded mobile payment market. more »
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For American Express' Nik Sathe, developers with no experience in the payments industry are among the best to hire. more »
Intuit's Mint personal financial management site has rebranded the Check app, which the company purchased this year, to tie its payment capabilities to the Mint brand. more »
Barclaycard's payment-enabled wool glove.
Rather than try to change consumers' behavior, Barclaycard is acting on research it conducted of 2,000 consumers who told the U.K. issuer what type of wearable payment device they'd prefer. Their preference: gloves. more »
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp., alleging it illegally processed improper third-party billing charges – marking the first time the agency has pursued a telecommunications firm. more »
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Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. now offers Chicago transportation systems and its patrons a single mobile app for ticketing and contactless fare payments. more »
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Adyen joins the ranks of financial technology companies to receive big money this week, announcing a $250 million funding round today. more »
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