Morning Brief 2.28.20: DoorDash files to go public

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Open door

DoorDash, the largest firm in the $27 billion dollar market for food delivery apps, is prepping to go public. The firm has filed confidentially with the SEC, according to CNBC, though it has not said how many shares it may sell.

DoorDash, which has a valuation of about $13 billion, in 2019 acquired food delivery app Caviar from Square. That move has boosted Square's financial performance, while retaining collaboration between the two firms.

An IPO would give DoorDash more capital to battle Postmates, which has boosted its scale through partnership with Adyen, Uber Eats and GrubHub.

Union station

Payment platform PPRO has become an acquirer for UnionPay International, giving China's national card network access to thousands of merchants in Europe while PPRO gains added payment flow.

The addressable market includes hundreds of millions of consumers and a Chinese B2C e-commerce market that's valued at more than $1 trillion, according to PPRO.

PPRO can also integrate several functions, such as merchant acquiring, payment processing and settlement in 11 currencies for UnionPay under a single contract.

Cloud formation

PayPal will migrate portions of its payments infrastructure to a new Google Cloud region in Salt Lake City.

The Google Cloud region is the search giant's 22nd such facility globally, and will cover the western U.S., enabling users to divide workloads to reduce latency.

The reduced latency was the main draw for PayPal, which can use the Salt Lake City region to access its own data center, and migrate PayPal functions to the cloud in either Salt Lake City or other Google Platform regions.

Health text

Payment and security software firm Sphere has partnered with patient technology company VisitPay to build a mobile payment app called Text to Pay.

Text to Pay supports SMS transactions for health care providers, and is designed to execute payments without exposing card or patient data, instead using a token that's collected from the patient.

VistaPay says 60% of its platform logins come via a mobile device, so it's hoping for rapid uptake of text payments.

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Government-Run India Post Payments Bank Now Has 2 Crore Customers
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Providing a major boost to central government's efforts in furthering financial inclusion in unbanked and underbanked areas, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) announced that it has crossed the milestone of achieving 2 crore customers. In a bid to boost the adoption of digital banking services, IPPB implemented a digital financial literacy programme and digitized all the post office counters through a simple QR Code to accept electronic payments and also enabled direct payments into various post office saving schemes and purchase of postal products.

$4.9 Billion Boston Startup Growing At 109% Could Make Toast Of PayPal And Square
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