Around the same time PayPal spun off from eBay Inc. to become its own company last year, it also took on the global money transfer provider Xoom. This acquisition may have been overshadowed by PayPal's bigger news, but it remains key to the company's post-eBay strategy.

Xoom brings PayPal opportunities and products that its customers did not previously enjoy, despite PayPal's dominance in online alternative payments. Much like the acquisitions of Braintree and Paydiant, PayPal had something very specific in mind when bringing Xoom under its umbrella.

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