In the era of digital and mobile payments, many banks and tech companies have strived to completely do away with cash, checks and cards. But quite a few have had to concede that the market isn't quite ready to give up the physical trappings of payments.
Founded in 1971, First Data may not have the glow of being a trendy startup. Green Dot, founded in 1999, is in the same boat. But under the hood both companies have done much to keep up with the innovators.
Driving an Uber car isn't like many other jobs, and drivers' payments and expenses are also very different. Much of those differences are built on Green Dot technology, and the bank is ready to see if its platform can work for more than just Uber.
A new cobranded Uber debit card from Green Dot’s GoBank unit gives drivers 3% cash back if they choose PIN entry when filling their tanks at ExxonMobil stations, affirming the persistence of PINs in an increasingly digital payments environment.
As the chief executive of Green Dot Bank, Mary Dent’s career has taken many turns to get to where she is today — from lawyer to executive to board member and, finally, to CEO. But one specific piece of advice stands out from early on in her career.