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Square / PayPal: Part 2

If you haven’t already, could you please take this survey?  Thank you!https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/MY6XRPR Digital wallets beg to break free from the commerce platforms that nurture them. In 2002, a $20bn eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5bn.  Nearly 20 years later, a $200bn+ PayPal commands 5x eBay’s market cap.  The core value prop hasn’t changed much over this [...]
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Square / PayPal: Part 1

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If you found yourself in 2009 with the vision of one day dominating payments, where would you start?  For most, I suspect it would be P2P payments or point-of-sale software or some other bits-based service with the conventional trappings of network effects, virality and scale.  Square instead launched with what must have seemed the most [...]
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[FISV, GPN, FIS, SQ, Stripe, Adyen] On payment processors, distribution, and technology: Part 2 of 4

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In the payments space, the difference between a distributor and a competitor can be so blurry as to lose functional meaning. Mercury Payment was a significant ISO for legacy acquirers before Vantiv acquired it from Silver Lake.  Stripe offers many of the same services as the legacy acquirers to whom it outsources transaction processing.  Ditto [...]
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[SQ – Square; PYPL – PayPal] Comparing Business Models and Strategies

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[PYPL – PayPal] From its origins in peer-to-peer transfers, PayPal has evolved into the ubiquitous online payment gateway that it is today.  Consumers use PayPal because it is a secure, reliable, and fast payment method that is widely accepted by merchants; merchants accept PayPal because it eases checkout friction for ~240mn potential customers, converting 90% [...]
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