We believe the answer is "YES". We believe that cryptocurrencies will turbocharge online marketplaces during the next 10 years. For this reason we believe companies that have planted a cryptocurrency flag will look to acquire online marketplaces which can be "crypto-enabled." Thus, we peg the probability of an EBAY sale in 2020 at 80%. Intercontinental … Continue reading Will Cryptocurrencies Turbocharge Online Marketplaces?
Hidden gems. One never knows when he or she may stumble upon such an asset. Paymode-X is one such example. Tickers mentioned in this note and/or podcast: AAPL, AMZN, AXP, BAC, EPAY, FB, FISV, GOOG, GPN, MA, PYPL, SQ, TFC, V A decade ago Bottomline Technologies (ticker: EPAY), acquired B2B payment network "Paymode-X" from Bank … Continue reading Is Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) Undervalued? A Comp to EPAY-owned Paymode-X Suggests “Yes”.Premium
Venmo - PayPal’s crown jewel - built its network on Facebook’s back. Facebook (tkr: FB) ought to move to acquire PayPal (tkr: PYPL). Venmo is perhaps the most user-friendly Peer-to-Peer ("P2P") payment service in large part due to its Facebook integration which makes it easy for users to connect and transact with each other. Connect … Continue reading Facebook + PayPal = Payments Powerhouse
With Michael Bloomberg throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination, many have speculated as to how Bloomberg would divest his equity stake in his namesake firm were he to win the Presidency. We don't expect Mr. Bloomberg to win the Office of the President nor would a sale necessarily be required … Continue reading Prospective Bloomberg LP Acquirers
PayPal (tkr: PYPL) plans to acquire e-commerce rewards company Honey Science Corporation for approximately $4 billion. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2020 and is but another Fintech deal in a year rich with Fintech transactions. PayPal plans to leverage Honey, legacy PayPal and Venmo as a payments triangle of sorts. Honey of … Continue reading Mobile Commerce – PayPal to Acquire Honey for $4 Billion
Microsoft's proof-of-concept "Project Silica" stores Warner Brothers' original Superman movie on a piece of quartz glass measuring 75x75x2 millimeters thick. It is estimated that more than 100 Zettabytes of data will be stored in the cloud by 2023 (from a data volume standpoint one Zettabyte represents as much information as there are grains of sand … Continue reading Mirosoft’s Project Silica stores ‘Superman’ movie on quartz glass using lasers and machine learning
For comic relief I watched some of the Facebook congressional hearings (video below). While Facebook's Calibra/Libra cryptocurrency initiative was the hearing's focus, clues were offered as to what may lie ahead for Facebook users and Ad buyers. At the 6:24:30 mark of the video, U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN), asked Facebook founder and CEO Mark … Continue reading Facebook to Leverage “Authentication” to Drive Ad Revenue?
Facebook imagines a future in which consumers will pay for online and offline services with its cryptocurrency - Libra. Our view is that Libra will eventually enjoy broad adoption. The cryptocurrency floodgates are open, it’s primarily a question as to how Libra and others will be regulated. Regulation boils down to the size of the … Continue reading Facebook Calibra and Libra.
FTC slaps Facebook on the wrist and levies $5B fine. Combining legacy Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. A grand product strategy or slick tactical move to avert regulators? Facebook only found religion as it relates to user privacy after the FTC threatened to break up the company into three separate entities - 1) legacy Facebook, 2) … Continue reading Checkmate. Facebook Wins.
Innovation is the Mother of Disruption Global Payments (tkr: GPN), and Total System Services/TSYS (tkr: TSS), agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $21.5 billion. One could argue that Global Payments and TSYS needed to merge to better compete with recent payment mergers, in particular Fiserv and First Data. However, what's the … Continue reading More Payments M&A Is A Reaction to A Shifting Landscape