PayPal recently announced that it is moving core applications to Google Cloud. The PayPal Google Cloud relationship is not new (read more here). However, what is interesting to us is that Bill Ready (Google Commerce leader having joined Google in January 2020) is PayPal's former COO. Further, Google Commerce could use a boost in its … Continue reading PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal
Infrastructure Technology and CyberSecurity are among the Tech sectors that will benefit from increased consumer spending in the coming months. We recently wrote about elevated Personal Income levels due to multiple rounds of fiscal handouts. Consumers will spend this money now that the warm weather is here. Technology companies outside of "Consumer Tech" will benefit … Continue reading Infrastructure Tech and CyberSecurity Will Benefit From Consumer Spending
We published a piece in March 2020 entitled Battle-Tested Software CEOs, that highlighted a group of CEOs that we believed would hold the line and successfully navigate the COVID waters. Here is our updated thinking regarding that list. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, ADBE, CSGP, CVLT, FISV, MSCI, PYPL, SPGI, SQ, SSNC, VRSK Andy Florance. Founder & … Continue reading Update: Battle-Tested Software CEOs
Coinbase (tkr: COIN) prices today and company co-founder Brian Armstrong made the point that regulation and cybersecurity are two key threats to the crypto industry. We believe that the crypto industry will spearhead cybersecurity innovations that will eventually be adopted by many consumers and enterprises. Tickers mentioned: COIN, MSFT, ORCL, PYPL, SAP, SQ, TYL When … Continue reading Crypto To Drive Next-Gen Security
Both Amex (AXP) and PayPal (PYPL) are disadvantaged by legacy systems. This is not news to anyone who has worked with Amex or PayPal as a service provider. Management of each company is likely to continue to sweep the problem under the rug out of fear of disappointing Wall Street in the near-term (it is … Continue reading Legacy Technology Is Dragging On Amex & PayPal
A digital currency world is coming. The 2022 Beijing Olympics will operate via a digital RMB for local attendees and may include digital cross-border payments as well. Our Federal Reserve is experimenting with digital currency. Both Fed Chair Powell and Treasury Secretary Yellen have talked down Bitcoin and said the U.S. will move slowly with … Continue reading Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World
Tickers mentioned: AAPL AMZN FB GOOG PYPL SNAP TTD TWTR Google is flexing its online advertising muscles. The company will eliminate third-party advertising cookies and will not replace them with technologies that make it possible to track individual users across the Internet. Google and other Technology giants control the most eyeballs and will continue to … Continue reading Google Flexes Its Online Advertising Muscles. Big Fish Get Bigger.
Walmart's (tkr: WMT), E-Commerce offerings continued to scale with revenues of $17.1 billion in Q4 and $60.3 billion for the year. E-Commerce accounted for approximately 11% of Walmart's total Net Sales for the year ended January 31st. WMT E-Commerce is larger than many e-commerce companies from a revenue standpoint including PayPal, Shopify, Square and Wayfair … Continue reading Walmart E-Commerce Continues To Scale. A Spin-Off Could Unlock Shareholder Value.
Last night it was reported that M&T Bank (tkr: MTB) would acquire People's United (tkr: PBCT) for more than $7 billion. These "scale" acquisitions between regional banks simply delay the inevitable. What is required is the hard work of evolving business models and service delivery capabilities. More of the same won't suffice. Regional banks are … Continue reading Banks Need To Try Something New
Legacy payments companies still have not fully embraced mobile applications. For example, Global Payments (tkr: GPN) chooses to white label certain mobile payment applications from Apriva rather than fully own its technology stack. All mobile applications are not created equal. The user experience differs dramatically across mobile apps and is primarily a function of the … Continue reading It’s Difficult For Legacy Payments Companies To Learn New Tricks