Pinterest (PINS) has a problem: Google (GOOGL) is better at idea generation. A search conducted on Google's main page, on Google Images or on YouTube yields better results (my opinion) than does Pinterest. In addition, Google does not require that I set-up an account to perform those basic search functions. Google will always have better … Continue reading Pinterest Has A Problem: Google
Now May Be The Time for SSNC To Sell Itself
SSNC shares are flat from August 2018 to August 2022. By year-end 2022, SS&C will have grown Adjusted EBITDA by more than 60% from year-end 2018 - no small feat (table below) - yet SSNC shares do not reflect this achievement. S&P Global (ticker: SPGI), FIS Inc. (ticker: FIS) and Fiserv (ticker: FISV), will need … Continue reading Now May Be The Time for SSNC To Sell Itself
Google Is Getting Its Payments Act Together
Google finally combined its Google Wallet and G-Pay apps within the U.S. with Wallet as the surviving app. Google Wallet digests G-Pay. Wallet is the surviving app and enables users to retain G-Pay's NFC payments (cardless payments), capability. In addition, Wallet enables users to include other cardless transaction types such as loyalty cards, gift cards, … Continue reading Google Is Getting Its Payments Act Together
Google Pay, G Pay, Google Wallet, Oh My!
Google's customer-facing payments execution is confusing. One must drill down to understand the difference between Google Pay, G Pay and Google Wallet. Further, Google's strategy for each of its FinTech apps differs by geography. Google's confusing positioning is surprising to us given that we have the utmost respect for Bill Ready who leads Google's Payments … Continue reading Google Pay, G Pay, Google Wallet, Oh My!
AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives
Corporate customers ought to think about diversifying beyond AWS, Azure and Google Cloud for cloud storage and embedded capabilities such as AI/ML/NLP and more. Sure, there is Oracle, Alibaba and others. Yet it would seem now may be the time for Industry-focused players to offer cloud services alternatives. Tickers mentioned: AMZN, BABA, FIS, GOOG, MSFT, … Continue reading AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives
Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects
Technology platform companies include more than Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. We contemplate a few FinTech platform companies below. PayPal (ticker: PYPL): A "Payments" platform company that re-invented itself by acquiring another payments company - Venmo - that was built on top of another platform company - Facebook. The architect that drove PYPL's strategy … Continue reading Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects
The Federal Reserve Is A FinTech Company In The Making
The Federal Reserve's forthcoming digital U.S. Dollar, also known as a Central Bank Digital Currency ("CBDC") will position the Federal Reserve as one of the world's largest FinTech companies. It also means less privacy for consumers and more competition for traditional banks and fintech companies. Central Bank Digital Currencies such as China's digital Yuan and … Continue reading The Federal Reserve Is A FinTech Company In The Making
PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal
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
CEO Opportunity Cost: Fiserv, FIS and Global Payments
Our most recent podcast episode (#426) focuses on the opportunity cost of not having the correct person in the CEO chair. Further, we discuss operational elements CEOs may leverage to avoid being disrupted. Operationalizing "innovation" is one such example. The link to this episode on SoundCloud may be found HERE. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater
Infrastructure Tech and CyberSecurity Will Benefit From Consumer Spending
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
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