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Discussing how Mobile Money can impact Financial Inclusion

I spent the day today attending The Money Event in Las Vegas and spoke on a panel with Lynn Eisenhart , Senior Program Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Financial Services for the Poor and Danny Shader , CEO PayNearMe . Our topic was mobile money and financial inclusion. My take-away comment is that financial inclusion in the US is not about what type of mobile wallet consumers will use or the technical details of the encryption used to secure the transaction, but whether…

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American Express #SpotlightOnChange video series features PayPerks

The team at PayPerks is honored to be the first start-up featured in the new American Express video series #SpotlightOnChange.   About # SpotlightOnChange: This summer, American Express sponsored a groundbreaking documentary called Spent: Looking For Change , which put a spotlight on the struggles of everyday Americans excluded from the financial system. The #SpotlightOnChange ( Facebook , Twitter ) series is a followup to the film and highlights a handful of select start-ups and…

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PayPerks speaks at launch of CFSI and JPMC Financial Solutions Lab

Last night, Arlyn, PayPerks CEO, joined the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) for the launch of their new Financial Solutions Lab : a joint initiative to identify and enhance tech-enabled innovations that address consumer needs. Joined by co-panelists (from left to right, below) Max Gasner (CEO, One Financial Holdings ), Tom Mikluch (Executive Director, Technology Business Development, JPMC) and Josh Wright (Executive Director, Ideas42 ), Arlyn…

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What’s the difference between financial education and flossing? (Or how we think about behavior change)

“Financial education is about as alluring as flossing your teeth.” That’s how I was introduced at a panel of financial inclusion startups at SOCAP14 earlier this week in San Francisco. Kat Taylor , the panel moderator and CEO of the very awesome Beneficial State Bank , was clearly trying to spice things up by starting off with that accusation. But I didn’t disagree. However, I responded, there is one huge difference between financial education and flossing. Flossing works. It’s no joke…

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PayPerks is leaving its Mark on the World

Devin Thorpe , a "Champion of Social Good", has created an excellent interview series called Your Mark on the World , highlighting the efforts of individuals and companies who are trying to make a positive impact. Arlyn and I are honored that he selected PayPerks as a company to be interviewed on his live streamed show. You can watch our interview from earlier today below or see Devin's comments on his site here , download the audio podcast here , or subscribe on iTunes here .

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PayPerks CEO Arlyn Davich writes OpEd on the Benefits of Prepaid Cards

The Des Moines Register has been publishing an ongoing investigation into prepaid cards , consisting of a series of articles, letters and opinion pieces. There's a growing controversy around the benefits of prepaid debit cards used as payroll cards onto which employees can receive their pay through direct deposit. PayPerks believes that the cards are beneficial for consumers when paired with education about how to use the cards correctly. The Register yesterday published this editorial piece…

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Paybefore Awards Honor PayPerks as “The One to Watch”

PayPerks was named “The One to Watch” at the Paybefore Awards (held at the All Payments Expo in Las Vegas on March 4th)! The best in category award, which is given to the up-and-coming prepaid/emerging payments business offering the program, product or service with staying power and the potential to move prepaid/emerging payments forward—over the long term, foreshadows the staying power of PLS on emerging payments products. The Paybefore write up explains that the judges chose PayPerks as it is…

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PayPerks named 'One To Watch' Finalist!

Excited to report that Paybefore (the leading information provider to prepaid, mobile and emerging payments industry professionals) has selected PayPerks as a 2014 Paybefore Awards winner in the ‘One to Watch’ category. This award recognizes the up-and-coming prepaid/emerging payments business offering the program, product or service with staying power and the potential to move prepaid/emerging payments forward—over the long term. PayPerks was selected by a panel of five industry experts who…

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CFSI and Core's "Map of Payments"

As a follow up to their 2012 market sizing report , CFSI and Core Innovation Capital published this list of, in their words, “principal and up-and-coming movers and shakers in payments for the underbanked, or the Emerging Middle Class.” We found this map so helpful, we printed it and posted it on our physical wall! http://blog.corevc.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Cores-Map-of-Payments.jpg

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Bowdoin Magazine Features PayPerks’ CEO (and her brother)

What do PayPerks and streaming music app Songza have in common? Both have founders with the last name Davich and both companies have a founder that went to Bowdoin. There are many more lesser known facts, and fun photos, in this feature story from the Fall 2013 issue of Bowdoin Magazine. Go U Bears! Bowdoin Magazine Features PayPerks’ CEO and her brother

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