Digital payments


Posted by on October 26, 2020 at 4:52 pm

I realize that “it seems like it was just yesterday” is a tired cliché, however, it seems like it was just yesterday that I joined Fiserv as Managing Director, Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Digital Payments. In fact, it was seven years ago this month. Today I’m grateful (and just a little bit amazed) to announce […]

A farewell to checks

Posted by on October 26, 2020 at 7:00 am

Predicting the demise of checks isn’t new. But when banks abandon them, it’s a whole new ball game. The advent of debit cards predates my own advent, but I am familiar with the way bankers explained them to my parents’ generation: It’s the same as writing a check, just faster and easier. But could it […]

TBT: Whatever happened to caffeine for data?

Posted by on October 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

This week’s TBT falls in the Whatever Happened To … category. About this time in 2018, I blogged about Shiru Cafe and its unique approach to capturing and remarketing personal data. The company still operates, but not in the United States. Unable to secure corporate sponsors, Shiru Cafe closed its three U.S. location— less than […]

Can’t beat fintechs? Join ’em.

Posted by on October 19, 2020 at 1:56 pm

“There is nothing permanent except change,” declared sixth century BCE Greek philosopher Heraclitus. I would venture to say that modern society agrees with him, as evidenced by an abundance of expressions hinting that there is wisdom in making the most of change, and naught but folly in attempting to slow or stop it. For instance: Aviator Betty Green […]

TBT: Digital sleeve garters

Posted by on October 15, 2020 at 1:48 pm

It’s not hard to pick out the banker in a Western. Just look for someone sporting sleeve garters and a translucent visor. This is a rare case in which Hollywood actually gets things right. In the late 19th century, sleeve garters served a practical purpose. Back then, you couldn’t walk into Nordstrom and ask for […]