December 19th, 2014 by

3 Reasons Why Apple Pay is Not Catching Fire

Apply Pay has arrived. Everyone has been talking, writing, tweeting, and fighting about it. But is the mainstream actually using it? Will it replace cash transactions? In my opinion, at this moment, NO. Here are the three biggest challenges to Apple Pay's success: 1) Merchants Are Mad Apple Pay is not going to succeed unless they can persuade merchants to accept the new form factor. You...
 

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December 12th, 2014 by

Is VRBO.com About to Lose Steam?

VRBO.com (Vacation Rental By Owner) has turned the vacation rental industry on it’s head by connecting renters with vacation homeowners all over the world. They claim travelers can “rent a house for half the price of a hotel”- and with over a million listings in some of the world’s hottest locations, it’s no wonder they have exploded in popularity in recent years. I recently sat down...
 

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November 24th, 2014 by

FinTech visionary Chris Larsen takes on Bitcoin, highlights latest in Fintech, and challenges entrepreneurs.

FinTech visionary Chris Larsen of Ripple Labs takes on Bitcoin, highlights latest in Fintech, and challenges entrepreneurs. Below, Camp One Ventures’ Tom Brown and Larsen sit down for a cup of coffee. Chris Larsen is the CEO of Ripple Labs, the founder of E-Loan, and the founder of Prosper. Tom-  Chris, some people may not be familiar with Ripple or the distinction between Ripple Labs the...
 

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November 10th, 2014 by

Is Apple Pay Designed to Fail (consumers)?

With a nod to Bill Simons’ recent reminder that click-bait works, the answer is no.  But that doesn’t mean that Apple Pay is designed to deliver discernable benefits to consumers any time soon.   The payment industry, even confining our view to the one country in which Apple Pay is officially operating, is vast.  The numbers are so big that the key metrics—cards, cardholders, merchant locations,...
 

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October 31st, 2014 by

5 Reasons Founders Should Ask For More Money Than They Need

You have the billion dollar idea. You have the IP and the dynamic team. You will disrupt an entire industry. Now it’s time to raise the capital from your investors. So how much should you ask for? Many of the entrepreneurs that I’ve met with tend to make the same mistake: They sit down, estimate all of their startup costs and ask for exactly that amount....
 

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