Back to the Future; Apple and Goldman Sachs Entering The Card Business

The world is turning upside down or is it? Interesting enough that Apple the company build on user experience and the iCloud is now moving to plastic. Is this back to the future?

Goldman Sachs and Apple are preparing to launch a joint credit card, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The planned card would carry the Apple Pay brand and could launch early next year, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The iPhone maker will replace its longstanding rewards-card partnership with Barclays, the report added.

Goldman Sachs, Apple and Barclays all declined comment.

The news comes as Apple sharpens its focus on its services business that includes the App Store, mobile payments and music streaming. The unit’s revenue grew 31 percent to more than $9 billion in the three months ended March 31.

Goldman has been looking to expand its consumer banking business to offset weakness at its trading unit. Last year, the Wall Street bank’s executives laid out a goal to generate $5 billion in revenue from new sources, including consumer banking.

In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks with Goldman to offer financing to shoppers buying Apple products, including iPhones.

New companies have entered the payments space. We all know of Stripe and Paypal but now up and comers like Auka.io create a cost effective highly intelligent white lable service that a bank and now with PSD2 (opening APIs for 3rd party access to offer banking/payment services) will find very attractive instead of developing their own digital payment solution. 

Interesting marriage...to say the least.

5 ENTHRALLING WAYS TO MAKE YOUR VIDEO CONFERENCING EXPERIENCE AWESOME

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Video conferencing, without a doubt, has extended its reign to our personal and professional lives. It has made it possible to communicate at any time and place without any hindrance. Many workers and users throughout the world call it the ‘productivity powerhouse’. It is truly the weapon that the business industry needs in this tech-savvy environment to ace its daily tasks. The advertising agencies in Dubai, as well as the marketing companies in Dubai, promote the existence and usage of video conferencing by sharing with us their amazing experiences.

Top 4 Components for Startup Success

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Often on ponders the value of accelerators that are created to help start ups take the next great step. Some are focused on really helping while others are focused on filling spaces for rent money. A recent article in Entrepreneur magazine focused on the top components created by 14 International accelerators for Startup success! 

Growing Your SaaS Business

Growing Your SaaS Business

The subscription model is one that potentially great relationships are built upon and these right into your revenue. It is critical to afford a great easily understood value to your customers, one they are willing to pay for.

The greatest challenge today is the true data and what it really means. Most SaaS companies simply stumble their way through the data and build services and revenue off what we think is right. 

SaaS operations like Salesforce.com, Hubspot, and others have been around for years and they pretty much "get" as much information out of the data possible and are viewed as industry experts in it. However only a few hundred have made it to multiple $100s of millions in revenue and not many more if you include $100M in revenue.

WHY HAS SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY BECOME INDISPENSABLE IN TODAY’S LIFE?

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Visiple is always looking for new ways to talk innovation and spread the word on all these great devices we use every day to communicate, keep updated and collaborate. Our special contributor and digital marketing expert The Statista’s report on ‘the number of smartphone users worldwide from 2014 to 2020’ does wonder by telling us the drastic increase in the smartphone users. The results show that by 2019, the phone users will pass the five billion mark. Surprisingly shocking, isn’t it? But with the latest technological advancement and the shift of paradigm in the lifestyles from the manual to machine-dependent work in every field; this change seems predictable. Today, this little box full of hundreds of apps plays vital roles in every aspect of our lives. From waking up in the morning to measuring our calorie intake and exercise routine, showing us directions to a place, to help run a business through conference calls; the twenty-first era phones help us in every way possible. The people whether they work in the advertising agencies in Dubai, at the doctor’s clinic, product manufacturing factories, or are the small or large business owners consider smartphones an important part of their lives. 

 

Apps to Help You Beat Digital Nomad Insomnia

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Working remotely has a lot of perks. No one can deny that. The most important one, of course, is that you have a firmer sense of control than you do with a traditional job. Whether you choose to travel or stay at home, you’re much more likely to have a flexible schedule and do more of the things that you want to do. The improved work-life balance is linked to higher levels of productivity.

Guest Post - Why Cloud Technology Is Stressing You Out

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In the world of Visiple cloud services revolve around screen sharing and video conferencing and at the same time we are at work at developing a brand new generation of tools that will incorporate social networks, additional security and more! A partner of our´s Correlate published this cool blog post on "stress and cloud services". Enjoy! 

How to Focus on Getting More Stuff Done

How to Focus on Getting More Stuff Done

Ahh a case of the Monday´s ... or is it the "everydays"! 

I fell upon this article while trolling Linkedin. Pretty funny pretty right to the point and perfect for not only startups and early stage companies but pretty much everyone. 

Check the article out here