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Mastercard is testing instant payments at WeWork

Our next event, Tearsheet’s Hot Topic: Mobile Payments will discuss the successes, failures, opportun
October 22 · Issue #105 · View online
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Our next event, Tearsheet’s Hot Topic: Mobile Payments will discuss the successes, failures, opportunities, and motivations for various players fighting to stay current when it comes to owning mobile payments. For more information about attending, our agenda, and the speaker roster, go here.

What to know about blockchain-powered transborder payments
Could sending money to a friend in another country be as easy as sending a photo on an instant message? Here’s a primer on blockchain’s impact on cross-border’s payment.
Investment companies are launching robos for advisers offerings
Newer advisers may feel a partnership with a larger company is a necessity, but to larger, more established players, building an in-house robo-adviser is a way to differentiate. Now, larger players are amping up their business-to-business offerings by offering robo and back-office services for advisers.
Zelle is winning the peer to peer payments war, sort of
This week’s reports from PayPal and Early Warning show “Venmo-killer” Zelle may be winning the peer-to-peer payments war. That is, if you believe the numbers.
Mastercard is testing instant payments at WeWork
Mastercard is testing real-time payments at a San Francisco WeWork location, enabling automatic billing for office rent and store purchases. Looking beyond WeWork, the technology could transform retail, eliminating the need for checkout counters at brick-and-mortar locations.
Financial advisers are using AI to find customers
Data-mining software can crawl through social networks to match clients with potential customers, as financial advisers increasingly automate the process of finding new customers.
From new car scents to splurge alerts: How Ally differentiates on experience
At the most recent Detroit Auto Show in January, one of the buzziest booths bottled up new car smells for car fanatics to sample. The presenting brand was Ally, as it continues to make its marketing as tangible as possible without any brick-and-mortar branches.
Xero's Keri Gohman: '70 percent of small businesses are using cloud technology'
Keri Gohman is the president of Xero Americas, a global cloud accounting platform. On the podcast this week, she describes the challenges and opportunities in serving small businesses and where her firm is headed in the future.
What we're reading
Cash is losing popularity in these cities around the world (but not in the U.S.) But in the U.K. – even in the contactless era – cash is making a comeback.
Barclays CEO says bank must protect payments business from Apple, Amazon
Tezos dispute puts $400 million raised in the ICO at risk
J.P. Morgan to buy payments firm WePay in first major fintech acquisition. That’s cool because Jamie Dimon loves blockchain (even if he hates on Bitcoin)
Robots are coming for these Wall Street jobs
Venmo users can now shop online anywhere PayPal is accepted in the U.S. 
Russia may soon issue its own official blockchain-based currency, the CryptoRuble
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