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Final call for Tearsheet's Hot Topic: Mobile Payments shindig this week. We have a great slate of spe
November 26 · Issue #110 · View online
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Final call for Tearsheet’s Hot Topic: Mobile Payments shindig this week. We have a great slate of speakers and attendees discussing the challenges and opportunities in payments in 2018 and beyond. For more information, go here.

VCs have different interests and goals than entrepreneurs – the challenge is to find the right fit. Tearsheet spoke with startup entrepreneurs to nail down the science of pitching.
As banks consider the future format for the bank branch, they may want to consider this issue from the perspective of a small business client. Expect more cafes, lockers, and services for SMBs.
PayPal now allows its customers to set up and use Acorns, the micro-investing app that lets users invest “spare change” into one of five low-cost ETF portfolios, within PayPal.
Facebook and PayPal have added to their partnership, now allowing Marketplace sellers to send PayPal invoices in the Messenger app.
Personal finance platforms like Elevate and Sofi are using the holiday season as a way to stimulate a consumer conversation about money. (Well, budgeting, to be more specific.)
Smart retailers are using gift cards to attract new customers and better understand existing ones. Raise’s George Bousis joins us on the podcast to discuss why the gift card market is expecting strong growth.
What we're reading
Credit Suisse: Square to post $30 million in annual sales from Bitcoin
ConsenSys is attracting major blockchain talent from big banks and consulting firms
JPMorgan weighs offering CME Bitcoin futures to clients
Warning signs about another giant Bitcoin exchange
Blockchain gets a Wall Street win: ‘We know the thing works now’
China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push
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