Perks with Perka

As you may have noticed, there are a ton of companies with a smartphone app for customer loyalty. When I type in the word ‘loyalty’ on the Android app store (Google play), the query returns ‘at least 1000 results’. The … Continue readi...

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50 million Starbucks fans can’t be wrong

In the mobile payment arena, nobody has come close to the success of Starbucks. Given that Starbucks had processed 42 million payments as of April, it is probably safe to assume they have now crossed the 50 million mark. A … Continue reading &...

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C’mon Baby, Do the Local Motion

Does NFC solve a problem that does not exist? This was the question posed by Jordan Crook in a recent story on TechCrunch. While the article makes some compelling arguments regarding NFC, I disagree that contactless payments will not be … Cont...

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Foursquare vs. Galaga

Foursquare, the popular location based social network, released version 5.0 of the app last week. A core tenet of the redesign is a de-emphasis on check-ins and the other gaming features of the app. In a story profiling the ‘Connected … Cont...

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Getting Hip to Square

Sometimes field testing new mobile payment apps means you have to make certain sacrifices. Today it required I eat a donut. A few days ago, ‘Square’ announced the introduction of a merchant loyalty platform inside of the ‘Pay with Square’ &he...

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Farewell Startup Weekend

In the context of startup weekend, ‘mentors’ are folks who have graciously given up their weekend to come and offer advice to the participating teams.  Mentors come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of real world experience. As such, tal...

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Dairy of a Startup Weekend Part II

Saturday Morning 9 (ish) am: I arrive at PSU Business Incubator with the intention of joining the ’12 carrots’ team. I do a walk of shame (unnoticed)  past the room of my former team in search of Marcie , the … Continue reading &r...

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Diary of a Startup Weekend- Part I

I remember telling my friend last Friday about how I was going to spend the coming weekend. After explaining what I imagined Startup Weekend to be all about, he said ‘It sounds like work!’ And in a sense, he was … Continue reading ...

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The best thing about Startup weekend. . .

Is you meet people willing to give you a Starbuck’s card just for putting the hashtag #pdxsw in your blog! Thanks hashtraffic!...

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What’s in your wallet?

If Google has any say in the matter, perhaps the only thing left in your wallet will be a driver’s license. But before you go short selling stock in leather accessory companies, let’s take a closer look at how Google … Continue rea...

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