After years of playing in the shadows of the massive legacy credit card industry, mobile payments are finally coming into their own.
Mobile wallets, connected point of sale (POS), alternative payments, new electronic currencies, and open APIs into backend processing are driving a revolution in the ways in which payments work. Consumer and merchant adoption is proceeding at a rapid pace while innovative software and financial companies are re-making the way business is transacted online and offline.
When: March 10th, 2014, doors open at 6pm
Where: Offices of Bingham McCutchen at 1 Federal St, Boston, MA 02110 (directions)
BlueSnap Ralph Dangelmaier
Leaf Aron Schwartzkopf
LevelUp Nick Herbold
Liberty Teller Chris Yim
LoopPay Damien Balsan
Mobiquity Andy Nanopoulos
Paydiant Mark Budreski
Paypal Sarah Hodkinson
PYMNTS Karen Webster
ROAM Eric Spear
Advance registration is required to attend this event. This event will be hosted in Bingham’s elegant conference space downtown so there will be limited space.
Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this community event.
There is a loud rumbling in the payment space these days. The inevitable shift from classic swipe-and-go transactions to a mobile wallet has continued to creep into the marketplace and change the way customers are paying for goods. We’re seeing innovation in every aspect of payments – from startups looking to change what we use as a form of payment (think Coin and their digital credit card or Bitcoin), to alternative payment Point of Sale Systems (Square, LevelUp), to mobile payments for service-based applications (Braintree, Stripe).
After passing the $1 billion mark this past year, the mobile payment market is expected to exceed $58 billion by 2017 according to industry experts. As you can expect, the battle for a piece of that market is becoming crowded and intense. While there are some big names in the mix, nobody has become a clear-cut leader just yet.
Square has made a strong impact in upgrading clunky POS systems, and has its mobile payment platform slowly creeping into major chains like Starbucks and Whole Foods. Mobile payment processors like Stripe and Braintree have allowed mobile in-app payments to flourish, with their impact coming behind the scenes at companies like Lyft, Uber, and LivingSocial. With rumblings that Apple and Amazon with both also be entering the mobile payment scene shortly, it should make for quite the war.
Not only is there a fight for supremacy amongst mobile payment providers, there is a tug-of-war taking place behind what the next wave of mobile payment technology will be. Some companies, such as Boston-based LevelUp, focus currently on QR scanning, others, like Google Wallet, focus on NFC, and still others, like PayPal and Telefonica, use what many would consider a “cloud wallet.”
Just as popular as paying for goods and services, the way we pay back each other has seen some exciting changes as well. Offerings like Square Cash and Venmo now allow users to quickly and easily send each other funds from the convenience of their smartphone. Combined with bill-split features displayed in a number of new apps, the days of waiting to get paid back by friends & family might be coming to an end.
With such a congestion of players and confusion over which technology will prevail, the mobile payment scene is rife with questions and possibilities. We can’t wait to hear more from our panel and get their thoughts!
Mobile Monday and Women in Wireless are teaming up to provide an evening event about the expanding role of mobile advertising and marketing.
As mobile marketing continues to gain prominence in the marketing industry, there now are a broad range of options including banner ads, in application advertising, rich media and video ad units, rewards advertising, gaming strategies, loyalty programs, QR codes and more.
We’ll hear from brands that have been willing to experiment to see what approaches work best for their target markets.
Jonathan Stephen, Head of Mobile & Emerging Technologies, JetBlue
Nick Bogovich, Executive Director, Mobile, GSN Games
Gabriella Buerman, Mobile Product Marketing Manager, Rue La La
Jonathan Tatlow, SVP of Connections Planning, Digitas
Introduction by Kevin Wiant
Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Time/Date: Monday, January 13, 2014. Doors open at 6pm. Main event begins at 7pm.
Co-hosted with Women in Wireless.
Women in Wireless is a nonprofit organization that empowers and develops female leaders in mobile and digital media through inspirational panels and webinars, leadership development, mentoring and networking and supports charities aligned with that mission.
Thanks to our sponsors Winter Wyman and Mobiquity for supporting this event.
Questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re holding a special event on December 9th. This is the second year in a row that we’ve collaborated with the Web innovators Group to feature early stage companies focused on mobile.
Monday December 9th
Royal Sonesta Hotel Cambridge
6:30pm doors open
If your early stage startup is interested in presenting a demo, contact us (or contact Webinno directly) with a brief overview and a link or Testflight to a live demo.
Thanks to all of the 600 attendees who came to the the MIT Museum Event. Below is a summary of the startups who exhibited (Thanks Janelle! – the full write-up is on her blog). Photos are on the Mobile Monday Boston Facebook Page.
Ask Beatrice - Ask Beatrice is a parking ‘widget’ located on a business’ website to help motorists find parking within walking distance to the particular business and help to avoid costly parking tickets.
Canary - Calendar app that lets you manage/edit/schedule all of your appointments and events from Google & Facebook calendars all in one convenient place.
CO Everywhere – Social Media App that lets you find out what’s happening in one particular area via social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, conveniently organized on one app.
CoachUp – CoachUp is an app that lets you find personal coaches in your area to train and practice with on any particular sport.
Filosync - Software product that allows you to turn your Amazon Web Service account into your personal file-sync system.
good2gether - Company that uses smartphones to connect businesses that ‘do good’ to consumers who care about the causes that they both support.
HeyWire - App that provides free texting for businesses, combining SMS and Twitter, send and receive messages across smartphones, tablets and the web.
THE MEME – A mobile phone app that creates ‘Organic Parking’; a transaction system of exchanging information for swapping car parking spots throughout the city of Boston and surrounding areas for a fraction of the cost.
Mobee - An app that allows users to be mystery shoppers at participating venues and are rewarded the more they shop/dine.
HubEngage - Created by the folks from Mobinett, HubEngage is a social app that allows users to ‘check in’ participating venues and use their app in the same way a loyalty card to redeem offers and earn points for every visit.
NeuroCrunch – Although still in development, Big Hippo is the first app created by NeruoCrunch that will allow you to instantly recall and remember personal information of people you interact with by way of voice recognition technology.
PitchPrep – Mobile app that allows you to record, share, critique and perfect your sales pitch or message.
Playrific – Mobile company that creates apps for a younger audience, as well as, work with other business partners an alternative way to using a mobile platform to create and develop apps for kids.
PreApps – Website dedicated to getting the word out on new apps to users and the marketplace prior to release.
QuadWrangle – App that allows you to connect with other alumni, which lead to better connections and organization of reunions & donations.
Quantra – A subsidiary of Taiwan-based Quantra Computer, INC, the world’s leader in the production of laptop computers, Quntra Research based in Cambridge has developed an app that allow an easier use of the creation and sharing of location based services.
Roomzilla – Creative software that allows a company to easily book, confirm and organize meeting space fast and efficiently.
Salespod – An efficient web app that allows small and medium sized businesses manage field activities, coach and provide their team with relevant information on the spot, all while tracking their team’s activities in real time.
SessionM – Developed an innovative mobile loyalty and advertising platform that connects consumers with mobile content and advertising in fun and rewarding new ways.
Skimbox – A wicked smart app that organizes email for busy people on the go by creating one box for important email you need to view and another for all other email that can wait.
Snaptiva – An interactive personal style app that allows consumers to snap a picture of anything with a specific color, search thought millions of products and find products that match their item’s color, such as finding shoes to match a bag.
Sold. – Service app that took over the burden of selling by adding a few photos and a description, the pricing calculator determines the perfect price for the item. From there the app handles the selling, the shipping, and the payment in one convenient place.
SoundFest – A revolutionary app dubbed “RealClarity”, this app helps people who have difficulty understanding speech in noisy situations, clarifies voices and other sounds people want to hear, while filtering out distracting noise.
Spogo – The ultimate mobile sports app that allows sports fans to win rewards for making real-time predictions while watching their favorite teams play.
Tap n’ Tap - Software solutions and leading Android expertise that enables manufacturers, operators, and retailers to launch profitable mobile devices.
The Tap Lab – Creator of Tiny Tycoon, the first location-based tycoon game on the App Store that turns real life into an interactive game board consisting of everyday people and places to compete with and take over your favorite real world places.
Thyme Labs – in production software company that is focused on time management tools and personal data analytics.
Timebre – A cool new app available for Apple & Android, Timbre is a free location-based service app that allows you to find concert venues in your area to discover live music and concerts.
Tocobox Inc. – Startup Company that is developing “Mailki”, an easy to use email system for children ages 6-12 that is also monitored by parental controls.
Unbound Commerce – Developing a new concept for large retailers and brands, Unbound Commerce created a new touch screen technology that bridges the gap between retailer and consumer online and offline.
vFrame – Creating a patent pending product, ‘virtual reality frames’ connect to your smartphone and from there you can play video games in a 360° view.
And a big shout out to our sponsors!
Get ready for Tuesday, October 8th when Mobile Monday rents out the MIT Museum for an evening of startup demonstrations, drinks, and mingling.
Mixed among the regular technology museum exhibits you’ll be able to meet new and innovative companies in the mobile space, including:
Ask Beatrice, Canary, CO Everywhere, CoachUp, good2gether, HeyWire, Laveem, Main and Me, Mobee, Mobinett Interactive, momedx, NeuroCrunch LLC, PitchPrep, Playrific, Quanta Research Cambridge, Roomzilla, Salespod, Snaptiva, Sold, SoundFest, Inc, Spogo, TapToss, The Tap Lab, Thyme Labs, Timbre, tripchi, Unbound Commerce, vFrame Incorporated
Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 — 6.00pm to 9:00pm
Location: MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA.
Transportation: Red Line Kendall Square.
Cost: Free due to support from our sponsors
Please note that this event is on a Tuesday (that’s so we can align with the EmTech by MIT Technology Review Conference).
Questions about this event, contact Kevin Wiant at email@example.com
“Two Mondays ago, I attended Mobile Monday Boston’s Summer Party Event at the new District Hall in the Innovation District in South Boston… Located on Marina Park Drive, the heart of the Innovation District, District Hall 12,000sq/ft space that caters to the innovation community to network and exchange design ideas. Scheduled to open in the fall, District Hall will also include meeting hall space for larger conferences, ‘pods’- smaller spaces dedicated to classrooms and seminars that can also be used for technology labs and experimental retail & galleries. There will also be an open lounge for entrepreneurs to brainstorm and connect with others, as well as, a full restaurant & café counter.
I got there right at the so I could have ‘first dibs’ on the featured sponsors and hear about what each company did, a great way to ask different questions and take pictures for momobos, but also great way to network to see if any of their services or products would work with the company I work for. There were four great companies that I got to speak with, each with different types of services in the mobile industry.”
Read more on the Boston Wannabe blog.
Mobile Monday is joining with other local tech groups for an evening of summer networking. Come and get your first look at the sleek new District Hall building in the Innovation District which will officially open in September.
Date: Monday, August 5, 2013
Location: The new District Hall in the Innovation District (previously called the Boston Innovation Center)
Address: 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
If you’re looking for a taxi, Hailo the taxi app is now in Boston and you can download and get $10 off your first Hailo ride with promo code MOMOBOSTON.
Time: 6 to 9 PM
Participating networking organizations include:
App Demo & Drinks
Boston C# Developers’ Group
Boston Mobile App Developers – iOS and Android
Boston New Technology Meetup Group
Drinks on Tap
Google Development Group – GDG Boston
Mass Technology Leadership Council
MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
The Capital Network
Women in Wireless Boston
Thanks to our sponsors for generously covering the costs of this event.
Interested in getting involved? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: Watch the video recording of the event.
For such a small device, mobile sure produces a lot of data. These large data sets can be used for a variety of applications such as advertising, content targeting, and recommendations just to name a few. The difficult part is how to store and manage that data and data signals as part of the decision logic. And remember not all data is good data, so understanding data signals is the key to being successful.
Come see some of Boston’s mobile data experts and get a glimpse into how they capture, manage, and leverage mobile data within their business.
Note: There will be limited space at this technical Mobile Monday Labs event, registration is required.
Introduction and background: Bob Hammond, Jumptap
Client Side data capture and transmission, data types and use: Grant Stratemeyer, Celtra
Server Side data storage, cleansing, ETL, and data uses: Adam Markey, Dataxu
Analytics, data storage and ETL, and presentation methods: Henry Cipolla, Localytics
6pm – Doors open for networking
7pm – Begin formal event
8:15 till close – Networking
Jumptap is located in the Innovation District / Seaport.
MBTA: Walk from South Station (Red Line, Commuter Rail, Amtrak) or take the Silver Line.
Parking: There is some on-street parking.
Jumptap is generously hosting this event at their offices
With support from Winter Wyman
Update: Here are the presentations from Zmags (download), CustomMade (download), and RetailNet Group (on their website, registration required). The video is posted here. Also Zmags published a blog post here.
Over this past holiday season, IBM reports that the conversion rate for shoppers on iPads was 6.3% compared with 3.1% for mobile devices overall, while Comscore indicates that twice as much commerce happens on tablets versus phones.
The retail sector is moving forward quickly to build experiences for consumers who shop in a lean-back, interactive tablet experience.
At this event, we’ll learn how local Boston retailers are trendsetters in this emerging sector of mobile by telling us about their tablet strategies and tablet success stories.
Mike Putnam, VP Mobile, Rue La La
Jens Karstoft, CTO and Co-Founder, ZMags
Mike Salguero, CEO and Co-Founder, CustomMade
Mary Sullivan, Retail Analyst, RetailNet Group
Monday, June 10th, 2013
6pm – Doors open for networking
7pm – Begin formal event
8:15 till close – Networking
RueLaLa is located in the Innovation District / Seaport.
MBTA: 10 minute walk from South Station (Red Line, Commuter Rail, Amtrak). From South Station, walk south on Summer Street across the bridge. Take the first right onto Melcher Street. Turn right on A Street and walk several blocks. Turn left on Binford Street. Take first right onto Channel Street. The entrance is on your right.
Parking: There is some on-street parking.
In acknowledgement of Rue La La’s fifth year anniversary, we are hosting the event at their offices.
This event is jointly hosted with MITX.
Questions? Contact Mobile Monday Boston at email@example.com.