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Peering into the Future of Marketplace Companies

“Peering into the Future of Marketplace Companies” written by YapStone. We don’t want to age ourselves or anything, but doesn’t seems like it’s been years since anyone took a taxi to the airport, flew to a business meeting and then stayed at a regular hotel? In a very short time, marketplace companies have exploded onto …

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According to Science, Here’s How Passion Leads to Success

“According to Science, Here’s How Passion Leads to Success” written by YapStone. There’s an often-repeated phrase in entrepreneurial circles: “If you can be happy doing anything else, then do it.” Owning a business can be like running a marathon – it’s a long term commitment and if your heart isn’t in it, you’ll lose your …

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3 Telltale Signs That It’s Time For Your Company to Scale

“3 Telltale Signs That It’s Time For Your Company to Scale” written by YapStone. You know your best friend in middle school? The one who stuck by your side through thick and thin, as you played tricks on the teachers and made people laugh? It sure was fun learning about life together and finding new …

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How APIs Are Obliterating Technology Challenges

“How APIs Are Obliterating Technology Challenges” written by Bruce Dragt, SVP of Product, YapStone. We live in a world characterized by rapid communications and transactions. About 97% of Millennials own a mobile device and 51% of them spend more time shopping (buying) on mobile than on desktop. The instant gratification generation that we all have become …

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Hottest Fintech Trends for 2017

“Hottest Fintech Trends for 2017” by YapStone. When the media talks about Fintech, more often than not, the leading headline is a bold statement, like “the Fintech revolution,” or “the big bank disruption” And it’s easy to see why. Dubbed by the Economist as a “magical combination of geeks in T-shirts and venture capital,” the …

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5 Company Culture Resolutions That Should Be on the Top of Your List

“5 Company Culture Resolutions That Should Be on the Top of Your List” written by Debra Tenenbaum, Chief People Officer, YapStone. If you’ve been around long enough, you probably understand that achieving greatness is an ongoing process. Getting to and staying at the top of your business game is all about setting attainable goals, accomplishing …

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Are You Prepared? The Vacation Rental Security Quiz

“Are You Prepared? The Vacation Rental Security Quiz” written by Heidi Sobranes, Director of Global Chargebacks, YapStone. There is fraud risk everywhere on the Internet, and with their skyrocketing popularity, vacation rental websites are no exception. If you are a vacation rental homeowner or property manager, and use an online marketplace to rent out your …

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Payments 2016: The Year of Partnership Via API

“Payments 2016: The Year of Partnership Via API” written by Bruce Dragt, SVP of Product, YapStone. How many meetings or conversations did you have in 2016 that rallied around the statement, “We have an API that …”? From CEOs to sales directors, from startups to traditional companies, from payment networks to pretty much everyone, we …

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The Vacation Industry Needs FinTech Companies With Deep Vertical Expertise

“The Vacation Industry Needs FinTech Companies With Deep Vertical Expertise” written by David Weiss, President, YapStone. Today’s sharing economy and its respective business models are disrupting traditional industries like financial services and manufacturing and of course, creating brand new categories. And similar to most industries, the vacation industry has certainly not been immune to change. …

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Bruce Dragt: Why I Joined YapStone

“Why I Joined YapStone” written by Bruce Dragt, SVP of Product, YapStone. With 20+ years in the payments industry, I have been fortunate to build my career at number of amazing companies and gather a significant knowledge base as related to payments, financial services and of course, my passion – product development. Through a great …

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Fraud Stops Here: How A Risk Team Keep Payments Running

“Fraud Stops Here: How A Risk Team Keeps Payments Running” written by YapStone. Risk teams are on the front line in the war against fraudsters and hackers – how to use technology to combat fraudsters and protect consumer payment information In any payment service business, there are certain inevitable risks that must be addressed. With …

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Employers Need to Reflect, Then Lead

“Employers Need to Reflect, Then Lead” written by Debra Tenenbaum, Chief People Officer, YapStone. Leadership effectiveness is a very hot topic today. A basic Google search for “leadership books” will return more than 250 million results. It’s safe to say that there are a lot of opinions on the subject. We are all humbled by the …

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Reflections on my Money 20/20 Panel: “Building a Billion Dollar Financial Services Company: When Startups Grow Up”

“Reflections on my Money 20/20 Panel: “Building a Billion Dollar Financial Services Company: When Startups Grow Up” written by Tom Villante, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, YapStone. On the heels of having our company, YapStone, make the Forbes Billion Dollar Startup List, I was invigorated to join a tremendous panel of Fintech experts at Money 20/20 …

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What It Takes to Build a Billion Dollar Fintech Startup

“What It Takes to Build a Billion Dollar Fintech Startup” written by Tom Villante, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, YapStone. Next week, I’ll be speaking on a panel at Money 20/20, the World’s Largest Payments and Financial Services Innovation event, on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. The panel is titled, “When …

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FinTech ROI Decisioning Could Use a Makeover

“FinTech ROI Decisioning Could Use a Makeover” written by John Malnar, Chief Financial Officer, YapStone. “Nobody ever lost money taking a profit.” – Bernard Baruch ROI. ROCE. ROIT. ROTC. While a plethora of financial calculations exist that allow companies to measure the effectiveness of spend, a key mantra holds true across all: recognizing and ensuring …

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There’s a Revolution in FinTech… And Millennials Are Driving It

“There’s a Revolution in FinTech… And Millennials Are Driving It” written by Tatum Pollard, Marketing Specialist, YapStone. I’ll admit I’ve Googled “how to write a check” on more than one occasion. But I’m not alone – according to recent reports from Google, this search has increased fivefold over the past ten years. Raised on N’Sync …

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Fintech and Traditional Banks: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

“Fintech and Traditional Banks: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship” written by Tom Villante, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, YapStone. Today’s technology-led companies are intent on disrupting industry after industry, abolish decades of profitable business models and force cash cows out of business. Competition with Netflix busted Blockbuster. Borders bombed as consumers move online to buy …

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Silicon Valley is Financing the Fintech Revolution

“Silicon Valley is Financing the Fintech Revolution” written by Tom Villante, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, YapStone. In a 2014 letter to shareholders, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, issued a stark warning to Wall Street: “Silicon Valley is coming” to steal the banks’ business.  And only one year later in his 2015 …

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How to Land a Job in FinTech

“How to Land a Job in FinTech” written by Debra Tenenbaum, Chief People Officer, YapStone. Congratulations! You just earned your degree and have now been introduced to the (daunting) task of landing that first job. If you have a mind for innovation, technology, challenging the status quo, and simply making people’s lives easier, FinTech—aka financial …

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Smart CEOs Have Their Heads in the Cloud

“Smart CEOs Have Their Heads in the Cloud” written by Saran Mandair, VP of Production Operations & Site Reliability, YapStone. Ever since Edward Snowden leaked the details of the US government’s privacy breach, the country has been obsessed with security – particularly individuals who work in tech..  A CEO’s worst nightmare is a data breach …

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