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Passport, the technology business for city transit systems, raises $43 million


Passport, company that’s managing much of the technical aspects of how people pay to use public transportation resources in cities like London, Miami and Los Angeles, has just raised $43 million. The money, from Bain Capital Ventures, will go to help the company expand its payment and transaction services nationally and internationally. Read More.


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Learning About Machine Learning  


And now, the rise of the machines — or, at least, machine learning. This movement has been a long time coming, as artificial intelligence (AI) is moving ever-farther into real-world business applications where once it was too expensive (or too conceptual) to embrace. Through improving technology and decreasing costs, AI and Big Data are now combining to help firms in the financial sector prevent payments fraud.

Why savvy investors should focus on Kazakhstan (and other frontier markets)


If I told you that you could travel back in time, to the end of the nineteenth century, and invest in a country that was recently war-torn, and in great transition, would you do it? You’d need to know that the government was primarily one ethnic group, but immigrants with different languages, customs, and religions were arriving in that country, at unprecedented levels, crowding the cities and looking for jobs.

Employee Safety During COVID-19: Compliance Toolkit

Stay compliant with Paycor’s COVID-19 Action Plan FAQs and templates toolkit.

Building A Faster, Safer Network On The Blockchain


When it comes to business, it’s no secret the competition is fierce. But in an increasingly interconnected world, even competing companies need to collaborate. Rival banks and financial institutions (FIs) need to work together to serve customers and transfer money between banks. Car dealers need parts from competing suppliers and manufacturers to keep repair shops and vehicles running without a hitch.

Using AI And Machine Learning To Make Payments Faster, Safer


What do track and field stars, NASCAR drivers and millions of businesses owners around the United States have in common? They all have an appreciation for speed. While more speed may mean more endorsement money for athletes, it means faster settlements and more efficient business for commercial banking customers. With a growth in demand, banks and FinTechs are working to give business owners the speed they need.

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AI/BOTS: AI’s Impact on The Digital Retail Revolution


The digital retail revolution is well underway. Fusing technology into in-store experiences has officially gone mainstream, and retailers are looking for ways to go beyond the traditional mobile app. As we’ve reported in the past, places like Sephora have installed various tablets with embedded augmented reality (AR) features to help customers pick and choose what makeup shades look best on their skin tone.

Hive Project Taps Into Cryptocurrency For Invoice Finance


The Hive Project, a company that uses cryptocurrency and Ethereum blockchain for trade financing , has launched its platform. The company announced Friday (June 30) that its portal is up and running to link SMEs to trade financing by turning unpaid invoices into tradable assets. Every invoice is assigned a unique fingerprint, the firm said, by tokenizing each bill and linking them onto the blockchain.

Mastercard Taps APIs With An Eye Beyond Plastic


In a classic scene from the 1967 Mike Nichols film The Graduate , protagonist Benjamin Braddock is pulled aside and given advice for his future that can be condensed to a single word: “Plastics.” If the film were remade today, it’s not hard to imagine that one-word piece of advice would be “APIs” instead. To address customers’ needs as commerce goes digital, financial services giant Mastercard is weighing the benefits of APIs over plastic after several decades of heavy investment in the latter.

Girl Scouts Will Get The Chance To Earn Badges In Cyber Security


Girl Scouts will soon get the chance to earn their first ever cyber security badges. The Huffington Post reports that Girl Scouts can earn the first of 18 cyber security Girl Scout badges beginning in September 2018. The program will reach as many as 1.8 million Girl Scouts in kindergarten through sixth grade and is being developed in a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Palo Alto Networks, a security company.

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Path to Becoming a CFO with Kelly Steckelberg, CFO at Zoom

Speaker: Jeff Epstein, Veteran Tech CFO, and Zoom CFO, Kelly Steckelberg

Join us for this very special conversation between veteran tech CFO, Jeff Epstein, and Zoom CFO, Kelly Steckelberg. The session gives us an opportunity to showcase the changes over time for CFOs, and draw comparisons between enterprise and fast-growing, early-stage companies.

NEW REPORT: Can Western Union Leverage Its Heritage To Build A Better X-Border API?


There was a time when the telegraph was as important to keeping people connected as the smartphone is today. And while the telegraph’s heyday may well be over, the network it once rested upon can still be put to good use, especially with an assist from API solutions. As more merchants and smaller businesses seek to engage in global commerce, several companies are stepping up their efforts to help merchants address the complexities presented by international trade.

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How APIs Are Fostering Collaboration Between FinTechs And Banks


Banks and FinTech companies have a complicated history. To put it mildly, the two sides have not always worked harmoniously together. Why the tension? Both types of institutions contend for the same business in the competitive financial services world.

EY To Use Blockchain For Auto Industry, Ride-Hailing Services


Blockchain, the technology that makes cryptocurrency like bitcoin possible, is moving into the auto and ridesharing markets. According to a news report in Reuters , EY, the consulting unit of Ernst & Young Global, announced Wednesday (Aug. 30) it is launching a blockchain system that will let companies and/or individuals share vehicle ownership more easily. EY said the system, dubbed Tesseract, will launch in the next quarter with a partner the firm did not disclose. .

The Secret World Of APIs


From an acronym known mostly by programmers in the early 2000s to something thousands of innovators have embraced to ignite numerous innovative solutions, it’s been an electric journey for the application program interface (API).

Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

Chatbot Tracker: Helping Productivity


Chatbots have moved into a unique position over the past few years. Rather than using chatbots to resolve customer service issues solely on company websites or for inside use at organizations, businesses have begun branching out to help optimize both internal and external organizational needs. While chatbots may be traditionally thought of as the standard instant message chat windows, they have evolved to meet the needs of today’s fast-paced consumer.

MasterCard Brings Tap-To-Pay To Public Transit In 80+ Cities


Just in time for the summer travel season, Mastercard has announced a series of partnerships in over 80 cities worldwide, which will enable card carriers to tap to pay for public transit. With a Mastercard in their wallet, more and more people have a go-to transit pass for the city they’re in,” said Ian Slater, senior vice president, enterprise partnerships at Mastercard. “In

Diving Deeper Than Machine Learning To Combat Corporate Cyberattacks


Machine learning is perhaps the hottest buzzword in cybersecurity today. The artificial intelligence technology is deployed by cybersecurity firms in an effort to keep pace with the evolution of cyberattacks, as machine learning algorithms are able to improve predictability the more it is used. But according to Guy Caspi, CEO of cybersecurity company Deep Instinct , machine learning is no longer enough in an age of unprecedented evolution and volume of cybercrime.

AI/BOTS: AI Bank Tech And Millennials


Being connected via modern technology is something that’s becoming an expectation among consumers. From groceries to home buying, back-to-school shopping and more, there doesn’t seem to be many facets of everyday life that aren’t intricately connected to help provide an enhanced experience for consumers. One of the latest industries to start exploring in connected technologies are banks. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) is looking to be the technology of choice for banks.

Rethinking the Concept of the Employee: How Outsourcing Can Help Grow Your Accounting Business

Speaker: Dixie McCurley, Principal, Digital Advisory at Cherry Bekaert LLP

The very mention of the word "Outsourcing" is enough to send shivers down the employee spine. However, this gut reaction - while understandable - is merely based on misconceptions. Outsourcing does not necessarily mean mass layoffs and transplanting offshore. Rather, it could be utilized as an employee-friendly way to assuage an overburdened staff, relieve productivity bottlenecks, and stimulate growth. Join Dixie McCurley, Principal, Digital Advisory at Cherry Bekaert LLP, for this enlightening discussion on the ins and outs of outsourcing, and what it can do for your practice.

Citi Links To Treasurers Via API


Citi announced Tuesday (Feb. 28) the launch of an API to connect its clients operating in the treasury services industry to critical Citi services. According to a release , the bank’s Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) unit is rolling out the CitiConnect API to help treasury service providers link their own treasury and ERP solutions into Citi. The bank’s API enables treasurers to manage transaction banking activity straight from existing treasury platforms already in use within the enterprise.

AI/BOTS: Machine Learning Tips Online Fraud Scales


Technological advances are pushing the boundaries for what’s possible in a variety of industries. Within the retail industry specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) is moving the ball for a lot of merchants looking to not only streamline their business operations but provide a more personalized experience for consumers.

How A Bank And A FinTechs Are Jointly Cracking The Code On Financial Inclusion


The favored narrative about banks and FinTech startups is generally not a love story. Usually, it is more of an all-out war story. Banks represent the old way of handling financial services – and in fairness, they carry a lot of responsibilities that deposit-taking institutions don’t necessarily have. Of course, banks have to be run with safety and soundness to protect those deposits, but they also have myriad public mandates, like fair lending, anti-money laundering and customer privacy.

What API Standardization Could Mean For Payments Fraud


API technology is opening new doors for the world of financial services, a trend that cultivates cooperation and collaboration between FinTechs and banks, once considered competitors. With the speed of payments accelerating and Same Day ACH initiatives continuing to roll out, NACHA has pulled together a group of industry experts to explore API standardization as a way to facilitate faster payment speeds and greater transaction security, among other use cases.

10 Pragmatic Guidelines to Inspire Trust in Your Accounting Firm During COVID Times

Speaker: Javier Goldin, Managing Partner at Goldin Group LLC

The accounting profession has been moving from transactional to advisory work. Advisory work is based on relationships and an ongoing dialogue. The pandemic has forced many firms into a remote environment. The implicit trust of a face-to-face interaction is gone. So how do you rebuild or reproduce that trust, key to a relationship, in a remote environment. Can it be done and if so how to best execute? Join Javier Goldin, Managing Partner at the Goldin Group, LLC, for this enlightening discussion on the elements of engendering trust.

Real-Time Payments Successfully Gets Through Its First Test Drive


The U.S.’s s first new payment and clearing system in more than 40 years is up and running. At 4:59:40 p.m. on Monday, $3.50 was moved between accounts at two different banks (there was only one customer with two bank accounts) via RTP, the name for a new “Real-Time Payments” system set up by The Clearing House. All in all, the transfer took three seconds — as opposed to the hours or days more typically associated with an ACH transfer.

Some SMBs Dangerously Ignorant Of Cybersecurity Threat


The research is clear: Just because a business is small does not mean it survives undetected from a cyberattack. In fact, some SMBs may actually be a bigger target for cybercrime. For example, small U.S. manufacturers working with overseas business partners operate with a heightened risk for cybercrime, according to research from Bank of the West. In some cases, it’s a small businesses’ global expansion that heightens their risk.

How IoT And The Cloud Can Save A Restaurant


There’s a lot more to running a restaurant than making good food and serving it with a smile — and no, we don’t mean listing the menu on GrubHub, UberEats or OpenTable. Restaurants have to follow regulations set by the food and health administrations, such as cleanliness guidelines and storing various foods at specific temperatures. It can be a lot for one owner to track, especially owners of multiple establishments or franchise locations.

The One Industry That Stands To Gain The Most From Blockchain?


This year could be the year that blockchain emerges from its current status as a largely hypothetical game-changer to one that’s put to the test. While few working applications of blockchain technology are in use today by financial service providers, the industry continues to place its confidence — and money — behind the technology. The latest is global consulting firm McKinsey, whose new report has put a price tag on the potential of blockchain: $110 billion.

Managing Security Issues with a Remote Workforce while Continuing to Grow Your Practice

Speaker: Jim Bourke, Managing Director Advisory Services at WithumSmith+Brown

In this discussion, Jim Bourke, Managing Director Advisory Services at WithumSmith+Brown, will share his perspective on what he witnessed during this period of change – the good and the bad, and he’ll share some of the best practices for security and privacy in our space around technology and innovative advisory offerings in this new world.

Why Regulation Won’t Fix Credit Reporting Agencies


Some of the most memorable television commercials of the 1970s and 1980s were those promoting E. Hutton’s brokerage services. When its tagline, “When E. Hutton talks, people listen,” was spoken in those commercials, everyone in the room stopped, turned to look and listened with rapt attention to the person who uttered those words. The person speaking never revealed what E.

NEW REPORT: As Business Priorities Shift, APIs Go White-Hot


Are the stars aligning for companies to make API investment a top priority? The April B2B API Tracker™ looks at how companies engaged in cross-border trade are turning to API solutions to reduce the friction that some players encounter when engaged in cross-border trade. A Passport to Simpler X-Border B2B Payments. Over the past few weeks, several companies made investments in APIs with a focus on improving the flow of cross-border trade.

Tech Center: Dubai Takes A Front Row Seat To FinTech Growth


Dubai’s startup and tech scene has come a long way in the past three decades — the city is now a major business center in the Middle East, attracting investors and entrepreneurs from around the world. In this week’s Tech Center tracker, we take a look at how Dubai is giving FinTech hubs around the world a run for their money. Before we jump into the post, here are a few quick facts about Dubai and its tech scene: Dubai has an estimated population of 2,701,977.

2017: The Year Of Digital Disruption For Payments


A lot can happen in a year. What makes one stand out from another? How shall 2017 go down in the history books? Search Google for “2017: the year of…” and it becomes clear that many have seen this as a year of “death” and “disaster.” Others were not so quick to characterize it negatively, trawling the search engine instead for “the year of change.” Still others decided not to get philosophical about it at all, searching merely for “2017: the year of the rooster” or “the year of our Lord.”.

7 Ways to Manage a Talent Shortage

In this whitepaper, Paycor examines the top 7 things you can do to out-maneuver your competition and win the war for talent in the coming months.