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HBR on DEI: Where Are the Next Billion Digital Citizens Coming From?

John Gaffney |

China. ISIS. Eurozone. The global economic issues that were supposed to be big issues in 2015 have certainly shown up as advertised. The Digital Evolution Index, created by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and MasterCard Global Insights, was designed to predict the speed at which the digital economy is moving (or not) in 50
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“The Consumer as Controller in Chief”: Catch up to Her

Theodore Iacobuzio |

Our friend Robin Lewis, of the Robin Report, an online newsletter concerned with all things retail, looked in a recent piece back at 2014 in hopes of seeing what 2015 might hold. The newsletter’s subject line caught my eye, a phrase he repeats in the body of the newsletter: “The Consumer Is Controller in Chief.”
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A Warmer, Friendlier Lender: Vouch vs. Payday Lending

Nitin Sumangali |

Borrowing money is like moving to a new apartment: it’s a pain and expensive, but it will cost you less if you get some help from your friends. That (clumsy) analogy is one of the ways I’ve tried to explain the premise behind the Bay Area startup Vouch since I learned about it a few
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Economic Inclusion: Identifying the Connectors

Theodore Iacobuzio |

At the recent Word Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga talked about the importance of connectors in advancing economic inclusion, a key theme of upcoming research from Global Insights. Stay tuned for more on that.

The Killer App? It’s Mobile Banking Plus Mobile Payments

Alissa Saoutina |

How important to you is your money? Hold that thought. Imagine a world where you reach for your phone and the first app you open is your iBank; instead of doing Netflix marathons, you do BankMe billpaythons, and your status updates are notes around your most recent purchases. That is the general direction mobile banking
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