Archive for April, 2019

The “mobile-first” nuance

April 29, 2019

Ah, spin.   When advertising agencies called on me in my prior job, I admired their ability to spin opposite traits as advantageous. For instance, larger agencies claimed they could better service our account because they had the needed internal resources. Smaller ones claimed they could better service our account because they were leaner, nimbler, and hungrier. Ergo, larger agencies could [...]

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Dark marketplace for fingerprints

April 22, 2019

I know a family that, some years ago, replaced their standard mailbox with a locking mailbox. Someone had stolen an order of checks from the mailbox and gone on a spending spree. The family, if you can imagine, didn’t care for that. Those were the days. Now people are making a business of stealing and [...]

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The Money Pot

April 15, 2019

Thanks in part to Scotts Miracle-Gro, the payments industry might—might—soon be able to play ball with locally legal cannabis industries. It’s that part about “locally legal” that until now has proved the problem. Thirty-three states and Washington D.C. have decriminalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, but the federal government hasn’t. summed up the dilemma this [...]

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Creatively repurposed bank buildings

April 8, 2019

Last week nostalgia swept over me as I stepped inside an architectural masterpiece. An elegant survivor from banking’s bygone era of marble and polished brass, the entire building suggested strength, security, and longevity, all needful symbols for the early 20th century when people weren’t too sure about their banks. I pulled open the massive double doors suspended [...]

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FinTech lending on the rise

April 2, 2019

There was a time when applying for a loan meant sitting on a hard, wooden chair across the desk from a stern-faced banker, nervously clutching your derby, kneading the brim with your fists, and trying to look like a good risk. Not much has changed except for, well, all of the above. You can apply [...]

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