Mobile is the new black at eBay and PayPal

EBay tallied 153 percent more mobile transactions this year than it did on Black Friday in 2011. PayPal spiked even higher with mobile owners. Black Friday 2012 brought about a 193 percent increase to PayPal mobile payments over the previous year.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/24/ebay-paypal-black-friday/#4TSaxVPMu3bw3weV.99

7 tactics lean startups need to build great products

Some more structure around building MVP in a Lean Startup from Google Ventures Design Studio.

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If you’re running a lean startup, “launch and learn” is undoubtedly a familiar mantra. But launching a new feature can take weeks or even months, and for a scrappy startup that’s a potentially make-or-break issue. Our design studio works with dozens of startups each year to help teams define their products and features. Through the process of doing this over and over again, we’ve collected a time-tested toolkit of methods for learning that are cheap, fast, and perfect for startups to find those crucial mistakes earlier and then adapt their plans more nimbly. The result is almost always that they ship better products and do so even faster.

Clickable mockups

Most teams think they need to build an interface that functions and looks real before showing it to customers to get feedback. Nope. It turns out that if you string together a few simple mockups with clickable hot-spots, you can still…

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Visa’s digital wallet V.me launches publicly, plans in-store rollout in 2013

Visa’s digital wallet V.me helps simplify transactions online and on mobile and will move to in-store point of sale next year.

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Visa’s (s v) digital wallet and PayPal (s ebay) competitor V.me is now ready to go prime-time after debuting in beta a year ago. The credit card company is officially launching the service today and announcing 50 banking partners and two dozen merchants who will support the wallet initiative.

V.me is Visa’s attempt at creating a digital wallet that makes transactions easier. It allows users to pay online with a Visa or other credit card using a user name and password instead of entering a 16-digit card number and their address. V.me is available online and on mobile and will roll out to in-store point of sale next year.

Visa is relying on banking partners to help sell V.me to their 50 million customers. It has signed up deals with PNC and U.S. Bank along with about 50 other smaller banks, who will offer V.me directly to their customers. Some…

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