Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Will Biometrics Be the Future of Payments? Tech companies Apple and Google, major influencers of consumer behavior, have done the heavy-lifting when it comes to biometrics acceptance . Their tech tools and ubiquitous smartphones have primed consumers to use their fingerprints or faces to access their devices. In addition, user IDs, PINs and passwords have become a friction-filled headache for many. Consumers who’ve grown weary of the need for unique passwords may increasingly view biometrics as a welcome change. As the pandemic prompted a shift toward contactless, payments players want to make transactions as frictionless and quick as possible, both to increase volumes and please customers. Tapping biometrics takes that a step further, proponents say, with ease of use and security both necessities in the digital age. [ Payments Dive ] Organized Credit Card Fraud Groups Create Fake Sites to Run Charges on Stolen … [Read more...] about This Week In Credit Card News: Biometric Payments Are In Our Future; How Thieves Use Stolen Cards
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In the last couple of months I’ve probably given twenty or thirty webinars (aka “ask Jon anything”) to audiences around the world on the trends I see for freelancing in 2021: everyone from the Harvard Business Review to Omdena , an AI platform of 1700 volunteer data scientists around the world doing amazing work on social problems. Many of the individuals who’ve heard me speak have asked me to share my list: what are the trends I see for the near term future of freelancing. So, as a penultimate article for this year, I’m delighted to offer my bets on how the freelance revolution will progress over the next week, and perhaps beyond the next twelve months. I make no assurance that the list is complete. Please write me with other key trends you see and perhaps I will include your suggestion (and you) in a follow up article. Happy reading, and happy holidays. Here’s what I see: The acceptance of remote work will … [Read more...] about Freelancing 2021: The Trends I See For The Freelance Revolution
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin One of the questions I regularly get asked by freelance entrepreneurs is how to make their platform more sticky. Or more specifically, how can they make their platform more attractive to top performing freelancers. When top performers congregate in particular platforms, such as Toptal in tech, or YunoJuno in agency, Inex.One as an aggregator of expert networks , Talmix in management consulting, or Patreon among creatives, it naturally attracts other, similar, freelancers. These platforms – and there are others I will mention below - do a better job than most platforms in managing talent and revenue leakage . Talent leakage is when a platform member leaves the platform as they gain some success. Revenue leakage is the loss of that individual’s revenue generation, but it’s also when platform members contract with clients outside the platform, denying the platform a return on its investment. Informal data suggests … [Read more...] about One More Time: What Do Freelancers Really Expect Of Their Platform?
Forbes found several yachts owned by sanctioned Russian and Russian-born billionaires that reclassified themselves houseboats and “reflagged,” or changed their registration, from British tax havens to more Russian-friendly spots. Written by Giacomo Tognini I t’s been seven months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spurred Western authorities to hit Russian oligarchs with sanctions, taking aim at their luxury superyachts. The actions have ranged from outright seizure to deregistering the vessels , making it difficult—if not impossible—for the floating palaces to obtain insurance and sail legally. But several sanctioned Russian and Russian-born billionaires are now registering their yachts in countries that haven’t imposed sanctions on Russia—possibly because they could no longer obtain insurance accepted in the territories where they were registered, or as an attempt to allow them to sail legally if sanctions are ever removed. Forbes found six yachts owned by … [Read more...] about How Sanctioned Russian Billionaires Are Trying To Loosen Europe’s Grip On Their Superyachts