NFIB/Visa Economic Roadshow

Earlier this week, chief economists for Visa and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) kicked off a national economic road show aimed at presenting unique intelligence on the state of the economy to small business owners, federal and state legislators and local media.

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Cherie Blair Foundation and Visa partner to support Nigeria’s female entrepreneurs as mobile banking agents

This week at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting, Mrs. Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, announced an exciting partnership between the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, First Bank Nigeria, the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) and Visa. This partnership is providing women entrepreneurs in Nigeria with an innovative, mobile technology solution to meet one of the greatest challenges facing the world today: financial inclusion in emerging economies.

Read more on the Guardian Financial Inclusion Hub.

Author: Stephen Kehoe

Source: Guardian

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Welcome iPhone 6

Everyone at Visa is very excited about today’s availability of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  It won’t be long until consumers can use their iPhones to pay for things in a new, highly secure way.

We couldn’t be more proud of developing the technology that makes Apple Pay a secure way to pay, and we can’t wait to see it in action.  Until then, congratulations to Apple on this important day and to all of the partners involved.

Jim McCarthy, SVP

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Finding Top Technologists

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By Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President, Technology, Visa Inc.

In a pivotal scene in the movie Moneyball, Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s (played by Brad Pitt), is confronted by Art Howe, team manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), about scouting team players. It’s portrayed as a clash of philosophies — tradition and instinct against modernity and analytics. Spoiler alert: science wins.

In many ways, hiring top talent is subject to the same dueling ideologies and is playing out with the same results. In the book Great by Choice, the authors Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen identify 10x-ers as companies and individuals that add or deliver ten times greater value than their peers.

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Visa Austin: A Hub for Innovative Technology and Diverse Talent

A Networking Event to Remember: Zach Theatre- September 15, 2014


In its first of three networking events throughout the next two months, Visa Austin welcomed over 250 technologists of all backgrounds to the Zach Theatre for a memorable Monday night of networking. Every detail from the hi-fi, custom-made Visa cocktail to the open, inviting space and engaged number of Visa employees on site was executed in a way that said, “watch out world: Visa Austin is one special place to work.”

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Visa Statement on NFL Sponsorship

***Updated statement:

(9/19/2014)

As we stated earlier, domestic violence in any form is unacceptable.  It has no place in the NFL or our society more broadly.  As a long-standing sponsor we have spoken with the NFL about our concerns regarding recent events, and have reinforced our expectations that immediate action be taken to address these issues. Our expectation remains that all of Visa’s partners, including the NFL, maintain high ethical standards and operate with full transparency.

(9/16/2014)

In light of recent events related to the NFL, Visa is making the following statement:

 Domestic violence in any form is unacceptable.  It has no place in the NFL or our society more broadly.  As a long-standing sponsor we have spoken with the NFL about our concerns regarding recent events, and reinforced the critical importance that they address these issues with great seriousness. Our expectation remains that all of Visa’s partners, including the NFL, maintain high ethical standards and operate with full transparency.

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A New Era for Payments

By Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President, Technology, Visa Inc.

By now, you have almost certainly heard that Apple is looking to redefine how the world pays. Starting this fall, the person in line at the grocery store, drug store or drive-thru window may whip out their new iPhone, instead of plastic, to pay. What has generated less attention is the underlying Visa technology that helps power Apple’s new payment service. 

The behind-the-scenes story of how this technology was developed is what makes the Apple announcement an important milestone for the payments industry.

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EMV Chip Conversations Head to the Hill

This week, CDT hosted a session on Capitol Hill for Hill staffers that addressed the future of payment security.  Visa’s Kim Lawrence attended the event and led the discussion around EMV chip.

Read the full recap of the event here.

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Visa Checkout Now Live on Gap.com

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Today, we are excited to announce that paying online with Gap Inc. just got a whole lot easier.  The websites for Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime and Athleta are now offering Visa Checkout, the easier way to pay online.   

Just in time for back-to-school and the busy holiday shopping season, consumers can get exactly what they love, in just a few clicks, on any device. Visa Checkout is easy, just like swiping a card in a store:  after creating an account, there’s no need to re-enter a 16-digit card number or fill out endless forms.

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