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10 февраля, 18:38

Videogame Stock Roundup: Activision & Zynga Earnings; Take Two Partners NBA for E-sports League

Earnings releases were once again in focus this week. Apart from earnings, we had Take Two Interactive (TTWO) collaborating with NBA to launch a new e-sports league.

10 февраля, 02:29

Zynga Tanks on Weak Q4 Earnings, Low Bookings Guidance

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) just released its fourth quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results, posting earnings of a loss of four cents per share and GAAP revenues of $190.5 million.

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08 февраля, 18:11

What Lies in Store for Zynga (ZNGA) this Earnings Season?

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) is set to report fourth-quarter 2016 results on Feb 9.

08 февраля, 13:58

Leisure Stocks Q4 Earnings Releases on Feb 9: ZNGA, RGC, PNK

Let's take a look at what might be in store for these three leisure stocks that are set to report their fourth-quarter results on Feb 9

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06 февраля, 14:45

Apple и Microsoft подали в суд на Трампа из-за ограничения миграции в США

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft и другие компании подали в суд из-за указа президента Соединенных Штатов Америки Дональда Трампа о запрете на въезд в страну граждан семи преимущественно мусульманских государств, сообщает DW. "Вечером 5 февраля они направили в федеральный апелляционный суд в Сан-Франциско свою правовую оценку ситуации", - сказано в сообщении...

03 февраля, 18:13

Take-Two Interactive's (TTWO) Q3 Earnings: What's in Store?

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) is set to report third-quarter fiscal 2017 results on Feb 7.

03 февраля, 13:14

Silicon Valley leaders organizing against Trump

A collection of Silicon Valley executives, engineers and activists are quietly plotting a progressive counterattack against President Donald Trump, a sign of the industry's growing anger at his election victory and actions on immigration.Through a new organization tentatively called Win the Future, or WTF, the likes of LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga founder Mark Pincus are teaming up with former Sierra Club President Adam Werbach to connect political organizers and shore up progressive candidates and causes ahead of the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections, according to three sources familiar with the plan.Their early efforts will include building a platform to connect activists and, potentially, a website similar to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to fund progressive initiatives, one source said.The initiative is still in its formative stages, the sources cautioned. But the planning has picked up pace since Trump signed an executive order last week curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. While companies like Amazon and Expedia have thrown their support behind a lawsuit to overturn the order — and Uber pulled out of a business council advising Trump — the new organization points to a desire by the liberal tech industry to channel its outrage into a broader, more organized resistance.“When we gathered a couple of weeks ago for dinner, Trump had not yet assumed the presidency,” Werbach wrote in a Jan. 29 email to participants obtained by POLITICO. “At the time, some pundits were saying that we should calm down and what to see what happens."“The first weeks of the Trump presidency have confirmed our fears,” he continued. “This list is long: banning Muslims from 7 countries, green lighting the keystone and Dakota access pipeline, defunding affordable healthcare, removing all mention of climate change from the White House website. He’s moving quickly, and we need to move quickly as well.”Their frustrations extend beyond Trump to Democrats and their future electoral prospects. Werbach said he and a “small group” had visited an event featuring new candidates to lead the Democratic National Committee but left the affair feeling that the party is in “complete disarray.”Pincus and Hoffman did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and Werbach declined to comment.Pincus and Hoffman come to the effort after a 2016 election season in which both executives — much like the rest of Silicon Valley — donated generously to Trump’s Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton. At one point, Beltway insiders believed that Hoffman, who had met with senior Clinton aides, would serve a tech advisory role on her transition team.With Trump in the White House, however, the Valley’s most prominent companies and executives find themselves in precarious political territory. Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech titans must engage the new administration if they want to influence a tax overhaul in their favor or clear a regulatory path for initiatives like delivery drones and self-driving cars. But the president’s rhetoric and his stances on issues like immigration are anathema to many the Bay Area, including the engineers who make up the tech workforce — a dynamic that's prompted tech executives to criticize the White House's actions in recent days.“We’re barely a week into his presidency, and you’ve already seen leaders in the technology industry, from New York and San Francisco ... really standing up for the issues they believe in,” said Julie Samuels, executive director of Tech:NYC, a coalition of tech startups and companies that sent a letter to Trump opposing the immigration order. “And I think that’s really notable. You just haven’t seen business leaders from other industries reacting the same way.”Business leaders will have the opportunity to share their concerns with the president on issues like immigration as members of Trump’s economic advisory council, which is set to meet Friday in Washington. Even that, however, has proven controversial in Silicon Valley: After days of protest, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced late Thursday he would withdraw from the so-called Strategic and Policy Forum, saying his participation was not “meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda.”The nascent organization being assembled by Pincus, Hoffman and Werbach isn’t the only Silicon Valley group targeting Trump. In January, Sam Altman, the head of prominent startup incubator Y Combinator, began to fund a trio of engineers who created “Track Trump,” a dashboard of Trump’s policy changes.“Many employees, I think, are pressing many companies to do direct political advocacy work in a way they have not in the past,” Altman said in an interview this week.Tech companies and executives have at times sought to pool their resources to tackle political challenges — with mixed success. The best-known example is FWD.us, the immigration reform group backed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Valley investors and executives. For all its advertising and advocacy, FWD.us never made much a dent in partisan Washington, where immigration reform seems especially unlikely with Trump in the White House. Trump's presidency, however, seems to be reactivating the tech industry's impulse to politically organize."I think it’s pretty clear we’re going to have to play an increasingly more vocal and maybe much more productive role in these types of issues going forward," said Aaron Levie, CEO of the cloud-storage company Box.

27 января, 17:16

Videogame Stock Roundup: Microsoft Reports Q2 Earnings, Nintendo Launches Pokemon Go in South Korea

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) reported second-quarter fiscal 2017 results. In a separate development, after almost a six-month delay, South Korean gamers can now enjoy Pokemon Go as Nintendo launched the game officially in the country.

26 января, 17:45

What Investors Need to Understand About Mobile Apps

Mobile apps have become the cornerstone of many businesses. But if you’re going to profit from them, you need to understand a few things first...

20 января, 16:26

Videogame Stock Roundup: GameStop's Holiday Sales Dismal, Nintendo's Switch Release Date Announced

Among the top stories this week, GameStop (GME) reported dismal holiday sales data. Meanwhile Nintendo Co., Ltd. (NTDOY) announced the release of its most anticipated console, Switch, on Mar 3, 2017.

12 января, 16:00

How Investors React When Companies Announce They’re Moving to a SaaS Business Model

On April 23, 2012, Adobe Inc. launched a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription version of its key product line, Creative Suite, causing its net income to plummet by almost 35% percent the following year. Yet by April 2016 Adobe’s stock price had nearly tripled from its value four years earlier. Adobe’s radical transformation from a product-based business model to a service-based one raised eyebrows in the industry, with many software vendors now wondering how radically they should approach the SaaS model. Due to the fast growth of the SaaS market and the high valuations of SaaS startups, a move toward SaaS seems very compelling for traditional software vendors. For example, in 2014 IDC estimated that more than one-quarter of enterprise applications would be offered with the SaaS model by 2018, up from one-sixth in 2013. But the move to SaaS comes with considerable challenges: Firms will need to change their structure, sales culture, and incentives, and convince existing as well as new customers of the new offering’s value. To understand how traditional software vendors can move to the SaaS model while managing the transformation’s challenges, we studied how the stock market reacted to publicly listed firms announcing they wanted to introduce a new SaaS offering from 2001 until the end of 2015. We distinguished (1) whether firms were introducing a completely new product or a product already existed and (2) whether the new product would be SaaS-only or a standard product “fallback” would exist. (Disclosure: One of us works at Amazon Web Services, a provider for many SaaS businesses.) While a SaaS announcement on average neither decreases nor increases company value, we find big differences depending on the specifics of what’s announced. Investors preferred new SaaS products over product conversions and valued having a product fallback option. These choices may change the intra-day stock valuation by as much as 3.5% and 2.2%, respectively. In addition, we found that partnering with an external cloud service provider to deliver SaaS (instead of building and managing the cloud infrastructure on your own) leads to a further 2.9% increase in stock price on the announcement day. Based on these results, we suggest decision makers follow three steps in order to manage the challenges of transforming towards a SaaS model: Do not give up on the on-premise option yet. Make sure existing products, processes, and culture do not prohibit the SaaS model from blossoming. Collaborate and partner with cloud platform providers. On the first point, of course, running two business models in parallel implies duplication of resources and can lead to the growth of the SaaS model being hindered. Software development, operations, and support have to be provided for both offerings, and because they differ from one another considerably, economies of scale cannot be reached in the way possible with just one business model. For example, Adobe’s finance team estimated that the cost of running both models side by side would cost them twice as much as simply offering one of the models. At the same time, sales personnel who are used to making large license-plus-maintenance deals are not likely to do well or be motivated to sell smaller monthly or yearly subscription packages. About the ResearchThis research is based on the event study method, which is often used to study how corporate events like new product launches or changes in executive team are reflected in the share price of publicly traded companies. We identified a total of 359 SaaS product introduction events using the Dow Jones Factiva search tool. We calculated expected returns for the firm’s stock based on its past performance compared to a reference index (S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite) and compared this to the actual stock price changes on the event day (+/- 1 day to account for anticipation and reaction) to device the so-called cumulative abnormal returns. These cumulative abnormal returns were then taken as a dependent variable for a multiple regression model, which controlled for company-specific influences like absorptive capacity and firm size, as well as external influences like investor learning effects (measured with time dummies). We further took into account so-called confounding events, that is, other events that would happen around our event window that would influence stock market reaction on top of the SaaS announcements. We addressed this issue empirically by drawing on a Heckman two-stage model to try and estimate what would make an event more likely to be confounded, looking for example at firm characteristics such as sales, sales-per-employee, sales growth, and PPE (Property, Plant and Equipment)-to-sales ratio. Despite these challenges, our study found that investors increase their valuations of the software vendor’s stock by an average of 2.2% if the vendor makes clear in its announcement that the SaaS offering is provided in parallel to a perpetual licensing model. Even more surprising, this does not appear to apply only to existing products with an installed base of customers in place. Launching a new software product with both SaaS and perpetual licensing models is seen even more favorably by investors than launching the new product only with the SaaS model. There seems to be variety in customers’ requirements, meaning that software vendors would not be able to tap into the whole market without a perpetual license offering. Consequently, software vendors should not look at Adobe’s example and draw a conclusion that the model of selling perpetual licenses to software is dead. Rather, they should consider finding a way to facilitate both business models — at least for a transition period. Two prime examples of software vendors that have patiently run two business models in parallel while transforming to the SaaS model are Autodesk and Splunk. Autodesk, a longtime market leader in computer aided design and engineering software, added a perpetual licensing option to all of its subscription offerings over a 15-year transition period before going all in with the SaaS model in 2016. Splunk, a leader in business intelligence founded in 2003, is still holding onto the perpetual licensing model, even for new product lines it has launched. The fact that Adobe, Autodesk, and Splunk have all been successful with dual approaches (both in terms of share price performance and growth of SaaS sales) shows that each vendor needs to understand its customers’ needs and gradually help them move to the SaaS model. On the second point, software vendors should still make sure they embrace the SaaS model and give it the attention it needs to flourish. It’s easy for existing organizational structures and cultures to inhibit the growth of the new business model, which arguably has been a reason many major software vendors have been unable to establish leading SaaS offerings organically. Accordingly, our study found that the existence of a previous version of the product prior to the introduction of the SaaS offering reduces company value by an average of 3.5% compared to new product launches with the SaaS model. Thus software vendors should look to approach the SaaS business model by creating new product lines rather than converting their existing product portfolios, when possible. Dynatrace, a leader in application performance management software, has shown the importance of developing SaaS products from scratch, in isolation of existing product lines. It established an independent entity, Ruxit, in 2014 to develop a line of SaaS products in complete separation from Dynatrace’s established product lines and organization. The new business was given time and space to grow in isolation before being integrated into the Dynatrace portfolio two years later, in July 2016. Finally, a big reason for the emergence of the SaaS model lies in the economies of scale and flexibility provided by dividing computing into independent components. Software vendors should see this as a great opportunity rather than a risk and should not try to build all the components themselves. For example, consider Zynga’s decision, announced in 2011, to build its own datacenters. Only four years later, in 2015, Zynga backtracked on the decision and started hosting its games on Amazon Web Services again. Our study found that announcements that implied the SaaS offering would be built in cooperation with cloud infrastructure and platform providers increased company valuations by an average of 2.9% as compared to other announcements, which underlines the importance of this finding. In conclusion, decision makers at software firms can feel confident that launching new SaaS offerings will not be perceived negatively by their investors — but rather the opposite — provided that they follow the three steps we’ve outlined above.

11 января, 23:13

The 20 Hottest Bay Area Fintech Investors and 20 Bay Area Fintech Startups To Keep Your Eye On

Starting with Investors. Once in awhile, an organization's future development is dependent on investment financing, and the greatest challenge is to locate the investor who is as energetic about your business as you are. In the event that your immediate locale isn't now populated with well-off investors, you might need to consider connecting and making some associations with those who can help. You can get started with this list of some of the largest investing names in Bay Area -- these heavy hitters are people to get to know if you want some serious clout behind your business idea. 1. Marc Andreessen Andreessen is co-founder of Andreessen and Horowitz, who are active tech investors. Separately and together, they invested $80 million in 45 start-ups, including notables like Twitter. During that time, the two became well known as super angel investors. Andreessen's encounters as a business visionary, financial specialist, and board member at a few large innovation firms have situated him to make clever determinations about innovation patterns and help Andreessen Horowitz emerge from the pack. Andreessen often advises the leaders of companies in which Andreessen Horowitz invests, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Mark Pincus of Zynga. 2. Ben Horowitz The other co-founder of Andreessen and Horowitz. On July 6, 2009, Andreessen and Horowitz launched their venture capital fund with an initial capitalization of $300 million. In November 2010, the company raised another $650 million for a second venture fund at a time when the field of venture capitalism was contracting. In less than two years, the firm had a total of $1.2 billion under management in two funds. 3. Jeff Clavier Jean-François "Jeff" Clavier is the author and overseeing accomplice of SoftTech VC, a funding firm in Silicon Valley that has shut more than 150 ventures since its establishing in 2004. Among the effective new businesses that SoftTech VC has sponsored are Mint (sold to Intuit for $170m), Kongregate (GameStop) and Class Dojo. Time Magazine named Clavier as one the main 25 most persuasive individuals on the web in 2008. In July 2012, he was named as one of the Main 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley. 4. Marissa Mayer Marissa Mayer is well-known as CEO and President of Yahoo (not sure how long, but I feel she's done a pretty amazing job)! Previously, she was working at Google as VP, where she shared her experience with Search Products and User Experience. Many people had recognized Mayer's achievements. Mayer has been listed three years in a row as one of the Most Powerful Women in Fortune Magazine. Her name was also on the list for 50 Top 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley in July 2012. 5. Paul Graham Paul Graham is an accomplice at Y Combinator. In 1995, Graham and Robert Morris made Viaweb, the main ASP, which in 1998 got to be Yahoo! Store. In 2002, he formulated a spam-separating calculation that has motivated the present era of channels. Time Magazine named Graham as one the 25 Most Powerful Individuals on the Web in 2008. In July 2012, he was named as one of the 50 Early-Stage Financial specialists in Silicon Valley. 6. David Lee David Lee is Founder and Managing Member at SV Angel, an angel fund with interests in organizations like Twitter, Foursquare, Dropbox and Airbnb. In July 2012, Businessinsider.com included him in its rundown of Top 50 Early-Stage Financial specialists in Silicon Valley. 7. Jason Calacanis Jason is the Founder and CEO of Inside.com, but his main claim to fame is founding Weblogs, which he sold to AOL in 2005. A major player in the New York dot-com era, Calacanis founded the Open Angel Forum in 2009, an event that connects early stage startups with angel investors. 8. Max Levchin Max Levchin, computer scientist and entrepreneur, is CEO of digital lending platform Affirm. Levchin trusts that information is turning into our most abundant and most under-abused item. Levchin helped to establish PayPal and was its CTO from origin to when it was obtained by eBay. His commitments to PayPal's antifraud endeavors are notable, and he additionally was the co-maker of the Gausebeck-Levchin test, one of the principal business uses of a CAPTCHA. 9.  Paul Buchheit Paul Buchheit is a partner at Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley-based seed quickening agent that has financed more than 550 organizations in more than 30 unique markets, including Reddit, Dropbox, and Airbnb. In 2012, Forbes named Y Combinator as a top startup hatchery and quickening agent. He was the 23rd employee at Google, where he created Gmail and a number of its imaginative components. He built up the first model of Google AdSense, and is credited with creating Google's celebrated "Don't be Evil" motto. 10. Benjamin Ling Benjamin Ling is an entrepreneurial financial specialist at Khosla Ventures, an investment firm centered around green innovations and the web, mobile, and silicon innovation fields. He has also held senior positions at Facebook and Google. In July 2012, he was named one of the Top 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley by Businessinsider magazine. 11. Kevin Rose Previously a general partner at Google Ventures investment firm -- now an advisor -- Rose also co-founded Milk, Digg, Revision3 and Pownce (now Six Apart). He was named a top investor in Business Insider's Top 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley in July 2012. 12. Dave McClure Dave McClure is a Founding Partner at 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley seed store and quickening agent established by previous workers of PayPal, Google, YouTube, and Yahoo! 500 Startups invests in internet startups, social, as well as mobile applications. Its underlying venture size is ordinarily $25k to $250k. 13. Dave Morin Dave Morin is founder and partner at Slow Ventures, which serves a community of over 200 of the most innovative entrepreneurs and companies in the world, including Slack, Pinterest, Evernote, NextDoor, Postmates, Blue Bottle and more. Morin is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Path, a mobile network. Business Insider named him to its list of Top 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley in July 2012. 14. Matt Mullenweg If you've heard about or are using WordPress then you should know Matt Mullenweg, owner and developer of the ubiquitous platform that powers over 22% of the top ten million websites. He is regularly on the list for top names in investing, and as CEO of Automattic (the company under which WordPress was developed) he raised $160M in additional funding for the company, valuing the company at over a billion dollars. 15. Keith Rabois Keith Rabois is a member of the Khosla Ventures investing team. He was on the list of Top 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley in July 2012. 16. Chris Sacca Chris Sacca is Founder and CEO of Lowercase Capital, an investment firm that advises and invests in new businesses and late-stage organizations. In 2013, Forbes.com positioned him no. 21 on its "Midas Rundown" of Tech's Top Financial specialists, so he's a good one to get to know if you're looking for a sound investor. 17. Aydin Senkut Aydin Senkut is creator and CEO of Felicis Ventures, a boutique fund concentrating on mobile, web-based business, training and well-being. He was additionally Google's first Item Supervisor and later ran Google's Strategic Partner Development in Asia. 18. Aileen Lee Lee invests in many different industries, including e-commerce, SaaS enterprises, payments, mobile, and analytics. Investing anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million through her fund Broadway Angels, Lee's portfolio includes Rent the Runway, DocSend, and Librato. 19. Ron Conway Ron Conway is a founder and partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, and was an early stage investor in Google, Ask Jeeves, and PayPal. He started investing in 2005, and by 2006 Forbes Magazine positioned him 6th in its rundown of top "dealmakers." 20. Joshua Schachter Joshua Schachter is CEO at Tasty Labs, whose goal is to try and put "the useful back into social software," according to Schachter. Schachter is also creator of GeoURL and De.licio.us. In July 2012, Business Insider included Schachter in its list of Top 50 Early-Stage Investors in Silicon Valley and in May 2012 Businessweek.com ranked him 15th of Top Angels in Tech in February 2010. 20 Bay Area Fintech Startups To Keep Your Eye On 20 Bay Area Fintech Startups To Keep Your Eye On If you're searching for a city with huge amounts of inventive organizations, new startups, and great food, everyone knows you need look no further than San Francisco. In the midst of rumors about the looming fate and misery of the startup environment, there's a lot of awesome new companies out there still ready to change the world. To assemble a list of the 20 sultriest new businesses in San Francisco, we talked with financial specialists, representatives, columnists, and active individuals from the city's entrepreneurship scene to this rundown of new businesses to watch in 2016. 1. Sighted This startup provides simple, helpful and free adjustable invoicing and quote answers for business people, specialists, and independent venture proprietors. Free features also include expense recording and multi-currency functionality. The free plan permits a client to bill and quote two customers up to 10 times each month and accommodates 10 cost reports. 2. Plaid Plaid has built up a versatile financial data interface, changing the way that buyers, banks, and designers associate with cash. Plaid allows apps to connect with users bank accounts, using standardized aggregate transaction data and better ACH authentication. 3. Gusto Previously known as ZenPayroll, Gusto helps with the big HR headache that independent companies confront by taking care of their protection, finance, and other HR errands. Gusto also reduces the complexity associated with health insurance and guides you through everything you need. 4. SizeUp Helps banks engage independent clients and make informed, lucrative choices through enormous data information. The company helps determine what percent of businesses you are outperforming in your industry, and see if your score places you in the top or bottom for revenue, size, salaries, and more. It also gives brilliant information about where your company's clients are located, and where you should advertise. 5. Cashflower Cashflower is a suite of money administration and credit access that helps small businesses control their income intuitively and grow their cash flow. Cashflower also gives better capital instruments that help banks draw in and hold SME clients. 6. Trizic, Inc Trizic Accelerator permits wealthy managers to mechanize the administration of their customer records and venture portfolios, leaving more opportunity to concentrate on building customer connections and developing their business. 7. Even Even is a cell phone application that helps low-pay workers with uneven wage streams manage from paycheck to paycheck. Even works with a client's bank account, charging $5 a week to give clients a consistent paycheck for a similar measure of cash each week -- regardless of the possibility that they get a ton of hours one week and less the following. Clients can use features including crisis costs and programmed planning. There's additionally an interruption catch, which stops installments, for clients who are confronting money-related trouble. 8. Comparably A great many people need to know whether they're being paid decently, however don't know how to discover that. A worker can anonymously report their compensation, organization size, local area, and position. Consequently, the site shows where they rank in contrast to peers with a similar position and experience level. 9. Truebill In the wake of acknowledging he was paying $40 a month for an undesirable web membership, Yahya Mokhtarzada chose to ensure nobody else would get ripped off by such a scam. As individuals have increasingly given their money to memberships (Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, the gym) it's even more important that everyone question where their money is going, and Mokhartarzada's answer is Truebill. 10. Funding Circle Funding Circle is building a superior budgetary world, financing the fantasies of a large number of private company proprietors and helping investors loan almost $1 billion through its progressive commercial center. Funding Circle combines Silicon Valley innovation with Money Road budgetary sharpness to fabricate something better for independent ventures, financial specialists, and the economy. 11. SoFi SoFi gives people a chance to renegotiate various debts, including undergrad loans, individual loans, home loans, and MBA advances. SoFi likewise gives opportunities to financial specialists to help refinance and take on some of this debt for their benefit. 12. Trulioo Trulioo's claim to fame is building their anti-fraud service called GlobalGateway. It's utilized with consistent frameworks all over the globe to help installment suppliers and financial services comply with international Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, all done effortlessly through a single API integration. 13. Zenefits The San Francisco startup offers a cloud-construct all-in-one HR platform that concentrates on medtech professionals. This unicorn has stayed on our radar, regardless of missing the mark for its income targets and a late push to trim expenses. 14. Due Due's payment processing app makes invoicing and payments seamless and easy, and also features a digital wallet for even more ease. Transaction fees start at 2.8% for businesses who need credit card processing, and Due will even match any lower rates you might find. Designed for any kind of business (freelancer to photographer to payroll for larger businesses) Due allows clients to completely manage all invoices in one place. 15. Acorns Father-son duo Walter and Jeffrey Cruttenden established Acorns with one goal: making investing less annoying and not so scary through automation. The cell phone application they developed uses client's remaining change from routine credit card and debit card buys and invests it, creating a niche investment market that they call "micro-investing" -- investment that's accessible to anyone. 16. Zuora Zuora let clients safely make memberships and deal with their records, giving customers the ability to pay in their preferred method. Zuora also gives clients the option to automate recurring billing & collections. 17. Wealthfront Wealthfront is more than just online cash administration. It's a robotized speculation app that builds and manages your personal, globally diversified investment portfolio that allows you to build wealth with personalized asset allocation based on your risk score. 18. Navdy Navdy's slogan is "Feels like driving in the future," and it absolutely is. The SOMA startup made a heads-up display that sits on your dashboard and projects tasks onto your windshield. When you're driving, the headings float before you, giving you directions, showing you your speed, and showing incoming calls. For drivers, not looking down at your telephone could be life-changing -- and saving. 19. Final Final's app allows customers to take back control of their credit card number. Instead of putting your credit card number in the hands of every merchant, Final allows you to generate credit card numbers for specific merchants as well as one-off numbers for one-time purchases. You can cancel subscriptions from the Final app -- just delete the card number and merchants connected to it will no longer receive payment. You can also limit merchants to a monthly dollar amount, alerting you if they try to go over. 20. Tipalti Tipalti automates global supplier payments, reducing 80% of client's payment workload. The platform integrates well with partner websites, reduces transaction fees, and continuously updates payment systems for changes in tax and regulatory laws. The self-service portal also provides automated notifications to suppliers about invoices and payments, allows them to check the status of any invoice, and update their contact and payment information at any time.   The 20 Hottest Bay Area Fintech Investors and 20 Bay Area Fintech Startups To Keep Your Eye On was originally published on Sighted by John Rampton. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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10 января, 14:50

Экс-глава студии Zynga создал компанию-разработчика настольных VR-игр

Сооснователь аналитической компании EEDAR Джеффри Заткин (Geoffrey Zatkin) и бывший генеральный менеджер Zynga Деметрий Детсаридис (Demetri Detsaridis) объявили о запуске студии Experiment 7, которая займётся разработкой настольных игр в виртуальной реальности с упором на социальное общение. Об этом пишет DTF.

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23 декабря 2016, 16:35

Implied Volatility Surging for Zynga (ZNGA) Stock Options

Zynga (ZNGA) deserves investors' attention, based on moves in the options market lately.

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06 декабря 2016, 02:57

Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec 5 (Reuters) - The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga Inc's controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012.

02 декабря 2016, 17:58

Videogame Stock Roundup: Nintendo's Pokemon Sun & Moon Shatter Records, ATVI CEO Gets New Compensation Deal

Nintendo Co Ltd (NTDOY) Pokemon Sun and Moon have become the "fastest selling games" ever in the Americas. Meanwhile, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) chalked out an impressive package for CEO Bobby Kotick.