Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp

As I mentioned here a few weeks back, last Thursday and Friday we held the first Glenbrook public “boot camp” on payments at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Carol and I had a great time hosting it and thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with all of the participants — including my old friend and venture capitalist Tim Oren! We’re looking forward to hosting v2 sometime soon!

In the meantime, our colleagues Jay DeWitt and Allen Weinberg are preparing for their one day Glenbrook merchants’ boot camp — coming up this Thursday.

Philadelphia: ING Direct Cafe

Love Park - PhiladelphiaI’m in Philadelphia for a couple of days and happened across an ING Direct Cafe while out for my morning walk this morning.

This was the first I’d heard about ING Direct having cafes! I’ve been a big fan of the big Orange’s marketing efforts — so, naturally, I had to check it out. “Sip, Surf, Save” is the motto — Peet’s coffee, free Internet, and help (if you want it) in opening an ING Direct Orange Savings or Mortgage account.

Very cool…with yuppies hanging out — while 1/2 block away the local McDonald’s “quick service restaurant” had the morning downtown homeless crowd counting their coins.

This afternoon I took the Phlash trolley bus around downtown — a nice way to see the city center in an hour, the Phlash runs between Penn’s Landing (awfully quiet at the Landing this afternoon) to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (where the Dali special exhibition was sold out for the day).

Payments Boot Camps

For the first time ever, my colleagues and I at Glenbrook will be holding a couple of payments “boot camps” during May.

We’ve done many of these as private sessions for clients — but this is the first time we’ve ever opened them up for anyone to attend. If you’re interested in learning more about the world of electronic payments and how to get paid as a merchant, these boot camps should be perfect for you.

For details, see this page on the Glenbrook site. For fun, we’re hosting the sessions at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

China

At Glenbrook, we’re currently ramping up a new project focusing on the emerging payments infrastructure in China.

I’ll be in Shanghai (and potentially Beijing) the week of February 28th. If you’re in Shanghai that week, let me know and we’ll try to get together.

Should be fun!

WaMu Stores

I got a chuckle out of a Washington Mutual press release this afternoon highlighting the features of their “stores”. WaMu is one of those banks like Wells Fargo who has abandoned talk of branches in favor of stores.

What made me laugh was the quote:

“We’ve created a retail environment where people want to go, rather than have to go.”

Not sure anything actually would put me in that frame of mind where I’d actually want to go visit my bank branch!

PayPal Developer Network Weblog

The PayPal Developer Network has launched its own weblog. PayPal also launched a number of new features today including paypal.de for German users.

Congratulations to the PayPal team in getting this weblog launched. As far as I can recall, this is the first weblog and use of syndicated data by a company in the financial services/payments space! And they did it using TypePad – which also powers Payments News and this weblog – in a very cool way.