Financial Services (105)
M-Commerce made easy
With the rise of mobile penetration, brands are trying to tap into M-commerce, but finding a seamless user experience has been difficult to achieve.
A start-up named Clover may have found a solution. They’ve created a one-click mobile application payment system which only requires entering your phone number and a PIN to authenticate the user and purchase.
Why it matters
Perhaps this solution is not the panacea for m-commerce, but it seems to take the right direction by easing its use and simplifying security. How could this innovation be used by brands to open new streams of trading?
One of the biggest challenges that poor urban entrepreneurs face is lack of access to capital. Banks and financial institutions are hesitant to lend to these individuals due to credit risk and small money lenders charge almost usurious interest rates. State Bank of India has developed a unique model where small sums (sometimes as low as $100) are loaned to individuals who form ‘Self Help Groups’ that together add up to a significant corpus. The bank benefits because the default risk is spread across multiple individuals in same social circle. Additionally peer pressure helps to prevent defaults.
ING Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company has launched an online social awareness campaign that shows the amount of active time people need to work to enjoy a comfortable level of income when they retire.
www.ingtunumero.es invites consumers to discover "their number”. This number indicates the amount they have to save - from now until their retirement date - to ensure their desired standard of living.