This blog post was written by Michael Scanlan, CCgroup

In 1975, the German electronic band, Kraftwerk, appeared on Tomorrow’s World playing Autobahn while the voiceover explained how they used their ever-so modern synthesisers to create music. At the end, the voiceover soberly predicted that the following year they would dispense with keyboards altogether and wear jackets with electronic lapels that they would play instead. Read more

This post was first published by Michael Scanlan on the CCgroup blog.

In 1987, I went on holiday to the Soviet Union. Don’t ask.

Anyway, when I was there, I went into GUM, the famous department store in Red Square, to buy some souvenirs. Armed with a fistful of roubles, I navigated the Byzantine counter routine. You ordered from one person, paid a second and picked up your purchases from a third.

Huge queue due to the ancient paper ticketing system!

This was the most bizarre queuing system I’ve ever encountered. Until, that is, I attempted to get into Apps World 2013 earlier this week. Read more

Fintech - Payments Technologies

This post was first published by Daniel Lowther on the CCgroup blog.

Let me say this first. I’m a big believer in mobile payments. Having worked with companies like Visa, VeriFone and Kalixa for many years, I truly believe that mobility will revolutionise how we pay, get paid and manage our finances. However recent experiences with Barclays Pingit has put this belief to the test. “Can you Pingit? Erm…no I can’t”

I really liked Pingit. Compared to other offerings (I’ll name no names) it was simple to set up, easy to use and solved a genuine need. I started to pay friends and family using Pingit rather than going online to make a bank transfer because it was easy to do so on the move. My friends, both Barclays and non-Barclays customers registered with the service and were able to accept payments and make payments. Everything was hunky-dory. Read more