Kansas City Bound

As the MLB All-Star festivities were raging throughout Kansas City, I was covering a payments panel at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The region is home to what could be a fin tech boom in the coming years.

From @AmerBanker:

Straddling two states, the area is a favorite of Google (GOOG).

The region is home to Sprint Nextel (S), the only wireless carrier of Google’s digital wallet. The Overland Park, Kan., company is within driving distance of the city, and is reportedly working on a mobile wallet of its own.

Motorola Mobility, which was recently acquired by the search engine giant, keeps an office close to Sprint’s headquarters in order to collaborate with Google’s ally.

Zave Networks of Kansas City, Kan., was also purchased by Google last fall.

The company created a loyalty rewards platform that is sure to benefit both Google Wallet and Google Offers. A Google spokeswoman said Thursday that she could not talk about how Zave will impact Google’s digital wallet strategy.

And Kansas City was chosen last year to be the first to receive Google’s high-speed fiber optic network, called Fiber, which Google says is 100 times faster than the U.S. average. That service could launch as soon as this fall, says Weber.

Here are some of my stories from my short stay in the Midwest:

Fed Watchdog Plots Course for Emerging Mobile Payments
July 11, 2012 Barb Pacheco of the Kansas City Fed is keeping a close eye on mobile payment innovation, to help steer the course of new…

Dwolla Signs Up 12 Financial Institutions for its Mobile Payment Network
July 9, 2012 The company is also speaking with bank industry software vendors about potential integration work.

Chirpify’s Founder Building a Web Payment Gateway
July 9, 2012 Chris Teso hopes people will want to buy all things web through Twitter.

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