Yesterday, Boku announced a partnership with PlayJam, the premier global platform for games on TV. The partnership brings carrier billing to smart televisions and other consumer electronics around the world, including devices from Samsung, Panasonic, LGE, Vizio, Western Digital, Google TV and VESTEL.Continue reading
Fort the second year in a row, Forbes Magazine placed Boku on its list of America’s Most Promising Companies.
On February 6th, Forbes announced Boku’s placement as #38 on the prestigious list and we are honored to have made the cut. In determining who made the list, over the course of six months Forbes reviewed thousands of applications from businesses all over the country. The final decisions were based on growth (both in sales and hiring), quality of management team and investors, margins, market size and key partnerships.
Boku today announced a partnership with U.S. Cellular to maximize the adoption of direct-to-bill mobile operator billing as a payment option. Boku is one of the first payments providers to integrate and launch with U.S. Cellular to provide mobile payments for the carrier’s postpaid customers across 26 states.Continue reading
Congratulations to Boku’s Business Director of Latin America, Felipe Roup Rosa, for his appointment as Chairman of MEF Latam. As Chairman, Felipe will be involved with most M-payments initiatives in the region. Felipe has extensive experience in the telecom industry and is Boku’s point person for helping to negotiate the best terms with carriers and navigate local contraints and issues as they arise. This new role will ensure that Felipe continues to be a well known figure in telecom.
In the two years since its launch, MEF’s LatAm chapter has become a leading voice for the mobile content and commerce industry in the region. With a focus on micro-payments and the virtual goods market, MEF LatAm is at the forefront of educating network carriers, games publishers and social networks on the potential of mobile payments.
We’ll be seeing a lot of Felipe in the coming months as he travels back and forth between our San Francisco Headquarters and his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Looking forward to lots of success all across Latin America with the help of Felipe and his team.
After four years at Boku, Ron Hirson, Co-founder and President, has accepted the opportunity to be an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at two venture firms, Khosla Ventures and Mayfield Fund. We’re excited for Ron, but sad to see him go. During his tenure at Boku, Ron ran multiple executive functions ranging from marketing to business development, and helped build the original Boku product.
Over the past months Ron, CEO Mark Britto, and the rest of the management team have worked to ensure a seamless transition, and we’ve added strong leaders across the organization. These include Jon Prideaux, former EVP Visa Europe, running Business Development, Adam Lee from Intuit running Product, and Ray Ramillosa from Visa running Marketing. Boku had its most successful year in 2012 and Q4 exceeded our expectations, which positions us for an amazing 2013.
Ron will continue to stay on as Board Member and Advisor helping to guide strategy and corporate development. The entire Boku Family thanks Ron for everything he’s done to build this company into an industry leader in mobile payments. We wish Ron all the best in his new endeavor and look forward seeing his continued success.
Boku works with merchants and carriers from all over the world, and we make it a priority to ensure accountability to everyone with whom we do business. Recently, Boku obtained regulatory approval for the extension of the Boku Payments Platform in the European Union in the form of an e-Money license. This approval indicates that our mobile payments platform meets the stringent security and regulatory requirements of the Financial Services Authority in the UK.Continue reading
Want to offer price points beyond the fixed price points that are currently offered in the UK, U.S., Germany, Austria, Turkey, and Korea? No problem! We’re excited to announce that our payment platform now supports any price point that you need in these markets (of course, as long as the price point is above the minimum price point and below the maximum price point available). So, regardless of what price point you need, we’ve got you covered.
Getting set up with continuous pricing is easy. Simply contact your Boku Partnership Contact to get started.
In addition to announcing our new carrier billing agreements with Sprint and Deutsche Telekom, we made yet another big announcement this morning that that we’ve added two seasoned veterans of the payments industry to our executive team here at Boku. Jon Prideaux, Executive Vice President for Visa, and Stuart Neal, Managing Director of International Development for Barclaycard, are joining the executive team as Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development, respectively.Continue reading