September 1, 2016

Boku Series E Fundraise News in Fortune.com

Boku, a San Francisco direct carrier billing mobile payments company, has raised $13.75 million in new VC funding. Return backers include Khosla Ventures, Benchmark Capital, NEA, Index Ventures and DAG Ventures.

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September 1, 2016

Boku Raises $13.75 million as Carrier Billing Adoption Accelerates

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Boku announced today that has raised $13.75 million in a new round of venture capital as it seeks to expand the range of carrier billing services it offers.

Based in San Francisco and founded in 2009, Boku has now raised a total of $91 million. The latest round includes many of the same marquee investors who have backed the company previously, including Khosla Ventures, Benchmark, NEA, Index Ventures, and DAG Ventures.

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September 1, 2016

Phone Carrier Billing Startup Boku Raises $13.75m Series E

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Silicon Valley investors are betting that a service that allows consumers to add purchases to their phone bills, will occupy a place in the growing market for electronic payments.
Carrier billing startup Boku, which has raised a $13.75 million Series E, allows merchants to bill goods as an add-on charge to customers’ phone bills. It is chiefly used by digital-content services such as Spotify, Google Play, Sony Playstation and Microsoft Windows 10.

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August 17, 2016

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Microsoft Partners Boku to Launch Direct Carrier Billing for Customers of O2 in UK & Wind in Italy

Microsoft has expanded its agreement with Boku to launch carrier billing as a payment option for all Windows Store purchases made on Windows 10 devices in the UK, through a partnership with O2, and Italy, through a partnership with Wind, starting on Aug 11th. This expansion comes quick on the heels of Microsoft and Boku launching in other key developed markets, including US, Germany and Switzerland.

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August 17, 2016

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Boku expands in Europe

Boku expanded its partnership with Microsoft to launch carrier billing to Windows Store users from two mobile carriers in the UK and Italy.

The partnership will allow eligible customers to use the service, which allows them to charge purchases made in a phone’s app or content store to their monthly mobile bill, on any Windows 10 device. The news expands the Boku-Microsoft partnership to five markets, and is indicative of the ways carrier billing is catching on in developed markets because of the convenience it provides in online and mobile purchasing.

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August 17, 2016

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Boku, Microsoft Expand Partnership to U.K., Italy

Carrier billing provider Boku is expanding its partnership with Microsoft to customers in the U.K. and Italy.

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August 17, 2016

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Windows 10 carrier billing for Store purchases expands to the UK and Italy

Microsoft and Boku have announced that carrier billing support for the Windows Store has been added for customers in the UK on O2, and in Italy on Wind, for Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices.

Microsoft and Boku previously teamed up to offer carrier billing on the Windows Store in the U.S., via Sprint. In today’s press release, Boku stated:

In the Windows Store, Microsoft customers can easily set up their account to use direct carrier billing as the default payment method. Once a phone number has been authenticated and saved, customers are free to purchase all types of digital content – apps, software, games, music and video – on any Windows device and have the charges go straight to their mobile operator account. Best of all, once direct carrier billing is enabled as a payment instrument, all future purchases in Windows Store will be conveniently debited from a prepaid balance or added to the monthly phone bill automatically.

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March 25, 2016

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The Paypers: Boku expands on Google Play

Boku, a global provider of carrier billing-based mobile payments, has announced four new partnerships to bring direct carrier billing to Google Play across three European markets.

These agreements include O2 and ePlus in Germany, KPN in the Netherlands, and Base in Belgium. In total, they will allow more than 75 million mobile subscribers to make purchases on Google Play using only their phone number.

As opposed to PayPal, where new users must be signed up one by one in order to use PayPal, these carrier agreements mean that 75 million mobile subscribers can now use their mobile device as a payment method as opposed to their credit card.

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March 24, 2016

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Google’s Mobile Billing Model Brings More Carriers to Boku

Boku has expanded its carrier billing mobile payment service into three European markets via a new business model that involves handing control over to mobile network operators.

The result is Boku will bring direct carrier billing to Google Play (Google’s version of Apple’s App Store) for more than 75 million mobile subscribers in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

San Francisco-based Boku has provided direct carrier billing for digital goods since 2009 under a business model in which merchants hire Boku to bring its services to their digital marketplace, thus attracting as many carriers as possible. Thus, Boku’s main focus has always been on luring merchants to its service.

In a different twist on that model, Google Play traffic is now coming to Boku through requests from the mobile network operators.

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March 24, 2016

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Boku expands Google Play direct carrier billing across Europe

Boku, a direct carrier biller provider, has announced a series of new partnerships to bring direct carrier billing to Google Play for more than 75 million mobile subscribers across three major European markets.

As a result of the new deals, subscribers can use one-tap mobile payments to purchase games and apps in the Google Play store. The charges can be completed using only the subscriber’s phone number and will appear on the subscriber’s mobile phone bill or be deducted from the subscriber’s prepaid balance with no additional personal information or credit card required, according to a press release.

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