April 1, 2015

Boku nominated in the best Mobile Payments Implementation category for the 2015 Smart Award Asia – Vote by us before April 10th.

Boku is excited to share that we have been nominated for a 2015 Smart Award Asia award for Best Mobile Payments Implementation.

These awards honor those who have demonstrated unparalleled excellence in Asia’s cards, payments and retail industry, and the awards ceremony is acknowledged as the must attend annual event for payments teams across the region, and we are thrilled to be nominated in this category.

Happening at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore April 22nd – 23rd, the Cards & Payments Conference and Expo brings together the leaders in the industry to showcase their products, services and solutions at Asia’s largest cards & payments exhibition. Boku will join cutting edge innovators of commerce and thousands of banks, retail, telecoms, transport, government and enterprise executives who want to learn about the latest advancements in payments and banking services.

Voting ends April 10th and we’d be honored to receive your nomination. Place your vote for Boku here.

Thanks to Cards & Payments Asia for recognizing Boku’s contributions to the mobile payments industry!


March 11, 2015

Boku Nominated: 2015 CNP Award for Best Alternative Payment Solution – Vote by March 31st

award-signature-bokuBoku is honored to be nominated for the 2015 Card Not present (CNP) award in the Best Alternative Payment Solution category. This award honors the companies, programs and solutions that have distinguished themselves in the card-not-present space during the past year. Past winners in this category are Adyen and Verifone and we are thrilled to be considered for the same award.

Happening in Orlando May 18 – 21, the CNP Expo sits at the crossroads of security, e-commerce, software, mobile, retail and payments. The expo connects merchants and major players in the mobile payments ecosystem where they discuss hot button topics and find solutions to challenges that face the industry as a whole. Speakers include representatives from companies including Rent the Runway, Shazam Network, BlueSnap, Microsoft, Facebook, Overstock.com, StubHub, OmniPay, Shopify, Virgin America, Visa, eBay Enterprise and many more.

Voting ends March 31st and we’d be honored to receive your nomination. Place your vote for Boku here.

Thanks to CNP for recognizing Boku’s contributions to the mobile payments industry!


December 9, 2014

Boku wins “Best Alternative Payments” at 2014 Payments Awards

The Payments Awards is one of the premiere awards in our industry, recognizing cards and payments excellence and technology innovation. Winning entries come from those companies, individuals and organizations who have implemented the most outstanding payments initiatives or projects during the past year. This year, Boku was selected as the recipient of the “Best Alternative Payments Project” in a category that also featured Barclaycard, Corethree, Vodafone, AcceptEmail, and Scanomat.

This award caps off a tremendous year of growth and change at Boku. With new additions to our leadership teamnew acquisitionsnew verticals, and bringing partners to new markets, 2014 has firmly established Boku as the global leader in direct carrier billing. We were honored to receive the award and look forward making 2015 yet another award-worthy year for our company.

November 12, 2013

Boku Named Meffys 2013 Finalist & Speaking at MEF Global Forum

Meffys13_Finalist_220x172Boku is honored to be one of five companies chosen as a finalist for the 10th Annual Meffys Awards in the category of Mobile Money, joining fellow finalists Barclays, Etisalat, Mahindra Comviva, and Monitise .  With entries from all five continents, this Meffy awards ceremony has a distinct focus on the international impact of mobile innovation.  The winners will be announced this Thursday, November 14th at the Meffys 2013 Gala Dinner at the Intercontinental San Francisco as part of the MEF Global Forum.

Judged by an international panel of over 40 journalists, academics, analysts and VCs, the awards are acknowledged as the global benchmark for measuring success and rewarding innovation in mobile content and commerce. The event will be hosted by  Daniel Sieberg, Emmy nominated and award winning author & broadcaster and Google’s Head of Media Outreach. Speakers will include representatives from companies including Evernote, Shazam, Mozilla, Facebook, Verizon Wireless and many more.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Boku’s GM in the Americas, Kevin Grant, will be speaking on a panel at the Global Forum on Friday as part of the day’s focus on Global Growth & Monetization.   Kevin will be part of MEF’s effort to showcase international success stories and look at how to establish the right partnerships to do business and grow globally.

Many thanks to MEF for recognizing Boku’s contributions and we looking forward to seeing you at the Gala this week.  Our fingers are crossed.


May 17, 2013

CNBC Names BOKU Top 50 Disruptor

Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 9.54.46 AMToday, CNBC revealed their Disruptor50 list and named Boku as a top telecom disruptor.

In creating the inaugural CNBC Disruptor50 list, they sought to identify disruptors who are changing the economy and overall business landcape.  During their investigation, CNBC set out to find companies that have entered traditional business sectors and turned them upside down. It’s all about the power of a company to displace the established incumbents in its own industry and create a ripple effect throughout the ecosystem. CNBC sought out companies engaging in immediate disruption, not companies with future promise as the time is now to effect change.

In determining the Disruptor50, CNBC polled leading academics at top business schools and focused on factors such as: the potential to replace incumbents, continuous innovation, the likelihood of “hypergrowth,” the ability to scale quickly, the introduction of a new business model that applies across industries, and a meeting of a business need in a cheaper, easier, simpler way that is reliable, repeatable, and scalable.  These and other guiding principles were shared with top venture capital firms, industry analysts, CNBC beat reporters, and start-up investors who collectively nominated over 200 private, venture-backed companies in 10 industries.  50 made the cut.

Boku is honored to have been selected to be a part of CNBC’s Disruptor50.  Our Chief Business Officer Jon Prideaux was interviewed this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box and discussed how Boku is disrupting the payments industry. He said, “When good business disruption happens, it reinvents the way we think about something that everyone assumed would never need to change. Boku is disrupting credit cards the way credit cards disrupted cash. We’re creating a new market of consumers around mobile.” Check out the interview below.

Many thanks to CNBC for this recognition.  We’ll continue disrupting and changing the way billions of people around the world transact online.



February 6, 2013

Boku Makes Forbes’ List of America’s Most Promising Companies (Again!)

Fort the second year in a row, Forbes Magazine placed Boku on its list of America’s Most Promising CompaniesForbesAmericasMostPromising1

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.

To help in their search, Forbes teamed up with CB Insights, a New York City-based data firm that tracks investment in high-growth private companies. Forbes then combined CB Insights’ data with their own internal data gathered from the companies to come up with a list of companies with big growth potential. Through its software, Mosaic, CB Insights mined data from 45,000 digital sources (press releases, social networks, job boards and court filings) to measure each company’s health and ultimately come up with a score for each company’s potential.  Then voila, rankings.

Many thanks for everyone at Forbes for selecting us, our investors for helping us realize our potential and the Boku team for making our vision a reality.

October 4, 2012

Boku Named as Finalist for ME Awards 2012

Mobile Entertainment announced that Boku is a finalist for the ‘Best Pay by Mobile Company’ in 2012. Now in its 7th year, the awards ceremony will be held in London at the Royal Garden hotel on November 29th.

The Mobile Entertainment Awards are dedicated entirely to the global mobile content industry. They were established by Mobile Entertainment in 2006 to celebrate innovation and success in the mobile content space. The awards recognize the achievement and innovation in all parts of the mobile content value chain.

Finalists were determined by organizers researching hundreds of organizations in order to understand each company’s core activities as well as their unique value proposition.  According to Mobile Entertainment, “This Year’s event is bigger and better than ever, with 23 awards up for grabs.”

Boku is honored to be recognized for its contributions to the global mobile entertainment industry and many thanks to the organizers for selecting Boku as a finalist. We’re looking forward to the awards ceremony in London.


September 27, 2012

Boku wins a spot on the WSJ Top 50 Start-Ups for the 2nd year in a row

Last year Boku was named one of the top 50 start-ups in the Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing” series.  We ranked at #28 on the list, chosen from more than 5,000 start-ups selected for review.

Today we’re proud to announce that Boku has been selected once again, winning a place in the top 50 start-ups for the second year in a row. What’s more, we ‘re climbing in the rankings, coming in at #23 for 2012, from the nearly 6,000 candidates that were up for review this time. It’s flattering to be selected even once; to win twice is a tremendous honor.

Start-ups are considered based on a number of criteria.  According to the WSJ: “To be eligible for the ranking—compiled by research firm VentureSource, which like The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp. NWSA +0.76% —companies must be based in the U.S., have received an equity round of financing in the past three years and be valued at less than $1 billion, as the aim is to identify lesser-known start-ups. That excludes a number of high-profile companies, including Twitter Inc., Dropbox Inc., Pinterest Inc. , Airbnb Inc. and Square Inc.”

Some of the selection criteria included the following:

  • Fundraising success
  • Recent growth in the company’s value
  • The track record of its founders and board members

“The editorial staff of Dow Jones VentureWire also reviewed and ranked the start-ups based on their knowledge of the companies’ products, competition and financial performance. More than 5,900 candidates were considered.”

We are honored to have won a spot among the top start-ups, especially when the list is being curated by a publication like the Wall Street Journal.  Congratulations to all the employees at Boku, and many thanks to our investors and supporters.  Let’s keep up the great work.