Amazon reportedly buys payment startup GoPago

Amazon has purchased GoPago, a San Francisco-based tablet point-of-sale and mobile payment startup, according to a report in La Repubblica, GoPago’s platform allows users to pre-pay for goods at a participating business with a mobile app, and works as a Square-like point-of-sale system for businesses. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, though co-founder… Read More


Starbucks invests in Square at reported $3.25B valuation

Square, which has developed a portable credit card reader for iPhones, iPads and Android, has closed out its series D financing round from Citi Ventures, Rizvi Traverse Management, Starbucks and others. The company didn’t release the terms of the deal. But Tricia Duryee at All Things D reports that the three-year-old San Francisco payments company raised $200… Read More


QThru lands $3.5M to help you sail through the supermarket

Supermarkets are increasingly adopting self checkout terminals. But Seattle entrepreneur Aaron Roberts, a former engineer at RIM and Attachmate, believes he’s come up with a better way for people to do their shopping at the local grocery story. It’s called QThru, and the young upstart just raised $3.5 million from undisclosed angel investors to start rolling out… Read More


Lemon squeezes cash from Maveron for digital wallet

Silicon Valley-based Lemon received a substantial boost of $8 million in investment funding to fuel its “Smarter Wallet,” a digital wallet that allows your smartphone to snap and store every image in your wallet, including credit cards, IDs, health-care cards, receipts and more. The investment was led by Maveron, the consumer tech-focused firm co-founded by… Read More


Stealthy mobile payment startup Quemulus lands cash

A stealthy startup by the name of Quemulus is emerging in Bellevue with grand plans to take on the likes of PayPal, Dwolla and other mobile payment companies. That’s a tall order, but Quemulus’ Elizabeth Willett believes her company can make inroads by integrating seamlessly with social networks so users can easily transfer money to… Read More


A faster way to pay for your haircut at Rudy’s

Mobile technologies are changing the way we do a lot of things, from reading books to taking photos to consuming news. Now, a new service being rolled out by PayPal and Erply promises to change the way you pay for your haircut, among other things. Rudy’s, the popular Seattle, LA and Portland barbershop chain, is one… Read More


P.F. Chang’s, Anthony’s and others to test new restaurant payment system

Seattle area startup Viableware plans to begin testing its new dining payment system at a number of select restaurants, including P.F. Chang’s, Anthony’s Restaurants, Dickie Brennan & Co. and Restaurants Unlimited. The company’s technology allows restaurant patrons to peruse a digital copy of the bill, calculate tips, split the bill, answer survey questions and then “self swipe” credit… Read More


Amazon tests in-app purchasing

In a bid to compete with Apple and Google, has begun testing a new service that would allow in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire. According to Bloomberg News, the in-app purchasing system would include both monthly subscriptions, say for a magazine, or a one-time purchase, say to access additional levels in a game. It… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Buck turns mobile phones into digital wallets

For years, industry watchers have been talking about digital wallets — the idea of turning devices into mobile payment systems. But has the time finally come to replace the old leather billfold? Andy Kleitsch hopes so. The 40-year-old founder of Buck  – a Seattle company formerly known as Billing Revolution — has been working in the… Read More