When reviewing a new iPhone application called Glyph earlier this week that tells you which credit card to use in order to earn the best rewards, we mentioned that a competitor in this space, Wallaby, was doing something similar. As of this morning, however, it’s not just doing something similar – it’s doing the exact same thing. Today, Wallaby is also introducing its own iPhone application which also tells you which card to use at checkout in order to earn the best rewards, whether that’s travel or hotel points, cash back, loyalty points, or any other supported rewards program.
Despite the timing, the launch of Wallaby’s app isn’t a reaction to Glyph’s debut. iPhone apps like this aren’t coded overnight, and Wallaby’s app has been in the approval queue with Apple since November 5th. Instead, it’s as Wallaby CEO Matthew Goldman explains: there aren’t really that many original ideas, it’s all about how well you execute and grow, and a lot of other factors.
Wallaby, for those unfamiliar, recently raised $1.1 million in seed funding from Founders Fund Angel and others around its idea of a smarter, cloud-based wallet. Central to its plans is a universal credit card – a physical card, to be clear – that, when swiped, would smartly route the transaction to the appropriate card based on a customer’s preference.
Those plans are still in the works, says Goldman, and the startup now has over 10,000 people on the wait list. “But unfortunately, the card is taking a little bit longer than we anticipated,” he says. “That’s just the nature of banking and payments and all the regulatory hurdles you have to go through.”
At the same time, requests for Wallaby were rolling in from outside the U.S., which had the company thinking how they could address an international audience, too. The end result is the Wallaby iPhone app. Although it’s U.S.-only for now, Goldman says it can form the basis of reaching international users in the future, while serving those users who have been waiting on a Wallaby card in the meantime.
In the future, Wallaby will include other features as well, but while there may be no original ideas, Goldman decided to not tip his hand on this one. You can download the new app from here.