• Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU

    Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU

    Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU about a potential acquisition or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least, we’ve heard from people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing. BOKU President and CEO Mark Britto and co-founder Ron Hirson have held multiple meetings with executives at the helm of Apple’s iPhone business in… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Startup Boku Lands Direct Carrier Deal With Vodafone UK

    While mobile payments startups Boku and Zong have steadily gained traction and significant funding, both companies face the challenge of lofty carrier rates. Historically, wireless carriers have charged roughly 30% to 40% to process transactions made via mobile phone accounts, making it very difficult for mobile payment companies like Boku to scale beyond virtual goods. Boku has long talked… Read More

  • With Carrier Rates Dropping, Boku Prepares To Expand Beyond Virtual Goods [Video]

    Boku has carved out quite a name for itself in the fast-expanding world of mobile payments for virtual goods. The startup, which has raised more than $40 million since its launch last year, is now in 61 countries and has deals with some 200 carriers. However, while the realm of gaming remains rich (see our latest numbers on Zynga), Boku is ready to expand beyond virtual goods and step into… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Startup Boku Launches In-App Billing Library For Android

    Fresh off an announcement of a strategic investment from VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, mobile payments platform Boku is taking its mobile strategy one step further by launching an in-app mobile billing library for Android. The Boku Payments SDK allows developers to monetize any Android app with in-app purchases via carrier billing. Boku, which just launched last year, doesn’t require… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Makes Strategic Investment In Mobile Payments Platform Boku

    Recently-launched mobile payments startup, Boku, has announced that they have received a strategic investment from VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. Boku has declined to reveal the funding amount from this round, but to date the company has raised a whopping $38 million since its launch a year ago. As part of the deal, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz will also take on an advisory role for… Read More

  • Mobile payment startup Fortumo targets the long tail of virtual goods

    [Estonia] Fortumo, the mobile payments provider, has launched FortuMoPay, a new service designed for selling credits in “online games, web applications and social networks.” It differs from competitors such as Zong (which recently signed a partnership with Facebook) and boku, says the company, in the way it targets small and medium-sized businesses (or even individuals) by making… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Startup Boku Lands $25 Million In Funding; Rebrands Service As Paymo

    Mobile payments for micro-transactions on the web are steadily gaining traction. This morning, the space received more validation as several prominent venture capital firms made a significant a investment in recently launched mobile payments startup, Boku. Boku has raised $25 million in Series C funding led by DAG Ventures with previous investors Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, and… Read More

  • Zong Launches Subscription Service For Mobile Payments

    Over the past year, we’ve written frequently about mobile payments startups and the potential future of this technology. Rivals Zong and Boku both offer essentially the same service—the ability to make a payment for a micro-transactions via your mobile phone. And both companies have been growing steadily, with Boku making acquisitions and expanding internationally and Zong picking… Read More

  • The Mobile Payments Rivalry Heats Up

    Mobile payments for micro-transactions on the web are catching wind and there are several players in the space vying for the top spot in the field. Today, Boku, a recently launched mobile payments conglomorate of sorts, is announcing a slew of new customer acquisitions as well as details of its international expansion. Boku, which acquired competitors Paymo and Mobillcash and raised $13 million… Read More

  • BOKU Launches, Makes Some Mobile Purchases For Mobile Payments

    Dead simple mobile payments for micro-transactions on the web are slowly gaining traction and a new, well-funded player has entered the growing space. Recently launched mobile payments startup BOKU has acquired competitors Paymo and Mobillcash and raised $13 million in Series A funding from Benchmark Capital, with Khosla Ventures and Index Ventures participating. BOKU did not disclose how… Read More