Kara Swisher

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The Boku Founders Talk About Mobile Payments, Competitors and More!

While hot start-ups like gaming giant Zynga suck up all the oxygen in the Web 2.0 room, it’s always good to look at those who grease the wheels with the background transactions that make it all possible.

Case in point: Mobile payments start-up Boku, a heavily funded (Boku is trying to be PayPal for the mobile phone, which is something, well, the eBay (EBAY) unit and many other competitors, such as Zong, want to do too.

Here is the video of an interview I did at Boku’s San Francisco HQ last week with CEO Mark Britto and Ron Hirson, SVP of product and marketing, both longtime digital execs, about all this and more:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work