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Redesigning Venmo for iOS 7

· by Chris Maddern

Redesigning Venmo for iOS 7

We’ve launched a new version of Venmo, totally redesigned for iOS 7. You can download it on the App Store.

Yesterday welcomed iOS 7 onto our iPhones and brought with it a radically new flat-styled UI. The Apple design guidelines for the new OS emphasize consistency & clarity while deferring to content.

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Venmo + Splitwise

· by Matthew Hamilton

Venmo + Splitwise

Paying your friends back just got even easier. Splitwise now lets you pay with Venmo to settle up with your friends, right from the Splitwise app. Share expenses with friends and pay with Venmo… we like the sound of that!

You can check out the details on their blog.

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Venmo Payouts API

· by Venmo

Venmo Payouts API

We’ve released a private beta of a new product called Venmo Payouts API.  The Venmo Payouts API is designed to make it easy for developers to send money to service providers, among other uses.

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Introducing Venmo Touch

· by Venmo

Introducing Venmo Touch

At Venmo, we have focused for the past three years on building a product that transforms the awkward chore of paying a friend into an experience our users have described as the “Greatest thing to happen to currency since…Currency” and “One of those life-changing apps.”  Very early on, as we grew to love the convenience of using Venmo to pay friends, family, babysitters, piano teachers, and others, we realized we wanted Venmo to be more—we wanted it to be the best way to pay for *anything* on a phone.  To make that vision a reality, six months ago we teamed up with Braintree, the payment infrastructure behind the most popular mobile apps—Uber, Airbnb, HotelTonight, Fab, LevelUp, LivingSocial, TaskRabbit, Wrapp, etc—and today, together, we are announcing a new product that embodies our shared vision:  Venmo Touch.

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Venmo Joins Braintree

· by Venmo

On 16 Aug 2012, Venmo was acquired by Braintree. Venmo will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary; our service will remain unaffected, and we will continue to work on providing you with the best way to make and share payments with friends.

We are thrilled. This partnership gives Venmo more resources and we’re going to be able to work with Braintree on creating even more amazing ways to use Venmo (like integrating Venmo as a payment method with awesome Braintree merchants like Github, HotelTonight, Uber, Airbnb, Fab, LevelUp, and many others). For all developers that have been asking for a Venmo API, we’ll have some great tools for you soon!  Stay informed here.

Thank you for being an amazing and supportive community of users, and for helping us get here.  

-Team Venmo

P.S. We’re hiring!  If you believe in what we’re doing, please email jobs@venmo.com.

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Design Leader.  
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Introducing the New Venmo App for iPhone and Android

· by Venmo

We’re so proud and excited to release brand new iPhone and Android apps. The incredible feedback, tremendous support, and creative posts inspired us to release a new version of our app that makes it even more fun and simple to pay your friends back.

The New Venmo is More Social and Easier to Use
Venmo was built as an easy way to settle up with friends. As more people started Venmo-ing, we noticed that people were using the payment note as a place to interact, josh, and joke. Our users were transforming Venmo into a fun way for friends to engage. Payments between friends were telling a story of shared memories, birthday dinners, weekend outings, drinks and laughs. We loved watching this develop and wanted to support this use of our product as much as possible.

Home screen News Feed
In order to support and celebrate the way our users embraced the social aspect of Venmo, we decided to feature the payment feed to the home screen. Now it’s easier to browse friends’ activity, leave comments, and engage in the fun experiences that friends have shared.

Public Payment Feed
In addition to featuring the payment feed more prominently, we’ve also made it possible to share payments beyond your Venmo friends to everyone else on Venmo. This feature helps Venmoers engage across the country and shows newcomers how they can use the app. To turn this feature off and share payments with just your Venmo friends, simply turn off public sharing in your settings. The choice is yours.  

Compose a Payment Like a Text or Tweet
With the new app, you can compose a payment as easily as you would a text or tweet. We did this because we wanted make paying a friend feel fun, frictionless, and easy just like sending a text.  

User Profiles
One of the biggest requests was the ability to view a friend’s profile easily from your phone. With the new app, you can see your friend’s shared payments, your past transactions with them, and brief bios.

Finding Friends
With the new app, you can easily search for your contacts, Facebook friends, and anyone who’s currently on Venmo. You can also friend them right from your phone.

Control Your Privacy and How You Share
Users have complete control over their privacy and can adjust sharing preferences at any time. Choose to make a payment private, shared with your Venmo friends only, public to all Venmoers, or share it on other networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare).

Hit Us Up
Download the app today and let us know what you think! Contact us at support@venmo.com with your feedback.

Thank You!
We’re super excited to reveal what we’ve been cooking up at Venmo. Keep in touch to learn about more awesome features coming soon!

Happy Venmo-ing!

Love,
Team Venmo

 

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We’re Coming Out of Beta: Social Payments for Everyone!

· by Venmo

Today, we are finally opening up Venmo to the general public. Thanks so much to all of our beta users for all of your feedback and support— we couldn’t have built Venmo without you!

About two years ago, two former college roommates built Venmo because they found that paying friends was an inconvenient, awkward and frustrating experience. They wanted to create an service that made paying your friends simple, fast, fun and easy.

At Venmo, we want to make the payment experience so enjoyable that our users tell their friends about it. Even though we’ve been invite-only up to this point, Venmo is growing tremendously and currently processes $10MM in social payments per month. Our users Venmo each other for dinners, rent, concert tickets, birthday drinks, and sometimes just for laughs.

For us, the most exciting part of creating Venmo is seeing other people use the product the way we do — not simply as a payment service but as a way of expressing, capturing and sharing all of the fun things friends do together. We have been thrilled to see that our users love sharing payment notes with friends, leaving comments, and browsing through their payment histories to relive time spent with friends. With Venmo, every payment tells a story of friendship and shared memories.

To help us make Venmo even better, we have assembled a team of amazing people who are obsessed with building a product that people love. And now, with the support of all of our loyal beta users, a dedicated team, and some great partners (Accel, RRE, Greycroft, and Lerer Ventures) that we brought on last year, we are ready to open up Venmo for everyone to use.

Thanks everyone, and keep sharing the payment love!

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Let Siri Carry Your Wallet: Payments at the Speed of Conversation

· by Venmo

We have released integration with the iPhone’s personal assistant Siri.  Simply ask her to pay and charge your friends.  Here are some examples of how it works:

“Tell Venmo to charge Alan O’Donnell four dollars and fifty cents for an iced latte from Starbucks”

“Tell Venmo to send Andrew Staub five dollars for a beer.  Thanks for building talk to pay.  This is sick!”

Here is your payment grammar lesson and how it works:

“Tell Venmo” + {send or charge} +  {the full name of the person you are paying} + {the amount of the payment} + {what you are paying for}

Siri will draft a text message for you to review and send to Venmo.  We’ll double check your grammar and make sure you are paying or charging one of your Venmo friends.  If everything looks good, we’ll pay or charge your friend and send you and Siri a confirmation message.

Requirements

- Make sure you have our number (646-863-9557) saved as “Venmo” in your phone’s address book.

- Make sure to use your friend’s full name.

- Register for Venmo by downloading our iPhone or Android app.

Protips

- You can use “pay” instead of “send” but Siri often has trouble with this word. For some reason Apple decided to optimize for the word “hey” in text messages :).

- If you want to make a payment that includes cents, use the words dollars and cents.  For example, say “ten dollars and fifty cents for a burger” and not “ten fifty for a burger”.   Siri will interpret “ten fifty” as $1050 and you will be eating some expensive meat.

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Android Update!

· by Venmo

We’ve updated our android app to include some awesome new features:

Foursquare Check-In:

When you make a payment on Venmo and tag it with a location, we’ll also check you in on foursquare. Two birds, one stone. So, next time you want to check-in at a bar or restaurant with your friends, just pay them back on Venmo, and we’ll do the work for you. 

Foursquare check-in

Twitter and Foursquare connect via the app:

You now have the ability to connect to Twitter and foursquare via the app, instead of going through the web. 

Twitter connect

In addition to these improvements, we’ve fixed a number of bugs related to the keyboard that should make your experience much more enjoyable!

Enjoy the new app, and as always, email us with comments and requests for new features! :) 

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iPhone Update Released!

· by Venmo

Today, we released an updated version of the Venmo iPhone app with some awesome new features.

Lock it Up

Ever give someone a fist-pound without locking it up? Just doesn’t feel right, does it?

That’s why we added the new passcode lock feature. This feature lets you lock the Venmo app with a four-digit PIN in case your cat gets a hold of your iPhone.  This was our most common feature request for the Venmo iPhone App, so thanks to everyone who asked for passcode lock for inspiring us!

passcode lock

So, next time your friend tells you sending money through the Interwebs is not secure. Ask them if their wallet has a lock on it…

Scan a Card

Snap a picture of your debit or credit card to add it to your account.

To add a new card, tap Credit Cards in Settings, and tap the “+” button.

scan card

Faster Foursquare Checkins

We made it even easier to share payments you make at places as Foursquare checkins with a simple checkbox. Try it out next time you split the dinner bill, and in addition to checking you in, we’ll keep track of how much you’re spending at your favorite places. 

Venmo foursquare

Also…

Of course, we also fixed some issues and made some other enhancements, like the ability to manage your text & email notification settings. We hope you enjoy the latest version of the app!

Get the updated version of the Venmo iPhone app from the App Store.

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Money in the bank, fast.

· by Venmo

When we started last year, adding your bank account and withdrawing money into it for the first time could take up to 2 weeks. Wow, how times have changed.

Today, we’re happy to tell you that you can add a bank account, verify it in seconds, and we'll show you the estimated arrival date. 

Now when you split dinner with your uninitiated friends, they can go from being Venmo newbies to having money in their bank accounts in 24 hours!

We would love to hear from you, about this or anything else on Venmo. Talk to us at feedback@venmo.com.

Thanks, and have a great week.

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iPhone App Update - Cash Out & Stats

· by Venmo

We just updated Venmo for iPhone with two killer new features.

Cash Out

You no longer need to worry about visiting the website to withdraw money to your bank account. Just cash out directly from within the iPhone App!

Stats

We added a new tab in the Payments section of the app where you can find a quick summary of your spending. Tell us on Twitter or Facebook how much you have sent and received on Venmo this week or in total.

Enjoy!

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Say Hello to Help.Venmo.Com

· by Venmo

   Venmo Winter Updates: New Help Center, Faster Withdrawals 
 Say Hello to help.venmo.com 
 You have questions, we have answers. We just built a brand new  Help Center .  It’s got answers to frequently asked questions, tips, notes on security, and all sorts of other great information. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, use the help center to ask us directly. 
 Faster Withdrawals 
 We’re very happy to announce that after months of working with our banking partners, we’ve cut withdrawal times in half. Withdrawing money to your bank account now takes only 1-3 business days (a big improvement over the previous 4-6 business day turn around). Speeding up this process was the most common request we heard from all of you, so we’re very excited to be able to improve your experience with the faster cash outs! 
  Setup your bank account  right now to take advantage of faster withdrawal times.

Venmo Winter Updates: New Help Center, Faster Withdrawals

Say Hello to help.venmo.com

You have questions, we have answers. We just built a brand new Help Center.  It’s got answers to frequently asked questions, tips, notes on security, and all sorts of other great information. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, use the help center to ask us directly.

Faster Withdrawals

We’re very happy to announce that after months of working with our banking partners, we’ve cut withdrawal times in half. Withdrawing money to your bank account now takes only 1-3 business days (a big improvement over the previous 4-6 business day turn around). Speeding up this process was the most common request we heard from all of you, so we’re very excited to be able to improve your experience with the faster cash outs!

Setup your bank account right now to take advantage of faster withdrawal times.

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Venmo on THV

· by Venmo

This video from Todays THV does a really nice job of explaining the fun ways to use Venmo with your friends.

There are many times in life when you’re out with family or friends and you decide to make a purchase but don’t have cash. Your friend offers to pay for you and you say “I’ll get you next time.” Now you don’t have have wait for that next time!


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Venmo on CNN

· by Venmo

CNN recently aired a great segment on your phone becoming your wallet. They showed off some of the newest and coolest payments apps, including Venmo. So, when you’re not using the Starbucks iPhone app to buy yourself coffee, get the Venmo app and use it to send your friend a mid-afternoon latte to get them through the day!

Checkout Venmo on CNN here http://bit.ly/hG4cJd!

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Latest Release of Venmo for Android

· by Venmo

 The Latest Release of Venmo for Android is Now Live! 
 In addition to a bunch of performance improvements, we added a much requested feature that allows you to require a PIN every time you make a payment.  You can setup your PIN in the Security Preferences section of the app. Enjoy the newest release, and happy holidays! 
 Don’t have the Venmo Android app yet? Search “Venmo” in the Android market or get the app at   https://venmo.com/android

The Latest Release of Venmo for Android is Now Live!

In addition to a bunch of performance improvements, we added a much requested feature that allows you to require a PIN every time you make a payment.  You can setup your PIN in the Security Preferences section of the app. Enjoy the newest release, and happy holidays!

Don’t have the Venmo Android app yet? Search “Venmo” in the Android market or get the app at https://venmo.com/android

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Venmo for iPhone Updates

· by Venmo

 Venmo for iPhone Updates—Push Notifications and Commenting! 
 The newest release of Venmo for iPhone has push notifications, so now those of you who don’t enjoy SMS messages for payments can turn of texts and turn on push. Ch-ching! 
 Plus, now you can comment on and reply to payments, right inside the app. Don’t forget to send a thank you next time your roommate pays you back for groceries… 
 Don’t have the app yet? Get  Venmo for your iPhone  right now! 
  
 By the way: did you know you can pay anyone in your address book, even if they don’t have an iPhone or a Venmo account?

Venmo for iPhone Updates—Push Notifications and Commenting!

The newest release of Venmo for iPhone has push notifications, so now those of you who don’t enjoy SMS messages for payments can turn of texts and turn on push. Ch-ching!

Plus, now you can comment on and reply to payments, right inside the app. Don’t forget to send a thank you next time your roommate pays you back for groceries…

Don’t have the app yet? Get Venmo for your iPhone right now!

By the way: did you know you can pay anyone in your address book, even if they don’t have an iPhone or a Venmo account?

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Newest Release of Venmo Android App is Out!

· by Venmo

 Ch-ching! The Newest Release of the Venmo Android App is Now Available in the Market 
 With this latest release, instead of subscribing to alerts for new payments and comments via SMS, you can now opt to have these notifications pushed directly to your device. Because your payments now integrate seamlessly with all of your other device notifications, you can jump straight to the comment thread and reply to a friend with a single tap on the alert about a new payment. This makes it incredibly easy to send a “thank you” or followup when someone pays you back. 
 Give it a shot, and let us know what you think. 
 p.s. If you love the new Venmo payment alert sound as much as we do,  Tweet us ! 
 p.p.s. Don’t have the Venmo Android app? Get it  here ! Don’t have Android? Checkout our  iPhone App . (And don’t worry, iPhone Venmo-ers, we have a new release coming soon for you too!)

Ch-ching! The Newest Release of the Venmo Android App is Now Available in the Market

With this latest release, instead of subscribing to alerts for new payments and comments via SMS, you can now opt to have these notifications pushed directly to your device. Because your payments now integrate seamlessly with all of your other device notifications, you can jump straight to the comment thread and reply to a friend with a single tap on the alert about a new payment. This makes it incredibly easy to send a “thank you” or followup when someone pays you back.

Give it a shot, and let us know what you think.

p.s. If you love the new Venmo payment alert sound as much as we do, Tweet us!

p.p.s. Don’t have the Venmo Android app? Get it here! Don’t have Android? Checkout our iPhone App. (And don’t worry, iPhone Venmo-ers, we have a new release coming soon for you too!)

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Android Updates

· by Venmo

 Venmo for Android Updates! 
 We just made some great updates to our Android app that we think you’ll really enjoy.  The biggest difference is that the app is much, much faster and more stable. 
 Also new in this release, you can view comments on your payments and friends’ payments, and add comments to any payment involving you or one of your friends. 
 Enjoy, and let us know what you think (  http://bit.ly/aOn4OU   )!  
 Download the app here:  https://venmo.com/android

Venmo for Android Updates!

We just made some great updates to our Android app that we think you’ll really enjoy.  The biggest difference is that the app is much, much faster and more stable.

Also new in this release, you can view comments on your payments and friends’ payments, and add comments to any payment involving you or one of your friends.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think ( http://bit.ly/aOn4OU  )! 

Download the app here: https://venmo.com/android

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· by Venmo

  Leave Real Money for Your Friends to Find When They Checkin on Foursquare  
   At #tcdisrupt we had the opportunity to launch    Gifi   , our new iPhone app that allows you to hide real money for your friends to find when they checkin on Foursquare.      Why would you leave money for a friend to find? Cause it’s fun!       If a friend is feeling down, cheer her up with a Gifi to find at her favorite coffee shop.       Leave your employees dinner for two at the Sri Lankan restaurant they’ve been dying to try, and leave a tip on what to order.       Encourage your friends to try a restaurant you’ve recently discovered and leave them just enough money to buy the delicious french onion soup.        You can even leave Gifis without a clue, so the next time your friend checks in they receive money with a meaningful message out of the blue.      Download Gifi for iPhone here     http://bit.ly/getgifi     and have some fun!      Here’s a link to the write up on TechCrunch:     http://tcrn.ch/bQq8uh       If you want to checkout our Disrupt Demo, you can watch it here:     http://bit.ly/gifivid

Leave Real Money for Your Friends to Find When They Checkin on Foursquare

At #tcdisrupt we had the opportunity to launch Gifi, our new iPhone app that allows you to hide real money for your friends to find when they checkin on Foursquare.

Why would you leave money for a friend to find? Cause it’s fun!

If a friend is feeling down, cheer her up with a Gifi to find at her favorite coffee shop.

Leave your employees dinner for two at the Sri Lankan restaurant they’ve been dying to try, and leave a tip on what to order.

Encourage your friends to try a restaurant you’ve recently discovered and leave them just enough money to buy the delicious french onion soup.  

You can even leave Gifis without a clue, so the next time your friend checks in they receive money with a meaningful message out of the blue.

Download Gifi for iPhone here http://bit.ly/getgifi
and have some fun!

Here’s a link to the write up on TechCrunch: http://tcrn.ch/bQq8uh
If you want to checkout our Disrupt Demo, you can watch it here: http://bit.ly/gifivid

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