“...As a Service” -- It’s Not Just for Software Anymore

These days, software as a service, or SaaS, is the most common way of selling software to both businesses and consumers. It’s easier than shipping physical packages, more cost-effective, and provides a variety of other benefits. Salesforce—one of the most highly valued cloud computing companies in the world, with a...

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Recurly Announces Support for Japanese Yen

Japan: a country steeped in tradition but exceedingly modern, with a storied history and a thriving economy (the world’s third-largest!). Most of us also associate Japan with its unique pop culture, epitomized by the global icon that is Hello Kitty (along with the lesser-known Mumitan); anime and cosplay; novelty cafes;...

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Hulu and Spotify Expand Their Reach in the Competitive Sea of OTT

The streaming media waters have been growing increasingly crowded as of late, and in order to keep their customers happy and fend off the competition, two well-known names in the space, Hulu and Spotify, are making some big changes to their current slate of offerings. Appealing to cord-cutters and cord-nevers,...

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GatherContent Garners Subscribers with Recurly

GatherContent was developed specifically to meet the content creation and workflow needs of today’s businesses. The platform helps companies create and manage content that’s both structured and portable—and then publish it to any CMS or platform. They launched in London in September 2012 and now have thousands of customers in...

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From Insurance to Loan Collateral, Financial Services Sees the Potential of IoT

By now, most of us are likely familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT), that network of “smart” devices, embedded with sensors and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Our Fitbit is an IoT device, as is our Nest home thermostat. And Amazon Prime users...

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Lag Kills and Doods Rule: the World of eSports, Coming Soon to a TV Near You

Have you heard of “eSports”? If you haven’t, it’s probably because you’re not a gamer. But get ready, because while it might be a niche industry at the moment, soon it won’t be. Current estimates indicate that a billion people will be familiar with eSports by the end of 2016....

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Convenience and Curation: Subscription Boxes Deliver the Goods

Admit it. You or your business have been thinking about launching a box of the month. And why not? It’s one of the most successful subscription models for consumer-facing businesses! Some of the most popular box categories are fashion, beauty samples, organic food, eco products, and kids’ crafts and activities....

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How the Amazon Prime Effect is Leading Retailers to the Subscription Model

Jeff Bezos recently opened his company’s annual shareholder meeting with the news that Amazon had reached an impressive milestone: $100 billion in annual sales. What’s more, they reached this number faster than any other company in history. Along with this impressive stat, Bezos reported on their Amazon Prime offering—their annual...

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Choosing the Right Payment Gateway - Part 4

As noted in our previous blogs in this series (available here, here and here), choosing a payment gateway can be a daunting, but important, task. In this blog series, we’ve outlined many of the things a merchant should consider in assessing different payment gateways. A careful review of a gateway’s reliability,...

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Using the Right Tools for the Right Job: A Data Extraction Story

Just as a carpenter would certainly choose a hammer to drive a nail, not the blunt end of a screwdriver, so too should a merchant use the correct tool to extract data from Recurly. Today, a merchant has three different options for extracting data. Listen for events in Recurly (via...

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