Today the San Francisco Business Times announced that Xoom, a PayPal service, is a recipient of the 2016 Tech & Innovation Award. This annual award celebrates Bay Area companies that are reimagining how business is done and most importantly, transforming every area of technology through innovation.
Over the last 15 years, we at Xoom have been focused on building a leading digital money transfer services company that has shaken up antiquated systems of sending remittances. We’ve pioneered innovative ways to make sending money to loved ones around the world faster, more secure, and more convenient.
We’ve helped customers in the U.S. send money, pay bills, and reload prepaid mobile phones for family and friends in over 50 countries. Earlier this year, we announced our expansion in Africa and Europe, as well as plans to launch our service to Cuba later this year. We will continue to work hard on our goal of making the movement and management of money easier for people all over the world.
We’re proud of the work accomplished thus far and congratulate our fellow award recipients who are also tackling real-world problems through high-tech solutions!
Even if you happen to live in one of the cities where there is an abundance of mass public transit, it’s still not all that easy to get around. We tend to depend on our cars, at least a lot of us do. Having the key to your automobile jangling around in your pocket or your purse provides a tangible sense of freedom that comes in handy in a lot of ways.
If you have a garage, a carport or a convenient place to park, then having a car makes even more sense. Yes, an automobile is a financial commitment when you start figuring in all the costs that go with owning one . . . or two, or three.
Xoom decided to look into the car ownership situation. A leading digital money transfer provider, Xoom conducted a survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked this question: How many automobiles do you own?
What would you guess the most mentioned answer to be? An even 40 percent of the respondents said they owned one car, but almost as many, 35 percent, said they owned two or three cars. And seven percent of those who took part in the survey said they owned four or five cars while two percent said they owned six or more cars.
As usual in the summertime, there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of activities, or things to do that involve you and your family and others. For many Fil-Ams, the summer can be packed with a great number of important and fun events, whether they involve enjoying flowers or festivals or whether the events are more along the religious side.
Making time together for families cuts across the Filipino heritage and it’s a vital component to everyday life. Plus, it helps to remind us of our friends and family back home.
Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, thought it would be a valuable idea to find out more on the subject from some of its best Fil-Am customers. So Xoom decided to conduct an exclusive survey on the subject of summer and what to may decide to do, asking the question, ‘Do you plan to attend a Filipino event this summer?’
Yes, said exactly 40 percent of those who responded in the survey. But 38 percent answered no, they don’t have anything in mind, while another 22 percent said that there are no Filipino events nearby that they could attend.
Who’s got the remote control? What are you, sitting on it? Let me have it. And so begins another of the friendly family discussions about just who is in charge of what we watch on television. Controlling the remote control may be about as much of a sport as what we’re trying to find on television.
Most probably can’t name anything that is more vital to the Sofa Set than who’s got their mitts on the clicker. And once that TV is fired up, sports is often what we watch. Like weather and politics, the topic of sports is an ice-breaker, and watching sports is an international pastime.
So, with one hand firmly on the remote control, Xoom jumped into the TV-Sports world. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked, ‘What’s your favorite sport to watch on TV?’
What would be your guess? Well, it’s basketball, according to 38 percent of those who took part in the survey, with football the next favorite sport to watch on TV with 25 percent. Soccer was farther down the list with six percent and five percent said that baseball was their favorite sport to watch on TV. A full 26 percent said other sports were their favorites.
While the top men’s teams in South America were making headlines in Chile, the best women’s teams representing countries all over the world were doing the same thing in Canada. The highlights are probably seared into your mind.
- Lionel Messi distributing the ball like a magician on Argentina’s march to the Copa America final against Chile.
- The heartbreak of Laura Bassett whose own goal in stoppage play allowed Japan to eliminate England, 2-1, in the World Cup semifinals.
- Host Chile playing like a champion, reaching the Copa America final and attempting to win the tournament for the first time.
- Japan trying to repeat its 2011 World Cup victory in the final against the United States and the U.S. just as strongly opposing.
- Hope Solo playing brilliantly in goal for the United States, reaching the World Cup final.
All along the way, all over the world, people took notice, proven by attendance records, huge television audiences and record ratings. It’s been a wild ride, to be sure, and also a magical one. But while it’s nearly over, it’s still one for the books.
Something’s got to give when Argentina takes on host Chile in Saturday’s final of the 44th Copa America. Both teams have something in common, two unsettling streaks they are trying to end – Argentina has not won the Copa America since 1993 while Chile has never won it.
So history will clearly be made in the final in Santiago.
Argentina, ranked No. 3 in the world by FIFA, seems to have all the momentum right now after its 6-1 semifinal thrashing of Paraguay, the 2011 finalist. Angel Di Maria scored twice and superstar Lionel Messi helped out on five of the six goals.
But Chile, ranked 19th in the world, cannot be discounted, and looked impressive in its 2-1 victory over Peru in the other semifinal. Chile relies on Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas, who have combined to account for seven of the 13 goals Chile has scored in the tournament. Still, it has to rankle Chile that it is one of only three South American countries (Venezuela, Ecuador) that has not won the Copa America since it began in 1916.
Messi, as usual, counters for Argentina. His three assists so far ties him with Chile’s Jorge Valdivia for the most in the tournament.
Host Chile pushed it way into Monday’s semifinal showdown against Peru in Santiago de Chile as a result of its 1-0 quarterfinal upset of Uruguay – the first time Chile has defeated Uruguay in the Copa America since 1983. Peru earned its matchup against host country Chile with a bruising 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Bolivia.
Paraguay stunned Brazil on penalty kick shootout (4-3) after the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Derlis Gonzalez scored the game-winner on his penalty kick. It was the second consecutive time that Paraguay has ousted Brazil on penalties in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Argentina made it to Concepcion and Tuesday’s semifinal against Paraguay, also on penalty kicks (5-4), following a scoreless tie against Colombia.
There is no extra time at the Copa America. The games go straight to penalties if the score is tied after 90 minutes.
Household budgets are sometimes difficult to plan and maintain, but everyone recognizes their value in the scheme of life. How you handle your bills means a great deal to your financial stability, especially when you’re talking about credit card bills. They don’t seem to ever go completely away, do they?
There are contrasting payment plans for credit card debt, we all know, but Xoom came up with the notion to dig a little deeper on the subject. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an extensive, exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers to ask them about credit card debt. Xoom posed the question: ‘How much of your credit card balance do you pay each month?’
The largest number of people who took the survey, 48 percent, said they paid more than the minimum payment but less than the full amount. Almost a full third of the respondents, 32 percent, said they paid off the full amount every billing cycle. Then again, 13 percent of those who answered the survey said they don’t even own a credit card while 17 percent said they pay just the minimum amount on each credit card bill.