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When the big boys enter the game, can we say the days of PayPal are numbered? I don’t think so. Traction will need to be worked on. 

What David Marcus jumping ship means for Facebook and the payment’s world

David Marcus Jumps Ship from PayPal to Facebook

Everyone by now has heard, David Marcus, the CEO of PayPal has resigned from PayPal and is now going to Facebook to head Messenger.  I’ve been advocating for years that Facebook will get into the payments space. I have countless posts on Quora that will testify to that fact. A lot of people kept shunning me, saying Facebook will never get into payments, citing one reason or the other.

With David Marcus jumping ship, I feel vindicated (almost). To be honest, I feel like Daniel Negreanu when he calls out cards of his opponents (in Poker). I explained my instinct about Facebook getting into payments earlier on on Quora (Why are start-ups or Facebook itself not using Facebook’s larger user base for money-transfer services?), which was part of a larger article I wrote Facebook forays into the world of online payments

Facebook has been acquiring money transmitter licenses for a while now. They were not doing this just for the fun of it – there was/is a greater plan.

If you look at China, the success of Tencent’s app WeChat in the payment’s space has been nothing short of spectacular. Baidu is the other player that recently entered into the mobile payments space in China as well. AliPay which has 750+ Million users, is the world’s largest eWallet provider. Tencent’s WeChat and their 355+ Million mobile wallet users is huge in the mobile payments space. No one in the world can rival the success of WeChat. The only other viable contender is Facebook.

Human behavior has some very simple traits. Communicating (chatting) is perhaps the simplest and most common trait when two people meet up. On a recent post by Brian Roemmele on Quora: I cited the following reasons for David Marcus wanting to jump ship:

Reasons why David Marcus jumped to Facebook

Facebook offers everything that David Marcus would want:

  • It has a very large (virgin to payments) user base
  • It has a chat client (Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp)
  • It has the ability to add on apps to the messenger (just as WeChat has)
  • PayPal does not have any of these elements as listed above
  • The culture at Facebook was not very conducive to the operating style of David Marcus. (So many insiders whom I know at PayPal have cited this). Even Rakesh Agrawal tweeted about it..

Rakesh Agrawal Tweet on David Marcus and PayPal

There is no doubt, this is a great win for Facebook. Recruiting David Marcus is perhaps the best move they could have made. Very few people know the payment’s landscape very well from a 100,000 feet. David Marcus is one of the few ones, who not only knows how the entire ecosystem looks like, but has some inside knowledge of PayPal and its plus/minus points and how Facebook could possibly leverage them. 

Remittances will definitely be something that Facebook would eventually embrace, however, because of David’s background, I personally think P2P payments is what he will strive after, putting those money transmitter licenses to use. 

All in all, PayPal is now a ship without a captain. It would be interesting to see if they bring someone from the outside, or from within eBay. The morale as of yesterday isn’t all that good. Its somber. 

David Marcus can very well pull it off. Making a world class payments platform that ties 100s of countries together. Very few people in history have been given this chance, I for one am hoping he pulls through. Best of luck – for you will need it. 


PayPal CTO on payments, the ‘Uber experience,’ and paying with Fitbit (interview)

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Paying for your coffee with your smartphone is so old-school. So, like, 2010. Today, PayPal is working on paying with wearable devices like activity trackers, smartwatches, or possibly even smart s…

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

Whilst the CTO is myopic when it comes to the payments “world”, nonetheless a great article to read. There is no doubt PayPal has done a lot of good, however, the games have just begun!

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PayPal in Pakistan

PayPal in Pakistan

For the past 11 years I have been writing religiously every January an Open Letter to the President of PayPal, arguing a case for them to come to Pakistan. Also, see an update to this letter as to why they are not coming to Pakistan. For 10 years, I did not hear back from PayPal. Not once. No matter how ingenious the approach, I never got so much as a peep out of them. All that changed in 2013. For the first time ever, I did get a reply back from PayPal via unofficial channels. Before I delve into the content of the communication with them, let me say, there will be no more letters from my end now to PayPal. There is only so much one can do and invest time in. I think I have done enough from my end. For reasons that are personal, I shall not be pursing this cause any further. The baton and cause now needs to be passed on to others. Continue reading →

Update: Why PayPal does not offer its services in Pakistan?

PayPal in Pakistan


I have decided to update the answer I had written below. A lot of people have asked me why PayPal isn’t operating in Pakistan especially after I wrote an Open Letter to David Marcus (President of PayPal), See: Open Letter to David Marcus, President of Paypal by Faisal Khan on Posts Continue reading →

An Open Letter to David Marcus, President @ PayPal.

Open Letter to David Marcus, President of PayPal

January 16th 2013.

David A. Marcus
2211 North First Street
San Jose,
California 95131

Subject: PayPal for Pakistan

Dear Mr Marcus:

For a little over 10 years now, I have been writing to the President/CEO of PayPal every January asking Why isn’t PayPal available in Pakistan? For 11 years straight, I have never received an official reply. Not once. Continue reading →

WordPress Payments

One of the most recognized platforms in the world for blogging is WordPress, however, if you were to opt for an upgrade (as I tried), from Pakistan, it is not possible.

While trying to pay for the upgrade, I received an error message that said: This transaction cannot be processed. Please use a valid country on the billing address.

Since WordPress uses PayPal for its payment processing, unfortunately, Pakistan is not on the list of countries support by PayPal for payment processing. There are quite a few countries that are blocked because of this reason.

Here is a forum update that I found on the above mentioned subject.


Why doesn’t PayPal offer its services in Pakistan?

The questions that everyone wants an answer to. I have been writing to PayPal for 10+ years to solicit a reply from them – as to why they are not here in Pakistan (you can read that correspondence

PayPal operates in various countries but a few countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, (amongst the larger ones) are missing. When countries like Somalia, Yemen and Rwanda are included in the list of countries where PayPal is available, one begins to wonder why Pakistan is not included.

It is not primarily about market size, I am sure Pakistan’s market size is a whole lot larger than many countries (combined) where PayPayl currently operates in.

The issue is country risk. <- I cannot sum it more accurately.

A financial institution like Paypal does risk assessment in their own way to assess which country it should and should not do business with. PK, whilst a large market size (compared to say Sri Lanka or Yemen or Rwanda) still poses a high-risk due to the factors like:

  • KYC (Know Your Customer)
  • AML (Anti-Money Laundering)
  • OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control)
  • SAR (Suspicious Activity Report)
  • Beneficiary Information

The above (IMHO) are the major issues that PayPal faces, not being able to accurately gauge the above, is a risk that PayPal does not want to take.

They, PayPal can be penalized by the financial regulator in the country they operate FROM (not To), and the risk of account freezing, etc. All these factors they have to weigh against how much money they can earn (and they have a pretty good estimator for this). The risk vs the income – makes them conclude that PK is a risk country as far as business is concerned.

In addition to this, a small group with PayPal is trying to convince their management to look into Pakistan, whilst a large portion of members within the PayPal corporate world are literally biased and oblivious towards Pakistan as well (this is not an empty statement, but the ground reality within PayPal). PayPal itself is not entirely ‘clean or fair’ in its efforts. The ruckus that Pakistan is a money laundering country, etc. fails and pales in comparison to the amount of money laundering done in the US, and Latin America. As with every Pakistan/Indian issue, there are bigoted people within PayPal who are still harboring the animosity towards each other, is also another unsaid reason why Pakistan and Bangladesh have not gotten PayPal.

There is absolutely NO written notification and/or official circular from the US Government or Federal Reserve that ‘prevents’ Pakistan from having PayPal or tells organizations PayPal to discourage the Pakistani market. This myopic stance within PayPal is biased and unfair.

As previously speculated on many forums, it has NOTHING to do with SECP, SBP, FBR, etc. – – – that is not the issue (nor ever was).

A lot many forums and discussion boards have proposed that if PayPal cannot come to Pakistan, we should have our own payment system for the world to accept and adopt.

If you track payment systems, there are currently over 250+ payment system, after discounting the top 10-15 payment system, the rest of them COMBINED together probably do not do more than say #14 or #15 on the list. Having a payment system is one thing, having it adopted and be utilized and accepted by others is another matter entirely — and in some cases the key.

Lets talk about inward micro-payment options (barring PayPal) – you have none. No other micro payment system exists currently other than Paypal (sub $1 payments notwithstanding) that is worth mentioning or worth trading or transacting on. Even if you will make one, do you actually think your buyers in the international arena will adopt it? (I dont think so). Even some famous ones are having issues adopting.

The same can be applied for outward settlement. The fees structure for settling payment outside of Pakistan is quite complex. Daily reporting on transactions, along with the KYC and AML needs to be reported to the PRI division of SBP.

Without having any a priori information on the subject matter, people can comment and propose all they want, but seriously ask your self a question, how many hours? days? week? months? or years? have you applied towards the understanding of various payment systems that exist today? Have you ever spoken to them? Understood the back-office and legal issues, met with them in a seminar, etc.

So proposing that Paypal do this or that — is frivolous, (they are way more informed than you and I – combined).

Also – proposing an alternate payment system – how will that fair, if say tomorrow Google checkout becomes a micro-payment system, or the same were to happen with Twitter, or what many consider the inevitable, that Facebook launches either itself or in partnership with someone else, launches an payment/virtual-currency, that allows cross-border settlement and micro-payments? How will you payment system work.

Also remember, Paypal does not allow external payment system to integrate with them.

I do not mean to stomp the idea, but believe me, I have spent many years reading this all and do not make a statement just on heresay, but one that is based on hard statistics, fact and a whole lot of communication.

We may be #3 or #2 on some freelancing project network site, but what are we processing in terms of real-$-value per day? Do we do $30 Million a month – if not – we’re nothing as far as the financial transaction settlement world is concerned – an average ACH in the US transaction more than the $1 Trillion per day (yes, that’s is correct 1 Trillion, and no its not a typo). US ACHs transact more than $30-$45 Trillion per day, depending on the day of the week.

So, swallow your pride and understand and live with what we have. In the fiscal world as far as income – we are NOTHING. Accept that. In the world of RISK, believe me when I say we are almost #1. If people (rather financial institutions are NOT willing to do business here), then there is nothing you can do about it – Government or No-Government Pressure!

Let me give you an analogous example, please bear with me on the humor. The mangoes export of this country is FAR greater in number ($-wise) than say the inward and outward money combined from freelancing. Yet, the US chooses that we cannot export mangoes to the US, and there is NOTHING we can do about it. This has been true for over 25 years. Now – if we cannot export mangoes to the US, then what comical sense do we bring to the table asking Paypal to come here, because we are #2 or #3 on some work portal. [Yes, as an update, I know of the recent mangoes export to the US  -  for the first time.]

Legal Letter from eBay/PayPal – on PayPal Alternatives

After years of writing to PayPal to solicit a reply, which they eventually did (via unofficial channels), I decided to buy a domain called to highlight the alternative payment systems that users can opt for in countries where either PayPal is not available or restricted.

Here is the test of the letter I received:


date Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 12:30 AM
subject Your Domain Registration – [Case #49847]

We have noted your registration through the local Internet registry in your country of a domain which incorporates the trademark PAYPAL. While we realize that you likely registered the domain with the best of intentions and without awareness of the law in this area, we need to inform you that use of that domain is problematic.

PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal”) does not permit use of its trademarked name PAYPAL in a domain name.

Such use is in violation of international intellectual property regulations and the trademark laws of many countries worldwide.

Additionally, arbitrary use of the word PAL in a domain is problematic if the connected website is used in association with a business making use of PayPal or operating in the same sphere of business as PayPal.

PayPal adopted the name and trademark PayPal in September 1999 and, since that time, PayPal has actively used the PAYPAL name and trademark in connection with its online payment and related services, including maintaining the web sites and numerous country-specific websites in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The PAYPAL trademark is one of the most famous trademarks on the Internet.  PayPal owns exclusive trademark rights to the PAYPAL name in many jurisdictions internationally, including related common law rights. Accordingly, PayPal enjoys broad trademark rights in its name.

PayPal has made a substantial investment in developing and providing its services. As a result of PayPal’s pioneering efforts and its devoting substantial effort and resources to providing only high quality services, the PayPal name and trademarks are widely known among the consuming public worldwide, and the name and trademarks embody substantial and valuable goodwill.

While PayPal respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the Internet, PayPal must enforce its own rights in order to protect its valuable and famous trademark. For these reasons, and to avoid consumer confusion, PayPal must insist that you not use the domain name for any purpose, do not sell, offer to sell or transfer the domain name to a third party, and instead simply let the domain registration expire.

We regret any inconvenience caused you, but we require your written confirmation that you will at your earliest convenience discontinue any use of your PAYPAL domain, and will then allow its registration to lapse.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

Best regards,

eBay Inc.
Legal Department

Now, whilst I really wanted to comment on it, both my US and Pakistani Legal Council has requested I do not do so.

Here was my reply to this email:

Dear Edith,

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately I do not agree to your claim that you have taken on the domain. I would like to counter your arguments, but I have been advised by my legal council against it. I am absolutely sick and tired of the bullying attitude of eBay/PayPal whenever a voice against it is raised. How come continues to function. Never mind you need not answer.
Should you wish to initiate any legal proceeding against this domain, that is your prerogative, just as it is mine in return to do the same.
The domain was bought with the intention to highlight in the form of a personal blog, the payment industry systems that stand as an alternates to PayPal and I shall go ahead with that original plan, until and unless legally restrained to do so by a court of law that is recognized.
Faisal Khan.

I intend not to be bullied by eBay / PayPal. Both these organization have a lot of explaining to do, and chose to do so, only when they feel its there time to do so. 1,000s of people suffer by the injustice done to their PayPal account everyday  – it is not even funny. If you visit websites like, and many others, you will get an idea of what I am talking about.

I have full intentions of publishing a personalized blog that highlights the various payment systems, that pose as an alternative to PayPal. If the domain is ever snatched away from me, believe me, a very befitting reply in the form of a large scale campaign against PayPal would be made by me.

I was (and perhaps still am) an ardent lover/fan of the PayPal money system and keep wondering why they continue to shun Pakistan, but when they stoop down to dirty legal arm-twisting like this – rest assured, I too shall twist their arm in return.