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|Jon Prideaux (CEO)|
Adam Lee (CRO)
Keith Butcher (CFO)
Chris Newton-Smith (COO)
Boku, Inc. (LSE: BOKU) is a mobile payments company that allows businesses to collect online payments through both carrier billing and mobile wallets, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boku utilizes mobile network operator (carrier) data to enhance the security and user experience for consumers online. Boku offers its customers more than 220 mobile payment types in over 70 countries globally, offering a bank-grade payment system.
In 2020, Boku processed over one billion billable transactions and processed over $7 billion in payments volume.
Boku was founded in 2009 by Mark Britto, Erich Ringewald and Ron Hirson using the combined assets of Mobillcash and Paymo. Boku raised a $13 million Series A investment from Khosla Ventures, Index Ventures and Benchmark.
In total, Boku has raised more than $91M in venture capital funding from Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, DAG Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates, Telefónica, and GMO Payment Gateway.
In 2013, Boku announced the acquisition of Qubecell, India's largest aggregator in carrier billing to grow India as its engineering and technology hub.
In 2018, Boku acquired Danal to add mobile authentication services that secure consumer accounts and transactions
In 2020, Boku acquired Fortumo, the second largest carrier billing company and recorded revenues of $54.6 million.
Boku's payments customers include Apple Inc., Google, Sony, Microsoft, Facebook, Tencent, Spotify, Electronic Arts, DAZN and Riot Games amongst others. Payments partners include mobile operators Vodafone, Verizon, Jio, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, Saudi Telecom (STC), SK Telecom, and mobile wallet providers LINE Pay, KakaoPay, RabbitLinePay, GCash, GoPay, OVO, Dana, GrabPay.
Products and services
Boku provides businesses with the ability to accept mobile payments (direct carrier billing and mobile wallets) online from consumers. Boku also offers a subscription bundling product, named Trident, that enables subscription services to be offered to consumers through a mobile network operator. Consumers may receive the service for free during a trial period until they are billed by the mobile operator. Additionally, Boku offers mobile identity products that utilize mobile network operator data in order for consumers to verify their identity in order to complete transactions online.
Recognition and awards
In 2014, Boku won the "Best Alternative Payments" award at 2014 Payment Awards
In 2020, Boku won the "Future Digital Awards" for Best Mobile Money Offering and Fraud Detection and Prevention Innovation.
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