PayPal selecting Pinterest places us in a parsing pickle – TechCrunch


Look, we don’t get it both.

Taking a while as a gaggle to sit down round and chat by means of the presumably impending PayPal-Pinterest deal, Natasha and Alex didn’t wind up cracking the story. Which makes some sense, as buyers despatched PayPal inventory down 5% on the information, implying that they didn’t actually get it both.

Recall that PayPal has made a number of different offers lately, together with shopping for Honey ($4 billion) and Paidy (lower than $4 billion).

Regardless, the transaction — price probably dozens of billions — may scoot the social big into the welcoming arms of PayPal, an American client and enterprise fintech big. Right here’s what we tried to type out:

  • Does Pinterest have a large enough ecommerce story to make the deal line up with our first expectations?
  • We talked about Pinterest’s historic inventory efficiency, in addition to a lot of tradition controversies it has been embroiled in.
  • Why doesn’t PayPal simply purchase Etsy as an alternative? Right here we dug into why a shop-able, searchable mood-board could fulfill buyer calls for, thus Pinterest’s lag on fintech infrastructure – compared to Etsy – has been considerably stunning.
  • And if know-how is all bundling, and unbundling, does it make some type of sense for PayPal to hitch forces with a extra e-commerce content material targeted enterprise, now greater than a half-decade faraway from its eBay divorce?
  • We ended with jokes about fintech’s anticipated (and sudden) consolidation, and we wish your finest guesses for what’s subsequent on Twitter. 

Frankly we had fun. Mary Ann was going to hitch up however was thwarted by Apple’s iPhone headphone design, whereas Danny was barely busy attempting to determine why his partner beat him at Settlers of Catan, his favourite board recreation. We’re again Friday with our often scheduled programming!

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