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Dwolla goes live with Spots, CTO Shane Neuerburg talks about future

Des Moines March 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy Only 17 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

In a Dwolla promotional video, a user shows off how to use Spots. Screenshot from Dwolla on YouTube.

The new feature Dwolla unveiled at its March 2 meetup — an event from which we streamed video — is now available in the latest version release in the iPhone App Store. Dwolla, a Des Moines-based cash transfer startup, went live today with Spots, a geolocation feature that enables users to find vendors that accept Dwolla.

With Spots going live, Dwolla CEO Ben Milne outlined in a blog post a number of the capabilities that the Dwolla app now offers its users:

  • Send money to friends they are connected to through Facebook and Twitter
  • Search their contacts by typing their name
  • See merchants around them that accept Dwolla
  • Walk in and pay with participating merchants, all with their cell phone
  • Share their purchases and help promote the locations they care about via Twitter and Facebook

Dwolla illustrates Spots' capabilities in this video:

Also promised as part of today's announcement were updates to Dwolla's mobile apps for Android and Windows 7 phones.

But upgraded mobile apps are not all that Dwolla has on the horizon, as we recently learned. After the March 2 meetup, our Danny Schreiber caught up with Shane Neuerburg, Dwolla's co-founder and CTO, to discuss Spots and hear about what's ahead for Dwolla in terms of integration with its banking partners. The following video contains excerpts from that conversation.

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I apparently forget how to smile behind a camera. Thanks for spending time with me Danny!

Mar 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Don't worry, I can never get Ben to smile either. Good work Shane!

Mar 17, 2011 at 09:25 AM

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