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Visa Inc. - The 12 Trillion Dollar Money Machine | A Finance Documentary

FINAiUS2024-04-07
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Visa's growth from Bank of America's BankAmericard, overcoming challenges like theft and competition with Master Charge, to becoming a dominant financial services company. Legal battles and settlements in the industry, leading to Visa's successful IPO in 2008, with revenue reaching $33 billion by 2023, solidifying its position as a payment industry leader.

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Visa leads the market in financial services, processing $14.8 trillion in transactions in 2023.
03:49
Amadeo Gianini founded Bank of Italy and later Bank of America, prioritizing assistance for Italian immigrants and middle-class consumers.
Bank of America expanded under S. Clark Beise's leadership, aiming to innovate during the post-war economic boom in the 1950s.
Consumer credit grew with the introduction of store cards and loyalty programs by different industries.
The creation and success of the BankAmericard.
08:04
Joseph Williams, a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army, joined Bank of America and envisioned a single general purpose credit card.
The BankAmericard was introduced with a $300 credit limit, one-month grace period, and 18% interest rate leading to a marketing fiasco in Fresno.
Despite initial setbacks, the BankAmericard eventually became profitable and revolutionized the credit card industry.
Bank of America's licensing of the card system to other banks under Rudolph A. Peterson's leadership marked a new era of business income and industry dominance.
Bank of America's BankAmericard program attracts success and criminals due to licensing for other banks to issue credit cards.
14:42
Lack of efficient card tracking system poses challenges for the program.
Dee Hock, with a rebellious past, emerges as a solution to BankAmericard's problems after facing unemployment struggles.
Hock makes a significant impact in the credit card industry.
The increasing number of transactions threatens the system's scalability, requiring innovative solutions to prevent collapse.
Dee Hock's creation of a revolutionary credit card system.
22:29
Hock forms National Bank AmeriCard Inc., a decentralized payment network independent from Bank of America.
Initial skepticism from member banks, including Bank of America, towards Hock's innovative ideas.
Hock becomes president of the new organization despite challenges and objections.
Hock's vision of a self-governing distributed system challenges traditional organizational structures and paves the way for a new approach to credit card networks.
Dee Hock faces betrayal from Bank of America and American Express.
25:04
Hock responds by breaking away to build a proprietary system.
Introduction of new credit system and economic challenges threaten Hock's business.
Base 1 revolutionizes transaction processing, leading to NBI's success.
Master Charge emerges as competition to Bank AmeriCard, prompting Hock to implement anti-duality policy.
Worthen Bank files a lawsuit against N.B.I. over a by-law prohibiting duality for board members.
31:20
Despite attempts to resolve the issue, no agreement is reached between Worthen Bank and N.B.I.
Hock, a key figure in the legal battle, faces personal threats.
Worthen Bank wins the lawsuit, forcing N.B.I. to lift the ban on duality for board members.
N.B.I. focuses on growth in the 1970s, leading to the emergence of Visa as a leading payment system under Hock's leadership.
Visa's legal battles over excessive debit card fees and market dominance resulted in billions in settlements.
37:37
Visa's IPO in 2008 raised over $17 billion, setting US records and attracting investors due to its monopoly status and strong business model.
Visa's revenue reached $33 billion by 2023 with a net income of $17 billion, solidifying its position as a payment industry leader.