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Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Square is a mobile payment company focused on credit card processing and merchant solutions. The company was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey – who is also Twitter’s co-founder and CEO – and Jim McKelvey, and aims to make commerce easy. They started from the principle that every business should be able to make credit cards transactions. Over the years, the company has developed both software and hardware products, as well as business solutions to facilitate commerce. Square’s annual net revenue has passed the 2.2 billion U.S. dollars mark in 2017, up from just over 200 million U.S. dollars in 2012. In the fourth quarters of 2017 alone, the company generated more than 600 million U.S. dollars in net revenue. Despite these promising figures, Square has yet to report a profitable year. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Square’s net loss amounted to 15.66 million U.S. dollars.

Transactions accounted for the largest share of Square’s annual net revenue, followed by Starbucks transactions. As the company started to process more transactions, Square's gross payment volume began to increase. In 2012, the San Francisco-based company had a gross payment volume of approximately 6.5 billion U.S. dollars. This figure increased to 65.34 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. Besides the increase in transaction volume, specialists affirm that both retention of existing customers and successful product launches have driven the growth of Square’s gross payment volume in the last few years. The retail industry is one of the most important markets for Square. As of June 2016, the retail industry accounted for 21 percent of Square’s gross payment volume. Food related industries closely followed with 18 percent of the share, while the services industry had the third largest share.

Mobile and digital payment is a rapidly growing market. Consumers in the United States are interested in many mobile payment services and activities. In 2017, about 69 percent of Americans stated that they were interested in using their phones to stop unauthorized transactions. Nearly 50 percent of U.S. consumers said that they were interested in transferring money to another person, such as a family member or a friend, also called peer-to-peer (P2P) payment. In 2017, 63.5 million U.S. consumers used peer-to-peer payment apps. This figure is projected to increase to 113.5 million users by 2021. Square has its own P2P service called Square Cash and ranks third behind its two main competitors, PayPal and Venmo, based on the number of mobile users accessing their individual payment app.

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