What it is: An app that doubles as a mobile payment system and social media tool.
What it does: Venmo, a product of PayPal, allows users to either send or request money from friends or other phone and social media contacts. It allows a more user-friendly, fun way to keep track of payments and utilizes notes and emojis that your other contacts can see and comment on. Money can be uploaded directly to Venmo, or the app can be linked to a bank account or debit card. Payments that are received can be moved from the app to a bank account in as little as one business day. A Venmo account can also be used as a method of payment in other mobile apps with no additional fee. Businesses can also accept Venmo payments. All data is encrypted and protected on secure servers to guard against stolen identities and unauthorized payments.
Who it’s for: Designers and consumers
Why kitchen and bath designers need it: Venmo is a free and easy way for your business to get exposure, while receiving cash at no extra expense to you. Additionally, it allows the younger crowd (millennials) an opportunity to show off their brand new kitchen or bath with a vast network of potential clients.
Available Since: March 2012
Who makes it: PayPal, Inc.
Platform: iOS for the iPhone and iPad, Android OS
Where to find it: On the iTunes Store,
on Google Play