“Connect the dots” is used as a metaphor to describe how a series of discrete events can explain a “big picture” – often high-impact – action or outcome.
Steve Jobs, in his famous 2005 Stanford commencement address, said connecting the dots was only possible with hindsight, by looking in the rearview window at the series of things that had happened over the course of one’s life to explain the actions of the here and now.
So let’s connect some dots.
Take two announcements from just last week, related to the evolution of faster payments in the U.S.
First, there was the Fed’s decision to slow faster payments progress via Same Day ACHbecause it wasn’t ready to approve another processing window during the day. Then came PayPal’s debut of Instant Transfer to Bank. This new feature, available to PayPal customers in good standing, leverages the company’s partnership with Chase, and Chase’s connection to The Clearing House’s RTP network, to move money instantly into the bank accounts of consumers and SMBs.