To the uninitiated, it may not be clear what the difference between Venmo and PayPal actually is.
Even to those who ARE familiar with both, the differences may not be clear.
After all, PayPal and Venmo both let you send and receive money. Except, PayPal has been around forever, and Venmo is new.
Oh, and PayPal owns Venmo.
The short version is that PayPal is more complicated than Venmo. Yes, outwardly they seem very similar: