Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

CashStar Funding

CashStar, the industry-leading provider of prepaid commerce solutions has closed o $15 million in growth capital. FTV Capital led the Series D round, joined by new investor Mosaik Partners and existing investors Passport Capital, Intel Capital, North Hill Ventures and others. This financing brings the total capital raised by CashStar to $50 million and will enable the company to continue investing in product innovation, sales and client success.

PocketKey

Pocket Systems has unveiled PocketKey, a new system designed to permanently end the problem of e-commerce credit card theft for consumers, merchants and banks. 85% of Americans in wealthier households now consider card theft from a merchant as their biggest crime risk and 27% of Americans have experienced the anxiety and hassle of card theft in the past year. By 2018, losses to banks and merchants from credit card fraud are projected to reach $19 billion.

GTL Card Kiosks

Global Tel*Link has begun to include key-injected credit card scanners in all of its new payment kiosk deployments, as well as to perform quarterly inspections and audits of all payment kiosks. With this move, GTL is emphasizing its commitment to the protection of customer data by complying with and going beyond industry standards for customer data security.