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

Tieto wins EUR7 million IT contract with Volvofinans Bank

Tieto has signed a five-year agreement to provide Swedish Volvofinans Bank with extensive IT infrastructure, including a crucial data protection solution covering the bank’s 1.1 million Volvo Card holders. The order is initially estimated at around EUR 7 million. This will provide Volvofinans Bank IT infrastructure and end-user services, including management on several IT platforms. Tieto will operate parts of the server environment according to the international Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) – a protection standard endorsed by organizations such as American Express, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc.

Ecomdash Integrates with Magento

Ecomdash announced today it is now integrated with the ecommerce platform, Magento. The newest integration makes it easier for Magento customers to manage inventory, sales orders and shipping across multiple marketplaces. Ecomdash automatically syncs sales orders and inventory levels between Magento storefronts and channels including Amazon, eBay and Etsy. The web-based software application gives online sellers a complete view of business operations from a centralized dashboard.

Optimal Payments Partners Oink Payments

Optimal Payments payment solutions and Oink payment technology partnered to offer merchants using the NETBANX® payment gateway an additional payment method for teens and their families to pay and manage their money online, securely and easily. Oink is the only payment technology that helps kids and teens manage their money online and on mobile devices, under parental guidance and control. It allows ecommerce merchants to reach consumers under 21, in a secure, legal and effective manner while remaining compliant with FTC and COPPA regulations.

BitFury Capital

BitFury Group, the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider, announced it is launching “BitFury Capital”: a seed investment fund. The fund will leverage BitFury’s leading position in bitcoin and cryptocurrency infrastructure to accelerate other parts of the ecosystem through strategic partnerships, and expansion into adjacent business opportunities.

Aconite enables Greek NFC Payment Launch

Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager system been interfaced to the Visa Mobile Gateway to enable remote management of the EMV application at the heart of the Tap n Pay service – the first mobile phone application for contactless payments in the Greek market, introduced by one of Greece’s leading banks together with one of the world’s leading mobile network operators in partnership with Visa Europe and First Data.

Braintree Announces Dynamic SDK

Braintree v.zero SDK foundation for accepting payments is now available with customizable drop-in UI features across platforms, and for the first time enables Pay with PayPal. And though we’re offering so much more in our new v.zero SDK — we’ve made it even easier to integrate. With the new Braintree v.zero SDK, developers can set up payments and be up and running within 15 minutes (or less), while maintaining full control of their user experience. The Braintree v.zero SDK features Pay with PayPal options, a fully optimized Drop-in UI, and is built to stand the test of time – any future feature updates will be simple to add so businesses always have easy access to the best-in-class platform and latest features.

mopay Payment Solutions

mopay announced the signing of a global carrier billing deal with the leading Chinese mobile gaming company Chukong Technologies (“Chukong”). The Beijing-based company has decided to integrate mopay’s Android software development kit (SDK) solution as an essential element in the overall billing module for game developers worldwide. The mopay interface will serve as Chukong’s Android default solution for a consumer that wants to pay for digital goods and services via carrier billing.

Wallaby Financial Announces New SVP, Risk

Wallaby Financial mobile and web-based credit card optimization has named Scott Grimes as its Senior Vice President, Risk and Operations.He will oversee all risk, corporate compliance, data security, and operations for the fast growing financial services company. This newly created role is in response to Wallaby’s emergence as a leader in credit card optimization solutions. Mr. Grimes is a risk management professional with over twenty years experience in fraud, AML and compliance functions. He was previously Vice President, Risk Management at Green Dot Corporation from 2007 to 2013. Prior to joining Green Dot, Mr. Grimes also served in senior executive roles focused on risk and compliance at Target Corporation and Capital One Financial Corporation.

International Q1 Credit Card GDV

International (excluding the USA) Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) for Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) credit cards rose 6.3% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/14). MC’s growth in international credit cards GDV outpaced VS by 280 basis points (bps), according to CardData. During Q1/14 VS and MC produced $892 billion in international credit card GDV, compared to $968 billion in the prior quarter and $839 billion one-year ago.

IZettle Adds to Funding Round

IZettle announces that another €5 million have been added to the company’s Series C round of funding. Hasso Plattner Ventures joins in investing in the Series C round of funding, which was led in May by London based growth investor Zouk Capital with participation from Dawn Capital and Intel Capital, and Series A and B investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone, Creandum and the Nordic financial services group SEB. The additional funds bring iZettle’s Series C to €45 million ($61 million), and total investment capital raised since the company was started in 2011 to just over €85 million ($118 million). Investors in previous rounds have also included American Express, MasterCard and Banco Santander.

i2c Opens New Office to Accelerate Growth of Prepaid and Mobile Financial Services

i2c payment processing is opening a Singapore office. i2c’s solutions are redefining what’s possible in prepaid, debit, credit and emerging commerce by offering a single global processing platform with integrated mobile and loyalty capabilities. Issuers looking to launch travel, virtual, mobile, corporate and government prepaid products in the Asia Pacific region are working with i2c to get to market quickly with differentiated programs. With programs in market in Japan, China, the Philippines and Australia and new clients coming on board across the region, Asia Pacific is a key growth area for i2c. The office also provides i2c with a physical presence from which it will support its strategic alliance with Visa in the region.

Affirm Split Pay Lets COnsumers Pay Later with Lower Financing Fees

Affirm announced the commercial release of its new Split Pay service that lets online merchants offer the power of installment payments to their consumers at the point of sale. Using Split Pay, online shoppers can make a purchase and pay across multiple months with simple, clear financing fees a fraction of credit card interest rates. With Affirm there is zero risk for the eTailer. Affirm pays its merchants in full at the time of settlement and their customers enjoy payments stretched out in monthly installments. Split Pay is consumer-friendly by providing clear terms and a fixed set of payments.