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

NettCash & Mozido

Austin-based Mozido is acquiring a majority of NettCash, a Zimbabwe mobile wallet company. The NettCash pre-paid electricity solution is being extended by integrating Mozido’s Mobile Transaction Platform services, including mobile bill pay, stored value account, and person-to-person payment services, to launch Zimbabwe’s first mobile wallet that includes prepaid utility services.

BitGold + GoldMoney

Toronto-based BitGold has swallowed the intellectual property and operating subsidiaries of GoldMoney for $59.4 million and will become GoldMoney. The BitGold payment and savings platform will operate as a separate service focusing on the expansion of a high-growth internet user base, while also developing a global end-to-end payments and international transfer network utilizing BitGold settlement technology.