Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.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.

HomeSend Expansion

HomeSend, a joint venture between MasterCard, eServGlobal and BICS inked a deal with Dialog Axiata to make international remittance services available to millions of consumers across Sri Lanka. HomeSend and Azimo also announced the launch of new mobile wallet services in ten countries throughout Africa and Asia-Pacific – reaching millions of mobile money subscribers.