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

Acculynk + PayPlum

Acculynk is acquiring the intellectual property (IP) of PayPlum, LLC, the first enterprise-class distributed PCI Compliance software solution focused exclusively on reducing the risk, costs and burden of safeguarding the acceptance and transport of sensitive payment card data within the online and mobile channels. Acculynk and PayPlum will form a strategic partnership whereby PayPlum will be a reseller of the enhanced solution to new and existing customers. The deal is expected to close shortly.Acculynk is acquiring PayPlum’s entire IP portfolio that includes a unique, patent pending messaging protocol technology to safely and securely accept and transport sensitive cardholder data and leverage tokenization and PCI scope reduction strategies.