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

Calpian & Apple Pay

Dallas-based global mobile payments technology specialist and processor, Calpian is set to support Apple Pay and provide merchants with access to Apple’s new mobile payments ecosystem. Calpian will integrate Apple services into its point-of-sale payment hardware and software, and provide its merchant clients with the tools and support they need accept payments over Apple’s NFC-based payment solution.

Odyssey & FDC’s Clover Station

Odyssey Merchant Services is now offering First Data’s Clover Station cloud-based business control and payment platform that gives small and mid-sized business owners the tools they need to manage their businesses. An apps-based business system with an intuitive interface. Clover Station includes access to the Clover App Market, where users can download apps to further customize the system to the user’s needs.

P2P Gold & Bitcoin

DigitalTangible announced the Peer-to-Peer Gold and Bitcoin Marketplace. DigitalTangible customers can now list their gold bullion confidently and new buyers, anywhere in the world, can find premium gold deals at lower prices for immediate purchase and delivery. DigitalTangible enables this Peer-to-Peer Marketplace via its global network of professionally insured and bonded custodians.