After a few false starts, the digital payments space is at one of the most-exciting points in its evolution, with disruption occurring everywhere you look in every corner of the world. From digital wallets and mobile commerce to crypto-payments and peer-to-peer services, digital payments are solidly gaining traction with early adopter businesses and customers alike. The disruption of finance has been thousands of years coming and challenges remain for payment businesses as they target the mainstream. But there's no denying 2015 will be a huge year for the global payments and fintech industry – for the UK in particular.
Our friends at StrategyEye have gone live with their upcoming knowledge and networking event on 30th April – The Future of Payments. Keynote speakers include US fintech unicorn Stripe, European mobile payments disruptor iZettle and Swedish e-commerce payment innovator Klarna. StrategyEye will also soon be announcing some hot hand-selected startups who will have a five-minute rapid fire pitch each. The evening will be rounded off with networking drinks and food with around 130 entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives involved in payments.
Join StrategyEye at The Escalator in East London from 6pm to 9.30pm for an evening of payment tech talk, networking and drinks!
Meet The Speakers
Stripe processes billions of dollars a year for some of the most successful companies and marketplaces on the internet, making it easier than ever to accept payments and manage an online business. Supporting everything from startups to Fortune 500 companies, Stripe powers the sharing economy, top mobile applications, and global software services. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, as well as PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin and Elon Musk. Business development and operations head James Allgrove will share insights on the company’s growth, plus insights into the top trends shaping the market.
iZettle handles mobile transactions for small businesses with its plug-in card readers, which enable shop owners, cafes and pop-ups to accept payments using smartphones and tablets. Founded in 2010, the firm says it doubled transactions last year and now makes up 46% of card terminals in Sweden and 6% in the UK. Commercial relations manager, Alex Segerby, will outline where the company sees the future of payments heading.
Klarna aims to simplify the process of buying online. Founded in 2005, the Stockholm company is one of the Nordic’s biggest tech success stories. The firm set up an office in London last year and today operates in 18 markets, with 35m customers and 50,000 merchants – handling a quarter of a million payments each day. Jens Saltin, head of expansion, will talk us through the company’s growth story.
Come along for a lively evening of insightful presentations from category-leading tech players and engaging discussions, rounded off by networking drinks with more senior executives from major payment companies, hot startups and investors.