MEET THE TEAM
At Alpha Fintech, we’re bound by a common philosophy of challenging the status quo and asking “Why?” It begins at the top. Our executive leadership bring with them unparalleled experience from some of the biggest names in the payments world – experience of how things are done today and the knowledge of how things should be done tomorrow. We are here because we asked “Why?” Allow us to introduce ourselves.
“Why has the entire IT industry evolved drastically but payments continue to run on 20 year old solutions?”
I enjoyed attending University of Southern California and receiving my MBA at Kellogg, primarily because it was an environment that fostered within us a belief of challenging conventional thinking and the status quo. Having worked for two global firms, Ibbotson and First Data, I further cultivated this belief of asking the most critical of questions, namely why?
Why is it called consultative selling if all I am doing is selling or wedging one solution to solve all of my needs? Why do I need to limit myself to one provider to begin with? Why does an integration have to take so long? Why has the entire IT industry evolved drastically but payments continue to run on 20 year old solutions? Why can we not have a solution ecosystem that connects and offers value to everyone? Why is everyone content with the status quo and afraid to challenge their managers, providers and IT departments to make access and subsequently their work easier? Why don’t we fix all of this in one go?
“Why is reliability not aligned with creativity and speed, especially as requirements evolve faster than ever?”
As the father of 5 young sons I get asked a multitude of why’s on a daily basis. Why does it work like this? Why doesn’t it do this? Somehow in business we have lost this ability to question the status quo and effect real change. Through my experience of working with global merchants I gained clear oversight of the issues they faced and the challenges they met in providing global solutions for payments and risk. Why is this?
Why is the process so slow for merchants to gain access to the products they need? Why are solutions not interconnected when there is so much value to be gained from insights into the underlying information? Why is reliability not aligned with creativity and speed, especially as requirements evolve faster than ever?
“Why are solutions so difficult to integrate and slow to adapt to a merchant’s needs?”
While in the NAVY I was given the opportunity to see the world and it showed me how critical a structural foundation is to success and adaptability. After 25 years of IT experience and having either worked at or acted as the CTO and CSO for Planet Payment, Transaction Services, Pay-by-touch I was left with one primary question, why?
Why are solutions so difficult to integrate and slow to adapt to a merchants needs? Why does it always seem as if the payments industry is playing catch up? Why is it so difficult to orchestrate among many vendors and solutions and create multi-lateral environments versus unilateral ones? Why does the e-commerce world need to be so far removed from the physical world?