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Top Payment Startup CEOs

The payments industry is rocking and rolling as both new entrants and large incumbents are seeing phenomenal growth. Many of the top startups are lead by visionary young professionals, disrupting the payments industry.
Who are these top payments CEOs?
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Sebastian Siemiatkowski: CEO, Klarna

Sebastian Siemiatkowski holds a degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and has eight years’ experience in sales, including being former Head of Sales at Djuice Uppsala. However, the most noted of Sebastian’s accomplishments is that he, along with our two other founders, revolutionized Swedish e-commerce, and created the success story we know today as Klarna.

Bipin Preet Singh: CEO, MobiKwik

Bipin started MobiKwik with the vision of making mobile payments easier for the average Indian user. His current focus is on taking the MobiKwik Wallet to a billion Indians (user growth), product innovation, and investor relations. Bipin has worn several hats at MobiKwik – from writing Java code, to Customer Support and Marketing. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Bipin was at Intel, Nvidia and Freescale Semiconductors. He has dabbled in advertising as a Partner with Star Auto and in civic advocacy as a volunteer with Janagraaha. He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi

Taavet Hinrikus: CEO, Transferwise

Taavet likes things that are simple, reliable, and cost no more than they should. As Skype's first employee, he helped build a company that has changed hundreds of millions of lives. He’s since helped various companies as an angel investor and advisor. At TransferWise, Taavet looks after marketing, product development, PR, and investor relations.

Bill Clerico: CEO, WePay

Bill drives the company's vision, strategy, and growth.
Before joining WePay, Bill worked in technology investment banking at Jefferies & Company, where he advised enterprise software, digital media, and financial technology companies on M&A and capital market transactions.
Previously, he worked for the U.S. Army's Communications Engineering Research Command and in electronic trading at Goldman Sachs.

Tien Tzuo: CEO, Zuora

Tien Tzuo, widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in the software-as-a-service industry, founded Zuora in 2007. As Zuora's CEO, Tzuo has not only built one of the fastest growing SaaS companies, he's also evangelized the shift to subscription based business models and the complex billing structures they inherit, coining the phrase Subscription Economy. In an effort to empower this new Subscription Economy, Tzuo has spent over six years working with the best companies in the world to build an award-winning platform powerful and flexible enough to fuel any subscription business. Before Zuora, Tzuo was one of the 'original forces' at, joining as employee number 11. In his 9 years at, Tzuo built's original billing system and held a variety of executive roles in technology, marketing, and strategy organizations, including building out the product mana

Jacob De Geer: CEO, iZettle

Jacob de Geer is a Swedish serial entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of iZettle, the fast-growing payments company that allows anyone to accept card payments on their smartphone or tablet.
Prior to iZettle, Jacob worked at performance marketing firm TradeDoubler. Here he helped to build one of the largest advertising networks in Europe before leaving to co-found movie sharing firm Ameibo and then Tre Kronor Media, an award-winning communications agency. Both companies were acquired in 2010.
Jacob is now fully focused on developing iZettle in its mission to democratise card payments, allowing individuals and small businesses to accept payments in a simple, affordable and secure way.

Max Levchin: Founder and CEO, Affirm

Max Levchin is the founder and CEO of Affirm, a financial services technology company and chairman of Glow, a women’s reproductive health company. Both companies were created and launched from his San Francisco based innovation and investment lab, HVF (Hard, Valuable, Fun). Max was one of the original cofounders of PayPal where he served as the CTO until its acquisition by Ebay in 2002. In 2002, he was named to the Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35, as well as Innovator of the Year. In 2004, he helped start Yelp, the ratings and review service where he was Chairman of the Board from 2004 until 2015. He also serves on the boards of Yahoo!, Evernote, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is an active investor in early stage startups.

Ismail Ahmed: Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WorldRemit

For Ismail, founding WorldRemit was the culmination of 20 years' experience in the money transfer industry - spanning academic, consulting and in-house roles. Before setting-up his own business, he worked for the United Nations Remittance Programme, helping African money transfer companies comply with tough anti-money laundering rules introduced after the 9/11 attacks.

Patrick Collison: Co-Founder & CEO, Stripe

Patrick Collison is the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, the simple developer-friendly way to accept payments online. Patrick co-founded Stripe with his brother in 2010 after personally experiencing...

Valentin Stalf: CEO, Number26

Valentin is our Founder & CEO, born in Vienna/ Austria he studied Accounting & Finance (M.A. HSG) at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Sophia University in Tokyo (Japan) and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Austria). During his studies he worked in a number of fields including Strategy Consulting (Roland Berger) and Investment Banking/ Mergers & Acquisition (Deutsche Bank). After graduating from St. Gallen University in 2012 he joined the Internet Incubator Rocket Internet, which recently went public, as Entrepreneur in Residence and was involved in building different companies including Payleven (mobile payments) and Paymill (epayment) among others. 2013 he founded NUMBER26 together with Maximilian.

René Lacerte |

René founded in August 2006, bringing with him more than 20 years experience in the finance, software and payments industries. As a fourth generation entrepreneur, René developed the concept for based on personal experience growing up in multiple businesses as a kid and then co-founding his first company, PayCycle, in 1999.

Jon Prideaux: CEO, Boku

Jon is a payments guy with nearly a quarter of century of experience. He was an early Visa Europe employee and key contributor to its growth, leaving in 2006 as EVP Marketing. He started Visa Europe’s ecommerce division, was the lead executive on the introduction of Chip and PIN technology and oversaw product launches such as Visa Electron and V PAY. He served on the Board of EMVCo, was the Chairman of the Compliance Committee and was a member of Visa’s Global Product and Brand Councils. Since leaving Visa in 2006, Jon served as Deputy CEO for SecureTrading, where he doubled transaction numbers and quadrupled profitability. He then led a management buy in at Shopcreator, the ecommerce software platform.

Ben Milne: CEO, Dwolla

Ben Milne, CEO and Co-Founder of Dwolla, started his first company, Elemental Designs, at the age of 18. Ben began leveraging the internet to drop ship custom made speakers. His adventures lead him all over the world, establishing operations in Southern Asia and California. An original $1,200 investment would turn into a multi-million dollar company by the age of 22. After heavy research in 2008, Ben and partner, Shane Neuerburg, approached a Midwestern bank with an idea to establish a new payment network that would upend the financial services industries. They called it Dwolla. Ben would sell Elemental Designs to focus on the new project. In 2009, the privately funded Dwolla launched in Iowa and California, boasting the nation’s cheapest payment platform of only 25 cents per transaction. In 2010, Dwolla introduced the first technology to empower seamless payments leveraging users’ social networks, officially pioneering social payments. In 2011, Dwolla launched the world’s first geo-location based mobile payments. Ben also has extensive community experience in speaking, mentoring, and leadership programs.

Tara Kneafsey: CEO, Wonga

Tara is CEO of Wonga's UK consumer loans business and joined at the end of 2014. She is an experienced business leader and has worked in financial services both in the UK and internationally for nearly a decade. She joined Wonga from RSA, where she was Managing Director of its small business division and drove transformational change through the business. From 2008 to 2010 she was CEO of the company’s Latvian arm. She has also held various Non-Executive Director roles in a number of RSA subsidiaries, both UK and internationally.

Flint A. Lane: Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BillTrust

Mr. Lane is the CEO and Founder of Billtrust. He has set the strategic direction of the company since its founding in 2001. Under his leadership, the company has enjoyed significant growth providing invoice-to-cash services to companies throughout North America. Billtrust has earned numerous awards from business organizations including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ and Inc.

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