Friday, February 20, 2015

Bitcoin, iBeacons, Digital Gift Cards...Experts Talk Change!

On Payments Podcast Interview Series – Recap and Round-Up

By Marc Dresner, Senior Editor, IIR

I don’t need to tell you that the world of payments is changing dramatically.

But with APEX—the All Payments Expo—kicking off next week in Las Vegas, it seems prudent to revisit what’s been kicking around in the heads of industry experts lately.

Over the past couple of months, On Payments—a special podcast interview series produced by APEX—has featured a variety of thought leaders at the forefront of the payments and stored value industries and retail.

To prime the pump for those stimulating conversations you’re sure to have at APEX next week, here’s a quick round up of the guests we've featured and the topics they covered.

I urge you to introduce yourselves to these fascinating folks in person and continue the conversation next week.

Safe travels and enjoy the show!

David Berger
Bitcoin may be closer to a mainstream tipping point than you realize. David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, shares the latest on the growth of virtual tender and talks about his organization’s mission to equip lawyers, accountants and financial professionals for the emerging digital currency economy.

Chris Adamo
Digital gift cards will overtake plastic in the next 1-2 years, says Chris Adamo, Manager of Partnerships & Gift Cards at 1-800-FLOWERS. In this episode, Adamo talks about the digital florist’s experience with e-cards thus far and why the impending consumer migration from plastic to digital is good news for retailers.

Ryan Craver
Retailers are experimenting with iBeacons as both a marketing and a payments tool. Ryan Craver, former SVP of Corporate Strategy for Lord & Taylor/Hudson’s Bay, discusses how the retailer tested the technology and what he sees ahead.

Rik Willard
Cryptocurrencies are rapidly approaching an inflection point in emerging markets with dramatic implications for the rest of the world. Rik Willard, CEO of MintCombine, discusses how development of cryptocurrencies in emerging markets will disrupt the status quo and rewrite the rules, and what the future may look like.

Ryan Lazanis
Businesses are struggling with Bitcoin tax questions. Ryan Lazanis, CPA, CA and principal of Xen Accounting discusses the potential tax implications around using cryptocurrencies and offers tips for individuals and companies interested in expanding into digital currency payments.

Editor’s note: The folks interviewed in On Payments are but a few of the industry experts and thought leaders who will be a featured at APEX 2015—The All Payments Expo—taking place February 23-25 in Las Vegas.


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Marc Dresner is IIR USA’s sr. editor and special communication project lead. He is the former executive editor of Research Business Report, a confidential newsletter for the market and consumer research industry. He may be reached at Follow him @mdrezz.

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