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Saturday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Technology Meets Wallet: What's Taking So Long?

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Even though an alternate way to pay seems to emerge every week, most US consumer – and businesses for that matter – still cling tightly to the decades-old magnetic stripe credit card technology in their wallets. How many more high-profile data breaches need to happen before US payment technology catches up with the rest of the world? Emerging markets in Africa, South America and Asia have already adopted secure EMV chip-and-pin technology, while the US lags behind. An entire economy has sprung up around the digital currency Bitcoin. But when, if ever, will these alternatives catch on in the US? Will we soon be paying with our phones, rendering analog wallets obsolete? Or is all this payment technology just hype? Does all of this actually matter to the future of the US economy?

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Tony Gallippi

CEO, BitPay
Anthony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO, saw a need for bitcoin payment processing and founded BitPay in 2011. As a start-up, Mr. Gallippi is involved in all of the day-to-day operations including new business development, marketing, and customer service. Mr. Gallippi has 15 years of... Read More →
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Olga Kharif

Reporter, Bloomberg News/BusinessWeek
Olga Kharif is a reporter for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek in Portland, Ore, where she covers everything from mobile wallets to bitcoin. Kharif joined BusinessWeek in November 2000 as a reporter. She has a graduate journalism degree from Northwestern University.
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Ben Saren

Sr VP Mktg, Cayan
Currently Senior VP of Marketing at Cayan, Ben is known for creative disruption & challenging the status quo, Ben is an entrepreneur & innovative executive with 18+ years of entrepreneurial, marketing, technology and leadership experience for B2B & B2C businesses with a deep background... Read More →
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James Wester

Research Director, Global Payments, IDC Financial Insights
James Wester is Research Director for IDC Financial Insights responsible for the global payments practice. Mr. Wester’s core research coverage includes the evolution of payment networks and technology, developing fraud and security risks, and legal and regulatory issues. Previously... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E 500 E 4th St

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