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Disruption in Payments - June 15, 2016 - Atlanta
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Disruption in Payments
Atlanta, GA - June 15, 2016

Atlanta downtown


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One Atlantic Center, 14th Floor 1201 West Peachtree NW
Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, June 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Payments...the disrupters - The payment space is changing more quickly and in more directions than ever in history, and companies are emerging in Atlanta that are accelerating the pace. We will speak with Atlanta startups in payments and discuss the opportunities that they are creating and challenges that they face funding their efforts, staffing their teams, getting to market, and confronting the status quo.

If you are a startup or know an interesting startup in Atlanta, let us know and we will look into having you presenting and sharing your experience on our panel.

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6:00 PM Reception
6:30 PM Announcements
6:40 PM Panel moderated by Thad Peterson, Senior Analyst at Aite Group and with audience participation
  John Perry, President & Chief Executive Officer at Bluefin Payment Systems
  Jennifer Hughes, Business Development - Americas at VIX Verify
  Shirish Arashanapalli, CEO and Founder at TrendBrew, Inc
  Michelangelo Ho, Head of the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC) FinTech Accelerator
9:00 PM End of session


Thad Peterson

Senior Analyst at Aite Group

Thought leader with a proven track record of identifying and developing new opportunities and technologies in payments and financial services. Experience includes partner/managing director roles at strategy consulting firms, CEO for a database marketing organization and a POS loyalty startup, head of strategy for a loyalty company serving financial services, and CMO for a cross border remittance company and two retail banks. Accomplishments include development of successful long term strategies and successful launch of profitable new products and services in retail banking, payment card issuing and processing, mobile and online commerce, and loyalty. Acknowledged expert in mobile commerce and payments, the retailer’s perspective on commerce and the evolution of the user experience in payments and commerce.



John Perry

President & Chief Executive Officer at Bluefin Payment Systems

John leads all aspects of Bluefin Payment Systems’ strategic planning, including spearheading key alliances and acquisitions. Prior to joining Bluefin, John served as CEO of iPay Technologies; EVP of Ruesch International; CEO of Spectrum; and President and COO of NOVA Information Systems.

Bluefin specializes in PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) integrated and stand-alone solutions for retail, mobile, call center and kiosk/unattended environments, and secure Ecommerce technologies including transparent redirect and tokenization. Bluefin is a Participating Organization (PO) of the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) and is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in New York, Chicago, Tulsa and Waterford, Ireland. For more information, please visit
John Perry

Jennifer Hughes

Business Development - Americas at VIX Verify

Jennifer has over 20 years of business, management consulting and information technology with global financial institutions; including JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Barclays, Fidelity Investments, and GE Capital. She possesses deep expertise in client onboarding practices, financial technologies, and US market regulatory requirements.

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Shirish Arashanapalli

CEO and Founder at TrendBrew, Inc

Shirish has 20+ years experience as Entrepreneur, Executive and IT/Business Strategy Consultant.

Shirish has experience in Payments, Loyalty, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Retail, Telecom, Financial, Travel, Energy, Home Builder, Construction, HR, Healthcare and Education Industry domains for companies like GE Energy, CVSCaremark, T-Mobile, Chase Paymentech, Compucredit, Randstad, Academy Sports, etc.

Shirish was CTO for a NewYork based startup to build ‘Loyalty and Mobile Payments Platform’ and most recently launched TrendBrew. TrendBrew is a social commerce platform connecting shoppers with influencers and retailers in the context of trending products, best offers and to drive revenue for retailers. TrendBrew is set out to realize online to offline product discovery and frictionless payments.

Shirish Arashanapalli

Michelangelo Ho

Head of the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC) FinTech Accelerator

Michelangelo heads ATDC’s FinTech Accelerator, where he coaches 20+ Founders/CEOs of the most promising FinTech startups from early stage concept including entrepreneurial business strategy, raising capital, and scaling the business while screening out hundreds of others. Additionally, he leads all ATDC FinTech related efforts within the local and national communities and also manages all related ecosystem relationships including that of Worldpay US, the program sponsor.

Michelangelo has experience in entrepreneurship, product management, and strategy consulting experience within FinTech, mobile, Location Based Services (LBS), E-Commerce, and hardware. As an entrepreneur, he has been part of three startups: GoSpring (co-founder with successful exit), Veritas Product Group (founder), and AirSage (head of product). He also held product innovation roles at AT&T and First Data. He received an MBA from Georgia Tech, and Master and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University.

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Location Bryan Cave Office - One Atlantic Center, 14th Floor 1201 West Peachtree NW Atlanta, GA

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Wednesday 15 June 2016, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
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