Choosing the Best Payment Platform for Your eCommerce or SaaS Business

Choosing the Best Payment Platform for Your eCommerce or SaaS Business
Event on 2014-11-20 18:00:00

In the 24/7 world of online business – where market conditions are dynamic, the entire planet is your addressable market, fraud is a constant threat, and competitors are as agile as you – your startup needs to be equipped on all fronts with the best possible knowledge and tools to succeed.

Arguably, the most important activities in a startup’s roadmap is being able to accept payments and optimizing net revenue generation.

Join us for an informative and thought provoking look into the world of payments, featuring Vancouver’s thought leaders in the space.

Get insight on:

+ Required steps to set up payment processing

+ Innovative models of business metrics related to payments

+ Proactive strategies for loss prevention due to fraud and declined transactions

+ How to prepare your company for unexpected international growth and monetize that traffic!

We will also look at why your Product and Dev team is a critical stakeholder in choosing the right payment API.

Whether you are a startup SaaS company, online marketplace, or a retailer looking to make the leap to online sales, this session will inspire new strategies, empower you with new tools, and prepare you for some of the opportunities and threats most startups aren’t aware of.

Featured Speakers Include: 

Sunan Spriggs, COO & Co-Founder of Payfirma
Sunan leads Payfirma’s customer success and operations department, where her focus has been delivering an agile operating platform that enables Payfirma to thrive in a rapidly evolving payment landscape. Sunan’s ability to execute lean process improvements has allowed Payfirma to achieve a new standard in customer experience. Prior to co-founding Payfirma, Sunan led operations for VersaPay, which was recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies in 2009 and went public on the TSX in 2010.

Tanis Jorge, COO & Co-Founder of Trulioo
Tanis has a passion for starting businesses, which is reflected in the multiple data-driven companies that she has successfully co-founded and sold over the last decade. Her belief in entrepreneurship as a vital piece in the business landscape drives her to help others bring their ideas from concept to fruition. Today, Tanis' most recent company Trulioo, is tackling the big issue of "online identity" by creating products that will enable businesses and people to interact and conduct commerce globally on the web.

Kathryn Loewen, CEO & Co-Founder of Control
Kathryn has been working in the payments space for over 15 years at companies including Citigroup and SAP. Kathryn has also varied off the corporate path in her career, working in the full throttle world of online gaming where she built systems that could accept payments from customers in any corner and continent of the globe, where sales happened at the rate of million+ per day, and fraud exposure could cost ,000 per hour. She has taken her in-depth knowledge of the established banking and payment networks +  high velocity and high risk, online business models –  to design the best possible tools for the modern and mobile entrepreneur.

Charles Phillips, CTO & Co-Founder of Control
Charles is an active member in the OpenSource community. Some of his projects include Tiger, a reactive CoffeeScript MVC/MVVM framework for cross-platform iOS/Android apps that is built on Appcelerator's Titanium JavaScript framework. As well as Tintan, a CLI build tool that greatly simplifies Continuous Integration and 3rd party building of Titanium projects. Charles has designed and developed B2B apps for financial institutions such as KPMG.

Moderator – Cheryl Draper

Cheryl Draper is a seasoned community builder, event producer, entrepreneur and beer geek originally hailing from Ottawa, ON but now based in Vancouver, BC. By day, she's the Startup Intake Manager for Invoke scouting talented entrepreneurs and uncovering opportunities for disruptive innovation. By night, Cheryl can be found facilitating startup weekend events around the world, mentoring up-and-coming companies, interviewing top founders at a Startup Grind or teaching the principles of lean startup and customer validation.

Special Live Performance by DJ Aimee Hawker
DJ Aimee Hawker, aka Agent-99, is one of Whistler and Vancouver’s best known DJs.  She is a regular guest on, Vancouver’s premier Electronic Music Station, and has held residencies at the hottest clubs in Vancouver.


6:00-6:30pm – Registration & Networking
6:30-7:10pm – Panel
7:10-7:30pm – Q&A
7:30- 8:00pm – Wrap Up
8:00-10:00pm – DJ & Socialize

Beer, wine and light food provided.

Event Generously Sponsored by:

Control builds tools to help online business manage payments better. Control easily connects to payment platforms  in a couple of clicks. Payment  metrics can be monitored- in real time, from any device. Configurable and real  time alerts allow the merchant to keep tabs  on their payments.  Payment specific metrics allow  businesses to predict problems and trends, and  respond to threats and opportunities.

Payfirma is an award winning payments company that helps businesses accept credit and debit card payments online, in-store, and on mobile devices using a single merchant account. Transactions are securely processed and stored in Payfirma’s cloud-based payment platform, making it easy to use real-time sales data to make smarter business decisions. Payfirma integrates with the top eCommerce shopping carts, external point-of-sale hardware and back office accounting systems. Combining superior customer service and full payment solutions in a single platform, Payfirma make payments simple.

Trulioo is a global ID verification company focused on building a framework of trust online, implementing best privacy practices, and advancing financial inclusion. Trulioo aims to solve global problems associated with verifying identities online. This has profound implications for e-commerce and online security in developing countries where many people do not possess recognized identification, such as government-issued ID cards, credit, utility, voter registration, etc.  As the pioneer and leader in cyber identity verification, Trulioo is fixing the problem of broken identity that today affects so many online businesses and continues to stifle economic growth and Internet innovation.

Additional Sponors

Zone Vancouver is a modern venue in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown, designed specifically for small and medium sized groups looking for a private and intimate event space. With a capacity of up to 75 people, high ceilings, natural daytime light and a modern atmosphere, Zone Vancouver is perfect for networking events, meetings, private celebrations, launches, workshops, pop up galleries, retail events and other soirées. 

 We are committed to producing (& drinking) high quality, innovative craft beer.
With twenty-three years in the craft brewing industry, Sean Hoyne has earned a reputation for being one of the finest Brewmasters in the Pacific Northwest. Taught by one of the best, Sean had the privilege to learn his trade from Frank Appleton, one of the most influential brewers in BC. Together, they built Swans Brewpub in 1989, where Sean then became Brewmaster.

Part of #StartupWeekVan
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