Descoped: The Payments Security Podcast

Descoped: The Payments Security Podcast

Descoped: The Payments Security Podcast is the go-to show from VGS for fintech product builders and leaders. You’ll hear a conversations from experts in payments, issuing, and data security sharing their best practices & real-world experiences.


May 24, 2023 28 mins

PayFacs come with a multitude of benefits by allowing businesses to inject themselves into the fund flow. With the ability to spin off various products like payroll, merchant cash advances, fast-funding, and expedited underwriting, while remaining compliant, PayFacs are highly customizable and open a world of possibilities for businesses across industries.

On this episode, we speak with Don Hartley, Head of Payments at Squire. As a...

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Enter the ever-evolving world of financial fraud prevention and IDV.

We sat down with Prove, whose at the bleeding edge of fraud prevention, to discuss the customer experience, rising trends in fraud, and best efforts to move towards a password-less system. Additionally, we talk about best and worst career advice, emphasizing the importance of staying true to yourself and your goals. Tune in to hear more about the intersection of t...

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The world is quickly changing. So should the way we interact with it.

That’s one of the main takeaways from this conversation with Chuck Yu, Chief Executive Officer at VGS. Here you’ll hear Chuck’s thoughts on how the ecosystem has experienced consolidation, and his predictions of how the future of partnerships in payments will involve companies mastering certain areas of the ecosystem, rather than trying to be a one-stop-shop for ...

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On this episode of Descoped, we explore the emerging "Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL)" space. Our guest and co-host on this show together explore how BNPL has changed how consumers purchase products. With transparency in fees, people can complete online purchases with a clear understanding of exactly how much they will pay over a set amount of payments. BNPL also offers credit and privacy protection not found in traditional loan and cred...

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In this episode, we explore the power of partnerships and community in the Cristina Ciaravalli, Head of Community at This Week in Fintech and New Business & Partnerships at Unit, and Saira Rahman, VP of New Investor Initiatives at Fundrise. 

We discuss the role of partnerships and community in driving innovation and growth in fintech, and how collaborations between companies can help address challenges, while also meeting the evolv...

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We have renamed the show Descoped: The Payments Security Podcast, rebranded it, and we have a new host (Megan Powers on our marketing team) to kick-off our second season with this latest episode!

VGS enjoys keeping up with trends and sharing what matters in the data security, payments, and fintech space. At the end of 2022 our own Ken Geers, PhD, wrote a retrospective on trends for the year, and then recently wrote one about trends...

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When should your company think about monetizing payments? Are you missing a potential profit opportunity? In this episode, Founder & CEO of Tilled Caleb Avery explains how he found success in the payments ecosystem and eventually launched Tilled, a PayFac-as-a-Service company.

Join us as we discuss:

- When businesses should monetize their payments - Changes in the payments ecosystem - Best practices when selling a nuanced payment...

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Brandon Hoffman is a Managing Partner of Sunset Ventures, which invests in fintech and commerce. He draws from various roles in his career: from retail banking at JPMorgan Chase, to equity research at Morgan Stanley, to venture and innovation at Samsung Electronics. 

In this episode, Brandon shares his investor journey, founding Sunset Ventures, and the surprises that come with starting a venture fund.

Join us as we discuss:   - T...

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Rory O'Reilly and his brother are serial entrepreneurs. After founding a GIF company after dropping out of Harvard, they went on to create two more innovative fintech startups, Millions and Knot API. 

In this episode, Rory shares his entrepreneurial journey, the vision for Knot API, and the lessons he learned along the way.

Join us as we discuss:  - Growing a fintech social media following - Building “account plumbing” for merchant...

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From crypto to vertical SaaS platforms, payments and fintech are cropping up in more places than ever. What many of the disparate applications of fintech have in common are key infrastructure building blocks.  

In this episode, Co-Founder and CEO of Solid, Arjun Thyagarajan, shares how he found his passion for fintech and used it to create a developer-friendly fintech infrastructure.

Join us as we discuss:  - Fintech Infrastructur...

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Financial crime has evolved exponentially over the past two decades, and yet, many businesses are still unprotected from the most basic forms of attacks.  

In this episode, Bill Fox, Chief Commercial Officer at Finexio, shares his insights into the world of financial fraud and some simple steps businesses can take to keep their B2B payments secure.

Join us as we discuss:  - Common types of fraud in B2B payments - Covid-19’s impact ...

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There is no single solution to security. Systems are constantly evolving, and protocols must adapt to match the clever tactics of attackers. It’s an uphill battle that requires dedication and ingenuity to fight.  

In this episode, we talk to Taher Elgamal, CTO for Security at Salesforce and the "Father of SSL." Based on his decades of experience, he shares his recommendations for keeping your personal and company data safe.  


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Learn about the future of the intersection of payments and data security. In this series, we will speak with innovators in the industry to uncover the secrets of their success and find out where they think the industry is headed. 

Matt D'Anjou, Sr. Director of Global Payments at Compusoft Group and 2020 and Principal Owner of GranitePay, and his team are working to create simple solutions to the complex challenges within the payme...

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Payments software and hardware have undergone material changes and advancements in the past decade. However, there is another area of the payments space that has been much more stagnant over the same time period - the payments salesforce. 

Samantha Ettus is the Founder and CEO at Park Place Payments , a women-owned company that’s fundamentally changing the experience of payment processing for small businesses. In this episode, she...

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Learn about the future of the intersection of payments and data security. In this series, we will speak with innovators in the industry to uncover the secrets of their success and find out where they think the industry is headed. 

As host of season one, Amanda Carroccio, Director of Partnerships at Very Good Security, hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators in payments security to continue finding new, creative ways to ...

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