Payworks is the provider of Pulse, a next generation Point of Sale payment gateway technology. With Pulse, developers of Point of Sale solutions for merchants can quickly and cost-efficiently integrate card payment functionality into their applications, and securely process EMV, contactless and mobile wallet transactions at the Point of Sale.
With headquarters in Germany and offices in the US, the UK and Spain, Payworks provides its technology to leading acquirers and payment providers in North America, Europe and Africa.
Christian DegerCEO, Co-Founder
Christian is a founder and CEO at Payworks. Prior to founding Payworks, Christian built PAYRETO in South East Asia, one of the leading BPO companies for payment providers. Christian attended TU Munich, Georgia Tech and CDTM Munich and holds degrees in Business Administration and Technology Management.
David BellemCTO, Co-Founder
David is a founder and CTO at Payworks. Being a physicist by education, David is responsible for all the inner workings, security and certifications of the Payworks technology platform. He attended LMU Munich, Universität Stuttgart, University of Alberta and CDTM Munich and holds degrees in Physics and Technology Management.
Heike is the CFO at Payworks. Before joining Payworks, Heike worked as Deputy CFO at Cable & Wireless Communications, as VP Europe at Micro Target Media and as European Finance Director at Schlumberger. She has extensive experience with international finance organizations, being in high-level managerial roles of major corporations.
Michael DoronManaging Director, NA
Michael is the Managing Director of North America at Payworks. Before joining Payworks, Michael has helped established international companies, such as PAY.ON, Ogone and Deutsche Telekom AG expand and grow sales in North America. Michael has 29 years’ experience in international sales, business development and team leadership in e-Payments, Payment Gateway, e-Wallet & On-Demand/Software-as-a-Service.
Johannes LechnerHead of Product, Co-Founder
Johannes is a founder and Head of Product at Payworks. He gained in depth product management and development experience from mobile application projects in a variety of different industries. Johannes attended TU Munich, Carnegy Mellon, University Ingolstadt and CDTM Munich, and holds degrees in Computer Sciences and Technology Management.
Simon EumesHead of Mobile, Co-Founder
Simon is a founder and Head of Mobile Development and Terminal Development at Payworks. He has been involved in a variety of different hardware and software projects with companies such as Deutsche Telekom and Airport Munich. Simon attended LMU Munich, UC Berkeley, UCLA and CDTM Munich and holds degrees in Media Informatics.
Nikolaus von Taysen
Nikolaus von Taysen is a Partner at Rumford and Finparx, a company builder focusing on the Fintech space. Nikolaus is a serial entrepreneur with special knowledge and experience in the payments sector. He is a founder of PAY.ON (sold to ACI Worldwide) and Payreto.
Stefan Klestil is a Partner at Speedinvest, where he is responsible for investments in the Fintech sphere. He is a board member of Wirecard, Holvi, Iyzico, and Curve and advisory board member at Number 26 and Investly. With 20 years of experience in payments, he was President of Central and Southern Europe at First Data, Partner at Roland Berger, and Principal at A.T. Kearney.
Johannes Ditterich is an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the eCommerce and technology space. He co-founded limango with two partners in 2007 and sold it later to ottogroup. As CEO Johannes grew limango to 129 Mio EUR annual revenues before he left in 2015. Previously he was working with Target Partners in Munich, investing into early stage tech companies.
CommerzVentures is the corporate venture capital fund of Commerzbank Group, that invests in early- and growth-stage companies in the financial services and insurance sectors. CommerzVentures targets companies in Europe, Israel and the USA, always looking to work with entrepreneurs who have vision and enthusiasm.
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to electronic payments. Visa investments include Square, LoopPay, Stripe, Klarna, BillTrust and Payworks.
Finparx is a Fintech company builder based in Berlin & Munich. They partner with the best entrepreneurs to build products that impact the finance industry. Finparx invests in ideas that will change the financial system for the better. Ventures include Circula, Kwara, Payolution, PAY.ON, Payreto, Payworks, Polyteia and Stealth.
HW Capital is an investment firm with a focus on the financial services industry. Their core activity is to start new financial services businesses by bringing together talent, capital and experience. HW Capital is backed by Robert Haselsteiner and Marcus Wolsdorf, co-founders of Interhyp, Germany’s largest independent mortgage distributor.
Speedinvest is an early stage Seed and Series A fund based in Vienna, Austria. With funds of approx. EUR 100M and offices in Vienna, Munich and Silicon Valley, Speedinvest targets companies in Central Europe in the FinTech/InsurTech, DeepTech and ConsumerTech sector. In addition to cash investments, Speedinvest provides part- or full time entrepreneurs from their team.
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