Founded in 2010, Marqeta has re-engineered how payment cards, virtual cards, and mobile authorization products should be developed and deployed. The Marqeta Platform, built from the ground up with no legacy infrastructure, provides the world’s first fully documented, open API issuer processor platform. Adopters of The Marqeta Platform include leading financial services, e-commerce, retail, and social media brands.
Marqeta offers developer-friendly solutions to meet the ever-evolving demands of the payments market: DELIVERY, LEND, DISBURSE, EXPENSE, and VIRTUAL. Each of these solutions includes a sophisticated set of controls and configurations that are designed to meet the needs of on-demand service companies, alternative lenders, as well as those looking for payouts for 1099 workers, flexible expense management, and scalable, secure virtual card transactions.
“The Marqeta culture is founded on innovation, ideas, delivery, and a strong motivation to stay ahead of the game.”
– Jason Gardner, Founder and CEO
Jason is a serial entrepreneur with a deep love of technology and a decidedly untraditional background. He grew up on the New Jersey shore where he had numerous businesses that included making and selling tie-dyed T-shirts. He was a G.O.at Club Med in Paradise Island, Bahamas and a constituent liaison for Senator John McCain in Arizona, primarily working as a the contact between McCain’s constituents and the Armed Services and IRS. After attending Arizona State University Jason made it to California where he began to pursue his passion for technology.
He held various sales management jobs with some of the Bay Area’s leading technology and consulting companies before founding Vertical Think, a IT management company that worked with start-ups and larger organizations to shorten time to market and increase return on investment (ROI) for information technology projects.
In 2004, he co-founded and served as President of PropertyBridge, which became the leading rent and lease-related payment platform for multifamily real estate. PropertyBridge gave renters multiple options for paying their rent and simplified the handling and reconciliation processes for property managers. MoneyGram International (MGI) acquired PropertyBridge and Jason became a vice president and member of the executive team.
While having dinner in San Francisco, Jason and a friend discussed how to personally manage all their “daily deal” paper coupons. He had an epiphany about how this could be handled with a card that could hold multiple balances and could authorize the right balance for the right merchant when swiped. Marqeta was founded in 2010 as the world’s first fully documented, open API issuer processor platform, built from the ground up with no legacy infrastructure to solve this problem and many more. Today, the Marqeta Platform has been designed and engineered using the best open-source technologies available to bring the most modern of platforms to many of the most well known businesses in the world.
Jason earned his BA in Political Science from Arizona State University.
“We have built a fundamentally new – and unbelievably powerful – platform for payment innovation.”
– Eric Bachman, Chief Operating Officer
Eric has been at the forefront of payments evolution for more than two decades, during which he has championed innovative financial, loyalty and payment solutions. His focus has been on making payments and payment technology faster, more secure, and easier using everything from EDC and PIN debit solutions to transponders, check truncation, biometrics and mobile banking.
Before joining Marqeta, he founded and served as CEO of Golden Gateway Financial, an award-winning web service that enabled seniors to find and manage the best financial retirement instruments. Eric has also played key executive roles in product development, product management, marketing, sales and operations at several companies including US Bank, Wells Fargo, NextCard, BankServ and CES. He has served on Visa's Merchant Advisory Council and has been a speaker at many payments and trade events.
Eric has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also did post-graduate study.
“The future of commerce will always have untold tangents, but one focal point: payments. We’re helping our customers accelerate bringing their vision of the future to market.”
– Omri Dahan, Chief Revenue Officer
Omri is a serial entrepreneur with a long track record of turning transformational ideas into real businesses. Before joining Marqeta, Omri was CEO of “cleantech” innovator TerraFusion, where he led a turnaround and overhauled its brand, sales function and distribution network. Previously, Omri spent seven years at the Trium Group, a boutique management consulting firm that advised Fortune 100 executive teams in the sectors of financial services, consumer products, retail and telecom. Omri founded and led Trium's New York practice, where he developed over $20 million of revenue and became the first person at the firm promoted to partner.
Omri's earlier ventures included ground-floor stints at The Republic of Tea (sold to Clearly Canadian), a division of Calvert Group, and OneBody.com, whose first-ever wellness discount program became BlueShield's "Lifepath" product. He also spent a summer on President Clinton's White House Staff, advising Dr. Laura Tyson while she was Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.
Omri holds a BS from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“Payments and financial services are in a huge state of flux, and we built the world’s first payments platform using open APIs to speed up innovation and foster the creation of new products.”
– Tony Ford, Chief Technology Officer
Tony is a technology and product leader with more than 10 years of experience in building large-scale Internet applications and infrastructure. Tony’s passion is in leading and growing teams to build products that have a real impact for users.
Prior to joining Marqeta, Tony spent several years building web applications and community-driven video game tools for IGN Entertainment and brands such as Rotten Tomatoes. Under Tony's leadership, the team at IGN built a modern, scalable, service-oriented platform and mobile team. Tony’s specialties include open source software, distributed computing, web development, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and agile and lean product development.
“The payments industry is a highly regulated one – state and federal laws, plus multiple regulatory bodies – and we are here to help Marqeta customers understand and address the regulatory hurdles they’re likely to face.”
– Gizelle Barany, General Counsel
Gizelle is a seasoned financial services and regulatory attorney with over 10 years of experience in the prepaid card industry. Before she joined Marqeta, Gizelle served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Blackhawk Network, Inc., an early leader in the prepaid card industry, where she developed strategic, practical and creative legal solutions to a variety of complex regulatory, compliance and commercial challenges. She substantially helped advance Blackhawk Network’s competitive advantage in open-loop, prepaid cards.
Additionally, Gizelle collaborated closely with lobbyists on card-related issues to present an industry perspective to members of Congress and federal regulators, and prepared comment letters on proposed legislation and regulation. She was Blackhawk Network’s board designee to the Network Branded Card Association (NBPCA), where she participated as a strategic and technical contributor to the NBPCA board and executive committee. Gizelle has presented on prepaid regulatory and compliance issues at several industry conferences.
Gizelle's early legal career included associate positions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP & Affiliates, Bay Venture Counsel, LLP, and GATX Ventures, Inc.
Gizelle received her BA and her JD from U.C. Berkeley.
“Marqeta brings two things to our clients: speed and scale.”
– Dave Matter, Chief Product Officer
Dave is a product and engineering professional whose specialty is designing, architecting and productizing large-scale financial technology platforms to create paradigm-shifting products operating at the intersection of business development, engineering and operations. Dave has led teams on projects to marry financial and technological complexity with elegant and simple user interfaces and APIs.
Dave started his career at ING DIRECT (now CapitalOne 360), where he was instrumental in creating a fully automated, direct-to-consumer loan origination platform. From ING, Dave went to Citadel Investment Group, where he led the development and engineering of an asset management platform, which was sold and integrated into Quicken Loans through a joint venture. Prior to joining Marqeta and relocating from New York City, Dave managed the engineering and product development for a stealth mode, higher education and consumer finance company.
A native of Minnesota, Dave received his BS in Business Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University.
“Many customers, particularly innovators who are creating new businesses from scratch, don’t fully understand the rules and regulations surrounding payments. We’re here to help them.”
– Claire Roberts, VP of Risk and Compliance
Claire ensures Marqeta customer programs are in compliance with the evolving regulatory landscape. She has more than two decades of experience in financial services focusing on risk, compliance and operations in the payments space, including management roles at Bank of America Merchant Services, Wells Fargo and Blackhawk Network. Before she joined Marqeta, Claire spent three years consulting with a variety of venture capital-backed payment start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping them to develop and implement risk and compliance strategies while encouraging and supporting innovation.
Claire has a BS in accounting from San Francisco State University.
“We use the word ‘empower’ to describe how we work with clients: We empower them to design, build and deploy innovative and frictionless payment experiences – not just faster than before but faster than ever.”
– Jim Ackerson, VP of Business Development
Jim is a global payments expert who has delivered innovative payment and loyalty solutions across retail, government, commercial and consumer markets for organizations of all sizes in five continents around the world. Jim uses a customer-centric approach to help stakeholders' interests align with customer expectations. His experience connects regulators, bank issuers, payment networks, processors, program managers and marketers to scale profitable payment programs.
Before he joined Marqeta, Jim filled senior leadership roles with MasterCard International, CitiCards, FIS Global, Total Systems Services, MBNA and FleetBoston. Jim has been an active member of several payments industry organizations and has been a speaker at trade events.
Jim earned a BS degree in Accounting & Business Administration as well as his MBA from the University of Kansas; he is also a CPA.
“We don’t sell a product to our customers; we build a relationship – a partnership – with them to drive successful innovation and deployment.”
– Patricia McPeak, VP of Customer Success
Patricia is leads the day-to-day management of key relationships to ensure customers are receiving the full benefit of a partnership with Marqeta. She is a seasoned payments professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in financial services and payments; she has held senior level positions at Visa and Wells Fargo and learned first-hand what ensures partnerships succeed and how new customers can best be supported.
Prior to joining Marqeta, Patricia worked at i2c, Inc., where she led efforts to promote and market the company's value proposition across the expanding global prepaid industry. She also has deep experience and knowledge of debit, credit and chip products from her work on both sides of the payments issuer and acquirer ecosystem.
Patricia is a graduate from Golden Gate University.
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