Rapyd launches out of this world competition to ‘Hack the Galaxy’ for software developers to win a trip to the edge of space


Rapyd, the leading fintech-as-a-service platform, today announces the launch of its Hack the Galaxy challenge; a series of virtual challenges for developers to win tickets to ride to the edge of space in a private capsule launching in 2026. Check out this video from Rapyd partner William Shatner announcing the challenge.

Beginning today, challenges will be posted in the Rapyd Developer Community every week through October 3. Members will have an opportunity to compete in a total of 42 challenges. Each solution will reveal a password unlocking an entry to win tickets to the edge of space aboard the Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune.

The three individual winners – one each announced on July 11September 2 and October 14, 2022 – plus one winning hackathon team named the Galaxy’s Greatest Fintech Developer will board the world’s only carbon-neutral spaceship for the six hour trip. The winners will enjoy 360 degree views, 450 miles in any direction, while relaxing in the capsule’s Space Lounge featuring plush reclining seats and the largest-ever panoramic windows to be flown to the edge of space.

In addition to the challenges for the developer community, there are additional opportunities to win via live events and four Hack the Galaxy-themed hackathons taking place throughout the year. The top team from each of these hackathons will be flown to Rapyd’s Developer Demo Day in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2022 to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges. The ultimate winning team will be crowned the ‘Galaxy’s Greatest Fintech Developers’ and be rewarded with the trip to the edge of space. Winners may also opt to choose a cash alternative prize of $130,000. Rapyd encourages anyone from eligible countries to join the developer community and participate.

All participants have opportunities to win dozens of other prizes throughout the challenge.

Arik Shtilman CEO at Rapyd says: “The Hack the Galaxy challenge is a once in a lifetime experience and contest for our growing community of over 50,000 software developers. Developers are the dreamers and doers of fintech innovation – at Rapyd, we’re on a quest to attract accomplished talent to welcome to our community. Millions of developers around the world are reimagining financial services bringing together new ideas and innovation to solve the problem of how businesses and consumers pay and want to be paid in markets across the planet. We’re committed to ensuring that they have access to the best tools, support and advice so that they can continue to make payment and fintech applications more frictionless. By launching this world-first contest, we are not only able to find and crown the greatest fintech developer on Planet Earth and beyond but also create a place for like-minded thinkers across the globe who are hungry to connect and share ideas”.

William Shatner, Film and TV icon and space enthusiast comments: “Having been to space myself, I can’t express how incredible an opportunity this is for software developers all over the world. It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m excited to partner with Rapyd to spread the word to the developers worldwide to join the Rapyd Developer Community and complete the puzzles for a chance to win a trip to the edge of space!”

The Rapyd Developer Community is far more than a ticket to space. The community has become a hub for developers to learn, connect and share with others in the fintech world. From learning how to use Rapyd’s APIs, to collaborating on business ideas and local hackathons, the Rapyd Developer Community is a launching pad for creativity and success.

Can You Hack the Galaxy? Join the Rapyd Developer Community to solve unique puzzles and receive invitations to live and virtual developer events that can earn you entry into a Hack the Galaxy drawing. For full details, please visit https://www.hackthegalaxy.dev


Rapyd Expands Senior leadership Team, Appointing Casey Bullock as Chief Revenue Officer and Revital Lavie Cohen as Global VP HR, and promoting LeAnne Hoang to Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer


Rapyd, a global Fintech as a Service platform, announced today three new appointments to its leadership team. Casey Bullock will be joining Rapyd as Chief Revenue Officer, Revital Lavie Cohen will be joining as the Global VP for HR, and LeAnne Hoang will take on the role of the Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. The new hires fill strategic roles as Rapyd continues to expand its global payments and disbursements businesses, and looks towards launching additional offerings.

Casey Bullock, the newly appointed CRO, was most recently the Senior Vice President & General Manager of Worldpay’s Global Enterprise eCommerce business for North America. As a senior Payments, Sales and Growth professional with over 25 years of expertise in building and managing global Payments operations, Casey’s addition to the Rapyd team is highly anticipated and expected to create new opportunities for Rapyd in the global fintech payments industry, as well as strengthen Enterprise Sales and Go-to-Market strategy.

Revital Lavie Cohen comes to Rapyd with over 20 years of strategic HR and business leadership experience, and a passion for both organizational and employee growth. Prior to joining Rapyd Revital was the GM of Powerhouse Ventures, an investment arm of NSO Group, and the Chief People Officer of NSO group, a leading cyber company. As the Global VP of HR at Rapyd, Revital will play a key role in enabling the constant and rapid growth of the company, attracting, developing and retaining global talent and overseeing employee experience as Rapyd continues to develop its international presence.

LeAnne Hoang, the newly appointed Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, recently joined Rapyd to oversee Risk & Compliance for the Americas region, and now steps up into the global role as a Department Head. In this position LeAnne will be collaborating with regulators and navigating global regulatory frameworks, ensuring Rapyd’s compliance with local policies and licensing regimes, and shape Rapyd’s global Risk, Compliance, and AML processes and policies. A veteran compliance officer, LeAnne brings in a wealth of regulatory and compliance knowledge within the financial services and fintech industries.

“I’m happy to welcome the new members of our team, Casey and Revital, and to congratulate LeAnne on her new position, as they take on their new critical roles at Rapyd. Each of them brings strategic value to the company, as Rapyd continues to grow, expand into new markets, and launch new solutions,” said Arik Shtilman, CEO and Co-founder of Rapyd. “The acceleration of growth that Rapyd has undergone over the past year has created multiple new opportunities for us, and with the new additions to our leadership team we will be well-positioned to seize them and continue our upward trajectory.”


Rapyd Launches a Venture Arm to Propel Digital Commerce and Payment Innovation Globally

Rapyd, a global Fintech-as-a-Service company, announced today the launch of Rapyd Ventures, its new venture arm that will focus on investing in early and growth stage businesses that are delivering the next wave of financial services innovation. Rapyd Ventures will be led by Joel Yarbrough, MD of Rapyd Ventures and Rapyd’s VP of Asia Pacific.

Rapyd Ventures will largely work with startups after their Seed round and through Series B funding that have unique market and customer insights and are expanding on existing market traction. In addition to capital, Rapyd Ventures will provide access to its extensive Fintech-as-a-Service capabilities and network of partners, offering startups strategic advice and giving them opportunities to move faster, expand more quickly, and accelerate their growth.

The venture arm will look at two types of projects:

  • Capability providers delivering core infrastructure in areas where the market is going, including identity and risk management, faster and more seamless money movement and embedded financial services;
  • End-user platforms that are directly providing innovative financial services to consumers and businesses around the world.

“The innovations that we are seeing in the payments industry are not evenly distributed. We believe we have a mission and responsibility to support companies building both the infrastructure for next generation financial services, as well as innovators building on top of these new capabilities around the world, and to accelerate their development,” said Arik Shtilman, CEO and co-founder of Rapyd. “Joel’s intimate understanding of the global Tech industry and his vast insight and experience in payment technology makes him the ideal person to lead our new venture arm. He knows where the industry is headed and how to build the technology necessary to get there. Just as he has pushed Rapyd forward, we are confident he can do the same for others in this space and the entire digital commerce ecosystem.”

“We are engaging with entrepreneurs around the world to create the enabling infrastructure for next-generation financial services and bring to the market new fintech products that create opportunities for individuals, small, and large businesses to transact with lower friction, more quickly, safely, and in new ways,” said Joel Yarbrough, MD of Rapyd Ventures and VP of Asia Pacific. “We believe that ‘FinTech’ will be built into all types of services, and we want to help bring to life a network of innovators and a rich set of new payment, identity, open banking, and embedded finance capabilities to make it happen.”