Unified Payments Platform, NomuPay, Announces Formation of Global Board of Directors


NomuPay Group, a fast-growth financial technology company, today announced the formation of its Global Board of Directors. Composed of seasoned industry veterans, the Board includes Finch Capital Managing Partner, Radboud Vlaar; former WorldFirst CEO and current Marqeta SVP and Managing Director, Jeff Parker; and Lisa Shields, the former CEO of Hyperwallet (now a PayPal service), and current CEO of ERP-banking platform, FISPAN. Juan Benitez, the former General Manager of Braintree and previous GoFundMe President, has also joined the Board in an advisory capacity. Each of these Board members brings with them a wealth of payments expertise, including extensive knowledge of acquiring, processing and disbursements.

“I am extremely excited to welcome these four individuals to the NomuPay Board and team,” said Peter Burridge, Group CEO. “The vision and expertise that these leaders are capable of providing NomuPay is tremendous; I couldn’t have asked for a more talented group to guide the growth of our platform.”

A modern end-to-end payment platform purpose-built for expansion into regions of high cross-border and ecommerce growth, NomuPay’s Unified Payments (uP) Platform provides omnichannel payments acceptance and payout disbursements through a single API integration. Launched in 2021, NomuPay’s uP Platform is focused on simplifying fragmented payment infrastructure throughout Southeast Asia and Turkey, providing European and North American partners with scalable solutions and transparent reporting capabilities.

Radboud Vlaar / Managing Partner, Finch Capital / Board Member, NomuPay

Radboud is the Managing Partner of Finch Capital. Prior to launching the firm, Radboud was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he was co-lead of Digital Banking globally, as well as a member of the EMEA Banking Leadership. Prior to McKinsey, Radboud worked at TPG; he has also co-founded 3 companies. Radboud has led firm investments in ZOPA, Fixico, Fourthline, Goodlord, NomuPay and BUX, among others. He is currently a Supervisory Board Member at Robeco.

Jeff Parker / SVP and Managing Director Marqeta / Board Member, NomuPay

Jeff is an experienced fintech executive. He is currently SVP and Managing Director of Marqeta. Previously, Jeff was the CEO of WorldFirst, a UK-based cross-border payments platform, which was acquired by Ant Group in 2019. Jeff has served on the global executive team at OFX in the role of Chief Enterprise Officer. Prior to this, he has also held roles at Macquarie, Accenture and JP Morgan. He currently holds an advisory role with Stake, the online share trading platform.

Lisa Shields / CEO FISPAN / Board Member, NomuPay

Lisa is an experienced fintech founder and executive. She is currently the CEO of FISPAN, the market leader in ERP-banking. Previously, Lisa founded and led global payments platform, Hyperwallet, for 15 years, which was acquired by PayPal in 2018. Lisa holds an MS in Engineering from MIT. She is a member of the Canadian FinPay Committee, was named the EY Regional Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2015 and received a Women in Payments Innovation Award in 2016.

Juan Benitez /  Former President, GoFundME / Board Observer and Advisor, NomuPay

The former President of GoFundMe, Juan has more than 20+ years of experience in technology, product, and business leadership. Prior to GoFundMe, Juan was General Manager of Braintree, a global payments company that was acquired by PayPal in 2013. Before serving as GM, Juan led product and engineering as Braintree’s CTO. Prior to Braintree, he spent nine years in various capacities at Yahoo!, including VP of Engineering in Yahoo!’s Advertising Products Group and VP of Search Advertising. Benitez holds a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Juan enjoys advising several companies and serving on the board of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter.


Liechtenstein Group to Strategically Partner with Greensoil PropTech Ventures (GSPV)


The Liechtenstein Group, an investment group owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein, has made a key investment in Greensoil PropTech Ventures Fund II, putting the $100 million PropTech investment fund on target for a Q4 closing.

Headquartered in Vienna, with real estate holdings in the United States and Europe, the Liechtenstein Group manages a portfolio of companies, operating globally in the sectors of Agriculture &­ Food, Forestry, Renewable Energy and Real Estate. The Liechtenstein Group’s investment in GSPV underscores a shared view that innovative concepts are necessary for a sustainable real estate sector and a commitment to its own diverse real estate holdings.

“The Liechtenstein Group rarely invests in venture capital funds,” said Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein, CEO and Managing Partner of the Liechtenstein Group. “We chose Greensoil PropTech Ventures because its goals align with the Liechtenstein Group’s vision to make real estate more sustainable through cutting-edge technologies.”

Based in Toronto, GSPV invests in early to mid-stage venture capital opportunities across the United StatesCanadaEurope and Israel. Pioneers in PropTech, GSPV announced the launch of a second venture capital fund in March 2021, to leverage GSPV’s deep industry expertise with its ability to develop lasting partnerships and build businesses that will create more efficient and sustainable real estate across sectors.

“The Liechtenstein Group is known for taking a thoughtful, holistic approach to increasing sustainability in real estate, agriculture and other key sectors,” said Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Greensoil Investments. “We are pleased to work with an entity whose culture is so deeply rooted in sustainability and innovation.”

The Liechtenstein Group’s investment comes amid a series of fundraising and investment activities by GSPV. Since GSPV Fund II’s March 2021 launch announcement, the fund has invested in six portfolio companies, including Oxygen8, Wynd, Home365, Miru, Intelligent City and Ivy Energy.

Oxygen8 of Vancouver is a manufacturer of compact, high-efficiency HVAC and Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems that continuously draw in fresh air and use cutting-edge heat exchanger technology to recapture energy from the exhaust air.

Wynd Technologies Inc. is a San Carlos, Calif.-maker of indoor air monitoring and purification technologies that detect, predict and remediate issues with proprietary, AI-powered software, sensors and analytics. Wynd’s air purification technology also can be integrated with major HVAC systems and other products offering air purification solutions.

Home365 is a Palo Alto, Calif.-based tech- and data-driven residential property management platform. Home365’s premium OneRate service, its flagship product, uses internet-enabled sensors, artificial intelligence and modeling software to reduce the cost and carbon footprint of residential rental properties.

Miru Smart Technologies of Vancouver is bringing next-generation electrochromic windows to the residential and commercial real estate markets, blocking unwanted UV rays and controlling building temperatures with automated tinting. Miru’s glass also could extend the battery life of electric vehicles by reducing the energy needed to heat and cool cars, which could allow vehicles to travel up to 10% farther.

Ivy Energy, out of San Diego, Calif., has pioneered technology that allows residential property owners and tenants to use solar power for apartment buildings and townhomes. The firm’s software tracks and bills for solar energy usage, while rewarding tenants’ power-usage decisions to create efficiencies and cost savings.

Intelligent City of Vancouver is a modular construction company full of architects, designers and engineers. The firm uses proprietary software to create customized housing and commercial buildings of up to 18 stories with mass timber. Intelligent City expedites and simplifies construction, radically reducing costs and greenhouse emissions.

Greensoil Investments also recently released its Impact Report 2022, a comprehensive white paper chronicling the growth of mission-driven investing in AgTech, FoodTech and PropTech companies that are facilitating the smarter, more efficient use of energy, water and land.

Established in 2011, Greensoil Investments has launched two Greensoil Agro & Food Technologies Funds (GAFT I in 2011, GAFT II in 2013) raising a total of $40 million, in addition to establishing the $59 million Greensoil Building Innovation Fund (GBIF) in 2015 and Greensoil PropTech Ventures II (GSPV II) in 2020.


Global Paytech Ventures (GPT) Invests in Paysend’s Unique Cross-Border Payment Solution for its Enormous Scale


Global Paytech Ventures (GPT) announced their follow-on investment in Paysend, the card-to-card pioneer and international payments platform renowned for its worldwide scale and its plans for further global expansion.

“Paysend offers a truly global, cross-border solution that integrates the entire payment ecosystem. I am hugely excited by Paysend’s potential to become the number one payments platform of choice for customers around the world,” said Javier Perez, GPT’s Founder and Managing Partner.

Paysend is a next generation integrated global payment ecosystem that enables consumers and businesses to pay and send money online anywhere, anyhow and in any currency. Created in April 2017 with the clear mission to change how money is moved around the world, Paysend currently supports a cross-network operability globally across Mastercard, Visa, China UnionPay and local ACH and payment schemes, providing over 40 payment methods for online SMEs. Paysend can send money to 135 countries worldwide and has attracted more than five million consumers to its platform.

“No one in the cross border payment market has a solution with this level of scale,” said Kristofer (Kriffy) Perez, a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at GPT along with his brother Daniel Perez. “Paysend has solved for a very real problem and their solution is more comprehensive than anything else available.”

Paysend’s recent milestones:

  • Earlier this year, Paysend had a successful Series B funding round that raised $125 million at a valuation of $700+ million.
  • Paysend reached more than 5 million users after less than five years in operation — with one and a half million joining in the last six months alone. Paysend is one of the few incumbent fintech companies to have reached a user base of this size in that timeframe.
  • With a growth rate of 14,498%, Paysend has been ranked the third fastest growing technology company in the UK by Deloitte.