The need for payment solutions is growing exponentially, and online merchants around the globe are looking for easy ways to connect their businesses to the world. We’re proud to give merchants exactly what they need to convert more shoppers to buyers.
There’s still so much work to do and we want to surround ourselves with people to help us build a world-class, cross-border payments solution. We’re thrilled to welcome James Olver, who will focus on European expansion for the company. James joins us as a former London-based Braintree employee, and has already secured offices at the prestigious Rainmaking Loft in London dedicated to ambitious high-growth technology startups.
In our Q&A, James shares his take on the localized experience and the shift in commerce and technology.
Please tell us about yourself.
I have over seven years of experience in the payments industry. Previously I held sales, account management, business development, and sales leadership roles at First Data, Barclaycard and most recently Braintree.
During my time in the industry, I have sold at all levels and across all verticals from start-up/SME to Tier 1 and 2 European merchants at First Data and Barclaycard before moving into management at Barclays where I managed the top performing sales team nationally.
Outside of work I go to the gym regularly and play golf a few times a month.
BlueSnap has so much potential and has the platform and functionality to dominate the international payment space. The shift in commerce and technology means that businesses are no longer satisfied selling domestically, but until recently, they have lacked the right solution and platform to sell internationally. BlueSnap solves that problem better than anyone else in the market in terms of a localised experience on both web and mobile with zero development required as well as giving merchants the best conversion rate in the market. The potential of BlueSnap, coupled with the management team in place, made it a clear choice against all of the competition.
What do you hope to achieve at BlueSnap?
For BlueSnap to be the go-to merchant for any online business in Europe looking to sell internationally.
What do you envision as the future of payment solutions?
I think that payments will continue to evolve at a fast pace, with the mobile experience at the heart of consumer purchases, along with merchants looking to reduce abandonments and increase conversion rates while providing a frictionless purchasing experience. Something big that a lot of people are not paying enough attention to is 3D printers. Recently objects have been successfully printed in carbon fibre, metal and gold from a $699 printer that was as good a quality as the product they were replicating that were sold in stores.
I think that in 3 to 4 years time, rather than going to the store to purchase a part for your bicycle or perhaps a mobile phone cover, you will purchase the recipe online and then send it directly to the 3D printer and print it in your home ready for immediate use. Cards will gradually become redundant and fingerprint authentication and face recognition to authorise card transactions will come into play.
What’s your motto?
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” and “The greatest opportunities in life lie outside of your comfort zone. So get out of it as often as possible.”
Thank you James!