This is the first of a series of sessions focusing on mobile payments.
One of the things that everyone in this business knows is that mobile payments are coming. By coming, I mean that in one way, shape or form, we will be using a device we carry to pay for goods we want to carry — in real life or virtually.
Our first discussion on this topic is with MobileFirst CEO Kevin Spector. Kevin has enough experience from the product side (as VP Biz Dev for Funmobile) and the security side (Verisign) to take us down the path of the carrier billing option for purchasing via a cellphone — not just smartphones but all phones.
If you are trying to figure out how to sell goods via a mobile, Kevin has some great advice and insight into this nascent industry.
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About Kevin Spector
With an extensive background in mobile content that spans both the consumer and carrier ends of the value chain, Kevin Spector understands how to unlock the commerce potential of the mobile phone. As CEO of Mobile First, Kevin is leading the team that brought to market an infinitely scalable mobile billing and payment platform that unites merchants with consumers all over the world. Kevin’s vision is to help harness the international market potential merchant’s can derive from mobile billing, establish mobile as a ubiquitous payment mechanism, and to deliver consumers a highly convenient and secure payment option.
Kevin joined Mobile First in 2008 from Funmobile, a leading International direct-to-consumer mobile content provider. As Funmobile’s vice president of business development, Kevin built industry relationships and directed the development of the company’s transaction processing systems. Before Funmobile, Kevin worked in client management at m-Qube through that company’s $250 million sale to VeriSign. Prior to VeriSign he spent five years in strategic business development roles at early-stage interactive marketing firms. In addition to his strong mobile and online background, Kevin has a solid foundation in finance and held investment positions at Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments.
Kevin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.