Brankas | March 20, 2023
Open finance leader Brankas has announced that it has acquired both the Payment Service Provider (PJP) Category 3 License from Bank Indonesia (BI) and the Operator of Payment Systems (OPS) Registration from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The certifications confirm that Brankas meets all local regulatory and security standards for its Open Finance payment solutions.
Brankas has an extensive range of banking APIs that enable instant and direct payments without the extra cost and risks of "middleman" settlement accounts. Brankas' payment APIs are used by companies offering e-wallets, online shopping checkout, lending services, insurance, and wealth management. Brankas Disburse is a multi-bank API enabling automated fund transfers for salary payouts, vendor payments, loan disbursements, and more. Brankas Direct enables collections and retail "cash-in" for e-commerce, fund transfers, and recurring subscriptions. Brankas Merchant Link is a turnkey merchant management system for banks and large merchants to offer in-house payment processing.
With over 100 enterprise partners worldwide, Brankas is committed to the security of its open finance solutions. Brankas is ISO 27001 and PCI DSS certified, and undergoes regular external IT audits
"We understand how important trust is to our customers, that's why it is important that we hold ourselves to the highest standards of security. As a leading open finance company globally, Brankas owes it to our customers to not only demonstrate compliance to internationally recognized frameworks, but also to contribute to the evolving risk management framework for payment systems worldwide." said Todd Schweitzer, CEO and Co-founder of Brankas.
The payments licenses equip Brankas to offer end-to-end Open Finance infrastructure to its bank partners, from local and cross-border payments, to new banking-as-a-service solutions like account opening and card issuing.
"Brankas is proud to obtain the PJP license, which confirms our commitment to data security and privacy for both our customers and partners. As we expand our list of embedded finance offerings to support our customers, we want to ensure that we provide the widest bank coverage in the country." said Husni Fuad, Country Manager of Brankas Indonesia.
Brankas is a leading global open finance technology provider. We provide API-based solutions, data and payments solutions for financial service providers (like banks, lenders and e-wallets) and online businesses. Brankas partners with banks to build and manage their open finance infrastructure, producing APIs for real-time payments, identity and data, new account opening, remittances, and more. With Brankas' secure open banking technology, online businesses, fintech companies and digital banks can use Brankas APIs to create new digital experiences for their users.
Thumbtack | March 17, 2023
Thumbtack, the modern home management platform, is making its first foray into retail. Thumbtack has rolled out branded displays throughout more than 300 H-E-B stores across Texas that allow H-E-B customers to scan a QR code to find and access local pet service providers while shopping. Available pet services include dog walking, grooming, pet sitting, training, and more.
This is Thumbtack’s first move into physical retail, with the goal of meeting consumers where they are. As the only platform people need to care for everything in and around their homes, Thumbtack is excited to expand its physical footprint in the year ahead, kicking off with beloved Texas retailer H-E-B.
“Thumbtack’s job is to make caring for everything in and around the home a seamless experience for the homeowner,” said David Steckel, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Thumbtack. “Expanding into physical retail brings us one step closer to that by allowing us to be a partner for consumers whether they’re shopping in-store for their pets or getting their backyards ready for hosting.”
In addition to launching pet services, Thumbtack is offering its Thumbtack On-Demand feature in select H-E-B stores, which allows consumers to find and hire local handyman, lawn care and cleaning services at a 10% discount. The initiative makes home services professionals available to H-E-B customers so that Thumbtack can help people seamlessly care for their homes.
Thumbtack is a technology leader building the modern home management platform. Through the Thumbtack app, homeowners can effortlessly manage their homes — confidently knowing what to do, when to do it, and who to hire. Bringing the $600 billion home services industry online, Thumbtack empowers millions of homeowners to fix, maintain, and improve their most valuable asset. Hundreds of thousands of local service professionals, from painters and plumbers to photographers and more, use the Thumbtack platform to grow their businesses each year. The company is backed by Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Venture Partners, Baillie Gifford, and CapitalG, among others.
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LEFCON | March 16, 2023
LEFCON, LLC, a national technology support organization, recently announced entering into a Master Service Agreement (MSA) with Sage Hospitality Group for its corporate headquarters in Denver and the majority of its portfolio of more than 110 hotels and restaurants in the United States.
As part of the Master Service Agreement, LEFCON is the primary technology partner for Sage's corporate headquarters, assisting with infrastructure, day-to-day technology solutions, and innovative solutions to keep Sage at the forefront of hospitality services as the industry evolves. LEFCON also provides support for the majority of Sage's hotel and restaurant offerings, including POS systems, back-of-house technologies, and event and guest service requirements.
James Lefcakis, President of LEFCON, said, "What we love about our partnership with Sage Hospitality Group is that they are interested in continuing to innovate the hospitality industry through technology systems and support." He added, "LEFCON not only provides excellent day-to-day customer support but we are always looking for new and creative ways to engage with guests through tech, as well as streamline services throughout hotels and restaurants. This partnership will allow us both to think up new and creative ideas while providing excellent service to Sage's properties."
"LEFCON has been a trusted partner of Sage for many years, and we're excited to enter into this MSA to continue to provide excellent service to our properties and owner/partners," mentioned Matt Schwartz, Chief Technology Officer at Sage. He also said, "We look forward to bringing new innovations to our hotels and restaurants that will enhance the guest experience and continue to position Sage as an industry leader in the lifestyle sector."
Founded in 2000, LEFCON provides a highly specialized managed services solution that is customized to match the needs of each hotel organization, drawing on more than 25 years of experience providing professional IT services to the hospitality industry.LEFCON offers top-tier solutions for email, asset management, security and compliance, and proactive network monitoring, all of which are backed by a 24/7 support team and a state-of-the-art network operations center. As a business focused on hospitality technology, LEFCON offers services like consulting, opening management, network design and build, new construction build, project governance, and turnkey IT solutions.