Payscout Partners with Accenture Interactive and Elastic Path to Bring an Immersive Donation Experience to SXSW

SXSW VR Activation

At South by Southwest Interactive this year, Payscout is demoing a ground-breaking virtual reality experience for the Peregrine Fund that takes the user on a flight with a California Condor and lets them donate frictionlessly to the fund via Pay-by-Gaze technology.

Payscout is showcasing a technology experience at SXSW with Accenture Interactive and Elastic Path that represents the future of how brands will engage with consumers (and optimize conversions) in immersive environments.

Elastic Path and Payscout have partnered with Accenture Interactive to create a 360-degree experience for the Peregrine Fund that showcases how conservation efforts have benefited birds of prey like the California Condor.

After experiencing the majesty of the Condor in 360-degrees, the user can make a frictionless donation to support the Peregrine Funds’ conservation efforts via an all-new Pay-by-Gaze technology that is being debuted at SXSW.

As an unrivaled example of how businesses will tell stories and optimize conversions in a mixed-reality world,  the location-based virtual reality experience features Oculus Go headset experience of a 360-degree story about the California Condor, which is followed by a “virtual store” for gazing and initiating a donation to the Fund.

“We are thrilled to debut this groundbreaking technology with Accenture Interactive and Elastic Path,” said Payscout COO Juan Sotelo. “This kind of technological solution and platform integration represents the future of how brands will leverage immersive technology to drive optimized outcomes among their ideal customers.”

The virtual reality experience can be found at Accenture’s Demos @ the Experience Cantina, in the XR Lab Space 4, March 8-12 at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. For additional details, please click here.

Accenture Interactive was named Elastic Path Partner of the Year for two years running: https://www.elasticpath.com/resources/elastic-path-names-accenture-interactive-partner-year

Payscout’s Erica Boatman-Dixon Recognized by the Jefferson Awards Foundation

Erica from Payscout at JAF

In support of our Belief that every individual has a social responsibility to make the world a better place, Payscout serves as a Champion with the Jefferson Award Foundation (JAF), the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating public service.  

Each Champion organization is given the opportunity to select one employee as its outstanding employee volunteer of the year.  

This year, Erica Boatman-Dixon was selected for her volunteer efforts, which include organizing activities for Students in Action at Van Nuys Middle School and working on Lead 360 activations and overall support of the Greater Los Angeles JAF team. As a reward for being selected as the employee volunteer of the year, Erica had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, to attend the annual JAF National Ceremony, the gathering of national leaders, grassroots heroes, and Students in Action Teams to celebrate the best of public service in America.  The National Ceremony activities took place from June 27 through June 29 and provided an opportunity to connect with other JAF Champion award recipients, community and celebrity award recipients, Students In Action teams and media partner award recipients.  

Recipients were given the opportunity to take a tour of many of the historical monuments in the National Mall on Wednesday evening to get to know one another.  On Thursday morning a Welcome Breakfast was held giving each award recipient the opportunity to address attendees and share their story. “There were numerous stories of triumph over tragedy and how loss compelled people to give back to the community,” said Erica. “We need a Welcome Breakfast like this every day,” she added.  

During the afternoon recipients had a chance to visit their Senator or Representative.  The California contingent visiting the offices of Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein included:  the Greater Los Angeles SIA competition winning student team from Sage Oak and the students from the Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, JAF Greater Los Angeles Executive Director Myla Rahman, San Francisco Program Manager Kim Bonney, and two award recipients from San Francisco, recognized for their efforts for assisting homeless women sleeping in their vehicles in Monterey and providing gifts for less fortunate children during the holiday season.  Though Ms. Harris and Ms. Feinstein were unable to attend the meetings, the opportunity to share information about community outreach efforts with representatives from each Senator’s office was exciting for all involved.

The day culminated with the evening Gala, a ceremony honoring the best of the best.  This year’s honorees were: Abbie Nelson & Pia Phillips (recognized for outstanding public service by individuals 25 years or younger – for their creation of PAB’s Packs – custom designed backpacks filled with comfort items to teenagers with a chronic diagnosis or repeat hospital visits); Elaine Wynn (recognized for outstanding public service by a private citizen); Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Chris Long (recognized for outstanding public service in professional sports – Chris donated his entire 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to benefit educational charities).  In addition, five individuals were presented with the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for their contributions,

Each Students In Action team that earned the trip to Washington, DC was also eligible for national recognition for their overall achievements.  Though this was their first time participating in Students In Action, Sage Oak earned a bronze level banner for their efforts. An outstanding achievement for the small, but talented group of middle school students of whom we are extremely proud.  Way to go, Sage Oak! Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO Hillary Schaefer closed the National Awards with the following, “ … everyone around you is a powerful reminder of the best spirit of America. Each of us in this room knows that people can realize their true power through service to others.  It is incumbent on all of us to multiply service and multiply the good that it does. We are proud of being at the center of that for 46 years.”

For more information on the Jefferson Awards Foundation and how you can get involved, visit jeffersonawards.org.  

Congratulations to Erica, the students from Sage Oak, and all award recipients.  Payscout will continue to #CelebrateGood with the Jefferson Awards Foundation and other organizations that make the world a better place.  Follow our blog for more Payscout Gives employee engagement and activities.

Payscout, UCLA, and the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks: Turning Inspired Connections Into Meaningful Actions

Here at Payscout, we are all about inspiring people through the power of meaningful connections and transactions. In business and in life, we’ve learned that helping others fulfill their potential makes for the most rewarding and most successful partnerships.

That’s why we are so proud of our role in catalyzing a meaningful partnership between  the Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to empowering and celebrating public service, with UCLA and formidable women’s basketball team, the L.A. Sparks. The goal? To uplift and support youth leadership in promoting social good and powering public service.

Payscout CEO Cleveland Brown and COO Juan Sotelo, both UCLA alums, recently helped forge a powerful partnership between the Jefferson Awards Foundation and UCLA, to expand youth leadership and service among middle and high school students throughout Southern California.

That partnership caught the eye of UCLA alum Christine Simmons, President and COO of the Los Angeles Sparks and current President of the Board of Directors of the UCLA Alumni Association, who delivered a motivational speech to students participating in a JAF Students in Action program this past February. Her message: “Never settle, don’t let anyone outwork you, and be extraordinary!”

At the end of her talk, Simmons surprised the students with a donation of 189 tickets for the May 27 home opener of the LA Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury for all students, advisors and volunteers participating in the JAF Training. At $15 per ticket, that totals an in-kind donation of $2,835.

As you can tell from the picture above, the students had an amazing time and left feeling inspired, energized and eager to see where their service would take them next.

As the first Los Angeles Jefferson Awards Foundation Champion, Payscout is so incredibly proud of the service these young students have committed to, and of the way UCLA and the L.A. Sparks joined together to promote leadership, partnership and service among tomorrow’s leaders. Those are three ideals Payscout lives by each and every day, and we are thrilled to have played a small part in catalyzing this meaningful connection.

Live from TRANSACT: Sionic Mobile and Payscout Announce Strategic Alliance

Today at TRANSACT, Payscout and Sionic Mobile, a leading provider of cloud-based connected commerce and loyalty currency gateway services, announced they have entered into a strategic alliance to provide enhanced mobile payments and loyalty solution helping merchants connect with and more effectively engage millions of consumers nationwide through their favorite mobile app.

Book time to learn more about this mobile payments and loyalty solution!

Sionic Mobile’s award-winning ION Commerce Engine® (ICE) and Mobile Rewards Marketplace® will supplement Payscout’s innovative payment products, including Virtual Reality (VR) Commerce, a finalist for the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Star Award, “Technology Innovation of the Year,” which will be awarded during TRANSACT.

“Through the Sionic Mobile partner alliance, merchants will be able to quickly and easily deploy a sophisticated mobile strategy,” said Payscout’s Co-Founder and President, Manpreet Singh. “Building consumer loyalty in today’s increasingly competitive market is crucial to the future success of merchants. The Marketplace not only enables the convenience of mobile payments, but also delivers an exceptional end-user experience that attracts new customers, while encouraging repeat business.”

Yahoo! Finance: Sionic Mobile and Payscout Announce Strategic Alliance

Ronald Herman, CEO and founder of Sionic Mobile, said, “Like Payscout, we are focused on providing innovative, yet intuitive commerce solutions that simplify and streamline the payments process, while providing a richer customer experience. Through this integration, Payscout’s merchants will be able to quickly and easily reach millions of consumers through an app already on their mobile device, providing innovative services to merchants of all sizes with little to no upfront investment.”

 

Merchant Spotlight: Bolinha Restaurant

Payscout is powering payment solutions for one of the oldest and most prestigious restaurants in São Paulo, Brazil: Bolinha.  In this Merchant Spotlight feature, we explore delicious Brazilian feijoada and learn how Payscout is supporting entrepreneurs globally.

Bolinha was founded in 1946 when a taxi driver named Affonso “Bolinha” Paulillo bought a little bar in the Jardins area of São Paulo, Brazil.

The Brazilian restaurant primarily served pizzas and a la carte menu items up until 1952, when Paulillo first served his version of the traditional Brazilian dish, feijoada, to his friends to celebrate the victory of his soccer team.

Feijoada is a dish that consists of a stew of black beans with various types of pork and beef, served with farofa, white rice, braised cabbage, sliced orange, and other accompaniments.  His friends enjoyed the dish so much, it was added to the Wednesday and Saturday menu at Bolinha, and since 1976 it has been served daily.

Bolinha’s feijoada is internationally renowned and prepared in the traditional way, in the same wood burning stove since 1946.  It is served in two versions, traditional and light, with ten different garnishes.  It is recognized and awarded as the best feijoada in Brazil.

Today, Bolinha Restaurant is managed by brothers José Orlando and Paulo Affonso Paulillo, who learned the business from their father, Affonso Paulillo, the original “Bolinha.”

The tradition and culture that are reflected in Bolinha’s cuisine are the same ingredients in Payscout’s recipe for successfully supporting global entrepreneurs:  It all starts with culture.

By engaging international merchants with cultural empathy, by learning about the history and tradition behind Bolinha’s authentic Brazilian fare, Payscout powers the customized solutions that drive continued success for Bolinha’s point-of-sale payments solutions.

So the next time you’re in São Paulo, Brazil, don’t forget to sample the traditional, authentic Brazilian fare at Bolinha Restaurant – and remember that cultural empathy is the key to supporting the entrepreneurial dream.

Partnership Provides Flexible Payment Options in ARM

Payscout recently announced a strengthening partnership with software solutions provider HealPay in alignment with strategies to best serve the companies’ mutual customers.  Many of those customers are entrepreneurs in the all-important accounts receivable management (ARM) space, and the Payscout/HealPay partnership means more innovative, flexible payment integration options.

“When merchants deploy consumer friendly software, they process more payments,” said HealPay Co-Founder and CEO Erick Bzovi. “Our partnership with Payscout gives HealPay a strong back-end provider, allowing us to scale into new markets and attract more growth-oriented merchants. The partnership enables us to double down into the growing Accounts Receivable space.” HealPays’s flagship application, SettlementApp, innovates by analyzing data and providing individuals with flexible payment options. Those options are a key differentiator for ARM firms looking to provide painless, frictionless payment experiences for their customers. Payscout, the global payment processing engine powering HealPay’s front-end solutions, and HealPay are integrated with leading claims management software, accounting software, and payment gateways, enabling automated reports and reducing data entry.  HealPay and Payscout work with large creditors, collection agencies, and attorneys to help them collect payments with the most convenient and reliable solutions.  For both companies, the approach is simple: Partner with the best, most customer-focused solutions providers to deliver streamlined bill pay services and the very best software integrations in the ARM industry. Those solutions make life for entrepreneurs easier, and that’s how Payscout “supports the entrepreneurial dream one transaction at a time.”

Payscout COO Addresses Bruin Entrepreneurs at UCLA

On Tuesday, May 23, Payscout Chief Operating Officer Juan Sotelo returned to his Alma Mater at UCLA to address the Bruin Entrepreneurs, a student-driven group of future leaders, on the merits of top company cultures. Sotelo spent over two hours speaking with the budding entrepreneurs about their various business interests/ventures and the importance of strong corporate culture.

Many of the students cited culture as an important criterium for success, and Sotelo provided a framework on how to define and build culture. Sotelo drew on his extensive experience at Payscout, which has been recognized for creating an exceptional culture that drives employee engagement, exceeds employee expectations, and directly impacts company success. Payscout recently ranked #17 among medium-sized businesses on Entrepreneur’s list of Top Company Cultures for 2017.

“Juan’s advice and experience was very inspiring,” said Justin Liu, Bruin Entrepreneurs Board Member and UCLA Class of 2020. “We feel fortunate to have had the chance to learn from him.” Sotelo’s volunteerism with UCLA is only one of many recent instances of Payscout executives leading by example and dedicating their valuable time in alignment with Payscout’s Belief that, “every individual has a social responsibility to make the world a better place. “

Recognizing Our Partners This Season.

Dear Valued Partners and Customers,

We would like to express our gratitude.

At Payscout, we have been very fortunate to experience tremendous growth over the last several years. Payscout has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies for three years in a row, ranking #2,416 in 2014, #434 in 2015, and #383 overall in 2016, as well as #27 for financial services and #5 among payment processing companies.

We could not have had this success over the years without the support and constructive collaboration of partners like you. That’s why we’re relaunching our partner newsletter this December. From cutting-edge emerging technology to breakthrough global payment solutions, we have a lot to share with you and  know  you’ll always be  integral to our continued efforts to expand.

We are committed to holding ourselves accountable to the achievement of our Mission, “to support the entrepreneurial dream one transaction at a time,” and we recognize that partners like you enable us to fulfill this ambition. We hope you will find the updates and news items in our new publication relevant to your interests, because we will always strive to acknowledge the fact that your success is our success, and we’re thrilled to share this incredible business journey with you.

Happy Holidays from Payscout.

Please keep an eye out for our ongoing Partner News editions throughout 2017.

Cheers,

Manpreet Singh

Co-Founder & President

“Payscout Supports the Entrepreneurial Dream One Transaction at a Time”