CEOs of Chirpify, Dwolla to Discuss Mobile Payment Industry with SVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Jul 06, 2012 (04:07 PM EDT)

 … Team to analyze exploding mobile technology industry's impact on the banking industry at regional tech forum

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How is mobile technology impacting the economy and the banking industry?  Two CEOs offering revolutionary electronic payment platforms will examine this topic alongside a senior official from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at a technology forum on Monday, July 9.

Ben Milne, CEO and founder of Dwolla, a cash-based online payment network, Chris Teso, CEO and founder of Chirpify, a Twitter commerce platform, and Barb Pacheco, SVP of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will discuss trends surrounding the expanding mobile payment industry and how mobile payments will be processed and regulated in the future. 

"The mobile payment industry will ultimately affect every business and consumer, and we're pleased to bring together national experts on this topic," said Ryan Weber, president of KCnext, the regional technology council hosting the forum. "Kansas City is the ideal place to hold this forum because of the assets that exist here.  We are home to telecom giants like Sprint, as well as regional banks like Alterra Bank, which has invested heavily in a mobile platform so its customers can bank everywhere." 

The event is being held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST on July 9 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts downtown Kansas City, Mo.  To register, visit  The forum will be live streamed at  Journalist Ben Paynter will moderate the discussion. 

About KCnext
KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City serves as the regional advocate for the tech industry, supporting and growing the existing base of technology firms, as well as recruiting and attracting technology companies to the area.  KCnext is committed to aggregating and promoting KC's regional IT assets and providing peer interaction and industry news.  KCnext is funded and supported by more than 80 regional member organizations and played an integral part in securing the Google Fiber project for the Kansas City region.

About Greater Kansas City
Home to 2.5 million people, the Kansas City region offers the benefits of more than 50 unique communities and 18 counties in Kansas and Missouri.  As "America's Creative Crossroads," the region's distinctive qualities come from a confluence of artistry and technology innovation.  Kansas City and its corporations, universities and lifestyle assets are nationally ranked among the best places to work, innovate and explore.