Former PayPal Executive Hired To Drive Growth of Pay

Kevin O'Brien, a leading payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced former PayPal executive Tyson Hackwood has joined the team as SVP, Head of Global Merchant Acquisition.

Hackwood joins to drive growth and adoption of Pay, a crypto payment solution powered by’s chain. says the platform will give people the ability to use cryptocurrency to pay for goods and services and receive lucrative cashback rewards.

Merchants using Pay will enjoy “greatly reduced processing fees” for online or offline cryptocurrency settlement.

Bringing Experience From A Variety Of Industries

According to a press release, Hackwood comes to the team after spending more than 17 years working in digital commerce, mobile payments, and partnership-driven businesses.

He served as the Asia Pacific Director for an e-commerce division of PayPal called Braintree. CEO Kris Marszalek says Hackwood’s:

“relationships and experience in online digital payments will significantly advance our goal of enabling seamless, secure, and cost efficient transactions between merchants and cryptocurrency users worldwide."

Hackwood indicated he was excited to work towards growing Pay and says his past experience “will aid in the steady and sustainable adoption of this native blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies."

In November, CryptoGlobe reported that the Metropolitan Commercial Bank and were planning to launch the MCO Visa Card inside the United States.’s MCO VISA cards are prepaid with a number of features, including no annual or monthly fees, no foreign transaction fees, and tap and pay functionality.

Top Executives Moving To Crypto Companies

A number of top executives have made their way from the traditional financial world into the crypto space.

In early October, Charles Schwab’s Chris Dodds joined the board of directors at Coinbase. Dodds, who serves on the board at Charles Schwab, has decades of experience inside of the financial world.

A bit later in the month, the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange announced the hiring of Jeanine Hightower-Selitto as its new managing director of operations.

Formerly the Chief Operating Officer at International Securities Exchange, many speculated Hightower-Selittto would help Gemini grow after the launch of its USD-pegged stablecoin.

Zuckerberg Says Libra Can Boost Facebook's Ad Revenue, China Sees It as a Much Bigger Deal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has, during a shareholder meeting, explained how the Libra cryptocurrency project will help the social media giant make money. China, on the other hand, published a book addressing the challenges Libra poses, arguing it could become the future of world currency.

In a transcript posted by Thomson Reuters, we can read Zuckerberg replied to a question asked by a shareholder on how Facebook will be making money off of the Libra cryptocurrency project. Zuckerberg responded by going into Libra’s potential impact on e-commerce on Facebook, and its potential impact on advertising revenue.

According to the social media giant’s CEO, Facebook does not charge a set price for ads and instead works with a bidding system, where every business trying to advertise will bid to compete for ad space. The system, Zuckerberg said, allows them to get the “lowest possible price.”

He added that combining ads with an effective payment tool such as Libra can benefit businesses further as it could make commerce more efficient:

If we can make commerce be more effective for businesses if when they run an ad, somebody who clicks on that ad is now going to be more likely to buy something because they actually have a form of payment that works that’s on file.

Advertising on Facebook, as such, becomes more worthwhile for businesses, which could in turn see them bid higher on ads and increase overall ad prices. This would effectively boost Facebook’s 0s advertising revenue.

Zuckerberg also reiterated other advantages of Libra, pointing out the payments infrastructure “hasn’t been updated in a very long time.” China, which has plans to launch its own digital currency called DCEP, sees Libra as more than a way for Facebook to make money.

Libra Could Hit China’s Efforts to Increase Yuan Influence

In a book published by the Central Party School of China to educate government officials on digital currency and propose policy measures to deal with emerging challenges like the Libra project, experts argue the latter is an excellent example of a public-private partnership and has the potential to become the future of world currency.

This would mean, according to the book titled “Discussing Digital Currency with Leading Officials,” that Libra could get in the way of the Chinese government’s attempt to increase the influence of the yuan.

Hongzhang Wang, former chairman of the China Construction Bank and one of the authors on the book’s preface, said in a recent article:

China originally relied on mobile payment to get ahead, but now Libra has the potential to change the game again.

Wang added that this would allow companies in the U.S. to build a digital currency system that could “threaten or even surpass” Alipay and WeChat Pay using blockchain technology.

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