We started with a simple idea.

How can we best serve the specific payment needs of the gig economy as it evolves to dominate the global economy?

Velo is the result of combining our understanding of rapidly evolving corporate needs from globalization, mobilization and new marketplaces with extensive expertise in payments and the enabling of systems and processes.

Our team is suited for the task with a commitment to change the world. We are delivering a set of solutions which enables beneficiary directed payments while giving corporates end-to-end visibility and control of payments.

The world deserves new payment infrastructure for global commerce. Velo is the first purpose-built platform for the gig economy and its payment providers.

We started with a simple idea.

How can we best serve the specific payment needs of the gig economy as it evolves to dominate the global economy?

Velo is the result of combining our understanding of rapidly evolving corporate needs from globalization, mobilization and new marketplaces with extensive expertise in payments and the enabling of systems and processes.

Our team is suited for the task with a commitment to change the world. We are delivering a set of solutions which enables beneficiary directed payments while giving corporates end-to-end visibility and control of payments.

The world deserves new payment infrastructure for global commerce. Velo is the first purpose-built platform for the gig economy and its payment providers.

Our Team

We are a global team of industry thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Our decades of combined experience and innovation in payments, banking and technology enabled us to build a world class, bank-grade SaaS platform to modernize payments for the gig economy and enterprises.

Meet some of the team members making it all possible. 

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John Davies

Co-Founder, Director, CTO & CISO
What is your remit at Velo?
As a member of the board, CTO, and CISO our staff comes first, then their families. Happy staff lead to happy customers. John Partridge and I had a vision and it’s our job to keep that vision ahead of our competitors.
What drives you?
There is nothing more rewarding than improving someone else’s life. We play with cool technology, add a few ideas together, code it up and then proudly show it off. When people show it off with the same enthusiasm, that drives me at work.
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Sophie Lo

Director
Co-founder and CEO of Assetfort Wealth Management, Sophie Lo has a successful history as an international marketing and management consultant, an angel and real estate investor, and an entrepreneur.
Ms. Lo’s accomplishments are reflected in her former roles as founder and president of Sound Perfection Inc. and as Chief Business Development Officer and board director of Pacoma International Ltd., and her entrepreneurial expertise is valued by her long-standing and significant global investor network.
At Assetfort, Ms. Lo helps guide investments in growth-stage private equity, venture capital, and real estate funds. As a Velo board director, Ms. Lo offers her extensive business experience to help guide overall strategy and growth.
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John Partridge

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
What is your remit at Velo?
Providing the strategic direction for the company and enabling an environment that allows people to do their best work.
What drives you?
To create a business payments solution that addresses their needs in a rapidly changing.
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Joe Saunders

Director
Joseph W. Saunders was named Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. upon its formation in May 2007, and retired from Visa in March 2013.
Saunders has an extensive history in the financial services industry and held leadership positions at Providian Financial Corporation, Washington Mutual, FleetBoston Financial Corporation, and Household International, Inc. in the years prior to Visa Inc.
Saunders currently holds board positions at Velo Payments; Green Visor Capital Management LLC; Happy Money Inc.; Flutterwave Inc.; and Mercury Financial Holdings LLC.
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Peter Strandell

Director, President & COO
What is your remit at Velo?
Overseeing Velos daily operation and financial activities. I am providing the company a leadership and vision to make sure we execute on our short and long term objectives.
What drives you?
I love working at Velo because of our very talented and experienced employees, and watching them resolve our customers’ challenges. I am a true believer in successful companies being built on team working and engaged and passionated employees.
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Maggie Kunkel

Chief of Staff
What is your remit at Velo?
Providing support to the CEO and Executive Management Team while connecting the dots across projects, people, and functions to improve decision-making, increase productivity and effectiveness as well as facilitate communications. In addition, I am responsible for the Human Resources function, am part of the Finance Team responsible for Accounts Payable and manage all board related activities. 
What drives you?
Improve our organization by making sure our people have what they need to get things done with purpose and passion.
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Patrick Giblin

Chief Compliance Officer
What is your remit at Velo?
Overseeing the risk and compliance departments. This includes areas tied to fraud and risk monitoring, KYC and CDD/EDD, the BSA and AML compliance programs, company audit, and any other areas that require compliance or risk oversight.
What drives you?
Velo provides a unique opportunity where my years of experience in risk, compliance, and operations in the payments industry can help drive innovation and solutioning in a safe and sound manner.

Tania Ali

Legal
What is your remit at Velo?
Lead the legal department at Velo. Partnering with the business on deal negotiations and legal strategy.
What drives you?
I have 13 years of inhouse legal experience launching first in market fintech products and building legal teams. I am passionate about the technological changes required to democratize and transform the fintech space. Outside of work I love the outdoors, karaoke and finding ways to help the planet.

Laiz Almeida

Operations
What is your remit at Velo?
Ensuring day to day operations run smoothly and clients are happy. This involves working cross functionally, with different teams, to support and improve platform functionality and user experiences.
What drives you?
Working closely with clients and the relationships I’ve created with them drives me to keep improving our services.
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Mike Ashton

Engineering & Operations
What is your remit at Velo?
Managing the DevOps function across all timezones. Providing fully codified Infrastructure as a Service across multiple cloud providers, CI/CD infrastructure, security and site reliability functions to the business.
What drives you?
I have 28 years of commercial experience, building highly scalable software, networks and infrastructure, and I have an amazing team that I can rely on. Velo provides a rare potential to exercise all of our skills, building a truly planetary scale solution.
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Pam Cooke

Product
What is your remit at Velo?
I work covering 2 areas; firstly, the Velo platform – I am a newbie at this piece so working on understanding requirements and composing acceptance criteria. I also work with the HibanaPay team with focus on obtaining In Market Validation from pilot users and looking at product direction.
What drives you?
My chauffeur (joke) Working with people I like and admire to develop products and systems that people want to use. Outside of work it’s a mix of a spending time with a newly acquired blended family, some boxing, plus an unhealthy dose of the material pursuits (fashion, cars and holidays).

Steven Coutumas

Compliance
What is your remit at Velo?
At Velo, I support our teams with fraud monitoring and underwriting.
What drives you?
The thrill of working risk and compliance is what drives me. Everyday is a different challenge and is exciting to overcome.
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Bernadette Deang

Finance
What is your remit at Velo?
Leading global accounting, finance, tax, and liaison between internal and external business partners in these areas. Drive due diligence for audit/tax compliance and provide technical accounting guidance and oversight.
What drives you?
I believe in Velo’s vision and my passion lies in supporting and growing the company through responsible accounting, finance practices, and initiatives. Outside of work, I like to think of myself as an amateur filmmaker and piano enthusiast.
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John DeRaedt

Engineering & Integration
What is your remit at Velo?
Making Velo work for our clients. Velo’s seasoned Integration team provides the most comprehensive set of tools and the most insightful systems integration solutions to our clients. Whatever your internal systems require, we are committed to making your integration with our platform an elegant part of your payments process.
What drives you?
Ensuring that Velo not only provides a payment platform and software, but real, working, seamless payment solutions for business and financial institutions.
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Diana Dumitrescu

Engineering
What is your remit at Velo?
At Velo I create thoughtful experiences that are built for everyone to use and enjoy. All in all, I believe that, as a designer, I have a mission to genuinely care for the people I design for.
What drives you?
I’m always trying to grow and learn something new.I understand the perfect user interface should look good and work even better and Velo gives me the opportunity to do all of that.

Eric Fox

Commercial Sales
What is your remit at Velo?
I lead our Commercial Go To Market efforts by identifying future customers and working with the broader Velo team to present solutions to real-world money movement problems.
What drives you?
I have a passion for business development and the management of complex business partnerships. I enjoy the advantages of 23 years of experience and relationship building in the payments industry.
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David Jolles

Project Management
What is your remit at Velo?
Helping bring consistency and structure to Velo’s innovative payments projects.
What drives you?
I enjoy bridging the communication gaps between teams — both internal and external — to facilitate the advancement of projects and ensuring customer’s issues are satisfactorily resolved. In my spare time I am a scuba diving instructor and enjoy teaching about the amazing life under the seas.
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Olivia Kumarickal

Quality Assurance
What is your remit at Velo?
Working with Product and Engineering teams to help establish clear and robust requirements, then ensuring the frontend and backend software verification process is thorough and the application provides a smooth and intelligent user experience.
What drives you?
Striving to deliver the highest quality of software deliverables and working with the world class team at Velo to achieve this goal.
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Angi Lampe

Quality Assurance
What is your remit at Velo?
Along with our quality assurance team, I monitor every phase of the software development process to ensure both functionality, and usefulness of our product. I compile rigorous tests to ensure our platform is client ready.
What drives you?
I have always had a keen eye for detail and to pair that with working alongside an amazing engineering team to build an innovative payments platform continues to truly be a treasure.
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Stuart Martin

Engineering & Architecture
What is your remit at Velo?
Enabling Velo’s world-class backend engineers to produce a highly secure, flexible and performant payment platform.
What drives you?
Researching and distilling decades of computer science best practises for the benefit of the payments industry.
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Steve Miller

Product Strategy
What is your remit at Velo?
Providing the link between the client-facing teams and the engineering group, I have to assess and balance competing client and internal needs by curating, managing and prioritising the product backlog and roadmap.
What drives you?
A harmonised, collaborative and co-ordinated group of product, engineering, QA and DevOps teams is a thing of power, beauty and awe – and what we strive for every day.

Tesfaye Paine

Operations
What is your remit at Velo?
My mission is to give Velos’ customers the most compelling payment experience possible.
What drives you?
I’m very excited to be part of the FinTech revolution. Velo Payments and working on the operations team has given me the opportunity to witness the incredible speed and evolution of this industry.
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Gareth Parker

Engineering & Design
What is your remit at Velo?
Leading our frontend team to deliver an excellent user experience across our platforms and applications, with accessible and performant interfaces across multiple devices and mediums.
What drives you?
Creating solutions that look and feel amazing to use is incredibly rewarding and with the team and the talent here at Velo we are capable of curating solutions that are not only technically impressive but have the mindfulness of stellar user experience.
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Hans Reisgies

Strategy & Marketing
What is your remit at Velo?
I help future customers understand their money movement problems and how Velo Products and Service can solve them.
What drives you?
Money is one of the few things that interact in the lives of seven billion people. I’m driven by the challenge to make people’s lives better through new payments innovation they can trust.

Samantha Wiggin

Quality Assurance
What is your remit at Velo?
Supporting the most inquisitive, hardworking, and naturally talented group of testers who strive to spread Quality into every facet of Velo’s platform and processes.
What drives you?
Knowing that every single day is yet another opportunity to learn something new or teach someone.

Work With Us

At Velo, we aren’t afraid to be different because, in fact, we are. We’re a team of self-starters and go getters reshaping business payments. We hire professionals who value teamwork, innovation, collaboration and have an appreciation for innovative technology.

If you are innovative, curious, a team player, a go getter and have a passion to change the world, Velo is the perfect team for you.

Velo offers a complete suite of benefits designed to keep our employees happy and healthy.

With unlimited PTO, equity in the company, generous health and dental benefits and competitive compensation packages, Velo aims to attract and keep top tier talent.

Our Values

WE SUCCEED AS A TEAM
WE MIX KNOW-HOW WITH OUR PASSION
FOR EXPERIMENTATION
INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT DRIVES OUR
COLLECTIVE SUCCESS
WE ARE COMMITTED TO CLIENT SUCCESS
WE FOCUS ON WHAT’S IN OUR CONTROL
WE RESPECT ALL POINTS OF VIEW