The promotion of Chief Operating Officer Todd Clyde to the top job at Token marks the open banking technology provider’s transition “from start-up to scale-up,” the company noted in a statement today.
“Token has grown from an idea formed in the basement of Stanford into a commercially viable, leading fintech poised to change financial services forever,” founder and now-former CEO Steve Kirsch said. Kirsch, who introduced the company to fintech audiences at FinovateSpring in 2015, will assume the role of Chief Innovation Officer and focus on developing Token’s product roadmap. Featured prominently on that map is the company’s digital money business, including its digital currency for banks, Token X.
“Open banking is a huge opportunity for banks and fintechs across the world and Token has delivered a product with solid market fit,” Kirsch said.
With more than 30 years of experience in the enterprise and financial software business – including 12 years at Accenture – Clyde was responsible for all of Token’s commercial and financial operations during his three-year tenure as the company’s COO. In his new role as CEO, Clyde will drive the company’s open banking business worldwide, and build on a year that has seen Token forge partnerships with institutions like TurkishBank UK, Estonia’s Tallinn Business Bank, Sberbank Croatia, Omnio Group, Khaleeji Commercial Bank of Bahrain, and U.K. challenger bank Tandem.
“Open banking is already enabling the next generation of digital financial services,” Clyde said. “It’s one of the biggest disruptions to hit the payments and banking industries in decades.” He praised Token for “providing the infrastructure to power these services, at this crucial time.”
With more than 4,000 connected banks, Token offers financial institutions a single API and Smart Token technology that provides an easy route to PSD2 compliance, as well as a way to make multi-banking available to their customers. Merchants can leverage Token’s technology to connect directly to customer bank accounts, enabling direct payments and lowering costs.
Clyde is the second big C-level change for Token in 2019. The company began the year by hiring 15-year technology and payments veteran Gaurav Kohli as its new Chief Technology Officer. Kohli was previously VP of Product Development, Architecture, and Platform Engineering at Visa where he oversaw merchant and acquirer processing.
This summer, Token was honored at the second annual PayTech Awards, taking home the top prize for Best Consumer Payments Initiative. In March, the company announced a collaboration with Konsentus to launch a fast PSD2 compliance solution that combines a PSD2 API with automated third party provider verification.
Token has raised $32 million in funding – including more than $16 million raised in June in a round led by Opera Tech Ventures. Founded in 2015 and based in San Francisco, California, the company made its most recent Finovate appearance at FinovateEurope 2017.