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PYMNTS.com and The Innovation Project 2014 Announce Heavy-Weight Lineup including Global Thought-Leaders; Michael Porter, Sir Terry Leahy, Russell Simmons, Jeremy Allaire and others

PYMNTS.com, the premier source of news and commentary on innovation in payments and the broader commerce ecosystem, announces the esteemed keynote speakers and industry visionaries for The 2014 Innovation Project being held at Annenberg Hall on the campus of Harvard University* March 19-20, 2014.

The Innovation Project convenes the most elite innovators and executives each year to dive into the issues that impact every single player across every single facet of the rapidly changing payments and commerce ecosystem. This year’s theme: Rethink. Reset. Reinvent will address a variety of topics including the reinvention of retail, commerce, the consumer experience, security, digital cash, global commerce. The opening session will feature CEOs of incumbents and founders of new entrants discussing how they each plan to reinvent the future of an industry being transformed by mobile devices, the cloud, big data and emerging technologies.

The Innovation Project roundtable discussions pair global thought leaders with industry CEOs to jump start discussions with round table participants over critical issues in payments and commerce. Some of the luminaries that will drive the thought-provoking conversations during The Innovation Project 2014 include:

  • Jeremy Allaire Founder & CEO of Circle Internet Financial
  • Richard Clarke, Cyber Security Expert, Former Counterterrorism Czar & Best-Selling author
  • Liz Claman, Fox Business News Anchor and business pundit
  • Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter & Author of “The Power of Habit”
  • Sir Terry Leahy, Former CEO of TESCO & Author of “Management in Ten Words”
  • Michael Porter, Foremost Authority on Strategy, Competition and Competitive Advantage; Creator of Shared Value Concept; Harvard Business School Professor
  • Russell Simmons, Entrepreneur & Pre-Paid Pioneer Founder, RushCard
  • Itamar Simonson, Stanford Business School Professor and Author of “Absolute Value”

“The Innovation Project is one of a kind. Our goal is to do three things: bring in the very best minds from outside the industry to start important conversations about our industry’s future, to create a comfortable forum where C-level execs can build relationships and get deals done, and to introduce the newest and freshest innovators and innovations to these decision makers. It’s not a conference or an event, it’s an experience that reserved for the most elite players in payments and commerce. ” said Karen Webster, PYMNTS.com President.

The Innovation Project also features 50 of the most promising innovators in payments and commerce who will demonstrate their approach to reinventing the future of payments, as well as the industry’s premier competitive cross industry collaboration, The ThinkAThon.

Attendance to The Innovation Project is limited. To apply, please click here.

About PYMNTS.com

PYMNTS.com is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of commerce and makes news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments and broader commerce ecosystem by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives turn to it daily for these insights, making the PYMNTS.com audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. It’s where the best minds and best content meet on the web.

About The Innovation Project

Over 2 days, 60+ speakers and 600+ senior members of the payments industry will change the way that the payments and its broader commerce ecosystem thinks, talks, delivers and ignites innovation. On March 19th & 20th the greatest minds in commerce and payments will assemble at Annenberg Hall in Memorial Hall on the Campus of Harvard University* near Boston to kick the conversation about innovation up to an entirely different level at The Innovation Project. Speakers and delegates are among the most senior executives from literally every established payments company worldwide.

For more information on The Innovation Project please visit http://theinnovationproject2014.com/

*Please note that The Innovation Project and PYMNTS.com are not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is the Innovation Project 2014 a Harvard University program or activity.

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