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Irish payments start-up CleverCards announces 30 new jobs

7 Sep 2020

CleverCards, a Dublin-based start-up that distributes digital prepaid Mastercards, will create 30 jobs over the next six months.

Following accelerated growth during the Covid-19 pandemic, Dublin-based CleverCards has announced plans to speed up its recruitment drive. The company confirmed it is looking to hire for 30 roles over the next six months across sales, marketing, product development and engineering.

The CleverCards platform allows businesses to send a prepaid digital Mastercard via email or WhatsApp to the Apple, Samsung or Google Pay wallet in the phone of the recipient. This could allow a company to provide a digital gift card to an employee or refund a customer.

Earlier this year, the start-up announced partnerships with Mastercard and EML Payments. These partnerships allowed CleverCards to significantly boost the availability of its digital debit cards across the world.

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The company’s founder and CEO, Kealan Lennon, said that the plan was to hire 50 people in 2021, but demand for its technology during the pandemic has pushed forward this plan.

“The use cases for our payments platform are broad,” Lennon said.

“We are expanding our sales and marketing team to bring more support to new and existing customers, while our investment in product development and engineering will allow us to continue innovating and configuring our platform to meet the unique payments needs of the market going forward.”

CleaverCards grew out of Lennon’s previous venture Cleverbug, which allowed customers to create personalised cards that could be sent across the world and appear on the receiver’s personal social media accounts.

Speaking with Fora earlier this year, Lennon said that unlike other fintechs working in payments, CleverCards aims to work alongside larger partners, such as Mastercard, rather than competing.

“Some people think, ‘Is this not the same as Revolut?’ The difference is that Revolut has said they’re going to take on the banks and destroy them,” he said.

“They’re competing. That’s not CleverCards’ model, we’re going to enable those issuers of payment instruments. We’re going to go to those guys and say we’re a fintech but we’re going to enable you to provide these solutions to your consumers.”

Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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