We like rethinking and -designing the way people pay for things to make the whole payment experience better.
At FireID Payments, we try to reconceive and redesign the way people pay for things to make the whole payment experience better. This ranges from experience with several large South African and international banks working on a variety of payments products.
The most well-known and established products in the FirePay stable is SnapScan - the easiest way for South Africans to pay with their phones. The app was named MTN App of the Year 2013 and now boasts a network of 18 000 merchants nationwide, with hundreds of thousands of app downloads to date. SnapScan is an easy, affordable and convenient way for merchants to accept payments, and a safe, secure and convenient payment method for users, who no longer have to carry cash around with them or worry about their cards being skimmed.
Kobus is CEO and co-founder of FireID Payments, the local tech startup behind SnapScan. Before establishing the mobile payments app, he worked on joint ventures between the FireID group and Mxit, originally heading up the Mxit Money team until the joint venture was sold. More recently, he worked on and helped launch the WeChat Wallet, a joint project of the WeChat, Standard Bank and the FireID Payments teams.
As an academic and lecturer at Stellenbosch University, his postgraduate research focused on sensemaking and agile development in large corporates. While teaching Information Systems and Complexity Theory at the university, he also worked at the Centre for Knowledge Dynamics and Decision Making, serving as a strategic consultant working with Treasury, the Department of Tourism and the Development Bank.
Gerrit is CTO and co-founder of FireID Payments and has led the technical development of the SnapScan product since 2013. Before starting FireID Payments with Kobus, Gerrit helped build the Mxit Money Mobile Wallet. More recently, he supervised the technical development of the WeChat Wallet, a joint project of the WeChat, Standard Bank and the FireID Payments teams.
Gerrit first became involved in tech startups while obtaining his MSc in Computer Science at Stellenbosch University. During that time, he was part of the founding team at FireID and also helped create a two-factor authentication solution that was later spun off as FireID Security.