Imagine shopping in a high end boutique from the comfort of your own home on the other side of the world. This future is becoming a more promising reality as virtual reality (VR) and global ecommerce opportunities are converging. Explore this reality for yourself at Payscout's headquarters with an interactive demo of a real VR shopping experience and a discussion with CEO & Founder Cleveland Brown. Under Cleveland’s leadership, Payscout has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing privately-held companies for three consecutive years, ranking #2,416 in 2014, #434 in 2015, and #383 in 2016. In 2015, Payscout was also honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as LA's #1 fastest growing private company and the Los Angeles Business Journal as the #2 fastest growing company in all of Los Angeles County. Food and drinks will be served.
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Cleveland Brown’s career began on the financial side of payments and technology while he worked at Union Bank of California in 1992. At this time, the bank used 4.5” high density floppy disks to install and test the first at-home banking platforms, a process that would ultimately enable automated bill payment through dial-up modems.
After graduating from UCLA in 1997, Cleveland shifted focus to the entrepreneurial side of payments and technology, starting one of the first eCommerce platforms integrated into the K-12 public education system. After successfully implementing the platform throughout large school districts in the U.S., including LAUSD, Cleveland shifted his focus to global payments.
Cleveland traveled abroad to consult at the government level, working with Prime Ministers, Ministers of Finance and Managing Directors of different financial institutions to understand how eCommerce was integrated into economic policy. Through this effort, he was able to build technologies that could be used by consumers, merchants and financial institutions to successfully enable global transaction processing.
In 2008, Cleveland formed Payscout Ltd. International as an eCommerce payment gateway solution to banks abroad. Cleveland then founded Payscout Inc. with Manpreet Singh in 2011, utilizing a payments model that blended domestic and global eCommerce merchant payment solutions with over-the-counter retail and restaurant point-of-sale (POS) products. Today, Payscout is a full service global payment processing provider that covers six continents, serves all merchant risk verticals and gives businesses instant access to 100+ countries, billions of consumers and trillions of dollars.
Cleveland serves as the Vice Chair of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Payment Sales and Strategy Committee, and also participates on the ETA’s ISO Practices and Risk, Fraud & Security Councils and Retail Technology Committee. Regarded as a discerning thought leader, on behalf of Payscout, Cleveland has been sought out to contribute to notable projects including the 2015 Forbes white paper on creating wealth, and recent articles in mainstream media publications such as The Economist, Wired, Consumer’s Digest, and Inc. magazine.
Under Cleveland’s leadership, Payscout was also recognized by Inc. Magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016 as one of America’s fastest-growing privately-held companies, ranking #2,416, #434, and #383 respectively. In 2015, Payscout was also honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as the region’s #1 fastest growing private company and the Los Angeles Business Journal as the #2 fastest growing company in all of Los Angeles County.
Outside of Payscout, Cleveland is an Executive Producer at Film Antics and has six short films and a feature film in his portfolio. He also participates in youth sports programs giving back to the community by coaching young children in basketball, football and little league baseball.