Issue 9 2022

CEO MONTHLY / ISSUE 9 2022 6 Mar22259 Against All Odds From high school dropout to highly valued CEO, Adam Clarke went from dominating one sales environment after another in his teens to establishing his own company. Not only did he start the business in a living room in his twenties, but he also executed his ideas perfectly. It was in 2013 when Adam brought his vision to life, a tech company that would change the face of the payment industry. Now truly thriving and generating multi-million euro revenue, we’ve recognised Adam’s extraordinary work by crowning him ‘Most Influential CEO, 2022 – London.’ We, of course, had to get in touch with the man himself to learn more about his inspirational career and company. Adam Clarke didn’t take the traditional route to get to where he is today. He didn’t finish school – as growing up with ADHD meant the conventional methods of learning didn’t suit the way his mind works. By the age of 13, he was drawn towards the world of sales, seeing a future in it and how it would help him to build the life he wanted. As soon as he had the chance, at the age of 16, he took on a role in sales and was soon outperforming hundreds of adults within the company. Speaking from his own experience in business, Adam tells us, “You should not believe that the entrepreneurs you look up to are different from you. The only difference is the ability to handle failure and rejection at an incredible rate. Standing up again after getting knocked over by failure is the most important part of being an entrepreneur.” A go-to expert in the industry, Adam believes the great tech revolution is only just beginning. He believes that AI is the future of tech and that it will continue to change the way the world works. An example of this is his company’s payment technology which comes with a modern twist. Adam explains, “Our (Macropay’s) technology grants you access to various alternative payment methods and open banking. As a merchant, you can manage all of your accounts under Macropay’s all-in-one dashboard.” Having started Macropay as a one-man band, Adam is proud to say the significant success the company has seen over the years has been entirely built upon by his amazing team, especially those that have been there since the beginning like the current CFO Diana Gozman. Despite this success, the company’s goal has remained the same – with every software launch, they make sure there is a need for whatever it is the team is creating and offering. For example, Macropay recently launched its open banking technology, designed to allow customers to pay using their bank. This open banking product from Macropay is guided by its desire to address a need in the payments landscape, specifically, the need for stricter data control on both the side of the merchant and the customer. And of course, making payments easier for everybody! This technology is now live and will soon be made available for ecommerce sites and online stores. Adam comments that “this is an exciting venture for the whole Macropay team!” Macropay’s product comes in very useful for every business who wishes to offer more payment methods. He says, “meeting businessowners and helping them solve their payment concerns is second nature. Providing solutions through the technology that we offer is always exciting. Seeing a client thrive after onboarding our gateway is a reward in itself.” There are other payment technology providers out there, however, the major advantage Macropay has is its ability to identify which businesses it can grow with, connecting with themand consistently delivering on its promise. Macropay is at an aggressive growth stage and with this comes a lot of challenges. Adam tells us, “We would like to expand our scope of operations. This is currently met with a lot of compliance and security hurdles such as licencing and advancing our tech, which requires strategic hiring.” However, he encourages tech talent to look into the company and see if there is scope for advancing their career path within the organisation. This ensures there are positions available across departments and the team is set to grow even more. In general, Macropay’s major concern is the demand for its payment technology, partly due to its firm effort to uphold its promise of quality service. It will not overload its employees and it will not onboard too many clients to the point that it cannot serve them properly. As a result, Macropay’s services usually have a waiting list, but it is working towards faster automated onboarding while making sure that it maintains the personal touch that has got the business this far. Company: Macropay Contact: Support Team Email: [email protected] Website: Jul2 008