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Allen's analysis work is informed by more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and executive at leading financial services and Internet companies. Before founding Glenbrook, he worked in new product development, channel strategies, and pricing in the point-of-sale, e-Commerce, mobile commerce, and money transfer markets. Allen worked at First Data Corporation as senior vice president of product development and marketing with overall responsibility for POS, Internet, and back office products in First Data's multi-billion dollar merchant processing business.
Before joining FDC, Allen was a vice president at Visa USA, where he oversaw merchant pricing (interchange) and new market development. He served as Senior Manager in Accenture's Strategic Services practice, where he led strategic planning, operations, marketing, and product development engagements and was one of the firm's worldwide payments experts. In addition, he was a founder and vice president of business development at BarterTrust (acquired by Intagio.com), a business-to-business exchange serving 50,000 client companies.
Allen's current area of focus is the rapidly changing landscape of both physical and ecommerce products and technologies from the merchant, processor, consumer, and card system perspectives. He works with dozens of the largest ecommerce and physical world merchants and their technology providers, as well as the credit and debit/POS card networks, acquirers, and venture capital investors focused on emerging payments opportunities.