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i2c Selected by Leading Crypto Innovators to Power Payments Globally

String of key wins and visionary projects underscore the maturation of the cryptocurrency payments space, reveal insights for industry innovators everywhere

i2c Inc., a leading provider of digital payment and banking technology, announced a string of wins and product launches for some of the most vaunted innovators in the fast-growing cryptocurrency payments space, among them Apto Payments,, NetCents and Wirex. Notable among the imaginative cases is a consistent pattern of execution that prioritizes unprecedented speed to market, global scalability, and accelerated innovation cycles, signaling what may be in store for the future of payments.

“From day one, we wanted to push the envelope. We set out to democratize card issuance and empower any company, of any size, in any industry, to design and launch new kinds of card programs”

“Decades of working the industry tell me these companies are leading the way forward,” said i2c, president, Jim McCarthy, a key figure in the payments industry, having operated for years at its highest levels. “Beyond being excited for having been chosen a partner by these genuine innovators, we’re astounded by the way they embody the maxims that so many in the industry espouse, and so few actually live up to,” he said referring to each company’s uncompromising commitment to and redefinition of customer-centricity, speed to market, global reach and reliability, among other widely-accepted growth tenets.

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Taken together, the companies and their projects represent cryptocurrency’s steady ascent to the mainstream, shed light on why so many large institutional players are entering the game and why these organizations increasingly see themselves as payments companies. According to McCarthy, they are case studies in how tomorrow’s product visionaries should aspire to execute.

“From day one, we wanted to push the envelope. We set out to democratize card issuance and empower any company, of any size, in any industry, to design and launch new kinds of card programs,” said Mike McCarthy, Head of Business Development, Apto Payments which launched the first U.S., bitcoin-backed, debit card.

“We needed a processor with great reliability and uptime and i2c has been that for us. Not only was i2c comfortable helping us bring a crypto-based program to life, but we also knew they would be dependable given their work with many large banks.” was founded on the belief that it’s a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. With over five million customers today,’s end-to-end ecosystem allows you to buy, sell and earn cash-back rewards in crypto. The Visa Card is the only crypto card provider offering cards in Asia, 31 markets in EU including the UK, and the United States.

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“Today one of the strongest things you can have is the speed of innovation. You can out-compete anyone if you can run cycles faster,” said Kris Marszalek, co-founder and CEO adding, “With i2c’s single processing platform, we can integrate our product with a single API, scale globally and go anywhere in the world.”

The world’s #1 crypto merchant gateway, publicly-traded NetCents offers merchants, partners, and users full payment integration, instant settlements and security while giving users access to over 40 million merchants worldwide.

“We’re an innovative payments company. We happen to use crypto,” said Jenn Lowther, Chief Revenue Officer of NetCents adding, “Our experience with i2c has been excellent. There are in truth very few global payments companies and crypto is borderless, making our choice all the easier.”

Wirex has transacted more than $4B in cryptocurrency in the six short years since its founding, providing a hybrid personal banking solution that integrates the benefits of blockchain technology into everyday finances.

“Crypto is a global proposition, so we were looking for a processor who had experience with multi-currency programs and global reach,” said Pavel Matveev, co-founder and co-CEO of Wirex. “I2c has everything we need to build a flexible product with the desired reach.

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