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Dan Ring

Dan Ring

Vice President of Public Relations

Dan Ring

Dan is a veteran of tech companies large and small and leads global PR efforts for ACI. Among his responsibilities is working to educate external audiences (press, analysts, influencers) on just how cool ACI is.

Dan is not a payments expert, but knows more than the average layperson to be slightly dangerous. He's bullish on mobile and bearish on wearables.

More articles by Dan Ring

  • Gauging new payments apps

    Getting a Gauge on Payment App Season

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    Dear Mark, this is a 100% true story (and a solid ‘Ranting’ to boot). As you know, I just returned from a lovely and relaxing vacation (or as our European colleagues call it, holiday). And as I got into my car this morning—for the first time in more than a week—I realized the gas tank was near-empty and that my low-tire indicator light was on… and I needed to get my daughter to camp en route to coming into the office.

    You’d think this a minor inconvenience, right? Well…

  • The Many Delicious Flavors of P2P

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    We’re now very much into the height of summer (real feel today outside my door is 98 degrees, not to be confused with that amazing band from the 90s). And following the recent Zelle launch, we’re also very much into the height of P2P hype. As Mark and I are wont to do, we’re mixing up food and payments (a delicious combo)! And in this case, we’re talking about one of our favorite summer (or year-round) treats, ice cream. We’ve waxed poetic about ice cream in prior blogs (i.e., shops at the Cape and in Newport that still abide by old-school cash-only policies, etc.). Specific to this post, if you think about it, the roster of P2P options continues to increase, like the number of amazing flavors that Ben & Jerry’s offers these days. And with spoons in our mouths and napkins in our hands, it’s time to rant!

  • 750x500 How mCommerce and eCommerce Are Shaping the Infomercial

    How mCommerce and eCommerce Are Shaping the Infomercial (Cash, check or money order?)

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    If you enjoy watching infomercials as much as we do, you’re likely familiar with the payment option that closes out these delightful paid programs...which brings us to another edition of Rantings, focused on Payment Habits. And after all, who hasn’t purchased a ShamWow!? Mark, we’re approaching the unofficial start of summer (editor’s note: there’s likely a future post on summer holiday purchases) and even though there’s no correlation between vacations and COD (cash on demand)—at least I don’t think there’s one—it at least provides an awkward segue into Payment Habits.

  • (When) Are We Really Going Cashless?

    (When) Are We Really Going Cashless?

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    We’re officially in May, which means that the unofficial start of summer in certain parts of the world is quickly approaching…and it also means that we’re overdue for another Rantings post (maybe). And with that, Mark, I just returned from a Southeastern jaunt with the family, eating my way through Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN (with a quick stop at Dollywood). In addition to now having staggeringly/dangerously high cholesterol from the mass quantities and (primarily fried) food I consumed, I also have a surplus of cash—because my wife coerced me into withdrawing money from an airport ATM (in advance of said jaunt). What’s interesting is that I actually spent at least some cash each day of our trip, primarily for tipping hotel workers, but also for the infrequent small cash-only business.

  • March Madness: The Elite 8 of Payments

    March Madness: The Elite 8 of Payments

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    March Madness is officially upon us and millions have (incorrectly) picked their brackets because no one picks every game correctly…and we mean no one. March Madness has also now brought about copycats (how flattering)—from brackets on books to restaurants to cities to sportswriters and more…there might even be one on Members of Congress (hello mid-term elections!!!!). And I think 2017 marks our second annual Rantings Madness bracket, though our bracket does not involve 64 or 68 teams, as that would be nauseating. We’ve whittled ours down to the Elite 8…in this case, the Elite 8 of Payments.

  • Coffee, Waffles and Payments - Notes from a Waffle House

    Coffee, Waffles and Payments - Notes from a Waffle House

    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Yes, a Waffle House—that destination of deliciousness; that institution of intestinal fortitude; that hangover cure; that culinary staple of…well…waffles. And speaking of deliciousness, it’s about time for a Ranting, our first Rantings of 2017 in fact. This week/month/session, we’re Ranting from a Waffle House in downtown Atlanta. And as my intrepid cohort and I indulge in our respective covered and smothered dishes and I wipe syrup from my keyboard (apologies to my great IT folks), let’s embark on some payment meanderings.

  • Open APIs, PSD2, Blockchain and Marmite...The Deliciousness of Payments

    Open APIs, PSD2, Blockchain and Marmite...The Deliciousness of Payments

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    As we quickly approach the new year, I thought it prudent to sit down with my esteemed colleague (as well as cyclist, oenophile, Arsenal fan and Kraftwerk fan) Lu Zurawski, who’s been at the forefront of some major industry initiatives that will ripple into 2017 and beyond.

  • Ranking Our Top 5 Candies And Their Payment Alter Egos

    Ranking Our Top 5 Candies And Their Payment Alter Egos

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    Mark, I can imagine that in your neighborhood during Halloween, kids don’t get mini candy bars when they trick and/or treat…they get keys to Teslas. So what are you dressing up as for tonight? I’m donning my Willy Wonka costume in honor of the late great Gene Wilder. And that actually got me thinking about his filmography. So many classics, leading to so many debates about rankings. I think my top 3 Wilder films are Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Start the Revolution Without Me. And speaking of rankings (and rantings), in advance of our respective sugar highs, it might be prudent to pontificate a lil’ bit (not to be confused with Bit-O-Honey, among the worst of candies for one’s teeth). I’d rank Raisinets higher than Bit-O-Honey (and I hate raisins). 

  • Payments Buzzwords in October…and other insanity

    2017’s Payment Buzzwords in October…and Other Insanity

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    Is  it just me or are things a little insane right now? From clowns wreaking havoc across the country to category 4 hurricanes also wreaking havoc (later and later into the year) to a certain presidential election (Sunday’s debate was, how you say, actually, it’s difficult for me to put into words) to now…Christmas decorations in October! And don’t forget the pop-up Halloween stores that arrived in August…August! So let the Rantings begin. 

  • The magical mystery API is waiting to take you away waiting to take you away

    The Magical Mystery API Is Waiting to Take You Away…Waiting to Take You Away

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    There’s nothing like a good mashup of a Beatles song and technology, right? We all know the Beatles, but do we all know APIs? To butcher another Beatles song, ‘All you need are APIs, APIs are all you need.’ At least that’s what it seems like, especially in today’s vast finance industry. Before we quote any more songs, we should first define what an API is. According to our friends at Webopedia, Application Program Interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. An API specifies how software components should interact and APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components.