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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

  • ranting blog post payments we take for granted

    Taking Payments and Fintech for Granted? (A Lyrical Edition)

    Friday, June 29, 2018

    Based on a very quick search of the Googles, there are 128,014 songs that contain the lyrics “take for granted”— from the likes of Mary J. Blige, Social Distortion, Madness and Frank Sinatra as well as countless other great (and not-so-great) crooners. And that would make for a sizable Spotify playlist… and I do love my Spotify playlists (I’ve been on a Wham! kick lately).

  • Money2020 Europe Review

    Money20/20 Europe: A Payments Extravaganza and a (figurative) Carnival of Sorts (to borrow from R.E.M.)

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    According to the Googles, “payments” translates as “betalingen” in Dutch. And if I’m using the word correctly, betalingen is on full display! Last week, Amsterdam brought many highs (and not of the stereotypical Amsterdam variety), very few lows (Antonio Banderas as a no-show, unexplained flight delays both departing and returning), a couple of surprises (Stu co-winning the Payments Race, celebrating Mark’s fake birthday) and some great memories. In addition to our presence at the ever-lively Money20/20 Europe, we hosted a corporate event commemorating our 20th anniversary in the Netherlands—welcoming regional ACIers and customers alike (and enjoying a most densely delicious and decorative cake).

  • cash delivery by drone

    A Rocky Mountain High on Payments Innovation

    Friday, June 01, 2018

    We were so high last week; in fact, we were a figurative mile high… in sunny Denver for our annual ACI Exchange user conference. And among the myriad highs during the week was our own ‘Un-conference,’ which generated major buzz that sparked an enormous appetite for some tasty innovation. Some of the ideas generated included the following:

  • Cashless in London

    Cash... Almost As Good As Money! (The Story of Two Americans in London)

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Mark, although we were both recently in London, shockingly, our paths didn’t cross—the city was bustling as the Commonwealth leaders had all descended upon the British capital, which was also readying for its annual Marathon. You were there for work (cooped up in conference rooms) while I was there for fun (and the surprisingly fantastic weather made my trip that much more enjoyable). So enjoyable in fact that I’d rate my trip a 9.7 out of 10, a rarity these days. The reason for the 0.3 demerits? A frustrating taxi experience!

  • fintech frenzy

    Fintech Frenzy and Fun: Money20/20 Asia

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    I’m in vibrant Singapore for day one of the inaugural Money20/20 Asia... or is this day two? I’ve lost all concept of time this week (and didn’t realize how close Singapore is to the equator… it’s like wicked hawt outside!) And I’m joined once again by my ever-intrepid Rantings colleague to rant about what’s happening in this fun-filled world of payments.

  • Complexities of Cannabis

    The Complexities of Cannabis: Banks, Merchants, Consumers and More

    Wednesday, February 07, 2018

    Cannabis—it’s no longer the verboten 800-pound pink elephant (though I think that might be a new strand). It’s about as mainstream as well…mainstream. And as we begin our latest Rantings Rant, it seems like the last time we (well, not you or I) experienced something like this, Al Capone and Elliot Ness were facing off during the time of Prohibition (if you’ve never seen the film The Untouchables, I highly recommend it!).

  • Oh the ways we have to pay

    Oh, the Different Ways to Pay Today (Not by Doctor Seuss)

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Mark, Mega Millions tickets cost 2 dollars now?!? I don’t have 2 dollars in my wallet... I don’t have any dollars in my wallet!

    And due to my lack of paper currency, if I’m not in it, I can’t win it. And I wanna win it, which has got me to thinking (again) about the new(er) ways to pay. When we last tackled the topic, I think we were ranting about wearable rings, speedos, the Rio Games and maybe Ryan Lochte’s hair. We’re now approaching a saturation point when it comes to places (on the body) to put payment mechanisms (especially if you’re in Rio!).

  • Bank of the Future?

    The Bank of the Future: 2040 and the Reality of AR and VR

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Mark, when I envision the bank of the future, I imagine Twiki and Buck Rogers at a casino. Or maybe I once dreamed that—I’m old and my mind is going. So what are we talking about and what can we envision when it comes to the bank of the future? And by future, I’m talking about 2040, before certain cities might be flooded (by water). But I digress, as this isn’t a post about climate change.

  • payment trends

    Dumbing Down Payments and Fintech Jargon… Just in Time for the Holidays!

    Thursday, November 09, 2017

    Mark, is there a slightly less insulting phrase for “dumbing down” something? I ask because there are some terms and topics making bigly waves today and many/most consumers outside of payments/banking/fintech/tech might not understand their significance and why they should care. With that, can we take a moment to simplify these terms and topics, while also conveying their importance to the masses—from your mother-in-law to your daughter’s daycare provider to “the old man sitting next to me making love to his tonic and gin” (I’m a sucker for Billy Joel).

  • Where the payments bacon?

    Bringing Home the Payments Bacon (And Other ‘Sizzles’ Such as PSD2, GDPR, AI and Big Data)

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Mark, we’ve closed out another hectic Money20/20; my eyes are still dry; my throat is still sore; I still reek of cigarettes; I’ve eaten a lot of bacon on a stick (thanks to Zelle, a great group of people and a great partner)! So for the most part, this year’s event has been another win. And I haven’t even referenced the many terrific sessions during the week (well, I guess I just did).