Karen Webster


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Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on platform innovation and emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of global players in the payments and commerce space. As the Founder of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media, and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. Karen also serves on the boards of a number of emerging companies, helping innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services.

Karen is also an entrepreneur herself, who has successfully founded and launched several new ventures in the loyalty, digital media, and contextual commerce sectors, including – the largest global B2B media platform covering payments, commerce retail, and financial services innovation.

About Us: is a recognized global leader for data, news and insights on innovation in payments and the platforms powering the connected economy.

Founded in 2009, PYMNTS is the source that decision-makers turn to when seeking a balanced, curated and informed point of view on the role of payments, connected devices and new tech in transforming how people and businesses pay, get paid and monetize their interactions.

PYMNTS uses proprietary research, data analysis and executive insights to create content. That content helps start conversations with readers – between colleagues, their partners and among executive teams, as well as on social channels – about how innovations in payments are shaping the future of our connected world, and how it impacts business decisions.

Since day one, PYMNTS’ guiding principle has been about “what’s next.” We use a set of proven frameworks based on cutting-edge economics to determine how innovation ignites and scales in dynamic markets, enabling us to identify and analyze relevant trends well before they become mainstream.

Today, “what’s next” includes an expanded focus on the connected economy. We examine the impact of new technology, data and connected devices on the 10 pillars that drive global economic growth: how people live, work, shop, bank, eat, stay well, have fun, travel, stay connected and live – and, of course, how they pay and are paid. is a wholly owned subsidiary of What’s Next Media & Analytics. We are a diverse, highly efficient, remote-first team working on four continents with physical offices in Boston, Chicago and Buenos Aires.