Life of a serial founder: Hard knocks, pivots and bouncing back. Join us as we sit down with Michael Gokturk, CEO and founder of Payfirma.
Michael Gokturk is the kind of entrepreneur who takes a company public in 3 years then launches a new business 3 days later. In 2011, Michael founded Payfirma with the goal of disrupting the highly competitive payments market by creating a solution to merge online, in-store and mobile payments. He has since grown Payfirma from the first company to introduce mobile payments in Canada into one of the top multichannel payment platforms in North America.
Prior to Payfirma, Michael left a career in investment banking to found VersaPay, which he led to become one of Canada’s fastest growing companies before taking it public on the TSX. With over a decade of experience creating game changing technology in payments, Michael has appeared on the cover of Profit Magazine for securing the #1 Spot on the HOT 50 list, and been honoured with numerous innovation and leadership awards including a spot on Vancouver’s coveted Top 40 under 40. A thought leader on payments innovation and entrepreneurial hacks, Michael has contributed content to media sources including Time.com, The Financial Post, Venturebeat and The Globe and Mail.
Michael is an active angel investor and mentor in the Canadian Startup Community and currently sits on the National Board of Advisors for The Next Big Thing Foundation.