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LaterPay Secures US$10 Million in Funding to Drive Platform Expansion

Aims to establish a global standard for effortless buying, tipping and selling of digital goods

NEW YORK,  NY -- May 28, 2020 -- LaterPay, the buying, tipping and selling platform for digital content, announced today that it has raised fresh capital to further drive its goal of seamlessly supporting the value exchange between creators and consumers online. The company recently added US$10 million to its capital pool. 

The financing comes at a time when the global media landscape is experiencing a fundamental shift in consumer behavior, accelerated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With some content providers relaxing traditional paywalls in response to audiences’ need for quality content and information from the sources they trust, creators are increasingly offering consumers the chance to support their work and the quality content they provide through voluntary contributions. 

“The US$10 million raised will go into making it even easier for creators and the platforms they use to natively integrate pricing and contribution tools around their content so consumers aren’t taken out of their trusted environment.” Ene continues.  “LaterPay is not the destination but rather the buying/tipping/selling wrapper for any digital content. Making it easy for musicians, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and others to make money doing what they love.” 

This closed financing round once again underlines the confidence of existing investors in the company’s technology and its vision as a whole. LaterPay makes buying and selling effortless for everyone. By trusting people and giving them choice, the platform establishes new direct transactional relationships, converting consumers into happy customers. LaterPay will continue to focus on empowering platforms with its technology and providing a set of tools for creators and content providers of all kinds to generate contributions in a user-centric way, leveraging the LaterPay methodology. 

“We learned from article monetization, that consumers don’t want to spend three minutes registering and paying for an article that only takes 90 seconds to read - or worse one that scrapes and sells their data to subsidize the cost,” says Cosmin Ene, founder and CEO of LaterPay. “A better, more lucrative approach is to allow consumers to buy or contribute to digital content - whether its a video, podcast, article, playlist, or image - on their own terms with a seamless value exchange that doesn’t put the burden on the customer.”

The key to contributions and selling success for creators is to provide the value upfront (rather than offering promotional discounts or other enticements) and let the consumer accrue a balance before asking them to pay. Through the LaterPay platform, users can consume paid content and services on the internet with one or two clicks — without prior registration or having to pay in advance. It is only when the online tab’s $5 limit is reached that they are prompted to register and pay.

About LaterPay

LaterPay owns patented technology for enabling micropayments for tipping and buying without upfront registration or upfront payments, facilitated by the “use now, pay later” approach. LaterPay aims to empower content providers to monetize the vast frontier that lives between ads and subscriptions. www.laterpay.net.

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John McKinney Named Chief Technical Officer at LaterPay

NEW YORK,  NY – September 12, 2019 – LaterPay, the industry-leading platform that offers users immediate, frictionless access to content or services without requiring upfront registration or payment, has appointed John McKinney as Chief Technical Officer. As LaterPay continues to expand and scale up its operations in Europe and North America, McKinney will be responsible for managing the end-to-end development process of the company’s suite of technologies. Based in New York, he will report directly to LaterPay Founder and CEO, Cosmin Ene.

“A dynamic leader, John excels at managing his product and technology teams while also  understanding the wider vision for LaterPay as a whole, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to the team,” said Ene. “John brings with him a deep understanding of our technology and industry but has also demonstrated the ability to work with different teams and company functions to build out efficiencies across multiple groups and disciplines, which will be essential as LaterPay continues to conquer new markets.


A well-rounded industry veteran, McKinney brings almost 15 years experience in managing diverse teams as well as shepherding companies through the evolution of web technologies. Most recently he has served as CTO of the Boston-based fintech start-up Netcapital as well as the co-founder of [opening riff], a technology investment and consulting group. Earlier in his career, McKinney co-founded Ashe Avenue Development in 2007, specializing in the development of web platforms, native applications, and experiential campaigns, and led the construction of vice.com and other properties for VICE Media. After working for a number of publishing clients, including building multiple lifestyle verticals for AOL.com, Ashe Avenue was acquired by AOL in 2015 and McKinney took on the role of VP of Engineering, AOL Core Products. He holds dual degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

“LaterPay has created a truly unique and empowering industry model - one that has the potential to fundamentally change the way people perform financial transactions online,” McKinney said. “At the same time, that requires a structured and systematic approach to technical development, which is something I look forward to bringing to the team in this new role. I am very excited to be joining the company at such a pivotal moment.”

LaterPay enables publishers to convert users into subscribers at a higher rate than traditional models and helps publishers to earn revenue with single articles and time passes from readers who never will subscribe. By using LaterPay’s solution, digital publishers and service providers can simultaneously expand existing subscription models, increase paying customer bases and improve user experience.

About LaterPay
LaterPay owns patented technology for enabling micropayments without upfront registration, facilitated by the “use now, pay later” approach. This allows users to consume paid content and services on the internet with one or two clicks — without prior registration or having to pay in advance. It is only when the online tab’s $5 limit is reached that users are prompted to register and pay. LaterPay aims to empower content providers to monetize the vast space that lives between ads and subscriptions. www.laterpay.net

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