Rhode Island entrepreneur Barry Hinckley is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and recently started using payment technology to bolster his voter support. Hinckley is the first to adopt ROAMpay’s mCommerce card acceptance solution and mobile phone swiper — which allows supporters to make donations right on their mobile devices — in a national political campaign.
Hinckley’s campaign manager Nick Cicchitelli said, “Before ROAMpay, the only options for campaigns looking to take credit cards were to use unsecured swipers with outrageously high transaction fees, to take the numbers down on an unsecured paper form, which nobody likes doing, or to bring a laptop and process credit transactions through their website, which requires a wifi hotspot, probably a power outlet, and is more or less immobile.”
In the audio interview below, PYMNTS.com chatted with Hinckley, who shared how mobile payment acceptance with Roam is a “game changer”; how people are reacting to his new fundraising technology; and why he feels like a walk-on trying out for an NFL team.
Hinckley has 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and a long track record of creating jobs and is now running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in Rhode Island. He founded the company, Bullhorn Software, which now employs 150 people and earns over $25 Million in revenue. Under Hinckley’s stewardship, Bullhorn consistently grew its revenue year-by-year, making it one of Boston Business Journal’s, “10 Fastest Growing Private Companies” in New England five years running. The company he built has won over fifty different industry awards, and in 2005 Hinckley was named one of Boston’s “40 under 40” successful businessmen. He was also a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2009.