PromisePay to propel payments for Airtasker start-up | The Australian
Australian online marketplace start-up Airtasker has recruited Westpac-backed fintech firm PromisePay to power its transactions.
PromisePay, which recently secured funding from Westpac’s Reinventure Fund, as well as 99 designs co-founder Mark Harbottle, Australian venture capital firm Rampersand and US fintech venture capitalists Cultivation Capital, works with marketplaces and on-demand platforms in the US and Australia to manage their payment requirements.
The start-up’s chief executive, Simon Lee, said PromisePay’s fundamental point of difference was trust. “What we do is, the money never touches the marketplace’s account,” he said. “The only money that ever touches the marketplace is accountancy fees. So, specifically in our contract, we make the marketplace a broker of the transaction and we actually make all the people doing the work the merchant of record.
“We’re paying the service person directly and they’re the person that actually takes the credit card transaction, not Airtasker, and Airtasker receives a fee as part of that transaction.”