Enhancing lives, communities and the environment

Delivering the next generation of transport ticketing for the future of travel

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Supporting enriched transport experiences

The future of travel is connected, on demand and accessible. Operators need the agility to respond to the evolving expectations of users, and the systems to support greener, more efficient ways of travelling.

Launched in 2023, tikpay is on a mission to remove friction for mobility payments, delivering a solution that responsibly connects people to communities and opens access to more sustainable ways to travel.

To remove friction from mobility payments
To be the leading orchestrator of mobility globally
To enhance lives, communities & the environment
We’re committed to achieving B Corp certification.

Our team.

tikpay is revolutionary, but we’ve already got a track record for proving that ‘there’s a better way’. We are ambitious and experienced problem solvers, forever looking beyond the edge of the box to create smarter, simpler, and ever-evolving technology. Our vision for tikpay is a solution that better supports the future of travel for both users and operators.

Our team

tikpay is revolutionary, but we’ve already got a track record for proving that ‘there’s a better way’. We are ambitious and experienced problem solvers, forever looking beyond the edge of the box to create smarter, simpler, and ever-evolving technology. Our vision for tikpay is a solution that better supports the future of travel for both users and operators.

Michael Walters
Founder & CEO

A globally recognised payments innovator, Michael has already pioneered the development of numerous world-leading payment technologies and products, including littlepay where he successfully developed the first open-loop Model 2 PAYG payment gateway that was deployed from mid-2017 by multiple UK transport operators. He has co-founded three fintechs and played significant sales, strategy and advisory roles within financial and paytech organisations. A proven visionary in payment technology, Michael is continually seeking smarter ways to address industry challenges.

Favourite artist:
Chet Faker

When not working:
Being an inquisitive foodie (humble-brag but I make the best laksa), supporting / diving into whatever my kids are in to (combat robotics, speed cubing, mountain biking, lacrosse, etc) and just about continually trying to solve (irritating) real-world problems.

Belinda Ralston
Chief Product Officer

A multi-talented software engineer turned product manager, Belinda has over 15 years experience working with small B2B businesses building SaaS products. Belinda’s entrepreneurial and strategic vision has seen her lead SaaS product teams, define development direction and launch new tech to market across numerous industry-leading platforms. She was a foundation employee of HROnboard as Head of Product and part of the executive leadership team, taking the cloud-based employee on-boarding software from concept through go-to-market phase to its current position as a recognised leader in HR technology solutions; with 250+ enterprise customers within Australia & New Zealand.

Favourite artist:
Michael Bublé

When not working:
Spending time with my young family … which doesn't leave much time for anything else, and catching up with family and friends.

Simon O'Connor
Chief Technology Officer

Simon has over 20 years experience working with software engineers and product managers in Australia, the USA and Asia to build solutions that achieve the product vision. That experience has seen him work across all aspects of software, business processes and Information Management within marketing, data and other departments within large scale companies. He knows his way around platform back-ends and database designs, with multiple coding languages in his toolkit. Simon has played critical roles in building B2B SaaS products from the ground up, as well as securing personally identifiable data so that it exceeds industry standards.

Favourite artist:

When not working:
‍Busy doing renovations (and I even usually almost finish them!), going for a bush walk and listening to music almost all the time.

Yona Takac
Head of Commercial

An experienced startup operator, Yona has worked across sales and strategy at various innovative early-stage business in Melbourne, Tel Aviv, and New York. He most recently spent 3+ years at payments start-up Airwallex helping to build a high-performance API sales motion focused on enterprise and strategic clients. Yona employs a highly consultative and collaborative solution-selling approach that enables him to build strong relationships with his clients and help them solve challenging business problems. His passion is to work with high-performance teams at fast-paced and disruptive technology companies which is what draw him to tikpay!

Favourite artist:
Talking Heads

When not working:
Listening and playing music, shooting hoops (poorly) with friends, heading to the cinema on $10 Mondays, and playing online chess.

Shreya Basu
Commercial Associate

With a foundation in customer service and supply chain management roles, Shreya has managed client portfolios, fostered strong relationships and collaborated on strategies for growth and improvement. Shreya has a keen interest in creating content that makes an impact.

Favourite artist:

When not working:
Planning my next travels, scrolling on TikTok for an absurd amount of time and trying to make pilates my entire personality.

Ben Reynolds
Lead Developer

An experienced senior developer and architect, Ben’s knowledge of a wide range of technologies covers design to UI/UX to back-end to database. He’s put those skills to work across multiple platforms, leading the development of complex software systems.

Favourite artist:

When not working:
Into fitness, with goals of becoming Olympic Lifting state champion in my division, photography across most genres and patting dogs at the dog park, with secret and unrealistic plans of stealing one.

Arvind Kaur
Senior Developer

Arvind has over 10 years of experience managing and creating high-performing software engineering teams. Her expertise includes API design, Agile methodologies, Scrum and Kanban, UI design and more.

Favourite artist:

When not working:
Learning new recipes, trying to play a high note on the piano and enjoying hide & seek with my amazing 5 kids - 2 cats, 2 dogs and 1 human child (in that particular order).

Suharsha Wickramasinghe
Senior Developer

An experienced software engineer with a passion for crafting efficient and scalable results, Suharsha specialises in Java, C# and Javascript frameworks and designing architectures in cloud platforms such as AWS.

Favourite artist:
Bruno Mars

When not working:
Watching TV shows/movies, researching tech stuff and being an F1 Champion (go-karting).

Prafulla Tandel
Senior Developer

Prafulla is a highly experienced software engineer. Being a technically skilled .NET developer, he has a depth of knowledge across designing, developing, testing and implementing digital platforms and web applications.

Favourite artist:
Eric Clapton

When not working:
Reading about new technologies, spending time with my family and playing badminton and squash.

We got rid of the need for you to use legacy systems - any of them. Commodity technology is more affordable, more flexible and more intuitive than proprietary hardware. We’ve removed reliance on out-dated (and difficult to update) systems to instead deliver continuous enhancements that enable operators and authorities to offer modern travellers the kind of payment experience they always expected.

Jayden Basha
Investment Principal - Investible

The transportation space is going through a paradigm shift where the traditional systems of payments have created obstacles for both commuters and providers, combined with inefficiencies in reconciling transactions. tikpay is aiming to disrupt this space and we’re super excited to back them and support them on their journey.

Barry Winata
Founder & Managing Partner - Metagrove Ventures

Tikpay is building a truly modern ticketing and payment solution that will empower travellers to pay for and use transport however, whenever, and wherever they choose - all whilst reducing ticketing costs for operators by 40% or more. Michael, Belinda, and the team are truly big-picture thinkers when it comes to the transport industry. We couldn't be more pleased to co-lead their pre-seed funding round alongside Black Nova Ventures.

Alex Khor
Co-founder - AfterWork Ventures

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As we introduce tikpay to new operators, we're onboarding limited partners at a time. If you're curious about how tikpay could work for you, or you’d like to know more about supporting our growth, reach out to start the conversation.

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