Bio

Bio

Tom Villante is an angel investor, fintech pioneer, and the recipient of numerous business awards for his revelatory payments technology company.

Villante founded YapStone in 1999 with the not-so-simple goal of converting large bills commonly paid by paper check into online electronic payments – a progressive idea for the time. Today, his company processes over $18 billion a year in online payment volume and is most publicized as the payment partner for HomeAway (acquired by Expedia).

Prior to founding YapStone, Villante was a Partner at The Seidler Company, a private equity firm, and an investment banker with S.G. Warburg (now UBS) and William E. Simon &Sons. He is currently a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (Santa Monica Bay) and has served on the Boards of local schools and charitable organizations.

A graduate of Princeton University, Villante is a keynote speaker and recognized payments expert.