Announces New Speaker to The Innovation Project 2015 March 18 – 19 2015

John C. Head III Dean, Emeritus, of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Professor Richard Schmalensee To Lead “Learning from the Pivots” Panel on March 19th

2015 Innovation Project

BOSTON--(), the premier source of news and commentary on innovation in payments and commerce, is pleased to announce Professor Richard Schmalensee as an addition to the payment and commerce industries foremost thought leadership industry event, The Innovation Project 2015™ hosted by

Professor Schmalensee is John C. Head III Dean, Emeritus, of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management and Economics at MIT. He is also an advisor to the world’s most prominent platform businesses and government agencies, including the Bureau of Economics of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Richard is one of the world’s leading authorities on industrial economics with an expertise in the payment card industry. As one of the world’s leading authorities on industrial economics with expertise in the payment card industry, Professor Schmalensee will guide delegates back into the classroom as he leads the “Learning from the Pivots” panel with Jim McKelvey.

“Professor Schmalensee has decades of research and teaching experience focused on industrial organization economics and two-sided markets. He has co-authored many books including Paying With Plastic and Catalyst Code, the latter focused on creating an organized a framework for how to “ignite” complex two-sided ecosystems. His knowledge of the payment card industry and platform economics and his perspective will be invaluable when he takes the Innovation Project delegates through case studies of four innovative payments and commerce players, ” said Karen Webster, PYMNTS President and Market Platform Dynamics CEO.

The Innovation Project is invitation only and held over two days March 18th and 19th, 2015 on the campus of Harvard University*. To request an invitation, please click here.

About is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of payments and commerce and make news.

This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments and broader commerce ecosystem by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives turn to it daily for these insights, making the audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. …. where the best minds and best content meet on the web to learn “What’s Next” in Payments and Commerce.

About the Innovation Project

Over two content packed days this March 18 & 19, 2015, The Innovation Project 2015, powered by, will convene the most thoughtful minds from established players, emerging disruptors, and entrepreneurial visionaries in the world of payments and commerce.

Innovation At The Intersections implies that innovation in payments and commence is at crossroads, moving from one particular way of thinking and doing innovation to another. And, that is exactly how our agenda is organized. Leading and participating in these discussions will be the most innovative, thoughtful and dynamic players from their sectors.

*Please note that The Innovation Project™ and℠ are not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is the Innovation Project™ 2015 a Harvard University program or activity.

Megan DeWaele, 508-259-6521

Megan DeWaele, 508-259-6521