Leadership Team

Danny Shader

Danny Shader founded Handle Financial in 2009 after a long history of building innovative, high-growth companies. Prior to Handle Financial, he led Good Technology, Inc. a wireless software company that was acquired by Motorola in 2007. Before Good, Danny co-founded Accept.com, one of the first person-to-person payments providers, which Amazon acquired in 1999.


Steve Capps
Chief Innovator

Steve Capps is our chief innovator. As an expert in user interface design, he is relentless about making our products and services easy to use. He was a member of the original Macintosh team, key designer of Apple Newton, and an Apple Fellow. Steve is named on 65+ patents that span toys, musical instruments, hardware and software.

Mirna Daouk

Mirna Daouk is our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining PayNearMe, she held multiple roles leadership at JPMorgan Chase including managing director and CFO of Business Banking, as well as concurrently the Mortgage Banking financial planning and analysis lead and Mortgage Banking Technology CFO.

Mirna holds an MS degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, where she also completed PhD course and exam requirements, and received an MS-equivalent in Mechanical Engineering and a BS-equivalent in Mathematics and Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique in France.

John Minor
SVP, Product and Support

John Minor leads the product and support teams at Handle Financial. Prior to Handle Financial, John managed network products for Jasper Wireless and worked at Motorola, where he helped the company launch its first Android phone. He began his career at Good Technology, where he served as director of technical account management and escalations.

Michael Tibbott
SVP, Engineering

Michael Tibbott leads the engineering team at Handle Financial, and was one of the company’s first developers. Michael has a track record of pushing the envelope. From GRiD (first laptop computer) to Apple’s Newton (helped define the PDA), Classifeds2000 (profitable e-commerce web site sold to Excite in 1998), and LivePlanet (integrating web, TV and reality with Project Greenlight), Michael is known for building and managing engineering teams that ship fast, reliable and accurate software.

Michael Kaplan
Chief Revenue Officer

Michael Kaplan leads Handle Financial’s merchant processing business (PayNearMe). Michael has over 20 years of experience in mobile and payments technology. Prior to Handle Financial, he led teams at Good Technology, Motorola, and most recently, Jasper Wireless, where he was responsible for strategic partnerships, solution engineering and carrier integrations globally.


Lauren Brown
VP, Legal

Lauren Brown is Handle Financial’s Vice President of Legal. Prior to leading Handle Financial’s legal department, Lauren served as the company’s Associate General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Counsel, as well as AML Compliance Officer of the company’s licensed money transmitter subsidiary. In law school, Lauren completed an externship for the U.S. District Court’s Northern District of California and served as an Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review. She holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA from University of California at San Diego.

Board Members

Jon Callaghan - General Partner, True Ventures
Danny Shader - CEO, Handle Financial, Inc

Board Advisors

David Hornik - Partner, August Capital
Greg Sands - Board Advisor, Costanoa Ventures
Remembering Bill Campbell (1940 - 2016)


Our investors are diverse, but one common theme is their track record of building successful companies. They've given us the resources to achieve our vision as a payments technology company and we're thrilled to have them with us on this journey.

  • August Capital
  • Costanoa
  • true ventures
  • Union Grove
  • khosla ventures
  • maveron