We Rock
Crowdz builds fully digitized business tools and programs integrated with trade finance designed to enhance the speed, efficiency, and financial performance of global commerce.
  • Headed by Cisco’s former global supply-chain leader
  • In business since 2014, with 270+ beta clients
  • 2018 alumnus of Barclays London Techstars Fintech Accelerator
  • Headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, with offices in the UK, China, India, & Korea
  • Funded by investors in the US and UK.
  • Seven pending patents.
Our Team is Supreme
Crowdz’s executives have a combined 90+ years experience in supply-chain management & operations, financial services, government, technology, and B2B & B2E ecommerce. They can definitely rock the walk.
Payson Johnston
CEO & Co-Founder

Payson Johnston has 20 years’ senior-level supply-chain management experience, serving most recently as Senior Manager for Global Supplier Management for Cisco. Among other responsibilities, in this position, he developed and drove the commodity strategies for five global supply chains. He also designed one of the first-ever online supply-chain management systems, which is still in use today. More recently, he oversaw the development of the first-ever blockchain-based supply-chain marketplaces for processed raw materials.

Kevin Hopkins
Chief Strategy Officer &
Sr VP Product Development

Kevin Hopkins has 20+ year’s experience in Internet and ecommerce strategy & development. Most notably, he managed strategic-marketing & product-development initiatives for enterprise SaaS provider Intacct, which recently sold for $850 million. He also has directed Internet & ecommerce initiatives for eBay, IBM, Nu Skin, Overstock, Toyota, & many others. Prior to his work in the Internet industry, he was senior economist in the White House Office of Policy Development and senior economic-policy counselor to the U.S. Federal Home Loan Bank System.

Steven Lee
Chief Operations Officer

Steven Lee has 15 years of hands-on supply-chain management & finance oversight in the military, aerospace, & high-tech industries. Most notably, he managed two mission-critical global supply chains for a leading computer-components manufacturer. He has also managed supply-chain operations for Cisco, Dell, and Honeywell, and is a combat veteran from the U.S. Army.

Severo D’Souza
Chief Technology Officer

Severo D’Souza has 20 years’ experience in data analytics, & big data for such companies as Apple, Cisco, &PayPal, as well as for other demanding clients such as the NFL. He is the founder & CEO of TrellisSoft Inc., a global application & blockchain developer headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Most recently, he architected and led the development of the first-ever blockchain-based supply-chain marketplaces for processed raw materials.

Ben Ridgway
Managing Director
Crowdz London

Ben Ridgway has ten years’ experience in enterprise software, fintech, and law. He started his career as a finance & insolvency attorney with the global law firm Clifford Chance. Frustrated with the time & resources required to complete complex legal transactions, he went on to co-found a legal transaction-management company, which developed an enterprise SaaS solution that is now being used by law firms & their clients, and which recently was acquired by Workshare, one of the leading legal-technology providers in the UK. Most recently, Ben was a fintech consultant at the Barclays Techstars Accelerator.

Crowdz Staff

Our staff line up has been meticulously acquired and have years of experience in finance, business, marketing, sales, engineering, creative services and innovative thinking.

We Play Well
With Others

Crowdz has been privileged to be selected to participate in some of the most prestigious technology accelerators throughout the world.

Including EEA and the Interledger project.