Kounta counts on US success

Kounta counts on US success

Australian cloud point of sale start-up Kounta has appointed Jason Seed as its USA President ahead of a launch there in 2015.

Kounta, which allows cafes bars and restaurants to run their businesses from tablets or smartphones, will launch in the US next year and Mr Seed will be responsible for inking strategic partnerships and ramping up awareness.

The start-up has already had a big 2014 including a number of high-profile integration partnerships including one with accounting firm MYOB to launch an integrated online accounting and POS solution.

MYOB picked up a minority stake in Kounta earlier this year. Jason Seed has 14 years of experience as a growth stage CEO of four technology companies, all with a focus on the US market.

He launched Australian POS company Shortcuts Software internationally, and as CEO from 2000-2006 grew the company from 5 staff to 90 with direct operations in the UK and USA.

Mr Seed said he was looking forward to the challenge of showing millions of businesses around America the benefits of cloud point of sale.

“I’ve been following Kounta closely since launch, and what they’ve managed to achieve in Australia and New Zealand in such a short span of time, has me genuinely excited about challenging the status quo in the US.

“The sheer volume of businesses in the US that are operating on archaic, clunky, expensive hardware is staggering.

“With a host of changes happening in the industry, like Apple Pay and Chip & PIN introduction in the US, it’s important for merchants to have a flexible solution that can integrate with everything in the market.

“Rather than using a device that locks you into one system and takes a clipping off each transaction, running a business on Kounta with a small flat fee puts the power back in the hands of merchants.

Nick Cloete, founder and CEO of Kounta said he was looking forward to working alongside Jason Seed into taking Kounta to next stage of expansion.

“The US is a big challenge for any startup, but the market opportunity is equally large. Jason brings a wealth of experience and skill which will help us launch and grow in the US market, and I’m thrilled to have him on the team.”

Kounta, which is cloud based, runs on an iPad, or any web enabled device, meaning the iPad can handle rostering, time clocks, inventory management, product/menu management, reporting and analytics.

Other Aussie start-ups to make an international push in recent weeks include Bitcoin start-up CoinJar and mobile device firm Ollo.

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