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Our Mission

Why an instant pay platform is important

The current method of paying employees is failing hourly-wage workers. Three-quarters of working Americans live paycheck to paycheck, unsure if they’ll get paid for their earned work by the time their bills are due. For many, that means skipping meals, selling possessions, taking on any extra work or going through extreme measures - just to make ends meet.

Several turn to high-interest payday loans to bridge the gap, but that compounds the issue. A staggering amount is charged in fees and interest rates on loans that are typically used to pay for food and rent. In 2017, workers spent $188 billion in lending service fees and interest charges. To put that into perspective, that’s four times the US education budget. This problem is putting an additional burden on everyday workers, and it deserves a solution. It’s the reason we do what we do.

Our mission is to fix the pay frequency problem at its root by providing businesses and their employees with an instant pay platform. In changing how money moves, we empower those who need it the most to achieve the financial well-being they need to take charge of their lives. We’ve found the solution and now our goal is to put it in the hands of millions of working Americans.

Our Values

  • Integrity

    We always do the right thing over what’s easiest — no exceptions.

  • Service

    We care about our customers and feel a great responsibility to empower them to live better lives.

  • Mission

    We recognize and accept the responsibility that comes with the impact Instant has on employers and the lives of their employees.

  • Urgency

    We’re hungry and understand we must move at a very rapid pace to win.

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About Our Team

Bringing experience from all corners of the business and tech worlds to the table, the Instant team is passionately working to make life more convenient, flexible, and reliable for hourly-wage workers.

  • Steve BarhaCEORead More
  • Kevin FalkCTORead More
  • Alaa PashaCRORead More
  • Mandeep BasraVP, Finance & ComplianceRead More
  • Erik LevinsonVP, EngineeringRead More
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    Steve Barha
    Steve BarhaCEO
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    Steve has spent the past two decades utilizing the key principles of “operating with integrity” and “acting with urgency” to develop successful technology companies.

    To Instant, Steve brings an extensive background delivering financial technology to large enterprise Customers. Prior to Instant, Steve served as both the CIO and EVP of Mobile for TIO Networks (NASDAQ: PYPL) leading the mobile business unit while driving the company’s engineering, IT, and product teams. Steve was also previously the founding CEO of Santra Technology, the pioneer of Web Services QoS and performance monitoring, along with holding senior management positions at Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), TELUS Enterprise Solutions (TSE:T) and Emerge Online.

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    Kevin Falk
    Kevin FalkCTO
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    A leader and advisor in technology and software, Kevin has over two decades of experience managing teams of up to 150 employees in the design and build of POS software solutions.

    Kevin has served in founder and leadership roles with various organizations, including Vivonet, Lightspeed POS, Cognotiva and Autoprise.

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    Alaa Pasha
    Alaa PashaCRO
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    Alaa has over 25 years of executive experience leading and building high-performance sales operations, with a proven track record of revenue growth and market penetration.

    Alaa has held executive roles with POS and SaaS solutions companies such as Vivonet, HotSchedules, MacromatiX and Compris Technology. 

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    Mandeep Basra
    Mandeep BasraVP, Finance & Compliance
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    Mandeep leads the compliance and financial operations for Instant.

    His career in account management and financial analysis spans nearly two decades, having worked with companies and organizations such as Global Relay, TIO Networks, Absolute Software and the Canada Revenue Agency.

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    Erik Levinson
    Erik LevinsonVP, Engineering
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    Erik is a senior technology leader who has built, mentored and led high-performing, cross-functional technical teams.

    His career spans over a decade in leadership roles including roles as co-founder, CTO, VP Engineering and advisor with several organizations such as Uberflip, Caneris and Key CTO.

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