Founders & Advisors

PayPie’s team of founders and advisors includes set of experts from around the world with decades of experience in fintech, technology, financing, banking, accounting, risk management and blockchain.

  • Nick Chandi
    Nick Chandi

    Co-founder and CEO

    Nick is a serial entrepreneur and member of the Forbes Technology Council. Before co-founding PayPie, Nick co-founded SlickPie, a startup that provides online accounting software for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in 130 countries worldwide, and Welcome Networks, a company specialized in providing IT solutions for accounting firms. Nick is an MBA holder with over 20 years of experience working in the accounting tech industry. He is also a frequent speaker at national CPA events, touching on technology and cybersecurity practices.

  • Jag Barpagga
    Jag Barpagga


    Jag has over 17 years of experience working with technology from giants like Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware. In addition to designing, implementing and maintaining virtual systems for SMEs, he’s an expert in data security networks, with backgrounds serving as the principal technical architect and tech lead for private cloud services. He has extensive experience working with a wide range of IT solutions for accounting and bookkeeping firms in North America, including all of the major accounting applications.

  • Anthony Di Iorio
    Anthony Di Iorio


    A co-founder of the Ethereum platform, Anthony is the former CDO of the TMX Group and Toronto Stock Exchange. He is also the founder of the Jaxx blockchain wallet (used by over 400,000 customers), the CEO of the Decentral blockchain innovation hub and a thought leader in the decentralized technology industry. His blockchain engagements are known for achieving substantial growth and landmarks.

  • Ranica Arrowsmith
    Ranica Arrowsmith


    Ranica is the technology editor for Accounting Today, one of the world’s the most popular and respected accounting news and information sources. She is a renowned professional in the accounting journalism industry and her voice is heard by hundreds of thousands of accounting professionals year-round. She is a natural in the art of communicating all that’s new and trendy in the accounting technology scene, which makes her an industry expert when it comes to endorsing innovative accounting platforms and ideas.

  • Jack Shaw
    Jack Shaw


    Jack is the co-founder and executive director of the American Blockchain Council. Having advised Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, GE, Bosch, SAP, Oracle and IBM, he is a leading expert on the strategic business implications of blockchain technology. He has more than 30 years of experience as a tech futurist and has delivered over 1,000 keynote speeches and presentations worldwide. Jack is also a Kellogg MBA holder and a Yale alumnus.

  • Steven Sprague
    Steven Sprague


    Steven is the CEO of Rivetz Corp and a director at Wave Systems Corp, where he served as President and CEO for 14 years before transitioning to the board of directors and helping the company sell over 130 million copies of licensed software globally. A popular speaker on cybersecurity topics, he is an influential player in the development and application of the self-encrypting drive industry standards. A Cornell alumnus, Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating hardware into everyday computing.

  • Gary Cokins
    Gary Cokins


    Gary is an internationally renowned accounting expert and one of the most experienced executives on the global market. With over 10 years working as a financial controller and operations manager, 15 years as a management consultant (Deloitte, KPMG and EDS), and 16 years with SAS, he is an expert speaker, author and consultant in enterprise performance management (EPM) and business analytics methods and systems. Gary is a Kellogg School MBA holder and a Cornell alumnus.

  • Derrick Liu
    Derrick Liu


    Derrick is the principal partner of Keyway Group, a regulated corporate service provider advising over 10,000 companies since its inception in 1979. Derrick is an early investor in Bitcoin and, through his group’s investment arm, has invested in numerous startups in the crypto space while often assisting them as a regulatory and tax advisor. He is a frequent speaker at various investment events and he is a fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs and member of CPA Australia.