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Henry Helgeson is the CEO of Merchant Warehouse. The US lags the rest of the world in one significant technological area: payments. One reason we’ve fallen behind is the inertia of our legacy payments infrastructure, and the fact that it is more difficult to replace a working system than build one from scratch. Yet, while many Americans consider alternative payments non-essential, the rest of the world is silently surpassing us. They’re building simpler, more secure commerce networks – and perhaps constructing the rails to leapfrog the U.S. economically in the process. Ingenious workarounds in areas with major political and infrastructural…

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