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Tammy Camp: Virtual payment networks

Tammy Camp is the CEO and co-founder of Stronghold, a financial infrastructure company that provides fast, secure, and accessible financial services through a simple API.

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Tammy Camp is the CEO and co-founder of Stronghold, a financial infrastructure company that provides fast, secure, and accessible financial services through a simple API.



Inspired by her previous entrepreneurial experiences across the technology and startup landscape, Tammy founded Stronghold in 2017 to bring better financial services to a broader range of market participants. Under her leadership, Stronghold also launched the highly successful digital currency SHx to provide real-time settlement, discounts in fees for business customers, and more, to its clients.

Tammy was also the first Head of Growth for Stellar, the open-source payments platform for fiat and digital currencies. In this role, she helped the platform attract an astounding 4 million users within its first two months of operations.

Tammy is a 2011 graduate of the Global Startup Program at Singularity University at NASA Ames and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. She holds the kiteboarding world record for most completed back loops in one minute.

In our conversation with Tammy, we cover:

  • Virtual payment networks and how they work
  • How Stronghold combines services of legacy payment rails like ACH or credit cards with modern payments infrastructure using blockchain, Stellar, Ripple, Solana or Ethereum
  • Tammy’s startup journey, Singularity University, head of growth at Stellar, meeting her co-founder Sean Bennett, getting the idea for Stronghold
  • Interesting products built on top of Stronghold API’s
  • The fundraising process for Strongold
  • Tammy’s experience working with 500 Startups, and her take on why startups fail
  • Evolution and future of payment networks
  • Interesting fintech products currently on the market
  • Advice for first-time founders

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