Lucas Duplan

  • Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

    Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

    Clinkle imploded after employees quit en masse in May, protesting how its young CEO Lucas Duplan was mismanaging the $30 million-funded payments startup. But Duplan won’t quit. TechCrunch has attained emails showing Duplan is pivoting Clinkle away from its former ultrasound payments and loyalty debit card products. Now Clinkle is an SDK called Treats that other apps can integrate to… Read More

  • Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale. He’s believed to have… Read More

  • After Raising More Money And Launching Its Product In Beta, Clinkle COO McCarthy Steps Down

    After Raising More Money And Launching Its Product In Beta, Clinkle COO McCarthy Steps Down

    It’s never a dull moment when it comes to Clinkle, the mobile payments startup which hopes to one day replace your wallet. The young company’s roller coaster ride continues with the news today that former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy has stepped down from his day-to-day role with the company as COO after less than six months. Read More

  • Clinkle Gets Hacked Before It Even Launches

    Clinkle Gets Hacked Before It Even Launches

    Clinkle is the hottest app around to have done mostly nothing. The stealth payments service, which has raised $30 million from big-name investors, has yet to publicly launch. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be hacked. Today, a guest user posted a list of 33 usernames, user IDs, profile photos, and phone numbers to PasteBin. Based on the data provided, it seems as though these users… Read More

  • Clinkle Raises Celebrity-Filled $25M Round As It Gears Up To Eliminate The Physical Wallet

    Clinkle Raises Celebrity-Filled $25M Round As It Gears Up To Eliminate The Physical Wallet

    Clinkle, a mobile payments startup that aims to put your entire wallet on your phone, has raised a $25 million round from over 18 investors. The company was the subject of much hype and speculation in April when a dozen students left Stanford to start it. Beta testers, a former employee, and even Clinkle’s website have given us a look at how the app will function and what it will look like. Read More