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BR-DGE founder: A startup’s biggest enemy is time

BR-DGE founder Brian Coburn

Brian Coburn is the founder and chief strategy officer of BR-DGE, a payments infrastructure company based in Edinburgh.

Coburn founded BR-DGE in 2018. The payments orchestration platform acts as an intermediary between someone making a payment and other providers like PayPal or Stripe. BR-DGE connects to more than 300 technology and payment providers and expects to process £1.5bn in transactions this year.

Coburn began his career as a trainee at Stagecoach at age 16 before working his way up to become chief technology officer. It was during this time that he noticed the challenges merchants faced navigating complex payment systems.

In this week’s Founder in Five Q&A, Coburn explains why “the biggest enemy of the startup is time”, the importance of delegating as your company grows, and shares lessons learned from wanting to be a rock star....