January 23rd, 2012
January 23, 2012—- Chito Manansala is the reason you and about 2 billion other people can instantly pay with a Visa card in shops across the planet.
As chief system architect at Visa, Manansala designed the communications system at the heart of VisaNet — a worldwide network of shops, ATMs, banks, and websites that handles 130 million payments a day. In other words, he knows how to build a contraption that juggles ridiculous amounts of information with each passing second.
In 2007, after leaving Visa, he joined Sabre, the company behind the online travel agency Travelocity. At Sabre, Travelocity just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The company offers all sorts of software that shuttles information among travel agencies, airlines, hotels, and other tourism outfits across the globe, and Manansala was hired to build a system that would drive applications running on a world of mobile phones. Think of it as the VisaNet of travel reservations. Read more