Stripe (company)

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Stripe, Inc.
Founded2009; 12 years ago (2009)
FoundersPatrick and John Collison
San Francisco, California, US and Dublin, Ireland
Area served
European Union, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Beta Brazil, India
  • Payments
  • Billing
  • Connect
  • Sigma
  • Atlas
  • Radar (fraud prevention)
  • Issuing
  • Terminal
RevenueIncrease $7.4 billion (2020)[1]
Number of employees
4,000+ (May 2021)
Footnotes / references

Stripe is an Irish-American financial services and software as a service (SaaS) company dual-headquartered in San Francisco, United States and Dublin, Ireland.[2][3] The company primarily offers payment processing software and application programming interfaces (APIs) for e-commerce websites and mobile applications.[4]


Irish entrepreneur brothers John and Patrick Collison founded Stripe in Palo Alto, CA, in 2009. In 2011, the company received investment of $2 million including from PayPal co-founders Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, Irish entrepreneur Liam Casey,[5] and venture capital firms Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and SV Angel.[6]

In March 2013, Stripe made its first acquisition, Kickoff, a chat and task-management application.[7] In 2012, the company moved from Palo Alto to San Francisco.[8] In October 2019, the company announced that it would be moving from the South of Market area to Oyster Point in the neighboring city of South San Francisco in 2021.[8]

In February 2021, former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, was appointed to the Stripe board.[6]


Payment processing[edit]

Stripe provides APIs that web developers can use to integrate payment processing into their websites and mobile applications.[9]

In April 2018, the company released anti-fraud tools, branded "Radar", that block fraudulent transactions.[10]

In 2018, the company expanded its services to include a billing product for online businesses, allowing businesses to manage subscription recurring revenue and invoicing.[11]

On June 11, 2019, Stripe's point of sale service, called Terminal, was made available to U.S. users. Terminal had previously been invite-only.[12] The service offers physical credit card readers designed to work with Stripe.[13][14] As of July 2020, Terminal supports two card readers: Verifone P400 and BBPOS Chipper 2X BT.[15]

Corporate finance[edit]

On February 24, 2016, the company launched the Atlas platform to help startups register as U.S. corporations. The platform originally launched as invite-only.[16] In March 2016, Cuba was added to the list of countries covered under the program.[17] Companies registered using Atlas can be Delaware-based C corporations, or, as of April 30, 2018, limited liability companies.[18]

In July 2018, Stripe began a platform for companies to issue Mastercard and Visa credit cards, and in April 2020, expanded the product's availability to include all U.S. users.[19][20]


In 2018, Stripe started a publishing company named Stripe Press to promote ideas that support innovative businesses.[21]

In 2019, Stripe began offering loans and credit cards to businesses in the United States. The company stated that loans are approved automatically using machine learning models, with no human intervention.[22]

In October 2020, Stripe announced Stripe Climate, a service for businesses to fund atmospheric carbon research and capture.[23]


In May 2011, Stripe received a $2 million investment from venture capitalists Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel and Andreessen Horowitz.[24] Stripe launched publicly in September 2011 after an extensive private beta.[25]

In May 2020, Stripe expanded its services in 5 new markets in Europe: the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Malta.[26] And started working with the German-based company Piabo.[27]

On October 15, 2020, Stripe acquired Paystack, a Nigerian payment processor, in a deal reportedly worth over $200 million with the aim of expanding its services into Africa.[28][29][30][31]

In December 2020, Stripe announced plans to expand in Southeast Asia (SEA), China, India, and Japan. It increased its staff in the region by 200 employees.[32]

In March 2021, Stripe raised another $600 million, reaching a valuation of $95 billion, aimed towards expanding their European HQ.[33]

In April 2021 Stripe acquired TaxJar, a provider of cloud-based tax services based in Massachusetts. Whilst details of the acquisition were not made public, the deal is thought to have been in the region of $200M.[34]

Funding History
Date Funding Type Number of Investors Money Raised Lead Investor Valuation
Aug 2, 2010 Seed Round 1 Y Combinator [35]
Mar 28, 2011 Seed Round 5 $2M Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel
Feb 9, 2012 Series A 1 $18M Sequoia Capital $100M[36][37]
Jul 9, 2012 Series B 9 $20M General Catalyst [38]
Jan 22, 2014 Series C 4 $80M Founders Fund $1.75bn
Dec 2, 2014 Series C 7 $70M Thrive Capital $3.5bn
Jul 31, 2015 Series C 7 $100M
Nov 25, 2016 Series D 3 $150M CapitalG, General Catalyst $9bn[39]
Sep 27, 2018 Series E 5 $245M Tiger Global Management $20bn[40]
Jan 29, 2019 Series F 1 $100M Tiger Global Management $22.5bn[41]
Sep 19, 2019 Series G 3+ $250M Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz $35B
Apr 16, 2020 Series G Extension 3+ $600M Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, GV and Andreessen Horowitz $36B[42]
Mar 14, 2021 Series H 3+ $600M Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency, Insurers Allianz SE and AXA SA, and investment managers Baillie Gifford & Co. and Fidelity Investments. $95B[33]


Stripe is reported to have participated in two funding rounds for Monzo, a "challenger bank" based in the U.K. Stripe's first investment in Monzo was reported on November 6, 2017,[43] with a second investment in Monzo's Series E fundraising round reported on October 10, 2018.[44] Monzo's valuation grew from approximately $350 million[43] to $1.27 billion[44] through these two rounds of fundraising. Stripe participated in a third round of funding for Monzo on June 24, 2019, which raised approximately $144 million in funding for Monzo at a valuation of approximately $2.5 billion.[45][46]

Stripe has invested in companies offering similar services as themselves, but in different geographical regions. In August 2018, Stripe invested in Paystack, a Nigerian payment processor,[47] and, in September 2019, invested in PayMongo, a Philippine payment processor.[48] In February 2021, Stripe invested in Safepay, a Pakistani payment processor.[49]

On June 6, 2019, Stripe led a $22.5 million fundraising round for Step, a financial services startup offering fee-free bank accounts to teenagers.[50]

On March 26, 2020, Stripe led a $20 million Series A fundraising round for Fast, a company creating a universal, one-click checkout service.[51] Subsequently, Stripe led a $102 million Series B fundraising round for Fast on January 26, 2021.[52]

See also[edit]


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  47. ^ "Paystack, with ambitions to become the Stripe of Africa, raises $8M from Visa, Tencent… and Stripe itself". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  48. ^ "Manila-based payments processing startup PayMongo raises $2.7 million in seed funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  49. ^ "Pakistani fintech Safepay raises seed funding from Stripe, others". MENAbytes. 2021-02-11. Retrieved 2021-07-14.
  50. ^ "Step raises $22.5 million to help teens manage their money". VentureBeat. 2019-06-06. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
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  52. ^ "Fast raises $102M as the online checkout wars continue to attract huge investment". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-01-26.

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