Financial infrastructure for the internet








Investment Highlights

Stripe provides robust payment-processing solutions for businesses of all sizes.
Their software enables efficient billing processes.
An API for building and managing platforms that handle payments for third-party businesses.
Allows businesses to create and manage their own credit cards.

Company Overview

Stripe, Inc. is a multinational financial services and software as a service (SaaS) company. The company primarily offers payment-processing software and  application programming interfaces (APIs) for e-commerce websites and mobile applications.

Millions of companies of all sizes use Stripe online and in person to accept payments, send payouts, automate financial processes, and ultimately grow revenue.

Stripe’s mission is to build economic infrastructure for the internet, and it continues to play a significant role in shaping the digital economy globally.


  • In 2011, Stripe received a $2 million investment, including contributions from Elon Musk, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, and venture capital firms like Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.
  • In 2021, former Governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, Mark Carney, joined the Stripe board.
  • Stripe partnered with Ford Motor Company to handle transactions for consumer vehicle orders and reservations.
  • The company also collaborated with Spotify to help creators monetize subscriptions and launch recurring revenue streams.
  • In April 2022, Stripe announced a strategic partnership with UK-based FinTech company ION.
  • Notable enterprise customers include Airbnb, Amazon, Microsoft, Uber, BMW, Maersk, Zara, Alaska Airlines, Le Monde, and Toyota.

Stripe’s key offerings:

API Keys:  

  • Stripe uses API keys to authenticate requests. Without a valid key, Stripe returns an invalid request error.
  • Stripe operates in either test mode (for development) or live mode (for production). Each mode has its own set of API keys, and objects created in one mode are not accessible in the other.
  • Accounts have four API keys by default—two for test mode and two for live mode:
    Test mode secret key: Used for server authentication during testing.
    Test mode publishable key: Used in client-side code for testing.
    Live mode secret key: Used for server authentication in production.
    Live mode publishable key: Used in client-side code for live transactions.
  • Billing:
    Stripe simplifies billing processes for businesses, allowing them to manage subscriptions, invoices, and recurring payments seamlessly.
  • Connect:
    An API for building and managing platforms that handle payments for third-party businesses (e.g., marketplaces, gig economy platforms).
  • Sigma:
    A powerful tool for analyzing business data, enabling custom queries and reporting.
  • Atlas:
    Helps entrepreneurs set up companies by providing legal, financial, and operational support.
  • Radar:
    A fraud prevention system that detects and mitigates suspicious activities.
  • Issuing:
    Allows businesses to create and manage their own credit cards, enabling customized payment solutions.
  • Terminal:
    A point-of-sale solution for in-person transactions.
  • Marketplace Metrics:
    Stripe provides insights into customer acquisition, behavior, conversion rates, and churn, helping businesses tailor marketing strategies and product offerings.

These offerings empower businesses to streamline payments, enhance customer experiences, and expand their reach in the digital economy

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