The History of Stripe – Online Payment App

Making online payments was not always a click of a button. Many early users found the processes intimidating, unnerving, and even dangerous. Today web merchants and customers have little hesitation making online transactions; in fact, online payments have become a standard. The reason for this attitude change is partly due to Patrick and John Collison, brothers and the founders of disruptive payment company Stripe.

The Inspiration

Stripe was conceived in early 2010 as a side project. Patrick was the Director of Product Engineering for Live Current Media, the company that bought out his first startup Auctomatic. John was attending Harvard. The two brothers had a goal to simplify online transactions and develop an easy-to-use interface. Only two weeks after the initial prototype, Stripe conducted a transaction with its first customer, 280 North, a Y Combinator company.

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