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.
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.