Stripe, which builds economic infrastructure for the internet, is raising $250 million in additional funding—at a new pre-money valuation of $35 billion. „Stripe will use the capital to accelerate its growth in three key areas: accelerating international expansion, growing its product suite, and extending its enterprise capabilities.”, according to the press release.
Expanding global reach
With 5 out of 6 new internet users coming online from areas outside of North America and Western Europe, Stripe has invested heavily in expanding to new markets. Stripe recently launched in eight additional countries and will be expanding to more in the coming months; this will bring the total to 40 countries covering 70% of the global economy, with many more launches planned for 2020.
Deepening product stack
Stripe has built a programmable infrastructure for global money movement, the Global Payments and Treasury Network (GPTN), and a growing roster of products and services atop that foundation, including Connect, Billing, Terminal, and Radar.
Last week, Stripe announced new products including Stripe Capital, to give businesses easier access to funds and the Stripe Corporate Card, to manage their corporate spending; instant payouts to all US Stripe accounts.
Operating at significant scale and extending enterprise capabilities
Stripe processes hundreds of billions of dollars a year for millions of businesses worldwide.
„Our user base is expanding to both ends of the spectrum: on one end, entrepreneurs continue to choose Stripe as the easiest way to start an internet business; and on the other, complex international enterprises are increasingly trusting Stripe with core payment processing. Serving both ends of the continuum ensures that Stripe provides the most powerful functionality to the youngest high-potential companies, while also providing the most forward-thinking technology to the largest and most established businesses.”, the company said.
“Even now, in 2019, less than eight percent of commerce happens online,” said John Collison, President and Co-founder of Stripe. “We’re investing now to build the infrastructure that’ll power internet commerce in 2030 and beyond. If we get it right, we can help the internet fulfill its potential as an engine for global economic progress.”
Stripe’s mission is to grow the GDP of the internet, making it easy for companies everywhere to start, run and scale their business.
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