Stripe is probably worth more than Goldman and it’s just getting started
Packy, your post are probably my fav thing to read on Monday's. A1 content again.
Nice to see some irish boys doing well but why all the ink on a private company?
"One of Stripe’s biggest points-of-failure right now is that it’s built on top of existing banking and economic infrastructure..."
I disagree! It's one of Stripe's competitive strengths. By embedding itself into the Visa/Mastercard open-loop system, it captures the long-tail of every single bank issuer and bank merchant on that network. It then does the same with Amex, Discover, and regional variants to capture the whole market. Yes, that brings marginal costs similar to Spotify and the music streamers, but it's also a massive moat.
Banks don't just own the customer relationships on their end of the network, they collectively own the cultural idea of money management in their geographical market. Someone in a Western nation may cancel one card with one bank, but it'll be a monumental paradigm shift for them to move on from the idea that they need a debit or credit card altogether.
This is why Stripe will never be able to fully supplant the card networks. New payment methods layer on top of old ones, but never fully replace them. The idea of a 'cashless society' has existed since the 1960s. Everyone's still waiting for that to happen...
Wow Packy, what an incredible post. Hard to find quality content on Stripe in an organized manner such as this article due to it being private, just subscribed.
This is great! Thank you for writing this :)
Great article and thanks for sharing. A few corrections: 1. Visa has not officially acquired Plaid yet and is subjected to DOJ's investigation. 2. For subscription business, switching or adding another payment processor doesn't need customers to re-enter their card info as such info is already stored in merchants' database.
Brilliantly analysed. Thanks for the amazing work. A lot of insights and learnings here for company building. Obviously biased take but aren't we all?
Stripe ..is it a Public company????
What a beautifully well written article ano it Stripe!! Thank you so much for this!
Great thought piece!
Great post thanks
Great post ...loved it!!
Who's going to be the one to finally kill physical money/transactions... I want to pay my taxes in Bitcoin.
Lovely piece, always a pleasure to read your writing.
Fantastic post, I'm also incredibly bullish on them. I would note some of the really interesting work that Stripe are doing around climate, led by @orbuch, I think this also really plays into their competitive advantage and brand. https://stripe.com/blog/first-negative-emissions-purchases