We think that building an internet business is a problem rooted in code and design, not finance. Our developer-friendly APIs let our users focus on building great products.
We love the web, and care deeply about beautiful code, APIs, and documentation. We really like startups and building products—the people at Stripe have previously helped start Skype, Lala, Act Blue, Kickoff, Interstate, Auctomatic, Encyclopedia, GazeHawk, and Wesabe.
Stripe's investors include Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Elon Musk.
We started with building the simplest API for accepting credit cards.
Our initial product enabled payments for developers in the US wanting to transact in USD—a lot more qualifiers than we wanted.
Today, we support developers from a number of countries (and are expanding to even more), card payments in 135 different currencies, Bitcoin, ACH, and have a continually-improving checkout form. We've partnered with Apple to power Apple Pay, and helped launch a new cryptocurrency, Stellar. And we're really just getting started.
In everything we do, we strive to build the best possible product. Our goal is to combine simplicity and power to deliver an awesome experience. While the set of people using Stripe has expanded to include all the people that make a business possible, our core audience remains developers.
We want to build a work environment where people are happy, productive, and interact well.
Personal interaction in particular is something we emphasize a lot. We work hard to find people who make others want to be around them. We know we're doing a good job of hiring so long as we see people continuing to join simply to work with those who are already here.
We're quite transparent internally. This helps everyone make better local decisions and avoid split-brain behavior. (Plus, we hire curious people, so they generally want to know the details of what's going on.)
We are committed to building an actively inclusive work environment that makes Stripe an excellent home for everyone—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, education, age, or other personal characteristics. We work on broadening our diversity because we think it's simply the right thing to do. We want to include people, be a spectacular home for them to be themselves, and enable them to do great work.
I have been working at Stripe full-time
Incredibly smart and humble co-workers. You work alongside people that are fun to be around but also very, very good at what they do.
Investment in development. Stripe does a great job of on-boarding new hires and then providing development opportunities for employees, especially for a company of only 600 or so.
The most transparent company I have ever worked at
Thoughtful hiring. Everyone here takes hiring very seriously and are always looking for ways to improve the candidate experience and selection process.
The business momentum is incredible. You feel as if you are part of something very special and can really make an impact in helping companies create their business.
The work space is gorgeous but also very practical. The food team is amazing!
I don't think it's a con but you need to be prepared to be very hands on. The company is growing quickly and everyone does heavy lifting here.
Advice to Management
Keep listening to your employees. You are creating something very special.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Stripe.
The recruiter Jill was great and always on her A game. The process: recruiter call, team member call, take home exercise/homework, review of exercise/homework with a current AM team member, onsite. Onsite consists of 6 people in 45 minute intervals. It was an intense schedule and each interviewee asked different questions.
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