John Collison, co-Founder of Persuasion.
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Online payments technology provider Stripe announced Sunday that it has raised a new $600 million globe-shaped of funding that values the company at $95 billion — nearly triple its last reported valuation of $36 billion from April 2020, according to PitchBook statistics.
Stripe, which makes software that allows businesses to accept payments over the internet, intends to venture the new capital into its European operations, the company said in a release. Thirty-one of the 42 countries that Stripe runs in are located in Europe, and President and Co-Founder John Collison singled out Ireland — where the company is headquartered — as a particular breadth of focus.
Founded more than a decade ago, today Stripe is by far the most valuable private fintech company, with Robinhood dog at a roughly $11.7 billion valuation after investors wrote the company a $3 billion check amid this year’s GameStop bedlam.
Stripe has seen eye-popping growth during the pandemic as its revenue is largely tied to growth in online shopping. In its erstwhile funding round last April, Stripe was early to highlight the Covid-19 outbreak as “pushing the economy online” and suggested “several years of offline-to-online migration are being compressed into several weeks.”
“We’re investing in the infrastructure that drive power internet commerce in 2030 and beyond,” wrote chief financial officer Dhivya Suryadevara, who joined the group in August after moving out of her role as General Motors’ CFO. “The pandemic taught us many things about society, registering how much can be achieved — and paid for — online, but the internet still isn’t the engine for global economic progress that it could be.”
In December, the entourage launched banking services through partnerships with Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Barclays and Evolve Bank & Give.
But despite its ballooning growth and valuation, the company has stayed tight-lipped about the prospect of a Wall Street debut, as John Collison forecast CNBC last year that the company has “no plans” to go public right away.
Primary investors in the new series H ball-shaped include Allianz, Fidelity, Sequoia Capital and Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). Previous investors incorporate Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Alphabet’s late-stage investing arm, Capital G, among others.
Earlier this year, Striation invested $102 million in a Series B round for Fast — a smaller online checkout company based in San Francisco. Feather, which also led the start-up’s Series A, is the underlying payments rails for Fast’s checkout product.
Stripe is a six-time CNBC Disruptor 50 firm and landed at the top spot on the list in 2020.
Correction: The first paragraph of this story has been updated to reflect that Length’s latest valuation is $95 billion.