Stripe has announced the launch of Stripe Capital, a new lending program for online businesses. As part of their mission to facilitate investment in growth for small digital businesses, loans are approved through an expedited process, funds are deployed the next day and business owners repay the principal as and when the business earns sales revenue rather than on a fixed day of the month. While competitors in the space include PayPal and Square, a recent valuation of $22.5 billion makes Stripe the most valuable private fintech company in the world.
The SaaS world saw Stripe give its annual conference Stripe Sessions, where co-founder and CEO Patrick Collison gave a keynote announcing a new corporate credit card for online businesses, Stripe Capital and the company’s rising growth statistics. Stripe has now surpassed hundreds of billions of payments processes as well as the 2,000 employees mark. In a mission to be the fastest-improving payments processor, Stripe has invested in several new offices including New York and Mexico City, as well as a new remote hub for a global network of engineers to push out the 4,000 new API versions developed over the past year. Stripe also announced the reason for their heavy international investment is due to the fact that 5 out of 6 new internet users comes from outside the US, and Stripe wants to be there to support companies as they grow their global footprints.
In market news this week, WeWork will target a Nasdaq IPO in the $20 – $30 billion valuation range, well below the initial $47 billion range set by the company. In an amended filing late this week, WeWork also submitted limitations on owner and CEO Adam Neumann amidst concerns over his control of the company, stock sales and the alleged conflict of interest arising from his ownership of property which he leases back to WeWork.
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In the News
Shopify Acquires 6 River Systems
Warehouse robot producer, 6 River Systems Inc, is soon to be acquired by Shopify. The company is reported to be sold at a price of $450 million dollars. The acquisition is said to add a significantly improve Shopify’s distribution services as they aim to expand their physical distribution efforts. A team with expertise in automated fulfillment operations from 6 River Systems will be joining the Shopify team to help implement the new collaborative robots which are designed to work alongside warehouse operators. The new acquisition is the latest effort by Shopify to inexpensively and efficiently increase output.
Stripe Sessions Key Announcements
This week, Stripe Sessions was held in San Francisco where Stripe revealed several initiatives to grow their Global Payments and Treasury Network. Stripe Capital, one of the latest ventures by Stripe is changing the way we interact with financial services. Stripe capital provides fast and easy loans to internet businesses so startups can have access to quick financing. In addition, the payments software platform launched the Stripe Corporate Card which will allow employees of a business to easily handle expenses. The card will simplify the spending management process and allow companies to earn credit as they scale.
WeWork files to list on Nasdaq
WeWork is facing an unfavorable valuation in the wake of their upcoming IPO with shares announced to be listed on the Nasdaq Index. Once valued at $47 billion dollars in early 2019, the real estate unicorn has faced notable losses in the past few years leading to a nearly 50% decrease in reported value. Softbank is a major investor for WeWork and invested when WeWork was valued at $47 billion. The company will now likely have to push their IPO date in order to create time to raise more capital as it is estimated to be priced around $20 billion at this point in time. As WeWork heads out on its IPO roadshow, they will need to convince willing investors they “deserve a tech company multiple” as stated by REITs analyst, Jeffrey Langbaum.