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.
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.