Limerick brothers have no plans to cash in on billion euro…

first_imgPrint BusinessNewsLimerick brothers have no plans to cash in on billion euro firmBy Editor – January 24, 2014 735 WhatsApp Email Patrick and John Collison of StripeLimerick entrepreneurs Patrick and John CollisonLIMERICK brothers Patrick and John Collison have no plans to cash in on the success of their €1.3 billion company and will use a €60 million round of fresh investment raised this week to fund international expansion.From Castletroy and now based in California, the Collisons created Stripe, a low-cost way for small companies to accept online payments, in 2009 and have been steadily building the business since.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up John (23) and Patrick (25), a former winner of the Young Scientist competition, created an online auction payments company, Auctomatic, which was sold for almost €4 million while they were still in secondary school at Castletroy College.Their latest success story began when they saw how difficult it was for small companies to accept payments from customers online.“We found it really hard in our previous business to accept payment over the internet. It felt like many other people would be having the same problem, so we set about solving it”, explained John.“We started working on Stripe almost two years before it launched publicly. There was a long period where we were writing code to support a small handful of users, and navigating a relatively unfamiliar industry.“We wrote the first lines of code in October 2009. Three months later, we got our first customer. We stayed going, writing code, starting to hire people and trying to find new customers. By the time we launched publicly in September 2011, we had ten people on the team.”Stripe now employs 83 people at its headquarters in San Francisco and the company has become a recognisable name in global ecommerce, with backers such as Paypal founder Peter Thiel and entrepreneur Elon Musk numbered among its investors.Social media giant Twitter is reportedly in discussions with the company over a deal that would allow Twitter enable companies to accept payments on the social media platform.However, Chief executive, Patrick Collison says that they won’t be in a rush to take advantage of the company’s latest valuation.“We’ve no interest in selling the company. John and I are very lucky to work with the people we do on building something for the long term, and we wouldn’t like to change that,” he said.This is also the view of his younger brother who said they were focused on opening international offices and delivering on Stripe’s goal of building an easier way of paying for goods and services online.“It’s still early days for the payment systems that power the internet. It’s outrageously difficult and expensive to move money between countries.“Fraud and storing credentials still cause merchants hassle. So online payments is a great place to go hunting for problems worth solving”, said John. First Irish death from Coronavirus Encourage Wildlife in Castletroy Park Elegant property in Monaleen #LimerickPostProperty Twitter Previous articleNo room at the Mansion House for Limerick manNext article40 jobs from Limerick environmenal firm expansion Editor center_img Shannondoc operating but only by appointment TAGSAutomaticCastletroyElon MuskfeaturedJohn CollisonMusic LimerickPatrick CollisonPeter TheilStripeTwitter Linkedin Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup winner to bag 40 million dollars

first_imgThe prize money at next year’s World Cup finals will be increased by at least a third from that on offer in South Africa in 2010, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday.The overall prize money for the tournament will rise to approximately $560.0 million (£341.3 million), around $140m more than the $420m available in 2010, when $30m was on offer to the winners.It means the winners of next year’s tournament in Brazil will pick up around $40m.“There will be a large increase of at least 33 per cent if you compare (the prize money) with the last World Cup, but this figure will be confirmed after the finance committee meets on Wednesday,” Valcke, speaking at a news conference at the resort in Bahia state where the draw for the finals will take place on Friday, told reporters.“Also, there will be around $70 million available to the clubs who provide players for the teams in the World Cup, higher than last time as well.”Valcke said full details of the prize money would be announced on Wednesday. The prize money available in South Africa was 60 per cent higher than that offered for the 2006 finals in Germany.last_img read more

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