Ben Butler on working on a global scale

Stripe
Stripe
Jul 14, 2016 · 2 min read

I joined Stripe because I believe in the company’s mission and because I get to work with incredible people (who are kind enough to not roll their eyes at my Simpsons gifs). Growing up in Ireland, it was super exciting seeing people like Patrick and John (our founders) building a company that competes at a global scale.

My dad has his own company, so I’ve seen firsthand how important payments are to a business. Payments is a problem that hasn’t been figured out yet, and it’s super exciting to help tackle this.

Stripe is a great place to work because of its people — they’re some of the nicest, smartest people I’ve ever met, and I’m honoured to work with them.

Stripe has an email transparency policy, which — as a global employee — is particularly powerful. At Stripe, the vast majority of email remains publicly available through the company. This transparency counteracts the natural tendency for hierarchies and silos — based on access to information — to build up in organisations. Email transparency, combined with video conferencing and Slack, means you can keep in touch and abreast of what’s happening all the time.

We’re only a fraction of the way there: there’s still a lot to do in payments, not to mention the potential of things like Atlas — which gives entrepreneurs all over the world access to the tools and services enjoyed by those in the US. My work is also quite challenging, as we’re dealing with an (at times) complex product that’s constantly evolving and adapting. Our users are also continually innovating. Stripe Connect, for example, powers marketplaces like Lyft and Kickstarter, which — although totally revolutionary — represent a really new business model.

Scaling the Dublin office from 3 people to over 30 (and growing!) has been a great experience, and I’m learning a lot about growing a company (and assembling desks).

Stripe’s mission is to increase the GDP of the internet. I believe in that mission because I believe in the power of online entrepreneurs. If I can help support them along the way by providing an economic infrastructure, then I’m pretty honoured to do so.

Help increase the GDP of the internet: www.stripe.com/jobs

Life at Stripe

Stripes around the globe are working together to increase the GDP of the internet.

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Life at Stripe

Stripes around the globe are working together to increase the GDP of the internet.

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