How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Nice feature on Patrick and John Collison, the co-founders of Stripe (a GV portfolio company). Ashlee Vance:

Stripe continues to attract startups. It intends to be behind the next Uber or Airbnb, to cash in on its meteoric growth. “If you think about the broad trajectory of the internet, most of the breakout successes are still to come,” Patrick says. But Stripe is also trying to make deals with Target Corp., Under Armour Inc., and other merchants to snag money available outside the startup scene, partnerships made more possible by the trust Amazon is showing.

I feel like this sentiment is often overlooked by many startups: it's great and important to sell the world's current big companies on your business, but you should absolutely also be thinking about selling the world's next big companies. 


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