Engineering

Scaling your API with rate limiters

Paul Tarjan Engineering

Availability and reliability are paramount for all web applications and APIs. If you’re providing an API, chances are you’ve already experienced sudden increases in traffic that affect the quality of your service, potentially even leading to a service outage for all your users.

The first few times this happens, it’s reasonable to just add more capacity to your infrastructure to accommodate user growth. However, when you’re running a production API, not only do you have to make it robust with techniques like idempotency, you also need to build for scale and ensure that one bad actor can’t accidentally or deliberately affect its availability.

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Product

Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs

Aylin Oncel Community Engagement

We built Stripe Atlas to help entrepreneurs from all over the globe start and run an internet business, no matter which industry they're in, where they're based, or their gender or ethnicity. However, women are still not starting companies or raising money at nearly the same rate as men—women made up only 7% of founders whose companies received more than $20M in VC funding between 2009 and 2015. We believe that a more diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem leads to better products and services for everyone.

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Product

Multiple plans and previews for subscriptions

Owen Coutts Subscriptions

We're excited to launch a few features today that make it much easier to manage your subscriptions from the Dashboard. One of the most common pieces of feedback we've heard from our users is that it was challenging to support business models where customers are commonly subscribed to multiple plans (such as those with "add on" features). You can now create subscriptions that are composed of multiple plans, which lets you use Stripe to better represent the business model of many subscriptions businesses.

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Product

Starting a real business

Patrick McKenzie Startup Marketing

Starting a business is hard. Some of the difficulty is intrinsic—making products and services then convincing customers to pay for them will always be a challenge. Some of the difficulty is unnecessary—access to the infrastructure and tools for starting up an internet business is not evenly distributed.

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Engineering

A primer on machine learning for fraud detection

Michael Manapat Engineering

Stripe Radar is a collection of tools to help businesses detect and prevent fraud. At Radar’s core is a machine learning engine that scans every card payment across Stripe’s 100,000+ businesses, aggregates information from those payments into behavioral signals that are predictive of fraud, and blocks payments that have a high probability of being fraudulent. Here's how we use machine learning to detect and prevent fraud.

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Engineering

Introducing Veneur: high performance and global aggregation for Datadog

Cory Watson Reliability

When a company writes about their observability stack, they often focus on sweet visualizations, advanced anomaly detection or innovative data stores. Those are well and good, but today we’d like to talk about the tip of the spear when it comes to observing your systems: metrics pipelines! Metrics pipelines are how we get metrics from where they happen—our hosts and services—to storage quickly and efficiently so they can be queried, all without interrupting the host service.

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Product

Stripe in Japan!

Daniel Heffernan Global - APAC

Today, we’re excited to publicly launch Stripe in Japan! Every business in Japan can now sign up for Stripe and take advantage of the complete Stripe stack. Many core Stripe features—instant setup, support for 130+ currencies, the ability to build marketplaces, fast and frequent transfers, and more—have not been available in the Japanese market before.

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Corporate

Why some businesses aren’t allowed

Danika Lyon Payment Acceptance

We’re building business infrastructure. As with other kinds of infrastructure (like hosting or electricity), we'd like to make it available to as broad a set of users as possible. While we may personally like some businesses on Stripe and disapprove of others, we want to make as few judgements as possible as a company. The world doesn’t need more gatekeepers.

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Product

UI components for iOS

We’ve added reusable UI components in our latest iOS SDK that make it easy to accept both Apple Pay and regular credit card payments through a single, unified integration. The UI library supports automatically detecting Apple Pay, storing cards for future use, and custom styling. We hope these prebuilt components drastically reduce the time needed to create beautiful, high-conversion iOS checkout flows.

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Product

Atlas update

Taylor Francis Startup Marketing

We announced Atlas a few months ago and we’re so excited by the amount of interest we’ve already received. Since launching the beta, over 440 startups from 91 countries are already using Atlas to get up and running with Stripe. More broadly, we’ve received applications from entrepreneurs in almost every country.

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