Engineering

Online migrations at scale

Engineering teams face a common challenge when building software: they eventually need to redesign the data models they use to support clean abstractions and more complex features. In production environments, this might mean migrating millions of active objects and refactoring thousands of lines of code.

Stripe users expect availability and consistency from our API. This means that when we do migrations, we need to be extra careful: objects stored in our systems need to have accurate values, and Stripe’s services need to remain available at all times.

In this post, we’ll explain how we safely did one large migration of our hundreds of millions of Subscriptions objects.

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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

Service discovery at Stripe

Julia Evans Engineering

With so many new technologies coming out every year (like Kubernetes or Habitat), it’s easy to become so entangled in our excitement about the future that we forget to pay homage to the tools that have been quietly supporting our production environments. One such tool we've been using at Stripe for several years now is Consul. Consul helps discover services (that is, it helps us navigate the thousands of servers we run with various services running on them and tells us which ones are up and available for use). This effective and practical architectural choice wasn't flashy or entirely novel, but has served us dutifully in our continued mission to provide reliable service to our users around the world.

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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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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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Product

BYOT

Avi Bryant Data Engineering

Do you know anyone who makes you incredibly better at what you do? People who motivate and inspire you, complement your strengths and shore up your weaknesses, help you achieve things you could never do on your own? Maybe it’s your old cofounders, your college roommates, your collaborators on an open source project, or even your siblings; whoever it is, you’re stronger as a team than you are apart. Working together, each of you has a valuable advantage—you could call it a network effect—over anyone who works alone.

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