Stripe Becomes a Digital Credit Card Issuer
Stripe has recently started offering a new API, or programming feature, that allows its merchants to offer physical or virtual credit cards to their employees. The product, called “Issuing,” is still being tested and is currently by invitation only, although it does appear as an offering on the company’s website. Merchants can request an invitation.
According to the website, creating a card is an easy three step process that involves providing identifying information about the cardholder, then literally creating the card (physical or virtual) and finally, activating it. Physical cards can be shipped either to the merchant or the cardholder, while virtual cards are available to use immediately.
The merchant can manage cards by creating restrictions, like maximum purchase amounts, charges can be disputed, and physical cards can have customizable designs, just like cards issued from a bank. However, Stripe is not a bank. Stripe did not respond in time for this story, but it is likely that the company has partnerships with companies that can underwrite and offer lines of credit to their customers. On the Stripe website, it indicates three of its financing partners: Funding Circle, Iwoca and Clearbanc.
Stripe is a payment platform that facilitates online payments. The company takes 2.9% plus 30 cents of every successful charge a merchant makes. Stripe customers are small business owners, but also include giant companies like Facebook and Target. Founded in 2011 by brothers John and Patrick Collison, Stripe is headquartered in San Francisco. It also has offices in Dublin, London, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo, and it employs more than 1,100 people.
Last modified: August 8, 2018