Stripe becomes third most valuable startup in the U.S.

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Patrick Collison, chief executive officer and co-founder of Stripe Inc., left, smiles as John Collison, president and co-founder of Stripe Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Studio 1.0 television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, March 23, 2018. Stripe Inc. provides payment software services and solutions by designing and producing software to process online credit and debit card payments. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Payments platform Stripe Inc. became one of the most highly valued startups in the world on Thursday, after it announced a new funding round at a $35 billion valuation, not counting the more than $1 billion investors have poured into the company. In the U.S., only vaping giant Juul Labs Inc. and the troubled We Co. are more valuable.

Stripe raised $250 million in funding in the new round, which the company said will be used to continue to expand around the world and launch new products. In September alone, it launched a new lending product as well as a corporate credit card. General Catalyst, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz are among the participating investors in the round. Stripe’s previous valuation was $23 billion.

The San Francisco-based company counts both startups and tech giants among the customers for its core payments processing services, with Uber Technologies Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. using it for some transactions. The company has also continued to add more products, including fraud protection, billing and credit card services. Stripe makes money by taking a portion of each transaction.

Stripe was founded in 2010 by John and Patrick Collison, 29 and 31, who immigrated to Silicon Valley to pursue careers in technology after growing up in Ireland. The company’s latest round, which dramatically increased Stripe’s valuation, comes as some high-profile tech startups have struggled in the public markets. Uber and Lyft Inc., which both debuted on public markets this year, are trading below their IPO price, and the We Co. delayed its public offering. Recently, WeWork’s market value has been called into question by investors.

The fundraising was earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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