In August this year, Stripe announced announced Financial Times Online payments group Stripe poaches GM's finance chief Read more that it had hired Dhivya Suryadevara as its new chief financial officer after an 18-month search. Suryadevara came from American automotive giant General Motors. It was a big hire, but by no means isolated. Suryadevara is one of 400 new employees that will join the San Francisco-headquartered online payments facilitator this year.

Then, in October, Stripe acquired acquired TechCrunch Stripe acquires Nigeria's Paystack for $200M to expand into Africa Read more Nigeria-based payments startup Paystack for over US$200 million.


Jum Balea

Jum is a Manila-based reporter for The Ken, where she covers startups and business across Southeast Asia, with a focus on the Philippines. She previously was editor for Tech In Asia, and business editor for Philippine media companies Rappler and ABS-CBN.

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