BUSINESS INSIDER: Stripe, the £3.2 billion ($5 billion) US online payments start-up, is rolling out across the Nordics, taking it head-to-head with one of Europe’s most valuable fintech businesses. Stripe’s co-founder John Collison announced at MoneyConf in Belfast today that the company is launching across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland this week. That puts it in direct competition with Klarna, a rival Swedish online payment company valued at £650 million ($1 billion).
TECHCRUNCH: The rise of companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola have put a spotlight on the e-commerce opportunity in India, where the growth of catchy businesses is being fuelled by consumer demand, improving Internet connectivity and generous VC funding. Now, a new startup called Razorpay — part of the current Y Combinator class — is hoping to ride that trend, by giving more startups and larger tech companies in the country the ability to make it easier to integrate payments into their services. (more…)