After weeks of rumors, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of PayPal’s plan to acquire payments gateway, Braintree. This week, it pulled the trigger and dished out $800 million in cash for Chicago-based Braintree.
According to PayPal CEO, David Marcus, this acquisition will help Braintree grow much faster than a normal, startup pace. In his blog post announcing the deal, Marcus states:
“Our resources will enable them to push the boundaries of innovation with ambition and confidence for consumers, merchants and developers around the world.”
Braintree’s payment gateway, which launched in 2007, can handle 130 different currencies in more than 40 countries. It will continue operating as it normally does, servicing companies such as AirBnB, OpenTable, and Uber.
Braintree last demoed at FinovateSpring earlier this year where it showed off its recently acquired Venmo touch technology.