Long way from Tipperary: How to build a €20bn firm

Patrick and John Collison are the most successful Irish entrepreneurs ever. As they touch down in Ireland this week, Adrian Weckler looks at the tech giant they have developed.


Worldwide web: John and Patrick Collison are said to be worth up to $3bn each. 
Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg 

They're now regularly portrayed as the poster boys for Ireland's potential in the tech world. Patrick (30) and John (28) Collison have created one of the most talked-about tech companies in the industry. Stripe is an online payments system that lets online stores accept payments through ordinary means (such as credit cards) without any special measures being taken. The success of the system is largely down to the relative ease by which it can be installed by tech people setting up a company's online shop. It's basically a few lines of code that slots in without any fuss.

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