Adyen combines all the pieces of the payments puzzle — payment
gateway, risk assessment, and acquiring technology — into one
platform that lets companies take numerous payment methods
worldwide: credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, and even bitcoin.
"When we did our round last November we were already talking to Iconiq — we've been speaking to them for a few years," Prins told Business Insider.
... as is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Getty / Scott Olson
"Things didn't come together, but you continue to talk and stay connected," he said. "And over the past nine months they kept showing interest. We weren't looking for extra funding, but we realised it would fill a bit of a gap. We've had the best investors so far, but look at the geographical spread of those.
The company plans to use the somewhat unexpected windfall to keep chasing licenses in new markets so it can do more local card processing in countries like Brazil, Australia, and Hong Kong and Singapore. It is also opening up offices in Australia and Shanghai.
Mark Zuckerberg is an Iconiq client ... Rick Wilking / Reuters
But when Iconiq comes calling, you're not going to say no.
"We've got Europe and London really well covered through Index Ventures, and we had Temasek in Asia join us last year, as well as General Lending who are on the East Coast. We never really had strong connections in the Valley. From that point of view the connection is really worthwhile to us."
"If Iconiq really wants to invest in you, it's really hard to say no," he added. "Were we really actively looking out for funding? No. But then hey, if it's Iconiq and everything they can bring, that's really attractive. A key reason for us to do this round is not about the money, but more about the relationship and the network that Iconiq has in Silicon Valley. For us it's a very important region where we have a lot of our existing customers, and there's a lot of growth opportunity there too."
The fund is headed by Divesh Makan, a former Goldman Sachs broker, and it invested in the customer-service startup Intercom at the end of August. Other investments include GoFundMe, Flipkart, and Jessica Alba's Honest Co.
Iconiq Capital — a Silicon Valley fund backed by an incredible lineup of billionaire investors like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey — has just invested an unknown sum in the Dutch payments company Adyen.
Since its last round at the end of last year, Adyen has started to work with Netflix, Survey Monkey, Eventbrite, and DropBox in the US and EasyJet and BlaBlaCar in Europe.
The investment has brought Adyen's valuation up to $2.3 billion (£1.5 billion).
Adyen is expected to process $45 billion (£29.7 billion) in payments for its merchants this year and about 2 million to 3 million payments a day, and it is on track to more than double its revenues this year to $370 million (£244 million).
When Business Insider spoke with Adyen in July, CCO Roelant Prins said the company wasn't planning on raising any more funding in the near future. In December, the payment-processing platform, which counts Facebook, AirBnB, and Spotify as clients, announced it had raised $250 million (£161 million) at a $1.5 billion (£970 million) valuation.
As well as Zuckerberg and Dorsey, clients include Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, early employee Sean Parker, and COO Sheryl Sandberg, LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, Dropbox's Drew Houston, and numerous billionaire investors who don't work in tech.
Iconiq is a venture-capital firm like no other. A December 2014 Forbes article by Brian Solomon described it as "'Zuck & Friends' secret billionaire fund."
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