In 2006 a group of payment technology experts saw an opportunity. The payments space, with its legacy systems and patchwork of providers was ripe for innovation. So they set out to build a technology solution capable of meeting the rapidly evolving needs of today’s fast-growing global businesses.
To mark the new beginning, our founding team called the business Adyen – Surinamese for “Start over again”, and focused on building a frictionless, state-of-the-art infrastructure that connects directly to card schemes and payment methods around the world, enabling businesses to accept payments and grow revenue online and in store in a single system.
After several years building the core technology, the advantages of working with a single partner and solution worldwide began to be recognized. We signed our first big global customer, Groupon, in 2009. By 2013, $14 billion in transaction volume was processed on the Adyen payments platform, reaching $25 billion in 2014 and $50 billion in 2015, with no signs of slowing.
The Adyen way
People are our greatest asset. Our unique company culture attracts individuals who take initiative and ownership and can truly contribute to our fast growth. We believe that people reach the utmost if we give them freedom, opportunities and responsibility to build Adyen.
Our culture is very informal and direct. We talk straight without being rude. We are extremely customer-centric. We believe in teamwork, and don’t like egos and hierarchy. When taking a decision we take them quickly but always involve others to further improve. We provide each other regular informal feedback and let everyone design their own growth path.