PayPal vs Stripe

PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as cheques and money orders. PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.
Stripe is a suite of APIs that powers commerce for businesses of all sizes. Stripe is a developer-friendly way to accept payments online and in mobile apps. We process billions of dollars a year for thousands of companies of all sizes.
Comparing PayPal vs Stripe is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Stripe has more user-friendly interface than PayPal because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that PayPal is more popular than Stripe

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- PayPal acquired small business lending service Swift Financial (in 2017)
- PayPal launched small biz toolset Business in a Box (in 2017)
- PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments (in 2017)
- Payment processing company Stripe partners with Visa (in 2015)
- PayPal acquired international money transfer company Xoom (in 2015)
- Stripe released iPhone app for monitoring payment activity (in 2015)
- Stripe gets Balanced customers (in 2015)
- Stripe - the new king of online payment processing (in 2014)
- PayPal will split from eBay in 2015 (in 2014)
- Stripe will power Facebook’s Buy button (in 2014)

Looks like Stripe was recently more active than PayPal (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which PayPal and Stripe meet head to head:

2017 - PayPal launched small biz toolset Business in a Box to strike back at Stripe

PayPal launched a new service called Business in Box, aimed at bringing more U.S. small business owners to its payments platform. The service, which was developed in partnership with WooCommerce and Xero, offers merchants a suite of tools for running their online businesses, including an online storefront, accounting tools, the ability to apply for working capital from PayPal, and of course, support for taking payments either online or offline, via PayPal. Business in a Box is largely aimed at first-time business owners who already know what they want to sell and have a roadmap in mind, as well as at established offline businesses that want to make the move online.