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Implementation

Your revenue delivery infrastructure needs to sell software globally, on subscription, in a compliant, reportable way that "speaks" to your product and all back-office tools. This infrastructure needs to be easily implemented and maintained.

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Growth-ready

A single, unified integration

We help you migrate from your existing set-up to our unified platform.

A single integration for all your revenue delivery needs: built-in payments, subscriptions, invoicing, and tax.

A single source of truth for all your revenue data.

Growth-constrained

Dependent on multiple integrations

You will need Stripe's paid add-ons (like Stripe Billing) and/or 3rd party integrations for subscriptions, sales tax, SaaS metrics, and more. Not possible to integrate PayPal (as they compete).

Most software businesses aren't big enough to qualify for premium support during implementation.

Growth-constrained

Need to plug in multiple integrations

Braintree's payment gateway comes integrated with PayPal, but the rest of the platform is limited for SaaS businesses. You will need to integrate with other tools - subscriptions, tax, invoicing, SaaS metrics, and more.

Growth-blocker

Focus only on subscriptions

You must choose and integrate third-party payment tools.

Every new currency, tax jurisdiction, or payment method you add needs additional manual integration.

Every tool, team, and data point must match Chargebee’s model to work.

Growth-blocker

Focus only on subscriptions

You must choose and integrate third-party payment tools.

Every new currency, tax jurisdiction, payment processor, or payment method you add needs additional manual integration.

Every tool, team, and data point must match Recurly's dated model to work.

Performance

Payments infrastructure needs careful implementation and continuous optimization to minimize lost revenue collection.

Ideally, the infrastructure you build with should be focused on other SaaS sellers, and exclude high-risk products that drag overall performance down.

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Growth-ready

Relentless optimization

Revenue performance refined for over 2,000 software sellers globally across acquisition, renewals, and expansion.

Our Advisory prescribe growth experiments tailored to your product, industry, and customer profile - from our insights across five million software buyers.

Growth-constrained

Manual ad-hoc optimization

Stripe enables you to get going quickly, but optimization (and revenue uplift) is limited without integrating multiple Stripe accounts. Payment failures are typically higher in international markets.

Growth-constrained

Limited global payments optimization

Braintree accounts are typically linked to acquiring banks in the same region as you. Without multiple global payment gateways, this often leads to high payment failure internationally.

Braintree is also focused on multiple types of internet business, not just specialising in SaaS.

Growth-constrained

Constrained optimization

Limited scope for optimization across payments, currencies, banking, and more  - you need to wrangle many tools and teams to match performance.

You’re left to engineer your own integration, experiments, and pull buyer insights.

Growth-constrained

Constrained optimization

Recurly doesn't control all your revenue delivery. Limited scope for integrated optimization across payments, currencies, banking, dunning and more - you need to manage many tools and teams to match performance.

You’re left to engineer your own integration, experiments, and pull buyer insights.

Growth

Software businesses need to be able to execute growth strategies without being constrained by their revenue delivery infrastructure. Launch new products, move upmarket, and sell across geographies with ease.

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Growth-ready

Instantly ready for every strategy

Execute every SaaS growth strategy within Paddle:

  • Localize to all your top markets worldwide in a few clicks 

  • Easily cross-sell products to drive expansion revenue 

  • Discover teams amongst individual users, upsell their card subscriptions

  • Sell enterprise invoices in one unified platform

Growth-blocker

Endless engineering projects

Stripe is one layer of your revenue delivery infrastructure and doesn't easily adapt to new growth strategies without significant engineering work, manual overhead or lost revenue potential.

Growth-blocker

Strategic ceiling to growth

Braintree has limited native tooling to support SaaS strategies like integrating multiple currencies and local sales tax rates across subscriptions, or enabling manual invoices without card-based payments.

Typically, SaaS businesses supplement Braintree with an additional 'stack' when scaling up.

Growth-blocker

Always the barrier to execution

Scope down your strategy and revenue impact to fit to Chargebee’s model + the extra tools, banks & processes.

Clumsy currencies, manually reconciling invoicing, and duplicate subscription “plan pollution” complicate your localization, cross-sell, and upmarket strategies.

Growth-blocker

Always the barrier to execution

Scope down your strategy and revenue impact to fit to Recurly's model + the extra tools, banks & processes.

Clumsy currencies, manually reconciling invoicing, and clunky reporting complicate your localization, cross-sell, and upmarket strategies.

Compliance

Software is now a regulated market - your revenue delivery infrastructure should keep you out of jail! You need to protect your business from today and tomorrow's compliance risks like tax, payments, and data.

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Growth-ready

Operate with full integrity

Future-proof and protect your business by offloading your global liability (and the operational complexity that goes with it) onto Paddle.

Our expert team handles all your tax and payments compliance – no additional consultants, accountants, or advisors needed.

Growth-blocker

Full liability & responsibility

It’s your responsibility to register, file, and remit the correct sales taxes and comply with local payment regulations globally.

You need in-house expertise, processes, and tooling around Stripe to keep your business protected and compliant globally.

Growth-blocker

Full liability & responsibility

With Braintree, you'll need to consider customer data, PCI, and sales tax compliance. It’s your responsibility to register, file, and remit the correct sales taxes and comply with local payment regulations globally.

This will need dedicated expertise and tooling on top of Braintree's tooling.

Growth-blocker

Full liability & responsibility

Chargebee outsources all it’s compliance capabilities to a limited set of their integration partners.

You need to buy new tools and migrate payment processors to match Chargebee’s integrations, as well as develop in-house expertise and processes to keep your business protected and compliant.

Growth-blocker

Full liability & responsibility

Recurly outsources all its own limited compliance capabilities to a limited set of their integration partners. To be globally compliant, you need to buy and integrate separate tools.

You also need develop in-house expertise and processes to keep your business protected and compliant.