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Claire Hughes Johnson
Most Creative People 2017

Claire Hughes Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Stripe

For facilitating online payments across borders

Stripe creates back-end systems that allow startups and small businesses to accept and receive payments online. Claire Hughes Johnson, who joined the company in 2014 after leading Alphabet’s self-driving-car initiative, helped take Stripe global in February 2016 with the launch of Atlas, a tool kit that enables any business, anywhere in the world, to incorporate in the United States. For $500, Atlas eliminates expensive and time-consuming legal and logistic hurdles to quickly allow startups to accept payments through a U.S. bank account—and use Stripe’s merchant services. So far, thousands of businesses have signed up for Atlas, a number that has the potential to grow exponentially, according to Johnson: “Less than 5% of commerce globally happens online,” she says. “This is a huge frontier.” Plus, it isn’t just about facilitating transactions: “[Stripe’s] core products are really about economic access,” she adds—helping people realize their business ideas and catalyzing job growth. 

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