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Payments, tax, and subscriptions solution for SaaS

201-500 employees
  • Fintech
  • B2B
  • Payments
  • SaaS
18-29 Mora Street, London, England EC1V 8BT, GB

Company mission

To help SaaS companies navigate the revenue journey at every stage.


Rocket List 2021
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41% female employees

-3% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Software as a service (SaaS) is becoming the dominant way for new companies to sell their products. However, there are a number of interlinked tasks to build a great business. For example, setting up trials and licences, insights and analysis, payment gateways, taxes, and internationalisation.

Paddle offers SaaS companies a completely different approach to their payments infrastructure so that fast growth companies don't need to deal with this complicated puzzle. Instead of assembling and maintaining a complex stack of payments-related apps and services, it acts as a Merchant of Record for customers, taking away the pain of payments fragmentation.

Now serving over 4,000 customers, and having entered the unicorn club in 2022, the company has clearly found its share of success. However, the assumption that pandemic-era growth could be sustained, coupled with runaway operational costs, has seen Paddle recently layoff a number of its staff. With this move, it hopes to control and reduce its spend, so as to face the effects of the economic downturn in stronger shape and sustain its future.


  • Share options
  • Private healthcare and mental health support
  • Flexible time off
  • Generous learning and development budget
  • 17 weeks of fully paid parental leave for both moms and dads
  • Work up to 45 days a year from a different country
  • Discount annual train ticket/cycle to work scheme
  • Home workstation budget

Company values

  • Exceptional Together
  • Better than Yesterday
  • Execute with Impact

Funding (last 2 of 7 rounds)

May 2022



Nov 2020




Total funding

This company has top investors


Christian Owens

(Co-Founder & Executive Chairman)

Founded Paddle after finishing school. A fellow of the Thiel Foundation, which gives $100,000 to young people to build businesses instead of going to university.

Harrison Rose


Founded Paddle at age 17, after finishing school, and has been both CSO and CCO at the company. Co-Founder and CEO of

People progressing

Joined as Event Manager and was promoted to Brand & Event Manager after 1 year. Bianca is now Head of Brand.

Diversity & Inclusion at Paddle

  • We want to increase the opportunities for under-represented Paddlers - we are going to partner with third parties to widen our talent pools, and how we create opportunities internally for when new Padders join to give access to further careers and growth
  • We’re already proud of the strides we’ve made around gender balance, especially at manager/leadership level and have a rich population of non British employees. Like most companies in our sector there is still much work to be done, but we’re ready and excited to bring about positive change

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