What Made PayPal Such a Groundbreaking FinTech Phenomenon?

Paypal is a fintech company that was established in 1998. The company allows people to send and receive money online without the need for a bank account or credit card. PayPal is different to other online payment processing solutions because it uses an innovative technology called ‘peer-to-peer’ (P2P) banking. 

This means that PayPal transactions are processed directly between two people’s accounts instead of going through a bank. This makes PayPal much faster and more convenient than other methods of online payments. 

The founders of PayPal were Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek and Ken Howery. The company was initially started as a way to process payments for eBay’s online auction site. Since then, it has become one of the world’s largest online payment processors, with over 392 million users worldwide. 

The technology behind PayPal is based on P2P banking, which allows direct transfers between two people’s accounts without needing a third party, such as a bank or credit card company. PayPal is also one of the first companies to offer ‘single-click’ payments, which makes it much easier and faster to make online purchases.


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Source: Statista Number of PayPal Active User Accounts from Q1 2010 to Q1 2022


Between Q4 2021 and Q4 2020, PayPal grew its active user base by 13%. Indeed, PayPal’s annual revenues in billions of dollars amounted to $21.45 in 2020, up from $17.77 billion in 2019. PayPal is a widely accepted payment processing solution for a large and growing variety of e-commerce platforms and money transfer services. 

For example, you can use PayPal to make payments on eBay, Amazon, and other online retailers. You can also use it to send money to friends and family or donate to charities. Plus, it’s the ideal payment solution for second secure banking for online gaming. You can use this banking method for PayPal casino games at reputable online operators.



How does a PayPal Transaction Work?

When you sign up for a PayPal account, you must provide your email address and create a password. You will then be asked to link your bank account or credit card to your PayPal account. Once you have done this, you can make payments using your PayPal balance, bank account, or credit card. 

To make a payment, you need to enter the email address of the person you send money to and the amount you wish to send. The recipient will receive an email notification from PayPal with instructions on how to claim the money. They can either withdraw the funds to their bank account or keep them in their PayPal balance for future use.

PayPal uses various security measures to protect your account, including encrypted passwords and two-factor authentication. You can also set up a security question to help you remember your password if you ever forget it. To protect your banking information, PayPal does not store your full bank account or credit card number on its servers. 

Plus, when you register to use PayPal at an e-commerce platform, online retailer, online casino, or money transfer service, you also benefit from SSL encryption, firewall protection, and stringent security protocols on those websites.

Cost-wise, PayPal isn’t the cheapest option when receiving money, but no fees are involved when making purchases. As a result, PayPal’s prices are generally much lower than those of other payment processing solutions. For example, there is no fee when you make a purchase using your PayPal balance. 

When you make a purchase using your bank account or credit card, the standard cost is around 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. This is much lower than the fees charged by Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, which can be up to 3% + $0.30 per transaction.