Braintree Adding 150 Jobs in Chicago, Focused on Being the Leader in Payments

Braintree, an online payments tech company that put its roots down in Chicago in 2007, just announced that it will add 150 jobs to their West Loop headquarters. Over the next two years or so, that office will triple in size–a change that would allow Braintree to take the lead in the payments space.

According to company CEO Bill Ready, there are two macrotrends ruling online payments today. The first is using a cloud-based infrastructure, which not only decreases the cost of starting up and maintaining a mobile or online business, it also gives devs the chance to build products instead of serving as maintenance people. “Payments is the last piece of major infrastructure that has not moved,” says Ready.

Mobile commerce–the growth of it, specifically–is the other trend on everyone’s tongues these days. With one in five ecommerce transactions taking place on a mobile device, the opportunity to capture inevitable growth in this space is huge. Today, Braintree processes nearly $1 billion in mobile volume annually.

Why is this so important? According to Ready, his company is trying to build something that would transform the mobile payments ecosystem. “Braintree’s goal is to build a payment platform that developers can easily build on top of, similar to what iOS did for mobile apps,” Ready says. “In payments today, there is still a confusing backend. We are building the tools that will allow developers to innovate on top of our payment platform.”

Read more at Built In Chicago.

Published photos: YOUR DIL netWork It for Education

Last weekend, my sister Safiya and I volunteered as photographers at the YOUR DIL Chicago netWork It For Education event, where journalist Ethan Casey was the guest speaker. The event raised over $5,000 for schools in Pakistan. Here are our photos from the event, published in a couple of news publications (click to enlarge).

South Asian Gazette | TribLocal

Seriously, people are getting really excited about Pakistani mangoes in Chicago.

Credit: hojusaram/Creative Commons

The days are long, and they are hot. Weathering a summer of extreme heat and humidity punctuated by freak thunderstorms is wearing on Chicagoans. You see them on the street and on public transport, their bodies sluggish and their glazed-over stares hiding a desperate craving for something better. Something…juicier.

Read more: Pakistani Mangoes Set to Sweeten A Sour Chicago Summer | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.