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Published on Sep 13, 2016
TransferWise enables anyone to send and request money in different currencies around the world. Airbnb enables guests and hosts to exchange money in different countries around the world. Global money transfer is fundamental to both businesses. Moreover, a culture of entrepreneurship is shared among the engineering teams at these companies developing the next generation of payments technology. There are many similarities but also many differences with the mission of payments, evolution of technology, scaling challenges, levels of integration, and more between TransferWise and Airbnb. Payments technology at both companies will be compared and contrasted to unpack insights and learnings within the domain. Latest opportunities will also be shared to discuss where each of the companies are headed to scale globally and help grow the respective businesses.