In October 2020 Stripe entered into an agreement to acquire Paystack, a fintech start-up based in Lagos. Reading that headline was the first time that I had heard of Paystack. naturally, I was curious, so I read up on them, At the time I was developing a web platform that needed to accept credit card payments and manage subscription payments.
I had actually spent a significant amount of time trying to integrate with another payment locally (South Africa) available payment gateway. My experience with this attempted integration was almost traumatic. Some of the issues I faced were badly written documentation and uncooperative technical support.
In my opinion, integration is something that need not be complicated. As a developer, I feel that this is something that can be remedied by having clear, concise documentation (maybe I should do a post on how to produce good documentation) and by not over complicating how and what information is passed between the systems that are talking to each other.
Needless to say when I saw their claim that I could start accepting payments in 30 minutes I was intrigued. I signed up for a test account and set about integrating the 2 platforms. In less than an hour, I was able to simulate payments through Paystack, and I was receiving payment confirmations from the gateway. The documentation is clear and easy to follow. What a breath of fresh air, the frustration from before just melted away.
Paystack has some pretty cool features and I’m sure that they are coming up with more. Kudos to them and what they have been able to achieve so far. This is definitely a start-up I’ll be watching.