"Sequoia Capital has extensive expertise and many years’ experience in investing in and developing promising growth companies operating in industries that are exciting for successful global companies. We are now stepping up the pace of our international expansion, first in Europe and then globally, said Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO of Klarna and previous CEO of Kreditor."
"Klarna has done a fabulous job serving the needs of merchants and consumers in Europe’s e-commerce market," said Michael Moritz, Partner at Sequoia Capital. "With e-commerce growing rapidly across the E.U., where card based payments are only 1/3 that of the U.S., Klarna has an incredible opportunity to be the most trusted solution in the $40 billion global payments market."
"The Monitor – a poll of 8,200 consumers that tracks consumer confidence and spending intentions on a daily basis – jumped 5.5 points in April to 91.5 (based out of 100), the highest the Monitor’s index has been since November 2007. Overall, 34 percent, the most ever, believe economic conditions are improving."
MasterCard president and chief operating officer, Ajay Banga, said: “We’re making important investments in innovation, like MasterCard Marketplace, our eCommerce shopping portal, and the launch of MasterCard Labs, a critical component of our global research and development efforts. We are committed to play a significant role in the evolution of payments to better meet the needs of consumers, merchants, businesses and governments around the world, and look forward to bringing even more developments to the market.”
“This is a huge win for us,” said Kevin Barry, general manager for the STAR Network. “Our new relationship with SunTrust is a validation of our commitment to lead the industry with superior customer service and the most innovative products. SunTrust’s progressive view of payments will be a great match for STAR and our members.”