YC-Backed Slidepay Tries To Be The “Android” Of Payments Against Square’s Apple-Like Tack

The comparison will remain an interesting one for the years to come: Android vs iOS. With that settled, it’s easy to see why we should look more closely at the most popular payment gateways and processors.

TechCrunch

Back in February, I wrote about a startup called Cube that was trying to build a point-of-sale system for small and medium-sized businesses that would eventually give analytics about inventory.

Cube has since pivoted, and now they’re going after a completely different market under a new name, Slidepay. They’re trying to offer a payments API for third-party developers that want the ability to accept credit card payments through a reader.

For example, Joist, an app for contractors who might do repair work on homes, now has a way to accept payments through a Square-like reader without kicking their customers out to another payments flow.

Slidepay is essentially a white-label version of Square. Square doesn’t currently offer an API for third-party developers, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of building one. There are some strategic reasons for this beyond preserving a high-quality customer experience. The more of a direct…

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