Financial infrastructure platform for businesses, Stripe, has launched Stripe Apps and the Stripe App Marketplace to deliver an ecosystem of third-party tools.

Businesses utilise a variety of software tools in their day-to-day operations but switching between them can introduce friction of manual coordination and potential for human error. Stripe Apps unites many of the tools that businesses rely on making it easier to complete tasks in one place.

Among the 50-plus apps announced at the launch of Stripe Apps and the Stripe App Marketplace, are ChargeDesk and Xero. Xero’s app shows relevant transaction data inside Stripe, unifying information in one place, while ChargeDesk’s app shows billing support conversations routed through ChargeDesk inside the Stripe dashboard. 

Stripe Apps makes it possible for businesses to customise Stripe for the first time and enables automated sharing of contextual information across apps, keeping systems of record in sync and giving users a fuller view.

The Stripe App Marketplace includes apps for an array of core business functions, like accounting, analytics, CRM, eSignature, marketing, and more. At launch, it will include more than 50 apps from leading providers like DocuSign, Dropbox, Intercom, Mailchimp, Ramp, and Xero. Stripe will add more partners and apps over time, as well as apps in non-English languages.

Developers can build and publish apps in the Stripe App Marketplace. Alternatively, they can develop custom apps for use within their company. For example, they could build an app that displays information from internal CRM and ERP systems in the Stripe Dashboard.

While apps are visible and interactive in the Stripe Dashboard, they also operate in the background and draw on Stripe’s API to perform tasks like creating a customer account, updating an existing customer record, or generating an invoice. 

”With Stripe Apps, businesses can customise Stripe with their SaaS tools to best serve their customers. We’re excited for this new chapter and can’t wait to see the ingenuity of all the apps that developers will build in the months and years ahead,” Stripe Apps head of product, Bowen Pan said.