Today he runs Online Payment Platform – a payment services provider that greases the wheels for online payments, connecting customers with merchants and protecting transactions for all parties. In just 7 years, Online Payment Platform has established itself as a game-changer in payment services. Not only does it handle single payments, but it also deals with multi-split payments to multiple merchants, escrow payments and recurring payments, and offers everything from dispute handling to a fully-fledged insights platform, all whilst being compliant to the very latest European regulations.
With a client list that included PayPal, Marktplaats and ANWB, Online Payment Platform was already well established in the Netherlands when Richard applied to be part of the first Rise batch. The Netherlands is a relatively small market though, and Richard was keen to push Online Payment Platform international in order to continue the company’s rapid growth. Specifically, he was hoping to internationalise in Germany, where Online Payment Platform was in discussions with eBay Kleinanzeigen.
As a payment services platform, Online Payment Platform works by collecting money from buyers, then paying it out to sellers from their own bank account. The first step towards internationalising is setting up a business bank account in another country, but that can be a long, tedious process. ‘It’s not a requirement,’ he says, ‘but it’s something that makes our product and services better because naturally, consumers in Germany feel safer when they receive the money from a German account.’