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Making a star of Stripe outside the US

Eileen O'Mara is Stripe's newest European boss. She talks exclusively to Adrian Weckler about high growth, housing and US stereotypes

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Stripe revenue and growth lead EMEA Eileen O’Mara. Photo: Conor McCabe

Stripe revenue and growth lead EMEA Eileen O’Mara. Photo: Conor McCabe

Stripe revenue and growth lead EMEA Eileen O’Mara. Photo: Conor McCabe

Eileen O'Mara is in no mood to listen to American propaganda. Sitting in Stripe's bustling Silicon Docks office, chatting about perceptions of European technology in the US, the company's newest European boss mentions some common Valley tropes; that we in Europe know little about innovation, that we try to tax anything creative, that we'll forever be in the shadow of Silicon Valley. She's not having it.

"Look at the top 10 IPOs last year," says the Clarecastle, Ennis-born executive. "Six of them are from Europe. I don't know why we keep hearing that innovation and tech are not as strong in Europe as in the Valley or in other places around the world. It's just not true."

O'Mara might know a bit more about it than Hacker News blowhards from Boston or Boise.