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Mike Vaughan


Mike is an Operating Partner of Stripes focusing on the global fintech sector across both consumer and enterprise software.

Mike is the former COO of Venmo and is currently an investor and advisor across a wide range of consumer and enterprise fintech companies globally at all stages.

He has personally invested in more than 70 companies and is a co-founding GP of Vera Equity, a pre-seed fintech fund. Mike currently serves as an independent board member at Stem, a fintech software platform for the music industry, and FinServ Acquisition Corp II, a fintech SPAC. Prior to Stripes, Mike was a venture partner at Oak HC/FT.

Prior to shifting his focus to investing and advising other companies, Mike spent two decades as an operator. Most recently he was COO of Venmo for eight years, leading the business from the ground floor to 40+ million active users, a $300 million annual revenue run rate and $100 billion in payments in 2019. Prior to Venmo, he helped develop successful businesses across multiple industries, including three exits.


"Stripes has designed and built a platform from the ground up to support software entrepreneurs that are looking to rapidly scale their businesses. We are tenacious advocates for each company we partner with and I really feel we make a positive difference along their path."


Traveling, running, and spending time with his family and their golden retriever.


BS in Economics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Mike Vaughan