A couple of weeks ago we were commissioned to photograph Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel's visit at Braintree's Chicago office. We would consider Braintree a start up company but they have been in the business for 5 years now. The company was started by Bryan Johnson in 2007. The core business of Braintree is making payment more efficient for online businesses. Braintree offers a payment gateway, merchant account, and recurring billing services. They will soon offer international credit card processing for merchants located outside of the U.S."Their top customers include LivingSocial.com, OpenTable.com, Animoto.com (we love them!), Sun Time Media, Angry Birds (who doesn't love them!?), AirBnb.com, Uber.com, github.com, and many many more…
Our first impression was the amazing culture at Braintree. It's a very flat organization with a total feel of Silicon Valley. Creativity and finding solutions is what's most valued at Braintree. Their employees are trusted to make the right decisions and simply be professional. For example Braintree doesn't have a vacation policy because they just believe their employees will know how much vacation they can take and still have their job done. How many companies do you know like that!?
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel first met with a Braintree team. The mayor was mainly interested what attracted those top talents to Braintree and how they commute to work every day. After that quick meeting, a Braintree engineer presented to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel a really cool online dashboard that Braintree employees developed that integrates most needed every day information on one screen. So that dashboard included weather, news, etc but also CTA schedule, latest Tweets about Braintree, current support data, and latest software build status.
After a short presentation Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Braintree founder Bryan Johnson, Braintree CEO Bill Ready, Rich Wong from Accel Partners – the key investor – for a press conference. It was definitely challenging to photograph in an environment like that with a good number of TV station cameras around and photo journalists from Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. But it was a fun and truly incredible experience. We absolutely enjoyed it and I hope you like the photos below.