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Introducing Grasshopper Group

If you haven’t seen our recent tweets you may not have read about Grasshopper Group. Grasshopper Group is the recently launched endeavor from the company that brought you Chargify and we wanted to share the great news about it. What is Grasshopper Group? Grasshopper Group is the parent company of Chargify, Grasshopper, Spreadable and everything…

How to Protect Your Customers Credit Card Data

With over $131 billion in online sales in 2009 (U.S), we have definitely become an e-commerce oriented society. This in turn, means we are also a society where customers are more vulnerable to identity and credit card theft. As a business it’s extremely important that you protect your customers’ data. Luckily, there are a number…

Chargify, One Year In

One Year In, a Really Dynamic Business Our code base is over a year old and I thought it was a good time to think & write about where Chargify is and where we’re headed. Overall, people seem to like Chargify. I’ve never been part of a more dynamic business. I’m amazed and inspired because…

Introducing PayPal Gateway Support

2014 UPDATE: If you use Braintree as the payment gateway for your Chargify Site, your customers can pay with a credit card or with their PayPal account. See our Braintree & PayPal support documentation for up-to-date information. Since we entered private beta, one of the most requested features has been PayPal merchant services support. PayPal’s…

Hosted Page URLs Get Some Love

As a developer, I tend to like clean, concise URLs that map directly to my RESTful resources.  Want to view a subscription? GET /subscriptions/77 Want to edit it? GET /subscriptions/77/edit The URLs for Chargify hosted pages followed this convention.  Updating credit card details loosely maps to editing the subscription to change the payment information.  So,…

New Feature! – Quantity Based Components

We’ve just released a new feature that allows you to add “components” to your products which your customers can purchase and be charged according to the quantity chosen.  This is great for offering things like the following to your products: IP Addresses – say your basic service offers 1 custom IP address for free, and…

How Companies Can Protect Themselves Against Chargebacks

Today, any company that receives a substantial number of credit card orders faces a grave threat: chargebacks. For those unaware, a chargeback is when a customer reverses an order they made from you and then gets their money back. Originally, chargebacks were created to protect consumers from unscrupulous merchants. Rather than endlessly arguing about unauthorized…

6 Companies that Succeeded by Changing Their Business Model

Venture capitalist Paul Graham expressed an under-appreciated nugget of wisdom in his article on mistakes that kill startups.  Unlike “winning an Olympic gold medal, where the problem is well defined”, building a successful company is actually “more like science, where you need to follow the trail wherever it leads.” Therefore, Graham concludes that the worst…

Chargify officially enters Public Beta!

Chargify is officially entering into public beta today, and we couldn’t be more excited! Having originally launched at the TechCrunch50 Conference (http://techcrunch50.com) in San Francisco, CA on September 14th, 2009, we’ve been steadily growing our beta list this past 6 months while making numerous improvements and adding new features. Some highlights/ improvements include: Through today,…

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