2013 was a busy year for the PayPal Developer Relations team. We kicked off our first-ever global hackathon competition, Battle Hack, and we created the first startup program at PayPal — Start-up Blueprint — to help developers succeed and grow. But, what we were most excited about was that we welcomed Braintree into the PayPal family last year.

As we start off the New Year, we’re excited to share that the PayPal Developer Relations team is joining the Braintree team. Braintree has specialised in working with the top start-ups and developers like Uber, Fab and Airbnb for many years and so moving our Developer Relations team into Braintree makes sense as we will be closer to our customers — the awesome developers and start-ups!

Just because we’re moving over to Braintree doesn’t mean anything changes for PayPal developers. Our team will continue sharing information and best practices for PayPal APIs, but now we’ll be able to do the same for Braintree SDKs. By having knowledge of both sets of tools, we will be able to better help developers find the best payment solution for their needs.

We look forward to what 2014 brings. We’ll continue bringing our Battle Hack competition to more cities around the world, and signing up more start-ups and incubators for our Blueprint Startup program. Feel free to reach out to us @PayPalDev or email us if you have any questions!

About John Lunn

John Lunn oversees the global developer network for PayPal and Braintree, where he is the Senior Global Director. Lunn spends his time primarily focused on innovation, ensuring that developers around the globe have access to the features, functionality and feedback they need from PayPal and Braintree. Prior to his current work at PayPal, Lunn spent 15 years building systems for payment and fraud detection at several successful start ups. In addition to this hands-on work, he has advised many successful startups and larger companies on their business and payment strategies. John still codes for fun.

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