Fintech VC keeps getting later, larger and more expensive

The venture capital market appears to be getting later, larger and more expensive. As a result, fintech — one of its hottest and most-funded sectors — is evolving in a similar manner. For late-stage fintech companies, it’s great news. But for smaller players, is the shift toward bigger, more mature rounds undercutting their ability to […]

Are subscription services the future of fintech?

Joshira Maduro Contributor Joshira Maduro joined the LendingTree team in April 2020 and uses her background in market research and branding to write about credit card news and better ways to spend. Subscription services are on the rise. During the pandemic, Americans have been spending more time at home and more money on the digital […]

What I wish I’d known about venture capital when I was a founder

Andy Areitio Contributor Share on Twitter Andy Areitio is a partner at the early-stage fund TheVentureCity, a new venture and acceleration model that helps diverse founders achieve global impact. When you’re running your own venture — especially if it’s your first — it’s unlikely you will find the time to deep dive into how venture […]

Startup fundraising is the most tangible gender gap. How can we overcome it?

Ximena Aleman Contributor Share on Twitter Ximena Aleman is co-founder and chief business development officer at Prometeo, an open banking platform that serves Latin America. More posts by this contributor Fintech regulations in Latin America could fuel growth or freeze out startups Year-in, year-out, the gender gap in venture capital investment continues to be a […]

What happens to high-flying startups if the pandemic trade flips?

So much can change in a day. This morning, news that a trial COVID-19 vaccine candidate had an effective rate of more than 90% shook the financial world. The Pfizer vaccine is reportedly so effective, the company “will have manufactured enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people” by the end of the year, […]

Funded by Connect Ventures, Purple Dot plans to take on Klarna-style purchase debt

In recent times startups have appeared offering credit at an e-commerce basket checkout so that a customer can buy a product without needing to pay right away. Klarna or Clearpay are the two most notable in this field. But what if you flipped the model around so that consumers could buy the item at a […]

Daily Crunch: DOJ files suit to stop Plaid acquisition

The DOJ challenges Visa’s acquisition of a fintech startup, Apple releases the latest version of iOS and goPuff acquires an iconic alcohol retailer. This is your Daily Crunch for November 5, 2020. The big story: DOJ files suit to stop Plaid acquisition The Department of Justice is challenging Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of financial services […]

Will new SEC equity crowdfunding rules encourage more founders to pass the hat?

The flow of venture capital in 2020 has been surprisingly strong given the year’s general uncertainty, but while investors have showered plenty of dough on growth-stage companies, seed-stage startups are down 32% last quarter compared to the year before. There have been plenty of recent conversations about alternative funding routes for founders, and one of […]

As tech stocks rally, bring on the IPOs

During yesterday’s tense voting and this morning, shares of American-listed technology companies are shooting higher. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite is up around 3.35% this morning, more than double what the broad S&P 500 index is currently managing. SaaS and cloud stocks kicked off the day up a staggering 4.98%, a sharp rally in the value […]

Pandemic’s impact disproportionately reduced VC funding for female founders

The last few quarters did not play out as as expected for venture capitalists or entrepreneurs; instead of a pandemic-fueled recession that cauterized the flow of private investment into startups, the economic shifts brought on by COVID-19 have given many companies a tailwind. Venture capitalists ramped up their spend in Q2 and Q3, pushing private investment […]