Post Tagged with: "Early Stage"

Waiting for the Angel List liquidity Shoe to Drop

Waiting for the Angel List liquidity Shoe to Drop

by November 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm 0 comments

Yesterday’s post was about how Angel List ratchets up the disruption of the VC business with the world’s largest seed fund. Naval Ravikant (Angel List founder) really is changing the early stage investing world with that hippy love & peace logo. Syndicates was the game-changer. The announcement about a $400mRead More

Angel List Uberizes the VC business with world’s largest seed fund

Angel List Uberizes the VC business with world’s largest seed fund

by November 17, 2015 at 12:43 am 0 comments

VC Funds act as intermediary between: – Founders – Limited Partners (LPs = the actual investors) It is normal for intermediaries to be viewed unfavorably and for opaque “clubby” business models to be eventually replaced by networks and software that inject a new level of transparency and efficiency. We haveRead More

Why most Fintech startups will fail but there is no Fintech bubble

Why most Fintech startups will fail but there is no Fintech bubble

by October 13, 2015 at 8:15 pm 0 comments

It is childish to believe in Unicorns and entrepreneurs have to be childish – meaning they have to believe they can beat the odds. Thank goodness for that, for the odds are stacked against startups succeeding and yet some do succeed spectacularly, benefitting everybody. Image courtesy of Little Unicorn DayRead More

Swiss Fintech Made a Big Step Forward Last Week

by September 1, 2015 at 2:31 am 0 comments

Last week I went to see the unveiling of the SIX F10 Fintech Incubator and the inaugural Swiss Fintech pitch event, both in Zurich. Both would have been routine in London, but are newsworthy in Zurich. This feels like the sort of activity that one saw in London a fewRead More

The Accelerator Boom: Bubble, or New Form of Post-Corporate Work?

by August 31, 2015 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

The case for Accelerators being a sign that we are in a tech bubble: This is what happened in the last tech cycle in the late 1990s when we called them Incubators. When supply (of new startups) increases so fast, it must meet a demand wall and end in tears.Read More

Fintech 1,000 Landscape Report: Programmable Bank

by February 26, 2015 at 3:17 am 0 comments

This Landscape Report could also be called Bank APIs. I like the name Programmable Bank because it resonates with Programmable Web.  It implies a Mashup approach to system development. This is fundamentally different to the huge, multi year core banking enterprise system development of the past. This is a bigRead More

The Growing Network of Fintech Accelerators Globally

by December 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm 1 comment

It’s a good time to be raising money in Fintech. All the major VC Funds are making Fintech bets, there is good activity on Angel List, there are Fintech specific funds and there are Fintech specific networking groups. Many Accelerators are domain agnostic. I have already reviewed the Fintech output from Y Combinator, which is…Read more The Growing Network of Fintech Accelerators Globally

Apart from Coinbase, here are the other Fintech Y Combinator batch alumni

by November 17, 2014 at 3:37 am 0 comments

There are many Accelerators but Y Combinator seems to lead the pack. So when one of their Fintech graduates moves into the big time, it is big news in the little corner of the world that we call Fintech. No strike that, Fintech is pretty big and getting bigger. Financial Services is up there with […]

The Dog Food Story – Raising Money For Fintech On Crowdfunding Sites

by November 12, 2014 at 12:52 am 0 comments

My test was pretty cursory, the kind of quick test that entrepreneurs make when seeing whether to take the time to use a service. I tested: Angel List Crowdcube Seedrs I make no apologies for not testing all the platforms. No busy entrepreneur would do that; crowdfunding is a network effects game. If I have […]

Rocket Internet showing that VC can be global

by November 11, 2014 at 6:38 am 0 comments

This post was going to be about Spotcap but my inner editor (thanks Owen Thomas) was telling me that I was missing the story. The real story is that Rocket Internet is a European Fintech Unicorn. That is a big deal because Unicorns are rare, Fintech Unicorns are rarer and European Fintech Unicorns are even […]