Be a specialist

An interesting study was just released about venture capital. One tool I view that corporate development teams can refine and build upon to execute in-organic growth. The study essentially notes that venture capitalists are specialists. I believe this. The research paper also notes that performance is much better in the sub-industry VC's focus on; even… Continue reading Be a specialist

Early Stage Company Nomenclature + Rounds

Two things are popping up more and more in 2021: 1) I get a fair amount of questions about equity and where it should land for first-money-in through the mentoring I do for early stage companies. Unfortunately, it’s not a straightforward answer. 2) Round inflation is real. It really doesn’t matter if you mark your… Continue reading Early Stage Company Nomenclature + Rounds

The Continued Shift in Financial Advisor Technology

This post is a continuation from my original in 2019. I’ll quickly cover my initial hypothesis and provide any updates, then move into what I believe may be coming down the pipeline in this exciting space. If you haven’t read the initial post, it may be worth quickly pursuing that first. VC investments have hit… Continue reading The Continued Shift in Financial Advisor Technology

The Progressive Arc of Fintech

A few takeaways are from a session today with ODFintech1. We need to recognize that most everything is better delivered through software. No one wants to go into a StateFarm shop and ask about insurance. Walking into a Fidelity Investments personal investor location to deposit money and speak to an advisor is not where the… Continue reading The Progressive Arc of Fintech

FinTech Subscription Metrics (Acorns)

There is a lot of capital being poured into the consumer fintech space. And there seem to be an ever increasing number of larger scale unicorns who have yet to go public. More and more companies are waiting to ‘exit’ and the average time staying private has been increasing. This means that there are a… Continue reading FinTech Subscription Metrics (Acorns)

March’s FinTech Friday Schedule

Super excited for March and the upcoming convos alongside Jane, Yann, Cokie, and Vaibhav 🔥 March 5th (last week) we talked to Asya of First Boulevard. On unapologetic banking built for Black America. https://lnkd.in/dgFyz4h March 12th we’re talking to Billie & Rob of Daylight. On banking for LGBT+ people by LGBT+ people. https://lnkd.in/ei_D46u March 19th… Continue reading March’s FinTech Friday Schedule

Charlie and ComplyAdvantage – Financial Crime Edition

Hope to see you during this week’s convo with Charlie of ComplyAdvantage where we talk about financial crime and his platform which aids in combating it. Joined by hosts Vaibhav / Cokie / Yann / Jane 👏 https://lnkd.in/e9GPED6 #fintech #technology #cybersecurity #privacy #cybercrime #api #aml #banking

Navigating Termsheets

Termsheets are (1) used by founders raising capital and (2) investors looking to deploy capital. Most all termsheets are different in some slight way (unless you're using a SAFE or KISS note), they usually require lawyers, and all are time-consuming where neither party usually gets 100% of what they want. For a founder, it's about obtaining capital without giving… Continue reading Navigating Termsheets

Black Swan

It seems like the VC/ startup community is blowing up over this "Black Swan" post by Sequoia. https://giphy.com/gifs/filmeditor-mean-girls-movie-3otPoLJJdKNEZQw9jy In reality, this is a pretty level headed memo. Especially if you put that against their RIP Good Times deck. The large points are: Ensure you're not running fat Prepare that your business model is about to… Continue reading Black Swan