Turning The Page

2022 has been fantastic. I joined a company that allowed me to close both acquisitions and venture investments, gave me a team to manage (who did great work), had me working with a manager I learned from, and provided an opportunity to work on new exciting projects. Sadly, the entire cryptocurrency industry had nosedived these… Continue reading Turning The Page

DEXs

1/ Today Uniswap Labs, PancakeSwap, and DODO constitute more than 75% of total volume. 2/ The largest selling point is they're non-custodial, i.e., you are in control where centralized exchanges (CEX) are the opposite. DEXs range from orderbooks, AMMs, to hybrids. 3/ Orderbooks allow buyers and sellers to set offers around assets. These offers get… Continue reading DEXs

Weekly Startup Spotlight: Lendtable, a Series A Fintech

This week's FintechFriday session is with Mitchell Jones, co-founder Lendtable ⚡ a YC S20 batch company that raised $18M from Softbank to help workers get thousands in additional income by giving a cash advance to cover living expenses so they can finally begin earning their employer match.It’s noted from YC’s site that 1 in 4… Continue reading Weekly Startup Spotlight: Lendtable, a Series A Fintech

Economics of Staking (and lending)

Recently speaking with someone who loves everything crypto, she and I got into the guts of staking. Unbeknownst to me, I didn't have as full of a grasp of the dynamics of this growing marketplace. It is exciting, to be honest. The act of staking provides another way for owners of particular digital assets to… Continue reading Economics of Staking (and lending)

Floor NFTs

Floor NFTs is a young company led by Chris Madden. Chris has a background in both Fintech and Martech. Being an early employee at Venmo, he spent two years researching how social + money work together. Currently the Co-founder of Button, he works in Fintech by day, and crypto by night. Chris is also on… Continue reading Floor NFTs

Tectonic Shifts In Fintech

Below are some quick thoughts. Several earlier fintech companies found success, with younger adults being solid customers. Today, we see newer companies target teens and kids through several gifting platforms that have closed rounds the past few quarters (i.e., UNest). This is good, but it will be difficult for those companies to scale over time… Continue reading Tectonic Shifts In Fintech

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