Investment News – September 2021
Big news: Upgrade has been identified as the fastest-growing card in the US, and it is the first time that a fintech company has made it to the Top 50 Visa/Mastercard credit card issuers. Revolut is also spreading its wings further by planning the roll-out of commission-free stock trading, thus taking on Robinhood and eyeing a buy-now-pay-later product rivaling the Swedish fintech unicorn Klarna in Europe next year.
Oct 07, 2021
Upgrade, Inc. Revolutionizing the Lending Space
Fintech is continuing its upward trajectory by leveraging technological solutions to solve traditional banking problems. And Upgrade is part of that wave, enjoying significant success in the credit market since its inception in 2016. After the recently raised series E funding round in August 2021, an IPO is ultimately in sight for Upgrade: “We believe we will be ready to go public in the next 18 months,” Upgrade co-founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche told the financial services news platform “Bank Automation News”.
Sep 10, 2021
The Case for Fund of Funds in Venture Capital
Venture capital is an exciting asset class for investors seeking higher returns, but evaluating untested companies at the beginning of their lifecycle and picking winners at an early stage entails significant risk. It’s a tricky proposition, as most companies either fail outright or do not live up to their (perceived) potential. As a result, investors may fail to achieve their return targets, or in the worst case, lose their entire investment. For investors looking at venture capital as an asset class, an alternative mitigates venture capital investment risk through greater diversification: a venture capital fund of funds (VCFOF).
Aug 23, 2021
The European Venture Capital Ecosystem Is Booming
With venture capitalists worldwide searching for innovative products and service companies, they are increasingly turning to Europe, which has seen many eye-catching venture capital deals lately. Venture capital firms invested nearly EUR 40 billion in European companies in 2020 through funding a wide range of sectors and countries across the continent. This boom has occurred despite the pandemic that began in the early spring of last year, demonstrating the strength and appeal of this market.
Aug 17, 2021
The Future of Banking: For Revolut, The Term “Neo-Bank” Is Something Of an Understatement
For Revolut, the term “neo-bank” is something of an understatement. Revolut’s “super app” offers a spectrum of banking services, including bank accounts, debit cards, free currency exchange, peer-to-peer transfers, savings tools, budgeting tools and wealth management products with access to cryptocurrency and stock trading. The breadth of Revolut’s products and services sets it apart from both digital and traditional banking competitors. The Financial Brand website writes, “Revolut is a product juggernaut. By the time you finish reading this article, it’s conceivable the company may have launched another service.” Although Revolut competes with other fintechs in several product areas, it is one of very few delivering a one-stop shop.
Jul 06, 2021
Introducing Bellabeat: The Fastest-Growing Wellness Subscription Super App
Bellabeat helps women easily track their overall health and connect to their body and mind throughout different stages in life through smart devices and an app. The Bellabeat Wellness Club subscription offers content covering personalized wellness coaching programs and fitness, mindfulness, nutrition, health, beauty, and lifestyle. The women's health tech startup recently turned profitable, and with over 100 percent growth within the last three years, Bellabeat is the fastest-growing wellness subscription app.
May 11, 2021
Why Investors Should Start to Care about Femtech and Women’s Health
"I think the beautiful part about the digital healthcare space is you are talking about a $4 trillion market that really has yet to be touched by technology. Over the next five to ten years, the entire industry is going to be rebuilt and redesigned with the consumer in control and in the driver's seat" Hims&Hers founder Andrew Dudum is quoted by "Forbes".
May 05, 2021
Meet Eat JUST, The Worldwide Market Leader in Plant-Based Egg
The Californian company Eat JUST develops and markets plant-based substitutes for foods that ordinarily use chicken eggs, with the mayonnaise JUST Mayo being the best-known product. Josh Tetrick and Josh Balk founded the startup in 2011.
Apr 22, 2021
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