FTT Q&A With Evolve Bank & Trust CEO Scott Stafford

Evolve Bank & Trust is one of the reasons fintech is as prevalent as it is today—the bank is one of the premier partners for a lot of banking-as-a-service companies and fintech startups. For the uninitiated, most fintech companies that offer financial products need to have a bank partner—banking-as-a-service companies have made that easier, but…

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Unit21 CEO Trisha Kothari On Building From First Principles

Hey everyone! Some great posts this week that I’m excited to share: first up is a fantastic piece from Unit21 cofounder & CEO Trisha Kothari!  Trisha posted on LinkedIn shortly after the FTX blowup, saying how, in the grand scheme of things, fintech and crypto were still in the really early innings and how investors…

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10 Charts From SVB’s State Of Fintech Report

I’m a big fan of research—I read through about a dozen reports on fintech and crypto per week. Silicon Valley Bank’s State of Fintech report is a must read: SVB has a unique purview over the technology ecosystem in general, considering how integral it is to venture funds and startups alike.  You can take a…

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We Need To Talk About Secondaries

I spend a lot of time thinking about the venture ecosystem, especially thinking about what happened over the last few years.  One massive trend that we don’t spend enough time talking about is secondaries—when founders and employees sell their shares in a company to a third party, usually to a venture fund but sometimes to…

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The Curious Case of FTX’s Venture Strategy

Late August/Early September 2022 After spending a few weeks in Bermuda working and meeting with the Bermuda Monetary Authority and learning more about their digital asset regulations, Stevie and I decided to take a little break and spend a few days in Malibu. We were back at our old spot—the Malibu Aviator Nation (where Stevie…

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