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February 19 2020

Talking cybersecurity, SaaS and early-stage valuations with ForgePoint Capital
India’s Swiggy raises $113M led by Prosus
Level launches a mobile banking app offering 1% cash back on debit purchases, 2.10% APY
Google Cloud acquires mainframe migration service Cornerstone
Microsoft Dynamics 365 update is focused on harnessing data

Fintech VC sets records in Q4 despite early-stage slowdown

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

Fintech is what you hear about constantly, but probably aren’t as read up on as you’d like to be. Neither am I.

Luckily we have a new report concerning fintech investing to unpack and explore. Thanks to a dataset from startup and venture data provider CB Insights, we have a fresh, deep look into the world of startup fintech investment. 

Here’s what we want to know:

  • Did fintech venture activity rise in 2019?
  • How are the various venture stages of fintech investing performing
  • Are early-stage fintech startups able to attract capital at similar velocity to their much-lauded, late-stage counterparts?

Let’s find out!

2019: A (near) record

Europe sets out plan to boost data reuse and regulate “high risk” AIs
Adobe celebrates Photoshop’s 30th anniversary with new desktop and mobile features
BluBracket scores $6.5M seed to help secure code in distributed environments
ForgePoint raises a massive new $450M fund for early stage cybersecurity startups
Ordway lands $10M Series A to bridge gap between sales and finance
Online learning marketplace Udemy raises $50M at a $2B valuation from Japanese publisher Benesse
Coinbase becomes a Visa Principal Member to double down on debit card
Facebook backs Indian education startup Unacademy
Well, Bill Gates is never going to buy a Tesla now
DeFiance: billion-dollar finance, million-dollar hacks, and very little value

February 18 2020

Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace on coronavirus, WeWork and what’s shaking up proptech
Cloud spending said to top $30B in Q4 as Amazon, Microsoft battle for market share
Alphabet takes the wind out of its Makani energy kites
Blue Apron is considering selling itself
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