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A founder’s guide to recession planning for startups

A founder’s guide to recession planning for startups Schwark Satyavolu Contributor Share on Twitter Schwark Satyavolu is a general partner at Trinity Ventures where he makes early-stage investments in fintech, security and AI. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Yodlee (YDLE) and Truaxis, both of which were acquired. Previously, he held senior executive […]

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African fintech firm Flutterwave raises $35M, partners with Worldpay

African fintech firm Flutterwave raises M, partners with Worldpay San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has raised a $35 million Series B round and announced a partnership with Worldpay FIS for payments in Africa. With the funding, Flutterwave will invest in technology and business development to grow market share in existing operating countries, […]

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Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups

Catalyst Fund gets M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator […]

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What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing

What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing Goldman Sachs is investing in African tech companies. The venerable American investment bank and financial services firm has backed startups from Kenya to Nigeria and taken a significant stake in e-commerce venture Jumia, which listed on the NYSE in 2019. Though […]

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Bolt raises €50M in venture debt from the EU to expand its ride-hailing business

Bolt raises €50M in venture debt from the EU to expand its ride-hailing business Bolt, the billion-dollar startup out of Estonia that’s building a ride-hailing, scooter and food delivery business across Europe and Africa, has picked up a tranche of funding in its bid to take on Uber and the rest in […]

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Felix Capital closes $300M fund to double down on DTC, break into fintech and make late-stage deals

Felix Capital closes 0M fund to double down on DTC, break into fintech and make late-stage deals To kick off 2020, one of Europe’s newer — and more successful — investment firms has closed a fresh, oversubscribed fund, one sign that VC in the region will continue to run strong in the […]

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Visa is acquiring Plaid for $5.3 billion, 2x its final private valuation

Visa is acquiring Plaid for .3 billion, 2x its final private valuation Visa announced today that it is buying financial services API startup Plaid for $5.3 billion.  Plaid develops financial services APIs. It is akin to what Stripe does for payments, but instead of facilitating payments, it helps developers share banking and […]

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In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment

In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment Venture capital investment exploded across a number of geographies in 2019 despite the constant threat of an economic downturn. San Francisco, of course, remains the startup epicenter of the world, shutting out all other geographies when it comes to […]

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2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital

2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital 2019 brought more global attention to Africa’s tech scene than perhaps any previous year. A high profile IPO, visits by both Jacks (Ma and Dorsey), and big Chinese startup investment energized that. The last 12 months served as a grande […]

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Negotiate for ‘better’ stock in equity-funded acquisitions

Negotiate for ‘better’ stock in equity-funded acquisitions Timothy R. Bowers Contributor Share on Twitter Timothy R. Bowers is the Managing Partner of VLP Law Group LLP. Andrew P. Dixon Contributor Share on Twitter Andrew P. Dixon serves as Counsel with VLP Law Group LLP. For many founders, building and selling a successful […]

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