Do you know about 5G? Fintech cos stay private. Banking-as-a-Service.

The future of athleticism

Hi there,

With March Madness wrapping up, we need a new sport to obsess over. How about competitive slapping?

Two players stand off at a table, and then take turns slapping each other in the face until one of them taps out — or is knocked out.

What a time to be alive.

Dmitry Kotov via Vice

Cream of the crop

For the fourth consecutive year, we teamed up with the New York Times to create a data-driven ranking of the world's best venture capital partners.

From Neil Shen to Alfred Lin to Mary Meeker, check out detailed profiles of the top 20 VCs here.

Let's speed things up

In the next 10 years, the rise of connected devices will require networks to transmit huge sums of data in near real-time, and 4G won't be sufficient.

But 5G might be. We explain how the next generation of wireless technology works, how it's transforming industries, and more. Check it out here.

Former Enron CEO: not on the list

Jeff Skilling, the former CEO of Enron, was just released from prison after 14 years.

What’s he doing next?

Per the WSJ, he's jumping into the blockchain/crypto game.


We have a great lineup of blockchain and crypto speakers for Future of Fintech 2019 (June 11-13 NYC).

The former Enron CEO is not one of them, but our lineup is killer (not the prison kind):

  • CEO, Ripple
  • Co-founder, Circle (valuation: $3B)
  • CEO & Co-founder, Plaid (valuation: $2.65B)
  • CEO, Chainalysis
  • General Partner, Ribbit
    • Active fintech VC with investments in Robinhood and Coinbase
  • Former FDIC Chair, Sheila Bair
    • Advisor to blockchain startups such as Omniex, Spring Labs, and Paxos

These sessions are all 1:1 conversations between the speaker and a journalist. This year we have moderators from The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, and more.

That means they ask hard questions and get past the fluff.

There are just two months to go and tickets are selling crazy fast. Save $500 with code noJeff until April 8.

Send back your prediction of where Ripple's cryptocurrency, XRP, will be priced at market close on June 12, 2019 (Day 1 of Future of Fintech). If you purchase your ticket via this link by April 8 and you end up being correct, we’ll refund your ticket.


Point-of-sale payment alternative company Affirm just raised a $300M Series F round at a $2.9B valuation.

We take a closer look at the company's funding, business model, acquisition strategy, and more. Clients can read about it here.

Thanks, but no thanks

At the beginning of last year, there were 25 VC-backed fintech unicorns around the world, worth a combined total of $75.9B.

Many speculated that these startups would ride the hype wave and go public. But only 3 fintech unicorns actually did it.

We examine why fintech startups aren't going public.

Good advice, bad advice, or sarcasm?

What do you think?

 Thanks for your service

Banking-as-a-Service digitally connects fintech companies to banks via APIs. This means that companies can integrate checking and savings accounts, direct deposits, and much more directly into consumer apps with little regulatory risk.

We take a look at how Banking-as-a-Service works and how fintechs can use it. Expert Intelligence clients can read about it here.

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

Fast Company. Rina Raphael (@rrrins) reports that breast-pump maker Elvie raised $42M in a Series B round and references CB Insights research.

Axios. This article highlights The New York Times and CB Insights’ list of top VCs.

Healthcare Dive. Tony Abraham (@tonyabraham) writes about academic and nonprofit hospitals looking to venture capital for testing new tech, and refers to CB Insights data.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Slap-happy. Competitive slapping is catching on in Russia.

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New York Times

Don’t answer that. The FCC has fined robocallers over $208M, but the calls keep coming.
Wall Street Journal

#nofilter. Biochemical engineers at University College London have developed algae-coated tiles to work as living filtration systems in India.
Fast Company

In the Restricted Section. YouTube execs say the company is “like a library,” but that view might be helping fake news and conspiracy theories flourish.
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