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The financial-services industry is changing at a rapid clip, with fintechs addressing people’s needs among the big winners in the wake of the coronavirus, as Dan DeFrancesco and Shannen Balogh reported this week.
Robinhood, which has seen massive growth as market volatility continues, is now valued at $8.3 billion after its most recent funding round in May. Meanwhile, other personal finance apps like Chime and Stash have also seen record sign-up numbers recently.
With that in mind, Dan and Shannen polled 27 investors to discover the fintechs that are on the cusp of breaking out. While investors could pitch companies both inside and out of their portfolio, the caveat was that none could have surpassed a Series B raise.
The response was impressive, with 60 fintechs nominated. Overall, investors seem more bullish on the future of startups catering to businesses, not consumers, as more than 63% of the selections were B2B.
You can read both lists here:
Speaking of fintech investors, Megan Hernbroth profiled 25 young investors in the space, highlighting what drew them to fintech and what they think are the biggest opportunities.
The investors also shared some tips on how to snag a role in their competitive field. You can read both stories here:
Trump’s most important 2016 donor is sitting out 2020
Dave Levinthal reports:
Hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah ranked among President Donald Trump’s most influential backers in 2016. But they’ve all but abandoned the embattled president and aren’t likely to help him in the home stretch for 2020, five people who know the media-averse Mercers tell Insider.
“They’re 100, 100, 100% out,” an associate of Rebekah Mercer said.
You can read that story in full here:
In other politics news:
The transformation of the real estate business
We’ve written at length in recent months about the future of the office, as the coronavirus pandemic forces employers to rethink their needs and landlords to reimagine their model. This week:
In related news, the rapid shift to ecommerce that’s been accelerated by COVID 19 is putting severe pressure on malls and placing fresh emphasis on warehouse space.
Separately, I want to highlight a couple of things before I go:
Below are headlines on some of the stories you might have missed from the past week.