VCs’ enthusiasm for fintech, which ranked as the hottest sector for startup investment last year, is showing signs of waning. In the past two weeks, a total of 51 fintech companies across the globe collectively raised $1.1 billion in seed through late-stage venture funding, per Crunchbase data. This represents a definite drop.
Portland-based Black Founders Matter, a new VC firm focused on investing in Black founder-led companies, closed $3 million for its first fund. The firm is among a growing group of micro VCs investing specifically in diverse founders.
The lack of access to health insurance Americans face leads to higher morbidity and hospitalization rates for otherwise preventable problems, driving up medical costs overall. Instead of placing an even greater burden on health care personnel, America’s health care system should look to AI, argues Flint Capital’s Sergey Gribov.
Many venture-backed companies that went public last year have created little value beyond the capital invested in them. Some are even worth less than the capital they raised. That’s the finding from our review of valuations for recently public companies that were among the largest recipients of venture funding.
Sources we spoke with say although funding deals are still being made, valuations are sinking and some companies are reevaluating their fundraising efforts amid a maelstrom of geopolitical tensions, inflation, expected interest rate hikes, and a seemingly never-ending pandemic.
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