Author: Catherine Norman (Catherine Norman)

Why we invested: Aquaconnect
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Why we invested: Aquaconnect

 By Anuradha Ramachandran and Harsh Gupta Mobile adoption is on the rise among India’s fish and shrimp farmers. With half a billion smartphone users in India, online financial tools, digital platforms and fintech applications are powering the next generation of agritech with a more systematic, customized and user-friendly approach to farming.  At the forefront of...

Eight India Fintech Companies Offer Lessons and Insights One Year After the Covid-19 Pandemic Hit
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Eight India Fintech Companies Offer Lessons and Insights One Year After the Covid-19 Pandemic Hit

Surviving a war zone.  Unrelenting fear. Decimated strategies. This is how startups in India describe the catastrophe that the Covid-19 pandemic and global lockdown brought to their companies. Yet through the fog of that fear, what emerged within our India portfolio were stronger companies, more cohesive teams and surprising profitability.  In short, no one could...

Three Observations from Beyond Good and One Ask: Contribute to a Purpose-Driven Fintech Business Revolution
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Three Observations from Beyond Good and One Ask: Contribute to a Purpose-Driven Fintech Business Revolution

By Tilman Ehrbeck If we ever needed it, the past 12 months have provided a stark reminder that good government, a functioning modern digital infrastructure, and a shared civic spirit matter in the face of pandemic challenge and economic adversity. In their new book, Beyond Good, financial industry observers Theo Lau and Brad Leimer make...

Why we invested in M2P Fintech: this API infrastructure drives financial inclusion
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Why we invested in M2P Fintech: this API infrastructure drives financial inclusion

by Anuradha Ramachandran and Harsh Gupta The financial ecosystem in India is being rapidly disrupted by technology. Large and specialized fintech players are active in multiple verticals, including payments, wealth tech, lending, discount brokerage and remittances. Large technology platforms are also emerging in segments like e-commerce, business-to-business commerce, delivery services, the gig economy and logistics...

When Investing Under Pandemic Uncertainty, Purpose Matters Even More
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When Investing Under Pandemic Uncertainty, Purpose Matters Even More

By Tilman Ehrbeck When the pandemic hit a year ago, I tried to make sense of the broader economic outlook. A few one-dimensional implications seemed clear. To the extent possible, people would stay at home, for example. And thus, the way they work, shop, and socialize would change meaningfully. But trying to forecast what might...

Strengthening Our Global Team to Address Accelerating Tech Trends and Growing Need for More Financial Health
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Strengthening Our Global Team to Address Accelerating Tech Trends and Growing Need for More Financial Health

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are more determined than ever to double down and empower passionate fintech entrepreneurs around the globe. We strive to provide the support they need to build digital tools and services to help individuals and small businesses better manage (and ideally achieve) financial health and economic resilience – especially in...

Why We Invested in SeedFi
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Why We Invested in SeedFi

By Emmalyn Shaw In the United States, there are more than 100 million low- to middle-income citizens who wish to build credit and savings, but historically have been underserved by major banks and fintech startups. The majority of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and at the end of 2020, 61% of Americans were at risk...

Brazil Gig Worker Research Update: Essential Workers Are Finding Ways to Cope
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Brazil Gig Worker Research Update: Essential Workers Are Finding Ways to Cope

By Arjuna Costa The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic dislocation triggered a significant shift in the lives of gig workers around the world. During the past year, gig workers scraped together unpredictable income, looked for additional work and sought help where they could get it, including from digital platforms and fintechs. As a global...