Perspectives

Celebrating Female Fintech Mavericks

We’re halfway through March Women’s History Month and in the spirit of this year’s theme #breakthebias we reached out to Female Fintech Mavericks and asked them two questions: 1) How do you encourage other women to pursue careers in fintech and 2) Who are fellow female mavericks you admire and who are living proof of the bias being broken. Here are three themes we picked up on.

Global Venture Capital Firm Flourish Expands Team and Regional Efforts

This year, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re expanding our efforts and expertise across new international markets by adding four exceptional team members who each bring deep technology, finance, and local market expertise along with a passion to create a more fair and equitable financial system.

Finally, An Operating System for Brazil’s Corner Stores

Why We Invested in Mercê do Bairro
Just as in every major economy, big box grocery stores and e-commerce are disrupting Brazil’s retail market, creating new retail channels that have the potential to threaten the small mom-and-pop stores that traditionally serve large segments of the consumer base.

“We Are on Life Support” – Stories of Small Business Resilience During COVID

A Firsthand Documentary Film by NPR’s “Out of the Blocks”

When COVID-19 first hit, Flourish responded, and we sought to uncover the stories of people hit hardest by the economic shock. So did journalist Aaron Henkin, whose award-winning podcast Out of the Blocks has told the stories of American neighborhoods for over a decade. 

Bill Pay Solution Cushion Closes $12 Million Series A To Grow Talent Roster [Cushion]

Cushion, a leader in bank and credit card fee negotiation, announced today that it has raised $12 million in Series A funding. The funding will enable Cushion to hire talent across product, engineering, data analytics, and marketing as it readies its bill pay solution for a general audience after months of beta testing.

Fighting Financial Discrimination with Thoughtful Product Design [Hummingbird]

Here’s a simple truth. There is no way to understand the financial industry without also understanding our country’s long and difficult struggle against financial discrimination. Discrimination and economic disenfranchisement go hand in hand, and some of the worst forms of racism and discrimination can be found where prejudice and bias meet with the financial system.

Qoala Raises US$ 65 Million in Series B, Clocking 30X Business Growth Since Series A [PR Newswire]

Qoala raised US$ 65 million in Series B funding led by Eurazeo with participation from several existing investors including Flourish Ventures, KB Investment, MassMutual Ventures, MDI Ventures, SeedPlus and Sequoia Capital India. In addition, BRI Ventures, Daiwa PI Partners, Indogen Capital, Mandiri Capital Indonesia and Salt Ventures also joined the investment round as new investors.

Flourish Focus: Alloy

June 2, 2022 | 8:00 am PT
Flourish Focus a series featuring 1:1 exchanges with fintech innovators around the world.

Flourish Conversations: Hummingbird – Reimagining Compliance Across the Financial Sector

February 24, 2022
The explosion of fintech innovation and the mass migration to digital channels drove a new need for regulatory compliance. From crypto and payments to cross-border transactions, startups and financial institutions face significant compliance challenges and operational scaling needs. Join Flourish Investor Kabir Kumar when he sits down with the co-founders of Regtech rising star Hummingbird.

Celebrating Our Founders

December 14, 2021
Here's to the founders, partners, and thought leaders who are building a fair financial system to empower people

Flourish Focus: Mercê do Bairro

December 9th, 2021
Find out how Brazil’s fintech start up Mercê do Bairro recently raised a $10 million Series A round with a vision to deliver an embedded finance platform that empowers small business owners.

FTS Fest Hall of Fame 21

November 10, 2021
Managing partner Tilman Ehrbeck reflects on the evolution of FinTech and what the future holds.