Perspectives

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. 

Why we invested: Apnaklub

By Anuradha Ramachandran and Harsh Gupta Embedded Finance Platform Apnaklub Digitally Connects India’s Retailers, and Kiranas to Consumer Goods and Wholesale Partners India’s unwieldy consumer...

For FinTechs, Outcomes ‘The One Thing’ to Focus on in 2022 [Pymnts.com]

Many people are in a better financial position than before the pandemic.

At least by some metrics.

They’ve paid down debt. Perhaps they’ve padded their savings cushions with funding from the waves of stimulus payments. And yet the pressures of daily life remain.

40 Rising Stars to tap into in 2022 [Venture Capital Journal]

For the third year in a row, we contacted readers and others in the VC community to discover who are the industry’s rising stars. It was quite an undertaking, but we have here is a list of 40 professionals under 40 who are destined to shape venture capital.

(Featuring Sarah Morgenstern of Flourish Ventures)

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.

Flourish Embedded Finance: Plug-ins

Oct. 28, 8:30pm PDT | Oct. 29, 9:00am IST
More and more non-bank businesses—such as fintech companies, retailers, small businesses, and manufacturers—are now offering online financial products within their apps to better serve customers.

Flourish Focus: Jetty

October 7, 2021
A conversation with Mike Rudoy, co-founder and CEO of Jetty.com—a high growth fintech start up that just raised a $23M funding round co-led by Citi and Flourish Ventures.

Flourish Focus: Apollo Agriculture

August 26, 2021
Flourish Focus a series featuring 1:1 exchanges with fintech innovators around the world.