Intelligence, news, and opinions from the front lines of financial technology

APIs Ruling the World Video

A panel debate on how APIs affect the deeper levels of financial technology today and how that is changing.... Read More

Grabango — Leveraging Computer Vision to Deliver Enterprise Class Check-out Free Technology for Existing Stores

We are excited to be partnering with the team at Grabango on their mission to reinvent in-store commerce — eliminating checkout lines and saving people time. Led by world-class technologist and entrepreneur Will Glaser, Grabango has built commercial relationships with some of the nation’s largest retailers. The solution is enterprise-grade, built for a checkout-free shopping experience for existing stores. Like all industries, the
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Why we are backing Groww, a pioneer in India consumer finance

Today, we are excited to announce our first investment in India — welcome to the Propel family, Groww! Over the past year, consumer fintech in India has been a key focus area for my colleague, Rohit, and me for a number of reasons. Accessing simple financial services products has traditionally been confusing and expensive, recent policy reforms and initiatives have set the
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Seeking income stability & fuller employment — Steady’s solutions to the challenges facing workers in the gig economy and beyond

In a fast-moving, tech-enabled, and decentralized world, millions of workers have seen their previously reliable jobs with steady income and employer-sponsored benefits change and often disappear. Fewer jobs in fast-growing sectors fit the 9–5 mold, as the nature of work changes. Full time jobs are giving way to flexible arrangements — shift work, part-time contracts, and gigs that when combined
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Thesis: Banking in Brazil — Leading Neon Pagamentos’ Series A

Portland to São Paulo In 2013, weeks after joining BBVA Ventures, I found myself in Portland with Jay Reinemann, meeting with the co-founders of Simple, Josh Reich and Shamir Karkal. Following the trip, investment discussions turned into to acquisition discussions, and over the next few years between Portland, Madrid, and San Francisco we learned from the pioneers of digital banking. Today, Neon announced a Series
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Staying Legit: Fintech Legal Update

Insights from:Malcolm Goeschl, Principal Attorney, Goeschl Law CorpThomas Brown, Partner, Paul Hastings LLPRyan Gilbert, Partner, Propel Venture Partners... Read More

Feet on the Ground: Connecting Israel’s FinTech

I’ve long appreciated Israel’s contributions to fintech from afar, but during my first trip to the “Startup Nation” I was amazed by the maturity of its startup ecosystem. I was part of “FinTech and Falafel,” a delegation of investors sponsored by The Israel Economic Mission to foster collaboration between USA/Canada and Israel. Some of my observations: Israel takes government R&D
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Aligning Incentives on T&E — TravelBank Saves SMBs Money

Small to medium-size businesses have traditionally lacked the tools and data to effectively manage travel and expenses. To help change that we are excited to announce Propel Venture Partners’ investment in TravelBank, an expense and travel platform that aligns incentives between employers and employees. Propel joins DCM and Danhua as new investors in the Series B round, alongside existing investors
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