Crypto and securities, back of the postcard version –


Hello and welcome back to Equitya podcast about the business of startups, where we uncover the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann got back together with Grace this week for our weekly roundup show, and hot dang was a lot to talk about. So much so that we actually had to delete one topic from our notes, any idea what that might have been?

Anyway, here’s the overview:

  • We had a big fintech theme this week, which started with the huge news that Jack Ma is relinquishing control of Ant Financial. Two specific tidbits stood out around the origin story of Ant and Ma’s propensity for ownership.
  • From there it was time to talk about Guava, Pogo and TomoCredit, our Deals of the week. The focus here was on how inclusive certain fintechs can be, so thanks to founders that remind us to constantly raise the bar.
  • Next one? A new solo fund that broke out from a16z. Why leave to do something scary when the risk is high? We’re talking about that, fintech innovation and Rex Salisbury’s LP foundation. (Plus, more about solo founders on coming soon).
  • Then we delved into Mary Ann’s massive investor survey and concluded with a look at the Coinbase SEC situation.

And we had a great time to boot! Chatting soon!

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