SlideShare a Scribd company logo

Big Ideas in Financial Technology

By: Charles Moldow, Foundation Capital General Partner

1 of 8
Download to read offline
WheretoLook&WhattoLookFor
BY CHARLES MOLDOW
General Partner, Foundation Capital
Big Ideas
THE NEXT
FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY
in
When it comes to financial services today,
two images tell you everything you need to know.
COST EFFICIENCY OF TOP 500 BANKS GLOBALLY, CAGR 2009-2012
-10
-5
0
5
10
15
20
TOTALASSETS
OPEX
20151050-5-10
OF BANKS
IMPROVED
OF BANKS
GOT WORSE
BANKS WERE
UNCHANGED
30%
16%
54%
BANKS ARE
INEFFICIENT
McKinsey’s latest review of global banking
illustrated that just 30 percent of top global
banks improved cost efficiency over four
years. The remaining 70 percent stayed the
same or became less efficient — all despite
leaps forward in mobile technology, cloud
computing, and web platforms.
BANKS ARE
UNLOVED
A Viacom survey showed that many millennials
are ready to give up on banks. More than 70
percent actually prefer a trip to the dentist and
nearly half expect (and hope) that tech startups
will reinvent banking.
Inefficient and unloved are not generally a
recipe for success. Yet in a world where other
financial service options simply don’t exist,
neither are they a recipe for failure.
That is no longer the world we live in today.
A new cohort of companies is poised to
revolutionize the financial services space
across all types of transactions—payments,
wealth management, personal investing, loans,
and insurance.
believe they
won’t need
a bank at all
33% NEARLY
HALF
are counting on
tech start-ups to
overhaul the way
banks work
73%would be more excited about a new offering
in financial services from Google, Amazon,
Apple, Paypal or Square than from their own
nationwide bank
THEY BELIEVE
INNOVATION
WILL COME
FROM OUTSIDE
THE INDUSTRY
would rather go to the
dentist than listen to
what banks are saying
71%
THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR	 2
Incumbents in the financial services industry have little incentive to innovate when their profit margins
continue to grow. And they’ve grown handsomely.
Between 1994 and 2013, the aggregate value of the S&P 500 expanded from 5.2 trillion to $17 trillion—
a $12 trillion gain. Three industries drove much of that growth:
At the same time, the financial
sector has generated relatively
little employment growth,
which means that the market
cap value per employee has
skyrocketed.
Contemporary Bank Profitability is Looking
More and More Temporary
HEALTH CARE
12%
That makes sense, given
rising costs and steadily
increasing demand.
TECHNOLOGY
17%
That makes senses,
given that large caps like
Facebook, Twitter, and
LinkedIn didn’t exist even
10 years ago.
FINANCIAL SERVICES
20%
That’s the largest single
industry contribution—more
than health care and more
than tech—and that makes
no sense.
THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR	 3
All told, this is an impressive feat. But does it represent sustainable growth? Or has it merely increased
the size of the target at which new players are taking aim?
The Music has Stopped:
Find a Chair, or Find Some New Music
The source of this growth does not seem obvious. As mentioned, we cannot point to cost efficiency.
And persistent challenges—like the 2008 correction, historic consumer dissatisfaction, and a dense
regulatory environment—make it difficult to credit economic factors.
There are many potential explanations for this growth. From my research, the clearest and most
convincing is net interest spread—the difference between the yield banks receive from money
they loan and the rate they pay on money they borrow.
Today, the spread is larger than it’s ever
been in its history. Banks are borrowing
treasury bonds at historically low interest
rates—as low as 0.5 percent. They turn
around and lend at as much as 10 to
25 percent interest, depending on the
borrower’s risk profile.
Since the Fed won’t lower rates further,
this spread will likely narrow, and the party
that banks have had for decades will be
over. But that incredibly wide spread has
opened up an equally wide opportunity for
new entrants.
THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR	 4
Defining the Opportunity for Emerging
FinTech Players
I recently published a paper on the $1 trillion marketplace lending opportunity that exists for companies
leveraging new technologies to provide borrowers with better credit options. Significant as it is, that $1
trillion loan volume potential would generate about $50 billion in revenues, just a sliver of a consumer
finance industry that generates more than $2 trillion in annual revenue.
To me, this $2 trillion potential market for financial technology startups makes financial services one of
today’s most exciting areas for innovation and investment. When incumbents seem not only too big to
fail but also too slow to react, innovative technology companies are looking at significant opportunities.
THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR	 5
SIMPLIFICATION
If customers don’t find it easy to use, it won’t have any customers: Smart
companies have made processes so complex they turned off customers into
conveniences that are exciting to use. Sunrun, a home solar provider, has distilled
the complexity of residential solar panel installation and financing into a few simple
clicks. Input your address, get a savings estimate in seconds based on your roof’s
angle and direction, and see how quickly you can get a return on your investment.
TRANSPARENCY
What customers don’t know will hurt your business: Companies have every
incentive to reveal how the product works. LendingClub fully discloses the
borrower’s costs, offers to answer any question about the platform via email, and
allows anyone to download the complete loan book directly from the website—
which is the source of this data, which updates in real time, and shows the return
every LendingClub investor in history has received.
ANALYTICS
If customers can measure it, they’ll want more of it: Consumers are often
reluctant to trade stocks because they imagine the intimidating prospect of going
up against hedge fund managers.They believe they don’t have the tools they might
need. That’s where Motif Investing has created very simple analytics tools—rich
historical data and a range of customization options that allow investors to easily
add or remove stocks or, with a slider, change their weightings within the portfolio.
By giving customers more power, Motif has increased trust and, in turn, increased
investor desire to make a transaction.
REDUCE FRICTION
Every wheel gets the grease: Today, cash and checks are becoming relics when
I can have my groceries delivered, get my clothes dry cleaned, and catch a ride
across town—all without ever physically opening my wallet. And Bitcoin is bringing
remittance costs down toward zero. It’s a powerful way to increase consumers’
desire to transact.
Four Maxims for the Future of FinTech
In this new era, the companies best positioned to disrupt or even displace the incumbents will develop against four
key consumer trends. These are the four characteristics I look for whenever I’m introduced to a new company.
THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR	 6
Ad

Recommended

Consumer FinTech deck from Charles Moldow at FinTEx
Consumer FinTech deck from Charles Moldow at FinTEx Consumer FinTech deck from Charles Moldow at FinTEx
Consumer FinTech deck from Charles Moldow at FinTEx foundationcap
 
A Trillion Dollar Market By the People, For the People
A Trillion Dollar Market By the People, For the PeopleA Trillion Dollar Market By the People, For the People
A Trillion Dollar Market By the People, For the Peoplefoundationcap
 
P2P Lending Presenation
P2P Lending PresenationP2P Lending Presenation
P2P Lending Presenationfoundationcap
 
P2P lending market growth
P2P lending market growthP2P lending market growth
P2P lending market growthiScripts
 
Social Media strategy - the rise of social apponomics
Social Media strategy - the rise of social apponomicsSocial Media strategy - the rise of social apponomics
Social Media strategy - the rise of social apponomicsTamara Obradov
 
10 trends that are shaping the world of mobile gaming
10 trends that are shaping the world of mobile gaming10 trends that are shaping the world of mobile gaming
10 trends that are shaping the world of mobile gamingPocket Gamer Biz
 
ns_investment_guide_supplement_july_2016 (1)
ns_investment_guide_supplement_july_2016 (1)ns_investment_guide_supplement_july_2016 (1)
ns_investment_guide_supplement_july_2016 (1)Julie Lake
 

More Related Content

What's hot

Digital Disruption in Asset and Wealth Management
Digital Disruption in Asset and Wealth ManagementDigital Disruption in Asset and Wealth Management
Digital Disruption in Asset and Wealth ManagementCapgemini
 
Southeast Asia Technology Investment Landscape
Southeast Asia Technology Investment LandscapeSoutheast Asia Technology Investment Landscape
Southeast Asia Technology Investment LandscapeWarren Leow
 
Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)
Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)
Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)George Samuel Samman
 
Final vcj conference oct 2011
Final vcj conference  oct 2011 Final vcj conference  oct 2011
Final vcj conference oct 2011 Igor Varnavsky
 
MoneyDesktop Business Case
MoneyDesktop Business CaseMoneyDesktop Business Case
MoneyDesktop Business CaseMX
 
A Pulse on the Ecosystem: Where & Why I'd Invest
A Pulse on the Ecosystem:  Where & Why I'd InvestA Pulse on the Ecosystem:  Where & Why I'd Invest
A Pulse on the Ecosystem: Where & Why I'd InvestAngela Tran Kingyens
 
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research Whitepaper
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research WhitepaperLinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research Whitepaper
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research WhitepaperLinkedIn
 
The next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from Kantox
The next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from KantoxThe next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from Kantox
The next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from KantoxTheFamily
 
Peer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower Experience
Peer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower ExperiencePeer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower Experience
Peer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower ExperienceCorporate Insight
 
Australian Retail Banker - February 2016
Australian Retail Banker - February 2016Australian Retail Banker - February 2016
Australian Retail Banker - February 2016Yas Jones
 
The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...
The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...
The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...George Samuel Samman
 
2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch
2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch 2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch
2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch Peerasak C.
 
Current FinTech Trends in Retail Lending
Current FinTech Trends in Retail LendingCurrent FinTech Trends in Retail Lending
Current FinTech Trends in Retail LendingBankersLab
 
Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)
Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)
Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)Thomvest Ventures
 

What's hot (19)

Digital Disruption in Asset and Wealth Management
Digital Disruption in Asset and Wealth ManagementDigital Disruption in Asset and Wealth Management
Digital Disruption in Asset and Wealth Management
 
Southeast Asia Technology Investment Landscape
Southeast Asia Technology Investment LandscapeSoutheast Asia Technology Investment Landscape
Southeast Asia Technology Investment Landscape
 
Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)
Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)
Bankings Biggest Problem: The Millennial Generation (Updated)
 
Final vcj conference oct 2011
Final vcj conference  oct 2011 Final vcj conference  oct 2011
Final vcj conference oct 2011
 
Protecting profits when currencies fluctuate
Protecting profits when currencies fluctuateProtecting profits when currencies fluctuate
Protecting profits when currencies fluctuate
 
MoneyDesktop Business Case
MoneyDesktop Business CaseMoneyDesktop Business Case
MoneyDesktop Business Case
 
Money of the future 2012\2013
Money of the future 2012\2013Money of the future 2012\2013
Money of the future 2012\2013
 
A Pulse on the Ecosystem: Where & Why I'd Invest
A Pulse on the Ecosystem:  Where & Why I'd InvestA Pulse on the Ecosystem:  Where & Why I'd Invest
A Pulse on the Ecosystem: Where & Why I'd Invest
 
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research Whitepaper
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research WhitepaperLinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research Whitepaper
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Affluent Millennials Research Whitepaper
 
The next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from Kantox
The next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from KantoxThe next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from Kantox
The next 10 years in FinTech by Philippe Gelis from Kantox
 
Banking on the Millennial Experience
Banking on the Millennial ExperienceBanking on the Millennial Experience
Banking on the Millennial Experience
 
FT Partners Research: PayPal Spin-off Overview
FT Partners Research: PayPal Spin-off OverviewFT Partners Research: PayPal Spin-off Overview
FT Partners Research: PayPal Spin-off Overview
 
Global Retail Banking Report 2017
Global Retail Banking Report 2017Global Retail Banking Report 2017
Global Retail Banking Report 2017
 
Peer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower Experience
Peer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower ExperiencePeer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower Experience
Peer-to-Peer Lending: Examining the Industry and the Borrower Experience
 
Australian Retail Banker - February 2016
Australian Retail Banker - February 2016Australian Retail Banker - February 2016
Australian Retail Banker - February 2016
 
The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...
The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...
The Millennial Generation: Banking's Big Problem- Opportunities in Digital Fi...
 
2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch
2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch 2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch
2O19 Fintech Trends To Watch
 
Current FinTech Trends in Retail Lending
Current FinTech Trends in Retail LendingCurrent FinTech Trends in Retail Lending
Current FinTech Trends in Retail Lending
 
Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)
Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)
Late Stage AdTech Market Update (Thomvest Ventures)
 

Similar to Big Ideas in Financial Technology

The development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladesh
The development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladeshThe development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladesh
The development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladeshRafi Afnan
 
Innovations in the Credit Marketplaces
Innovations in the Credit MarketplacesInnovations in the Credit Marketplaces
Innovations in the Credit MarketplacesPaddy Ramanathan
 
Fintech - New World of Financial Services
Fintech - New World of Financial ServicesFintech - New World of Financial Services
Fintech - New World of Financial ServicesJaiveer Singh
 
Five Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial Services
Five Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial ServicesFive Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial Services
Five Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial Services360 Payments
 
Disruptions Driving FinTech Investing
Disruptions Driving FinTech InvestingDisruptions Driving FinTech Investing
Disruptions Driving FinTech InvestingEdwin Soares
 
5 tips need know about fintech for business owners
5 tips need know about fintech for business owners5 tips need know about fintech for business owners
5 tips need know about fintech for business ownersKARTHIKEYANAJ
 
Tips for Improving Cash Flow from Deloitt
Tips for Improving Cash Flow from DeloittTips for Improving Cash Flow from Deloitt
Tips for Improving Cash Flow from Deloittstephpatl
 
How to Profit from Factoring 2015
How to Profit from Factoring 2015How to Profit from Factoring 2015
How to Profit from Factoring 2015Michael Ponomarew
 
160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf
160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf
160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdfBhavikPrajapati46
 
The state of the financial services industry 2017.
The state of the financial services industry 2017.The state of the financial services industry 2017.
The state of the financial services industry 2017.Bruno Gremez
 
Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017
Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017
Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017Mercer Capital
 
Future of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final Paper
Future of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final PaperFuture of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final Paper
Future of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final PaperJohn Fearn
 
Disrupt or Be Disrupted
Disrupt or Be DisruptedDisrupt or Be Disrupted
Disrupt or Be DisruptedCognizant
 

Similar to Big Ideas in Financial Technology (20)

The development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladesh
The development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladeshThe development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladesh
The development of it in economic growth in usa & bangladesh
 
Innovations in the Credit Marketplaces
Innovations in the Credit MarketplacesInnovations in the Credit Marketplaces
Innovations in the Credit Marketplaces
 
fintechshapingthefuture
fintechshapingthefuturefintechshapingthefuture
fintechshapingthefuture
 
Fintech - New World of Financial Services
Fintech - New World of Financial ServicesFintech - New World of Financial Services
Fintech - New World of Financial Services
 
Five Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial Services
Five Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial ServicesFive Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial Services
Five Ways Fintech is Shaping the Future of Financial Services
 
BI on FinTech
BI on FinTechBI on FinTech
BI on FinTech
 
BI on FinTech
BI on FinTechBI on FinTech
BI on FinTech
 
Disruptions Driving FinTech Investing
Disruptions Driving FinTech InvestingDisruptions Driving FinTech Investing
Disruptions Driving FinTech Investing
 
Information Memorandum
Information MemorandumInformation Memorandum
Information Memorandum
 
EB_CEP_CFI_161104
EB_CEP_CFI_161104EB_CEP_CFI_161104
EB_CEP_CFI_161104
 
FinTechQ1 Trends_v2
FinTechQ1 Trends_v2FinTechQ1 Trends_v2
FinTechQ1 Trends_v2
 
5 tips need know about fintech for business owners
5 tips need know about fintech for business owners5 tips need know about fintech for business owners
5 tips need know about fintech for business owners
 
Tips for Improving Cash Flow from Deloitt
Tips for Improving Cash Flow from DeloittTips for Improving Cash Flow from Deloitt
Tips for Improving Cash Flow from Deloitt
 
How to Profit from Factoring 2015
How to Profit from Factoring 2015How to Profit from Factoring 2015
How to Profit from Factoring 2015
 
160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf
160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf
160919_insights_new_avatar_banks_watch_out_for_banks.pdf
 
The state of the financial services industry 2017.
The state of the financial services industry 2017.The state of the financial services industry 2017.
The state of the financial services industry 2017.
 
Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017
Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017
Mercer Capital's Value Focus: FinTech Industry | First Half 2017
 
F04-Kellogg-v2
F04-Kellogg-v2F04-Kellogg-v2
F04-Kellogg-v2
 
Future of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final Paper
Future of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final PaperFuture of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final Paper
Future of Financial Services - Banking on Innovation - Final Paper
 
Disrupt or Be Disrupted
Disrupt or Be DisruptedDisrupt or Be Disrupted
Disrupt or Be Disrupted
 

Recently uploaded

My Journey towards Artificial Intelligence
My Journey towards Artificial IntelligenceMy Journey towards Artificial Intelligence
My Journey towards Artificial IntelligenceVijayananda Mohire
 
"How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions...
"How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions..."How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions...
"How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions...Fwdays
 
AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...
AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...
AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...ISPMAIndia
 
Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...
Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...
Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...Product School
 
10 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 2024
10 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 202410 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 2024
10 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 2024Thijs Feryn
 
"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin
"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin
"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro KozhevinFwdays
 
Confoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data science
Confoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data scienceConfoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data science
Confoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data scienceSusan Ibach
 
Introduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVA
Introduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVAIntroduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVA
Introduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVARobert McDermott
 
Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...
Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...
Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...Product School
 
AI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvement
AI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvementAI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvement
AI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvementMimmo Squillace
 
Campotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company Profile
Campotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company ProfileCampotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company Profile
Campotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company ProfileCampotelPhilippines
 
IT Nation Evolve event 2024 - Quarter 1
IT Nation Evolve event 2024  - Quarter 1IT Nation Evolve event 2024  - Quarter 1
IT Nation Evolve event 2024 - Quarter 1Inbay UK
 
Battle of React State Managers in frontend applications
Battle of React State Managers in frontend applicationsBattle of React State Managers in frontend applications
Battle of React State Managers in frontend applicationsEvangelia Mitsopoulou
 
HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...
HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...
HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...htrindia
 
Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...
Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...
Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...DianaGray10
 
The Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptx
The Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptxThe Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptx
The Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptxNeo4j
 
Power of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdf
Power of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdfPower of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdf
Power of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdfkatalinjordans1
 
"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev
"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev
"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys VasylievFwdays
 
ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...
ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...
ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...Neo4j
 
My sample product research idea for you!
My sample product research idea for you!My sample product research idea for you!
My sample product research idea for you!KivenRaySarsaba
 

Recently uploaded (20)

My Journey towards Artificial Intelligence
My Journey towards Artificial IntelligenceMy Journey towards Artificial Intelligence
My Journey towards Artificial Intelligence
 
"How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions...
"How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions..."How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions...
"How we created an SRE team in Temabit as a part of FOZZY Group in conditions...
 
AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...
AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...
AI MODELS USAGE IN FINTECH PRODUCTS: PM APPROACH & BEST PRACTICES by Kasthuri...
 
Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...
Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...
Harnessing the Power of GenAI for Exceptional Product Outcomes by Booking.com...
 
10 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 2024
10 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 202410 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 2024
10 things that helped me advance my career - PHP UK Conference 2024
 
"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin
"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin
"DevOps Practisting Platform on EKS with Karpenter autoscaling", Dmytro Kozhevin
 
Confoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data science
Confoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data scienceConfoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data science
Confoo 2024 Gettings started with OpenAI and data science
 
Introduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVA
Introduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVAIntroduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVA
Introduction to Multimodal LLMs with LLaVA
 
Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...
Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...
Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset in Product Management: Strategies for Suc...
 
AI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvement
AI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvementAI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvement
AI Act & Standardization: UNINFO involvement
 
Campotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company Profile
Campotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company ProfileCampotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company Profile
Campotel: Telecommunications Infra and Network Builder - Company Profile
 
IT Nation Evolve event 2024 - Quarter 1
IT Nation Evolve event 2024  - Quarter 1IT Nation Evolve event 2024  - Quarter 1
IT Nation Evolve event 2024 - Quarter 1
 
Battle of React State Managers in frontend applications
Battle of React State Managers in frontend applicationsBattle of React State Managers in frontend applications
Battle of React State Managers in frontend applications
 
HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...
HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...
HBR SERIES METAL HOUSED RESISTORS POWER ELECTRICAL ABSORBS HIGH CURRENT DURIN...
 
Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...
Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...
Automation Ops Series: Session 1 - Introduction and setup DevOps for UiPath p...
 
The Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptx
The Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptxThe Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptx
The Art of the Possible with Graph by Dr Jim Webber Neo4j.pptx
 
Power of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdf
Power of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdfPower of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdf
Power of 2024 - WITforce Odyssey.pptx.pdf
 
"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev
"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev
"AIRe - AI Reliability Engineering", Denys Vasyliev
 
ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...
ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...
ASTRAZENECA. Knowledge Graphs Powering a Fast-moving Global Life Sciences Org...
 
My sample product research idea for you!
My sample product research idea for you!My sample product research idea for you!
My sample product research idea for you!
 

Big Ideas in Financial Technology

  • 1. WheretoLook&WhattoLookFor BY CHARLES MOLDOW General Partner, Foundation Capital Big Ideas THE NEXT FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY in
  • 2. When it comes to financial services today, two images tell you everything you need to know. COST EFFICIENCY OF TOP 500 BANKS GLOBALLY, CAGR 2009-2012 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 TOTALASSETS OPEX 20151050-5-10 OF BANKS IMPROVED OF BANKS GOT WORSE BANKS WERE UNCHANGED 30% 16% 54% BANKS ARE INEFFICIENT McKinsey’s latest review of global banking illustrated that just 30 percent of top global banks improved cost efficiency over four years. The remaining 70 percent stayed the same or became less efficient — all despite leaps forward in mobile technology, cloud computing, and web platforms. BANKS ARE UNLOVED A Viacom survey showed that many millennials are ready to give up on banks. More than 70 percent actually prefer a trip to the dentist and nearly half expect (and hope) that tech startups will reinvent banking. Inefficient and unloved are not generally a recipe for success. Yet in a world where other financial service options simply don’t exist, neither are they a recipe for failure. That is no longer the world we live in today. A new cohort of companies is poised to revolutionize the financial services space across all types of transactions—payments, wealth management, personal investing, loans, and insurance. believe they won’t need a bank at all 33% NEARLY HALF are counting on tech start-ups to overhaul the way banks work 73%would be more excited about a new offering in financial services from Google, Amazon, Apple, Paypal or Square than from their own nationwide bank THEY BELIEVE INNOVATION WILL COME FROM OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY would rather go to the dentist than listen to what banks are saying 71% THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 2
  • 3. Incumbents in the financial services industry have little incentive to innovate when their profit margins continue to grow. And they’ve grown handsomely. Between 1994 and 2013, the aggregate value of the S&P 500 expanded from 5.2 trillion to $17 trillion— a $12 trillion gain. Three industries drove much of that growth: At the same time, the financial sector has generated relatively little employment growth, which means that the market cap value per employee has skyrocketed. Contemporary Bank Profitability is Looking More and More Temporary HEALTH CARE 12% That makes sense, given rising costs and steadily increasing demand. TECHNOLOGY 17% That makes senses, given that large caps like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn didn’t exist even 10 years ago. FINANCIAL SERVICES 20% That’s the largest single industry contribution—more than health care and more than tech—and that makes no sense. THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 3
  • 4. All told, this is an impressive feat. But does it represent sustainable growth? Or has it merely increased the size of the target at which new players are taking aim? The Music has Stopped: Find a Chair, or Find Some New Music The source of this growth does not seem obvious. As mentioned, we cannot point to cost efficiency. And persistent challenges—like the 2008 correction, historic consumer dissatisfaction, and a dense regulatory environment—make it difficult to credit economic factors. There are many potential explanations for this growth. From my research, the clearest and most convincing is net interest spread—the difference between the yield banks receive from money they loan and the rate they pay on money they borrow. Today, the spread is larger than it’s ever been in its history. Banks are borrowing treasury bonds at historically low interest rates—as low as 0.5 percent. They turn around and lend at as much as 10 to 25 percent interest, depending on the borrower’s risk profile. Since the Fed won’t lower rates further, this spread will likely narrow, and the party that banks have had for decades will be over. But that incredibly wide spread has opened up an equally wide opportunity for new entrants. THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 4
  • 5. Defining the Opportunity for Emerging FinTech Players I recently published a paper on the $1 trillion marketplace lending opportunity that exists for companies leveraging new technologies to provide borrowers with better credit options. Significant as it is, that $1 trillion loan volume potential would generate about $50 billion in revenues, just a sliver of a consumer finance industry that generates more than $2 trillion in annual revenue. To me, this $2 trillion potential market for financial technology startups makes financial services one of today’s most exciting areas for innovation and investment. When incumbents seem not only too big to fail but also too slow to react, innovative technology companies are looking at significant opportunities. THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 5
  • 6. SIMPLIFICATION If customers don’t find it easy to use, it won’t have any customers: Smart companies have made processes so complex they turned off customers into conveniences that are exciting to use. Sunrun, a home solar provider, has distilled the complexity of residential solar panel installation and financing into a few simple clicks. Input your address, get a savings estimate in seconds based on your roof’s angle and direction, and see how quickly you can get a return on your investment. TRANSPARENCY What customers don’t know will hurt your business: Companies have every incentive to reveal how the product works. LendingClub fully discloses the borrower’s costs, offers to answer any question about the platform via email, and allows anyone to download the complete loan book directly from the website— which is the source of this data, which updates in real time, and shows the return every LendingClub investor in history has received. ANALYTICS If customers can measure it, they’ll want more of it: Consumers are often reluctant to trade stocks because they imagine the intimidating prospect of going up against hedge fund managers.They believe they don’t have the tools they might need. That’s where Motif Investing has created very simple analytics tools—rich historical data and a range of customization options that allow investors to easily add or remove stocks or, with a slider, change their weightings within the portfolio. By giving customers more power, Motif has increased trust and, in turn, increased investor desire to make a transaction. REDUCE FRICTION Every wheel gets the grease: Today, cash and checks are becoming relics when I can have my groceries delivered, get my clothes dry cleaned, and catch a ride across town—all without ever physically opening my wallet. And Bitcoin is bringing remittance costs down toward zero. It’s a powerful way to increase consumers’ desire to transact. Four Maxims for the Future of FinTech In this new era, the companies best positioned to disrupt or even displace the incumbents will develop against four key consumer trends. These are the four characteristics I look for whenever I’m introduced to a new company. THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 6
  • 7. IF ORIGINATION COSTS FOR LOANS APPROACH ZERO... borrowers could refinance loans at their convenience. Today, the average bank spends over six thousand dollars to originate a mortgage. We invested in LendingHome, which already originates loans at a fraction of that cost. As this cost drops even further, borrowers could take advantage of changing rates to optimize their debt. IF CREDITORS ACHIEVED REAL-TIME CREDIT EVALUATION IN UNDERWRITING AND FOR PURCHASES... interest rates would, likewise, adjust to reflect a borrower’s real time credit rating. Instead of “set it and forget it” actuarial calculations, underwriters could instead adjust the rate of outstanding loans based on the decreased or increased risk—whether the customer recently earned a raise or bought a new sports car. It would reward people for de-risking their lifestyle and encourage people to make riskier decisions only when they can afford it. IF WE REIMAGINED THE BARTER SYSTEM... your employer could cut out the middleman—like your checking account and multiple payment processors—and directly pay your recurring expenses. That essentially uses pre-tax dollars to cover things like mortgages, car leases, credit card bills, and more. IF MARKETPLACE PLATFORMS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL TO BECOME AN OWNER... we could have distributed ownership well beyond what AngelList has done for equity and LendingClub has done for loans. It could extend to any number of areas from payments to insurance. IF WE NO LONGER NEEDED AN AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE TO PROCESS TRANSACTIONS... all payments would approach free and micropayments—even of fractions of a cent—would increase in frequency, resulting in a fluidity of transactions that dwarfs anything out there today. Want to buy a stick of gum with a credit card? No problem. Want Disney to quit spending however many dollars to mail you that dividend check for $0.86? No problem. Want to trade stock and pay $0.00 commission? FinTech Ideas Crazy Enough to Win Big With so much opportunity for innovation in financial services, we’re going to see hundreds—if not thousands—of new companies ready to capitalize on this new growth potential. Here, I list a few exciting possibilities across a wide range of transaction types. THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 7
  • 8. Robinhood is already making it possible. IF BUYING INSURANCE WAS AS SIMPLE AS BUYING AN APP... microinsurance would mean you only need to pay to mitigate the risks you actually take. Insurance, a particularly dense regulatory environment, presents a challenge for innovative tech companies. But Metromile is showing us what’s possible. When you buy their per-mile insurance, Metromile sends you a diagnostic device that, once installed under the dash, tracks how many miles you drive— automatically—and figures out what to charge on a minute-to-minute basis. The Internet is Still Underhyped Across the board, innovative technology startups have already begun to seize opportunities stodgier institutions have been unable or unwilling to grapple with: reducing cost and complexity, increasing efficiency and effectiveness, and giving consumers the powerful features they are coming to expect. If you help run a startup that’s built on these maxims, let’s get in touch. It means you’re onto something big, and we want to help you make it bigger. MEET OUR GENERAL PARTNER CHARLES MOLDOW Charles is always on the lookout for startups working on the next generation of fintech, martech and consumer tech solutions and services.His current portfolio includes AdRoll, AuxMoney, BancBox, CloudOn, DogVacay, LendingClub, Lending Home, Motif Investing, OnDeck and Refresh. Charles has made fourteen successful investments since he joined Foundation Capital in 2005. They include PowerSet (acquired by Microsoft), Xoopit (Yahoo!), Adwhirl (Google), Weblistic (Spot Runner), and Therative (Phillips). Read his full bio on FoundationCapital.com › THE NEXT BIG IDEAS IN FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY: WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR 8