First Principles of Investing in FinTech
There’s $7 trillion of market cap for U.S. based financial institutions. In most major industries, the “challenger” technology company is now the most dominant — Facebook, at $540bn, is the most valuable media company, and Amazon is 3x the size of Walmart, at close to $1tn in market value.
This has not yet happened in finance. Despite strong technology players like Stripe, Square, PayPal, and Robinhood, traditional banks are still dominant.
With a regulatory environment that favors smaller companies, digital infrastructure that enables data portability, personalized data and machine learning, and increased trust and user preference for mobile-first products, digital-native financial institutions will have a foot-hold to get started and eventually consolidate financial services.
To invest in this space, we started with a simple question from first principles: what is finance? Our answer:
Infrastructure to exchange resources with unknown people and businesses.
Each word of this sentence represents hundreds of billions of dollars of legacy infrastructure that are being replaced by software. At Greylock, we partner with entrepreneurs who are building category-defining fintech companies such as Coinbase, Blend, PayJoy, Opportun, and Ribbon.