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Introduction to the New York fintech community

I recently met with a friend who’s a senior executive at a large investment management organization.  She said, “fintech is really interesting, but I don’t have a clue as to how to get started.”  So I shared with her my notes on who the players are in the ecosystem.  If there are additional players I should add, please ping me and I’ll add them.

Generalist NY VC Associations

NY Fintech Hubs
Center for Financial Services Innovation
FinTech Innovation Lab
FinTech New York Accelerator
J.P. Morgan In-Residence
MetaProp (real estate technology)
Rise New York (good mailing list) – includes the Barclays Accelerator, in partnership with Techstars, and a coworking space for fintech startups
Startupbootcamp Fintech New York (not fintech specific)
Work-Bench (enterprise startups, sometimes fintech applicable)

Selected NY VCs Focused Primarily on Fintech
(Most significant VCs in New York are active investors in fintech.  I’ve listed here only the firms I’m aware of that have an explicit focus primarily or exclusively on fintech.)
1/0 Capital
Anthemis Group
Aquiline Capital Partners
Conversion Capital
Core Innovation Capital – New York and LA
Digital Currency Group
ff Venture Capital (a generalist firm, but active in fintech)
FinTech Collective
Fintech Ventures Fund
FTV Capital
HOF Capital (a generalist firm, but active in fintech)
Green Visor Capital
IA Capital Group
Long Ridge Equity Partners
Motive Partners
Napier Park Financial Partners
NYCA Partners
Pivot Investment Partners
QED Investors
Two Sigma Ventures
Value Stream Labs
Tribeca Angels
Versatile VC

Other East Coast VCs:
Fenway Summer Ventures (DC)
Route Sixty-Six Ventures (DC)
Vestigo (Boston)
TTV Capital (Atlanta)

A Few Selected NY Corporate Fintech VCs
(Note that most of the major banks, insurance companies, and other financial services companies have a fintech investment effort, and many of them have a NY presence.  So this list is inherently quite incomplete.  See CB Insights’ list of Major Bank Investments in VC-backed Fintech Companies.)

Amex Ventures
AXA Strategic Ventures
Citi Ventures
Capital One Growth Ventures
Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments
Morgan Stanley
J.P. Morgan Strategic Investments
Point72 Asset Management
Santander InnoVentures
Synchrony Ventures
Transamerica Ventures
Worldquant Ventures

Most Active Individual Fintech Angels on AngelList (across their database)
(Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NY and New York Angels have a lot of members with expertise in fintech.)

  1. Peter Kellner – 122 investments (NY)
  2. Garry Tan – 102 investments
  3. Gil Penchina – 93 investments
  4. Anthony Saleh – 81 investments
  5. Kal Vepuri – 80 investments (NY)
  6. Dharmesh Shah – 77 investments (Boston)
  7. Felix Shpilman – 75 investments
  8. Bobby Yazdani – 72 investments
  9. Lance White – 73 investments
  10. Brett Jackson – 64 investments


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AIR Summit
Benzinga Fintech Awards
CB Insights Future of Fintech
Consensus (crypto and blockchain conference)
DealFlow Events
American Banker
Empire Startups Conferences
InsureTech Connect
Money 20/20
Nexchange Fintech O2O
O’Reilly Conferences
StartupBootCamp Fintech
Fintech Happy Hour

Alternative Data

Data Driven (not strictly fintech)
Datascrum (UK focus)

Around the Coin
FinTech Collective News
FinTech Weekly
FinTech Business
TechCrunch fintech section
VentureBeat fintech section
CB Insights Newsletter
Podcast: Rise Radio
Bruno Werneck Feedly collection

Calendars of Events
GarysGuide (NY specific)
FinTech Profile
Fintech Weekly
Empire Startups

NY Fintech Background
The Rise of Fintech: The NY Opportunity
Fintech New York: Partnerships, Platforms and Open Innovation
Fintech Startups of NYC
Fintech City Tour Goes to New York
What are the notable fintech startups in NYC?
Who to Know: Fintech in NYC
26 fintech startups in NYC that are shaking up finance
30 People in the New York Fintech Scene You Need to Know About
31 Hottest FinTech Startups Defining the New York FinTech Industry

Fintech VC
84 FinTech VC Firms to Consider If You Are a FinTech Startup Raising Money
Fintech Investors in New York
Who are the best VC investors in financial services startups?
Who are the recent new VC firms in fintech?
Who are the best seed, angel, and VC stage investors who have a background in financial services?
Invest Trends in Fintech

Industry Overviews
The rise of the new Shadow Bank
The socialization of Finance
How Fintech is Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point
The Future of Fintech and Banking
The Future of Financial Services
What are the best events regarding financial technology?
FinTech Industry Report 2016

Fintech 2.0: Creating new opportunities through strategic alliance
The Fintech 2.0 Paper: rebooting financial services
Fintech landscape
Fintech Survey Report 2016
The FinTech Opportunity
The Future of FinTech: A Paradigm Shift in Small Business Finance
FT Partners Fintech Research
14 Industry Trends the Top FinTech Execs are Watching (Institutional Investor)
Fintech Twitter lists

Thanks to many for feedback, especially to Bruno WerneckJon Zanoff and Kate Christensen.  All mistakes are mine.

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