Payments

Marqeta: Twillio of Modern Card Issuing

Reading Time: 10 minutes Card issuing industry has seen little innovation, if any. Legacy solutions are built on mainframes. They run isolated solutions with multiple code bases so anytime, anything needs to be done for a customer, it was done at issuers terms without any flexibility. Card issuing is incredibly complex, highly regulated, and resource intensive. With gig (and …

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Startup Pitch Deck

Reading Time: 6 minutes Fundraising is an important part of any startup’s journey. I come across hundreds of startup pitches each year. A bunch of them really stand out, many more not so, and I felt it would be helpful to have a framework for creating a good pitch deck. This is not to say that this is the …

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TReDS platforms: new B2B payment supply chain frontier

Reading Time: 4 minutes MSME constitute around 1/3rd of Indian GDP, around 40% of overall exports, 45% of manufacturing output, generating around 70M employment opportunities in India. They are important partners in the value chain of large enterprises and MNCs. In a 2014 Firstbiz-Greyhound knowledge survey (sample size 540), biggest headwind faced by MSME is dearth of easy finance and …

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UPI – a Decacorn by 2025?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Few weeks ago, Whitehat Jr. in a landmark event for the Indian startup ecosystem got acquired by Byju’s for an all cash valuation of $300M. The Indian startup system is coming of age & we expect a lot more success stories coming in especially from Technology and related segments.  Any enterprise needs to be supported …

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Shift4: another acquirer coming public?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Shift4 is an integrated payment processing and technology solution provider in USA. It will trade as a public stock tomorrow. In this post, I am sharing some basic stats on the business, what I like and what I think is worth watching in coming years. Key data points: Founded in 1999 by Jared Isaacman at age 16 (biggest …

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