Whether facing a pause or a reset, RegTech could come out of the pandemic changed.

By Evan Thorpe

RegTech could be the biggest small category in FinTech.

Those examining the many market maps drawn-up for the vertical may notice that these visuals are quite segmented. This stands to reason since the companies in this space address extremely specific use cases and RegTech startups and scaleups generally tend to occupy very narrow vertically-defined domains. The advent of COVID-19, however, could act as a catalyst for financial and government institutional behavior which could in turn lead to a sub-category reorganization. …


Let’s talk about something that we don’t talk about enough: caring for aging family members is hard, complicated, expensive, and scary.

by Joel Brightfield

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It often comes on suddenly, spurred by a “trigger event” kicking off a cascade of high pressure, urgent, and potentially life altering decisions with immediate and downstream impacts on our finances and health. With individuals unprepared for this; we wanted to seek out founders that were preparing to build something big.

Whether the trigger event is a fall, an injury, a stroke, heart attack, the physical space in which the aging parent is living will quickly come into focus as a top priority in need of address.


Finding common ground and leveraging each side’s strengths

by Molly Hoffmeyer

SixThirty’s FinTech Forum, hosted virtually on March 18 — almost exactly a year since the first lockdowns in the US & Europe — brought together leading investors, financial institutions and startups from both sides of the Atlantic. We discussed how the last year has impacted both incumbents and startups, and how that has impacted their opportunities and appetite for collaboration across the Atlantic.

Panelists for FinTech Forum On Tour: US x EMEA, hosted by SixThirty on March 18, 2021.

Some key takeaways:

The global pandemic proved that proximity is not a limiting factor for collaboration. We can build relationships, make friends, and do business virtually, and still achieve a very positive outcome. While…


Odds Are, It Already Has

by Andrew Wegrzyn

As a category, Artificial Intelligence commands a feverish level of interest from venture capital — a trend that is projected to accelerate in the coming years. Through mid-April 2021, VCs invested nearly $12B in AI companies across 442 deals. The headline-grabbing Microsoft — Nuance deal only further solidified the staying power and potential of AI in healthcare.

Simply put, AI in healthcare is here to stay.

Macro-level trends in the healthcare industry are driving the need and urgency for cost-cutting and treatment-enhancing AI breakthroughs. For example, some researchers suggest there is a looming shortage of physicians on…


The Rising but Invisible Tide

By Samarth Shekhar

In payments, invisible is beautiful.

Exchanging, routing, and transferring money among transacting parties are among the oldest, critical — and often most complicated — functions performed in financial services. Today, many of the most visible examples of successful startups such as Stripe and Plaid are performing some of the most invisible functions and gaining fame while doing so. Against this backdrop, we ask: how are forces stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping this increasingly high-profile ecosystem?

This foundational FinTech subcategory runs across many sub-sectors within financial services from lending and wealth management to investment and capital markets…


Our health, wealth, and security decision making is converging — like many streams that lead to the same river.

by Andrew Wegrzyn

Cancer centers can be emotional and complex places for patients, family members and medical teams alike. If you were to sit in the front lobby you would see a flurry of activity related to treating disease and improving the health of patients. Seeing a physician for a consult, undergoing an MRI scan, administration of chemotherapy, speaking with a surgeon, or loved ones consoling one another — all of these patient centric activities exist to treat and cure disease. When it comes to treating disease, the US health system, with all of its complexities, is generally quite effective.


Finding the right balance of vitamins (C) & (D) — (C)ollaboration & (D)isruption

by Becca Leonard

A s innovation is scaling across the globe, the corresponding need for speed in corporate innovation decision making is not keeping up. Especially in the worlds of corporate insurance and financial services — building consensus and gaining trust to implement a disruptive idea can often become a long-term, slow-moving project.

But — there are critical elements that any founder or innovation leader can do to speed things along. First (and most importantly), have a great solution to a real problem. Beyond that, work to find the right leader with the right mindset, or — BE that leader…


What Questions Should we Ask about the Breakout Stars and the Reluctant Understudies?

By Joel Brightfield and Evan Thorpe

We all have seen the headline: Software Eats World. Looking back, the path and trajectory of Software-as-a-Service looks obvious. Against a COVID-19 backdrop, the tailwinds behind this trend pick-up and we ask: What specific currents come in to focus here? How are they shaping the nature of the uptick in enterprise software investing?

At SixThirty, we examined our thesis for investing in enterprise financial technology infrastructure, and our investment team pressed the forces that comprise the COVID-19 shifts up against the space. …


and what are we seeing on the dashboard?

by Chisom Uche and Evan Thorpe

Does a pandemic hasten or pause changes already underway in wealth management? Given the foundational basics in which the wealth management sector is grounded, one would think that COVID-19 would not alter the course of that industry’s trajectory in a major way. That grounding: the personal relationship between a client and their advisor still means something and the fact that clients have been willing to pay advisors to partner with them in securing their long-term financial well-being. A global pandemic does not necessarily turn such a model inside-out; or at least, not singlehandedly.

The…


by Molly Hoffmeyer

Unprecedented, a hard year, a black swan. When we tell the tale of 2020, let’s not forget to note the ways in which the world around us changed for the better too. At year-end, we spent time as a team reflecting on where we grew or had to stretch the most as a result of the global pandemic — born of challenges and pain, but we believe will bear fruit for the future.

Organically, what each team member reflected on were changes to the HOW.

Our WHY stood its ground. We invest in the most promising startups…

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