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Index Ventures and their fintech fantasies
If anyone knows what’s hot in European fintech, it’s Index Ventures.
Index is one of the most active VCs in European fintech, investing early and riding the wave. To date they’ve raised $9bn and have backed 11 fintech unicorns globally.
But Index’s European fintech investments are maturing, with several big exits already banked. That means it now needs to find its next crop of winners.
I sat down with Partners Jan Hammer and Mark Goldberg to hear about their fintech strategy and what’s next. (The full interview can be read here, by premium members)
For context, it was one of the most refreshing chats I’ve had in a while. Their answers were peppered with logic and relatively free of hype, which allowed for a good tête-à-tête.
We discussed Index’s shift towards B2B, the power of fintechs’ brand, the valuation threat facing Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), and “headless payments” (Don’t worry, we found out what that means).
Just for you, we’ve also included a little sneak peek below.
The Index fintech landscape
First, here’s a little reminder of what Index’s fintech portfolio looks like today.