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SizeUp on List of 20 Hottest Bay Area Fintech Startups and Investors

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SizeUp is #4 on the list of The Hottest Bay Area Fintech Startups to Keep Your Eye On. The article lists the top Fintech Investors including 1. Marc Andreessen (Andreessen and Horowitz) 2. Ben Horowitz (Andreessen and Horowitz) 3. Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC), 4. Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), 5. Paul Graham (Y Combinator), 6. David Lee (SV Angel), 7. Jason Calacanis (Open Angel Forum), 8. Max Levchin (Affirm), 9.  Paul Buchheit (Y Combinator), 10. Benjamin Ling (Khosla Ventures), 11. Kevin Rose (Google Ventures), 12. Dave McClure (500 Startups), 13. Dave Morin (Slow Ventures), 14. Matt Mullenweg (WordPress/Automattic), 15. Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures),  16. Chris Sacca (Lowercase Capital), 17. Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), 18. Aileen Lee (Broadway Angels), 19. Ron Conway (Angel Investors),  and 20. Joshua Schachter (Tasty Labs).

The article describes the abundance of inventive organizations that can be found in San Francisco and that “In the midst of rumors about the looming fate and misery of the startup environment, there’s a lot of awesome new companies out there still ready to change the world.” The list of “the 20 sultriest new businesses in San Francisco” was assembled from discussions “with financial specialists, representatives, columnists, and active individuals from the city’s entrepreneurship scene to this rundown of new businesses to watch in 2016.”

The Hottest Bay Area Fintech Startups to Keep Your Eye On include 1. Sighted, 2. Plaid, 3. Gusto, 4. SizeUp, 5. Cashflower, 6. Trizic, Inc, 7. Even, 8. Comparably, 9. Truebill, 10. Funding Circle, 11. SoFi, 12. Trulioo, 13. Zenefits, 14. Due, 15. Acorns, 16. Zuora, 17. Wealthfront, 18. Navdy, 19. Final, and 20. Tipalti. According to the article, SizeUp “helps banks engage independent clients and make informed, lucrative choices through enormous data information. The company helps determine what percent of businesses you are outperforming in your industry, and see if your score places you in the top or bottom for revenue, size, salaries, and more. It also gives brilliant information about where your company’s clients are located, and where you should advertise.”

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Small Business Banking Innovation Trends

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Deborah Bianucci, President and CEO of BAI presented four worldwide innovation trends in her talk “Small Business Banking Innovation from Around the Globe” at the American Banker Small Business Banking Conference.  Model implementations of these trends were discussed and include:
1. Improving and Speeding Up Access to Financing (DenizBank.com, Nusenda.org)
2. Streamline Payments (ideaBank.pl)
3. Use Analytics with Advice (SizeUp.com)
4. Uniquely Serve a Niche (Wesbank.co.za and Uber.com, intesaSanpaolo.com, TEB.com.tr)

According to the American Banker Small Business Banking Conference, “…because innovation for the small business segment is so important to competitive differentiation, there is an increased emphasis on innovating for small business.  Some of the most progressive innovation is happening outside the U.S. by banks that are taking different approaches to serving small businesses.”

BAI empowers financial services leaders to make smart business decisions that drive positive change and move the industry forward. For more research from BAI, please visit BAI.org.

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Fintech Opportunities for Small and Mid Size Enterprises Panel at BAI Beacon

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The BAI Beacon conference for financial service executives presented a session on opportunities for small business Fintech including a panel of small business Fintech experts and pioneers including Kathryn Petralia, Co-Founder of Kabbage, Ruth Polachek, former Head of Citi Accelerator and FinCheck, Anatalio Ubalde, Founder of SizeUp, Zack Chestnut of RevolutionCredit, and moderator Matt Gamser, CEO of SME Finance Forum. The FintechStage session covered the significant opportunities that exist for serving small businesses and how Fintech companies have identified ways to serve this historically underserved market segment.

 

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SizeUp in New IIC Report on Finance Innovation in Latin America

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The Inter-American Investment Corporation includes SizeUp as a model for Fintech innovation to serve micro, small, and medium sized Latin American businesses in its latest report, “Harnessing the Fintech Revolution: How Digital Innovations are Revitalizing MSME Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean“. The report was developed in collaboration with Oliver Wyman, who conducted substantial research to guide and verify many of the report insights. SizeUp was interviewed for the report and is included as the example of enhanced market intelligence to small businesses. According to the report, “In addition to providing MSME data to lenders, fintechs are developing analytics platforms that can provide MSMEs with valuable market intelligence. These technologies process Big Data to glean business insights in real-time that would take enormous effort to develop independently. SizeUp, for instance, aggregates market and customer data from various sources to help businesses see how they compare to competitors in their industry and identify the best places to target publicity. Growing prevalence of solutions like these could improve MSME competitiveness and increase access to finance.”

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Beyond the Arc: Emerging Theme of Small Business in Fintech with SizeUp FI

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The CEOs of Beyond the Arc and William Mills Agency discussed the highlights of emerging financial technology in a video from Silicon Valley during the first day of the Finovate Summit.

“A couple of themes seem to be emerging. One that I don’t recall previously was the focus on small business,” said Stephen Ramirez, CEO of Beyond the Arc. “SizeUp in particular has a great offering in its ability to bring business intelligence to small business.”

You can watch the interview and conversation between William Mills and Stephen Ramirez here.

Their analysis of SizeUp is also included on the William Mills Agency website.

 

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