M1 Finance closes $45M Series C mere months after it raised its $33M Series B

Just months after it announced a $33 million Series B, Chicago-based M1 Finance today disclosed a $45 Series C.

The new financing event was led by Left Lane Capital, the same investor that led M1’s Series B. Bear in mind that so-called inside rounds are now a bullish sign in 2020, as opposed to in prior VC eras when they were viewed more cooly. Other M1 investors include Jump Capital, Clocktower Technology Ventures and Chicago Ventures, though only the first two appear to have taken part in this round.

Per M1, the Series C comes just 120 days after it raised a Series B. A good question is why M1 has raised more capital, and why Left Lane Capital wanted to lead two rounds for the consumer-focused fintech provider. Going back to our prior coverage, we can figure it out.

In February, we reported that M1 Finance had reached the $1 billion assets under management mark, or AUM.

The startup combines three different traditional fintech services into one (roboadvising, neobanking and lending), allowing it to price the package aggressively. The model appears to be working. When M1 raised its Series B a few months later in June, it had reached the $1.45 billion AUM, or about 45% growth in just over a quarter. That’s very good.

Today, the company announced that it has surpassed the $2 billion AUM mark, up more than 38% in the last four months.

M1 posted slower AUM growth in percentage terms and greater growth in raw AUM over a similar time frame heading into its Series C. But regardless of that nuance, the company’s AUM grew quickly.

That fact helps explain its new round. If you were Left Lane Capital, had just led a round into the company, and then watched it keep growing rapidly,

Embedded finance expected to blur fintech lines by 2030

  • Fintechs expect embedded finance to be a dominant trend by 2030, with big techs leading the charge.
  • This would open partnership and customer acquisition opportunities for fintechs.
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The fintech industry expects financial services to increasingly be embedded into nonfinancial platforms over the next decade, so much so that fintech will no longer be a distinct sector, per a press release seen by Insider Intelligence.

Fintechs' view on big tech firms offering financial services

Fintechs expect embedded finance to be a dominant trend by 2030.

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“Embedded finance” is a term for nonfinancial firms directly offering financial products and services to their customers while retaining complete control over the customer experience. The findings are based on the study “Fintech 2030: The Industry View,” by payments provider Tribe Payments, which surveyed 125 fintech executives.

Respondents expect big tech firms in particular to accelerate this trend, with fintech integrations powered by advances in machine learning, IoT, and automation.

  • Big techs will increasingly embed fintech offerings on their platform. Thirty-four percent of fintechs expect that big tech firms will become aggregators of bank and fintech services, as seen with Google’s checking account, where Google handles the consumer-facing front end while accounts are held by FDIC-backed partner institutions. And 24% of respondents go as far as to say big tech firms will compete on an equal footing with banks and fintechs, similar to what we have seen with Alibaba-backed Ant Financial in Asia.
  • Algorithms and data collection tech will power the shift to embedded finance. Respondents predict that machine learning (71%), IoT (49%), and automation (40%) will be the most important technologies, as these support nonfinancial firms’ access to financial services. For example, booking platform Campings.com has integrated

HedgeTrade Introduces Steaks Finance – A Fair Launch DeFi Token with Lasting Power

SINGAPORE, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Active crypto prediction marketplace HedgeTrade launches decentralized exchange and DeFi token for liquidity providers and yield farming earning opportunities.

Steaks Finance by HedgeTrade (CNW Group/HedgeTrade)
Steaks Finance by HedgeTrade (CNW Group/HedgeTrade)

HedgeTrade is pleased to announce a closed-loop DeFi initiative to add new ways to earn tokens in conjunction with its leading crypto social trading platform. 

“Steaks Finance is the realization of everything about DeFi done right — no pre-mine, no investors, and no advisory tokens. Like other DeFi platforms, Steaks is designed to exist in perpetuity on its own, but by integrating with HedgeTrade, we create a closed-loop ecosystem and create a practical application for STEAK tokens,” David Waslen, CEO & Co-Founder of HedgeTrade and Steaks Finance said. “By layering in DeFi models, we will be creating a community-driven ecosystem where you can farm, stake, use, trade, govern, and earn STEAK and HEDG tokens.”

Steaks Finance addresses the need for proper long-term use cases for DeFi tokens — allowing users to do more than provide liquidity and earn a portion of the swap trading fees. With Steaks, users can yield farm STEAK tokens and will eventually yield HedgeTrade commissions as well as vote on how the protocol evolves. Combining these models will make this an unprecedented all-in-one ecosystem.

“With Steaks, HedgeTrade is answering the gaps left by other DeFi initiatives — allowing you to earn beyond farming and trading fees which is by integrating with an already viable platform that allows you to earn both STEAK and HEDG tokens in multiple ways,” Waslen said.

Steaks will distribute future fees from various HedgeTrade business lines into the Steaks platform. For example, commissions generated on HedgeTrade will be distributed to STEAK holders via the Steaks “SteakBar” pool. In that way, the STEAK yield farming will not end, even