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Frank Rotman

VCs didn’t know what fintech was until giants emerged like Stripe, Credit Karma and NuBank.

Then every VC wanted fintech exposure. But these “fintech tourists” have exited the building.

What follows is advice 8 VCs who stayed the course are giving their fintech companies.🧵👇

July 13, 2023

Frank Rotman

Over 100 startups in our portfolio have refactored their operating plans in the past year.

Some have become profitable with as little as $5MM of revenue while others have found ways to do more with less.

Can you guess the four most common levers they pulled?🧵👇

June 29, 2023

Frank Rotman

Memecoin trading is back with marketcaps for select coins exploding by 5X, 10X and sometimes even 100X+.

Over the past few days I talked to traders who hold anywhere from $500 to $20MM+ of memecoins.

Their views are eye opening! 🧵👇

May 8, 2023

Frank Rotman

A disturbing change to society over the past few decades is the number of people addicted to “unearned dopamine”.

Having spent countless hours with high stakes poker players and professional day-traders, I’ve seen the fallout. It can be ugly!

A few thoughts:🧵👇

May 1, 2023

Frank Rotman

The biggest fallacy in the Startup world is to believe that the entry price for a great investment is irrelevant.

While great investments generate great returns, being indifferent to price is a function of sloppy thinking.

A useful mental model that great Investors use:🧵👇

April 21, 2023

Frank Rotman

There’s a major structural flaw in how the VC ecosystem works that we don’t talk about enough.

It’s a flaw that creates confusion and bad advice for Founders.

And it’s a flaw that makes no sense when you dissect it. 🧵👇

March 26, 2023

Frank Rotman

People constantly wonder why the US has so many Banks compared to other countries!

Are you wondering if the US system makes sense?

Do you want to know where it's heading?

Here's some history, charts, and thoughts: 🧵👇

March 22, 2023

Frank Rotman

SVB’s biggest mistake was creating a balance sheet that wasn’t resilient in a rising rate environment.

Correctly calculating the Beta of their deposits would have led them to construct a short duration investment portfolio.

A primer on Deposit Beta and Deposit Stability:🧵👇

March 18, 2023

Frank Rotman

Every business has a core function. Some businesses make athletic shoes while others make wide screen televisions.

What’s become clear over the past week is that many people don’t understand what Banks actually do.

A simplified explanation if you're interested:🧵👇

March 16, 2023