On stage at the CB Insights Future of Fintech Conference, Sequoia Capital’s Pat Grady was asked which founders and companies would be most vital to the future of fintech. Sequoia Capital, for those unfamiliar, is the most respected VC in the industry based on a survey of their VC peers. He invited the audience to take a high-level look at not just the fintech space, but investing as a whole, and think about what makes a player important not just today, but tomorrow. He said “CB Insights is positioned to be a leader in helping companies find investments.”
“Think about the fundamental value chain of venture capital,” he continued. “Find investments, assess investments, build market leaders.”
Increased access to information over the past few years, Grady explained, has made finding and assessing investments increasingly commoditized. In his view of the future (“playing the clock ahead 10 or 20 years”), that work would be done more and more by machines (like CB Insights’ own, the Cruncher) instead of humans.