Fintech mega rounds, Gogoro scooters, Waymo, Shift, Microsoft, and employee engagement

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Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so common

Every day there seems to be another multi-hundred million dollar venture round for a fintech startup. Why? I’ve been chatting with a bunch of leading fintech VCs and CEOs, and my analysis is a first sketch of why fintech is the hot darling of the growth equity markets these days. In short: fintech is finally embedding itself where customers already are.