Pre-seed fintech firm Financial Venture Studio closes on debut fund to build on legacy of top investments

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Fintech has come into its own the past few years. Once an area of investment widely derided and avoided by VCs due to its regulated nature and entrenched incumbents, fintech has now emerged as one of the most popular categories for investment, buttressed by multiple, multi-billion dollar exits in just the past year like Plaid, CreditKarma, and Galileo.
Yet, building fintech apps and systems still requires a lot of finesse. There are those pesky regulations that make a cold start difficult for a fintech startup, and for founders, getting their feet through the doors of legacy financial institutions can be a major barrier to entry.
Financial Venture Studio wants to bridge the gap between a founder with an idea and the actual reality of getting a fintech startup into the market.
It’s a new firm, but one that is building on an extended legacy as one of the most influential early investors in financial services.
Ryan Falvey and Tyler Griffin founded the firm in 2018. They first worked together at the Financial Solutions Lab (FSL), which was a startup-focused incubator developed by the non-profit Center for Financial Services Innovation and funded by JPMorgan Chase. Falvey founded the lab to extend …

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