We’re launching our sixth-annual Fintech 50 list, and we’re looking for companies making industry-changing innovation.
For five years, we’ve published our Fintech 50 list, highlighting the top private companies that are reinventing finance through technology. (Here’s last year’s list.) From buy now, pay later lenders to payments startups making money flow faster, these businesses are dramatically improving the cost, efficiency and access of financial services.
We’re updating the list for the sixth year, a months-long process that involves a team of ten reporters and editors. We divide the work into fintech subcategories, speak with industry investors, analysts, entrepreneurs and executives, evaluate hundreds of companies and ultimately choose 50.
We need your help with nominations. What companies deserve to make the list, and why? The more you can share about their growth, including revenue over the past two years, the more likely you’ll get our attention. Please read our methodology below and see the end of this article for the link to the nomination form.
We look for companies making industry-changing innovation. This usually means they’re growing more quickly than competitors, regularly releasing new products or making major strategic improvements—not simply offering services that have looked the same for years.
We don’t base the list solely on quantitative metrics or require a minimum amount of revenue or number of customers. We also don’t have a cap for business size, but the companies we select tend to be venture-backed startups, since they’re often best equipped to drive industry change.
Other important criteria we consider:
- Strong growth over the past year, and at a faster pace than competitors
- Have a publicly live, working product
- Have significant U.S. operations
- No public companies or their subsidiaries
- We define fintech companies as those that apply technology to the categories of cryptocurrencies and blockchain, insurance, investing, payments, personal finance (budgeting, digital banking, consumer credit and lending, etc.), real estate, business to business lending, trading and capital markets and other business-to-business financial software.
If you know of a company that deserves a chance, please fill out this form by February 17, 2021. Please don’t make multiple submissions for the same company—the number of nominations has no bearing on our selection. We look forward to reading your submissions.
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I lead our fintech coverage at Fintech Zoom, and I also write about blockchain technology and investing. In October 2020, three of my colleagues and I won the Excellence in
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I lead our fintech coverage at Fintech Zoom, and I also write about blockchain technology and investing. In October 2020, three of my colleagues and I won the Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting award from the RTDNA and NEFE for our stories on Robinhood. I’ve also written frequently about leadership, corporate diversity and entrepreneurs. Before Fintech Zoom, I worked for ten years in marketing consulting, in roles ranging from client consulting to talent management. I’m a graduate of Middlebury College and Columbia Journalism School. Have a tip, question or comment? Email me [email protected] Zoom.com or send tips here: https://www.Fintech Zoom.com/tips/. Follow me on Twitter @jeffkauflin. Disclosure: I own some bitcoin and ether.