As the tech ecosystem becomes increasingly global and innovative breakthroughs are popping up in cities everywhere, it has become crucial to get an international perspective when predicting potential shifts in the industry. Here are some interesting insights from five of the top tech investors from across the globe. They are enthusiastic about solutions that address major shifts in how payments are made, how productivity is increased and how people will be managing their health needs.
- 1. Remote Working Trends
Sarah Smith – Investing Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, United States
According to Sarah Smith, remote teams are changing how businesses and individuals interact and drastically altering the tools are required for productivity. Smith is unsure whether there will be one super app that will bring everything a remote team needs together, or if there will be more apps than ever before. She believes that tools that create the trust, companionship and empathy found in interpersonal interaction will be developed for the remote working world.
- 2. Machine Learning and Automation
Leila Zegna – Founder of Kindred Capital, United Kingdom
Zegna is excited about the massive opportunity that exists at the junction between biological and computational systems. She believes that companies like Kheiron, HealX and LabGenius are pioneering the healthcare industry by integrating machine learning and automation to help eradicate trial-and-error experiments. This is hoped to radically transform the industry and so make the world a healthier place.
- 3. Infrastructure Platforms That Help Build Other Companies
Jennifer Neundorfer – Founder of Jane VC, United States
Eager to see how fintech platforms are evolving, Neundorfer is interested in how the underlying fintech tech layer of strategic extensions can be turned into a product. She believes that financial products that deal with payments and lending are evolving and will ultimately help fintech startups enter and scale the space, an area traditionally known as being challenging to enter. According to Neundorfer companies like Brex, Deserve and Synapse are great examples to follow.
- 4. B2B Fintech
Louise Samet – Partner at Blossom Capital, Sweden
Focused on B2B fintech, Samet believes that attention should be shifted from consumer fintech products to financial products like banking, payments and insurance catered to B2B. There has been an upsurge in companies like Tink and Cleo who are geared for B2B fintech and there have also been large waves of experienced operators bolstering the startup ecosystem by becoming investors and founders and so fuelling then next wave of unicorns.
- 5. Shifting Perspectives to Make Mental Health on Par With Physical Health
Susan Lyne – Managing Partner at BBG Ventures, United States
According to Lyne, mental health is a major tech trend and there is an exciting array of innovative new healthcare models on the horizon. A company called Spring Health is a prime example. It takes control of the mental healthcare needs of employees and provides personalised treatment options along with fast referrals. Lyne believes that this trend could make mental healthcare as accessible as physical healthcare and drive investment opportunity as well as having a massive positive social impact.