Find out about the news and perspectives of the fintech sector, startup and the crypto industry for this 2023

Since 2022 was fairly a busy 12 months for the know-how sector, we determined to speak to Amintore Confalonieri, entrepreneur and startup advisorwho shared with us from Mexico his imaginative and prescient of what 2022 left for the fintech sector, startups, crypto trade and their present state of affairs within the face of the financial uncertainty that’s skilled globally

Juan Abad (JA): How does the startup house are likely to react to a recession?

Amintore Confalonieri (AC): To start with, it should be established that every disaster, recession and second is totally completely different regardless of having components in widespread. Alternatively, we should perceive what was occurring a number of years in the past to have the ability to clarify what is occurring now and what we’re going to proceed to see for a while within the startup and know-how ecosystem.

Earlier than the pandemic we have been in a time of ample capital and personal fairness companies poured big quantities of cash into tech startups, if you’ll, very flippantly. We noticed absurd valuations that a technique or one other started to type a bubble.

With the Pandemic, the digitization course of accelerated and numerous capital continued to be raised at excessive valuations. The philosophy of progress over profitability was adopted and startups started to require an rising variety of certified professionals, thus driving the rise in salaries by virtually 40%. To make a protracted story quick, startups doubled in payroll measurement and their share costs doubled as properly. It’s what I name the proper bubble.

As soon as the pandemic is over, the world economic system begins to expertise an inflationary course of that forces governments to extend rates of interest and that is the place the horror story begins. Rates of interest rise, funding capital withdraws and prefers to put the cash in safer and extra steady funding components than the know-how sector. The economic system and consumption are decreased, money circulation falls in startups and, as icing on the cake, share costs fall sharply as a result of rise in rates of interest.

The ultimate situation is as follows: unprofitable startups with very giant groups and little capital. This explains why the massive variety of layoffs in current months.

For my part, capital will proceed to be scarce, more and more selective in a context the place the earlier premise of “You traded profitability for progress” it’s utterly useless. In reality, final 12 months I wrote in a tweet that the CEOs who will now achieve success are those that know the way to optimize money circulation administration and might handle with a shortage mentality. Because the outdated saying goes: “…Money is extra essential than your mom…”

JA: And the way do you suppose the startups within the crypto ecosystem are struggling? Do you suppose it is completely different?

AC: The startups of the crypto ecosystem undergo precisely the identical, actually we are able to keep in mind that through the pandemic and the low rates of interest the costs of cryptocurrencies have been abruptly pushed up, however with the arrival of inflation and the rise in rates of interest many Crypto ecosystem startups went bankrupt and investor capital fell right into a panic-sell mode.

Layoffs within the trade have been savage and the trade’s total credibility has been compromised. To all this we should add probably the most infamous circumstances of fraud: Celsius, FTX, Terra-Luna, BlockFi.

JA: Do you suppose that cryptocurrencies or blockchain know-how ought to be taken into consideration virtually inevitably by startups within the fintech sector?

AC: Effectively, to start with, it is very important spotlight that the time period Fintech refers on to these monetary companies startups, that’s, monetary corporations with exponential progress potential which have been created primarily based on know-how.

Ranging from this level and in my private opinion, blockchain know-how can signify a aggressive benefit and a beautiful component of innovation for fintech corporations, because it permits them to remove a lot of intermediaries. In different phrases, blockchain know-how is able to bringing banks and monetary establishments to the next stage of competitors, minimizing dangers and working prices.

Now, speaking about fintech and cryptocurrencies is one thing very completely different. Particularly, I believe that fintechs primarily based on crypto property won’t be extra related since they signify the nemesis of stability.

The fintech sector in Latin America is likely one of the sectors that has raised the most important quantity of personal capital within the final two years and if you happen to take a fast have a look at the startups that acquired the most important quantities of funding within the fintech sector, none is expounded to cryptocurrencies.

JA: What do you consider the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Latin America?

AC: Latin America follows the worldwide pattern the place rising and third world nations are those with the very best adoption of cryptocurrencies.

The reason being easy, first world economies are rather more steady and using cryptocurrencies is totally undervalued. Nonetheless, in nations with rising economies, cryptocurrencies enable their inhabitants to leap conventional financial obstacles, principally because of instability within the worth of their native currencies.

JA: Do you suppose that in Latin America usually there’s pleasant regulation for the event of the fintech sector and the development of startups?

AC: The phrases regulation and pleasant don’t all the time go hand in hand.

In reality, you’ll be able to see that in Latin America a number of nations resembling Mexico, Colombia, and even Venezuela have made important progress in regulating Fintechs, however you not often hear an entrepreneur from these nations confer with such legal guidelines as pleasant and simple to undertake. Nonetheless, no matter whether or not they’re pleasant or not, I’m utterly sure {that a} regulated sector with well-established legal guidelines all the time has a greater probability of succeeding.

JA: Briefly, what did 2022 go away behind for startups, the fintech sector, and what are the prospects for 2023 and the longer term?

AC: Generally phrases, 2022 made it very clear that sacrificing profitability for progress is a harmful guess that may solely come to fruition, below explicit financial circumstances wherein non-public funding capital is ample and rates of interest are very low.

I consider that within the subsequent two years we’ll see a personal fairness funding atmosphere oriented in the direction of startups with extra subtle worth fashions and below rather more rigorous and reasonable analysis schemes. These shall be years wherein profitability will prevail over progress.

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