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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Hans Morris

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 201610. Hans MorrisManaging PartnerNyca PartnersLast year: 10

The 30-plus companies in Nyca Partners’ portfolio range alphabetically from Abra, a money transfer app, to mobile bank Zero. Right around the middle is Lending Club, which caused some unexpected disruption this year for Nyca managing partner Hans Morris and sent shock waves through the fintech community. In May, Renaud Laplanche, chairman and CEO of the San Francisco–based peer-to-peer lending leader, resigned after some documentation and disclosure improprieties came to light. Morris, a Lending Club director since February 2013 — a year and a half before he founded Nyca — stepped into the role of executive chairman. With a few quick strokes, including the elevation of president Scott Sanborn to CEO, the ship was steadied; Morris now is just chairman. “I’ve learned a lot of lessons on how to manage risk that we can apply to our other portfolio companies,” he notes. “It’s not the type of experience we all want to have, but it’s been a learning experience all the same.” A graduate of Dartmouth College (BA in government, 1980) and a benefactor of the New Hampshire school’s Ethics Institute, Morris spent 27 years with Citigroup, holding such positions as COO of the investment bank and CFO of institutional businesses. More recently, he was president of Visa and a managing director of General Atlantic. Nyca’s headquarters is in New York, but the firm’s name symbolizes the bridge it figuratively spans between the Big Apple and California’s Silicon Valley. Eyeing insurance as an emerging fintech frontier, Nyca has invested in online providers Embroker and Ladder, and in Zendrive, which collects and analyzes sensor data from smart phones to improve risk management and lower insurance costs for auto fleets. The firm also has a position in online financial adviser SigFig. “I’m a big believer in disrupting what we call personal advice — brokers, intermediaries,” says Morris, 57. For people with $100,000 to $200,000 in assets, “an algorithm will give you a better investment and with less compliance risk,” he adds. “A machine will outperform a human: There is better technology, better user experience, and much lower costs.”


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund