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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Hans Morris, Nyca Partners

No. 10

Hans Morris
Managing Partner
Nyca Partners

There is a message embedded in Nyca Partners’ name. Hans Morris, who founded the firm in July 2014, fused the abbreviations of New York and California to represent “bringing together the expertise of both Silicon Valley and Wall Street.” Morris has worked in both places, knows how their venture capital cultures differ and believes Nyca can help them work better together. “If you’re an entrepreneur and go to a top VC firm and start talking about [futures commission merchants] or straight-through processing or some rule from the CFTC, they won’t know what you’re talking about,” says Morris, 56. “To be able to do that off the top of your head is very advantageous.” Nyca’s aim is not to supplant the Silicon Valley establishment but rather to partner with those firms, he adds. Morris served as COO of Citigroup’s investment bank during a 27-year career with that company; as president of Foster City, California–based Visa at the time of its $18 billion IPO, in 2008; and as a managing director of New York’s General Atlantic (see Jonathan Korngold, No. 5). Nyca got off to a fast start and has made more than 20 investments so far, among them money-transmission app company Abra and cybersecurity innovator Centripetal Networks. Managing partner Morris looks mainly for A- or B-stage start-ups in payments, credit and what he calls digital advice (robo-adviser SigFig Wealth Management is in the portfolio). He also sees opportunity in the financial industry core infrastructure, but for now he is wary of blockchain, in which “I see lots of issues that merit caution,” including overvaluations. The iron law of new businesses — that most will fail — still applies, says Morris, adding: “What will be helpful to fintech start-ups is having expert advice. The details help explain the difference between good ideas and successful ideas.”

The 2015 Fintech Finance 35

1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
2. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
3. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
4. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
5. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
8. Thomas Jessop
Goldman Sachs Group
9. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
12. Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
17. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory Grimaldi
Credit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
20. Rodger Voorhies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael Schlein
Accion International
22. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
23. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
24. Mark Beeston
Illuminate Financial Management
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Fabian Vandenreydt
Innotribe SWIFT
27. Derek White
28. Alex Batlin
29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard Edelstein
REDI Holdings
31. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp FinTech
32. Roy Bahat
Bloomberg Beta
33. Andrew McCormack
Valar Ventures
34. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
35. Janos Barberis
FinTech Hong Kong

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