Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Global investment money is flooding into Africa’s fintechs
Why is it that 60% of all venture money that flowed into Africa last quarter went to fintech firms? This article looks at the increase in investors from countries that have traditionally not been major players in Africa and why they are investing in promising fintech startups on the continent.

What VCs Look for in a Startup Investment
The New York Times reports Americans launched 4.4 million businesses in 2020. With the pandemic boosting entrepreneurship, this article draws from an experienced corporate executive, entrepreneur and VC investor to show what VCs are looking for when investing in a startup.

Bootstrapping or Venture Capital? What strategy do you need to grow your business
A 2021 study found the most important reason why startups fail is due to lack of capital. Since every startup needs capital to move from idea to action, how do you decide where to get capital? This article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of different types of financing.

From Worthless Paper to Giant Payday: Maximize Your Startup Equity Now
How should founders think about handing out equity in their startups? This article explains how to properly value equity and options in an early stage company.

Diversity Might Be The Most Important Ingredient For Your Startup’s Success
Innovation is an important factor in the success of startups. This article explores how and why innovation and diversity in startups can ultimately lead to success.