Portfolio company Quovo is being acquired by Plaid! We are proud to have seeded Quovo in April 2014, led the Series-A in July 2015 and participated in each round of financing since. Together, Plaid and Quovo are building the infrastructure for the future of digital financial services.
When you link your checking account to Venmo or use it to buy Bitcoins, a startup called Plaid Inc. is likely facilitating the connection with your bank. You punch in your user name and password; Plaid checks those credentials with the financial institution and if they’re accurate, passes banking information back to the app. That’s it. This kind of software has been around for decades. But in the last year, Plaid has captured investors’ attention. The San Francisco-based startup was the subject of a bidding war among venture capitalists and at least one tech company, ultimately resulting in a $250 million investment last month. That money will partly go toward the acquisition of one of its biggest competitors.