In conjunction with our Q3 Venture Financing Report, Justin Rattigan sat down with Merritt Hummer of Bain Capital Ventures to get her take on the state of venture capital investing.
On valuations and later-stage investments: “As a growth investor, I believe the valuation environment puts a bigger onus on us to make the right calls on investments. … We have to make sure we are picking winners who will grow into and beyond their valuations.”
On the Bain Capital Ventures platform: “Everyone on the Bain Capital Ventures team is laser-focused on one or two sectors. … Because we spend a lot of time in our areas, we like to think we can disproportionately support and contribute to the success of our portfolio companies.”
On embedded marketplaces: “We believe that the future of vertical SaaS will be defined by embedded financial services and embedded marketplaces. … We are seeing embedded marketplaces pop up everywhere – in software for construction, spas and salons, restaurants, financial institutions … the list goes on.”