Boss Of Coveted Fintech Firm: I Don’t Worry About Valuations

The co-founder and CEO of fast-growing FinTech company MarketInvoice has suggested he doesn’t lose any sleep over the firm’s rising valuation.

London-headquartered MarketInvoice was founded in 2011 and has since funded £2.7 billion worth of invoices and raised £20 million in funding.

The company recently attracted global attention after announcing the UK’s first FinTech-bank collaboration by partnering with Barclays. As part of the deal, the bank acquired a minority in the business, which also has an operation in Manchester.

Anil Stocker, who set up the business alongside fellow co-founder Ilya Kondrashov, told BusinessCloud that hitting big valuations are not at the forefront of his mind.

“I don’t really think like that,” he said. “I don’t wake up and think: what’s my valuation today?

“I wake up thinking how can we help more businesses? How can we grow the team? How can we hire the best people? How can we get our metrics up?

“If you do that then the valuation will follow. You’ve got to work on the fundamentals of the business – not just look at what the newspapers are saying about your value,”

Since launching in 2011, MarketInvoice has been backed by European VC fund Northzone and private equity group MCI Capital, a backer of Swedish mobile payments company iZettle and Gett.

The company has raised just over £20 million in funding but its valuation remains private.

Speaking about the Barclays deal, which will involve giving the bank’s customers access to MarketInvoice’s offering, Stocker said he predicts there will be more collaboration between banks and FinTech firms.

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