Cloud Banking Fintech Company Thought Machine Doubles Valuation in Funding Round

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The News: Thought Machine, the UK-based cloud banking fintech provider of Vault, recently closed its Series D funding round with $160 million in investment, doubling its valuation to $2.7 billion. The new funding comes just months after the company reached unicorn status last November. Read more from the Financial Times here.

Cloud Banking Fintech Company Thought Machine Doubles Valuation in Funding Round

Analyst Take: UK-based cloud banking fintech firm Thought Machine, founded in 2014, doubled its valuation to $2.7 billion through a recent Series D funding round during which it received $160 million in new investment. The round was led by Singaporean investor Temasek, Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo, and Morgan Stanley, in addition to existing investors including JPMorgan Chase and Lloyds Banking Group. Thought Machine, which achieved unicorn status in a funding round just last November, plans to use the capital to expand its international presence, target business and corporate banking clients, and develop new products.

Provider of the Vault platform for cloud-based banking, Thought Machine counts more than 35 banks globally as current clients. The company offers the ability to scale up servers and processing power as needed by leveraging data centers in the cloud — moving them away from core reliance on on-premises mainframe computers and working to reduce infrastructure costs. Banks’ need to modernize technology for the digital banking age has created a surge in demand for cloud-native solutions like Vault that ease cloud transformation. That of course does not mean that all banks and financial institutions will shift (or should shift) from reliance on the mainframe, but in some instances, that shift will be key to fintech transformation efforts.

Thought Machine Proves There’s Still Room in Cloud Market

I think this is great news. Thought Machine’s rapid expansion and investment draw signals that there’s room in the cloud market for specialist fintech companies in addition to heavy hitters Amazon, Alphabet, and Microsoft. Cloud transformation remains a priority across many industries that require tailored solutions — for financial institutions, those needs include protections surrounding payments, fraud, and money laundering. As their recent funding rounds prove, Thought Machine’s approach has made it a compelling choice for clients and investors looking to support innovation and resiliency.

It’s encouraging to see significant investment directed at specialist cloud-based solution providers in fintech and beyond. The ability to speed effective cloud transformation remains highly prized and highly rewarded, and Thought Machine has clearly developed a solution that inspires the faith of investors and clients including some of the largest and most influential banks in the world. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the results of this investment, particularly as it provides the ability for Thought Machine to develop innovative new product offerings in the cloud space. Along with that, I’ll be looking for Thought Machine to turn its attention to marketing and brand awareness efforts. It’s a crowded marketplace, we need to be hearing and seeing more of them.

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Shelly Kramer is a 20+ year marketing veteran and CEO of V3 Broadsuite, a marketing consultancy, and the President of Broadsuite Media Group. She’s a business strategist focused on B2B digital transformation, and delivering integrated marketing solutions for clients. She’s an expert at omnichannel marketing, content strategy and execution, connecting social media to business initiatives, and helping clients leverage the web for growth and profitability.