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Fintech Roundup: Goldman Sachs buys another startup, Fast hits a speed bump and BaaS gets hotter


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Fintech M&A hasn’t been as robust as one might expect in recent months. So when Goldman Sachs announced this week it was buying NextCapital – a fintech company that provides automated advice to corporate retirement plan participants – my ears perked up.
NextCapital was a fintech company before fintech became cool. Founded in 2013 (or 2014 depending on the source), the Chicago-based company has raised over $82 million in funding over its lifetime from investors such as FinTech Collective and Oak HC/FT, according to Crunchbase.
In a statement, Luke Sarsfield, co-head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said: “Employers are looking to provide their employees tailored solutions and customizable a …

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