How to identify unicorn founders when they’re still early-stage

The easiest traits to recognize as an investor is the founder’s ability to ace the fundraising process, crucial to which is the ability to think strategically and influence, inspire and persuade.

Berlin’s Trade Republic nabs $900M led by Sequoia at a $5B valuation to take its neo-broker app across Europe

Consumers are moving into investing to complement — or in some cases, offset — less good returns from things like traditional savings accounts with low interest rates or pensions, and today one of the bigger “neo-brokers” in Europe helping to open up that opportunity is announcing a monster round of funding to fuel its growth. […]