Nick Beim

Thoughts on the Economics of Innovation

Vanilla Raises $30M

Vanilla, an estate planning fintech, raised $30 million in funding from a group of investors led by Insight Partners. Existing investors Venrock, basketball legend Michael Jordan, former Vanguard chairman and CEO Bill McNabb, and Vanguard itself joined the round. Why it matters: Vanilla sits among a nascent class of startups seeking to use technology to simplify the complex world of death planning, especially the financial part.