Venture capitalists react to Visa-Plaid deal meltdown

Congratulations, you’re no longer selling your company for billions of dollars!

As strange as it sounds, that’s the leading perspective from venture capitalists concerning Plaid, now that its much-touted sale to Visa has fallen apart.

The $ 5.3 billion deal would have seen banking API startup Plaid join consumer payments and credit giant Visa. But the American government took a dim view of the deal, and according to Axios reporting, Plaid felt like it could be worth more money in time.

The TechCrunch team has collected views from venture capitalists, analysts and Anshu Sharma, CEO of another API-powered startup and a former VC to get a better view on the perspectives in the market concerning the blockbuster breakup.

From the venture capital side of things, most takes we received were bullish regarding Plaid’s chances now that it’s no longer being taken over by Visa. Amy Cheetham, for example, of Costanoa Ventures, said that the result is “good for the company, ultimately.” She added that Plaid may now see better “talent acquisition,” faster product decisions and a better eventual valuation.

“There is so much left for them to build in fintech infrastructure,” Cheetham said in an email, adding that she sees “Stripe-like scale potential” in Plaid. Stripe is reportedly raising capital at a valuation that could reach $ 100 billion.

Cheetham is not alone in her bullish perspective. Nico Berandi of Animo Ventures wrote to TechCrunch to say that he “still wishes” that his firm had been “around back then to have invested” in Plaid, adding a smiley face at the end of his missive.

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Which one to use Flutter, React Native, or Swift& Kotlin for cross-platform GRUBHUB like app

Hi. Me and my 2 other college mates want to build a cross-platform GRUBHUB like app with digital payment and all but with some differences. We already have explored the pros& cons of the each technology from various sources, however, we haven't been able to come up with a conclusive answer to our question. We have around 8 months to complete the project and even if we go with Flutter or React Native we are planning to switch to native in the future if our project gains enough interest.

We have experience in Java but only in college level and not mobile app related if that helps anything.

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React Native or Native (swift & kotlin)

Hi guys,

My two friends and I are trying to build a startup. We have programming experience from college, but we don't have any industry experience. We are trying to build an app that will receive display live ”content” (but not like social media stuff, think of it as a live announcement app) and accept payments. We have been learning swift and kotlin to build the app for each platform separately. But right now we have been considering going for cross-platform. We would appreciate your suggestions. What are the commons cons and pros for both native and cross platform development? Do big companies like Uber Lyft DoorDash use native or cross platform? Also keep in mind that we are planning to finish the project on both platforms in 7-8 months. We can totally spend more time than that but this is the goal.

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Flutter or React Native?

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I hate JS so if I use React I'll use Typescript.

For people with experience in mobile dev frameworks, what would you recommend?

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I would like to have an app idea developed in Flutter or React Native. Does it make sense to buy a pre-made template online and then hire a developer to re-skin/tailor it to what I want in order to cut costs?

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Is there any reason I might want to start from scratch vs. a template? Templates for RN or Flutter I did come across was on instamobile.io and codecanyon.net (not sure if either are legit), which looks to be around $ 500 or so. Any other suggestions for places I can find a template would be greatly appreciated!

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Spent $2000 on an iOS app developer so far, but realized I should have gone the react native route, what are my options now?

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