Venture Capital News Roundup

A new approach to an industry that’s a decade behind in innovation. Insurance tech is turning up the heat in venture funding, not unlike what lending tech did a couple of years ago. By Peter Rudegeair (@rudegeair). Link

Sequoia Capital just hired its first female investing partner. Jess Lee, cofounder and CEO of ecommerce site Polyvore, will be joining the VC giant in a couple of weeks. By Avery Hartmans (@averyhartmans). Link

Are we about to enter an era of stagnation in the startup world? With smartphone growth rates on the decline, questions abound on where the next wave of innovation will come from. By Max Chafkin (@chafkin). Link

A newly-minted unicorn ready to step on Craiglist’s toes. OfferUp is set on taking over the buy/sell marketplace, although the path forward is likely to be challenging. By Donovan Jones (@venturedeal). Link

Coinbase reinvents itself with a fresh look. Besides expanding into cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin, the digital money startup is refreshing its look and feel. By Robert Hackett (@rhhackett). Link

Still waiting for fintech regulation to synch up with the times. The pain of state-by-state licensing might have a solution with OCC’s call for “responsible innovation.” By Lalita Clozel (@lalitaclozel). Link

A deep dive into the private vs. public debate. With startups opting to stay private for a longer time, will pressure from investors start edging them closer to going public? By Tom Braithwaite (@TBraithwaite). Link

A more critical look at Coupa’s IPO. Questioning the recently IPO’ed company’s high valuation. By Bert Hochfeld. Link