Technology

Michael Gilroy

Partner / West Coast

Since 2014

Michael invests in entrepreneurs building enterprise software and fintech companies. He is interested in talking to founders building the next generation enterprise tools and fintechs solving the structural issues in finance. Deeply passionate about building the entrepreneurial community in fintech, Michael launched Canaan’s FinTech Central in 2015, a quarterly event series covering trends in fintech. Previously, Michael advised technology companies with GCA Savvian and Matrix Capital. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael in 5

Origins: Bay Area native but spent 3 years in Silicon Alley (NYC)

Travel: Anywhere on the Adriatic Sea

Sport: Dubs road game ‘warrior’. Flew to Cleveland for Game 4s in '16 & '17, Houston Game 7 in '18 & Toronto Game 5 in ’19 (Go Dubs!)

Interests: Active public equities trader always looking for a good short idea

Accomplishments: Built a 3-story house with my father...twice!

Investments

Current

Previous

  • Arbor
    Acquired by LiveRamp

Latest

Michael Gilroy: All big brands will become fintechs. Announcing Bond.

WSJ VC: Canaan incubates, leads $10M seed round for fintech startup Bond

American Banker: A way for smaller banks to access tech sandboxes big banks play in

Forbes: ScaleFactor raised $100M in a year as VCs chase small business focused fintechs

Michael Gilroy: The death of the SaaS LTV/CAC

Michael Gilroy: All big brands are becoming fintechs

SaaS portfolio momentum

#CanaanFounders: On what's keeping them up at night

#CanaanFounders: How far would you go to get your dream hire?

#CanaanFounders: On raising funding for the first time...and the worst "pass" excuse they've gotten from a VC

Michael Gilroy: Announcing the Beam Team and their Series A

#CanaanFounders: Lessons learned from navigating the VC process

Introducing #CanaanFounders: A rapid-fire Q&A with company builders, in 280 characters or less

VentureBeat: Former Facebook and Paypal executives announce financial compliance startup Beam, secure $9M

American Banker: Why venture capitalists love fintechs

TechCrunch: ContentSquare, digital experience insights platform, raises $60M Series C

Fortune: ScaleFactor raises $30M to expand robot bookkeeper service, eyes loan market

Michael Gilroy promoted to Partner

Michael Gilroy: A fireside chat with Jackie Reses of Square Capital

WIRED: ContentSquare named one of the hottest startups in Europe

TechCrunch: Taking the pain out of accounting and payroll for small businesses, ScaleFactor raises $10 million

Announcing ScaleFactor: Automated financial operations platform built for Main Street

Fintech Central: Peering into the crystal ball on the future of crypto exchanges

Takeaways on European Fintech & Money2020

Tnooz: What happened when a travel startup axed its performance business model

TechCrunch Network: The upcoming shakeout in travel tech

Fortune: Ticketfly Cofounder and Monero Ringmaster Start New Blockchain Project, Tari

Fintech Central: Three big takeaways on how data is changing investing as we know it

The Consumerization of Enterprise & the Dropbox IPO

VentureBeat: ContentSquare lands $42 million so AI can track how you click, touch, and interact with brands

TechCrunch: Rocketrip raises $15 million to reward cost-saving employees

The Marketing Power of UX Optimization

Michael Gilroy: Running a successful SaaS fundraising process

Fintech Central: Blockchain will never work in financial services & bitcoin is here to stay

American Banker: Fintech’s future is in the back end

FinTech Central: Bitcoin is not “closing”! And other misconceptions debunked.

FinTech Central: Working with the regulator

FinTech Central: The 2nd wave of fintech

Michael in 5

Origins: Bay Area native but spent 3 years in Silicon Alley (NYC)

Travel: Anywhere on the Adriatic Sea

Sport: Dubs road game ‘warrior’. Flew to Cleveland for Game 4s in '16 & '17, Houston Game 7 in '18 & Toronto Game 5 in ’19 (Go Dubs!)

Interests: Active public equities trader always looking for a good short idea

Accomplishments: Built a 3-story house with my father...twice!