Thought Machine closes $160 million Series D funding led by Temasek

Paul Taylor, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thought Machine

Thought Machine, the cloud native banking tech firm, announces it has closed its series D funding round, led by Temasek, the global investment company headquartered in Singapore, with participation from Intesa Sanpaolo and Morgan Stanley. Existing investors following-on in this round include: Eurazeo, ING, JPMorgan Chase, Lloyds Banking Group, and SEB.

What is the growth rate of Thought Machine?

Thought Machine is now valued at $2.7bn which is a 100% increase from the company’s valuation at the close of its series C round. This funding round closely follows Thought Machine’s series C round, which completed at the end of 2021, demonstrating the company’s accelerated growth trajectory and continued interest from global investors.

Thought Machine–IDC research revealed that the average age of core banking tech in Asia is 20 or more years old, showing the huge potential for Thought Machine’s modern cloud-native tech in the region. Funds from this investment round will continue the company’s expansion plans in APAC, growing in markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines.

Thought Machine has recently opened a new office in Sydney to expand its operations in Australia. The firm will use proceeds from the funding to continue investing in its technology – expanding the capabilities of its core banking platform and innovating in new product lines.

Lloyds Banking Group, an early investor in Thought Machine and a participant in this round, has extended its licence agreement with the business until 2029. This extension is part of Lloyds Banking Group’s continuing technology modernisation programme.

What is the market offering of Thought Machine?

Thought Machine continues to strengthen its executive team with the appointments of former Bank of America and Finastra finance leader Arnaud Attamian as Chief Financial Officer, and former SAP and Box sales leader Dana Barisano as Chief Revenue Officer.

Thought Machine’s core banking platform Vault Core is developed natively for the cloud – positioned to support large-scale banks undertaking core transformation, as well as smaller banks and fintechs launching new propositions to the market. No other core banking vendor has signed as many Tier 1 banks as clients such as Intesa Sanpaolo, Lloyds Banking Group, ING, Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia, SEB, and Standard Chartered, among others around the world.

Paul Taylor, founder and CEO of Thought Machine, said: “This new round of funding bringing Temasek, Morgan Stanley, and Intesa Sanpaolo into the business is our statement of intent.”

“we intend to become the leader in core banking technology, and are being deployed by the biggest, most successful banks around the world. We will use this new capital to accelerate our expansion plans, serve more clients around the world, and continuously refine the capabilities of our core banking platform and other products,” Taylor further commented.