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1. AI-based lending platforms: $739 billion TAM
For years, companies have used artificial intelligence (AI) to improve their own businesses, but consumers have yet to benefit – until now. Thanks to companies like Upstart Holdings (WKN:A2QJL75.01% ), AI lending platforms are making it easier for people to get loans without adding risk for lenders.
Upstart's platform uses AI to evaluate potential borrowers by analyzing data that goes beyond the traditional credit score. The result is that more borrowers get loans – at better interest rates – and the percentage of borrowers who can't service those loans is lower than with traditional banks. This is a win-win for borrowers and lenders alike.
Upstart focuses on both the personal loan market and the auto market, which represents a total addressable market (TAM) of $739 billion.
Rounding out Upstart's fantastic opportunity in this space is the fact that the company makes its money on fees to banks and lending institutions, not borrowers, which means the company is low risk.
2. Telemedicine: an $18.5 billion market opportunity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that demand for telemedicine has increased more than 63-fold since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. One company that has been in this space for more than a decade is Doximity (WKN:A3CS1K 3.54% ).
The company operates a HIPAA-compliant app that makes it easy for doctors to set up virtual conference calls and other communications with their patients. Already more than 150 hospitals and health systems in the U.S. have doctors using Doximity's app.
The company already has impressive numbers to show for itself: More than 80% of U.S. physicians use Doximity, as do 50% of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Doximity sets itself apart in the emerging telemedicine market – which it believes has an $18.5 billion market opportunity – by also offering medical professionals a social network that helps them advance their careers and keep up to date on medical research and news.
3. Fintech: fast-growing and far-reaching
Financial technology, or fintech, is a fast-growing trend that all sorts of companies – from banks to tech startups – are focusing on. Fintech is a broad term for almost anything that has to do with the use of technology for financial transactions. This means that Apple is dabbling in fintech with Apple Pay, but also companies like Block (WKN:A143D6 -2.12% ), which specialize in fintech.
One of the key ways Block, formerly Square, is moving into the fintech space is through its cash app. With the app, people can pay each other's monthly rent, split the bill at dinner, or even pay merchants with their phones while in a store.
Block's cash app generates about half of the company's gross profit and has more than 44 million accounts making transactions. In addition, users can buy and sell bitcoin with the Cash app, which has helped Block to enter the cryptocurrency market.
The company is also working on several projects that will help it continue to advance in cryptocurrency and blockchain in the coming years, not only to benefit from the growth of financial technology, but also to capitalize on new trends such as decentralized finance.
4. The Metaverse: A potential $800 million market opportunity
The Metaverse – in which people spend time in digital environments with the help of avatars – is still in its infancy, but interest in it is already growing rapidly. Some estimates suggest the metaverse could become a huge $800 billion market within a few years.
Some of the world's leading technology companies are already positioning themselves to profit as the metaverse becomes a reality. One company with great potential in this area is Nvidia (WKN:9189422 3.65% ).
The Metaverse will require many high-end graphics processors to allow users to explore their virtual worlds on their computers and virtual reality headsets. This is good news for Nvidia, as the company's GPUs are usually considered the best GPUs for gaming.
Not only could Nvidia's processors become the first choice for many Metaverse users, but the company is also building its own Omniverse platform that developers can use to build their Metaverse experiences. Interest in the company's Omniverse platform is growing fast: more than 70.000 users have already registered.
5. Cybersecurity: a $116 billion revenue stream by 2025
Cybersecurity is a trend we probably all wish wasn't unstoppable, as its growth stems from the increasing need to protect our devices. But as long as there are criminals trying to steal people's data – and there always will be – it's good that companies like CrowdStrike Holdings ( WKN:A2PK2R 0.74% ) exist.
CrowdStrike says there was an 82% increase in ransomware-related data leaks in 2021, and it's statistics like this that have helped the company grow steeply.
In the last quarter (the results of which were published on 1. December were published), CrowdStrike's number of customers has increased by 75% and revenue by 63. Just as importantly, CrowdStrike's customers are taking advantage of more and more services: 68% of the company's subscription customers use at least four of the company's cybersecurity modules.
CrowdStrike helps companies combat cybersecurity threats and estimates that the total addressable market will grow from $55 billion this year to $116 billion by 2025.
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This article was written by Chris Neiger in English and published on 02.03.2022 on Fool.com published. It was translated, so that our German readers can participate in the discussion.
Chris Neiger owns Apple. The Motley Fool owns and recommends Apple, Bitcoin, Block, Inc, CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc, Doximity, Inc, Nvidia, and Upstart Holdings, Inc. The Motley Fool recommends the following options: long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple and short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple.