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If you think they are all working, think again!

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE DOING RIGHT NOW? Most likely 30% (if not more) are goofing off and research says some are on Netflix watching movies and shows at work… Here goes your efficiency down the “tube”… But 26% of respondents also said they’ve binged shows and movies at work. People in the US were more likely to stream from the office, while users around the world were more likely to stream during their commutes. Here are some […]

Fintech startups need to look into democratizing pension plans!

Pensions plans are in trouble (and it’s going to get worse) https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/pensions-plans-are-in-trouble-and-its-going-to-get-worse via @PitchBook Not a good picture in the horizon! McKinsey, in a report from last year, warned of a future of diminished investment returns where “investors may need to lower their expectations” as we exit a “golden era” for financial assets associated largely with the three-decade-plus bull market in bonds. This period was associated with an average annual real total equity return of 7.9% and a real […]

Are ICOs like the old “pump-and-dump” scam?

The uncomfortable parallels between ICOs and the “penny stock” pump-and-dump underworld The uncomfortable parallels between ICOs and the “penny stock” underworld An article from our friends at Quartz The chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission recently said pump-and-dump schemes are easier to pull off for ICOs than penny stocks, because trading in tokens is all electronic and anonymous, making it “harder to catch the bad guys,” according to Coindesk. Belfort himself told the Financial Times (paywall) that while […]

Current trends of US VC from PitchBook

16 charts showing current trends in US venture capital https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/16-charts-that-illustrate-current-us-venture-capital-trends via our friends at PitchBook […]

5 traits angel investors look for in startups

What angel investors look for in startups Over 700 investors attended the 2016 Angel Capital Association’s Summit at the Pennsylvania Convention Center last fall. Here are a few key takeaways from what angel investors are looking for in a company that is worth their while from this event. 1. Notable founder profile “Entrepreneurs need to elevate their personal profiles,” “We’re interested in knowing what the founder is all about and how much they have invested in this.” A founder needs […]

In order to win you need to encourage your team to accept mistakes…

How Coca-Cola, Netflix, and Amazon Learn from Failure Encourage your team to embrace mistakes. Founders need to accept “some” failure as an option! Think about it; the people who sit behind a desk doing virtually​ nothing will almost “never” make mistakes. Simply because they are doing nothing ​worth anything! You need to have an appetite for risk​, and more importantly:​ the stomach for it​! People who are at the leading edge and experiment with “new:” things are bound to make […]

The importance of founder-to-market fit

The founder to market fit is as important as the market fit of your idea… Fundamentally, your startup success rate is directly dependent on your team, market, product, and traction. And all early stage venture firms look at team, market, product, and traction. It all boils down to closing the sales and having a great marketing matrix and the core of the issue is: to you have an “unfair distribution advantage.” Smart investors gravitate towards startups that possess a […]

Smart Leaders Focus on Execution First and Strategy Second

HBR article: https://hbr.org/2017/11/smart-leaders-focus-on-execution-first-and-strategy-second When a strategy looks brilliant, it’s because of the quality of execution. A dumb idea is the one you fumble in the field by missing critical details, like how customers would react or what competitors might change while you’re still picking up the ball […]

Invest in Women!

Median Male Lifetime Income Shows a Downward Trend. Average lifetime incomes of men entering the workforce since the 1960s have stagnated or fallen, while those of women have increased, according to the analysis presented in Lifetime Incomes in the United States Over Six Decades (NBER Working Paper No. 23371). The study reports a steady climb in median lifetime income for women […]

Why unicorns are overvalued? (and the industry knows it…)

The cumulative unrealized value of current US unicorns is approaching $600 billion, per PitchBook data. And, the sad part is that, most of it is based on outright lies, the market and investors know about! So why is this happening? Why are people lying about the valuation of their businesses? And, more importantly why do investors invest in over-valued and under performing businesses even though they know about this deceit? The problem isn’t that humans don’t know what’s good for […]

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