Archive for the ‘General’ Category

The World’s Most Valuable Startup Is a Company You’ve Probably Never Heard of

In a fourth-quarter upset, China’s Bytedance has overtaken Uber as the world’s most valuable startup. After closing a $3 billion funding round led by Japan’s SoftBank group, Bytedance has reached a reported $75 billion valuation. Its closest competition, Uber Technologies, falls $3 billion short of that benchmark, according to CB Insights, a tech market intelligence platform. […]

How the rich invest: Alex Waislitz shares his stock tip

The Melbourne-based businessman has turned $1.15 million into a $1.39 billion fortune over the past 25 years, making him the 54th richest person in Australia according to the Financial Review Rich List. Among some of Alex Waislitz‘s big returns in the past year have been buy now, pay later payments group Afterpay, which is up 314 […]

See ya, seed? Decline in seed-stage startup funding deals may impact venture ecosystem

A record amount of investment dollars are going to U.S. startups. But that doesn’t necessarily mean good news for founders trying to raise seed-stage capital. While total capital invested rose, VC-backed deal volume dropped to the lowest amount in nearly six years, following a trend of more money going to fewer, later-stage deals. There were 16 […]

Five Megatrends That Will Shape Our World And Investment Decisions – BlackRock

Thematic investing is an idea that waxes and wanes, but after almost a decade of rising equities, the prospect of further easy gains might be harder to obtain. Plugging into a theme such as “population aging”, “global security”, “the rising Asian middle class” or some other can be attractive as a way of thinking about […]

What is digital transformation?

Chris Skinner on digital transformation: “Most companies were born in the industrial age and are trying to evolve to be digital. However, the truly digital companies were born on the internet. For industrial-era companies to transform to be truly digital, they have to completely transform their business to have its core foundation built on the […]

Modern Investing in the digital age – An ETF & fintech revolution in Paris

TrackInsight, the global ETF data, analytics and selection platform has announcd the first edition of the TrackInsight European Summit that will take place on November 6th & 7th at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. TES2018 will bring together over 250 European investment professionals ranging from asset managers, private banks, family offices, corporates, pension funds and […]

Investors race to smaller towns in search of their next big unicorn

Low cost of running business and the potential of high net returns are some of the key reasons why startup investors with heavy pockets are going to Tier 2-3 cities in search of their next unicorn. According to Anil Joshi, managing partner, Unicorn Ventures, government initiatives to set up incubation centres is creating a fertile startup […]

Unregulated Fintech Could be the Source of the Next Market Crash

Ten years after the start of the Great Recession, the U.S. economy is currently booming. But some industry experts fear that, without regulation, fintech companies could bring about the next market crash. So why aren’t governments acting? Because of an ongoing debate over who should oversee this new industry– states, or the federal government? Meanwhile, industry […]

Free Financial Planning Sessions For UK Investors

UK investors are being offered free personal financial planning sessions by Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment certified financial planner professionals, which aim to increase financial education, resilience and life goal planning amongst consumers. The free one-hour confidential sessions are being offered by CFP professionals throughout England, Scotland and Wales from 3–10 October. Financial planning firms […]

6 fiction novels top tech leaders love to read

A serious entrepreneur must only read about the world order, or latest scientific discoveries, or management skills, right? Wrong. As it goes, top tech and startup leaders across the world read as much fiction as other things. Here’s a list of six works of fiction top entrepreneurs count as their favorites. The list is obviously […]