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Did I Predict A Slowdown In The FinTech Market Back In December

Over the next 60 days, if we are still in a bear market, then institutional investors (e.g. LPs invested in Venture Capital companies) will look at their public/private portfolio allocations and be forced to address the over-allocation to private markets, as the public market portion of their portfolio would have shrunk while the private market portfolio will be held at book value.

While we can see markets price the securities of public companies every day, we can’t see the current valuation of private companies.

Let me share a few observations from that column that have become incredibly relevant for us today, as we consider the consequences of the current economic situation on the private FinTech market… Picture2 Dushyant Shahrawat Points #1 and #3 are especially important.

All I knew was that the private market had followed the public equity market down a path of a 10-year bull run, and there were telltale signs of an overheated situation: record fund-raising, VCs falling over each bidding up valuations, and a gradual lowering of investment standards.

And those are exactly the questions the private market is facing today: Dushyant Shahrawat · How robust is an entrepreneur’s business model to withstand weaker business conditions?

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Businesses for good debate solutions online as Skoll forum goes virtual

Winners of the annual Skoll awards, presented to social entrepreneurs whose innovations have had significant impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, will be announced in an online ceremony on Thursday.

“While the Skoll World Forum is canceled, our community is not ... They won’t let a crisis go to waste.”

Organizers of the Skoll World Forum, that is usually held in Oxford in England, met online as social enterprises - or businesses that seek to benefit society or the environment as well as making a profit - discussed plans from providing meals for key workers to making basic face masks.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Finding solutions to the coronavirus outbreak was top of the agenda as businesses for good met on Tuesday for one of the key annual global conferences on social enterprise but there was a difference this year - it was a virtual event.

Social Enterprise World Forum, another major event on the calendar for social entrepreneurs, has postponed its global gathering due to be held in Halifax, Canada, in September to June 2021.

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Entrepreneurs teach business and the arts

Kimberly Parent of Saskatoon Salsa and Christine Marie of Awasis Boutique have joined forces to create “ayishiinoo” - a Michif word meaning Indigenous - to mentor and inspire other entrepreneurs in the Indigenous community.

So, I offer dance workshops and Christine offers sewing and fashion workshops,” Parent said.

They also offer fun workshops incorporating business with dance and sewing workshops.

They want to get out into communities and share their knowledge and enthusiasm to help others turn interests and passions into businesses.

“When you grow up not seeing people that look like you being role models, when someone asked me who my role models were, I had to stop and think and I didn’t know,” said Christine, adding that it’s important to create opportunities for the younger generation to have those Indigenous female role models.

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Council Post: Understanding Business Intelligence And Its Importance For Entrepreneurs

One can achieve this process using various business intelligence tools, methodologies and applications that help in collecting data from internal and external sources for immediate analysis and visualization for the successful decision-making process.

An example of business intelligence is where startups use specific key performance indicators (KPIs) to determine which customers are purchasing products, the source of these customers and their specific conversion rates.

Marketing And Sales Business intelligence helps to enhance company and product marketing with the ultimate goal of popularizing products for increased sales and profit margins.

Successful business intelligence supports a great deal of decision making to ensure all operations in the company are geared toward developing an efficient marketing strategy for the company’s products.

Business Intelligence Tools Business intelligence tools can help the company or business to monitor and observe data trends and generate marketing ideas for an effective decision-making process.

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4 things you need to understand about edge computing

That is now changing as a variety of edge computing resources, from micro data centers to specialized processors to necessary software abstractions, are making their way into the hands of application developers, entrepreneurs, and large enterprises.

For the purposes of this article, the edge can be anywhere that is closer to the end user or device than a traditional cloud data center.

Another use case for edge computing is to minimize network traffic going to and from the cloud, or what some are calling cloud offload, and this will probably deliver at least as much economic value as latency mitigation.

If you are an enterprise looking to do on-premises edge computing, Amazon will now send you an AWS Outpost – a fully assembled rack of compute and storage that mimics the hardware design of Amazon’s own data centers.

Phase 2: The Regional Edge The second phase in the edge’s evolution extends the edge a layer deeper, leveraging infrastructure in hundreds or thousands of locations instead of hyperscale data centers in just a few dozen cities.

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This Australian Company Transitioned To a Remote Agency In the Face Of Coronavirus In No Time

The company holds weekly wrap-ups on Fridays, where everyone gets to share wins for their team and congratulate each other on their hard work.

To ensure the teams are still available for each other, the company has set the expectation that everyone must respond within 30 minutes while working from home, or have a status set as to why that is unachievable (such as lunch break, in another meeting, or driving to an appointment, among others).

Impressive’s culture is built on teamwork and in the four years since CEO Robert Tadros founded the company, the office has always been full of passionate people working together.

A business focused on collaboration, Impressive operates as an extension of their clients’ marketing teams—working closely with one another to ensure they’re generating only the best results.

Digital marketing agency Impressive last week made the pre-emptive decision to switch to working remotely to encourage social distancing and prevent further outbreak of coronavirus across the country Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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Get a job: Visual Concepts is hiring a Senior Software Engineer in California

What You Will Do: Who We Think Will Be A Great Fit: Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.

What We Need: We are seeking a talented Senior-level Software Engineer to join our development efforts on an exciting new game!

Who We Are: Visual Concepts is one of the world’s top game development studios with a flat, entrepreneurial, and non-corporate work environment.

The Gamasutra Job Board is the most diverse, active and established board of its kind for the video game industry!

Gamasutra's Job Board is the most diverse, most active, and most established board of its kind in the video game industry, serving companies of all sizes, from indie to triple-A.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: How to Maximise Your Efficiency During Work-From-Home

Air purifiers and dehumidifiers are viable options and going beyond that, some schools and hospitals in Singapore have turned an active step into full stride by protecting their indoor environments with paint that actively eliminates odors and microscopic entities.

For staff that WFH, home becomes the one space where they will spend the majority of their day, and this is a big concern.

Here are some tips for better health and productivity for you and your team with WFH: 1) A Routine is Essential - Set a Schedule, Stick to It Keep in mind that WFH might not be the exclusive mode of work for some businesses, in most cases, businesses are balancing between WFH staff working along with those in the office.

Right now we see organisations splitting departments into smaller groups that work from different offices, or through alternating work from home (WFH) schedules in a bid to do their part in the COVID-19 battle.

Even though work from home arrangements are currently viewed by some as a compromise between staying safe and healthy, it will be an arrangement that gets a greater uptake with pros to outweigh the cons Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Corporate America must learn to innovate frugally to get through the coronavirus crisis

Yet, some forward-thinking Fortune 500 firms—such as Best Buy, Cisco, GE Healthcare, IBM, Mastercard, Medtronic, and PepsiCo—have successfully piloted and adopted frugal innovation as an alternative way to “do better with less”—i.e., deliver greater value to customers quicker at less cost.

Indeed, frugal innovation, which emphasizes speed, agility, and affordability, is the antithesis of how corporate America innovates, instead relying on insular R&D labs, big budgets, and rigid go-to-market processes.

Thousands of nimble entrepreneurs have long practiced frugal innovation in resource-constrained emerging markets like Africa and India—where it’s known as jugaad, an improvised fix—to creatively solve critical socioeconomic issues on a shoestring.

All these ingenious yet effective solutions demonstrate the power of frugal innovation, a disruptive strategy for developing products faster, better, cheaper.

And PepsiCo has leveraged its Global Value Innovation Center in India to build cost-effective, eco-friendly, and agile supply chain systems—like cold chains—that can deliver its products faster, better, cheaper (imagine a cold chain cleverly optimized to deliver both beverages and life-saving vaccines?)

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MCO] Struggling SMEs, You Can Refer To MDEC’s Growing List Of Tech Companies For Help

The campaign’s call has been well received by MDEC’s network of GAIN companies particularly, which consists of prolific tech startups and scaleups.

We are proud to announce that 80 tech companies are waiting to render their services and MDEC encourages entrepreneurs from all industries to leverage on these offerings,” she added.

“While large corporations have contingency plans to minimise the impact of COVID-19, many SMEs and micro-enterprises may not be able to tide it through this global pandemic,” MDEC CEO Surina Shukri said in a statement released on March 25.

In light of this situation, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has launched a campaign called #DigitalvsCovid, where it’s gathering local tech companies to graciously extend their digital solutions and services to affected domestic businesses and consumers.

Surina also shared the top 3 areas of concern by SMEs that MDEC’s Global Growth Acceleration (GGA) division has received since the implementation of the MCO on March 18.

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The Use of Knowledge in Entrepreneurship | Hunter Hastings

We wouldn’t need entrepreneurs if we possessed all relevant economic information, if we knew every detail of customers’ preferences, and if we had complete knowledge of all the means by which customers could realize their preferences.

The peculiar role of the entrepreneur is determined by the fact that this knowledge of customers’ ends and their available means never exists in concentrated or integrated form, but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all separate individuals possess.

The economic problem that entrepreneurs address is the utilization of knowledge that is not given to anyone in its totality to secure the best use of available resources for ends whose importance only other individuals know.

The economic problem that the entrepreneur deals with is rapid adaptation to changes in the particular circumstances of time and place.

This adjustment may rapidly spread throughout the whole economic system and effect major changes in supply and demand, but the individual entrepreneur does not concern himself or herself with the system, just with the actionability of local and specific knowledge that they regard as essential even if it is, in theory, imperfect.

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Chinese startups were already struggling to raise money. The coronavirus may be the last straw

"Of course it is slower, because I can't meet anyone," said Edith Yeung, managing partner at the Silicon Valley venture firm Proof of Capital and an adviser at incubator 500 Startups.

Gloom caused by the sudden economic shock has been palpable among entrepreneurs and investors, while fallout from the coronavirus pandemic feels inescapable, according to interviews CNN Business conducted with more than half a dozen people that are active in growing new companies.

So far this year, venture capital investment in startups throughout Greater China — which includes the mainland and Hong Kong — has plummeted more than 65% compared to the same period a year ago, according to data provider PitchBook.

Hong Kong (CNN Business) China's startups had a rough time last year because of an economic slowdown and giant flops that scared away investors.

Chinaccelerator's Ramos, whose firm also runs a venture fund that focuses on early-stage startups, said his team had wrapped up more than 10 investments since the beginning of the virus outbreak, totaling about $2.1 million.

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7 Ways To Manage Your Business In Times Of Crisis

For small companies, Dr. Adizes recommends cashflow management and projects every Friday for the next 13 weeks.

“The small companies that are going to go through all this turmoil, you need to manage your cash flow, no question about, but you have to manage with love,” Dr. Adizes says.

Dr. Adizes believes the essential ingredient to surviving this crisis is to manage with the heart.

To help figure out how to manage in the time of coronavirus, we talked to Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes, one of the world's leading management experts and an international best-selling author.

On the Green Entrepreneur Podcast, Holocaust survivor, bestselling author, and management expert, Dr.Ichak Kalderon Adizes, offers practical and heartfelt advice.

From Unemployable To Entrepreneur: Blake and Jacob's Journey

My first job out of college wasn’t terrible, but after five years I was ready for a change.

After that job ended, Jacob convinced me to go out on my own.

In his first job out of college, Jacob was promised great opportunities and experiences and was willing to commute three hours every day to make it happen.

Jacob’s last job working for someone else was at a marketing agency that wouldn’t even let him go to a premier marketing conference with tickets he had been given for free.

Jacob quit the company, went to the conference anyway and started working his own path.

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Don't Put That Novel Down: 3 Ways Pleasure Reads Can Help You (and Your Business

Your clients don't often write books that give you insight into their way of life or their outlook on the world.

But it served two purposes for my relationship with this client that are useful takeaways for any entrepreneur: it established rapport and served as a conversation starter with just about everyone in the room, and it gave me insight into their cultural imagination.

Reading the Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley is like a master class in how to understand another person's behavior, or profile their personality.

Flavia de Luce is the pre-teen heroine of Bradley's series, and The Golden Tresses of the Dead is his most recent novel.

Here's why I'm currently tearing through each book in the series, however: The author appears to be a middle-aged man who, so far as I can tell, has never lived the life of a precocious, brilliant pre-teen girl, much less one who's tormented by two older sisters and exhibits an uncanny ability to relate to former POWs from World War II.

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4 Basic Tips To Reduce Risk for Small Businesses

As Jake Vygnan, co-founder of smart dating app Hily suggests, "creating new revenue streams for your business can be as simple as shifting your marketing message about a product to a different niche or changing from a one-time buy to a subscription model.

For example, a coffee company might find a new revenue stream by reaching out to nearby small businesses and providing a subscription-based service to bring coffee to them each month.

"Know how much cash will be leaving the business in the next few weeks and months before new accounts create cash flow, otherwise you may not be able to meet payroll and overhead."

Sean Castrina, who has founded more than a dozen profitable startups and wrote the book "World's Greatest Business Plan," does not advise aspiring entrepreneurs in their 30s or older to quit their jobs unless the venture already provides a point where it is replacing 60% (at a minimum) of their current employment income.

If you take the time to create revenue sources now, rather than when you're in financial distress as a business, you'll be able to explore those ideas more productively.

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The idea which bagged Bristol Deliveroo rider thousands from boss

A Bristol Deliveroo rider has won £25,000 after pitching his business idea to the company’s founder.

Callum Jenkins, who has been working as a food delivery rider for two years, scooped the prize money for his drone services company after presenting to top boss Will Shu at a Dragons’ Den-style competition run by the business.

His pitch at Deliveroo’s ‘Big Pitch’ focused on future applications of drone technology, such as mapping, surveying and modelling, for his company ESNO Media, which he set up in 2018.

A spokesperson for Deliveroo said: “Riding for Deliveroo allowed Callum to follow his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and work around his schedule of creating his company and working with clients.

He added: “I love being an entrepreneur and the Big Pitch is helping me in my long-term dream of building a global business that has a positive impact in the world.”

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20 cheap, expert-led online courses you can take while social distancing

The Course: The 2020 Learn to Code Full Stack Developer Certification Bundle This certification bundle includes fifty hours of instruction designed to help you learn how to code from scratch.

The Course: The Complete Business Professional Bootcamp Bundle No matter what industry you are in or are working towards, this six-course bundle will help you climb the career ladder with good old fashioned business skills.

The Course: The 2020 All-in-One Data Scientist Mega Bundle Understanding, manipulating, and presenting data has become a vital tool in the world of business, whether you are a new entrepreneur or working for a large corporation.

The Course: The Complete 30-Day Italian Language Learning Bundle Have you always wanted to learn a new language but just didn't have the time?

The Course: The Complete Videography Bundle: Beginner to Expert With over 44 hours of instruction over 10 courses, this bundle covers everything from production to editing in industry-standard tools.

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Can Loyica become next unicorn from Dubai in CRM software business

We want to give our customers a precise data and big data is the next big thing even though everyone is focusing on AI.

Ali Homadi, CEO of Dubai-based Loyica, told TechRadar Middle East that other products in the market are so complicated and that is what is scaring everyone to use a CRM in the Middle East.

CRM is a tool to manage a company’s interaction with current and potential customers and improve business relationships.

Dubai-based tech startup Loyica is targeting small entrepreneurs and SMEs who cannot afford a customer relationship management (CRM) from the big players with its flexible and advanced features and at a fraction of the cost.

Moreover, he said that CRM solutions generate so much useful data and help analyse complex data sets that take traditional data-processing software too long to process, even with the help of human intervention.

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Coronavirus pandemic | Big financial package need of hour: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called for immediate steps to revive the country's economy on Saturday and said there was a need for a big financial package.

He pointed out that the coronavirus outbreak was a serious attack on our fragile economy and took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for beating of "thalis" in the honour of those working to contain the spread of the virus.

Gandhi said clapping would not help the daily wage workers and small and medium entrepreneurs.

"The coronavirus is a big attack on our fragile economy.

Small and medium entrepreneurs and our daily wage workers are the most affected.

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Tory Burch’s Career Path Includes A Very Valuable Vocabulary Lesson

"I’ve also seen Tory grow with her brand, and her example as a female entrepreneur has been inspiring, especially seeing her pass that on and make a difference in other women’s lives with The Tory Burch Foundation."

[The Tory Burch] aesthetic [is] refined yet accessible, infused with bold color and global influences that result in designs that feel both classic and modern," says Erica Russo, vice president and fashion director of accessories and beauty at Bloomingdale’s in an email interview with The Zoe Report.

According to a 2013 Business Insider article on her journey to success, with the help of ex-husband Christopher Burch, the young fashion rookie finally made the jump to start her own fashion label in the early 2000s — and it was definitely a learn-as-you-go process.

According to Burch, female mentors were few and far between when she first launched the brand (originally dubbed TRB by Tory Burch).

In an effort to promote more conversation around said existing negative connotations about forward-thinking businesswomen, Burch launched her Embrace Ambition Summit, which features high-profile guests and speakers to spark inspiration — and, hopefully, a new regime of female entrepreneurs.

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Fill your knowledge gaps by hiring A-players

Much like any championship sports team, if everyone in the business is committed to winning as a team, great things will happen.

To ensure we have the best possible people working at my company, we have a unique hiring process that includes two tests: 1.

Every entrepreneur who has built a successful business understands that sometimes you need to put your ego aside and try to avoid micromanaging or controlling everything.

Unfortunately, it usually takes a business to fail for an entrepreneur to realize that your team won’t win if one player is trying to play every position themselves.

A-players are vital to fill a business’s knowledge gaps, and they bring a variety of skills to the table.

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Failed smartphone CEO turns to e-commerce livestreaming

Luo Yonghao, the founder of struggling Chinese smartphone maker Smartisan, announced Thursday he is embarking on a new business endeavor: an e-commerce livestreaming business selling gadgets, groceries, and snacks.

Why it matters: Luo is an internet celebrity as well as one of China’s most iconic tech entrepreneurs with a number of outrageous antics under his belt.

Details: Luo will form a team to sell products including tech gadgets, books, furniture, groceries, and snacks on livestream platforms, he said in a post on his social media account on Thursday.

Context: In November, Luo was placed on an official blacklist for debt defaulters, which barred him from spending on travel and other major purchases.

A court record showed that he along with Smartisan, the smartphone company he founded, owed RMB 3.7 million to suppliers.

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4 Ways to Perfect Your Business Model

The most common misperception of entrepreneurship is that what makes a successful business is the idea for a unique product — that if you just have that one great idea that nobody has thought of before, a type of product that nobody has envisioned, you can make tons of money and the world is at your feet.

This includes figuring out what the product is, who its proper customer is, and thus what the value proposition of the business is.

I have found it very helpful to think of the business model in terms of product, customer and value.

You know the product to offer, which fits (almost) perfectly with the customer segment you have identified, because those people are the ones who places highest value on the product.

Unless you already know who your customer is and what type product they would value, you simply can't answer this question.

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