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The rise of P2P Finance model

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The Global Financial crisis of 2007-08 in the U.S changed the global financial landscape dramatically resulting in the disruption of the conventional models of finance. The rapid devaluation of financial instruments like Mortgage backed...
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For community building, game on

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Pearl Morbs is a gamer in every sense of the word. An activist, artist, cosplayer and social media project manager, even her online nom de plume derives from her gamer heritage. On the other hand,...
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Hardware Startups: 3 Strategies For Succeeding

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“Hardware is hard” -- there are good reasons for the saying. At least compared to software, hardware typically takes longer to build and is harder to upgrade, since there is no such thing as...
Blockchain

Blockchain Start-Ups In New York City Are The Secret You Never Read About

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NYC needs more start-up culture reporting I think blockchain has gotten a bad reputation in the NYC financial community. It is a mistake. I have worked on Wall Street for over 20 years, but I cover...
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The Sharpe Ratio Paradox: Why Still Invest In Venture Capital?

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Sharpe ratio is a way of quantifying returns based on risk, specifically it is the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate per unit of volatility or total risk.There are some limitations,...
Social Capital

Startups, VCs and Social Capital

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In mature ecosystems like Silicon Valley, there is just so much entrepreneurial activity that it often becomes hard to distinguish signal from noise. In an emerging ecosystem, there is a different problem, perhaps too...
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ClouldFlare employing IPFS to decentralize the Internet

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The theme of decentralization has become the talking point of everyday conversation with the emergence of Digital Ledger Technology (DLT). The integration of this technology seems to have become the mantra of every enterprise,...
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Snuff Out Conflicts Before They Explode

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Conflict is inevitable in daily life, particularly the workplace. People come from different backgrounds with varied personalities. “Although conflict in the workplace is not always a bad thing, ignoring it can turn a small challenge...
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What Is The Right Valuation? 4 Core Principles For Entrepreneurs

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Deciding on the right valuation is both an art and a science (and some would say black magic). Common sense dictates that something’s value is whatever someone else is willing to pay. While that...
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On the Entrepreneurial Trek, Embrace the Learning

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As if building a multimillion-dollar company wasn’t hard enough, entrepreneurs have to take extra care of their physical and mental well-being. Work-life balance teeters on work-life catastrophe. Colleen Qvist and Leander Jay know the pressures...
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Venture Capital is for the Elite only

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Our economy has changed. I see three significant trends. A significant number of youngsters, freshly out of school, want to become entrepreneurs. Corporate is not attractive, and the best talents no longer dream of...
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‘Workplace Diversity’ Still an Elusive Dream

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Diversity in the workplace affects the entire corporation. Human Resources might be the focal point, but everyone from owner to worker – full-time, part-time or contractor – is a responsible party. HR experts Dorothy Dalton...
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Is Brand Advocacy Worth the Risk?

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Small businesses that take a stand for their brand roam the high-risk, high-reward world of advocacy. Do brands that advocate for causes risk driving away customers, or are they on to something that contradicts...
Loyalty

Loyalty is a Simple Proposition

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Marriott faces a class-action lawsuit following a data breach, one of the perils of using big data: Is it worth it? Count Ray Clopton among those wondering. He is founder and chief executive officer of...
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How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Change Banking

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Artificial intelligence is a field of computer science that focuses on making machines intelligent by developing computer programs that can replicate human intelligence to a certain degree and potentially beyond. This much talked about technology...
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‘I am different. Let this not upset you.’

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A Swiss physician, alchemist and astrologer of the German Renaissance, Paracelsus might seem an unlikely reference for today’s diversity movement. Yet, his words resonate: “I am different. Let this not upset you.” Paracelsus was not...
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Startup Outside A Tech Hub? 3 Arguments For It

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So you are not in a top startup ecosystem like San Francisco, NYC, London, Beijing, Tel Aviv or Bangalore? Many investors will tell you that your company will suffer in terms of hiring, business...
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Fail Fast, Fail Often and Win

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If not in business for profit, what’s the point? Few entrepreneurs can afford expensive hobbies. No one could accuse Mpho Mashita of taking her vocations lightly – or not for profit. She founded #AfricaCareerChat,...
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Gingr aims to bring cryptocurrency to the prostitution industry

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Gingr aims to revolutionize the prostitution industry by adding cryptocurrency as a payment option for sex workers. Yes, you read this right. At first sight, this might not seem serious or noteworthy, but the...
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Food Automation: A Tidal Wave Of Startups

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In the US there are more food outlets than ever before, which is to be expected given increased prosperity and population growth. But what is even more significant is restaurants are growing at twice...