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Think Global, Act Local: 4 Keys For Startups To Expand Into New Markets

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You are a startup that has done fantastic in your home market. Congratulations. Can you repeat it in new markets? This post focuses on how to think it through, focusing on 4 critical levers. 1)...
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Close But No Cigar — Stock Market Targets Record Highs Amidst Stalled COVID Relief

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DDI Markets & Economy Newsletter | Week of August 17 | Together With Alpha Trades DDI Updates Expert Chat program: A collaborative marketplace where people can chat with experts who can solve their problems. Are you an...
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Where to invest right now?

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The present times are embossed by uncertainty. This also holds true for the world of investing. Most of the share prices are mainly dependent on the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequentially, the relationship...
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Raising A Startup Round? The 5 Steps To Keeping Momentum And Actually Close Successfully

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The three core requirements for raising a strong round of financing: substance -- vision and results, our put it another way team + traction + tech style -- present those results in a meaningful...
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Yes We Can! The SBIR and STTR Grants for American Small Business

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Does economic development rule the people, or serve the people? In the 1980’s when Burton A Weisbrod first published The NonProfit Economy, he wrote that the US economy was composed of three sectors, public, private, and...
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Stock Donations: What To Know

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There are plenty of traders and investors that are separately also trying to figure out the best ways to donate their money. It may not be the most obvious, but integrating your investment strategy...
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To Be Or Not To Be: Operator Vs Founder Vs Investor?

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As an operator turned founder turned investor I get asked often the pros and cons of being each. I often respond with a sports analogy -- it isn’t mutually exclusive but do you enjoy...
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Money: Investing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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A warning for every investor and the actions you should take right now Through my financial services career spanning almost two decades, I was once responsible for supervising an entire company of financial advisors who...
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LIBOR: An Enthralling Saga!

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From creating history to becoming history LIBOR is one of the most important benchmark interest rates at which borrowings take place in the international interbank market for short-term loans. LIBOR is a worldwide accepted benchmark...
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Virtual Wealth Management with Forward-Thinking Advisors in a Post COVID World

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Covid-19 is by no means a thing of the past with the number of cases continually rising across the world, but I do believe we're beginning to deal with it better. We're adapting. After...
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Catastrophe Bonds

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In 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck Florida and inflicted 27 billion dollars worth in damage. As a result of the destruction, numerous insurance companies dissolved and went bankrupt after having to pay out an unanticipated...
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Analyzing high interest rates on borrows in DeFi protocol

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Looking into blockchain data to know how a DeFi protocol can have more than 100% of interest for borrow assets We have recently seen that the interest rate to borrow a loan in BAT in...
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Is It Now the Time to Replace the Banks with DeFi?

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DeFi a.k.a. decentralized finance is here to over throne traditional banks, yet the billions of dollars worth institutions are still blind to the new age of finance. What are the services that come to your...
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So You Want To Invest In Startups? 5 Ways Other Than Being A Full-Time...

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Ever considered investing in startups but don’t want to be a full-time VC? There are other paths and this post will touch on the five main ones. 0) Definitions -- Before a deeper discussion we...
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The Future of Blockchain

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It has been almost over a decade since Nakamoto invented the first ever blockchain. At that time, he did not explicitly mention blockchain, but the concept was about peer to peer electronic transactions of...
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How To Truly Measure A Venture Capitalist’s Performance?

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Wall Street Journal: Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns Trail Venture-Capital Elite TechCrunch: AngelList wants to improve comparing VC fund performance with new metrics and calculator New Yorker: Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? Trying to make sense of these...
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How is R&D spending affecting Biotech company growth?

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Biotech companies are the biggest Research and Development spenders proportional to their revenue numbers. As of 2019, many of the largest pharmaceutical firms spend nearly 20% on R&D. Of the 20 largest R&D spending...
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5 Important VC Insider Ideas You Need to Know

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The market has changed but it’s still a great time for startups. Unlike the stock market, there is no daily ticker of venture-backed private companies. If you’re an entrepreneur building a startup or curious about...
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When Caution Becomes a Cage: A Case Study of Over-Regulation in Swiss Banks

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Regulation — it’s a metaphorical referee on the financial industry’s playing field, standing ready and willing to ensure that everyone in the industry adheres to the rules. When implemented well, regulatory forces protect consumers...
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Want A Good Acquisition? 5 Ways Startups Can Get A Win-Win

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A crisis puts pressure on both slowing down and accelerating startup acquisitions. Slows down because many acquirers, especially corporates, become more conservative trying to conserve cash. Case in point the week of Apr 13...