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February 28, 2017

3 Ways Start-ups Can Ensure Stability

It’s not easy starting a business. Nine out of 10 businesses fail in the first year, with a further 95% failing within five years. The statistics are sobering, but there are many benefits to starting a business. You can be your own boss and if the business is a success, the financial rewards are immense.

The entrepreneurial landscape has never been better. There has been a sustained shift towards entrepreneurialism in the last few years. In 2015, 608,110 new businesses were started, which was a 4.6% increase on the previous year. It’s become easier for people to start a business. Despite the economic upheaval in the last few months, there is every indication that [...]

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December 20, 2016

Have you heard of Rainmaker Fundraiser? If not, you should.

Join us to mark the culmination of our charities’ accelerator journey by taking part in our Rainmaker Fundraiser on the 30th January.

We will be bringing together the most exciting business minds from our Rainmaker community and groundbreaking charities from our accelerator, for a live crowdfunding event to launch our graduates into their next stage of growth.

10 charities will come together to give 3 pitches on their collective impact to empower women, support young people and disrupt the criminal justice system. In just six minutes of live crowdfunding we will touch the lives of all their beneficiaries and inspire generosity across the Rainmaker [...]

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September 26, 2016

Minority Report: #SOCAP16

Impact investing, race relations, practiced inclusion, social capital.  While my first piece on SOCAP came from a more tactical topic (they invited me to startup pitches, I was grateful to attend), this piece came from a much larger issue consuming minds these days, both in tech and in the nation at large: racism, sexism, and discrimination in all forms. In fact, my interest when registering for SOCAP was chiefly two-fold: 1) impact investing 2) impacting culture. That is to say, attendance was tied to this issue that shows itself relentlessly in the United States, in its cities with bullets, in its companies with comfortable stereotypes, and sadly even in its presidential politics. [...]

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September 23, 2016

Foundational Capital: #SOCAP16

[DISCLAIMER: this post is in no way associated w/ the VC firm Foundational Capital.]

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My first SOCAP was illuminating to say the least, and not just because I was excited to see what the world of Impact [Investing] was all about, but also because I got to hear firsthand what young companies in countries with little to no venture capital do to get off the ground. What do they do? What they have to. It turns out a big piece of that equation is working with private foundations and government entities, and so perhaps appropriately, I was keenly interested when the World’s second largest Telco invited me to their startup pitch [...]

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August 23, 2016

3 ways fintech will solve the GDP growth problem and why Central Banks should double down on fintech

Since the 2008 crisis Central Banks from developed economies have pumped in over $7 trillion into the global economy. They have left interest rates at ridiculously low levels around 0% (and below 0%. This has further pumped in over $10 trillion into the economy. In fact you are now getting paid to borrow money if you account for inflation.

And what does the developed world have to show for all this? Stagnant growth, unaffordable housing, and hard working savers getting no return on their savings.

Fintech startups have largely been targeting SMEs especially lowering costs of transactions, making it easier for them to collect money from customers and automating processes. [...]

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August 13, 2016

London Taxi War 2016

The battle to win the hearts, minds – and pockets – of modern commuters when it comes to their preferred taxi booking service seems no closer to ending, so what does the future hold for the UK taxi market? 

Jonathan Kettle, founder of Taxicode provides his views on what will happen next in what he describes as the ‘great taxi war’. 

When the swords are drawn, who will break first? Do you know something, the irony is that the first victims of Uber’s rapid expansion won’t be taxis or minicabs; it will be Hailo or Gett, or maybe even both. Looking at the information available in the public arena it would seem that Hailo and Gett’s UK loses have increased somewhat and [...]

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May 16, 2016

Want to get great returns from your startup investment strategy? Diversify your investments…

Even the most experienced private equity investors see startups as a very particular class of asset. They are completely right – no doubt about that. But even if investing in startups is a very particular job because of the great risk involved and the non-liquid aspect of the shares, there are still a few simple rules that are as true for startups as they are for public stocks or any other investment.

Stick to what you know: A robot advisor or algorithmic trader could achieve great results in Bonds, FX, etc. But in venture capital or private equity: forget it. Startups are typically disruptive digital tech companies, [...]

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May 13, 2016

Angels talk

Interviews with members of the UK Business Angels Association

Eva Weber Investment Director, Venture Founders  (crowdfunding Platform) 

How did you get into early stage finance? It was during my MBA at INSEAD that I got more exposure to startups, having spent the previous 6 years in traditional finance roles including corporate finance and investment banking. As Venture Founders was about to launch as a platform, they offered me a chance to work in a more entrepreneurial role.

Your favourite investment so far I have worked on ten VentureFounders investments and can not point a single [...]

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May 9, 2016

Great Investment Opportunities

In the past, stopping by your local bank was likely part of your daily routine, just like going to the grocery store to pick up bread and milk. However, with changing technology, more bank fees, and low interest savings accounts, banks are not playing such a central role in many people’s lives like they did in the past.

As result of this, people are finding new ways to invest their money, besides putting it in a savings account or other bank product. Prior to choosing any investment opportunity like the best canadian mutual funds, it is a good idea to use the investment apps to determine the odds that you will actually earn a profit. So what are some of the better alternatives [...]

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April 4, 2016

LendInvest raises £17 million equity investment from Atomico

Atomico invests in LendInvest and brings the mortgage firm’s institutional funding to over £200 million.


The disruptive peer-to-peer mortgage company LendInvest has completed a £17 million Series B equity investment from Atomico, the technology venture capital firm founded by the co-founder of Skype, Niklas Zennström. LendInvest secured this equity investment just nine months after raising a £22 million Series A investment from Beijing Kunlun, the listed Chinese technology. LendInvest’s total institutional funding amounts now to over £200 million.

Christian Faes and Ian Thomas [...]

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