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Singapore’s true way to a cashless society

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

These days many countries are talking about the importance of innovations in the financial sector. Many of those are claiming that they will soon become the first to go completely cashless. They may be saying so, but what if they don’t really know how to do it? (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cashless, Columns, Global trends, Government activities, Influences FinTech

August 17, 2015

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12 rules of investing like Yuri Milner

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

Many thanks to Oleg Tinkov for introducing me to Yuri Milner, and Leonid Soloviev for connecting me with John Lindfors and Tom Stafford. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 11, 2015

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22 Business Books That Blew My Mind And Changed Me

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

I am often asked for tips on good books to read. Recently I have posted an article in Russian listing my favourite business books, which got over 70 thousand views. I hope that the English-speaking folks will also find it useful. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 10, 2015

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12 lessons from BBVA and Goldman Sachs: how banks should regard fintech

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC

“Innovator’s Dilemma”: are the banks capable of making innovations by themselves? (more…)

About, Banks, Columns, Influences FinTech

August 5, 2015

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How Zappos Decides How Much To Pay Employees Under Its New ‘Self-Management’ System

BusinessInsider: In 2013, Zappos began transitioning to “Holacracy,” an alternative management system that replaces a pyramidal hierarchy with a network of circles dedicated to specific functions like marketing or HR, and ditches traditional management. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

July 25, 2015

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30% Of Etsy Sellers Earn Money Solely From Creative Work

FastCompany: If you’re a young, female creative type, Etsy is the place to be: In a new report released Thursday, the online marketplace divulged that 30% of its sellers rely solely on their creative endeavors, both on and off Etsy, as their primary source of income. And women make up an overwhelming majority of Etsy’s vendors – 86%, to be exact. (more…)

Influences FinTech

July 24, 2015

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Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Drive Future

TechCrunch: What is the greatest question ever asked?” poses Yuri Milner, layering smoked salmon atop toast. My palms are sweating. As if the meeting at the Ritz Carlton with one of the most powerful men in the world (for which I was slightly late) wasn’t intimidating enough, the wait for him to join me – during which the hotel staff informed me of his preferred booth – had me more rattled than I’ve ever been for a briefing. “Mr. Milner doesn’t mind that you’re in a T-shirt,” the waiter said to me as I waited. “He cares about what’s up there,” pointing to my head. (more…)

Influences FinTech

July 20, 2015

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Apple, Samsung In Talks With Telecom Groups To Launch E-Sim Card

FinancialTimes: Apple and Samsung are in advanced talks to join the rest of the telecoms industry to launch electronic Sim cards, in a move could fundamentally change how consumers sign up to mobile operators. (more…)

Influences FinTech

July 16, 2015

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How 20 Years of Amazon Changed Retail

WSJ: Since it opened its website in July 1995, Amazon.com Inc. has grown from a seller of books into one of the world’s biggest retailers. Its growth has been fueled by a consumer shift to online shopping and Amazon’s willingness to sacrifice profits to expand. Here’s a look at 20 years of sales for Amazon and 3 close competitors – Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and Barnes & Noble Inc. – and a look how Wall Street has valued those companies. (more…)

Influences FinTech

July 15, 2015

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How Slack improved our company culture

E27.CO: It’s difficult to find that happy medium between work and personal as well as group and one-on-one, which is why our mini-family relies on Slack. My company, a commercial real estate brokerage with 15 people, uses Slack and we have found it to be an integral part of not only our community culture but also our day-to-day functioning and productivity.

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Influences FinTech

July 15, 2015

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The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

INC: No one said building a company is easy. But it’s time to be honest about how brutal it really is — and the price so many founders secretly pay. By all counts and measures, Bradley Smith is an unequivocal business success. He’s CEO of Rescue One Financial, an Irvine, California-based financial services company that had sales of nearly $32 million last year. Smith’s company has grown some 1,400 percent in the last three years, landing it at No. 310 on this year’s Inc. 500. So you might never guess that just five years ago, Smith was on the brink of financial ruin–and mental collapse.

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Influences FinTech

July 13, 2015

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Why Russia’s Swing Toward China Is A Mirage

Japan Times: On July 8 and 9, Russia hosted Chinese, Indian, Brazilian and South African leaders at the annual BRICS summit in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan. The conference took place at a time when Russia’s rift with the West over Ukraine has sparked some concerns that Moscow might turn its back on the West and pivot toward Asia, both economically and politically. (more…)

China, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, news

July 10, 2015

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Everything you wanted to know about South Africa’s startup ecosystem

E27.CO: With all the attention on Asia from investors, sometimes people forget there are other markets like South Africa doing interesting things

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Influences FinTech

July 7, 2015

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Mall Operators Begin Cultivating Startups

WSJ: America’s startup-investing frenzy has reached the shopping mall. On the prowl for retail innovation, Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest mall developer, has funneled roughly $20 million into 18 startups, mostly over the past 15 months through its venture-capital arm, Simon Venture Group. In June, Simon invested $1 million in Union Station, an online bridesmaid’s dress rental service. In an early meeting, the two companies brainstormed ways that Union Station—which currently operates a showroom at its New York City headquarters and runs pop-up events around the country—might eventually develop a presence in Simon malls. J. Skyler Fernandes, managing director of Simon Venture Group, has also introduced the startup to roughly a half-dozen possible investors.

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Influences FinTech

July 1, 2015

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Airbnb Raises $1.5 Billion in One of Largest Private Placements

The WSJHome-rental service Airbnb Inc. has completed one of the biggest private-funding rounds ever, raising $1.5 billion, in a deal that values the company at $25.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 29, 2015

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The Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015

Monocle: ASEAN is the best region for living in the new Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015: Tokyo (1), Melbourne (4), Sydney (5), Fukuoka (12), Singapore (13), Kyoto (14), Auckland (17), Hong Kong (19) (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

June 25, 2015

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Telegram’s New Platform Lets Developers Create Smart Message Bots With Multiple Uses

TECHCRUNCH:  Telegram is poised to come out with Apple Watch support and, as I hinted, a brand new Bot platform (this will be in Telegram 3.0 for iOS). If you want you can also get a preview here. Pavel Durov of VK.com fame, recently explained to me how the Bot API and platform will allow third-party developers to create Bots which are simply Telegram accounts operated by software sporting A.I.-like features. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 24, 2015

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Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

MEDIUM: It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker. I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what technology can do to the cinematic storytelling. What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen.

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Influences FinTech

June 24, 2015

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Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

TECHCRUNCHSlack’s valuation soared to $2.8 billion in less than two years, and has doubled in the past six months alone — all without any big marketing campaigns. The startup’s adoption curve and rave reviews are something many founders and investors dream about, but few actually achieve. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 24, 2015

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Tesla, Xiaomi top MIT’s list of world’s smartest companies

VentureBeat: The MIT Tech Review has compiled a list of the 50 “smartest” companies in the world. Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors tops the list, while the Chinese mobile and wearables upstart Xiaomi comes in second. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 24, 2015

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Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft, Amazon And Others Come Together To Develop Common Container Standard

TECHCRUNCH:  Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the help of the Linux Foundation. Other members of this coalition include Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware — that is, virtually everybody who has a stake in building a thriving container ecosystem. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 22, 2015

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Uber’s Total Funding Nears $10bn

Financial Times: Uber’s latest financings will bring its total funding to $10bn, setting a new record for a US tech company before it goes public, as it closes in on a new credit line and equity round.  (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 22, 2015

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Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s hottest startup factory, has filed to raise a venture capital fund

Business Insider: Y Combinator is raising money to create a new VC fund according to forms filed with the SEC. It’s called the Y Combinator Continuity Fund I. The company declined to disclose the amount raised, and the filing indicated that the first sale has yet to occur.  (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 20, 2015

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What it was like to create the Apple Store, according to the man who helped Steve Jobs build it

Business Insider: Apple has succeeded in a space where few of its competitors have — retail.

Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores have become a staple of the shopping experience for iPhone, Mac, and now Apple Watch shoppers.

The company has managed to nail retail in a way that others haven’t, as statistics comparing traffic in Apple Stores vs. Microsoft Stores during the holiday shopping season in years past have clearly shown. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 19, 2015

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Marc Andreessen talks about that time Facebook almost lost 80% of its value

FORTUNE: What Yuri Millner did to put Facebook back into the double-digit billions? (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 18, 2015

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Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup

Fast Company: President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works. (more…)

Influences FinTech

June 15, 2015

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What Millennial Employees Really Want

Fastcompany: Many millennials want to make the world a better place, and the future of work lies in inspiring them. Here’s what smart companies can do. Despite struggling with debt, recession, and the jobs crisis, millennials—who will account for 75% of the workforce in 2025— are not motivated by money. Rather, they aim to make the world more compassionate, innovative, and sustainable.

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Global trends, Influences FinTech

June 11, 2015

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This Sleek Electric Tuk-Tuk Is Designed To Battle Traffic In Your City

FAST COMPANY: Tuk-tuks might be everyday, ubiquitous transportation in Nairobi or Phnom Penh, but can these tiny three-wheeled taxis also find a place in sprawling, car-obsessed cities like L.A. or Atlanta?

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Fintech news, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

June 11, 2015

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Pinterest is finally going to let us buy things we like

Wired: Countless people already use Pinterest to discover and share things they like, from recipes and craft projects to outfits and accessories. Now, the five-year-old social network is finally letting its users take the next obvious step: buying those things.

On Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, Pinterest unveiled buyable “Pins,” a way for pinners to buy products directly on the social network.

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Influences FinTech

June 10, 2015

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Peek Inside 7 of The Banking World’s Coolest Innovation Labs

The Financial Brand: Banks are often ridiculed for their lack of innovation, but some seem to be taking it pretty seriously, at least from the looks of the innovation centers they’ve created. Take a tour around these digital playgrounds, idea labs and test kitchens built by banks looking to keep pace with the wave of digital disruption sweeping the industry.

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Influences FinTech

June 8, 2015