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ICO toxic culture: How Tony Hsieh can help ICO-investors with DueDil

Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner at Life.SREDA, Singapore-based fintech VC, and author of The First Fintech Bank’s Arrival book.

To my great embarrassment, I read “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh (CEO and ex-owner of Zappos, which was sold for $1,2B to Amazon) only at the beginning of 2013, although it was published in 2010. Filled with its very special “chemistry” and energy, the book describes a journey of this entrepreneur from its very beginning. Basically, the book is about corporate culture and values that unite employees. It illustrates that meeting not only functional needs, but also intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic needs of customers is more important than the chase for money. Money comes as the result of this approach. In June of 2013 my team and I visited Tony Hsieh at Zappos’ headquarters. Later some of our portfolio companies also visited Zappos. (more…)

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

December 19, 2017

Why the Most Successful VC Firms Keep Winning

By Luke Kanies for his Medium

Investing in software companies is an inherently uncertain activity. It’s labeled as high risk, but “highly uncertain” is a better term. Yes, you’re taking a risk with money, but the real problem is the widely variant potential outcomes. If you invest in a restaurant, you are taking a risk, but you will either end up with a profitable restaurant or lose your money. If you invest in a software company, you can go bankrupt, have a small but profitable company, sell for five times the money in, or end up with a world-spanning multibillion-dollar behemoth that turns everyone it touches into a millionaire. (more…)

Columns

November 27, 2017

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Money 2020: 12 lessons from this year’s conference

By Allen Miller from Matrix Partners

Earlier this week I attended Money2020 in Las Vegas. In just over 5 years, Money2020 has become the leading industry conference for everything to do with FinTech. It’s a jam-packed but valuable 4 days of expert panels, startup pitches, networking events and keynotes from industry leaders. I was there for just under 24 hours, which meant the experience was even more of a blur. This post is my attempt to capture twelve of the biggest learnings from the conference. (more…)

Columns

October 26, 2017

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The Rising Stakes In SaaS

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures for his blog

Last week, I participated in two discussions about the changes in the SaaS world. I believe they are fundamental. The most important force shaping the industry today is competition. The level of competition in many core SaaS segments is intense. (more…)

Analytics, Columns

October 23, 2017

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What I Learned From Reading Every Amazon Shareholders Letter

By Li Jiang for his blog, Angel investor + VC;

A new mentor of mine suggested I read Jeff Bezos’ Letter to Shareholders to refine my thoughts around building a career and a business.

So I read them all dating back to 1997 and here are my takeaways: (more…)

Columns, Influences FinTech

October 18, 2017

The scale of tech winners

By Benedict Evans from A16Z

We all know, I think, that there are now far more smartphones than PCs, and we all know that there are far more people online now than there used to be, and we also, I think, mostly know that big tech companies today are much bigger than the big tech companies of the past. It’s useful, though, to put some real numbers on that, and to get a sense of use how much the scale has changed, and what that means.

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends

October 18, 2017

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TOP10 The Most Stupid Predictions (including Bitcoin)

By Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA (more…)

Columns

October 16, 2017

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Manifesto of the crypto/ICO-community

By Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA

Stop blaming blockchain/crypto/ICO community – better join&help us! (more…)

Columns, Influences FinTech

October 16, 2017

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Blockchain Startups VCs Should Invest In

By Ali Tahmaseb for his blog. Entrepreneur in silicon valley — founder @ blocks. TEDx Speaker. Featured in BBC, Forbes, Guardian. Algorithmic trader of stocks as hobby. 

Recently I did some research on blockchain, the science behind it, the applications of blockchain in the financial sector as well as other sectors. I then identified the different types of startups that can be formed (or are formed) based on blockchain in the infrastructure level, application level and ecosystem level. I published my findings here. (more…)

Blockchain, Columns, Global trends, Hotnews

October 5, 2017

I got a golden ticket: What I learned about APIs in my first year at Google

A year ago, I found a job in one of the world’s biggest API companies. You probably know us for Search, Mail, Maps, or any of the dozens of apps that we have in the Android and iOS app stores. Those apps range all the way from delivering YouTube, one of the largest sources of worldwide internet traffic, to fun VR demonstrations about Abbey Road and The Bohemian Rhapsody. We have a lot of apps, and another thing that we do a lot is build data centers.

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Columns, Global trends

September 25, 2017