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Get financed: Talented startups wanted by the French Tech Ticket

What?! Live in France and get money? Have you ever dreamt of living in France? Picture this: what if you could live in France with the Government financing the launching of your new startup? This is exactly the goal of the French Tech Ticket, a startup booster program from  La French tech, the french startup network. It is designed for entrepreneurs from all over the world who want to create their startup in France. A successful and promising concept The program was launched for the first time last year. Mentoring, €25k prize money, resident permit, free space in incubator were among the main ingredients that made the season 1 was a promising success. 722 startups applied and out of the broad diversity of projects (sports, biotech, smart city, agritech…) 23 startups were selected to ...

P2P Lending in Asia after LendingClub’s Debacle

Renaud Laplanche knew what he was doing as the founder and CEO to LendingClub (est. 2007), the largest by volume peer-to-peer lending platform in the US. He took LendingClub through the biggest IPO in 2014 for US Tech  and, that way, kick-started online lending trend and public interest on lending-related fintech. He resigned earlier this month, forced by his board of concerned directors and stakeholders following questionable practices LendingClub did under his watch. LendingClub’s shares plummeted, its loan buyers stop buying and the P2P lending future seems uncertain at best. Impacts on Asia’s P2P Lending e27 said it’s just a jab to the face of the industry, not a knock-out haymaker.  A stiff jab I might add, so it still hurts. With $ 8 Billion valuation following its ...

The Future of Startup World

What lies ahead for future startups? This post isn’t about me guessing what the next trend in the startup world will be. Nope. If I knew anything about that, even the slightest, I wouldn’t be sitting here and just write about it…I’d go out there and make it happen. So, this is just me thinking that it’s about time to ask such a question. These past few years we’ve seen how the likes of Uber and AirBnB altered the otherwise low-tech industries into booming tech-based services. Such a “simple” and smart innovation has helped both startups to rise into the cult status as unicorns, namely private companies with a minimum valuation of $1 billion. Such disruption also took the market by storm. It inspired others to do the same in virtually every niche and vert...

Inspiration: 10 books for Startupers

Following a recent poll made on Twitter by WebMarketing & Com, here is a 10 book list that inspired some current startupers and might inspired you as well. 1. Business model generation, Osterwalder & Pigneur Business Model Generation is as a manual for “visionaries”, for those who want to change the world. This book offers a series of innovative practices used today by leading consultants and companies worldwide, including 3M, Ericsson, Capgemini, Deloitte, and others. Inspired by those who do, it is for those who are ready to abandon old models and ready to embrace new models of value creation. 2. Losing my virginity, Richard Brandson Richard Brandson, founder of the Virgin Group, shares his experience: personal life, professional successes, great lessons learned along...

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