Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Sergey Gribov is a Partner at Flint Capital , an early-stage venture fund that invests across Israel, USA and Europe. In 2021, American VC-backed companies raised $329.9 billion . This is a nearly 100% increase over the record-breaking $166.6 billion raised in 2020. On top of this, early-stage VC activity surpassed $80 billion for the first time, and annual exit values soared to more than $774 billion. This huge influx of funds led to skyrocketing startup valuations in 2021. However, as the end of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be on the horizon, entrepreneurs and investors alike are wondering what the future holds. Can these sky-high valuations last? Is this investment frenzy sustainable, or should we brace for a crash? Fortunately, the answers to these questions paint a brighter picture than you might expect. How The Federal Reserve Influences The VC Market The U.S. Federal Reserve is … [Read more...] about Startup Valuations Now: Are We In A Bubble?
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It's going to be a busy summer travel season. And different. The summer travel advice from experts is different, too. Domestic travel volume will rise 16% over last year, with almost 75% of Americans planning to travel domestically for summer vacations, according to Allianz Partners' Top 10 Summer Destinations review . And travel to Europe will soar 600% over last year. "The floodgates have opened," says Valentina O'Kane, owner of Incognito Global Travel , an affiliate of Embark Beyond. "People are rushing to get out there again. The popular tourist destinations are overbooked, with little if any availability. They are going to be overcrowded and overpriced this summer." I just interviewed 200 top travel experts about what lies ahead for travel. Here's part one of my series , which outlines what to expect in the next three months. There are two important takeaways. Covid is far from over, so you may … [Read more...] about Don’t Go There! Expert Summer Travel Advice For Your Next Vacation
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin According to a survey commissioned by accountancy software company, Xero, many entrepreneurs are struggling with the psychological impact of navigating their businesses through the pandemic. Indeed, the emotional fallout is proving harder to deal with than the rather more prosaic but necessary task of getting their companies back on a sound financial footing. The question is, how can they best help themselves? Conducted by polling organization Opinium and the Centre for Economic and Business Research , 92 percent of small business owners have experienced mental health problems over the past two years. Perhaps more worryingly, 40 say that dealing with their psychological problems is likely to take longer than financial recovery. The psychological well-being of entrepreneurs is something of a perennial topic. Even at the best of times, the founders of small companies must make difficult decisions - affecting not just … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Burnout: As A Report Highlights The Emotional Toll Of Covid, Should Founders Be Taking More Time Off?
CHIN Hin Group Bhd is again making waves for its acquisitive drive. Chin Hin is a 31.2% stake owner in Signature International Bhd after purchasing a stake in March 2021. Earlier in the week, Signature had announced its intention to acquire a 23.67% stake in Main Market-listed Fiamma Holdings Bhd for RM180mil cash or RM1.50 per share. ALSO READ: Chin Hin takes control of Ajiya Fiamma mainly distributes and services home and kitchen electrical appliances and it also makes built-in kitchen and wardrobes. In December 2020, Chin Hin had parked Chin Hin Group Property Bhd (CHGP) under its stable after it acquired a 51.5% equity stake in a related party transaction (RPT) from the latter’s major shareholders. According to its 2021 annual report, Chin Hin now has an effective 59.3% stake in CHGP. There have been more acquisitions. Chin Hin is now a 65%-owner of construction firm Kayangan Kemas Sdn Bhd and the company is the single largest 24.68% shareholder in construction … [Read more...] about Chin Hin Group continues M&A spree
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Reigning American Idol winner Chayce Beckham has come a long way. The Season 19 champion went from being a forklift driver to the first person to win American Idol with an original song. While the autobiographical, self-penned “ 23 ” topped numerous viral charts and amassed more than 75 million on-demand streams, Beckham further introduced himself to the country genre in April with the personal six-track EP Doin’ It Right via 19 Recordings in partnership with BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records. Beckham’s 2022 continues to pick up steam as he has tour dates booked with Luke Combs and Jimmie Allen. His debut single, “Can’t Do Without Me” with labelmate Lindsay Ell, also is in the top 40 of the country charts. Tonight, a new Idol will be crowned winner during the Season 20 finale of the singing competition. A year after Beckham was voted winner, the singer-songwriter reflects on the many business lessons he’s … [Read more...] about ‘American Idol’ Alum Chayce Beckham Reflects On Year After Historic Win
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Noosheen Hashemi is founder and CEO of January AI. The health tech sector is expanding rapidly, having received an infusion of capital at the start of the pandemic that is proving to be a new status quo . The outlook is promising for what continued digitization and technological innovation can bring when it comes to healthcare. And one of the most exciting things happening in the health tech space doesn’t require the design of new technologies or the development of new therapies; rather, it’s a smarter and more efficient way of leveraging what we already have: healthcare data. I’ve argued the benefits of individuals owning their own healthcare data in the past, and the points in favor are clear, from increased privacy to greater consumer choice. The larger question, then, is how such a paradigm can be implemented. How will health data be protected? The Interoperability and Patient Access Final … [Read more...] about How To Make Individual Healthcare Data Ownership A Reality
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Dealing with conflict is no easy feat—especially when it’s coming from an upset customer. Whether it’s problems finding information on your website or frustrations with a particular product or service, any issue has the potential to turn into a major conflict if not handled properly from the start. For customer support professionals, keeping the tone of conversations with customers both productive and positive can go a long way in ensuring situations don’t escalate. To help you achieve this, a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council experts each share their best advice for keeping customer support conversations positive and explain why these tips work so well. 1. Be Grateful For Their Support Always remember that customers are supporters of your product and that we need to be grateful they trusted our products among millions of other options in the first place. Keeping this in mind will help you truly care about them … [Read more...] about Nine Techniques To Keep Customer Support Conversations Productive And Positive
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Chief Operating Officer Mike Hoffman leads business transformation for scaled growth and client success at SBI Growth . Pent-up demand and accelerated growth expectations are leading many CEOs to take a hard look at whether an acquisition is the most effective way to achieve their goals. For companies that have built and grown effectively on their own, the unknowns of an acquisition can be daunting. However, with a strategic investment of time in finding the right acquisition and approaching the pre- and post-merger steps correctly, the rewards can far outweigh the potential risks. Minimize Risks Before Making An Acquisition The first step is to do your go-to-market diligence. Create a comprehensive view of the target’s revenue engine, its overall health and the levers that will drive measurable improvement and sustainable growth. Your checklist should look like this: • Assess the target’s … [Read more...] about Maximizing Growth Through Acquisitions