Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Jill Stelfox is Executive Chair and CEO of Panzura , leading hybrid multi-cloud data management software/services for the enterprise market. We officially acquired and refounded Panzura on the same day California officially entered the pandemic lockdown. While companies around the world were closing their doors, we were embarking on a period of all-hands-on-deck hypergrowth. As a female CEO in data management, I’m no stranger to overcoming odds and breaking molds, but successfully re-founding a company during unprecedented times was a challenge like no other. From that firsthand experience, I’m here to share some practical advice for startup leaders trying to make headway in an uncertain business environment. 1. Establish a clear vision for holistic growth. As a startup founder, it can be tempting to see growth purely through a financial lens: hitting sales targets, forging partnerships and nurturing … [Read more...] about Three Recession-Proof Hypergrowth Strategies For Startups
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This is a deepdive into the 5 Building Blocks to build the family office of the future: MORE FROM FORBES The Five Building Blocks Of The Future Family Office By Francois Botha The complexity of recent economic, social, political and environmental challenges has thrust the global business community and family offices into a sea of uncertainty. Family office leaders, who have spent much of their tenure operating and investing in stability, have had to react and adapt rapidly to steady the ship in the face of seemingly relentless storms. Even those traditionally working in emerging and frontier markets where uncertainty is normal have faced unprecedented volatility, growing threats and shortened timelines that have required grave tenacity to navigate the new, treacherous waters. Resilience, defined as "the ability to quickly recover from, or adapt easily to adversity or change," has become the hallmark of … [Read more...] about Organizational Resilience As A Building Block For The Future Family Office
The US is planning to send Ukraine an anti-drone military aid package that is reportedly worth US$275 million. The incoming military aid is said to offer new tools to strengthen air defences and defeat drones. According to Reuters and The Straits Times, the package could be officially announced today. The Pentagon is also expected to include Lockheed Martin rockets for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (Himars) launchers in the aid package. Additionally, the Pentagon is also expected to send 155mm ammunition, Humvee military vehicles and generators. The military aid package would be covered by the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the US to transfer such defensive aid and services without congressional approval in response to an emergency situation. The move comes after Russia’s military strategy has revealed its intentions to exhaust Ukraine’s air defence supplies in order to dominate the skies. The US has sent sophisticated anti-aircraft Nasams … [Read more...] about US to send Ukraine anti-drone military aid package worth US$275 million
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin By Rachel ten Brink The last few months have brought a dramatic shift in the market generally, and specifically for Venture Capital. If you listen to media outlets or focus on the late stage headlines, the outlook is quite negative, and it is reasonable that LPs (investors in VC funds) want to slow down and assess where to allocate their capital. However, I would argue that even though things in the last few months seem grim, it is actually a great time to put money to work in Venture Capital. Our view is that the dislocations created by this environment provide for great opportunities to invest in quality companies at attractive terms. While public market valuations have decreased significantly as interest rates and global uncertainty continue to rise, in turn impacting late-stage deals and cascading to the earlier stages of venture, there are clear advantages to creating an early-stage portfolio in this environment: … [Read more...] about Challenging Times Are The Perfect Time To Invest In Startups
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This is the second of a two-part series highlighting how companies and other organizations can execute their ESG strategies successfully by integrating compliance as a value-added function, so that their ESG actions match their words in an ethical and compliant manner. PART TWO: WELL DONE In executing an ESG strategy successfully, Ben Franklin’s adage of “well done is better than well said” is a more appropriate adage than “do well by doing good.” But how can a company truly demonstrate to its long-term stakeholders (the communities in which the company serves, customers, society overall, as well as its employees) that its ESG strategy has been and will continue to be “well done”? The answer is through meaningful investments in and focus on, the often-forgotten component of ESG: the “G” for governance. “G” as in Good Governance Corporate governance indicates the rules, procedures, and ethical standards which … [Read more...] about Well Done Is Better Than Well Said – The Mutual Benefit Of Integrating ESG With Compliance: Part Two
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin GoodRx qualified as a unicorn prior to its IPO , but its story and ambition is rare enough that it may warrant a new mythological creature dedication. Founded in 2011, the nine year-old digital health company went public last September with $388 million in 2019 revenue and, more surprisingly, $139 million in operating profit. GoodRx is best known for making prescription drug pricing transparent and offering discount coupons to consumers, allowing consumers to shop for which pharmacy provides the best combination of price and convenience. The company earns revenue only only when it saves people money. Thus far, the company estimates it has helped Americans realize $20 billion in savings. Doing good is going well for GoodRx and its investors, as suggested by the company’s $18 billion market capitalization (as of the publish date). While GoodRx’s growth has been impressive, it also begs questions: How does … [Read more...] about What Could A Healthcare Marketplace Look Like? GoodRx Is Trying To Show Us
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Chicago-based Farmer's Fridge , wants to revolutionize how people eat on the go. It is one of many companies focusing on advanced vending technologies, which are becoming increasingly popular in various industries because they allow businesses to provide a seamless and automated purchasing experience. Today’s most advanced vending kiosks can offer personalized content, track customer behavior and preferences, and provide a secure environment for products, so it makes sense that businesses such as Farmer’s Fridge are turning to them to improve customer service, tailor offerings, and increase sales. The global vending machine industry is expected to reach about $146.6 billion in sales by 2027. The U.S. accounted for an estimated $36.5 billion as of 2020. If you have been in an airport recently, you’ve seen vending machines doling out everything from Best Buy electronics to Benefit Cosmetics and Sprinkles cupcakes. … [Read more...] about Farmer’s Fridge: Meet The Vending Machines That Provide Farm-To-Fridge Freshness With Waste-Reducing Technology
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Key Takeaways Volvo is shifting to an all-electric lineup by 2030. The new EX90 is the company’s flagship SUV, available in the Fall of 2023. Volvo has struggled recently with higher costs and sourcing of semiconductors. For decades, Volvo has been a brand known for safety. Now, the Swedish car manufacturer wants to be known as an all-electric vehicle company too. Volvo has faced obstacles like the semiconductor shortage and price increases, but all car manufacturers have encountered these issues. Here is what the future holds for Volvo, including the EX90. Volvo committed to all electric Volvo has decided to turn its automobile production into an all-electric or hybrid powertrain for each of its models. The carmaker, once known for its cutting-edge safety features and crash ratings, is looking to lead the automotive industry in terms of innovation. It announced this decision in 2019 and aims to … [Read more...] about Volvo EV: Will A Volvo EV Drive Volvo Stock Upward?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Key takeaways As mortgage rates rise and inflation remains stubborn, there are signs that the housing market is slowing down Real estate brokerage Redfin predicts that housing sales will sink to their lowest level since 2011 Elevated prices and inadequate build rates will likely prop up prices, preventing a massive wave of foreclosures In the past year, rising inflation and soaring interest rates have spilled into the turbulent housing market. Just a year ago, mortgage rates set near record lows as home prices soared. Now, interest rates near 7%, while home prices have jumped nearly 40% since March 2022. Unsurprisingly, that level of home growth is unsustainable in the current market. Now, there’s hope that the housing market is slowing down – albeit gradually. The impact of Covid-19 on the housing market The Covid-19 performed a hefty number on the housing market. As millions lost their jobs and … [Read more...] about Is The Housing Market Slowing Down: Redfin 2023 Predictions
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Disney stock has underperformed considerably this year, falling by over 40% since January. The stock also remains down by about 8% over the past month. There are quite a few factors holding Disney back. Disney reported a weaker-than-expected set of Q4 FY’22 earnings in early November. While revenue rose 9% year-over-year to $20.15 billion, adjusted earnings came in at $0.30 per share, down from $0.37 in the prior-year quarter. While revenue growth was driven by a rebound in the company’s U.S. theme parks and resorts and subscriber additions for the company’s streaming offerings, this was partly offset by weakness in the International theme park operations. Disney+ ended the quarter with 164.2 million subscribers, up almost 39% versus last year. Disney’s profitability has taken a hit due to investments in the streaming business. Over Q4 FY’22, operating losses at the streaming business more than doubled year-over-year to nearly … [Read more...] about Is Disney Stock A Buy As Ad-Supported Disney+ Set To Go Live?