Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Slush is the focal point for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. This year, Slush brings together 15.000 attendees and more than 1600 startups for the two-day event. 800 investors  arrived to Helsinki to meet startups in nearly 4000 pre booked meetings.

Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and music festival organizers. Although Slush has grown from a 300-person event to become one of the leading events of its kind in the world, the philosophy behind  remains the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.

Starting Wednesday 11.11.2015. the event brings together 15 000 people.

Slush was almost sold out already two days before the Event. If you are lucky you might get some tickets available for 12.11.2015 Thursday via this Link: Thursday Tickets

In total this year 15 000 people are expected to Slush 2015 in Helsinki , 1700  growth companies and 250 venture capital funds.

"It has been staggering to see that, especially international interest in Slush has grown even further. Yet more impressive  is the fact that nowhere in the world has never been such a large number of early -stage technology companies with so many Investors ," Slush CEO Riku Mäkelä commented on the event release.

From the 1700 growth companies,  80%  would like to recruit new talent. We know one thing for sure Slush has succeeded in one of its key objectives, namely to recruit the world's largest investors in the technology sector.

"This year, venture capital funds are greater than ever."

 with 50% growth in the number of potential investment destinations with Money to be invested.

"Slush has incoming funds right now as an active investment activities, around 20 to 30 billion €"

However, startups and investors meeting area is two times bigger than in the previous year. Now at 200 meeting tables can accommodate up to seven thousand half-hour meeting, but even that is not enough.

I guess this is one of those events that we all should attend, I already have my own Invite to one of the most exclusive after Party after Slush. Don´t miss the opportunity.

If you want to know more about the Event press HERE and keep in touch.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ferrari Ready to "RACE" in the NYSE with $1 billion IPO

RACE will be the ticker symbol that Ferrari will use when it debuts on the New York Stock Exchange with a $10 billion valuation within the next few months.

 Parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCAM) said Monday it plans to set a price of $48 to $52 per Ferrari share and intends to sell about 10% of the company in the initial public offering. With such a cheap price all Investors should be ready to Invest up to  $1 billion The company hopes to raise just about $1 billion from investors.

 After the IPO, Fiat Chrysler shareholders will be given the remaining Ferrari shares to split the luxury car manufacturer from its parent company. Fiat Chrysler also owns the Maserati, Jeep and Dodge brands. Ferrari makes some of the most exclusive cars in the world and has historically capped production at 7,000 vehicles per year to ensure demand always outstrips supply.

Some customers wait years for the delivery of their new vehicle. This strategy has made the Ferrari brand one of the most valuable in the world. However, Ferrari has begun slightly expanding its production -- delivering 7,255 cars last year -- to ensure its waiting list doesn't get too long.

 Ferrari reported 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in sales last year, resulting in a profit of 265 million euros ($302 million). The son of Ferrari's founder -- Piero Ferrari -- is expected to maintain his 10% stake in the firm. So get ready to join Ferrari into another new "RACE" now in the Stock Market. If you would like to know more details about this Initial Public Offering drop me a line Here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Making Millions with the Rich Jerk

A guy I haven’t talked to in a long time recently reach out to my blog out of the blue and asked me to help him re-launch his formerly infamous brand. He told me that he just realized he wasn’t making any Millions lately and he needed to put himself back on the map something like Dan Bilzerian, but to another level...

Now I normally don´t endorse companies in which I don´t get any direct benefit Intellectual nor monetary, however in this case I´m willing to share part of the idea if you drop me a line (macedo1@hotmail.com)

His website has been offline for the last 7 years. And he asked me to promote his fantastic Million idea now the main reason for this is that I realized I haven´t post anything since the big disappointment of Paquiao vs Mayweather  I agreed to help get his business back online however bare in mind that this is not congruent with my upstanding reputation.

The Interesting Idea is that he managed to get into his promotional reckless video some celebrities: Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman and  Ron Jeremy if you want some info on how to join drop me an e mail and I will gladly send you all additional details. Meanwhile enjoy the Video and the sunny Autumn now if you want to make some cash on the net press here: Make Money on the Net.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mayweather-Pacquiao The $400 Million Fiasco of the Century

Let’s finally be honest here,  Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao's battle on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was everything but epic. The Fight of the Century will be remembered as the Fiasco of the Century.
 This fight let boxing fans feeling gouged, and excluded.
lest´s just remember how screwed up everything was, it was a bad fight, it did more harm than good for boxing.
Mayweather-Pacquiao was destined to be the highest-grossing fight ever, potentially generating between $300 million and $400 million. It wasn’t expected to be the greediest and most unorganized. As fight week arrived on Monday, a sport that was carried in recent years by hardcore fans and Internet bloggers has turned its back on those very supporters in the chase for every dollar.
If waiting until the week before the fight to put 500 tickets on sale to the general public weren’t insulting enough, hotel rooms in Las Vegas, going for $400 to $900 a night and up. Closed-circuit tickets, unless well connected through a hotel host, cost $300 to $400. Try getting a last-minute flight, if you were lucky enough to get a fight ticket, and the cost from Newark is more than $900.
Confirmations of media credentials weren't issued until the last week and offered no promise the holder would be seated in the arena for the fight.
And  the traditional Grand Arrival ceremony on Tuesday was lame full of screams and noise instead of a real quality promotion because, according to his promoter, Bob Arum, “We can do without all the hoopla.”
Though the unprecedented $10 charge for Friday’s weigh-in is being earmarked for charity, the secondary market for those tickets  reached triple figures. Presumably, the Grand Garden Arena was sold out on Saturday night with those who can afford tickets averaging $10,000.
Mayweather and Pacquiao delivered a lame boring bout, with no need for discussion of a rematch. Since it was a boring exhibition of shadow boxing, and the judging appeared biased (assuming Paquiao won the bout), it let fans angry, unfulfilled and feeling cheated.
“We all waited for something good, something that’s final, something that makes the wait worthwhile, it didn´t happen” longtime boxing analyst Larry Merchant said.
Perhaps it was inevitable Mayweather-Pacquiao was a rocky production. Mayweather waited until February to agree to the bout, leaving less than three months to plan an event that normally would have taken five months to prepare. The parties don’t exactly get along. Rivals HBO and Showtime are partnering on the pay-per-view production.
Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank, and the MGM Grand aren’t on good terms stemming from the casino’s promotion of a Mayweather bout when Pacquiao was fighting Tim Bradley.
Arum and Mayweather’s adviser, Al Haymon, aren't exactly friends, and Mayweather Promotions acted as the lead promoter in its first mega-event. Unsigned contracts and squabbles over ticket allotments have led to endless finger-pointing, with blame assigned to Arum, Haymon or the MGM, depending on whom you choose to believe.
“It’s a tough collection of issues,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports.
In many ways, this is uncharted territory. The late announcement of the fight, the limited number of tickets, a $300 charge for closed-circuit viewing, and a $100 pay-per-view price point  tested the market for a real and final disappointment.
Boxing fans just realized it wasn't  money well spent, and probably Mayweather and Pacquiao are just laughing together behind closed doors.

 As for me I would stick for some real MMA  by watching the UFC and some cards that are more real than all the money made in this lame boxing match.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Björn Wahlroos:From left to right to make Millions

Björn Wahlroos may be the most important business executive in Finland. I had the opportunitty to talk and learn form the Chairman of three of the biggest companies in the Nordic region – Nordea, the bank, Sampo, the financial services group, and UPM-Kymmene, the paper producer – the dapper 60-year-old is renowned in his homeland almost as much for his sharp tongue as for his business expertise.

Widely known as Nalle – similar to bear in English – his life has followed an extraordinary trajectory. “I think it’s a great story” he says.

Describing himself as a “high-school communist”, Mr Wahlroos is now Finland’s arch-capitalist. “I’d laugh myself crazy if my kids would come with some sort of leftist idea. ‘I don’t think you can be that bloody stupid’,” he says.

Mr Wahlroos has a home in south-western town of Salo in Finland. The 5,000-acre estate dates back to the 14th century and the manor house was built in 1790 by Count Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt, the viceroy of Finland under Tsar Alexander I.

“You have to remember this is the chap who is doing second year in college; he’s 20 years old,” he says, describing his teenage brush with the politics of the far left. “He’s had a fascinating four years with revolution . . . And all of a sudden [my friends and I] realised that everybody around us was turning Stalinist.

“The world got pretty nasty in 1972/73. The contours became much sharper and as [they did] of course all of a sudden you realise you may be standing on the wrong side of the contour.”
Mr Wahlroos, who comes from the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland, began his working life as a professor. After completing an undergraduate degree, a masters and then a doctorate in economics, he began teaching at Brown University and Kellogg School of Management in the US. Not for the first time in his career,

his timing was almost perfect – working as a professor of microeconomics at a time in which there was a
“big conflict between markets and planning that became the big thing in the late 70s”.
He says proudly that in teaching evaluations at Kellogg he outscored Phil Kotler, the well-known professor of marketing. “That’s the one thing I always like to remind myself of,” Mr Wahlroos says.

He credits his father’s interest in books and academic study as one of the factors that inspired him to go into the world of letters. He is quick to add, however, that while academia “was fascinating”, it was “also a way of avoiding, postponing a decision”.

But then came a “kind of Mario Puzo thing . . . an offer which you couldn’t refuse” and an abrupt career shift. The chairman of Union Bank of Finland offered him a junior board seat. “That’s luck again,” Mr Wahlroos says. “I got into banking in 1985 when we are deregulating all the financial markets and as a consequence, of course, I had a marvellous time.”
While the most recent global financial crisis has been widely blamed on deregulation, he is unapologetic about its effects. Indeed, he says “it was way too late . . . The earlier you do it and the more skilfully you do it the smaller are the side-effects. We [in the Nordics] had a lot of side-effects but so did everybody else.”

Soon the Nordic region had been plunged into a deep financial crisis with Finland, Norway and Sweden all having banking shocks. But 20 years later, says Mr Wahlroos, it was interesting to see those three countries avoid a banking crisis. Denmark, which missed the 1990s variant, suffered this time round. “There’s a very strong learning curve argument there . . . The financial crisis in the early 1990s taught Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian bankers, central bankers and politicians a whole lot, and quite obviously that message was not quite as strongly received in Denmark."

But Finland’s position today is far from healthy, with Nokia and the paper industry, its two industrial heavyweights, struggling.

“They’re actually very closely related,” Mr Wahlroos says, “because the iPad hit Nokia and the iPad hit the pulp and paper industry. So we have a big job ahead of us. We’ve started on that journey but I don’t see enough sense of urgency.”

The day after the Microsoft deal to buy Nokia’s handset business was announced, he described it as a “necessary and well-executed transaction”.
Finland is just emerging from its second recession since the financial crisis and has been a poster child for austerity in the eurozone. Some, particularly outside the country, have wondered if it should abandon debt reduction and embrace higher government spending. Should the country move towards Keynesian stimulus policies?

“I think that argument is nonsense; it’s been nonsense ever since 1936. Actually, believe it or not, I reread [Keynes’] General Theory just about three months ago and I suggest everybody do it because it’s an incredibly bad book,” says Mr Wahlroos, hastily pointing out he means badly argued, not badly written.
Perhaps it should not be surprising. As a former academic, he peppers his conversation with historical allusions. He points to James Callaghan, the UK prime minister who told a conference of his Labour party in 1976 that the idea that government spending was a way out of a recession was no longer feasible. Mr Wahlroos argues that it is “absurd” to think you can spend your way out of a crisis.

Later, while discussing financial regulation, he throws in a reference to the battle of Culloden in 1746, when, he says, “the Pope reinforced the ban on charging interest”.
Almost apologetically, he concludes: “This is very theoretical but I used to be a professor in this. I’m sorry about the enthusiasm.”

Talk eventually returns to his career. In 1992, at the height of the Nordic crisis, he took the investment bank of UBF private and turned Mandatum, the new company, into the region’s leading mergers and acquisition adviser.

In 2001, he merged Mandatum with Sampo, becoming both chief executive and a big owner in the latter. Mr Wahlroos says “in terms of management style [this was] the biggest challenge”.

His predecessor had created a matrix organisation – “in order not to fire anyone. So I came in and within two months I had fired, well, at least half of the executives.”
Does that not make it odd that he is known as Nalle? “My nickname is Nalle, which means  bear” in both Swedish and Finnish, he says. But with a glint in his eye, he adds: “I don’t have the delusion that I’m broadly viewed as a teddy bear.”
When finally asked what is the secret? He answered emphatically: There is No secret!!!