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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Monday, January 12, 2015
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”.
“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!!!