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The Future of Marketplaces is Here – The 2020s & The Passion Economy

The future of marketplaces is unknown. However, the rise of the Passion Economy could be an opportunity to create marketplaces with passion-driven verticals. “Civilization was born out of the need to fulfil one’s needs” through others… — Vargas Llosa “The next decade will be about passions, not gigs.” — Li Jin Discoverability and Monetization…
André Lopes
January 22, 2020
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The Startup MVP Development Process from A-Z

Developing a Minimum Viable Product has quickly become the industry standard for startups to ensure they build a user-centric product with a quick time-to-market.  Part of the Lean methodology, an MVP is defined as:  “The version of a new product that allows you and your team to collect the maximum…
André Lopes
December 25, 2019
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5 Simple Steps to Create Your UK Startup in One Week

Are you looking to incorporate your startup in the UK? Here I present 5 simple steps you need to accomplish in order to have your startup ready to operate and receive investments: Registration Bank Account SEIS Approval Accountancy Taxation I’ve been through this process for more than once before creating…
Paolo Dotta
November 14, 2019
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The List of the 60 Most Active Marketplace Investors

Looking for Marketplace Investors? Well, I can't blame you. Marketplaces are here to stay - and constantly evolving. If you look at Uber, Etsy or Airbnb, it's easy to understand why creating a safe, trustworthy environment between buyers and sellers may be a great business opportunity. So if you took…
Paolo Dotta
November 13, 2019
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A Real Options Model for Tech Startups’ Valuation

Looking to raise money and struggling to figure out your startup valuation? Valuations are created as a negotiation between the two parties (founding team and investors) on the ratio between the investment sought and the percentage of equity that founders want (and are able) to give out. Of course, they…
Paolo Dotta
October 24, 2019