How to launch a new business in a pandemic

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Venture funding may be scarce right now, but it does exist—especially for ideas that meet the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a special type of heartbreak for entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses. In addition to dealing with the many health and social issues brought on by the virus, they have faced the abrupt collapse of a near-perfect set of conditions for startups: a robust economy, eager investors, and unprecedented levels of venture funding. Read Full Story

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So much for altruism: Startups that are good for the world get less crowdfunding

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Looking to fund your brilliant idea? Downplay how wonderful it is for the environment or social good. Looking to crowdfund your brilliant idea? Downplay how wonderful it is for the environment or social good. This is the finding of a recent study of 8,631 Kickstarter projects, published in the Journal of Business Ethics. Despite the general assumption “that on digital platforms, citizens are inclined to provide more support to projects with a social benefit,” the authors found that Kickstarter projects that strongly emphasized their good-for-the-worldness frequently did not get funded. Read Full Story

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The controversy over how the Minnesota Freedom Fund is spending its donations, explained

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A bail fund donation was always going to do more than just bail out protestors As thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death, many more thousands sought to help by making donations. Online opinion quickly coalesced around donating to community bail funds as a way to support the protestors: if they were arrested, then they could be promptly released from jail. For people looking to help in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Freedom Fund became a favorite recommendation. It ended up receiving more than $30 million in donations in just a few days, though at the beginning of May, its goal had been raising just $5,000 for the month. As the protests spread, groups like Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and Community Justice Exchange’s National Bail Fund Network also saw surges in donations. Read Full Story

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These Are England’s New Build Homebuyer Hotspot

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Oxfordshire is currently England‘s new build homebuyer hotspot according to the latest research from new build experts, BuildScan, the snagging and defect management app. [reit] Q4 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and more BuildScan analysed the property market across England over the last year, looking at the number of new build transactions completing in each […]

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Chipotle is the latest company to get behind robot cars. Here’s why

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Chipotle just invested big in an autonomous delivery company. Their CTO explains why and what the process will look like. Nuro is the autonomous vehicle company that big brands love. With a focus on delivery, Nuro’s cute, driverless vehicle that’s optimized to hold goods has attracted partnerships with Walmart, Kroger, and CVS, along with over $1 billion in funding since 2017. Read Full Story

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Look Ahead To FTSE 350 Companies Reporting From 12 To 16 April

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JD Sports Fashion PLC (LON:JD) (OTCMKTS:JDSPY) will tell us whether the last few months have changed guidance Q1 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (FRA:MOHF) (OTCMKTS:LVMUY) may offer a strategic game plan for its controversial Tiffany’s acquisition Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) (OTCMKTS:TSCDY) could shed some light on margin expectations […]

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