NASDAQ’s CEO says bringing more people into capital markets is the way to create ‘inclusive capitalism’

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Adena Friedman, CEO of the online stock exchange, argues that creating value for all stakeholders will ultimately create more value for investors. NASDAQ is committed to achieving “inclusive capitalism,” said CEO Adena Friedman at the Fast Company Innovation Festival . What does that mean for the stock exchange? Bringing more first-time investors into the fold, creating an ecosystem to allow more companies to go public, and changing existing structures so that all stakeholders in a business share a company’s wealth. Read Full Story

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What is Equity Crowdfunding and How Can You Use it For Your Business?

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Creating a successful startup is hard; it’s even harder without access to startup funds. However, if you’ve got a great business plan and the ability to create a buzz around your brand, equity crowdfunding could be the perfect option for your business. New legislation is opening up this crowdfunding option and making it a more viable method of raising capital for thousands of businesses. An Overview of Equity Crowdfunding Equity crowdfunding enables members of the public to invest in a privately-owned company. An entrepreneur or a business, generally a startup, will use an equity crowdfunding platform to offer securities in return for an investment from members of the public. Most commonly, that security will be in the form of shares, and as the company grows and prospers, the value of those shares increases, offering the investor a return on their investment. Why is this important for businesses? If you’ve ever …

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What it means for businesses to ‘build back better’ after COVID-19

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The health and economic crisis has prompted pro-employee changes at some companies. Business school professor Sarah Kaplan argues they should keep them and do even more. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos signed it. So did Doug McMillon, the CEO of Walmart, and Charlie Scharf, the CEO of Wells Fargo. Last summer these corporate chieftains and 178 others made a big fuss over affirming the Business Roundtable’s updated statement of purpose , declaring the end of shareholder primacy in favor of “stakeholder capitalism” that aims to create value for employees, suppliers, communities, and others. Read Full Story

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CEOs: If you really believe in stakeholder capitalism, now is your chance to make it real

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The business community has spent the Trump administration talking about creating a more just system for companies, employees, and the world. Now that the White House is listening, will they use their power to make it happen—or was it all talk? Many corporate executives are looking forward to the prospect of divided government in Washington, with President-elect Joe Biden in the White House but Republicans potentially holding onto the Senate, because they hope it will limit the chances of what they see as progressive overreach. But CEOs who have made commitments on issues such as climate change and racial justice should reject the outdated mantra that all regulation is bad for business and use their influence to push for a “stakeholder capitalism agenda,” both with Republicans on Capitol Hill and the Biden administration. Read Full Story

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Warner Music Group pops after Nasdaq debut as the pandemic and protests rage on

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The stock sale immediately follows Blackout Tuesday. “We concluded that there was sufficient market momentum,” the group’s CEO said. Warner Music Group, one of the “big three” U.S. record labels, was trading up by more than 19.5% after debuting on the Nasdaq exchange this morning. The firm priced 77 million shares at $25 and trading opened at $27, making it the biggest U.S. listing of 2020. The share price then rose above $29 per share. Read Full Story

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The coronavirus crisis will speed the end of shareholder primacy

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This moment in time has realigned the values of society and business, paving the way for stakeholder capitalism, writes Nasdaq’s global head of board engagement. We will not know the lasting effects of COVID-19 on the global business community for some time, but the immediate impact has taught us many lessons about globalism, innovation, and the value of stakeholder interests. Businesses have played a crucial role in addressing the full scope of this crisis—from maintaining important channels of communication through innovative technology, ensuring access to capital through open markets, and supporting supply chains with transportation and logistics teams deemed essential workers. Read Full Story

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Announcing: The MozCon Virtual 2021 Initial Agenda

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Posted by cheryldraper Come one, come all to the hottest ticket in virtual! We’re packing up the MozCon big top and bringing all the MozCon magic straight to your front door. Last year we took MozCon to the virtual stage for the first time, and we loved it so much, we’re doing it again! Only this time, we’re taking it to the next level with exclusive performances by world-renowned local SEO jugglers, automation acrobats, link building magicians, and so much more! We know SEO doesn't stop — searchers keep on searching, and marketers need to stay on their toes to meet their needs. (Cue the tightrope walkers!) Join Ringmaster Roger and marketing experts from around the world for three days packed with presentations on SEO, search marketing, mobile, conversion optimization, local search, and more — all from the comfort of home. Not your typical marketing conference Get connected Meet fellow …

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