‘Student fee lender secures $240m for US push’(FT 21.08.17) Prodigy Finance founder , Cameron Stevens, writes exclusively on the problem he wants to solve!


Though Prodigy Finance has now extended over $325 million in student loans, the company began, humbly, over a couple of beers. My INSEAD colleagues and I sat around, nodding our heads in complete understanding as we chatted about the difficulties we experienced in finding the funds to pursue our MBAs.

We weren’t an anomaly. As many as 82% of Prodigy Finance-funded masters students have no alternative sources of educational financing. They’ve been accepted into top universities to pursue advanced degrees with potential for exceptional salaries – and banks can’t take that into account.

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As London-based Trint secures US$3.1 million in Pre-Series A funding, Emmy-award winning war correspondent turned Co-founder and CEO, Jeff Kofman, talks career 2.0 and how he stumbled into the world of entrepreneurship.


If you had told me 10 or 20 years ago that I was going to be an entrepreneur and CEO, running a company with 20 employees, I really don’t think I would have believed you. I’ve been a journalist all of my life. I love being a journalist and I really thought that’s what I would do until the end – I joked that I’d go out of the newsroom feet first. But the thing about growing older is that what you want out of life changes.
Thirty-three years is a really long run in journalism. I had a career that exceeded my dreams in every way: reporting from more than 40 countries. I covered many of the biggest stories of our time and I reported on Latin America for ten years. I witnessed real horror as a war correspondent in Iraq and in Libya and elsewhere. I am still haunted by images of the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. But there were many moments that were simply thrilling: documentaries on penguins in Patagonia and environmental issues in the Galapagos.

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‘If we believe that our efforts are making the world a better place, are we simply fooling ourselves? If we don’t fool ourselves sometimes, will we not even try to make a difference? ‘(Robert Safian, Editor, Fast Company Jul/Aug 17) We asked 7 leading entrepreneurs about the difference their businesses were making in an era of dramatic change?


Acast’s business is fundamentally changing audio for everyone. 1 in 5 mobile queries, according to Google, are now voice searches, which is an incredible indicator of the growing power of audio. Our technology platform is making it easier than ever for content creators to make great audio and share it with the world. We’re fascinated by content that’s completely different from anything heard before, and we see a future where our technology continuously learns what interests you, and seamlessly delivers the audio you want across different formats.

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Mandeep Singh, Co-Founder of Trouva, writes exclusively on the evolving future of retail!


Commentators have talked about the death of the high street for several years now, and indeed the market continues to change as customers change their shopping habits with the continued rise of online. Whilst as the high street as we know it, stuffed with large chain retailers, ancient technology and products you can find anywhere, is suffering, this in turn is creating an opportunity for a new wave of independent boutiques and retail spaces. With more independent shops opening than closing in 2016[1], the large chain retailers are no longer providing the shopping experience customers are after. With online retail here to stay, the future of retail is changing to encompass the best of the online and offline worlds, focusing on consumer experience more than ever before.

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‘The growing shift to e-commerce has made online payments big business, as Vantiv’s £9bn deal to buy Worldpay this week shows. Banks are playing catch-up as the leading providers develop other services..’(FT 8.07.17) 2 leading entrepreneurs reflect on the implications of the deal and the future of their own fintech businesses!


As the shift to the digital banking grows, financial institutions are facing new challenges.
Global banking fraud is up 26% (£800m in UK) over the last year and the problem is getting worse as customers continue to move to mobile banking.

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Emotional Intelligence should be at the forefront of workplace strategy! Claude Silver of New York’s VaynerMedia explains why?


Imagine running a company built to service Fortune 100 clients in a highly strategic and creative way. Imagine running that company without empathy, kindness and care of your employees, a place where no one says thank you and no one cares if someone is crying in the bathroom. Truly, try to imagine running that company without paying attention to the heartbeat of the culture. There is not a person reading this that would raise their hand to work at said company. There is not one person that would jump at the chance to spend 8-10 hours a day at a company built with no soul.

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‘Medical chief vows to spread ‘genetics dream’ (FT 4.07.17). “This week Sally Davies ‘said she wanted genetic testing to become part of “health professionals’ normal care”, so the science was brought to patients, rather than the other way round..’ We asked two leading Healthtech founders to put the pace of medical innovation into perspective and explain how their own businesses were evolving!”


At HealthUnlocked, whilst we do not focus on people’s genes in the same way Genetics Sciences do, we are building information systems that effectively describe people’s relationships with their health, both as individual and collectives.

Our work aims to understand what each of our millions of users health needs and interests are when coming to our platform, so we can map and describe healthcare from their point of view. The most exciting part of this exercise is that we have the opportunity to create a completely new way of describing health, which in turn fundamentally opens up new routes for research.

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‘Stories of exodus are alarmist claptrap. Frankfurt is dull and has no office space. You can’t sack anyone in Paris. Dublin is too small…and so London’s status is not threatened…’(taken from a piece Sunday Times 11 June 17). We asked 6 leading entrepreneurs if the ecosystem in London was in for a nasty surprise!


I arrived to London 17 years ago, first to study, then to get some work experience only to wake up one morning about 10 years ago realising that this is my home and I don’t want to ever live anywhere else. My love, gratitude and respect for this city is immense. It’s openness, diversity and cultural energy made it the most vibrant city in the world and a magnet for the brightest and best. Now, I’ve always considered myself a radical optimist but I have to admit that recent developments in the UK really put my radical optimism for a test. To say that London’s status is not threatened is at best optimistic but this feels to me more like sheer arrogance and my view is that this arrogance of intellect, lack of empathy and frivolous self-indulgence threaten London’s status more than anything else.

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‘As London based Quiqup secure a £20m Series B Round, Co Founder and CEO Bassel El Koussa talks on-demand logistics, e-commerce and comparisons with San Francisco’s Postmates!’


Since the commercialised internet and the myriad products spawned in the wake of digitisation — think the smartphone and its armies of derivative apps — the world has changed a lot. One such change has to do with how consumers interact with retail businesses; the ways in which they access, discover and purchase the products that retailers have on offer, and the expectations on the kind of services they will receive.

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As Rover.com acquire Santa Monica based DogVacay, we catch up with London’s BorrowMyDoggy Founder Rikke Rosenlund as she shares her journey, algorithms, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Pawsome!


The BorrowMyDoggy idea was developed in July 2012 after I spent the day taking care of a neighbour’s dog, Aston. I realised that lots of dog owners could use a helping paw looking after their dog, and that there are thousands of people who would love to take care of a dog for free, simply because they love them.

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