Crowdfunding boosting Parkinson’s research, and Alibaba may be in a little slump – Interlinked Weekly Investment News – Jan. 16th, 2015
Alibaba Falls Below $100 in Post-Holiday Slump
Is the Alibaba party coming to an end? Probably not, but they certainly didn’t open 2015 as strong as they hoped. For the first time since it’s record-breaking IPO, the Chinese online retailer has slumped in the first few weeks of January. Here’s why.
Alibaba, which raised a record $25 billion in a Sept. 18 initial public offering, climbed to $119.15, its highest ever, on Nov. 10, a day before China’s annual Singles’ Day online shopping event when sales surged to $9.3 billion. Additional shares are expected to enter the market this year starting in March as lockup agreements preventing early investors from selling their stock expire.
“We have already passed the two biggest e-commerce holidays on Nov. 11 and Dec. 12, so in general people are viewing it as a time with limited catalysts,” Cheng Cheng, an analyst at Pacific Crest, said by phone from Portland, Oregon, Wednesday. “They’ll probably announce earnings in February, most likely before the lockup period time is up.”
Responsible Investors Needed in Weak Microfinance Markets
Micro financing was all the rage a few years ago, but seems to have stalled in its effectiveness due to mismanaged funds. Now, more than ever, it seems like the demand for socially responsible investment is at a critical point for microfinance. Here’s one opinion from Forbes.
The importance of informed, responsible investors is critical given the frequent failure of other stakeholders to protect borrowers from abusive practices by microfinance institutions (MFIs). The multiple microfinance debacles over the years are indicators of widespread regulatory failure.
Microfinance has caused crises in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Morocco, Bosnia, Pakistan and Andhra Pradesh, India where there were hundreds of suicides in 2010 related to over-indebtedness and inappropriate collection practices. In these and other developing countries, regulators have demonstrated a lack of will to protect poor borrowers from predatory practices and harm by financial institutions.
Scotland: Crowdfunding boosts research into Parkinson’s drugs
As you know, crowdfunding is one of the best ways to generate capital for your business these days. But did you know just how much crowdunding helps the medical community? In Scotland, a crowdfunding campaign is helping to lead the charge against Parkinson’s disease. Here’s why.
Dr Lysimachos Zografos, CEO of Parkure, which was formed by a group of scientists to fast-track research conducted at the University of Edinburgh, said it was a pioneering approach to funding.
“If successful, this will be the first time this model of equity crowdfunding has been used to fund drug discovery for a disease as big as Parkinson’s,” he said
While crowdfunding is emerging as a new way of financing medical research, concerns have been raised that it allows scientists to by-pass the usual safety checks and data controls which are attached to grants from major organisations.
7 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader
Starting the New Year strong is on everyone’s to-do list. That’s why we feel that honing your leadership skills are important, especially when looking at growing your business. In one of our latest blog posts, we give you seven solid steps to becoming a better leader, and what you need to do to achieve them.
- Choose Your Words Wisely: In order to be a good leader, or more importantly, become a better leader, mastering how you communicate is key. Be direct when you speak, and try to avoid words or sayings that have a negative connotation, even while being critical. Make sure you inspire when you communicate, and don’t try to complicate tasks by over explaining them.
- Dress for Success, But Don’t Overdo It: Part of becoming a better leader is to make others feel like they can relate to you. And in the business world, how you dress says a lot. Stay professional, but don’t try to constantly out-dress your team. If you dress like your team does for work, they will feel more comfortable around you, and will trust you more. Relating to someone builds trust, and trust helps to build leadership.