Future Returns: Investing in a New Consumer Behavior Era

Anticipating fiscal reactions to the shifts in consumer behavior caused by the Covid-19 crisis isn’t easy. But careful observers can find plenty of indicators for how people live and spend money in the new normal.

It’s important to keep in mind many changes, despite the circumstances, aren’t from left field. Nathan
Cockrell
, co-director of global research at Lazard Asset Management characterizes what we’re seeing as a fast-forward of shifts that were already underway.

“On the offline-to-online transition, this looks like it has created a step change, but the direction of travel was already established,” he says. “The longer that Covid has gone on, the more likely it is that enforced changes in consumer habits become learned and persistent. I definitely subscribe to the idea that something’s changed that is somewhat irreversible.”

He uses the example of China’s consumption, which has largely recovered back to 2019 levels. There, online channels

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Mansoor Al Awar calls for investing in leadership and professional skills of teachers being the cornerstone of education in the future

His Excellency Dr. Mansoor Al-Awar, Chancellor of the University, joined several leading personalities in global education in a virtual dialogue hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the weeklong event, and took part in mobilizing international efforts to improve the ability of educational cadres to keep pace and lead the march of change in the future.

Dr. Al Awar led a presentation on “Are Smart Learning Teachers Leading in Action?”, where he discussed new perspectives for higher education teachers and urged government leaders to invest in enhancing leadership and professional skills of teachers as they are the backbone that ensure the continuity of education when challenges emerge, especially currently with global spread of Covid-19.

H.E. Al Awar emphasized the importance of global partnerships for enhancing the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education. Dr. Al Awar also shared a success

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Mindbody Investing Heavily in Product and Technology to Power its Next Phase of Growth

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mindbody, the leading technology platform for the wellness industry, continues to make strategic investments in its core technology in addition to advancing its product development efforts in the face of an increasingly challenging business environment brought on by the coronavirus. The emphasis on product and technology is in line with Mindbody’s stated direction of being a product led company. 

Mindbody, which counts tens of thousands of customers in the fitness, beauty and wellness industries, is in the process of reimagining its core software platform to deliver additional value to the wellness businesses that rely on its integrated software and payments platform to run, market, and grow their businesses. 

Regina Wallace-Jones, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Insight and Innovation, leads several critical areas that are powering Mindbody’s future growth.  

“Our product and technology teams are

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Mindbody Investing Heavily in Product and Technology to Power its Next Phase of Growth | News

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mindbody, the leading technology platform for the wellness industry, continues to make strategic investments in its core technology in addition to advancing its product development efforts in the face of an increasingly challenging business environment brought on by the coronavirus. The emphasis on product and technology is in line with Mindbody’s stated direction of being a product led company. 

Mindbody, which counts tens of thousands of customers in the fitness, beauty and wellness industries, is in the process of reimagining its core software platform to deliver additional value to the wellness businesses that rely on its integrated software and payments platform to run, market, and grow their businesses. 

Regina Wallace-Jones, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Insight and Innovation, leads several critical areas that are powering Mindbody’s future growth.  

“Our product and technology teams are

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The top 12 VC firms most actively investing in early-stage AI startups

  • Artificial intelligence is one of the buzziest technologies of the past 20 years. 
  • Since 2000, investors have poured roughly $407 billion into AI startups, per data from PitchBook. 
  • In that time frame, the top 12 VC firms most active in early-stage AI investing by deal count have collectively closed a total of 708 Series A and B rounds, according to the data analytics firm. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Over the past two decades, artificial intelligence has quickly become one of the most buzzy technologies. 

Giants like IBM have doubled-down on AI-backed offerings, while a rush of startups have emerged that are trying to use the tech to overhaul operations ranging from stocking shelves to supply chain negotiations.

Along with that has come a bonanza of venture capital funding that has created so-called unicorns like Indigo Ag, UiPath, and SenseTime. In the past 20 years, investors have poured

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Korean Millionaire Investing in Decentralized Finance with the desire to build the future of Cryptocurrencies trading

New York, October 6, 2020 (INSIDER MONKEY WIRE)– Fintech is becoming a fast-growing industry in the world today. The term is an amalgamation of the words “Finance” and “Technology” and it is associated with any business that uses technology to enhance or automate financial services and processes. As an industry, Fintech is becoming increasingly beneficial to both businesses and consumers.

In recent years, blockchain have enabled major strides in the financial technology (fintech) industry. Blockchain offers faster, cheaper transactions which are more secure and have permanent records. Blockchain also has the potential to dramatically reshape the capital markets industry with a significant impact on business models, reductions in risk and savings of cost and capital.

While AI technologies are helping financial institutions to save billions in costs incurred in service costs and also have streamlined the data analysis process. Blockchain is lowering the cost of transactions while allowing for a

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Here’s How Much Investing $1,000 In The 5 Biggest Dot-Com Bubble Tech Stocks Would Be Worth Today

Despite an ongoing pandemic and the U.S. economy barely limping along, the Nasdaq is still trading more than 50% above its March lows. The surge in tech stocks in 2020 has understandably led investors to draw comparisons to the dot-com bubble in 2000.

The Nasdaq ultimately peaked at 5,048.62 on March 10, 2000. Of course, some dot-com bubble stocks have performed much better than others in the 20 years since the bubble burst.

FANG Stocks Of Dot Com Bubble: Today’s investors are very familiar with the FANG stocks, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Alphabet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOGL). These four stocks both led the bull market since the 2008 financial crisis and dominate today’s market with their massive market caps.

The dot-com had its own growth of FANG-esque stocks that dominated the tech sector back in 2000:

  • Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)

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Warren Buffett’s charity dinner spurred the boss of an online-trading platform to embrace value investing


  • Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun paid $4.6 million for a charity dinner with Warren Buffett in January.
  • Sun hoped to convert Buffett into a Bitcoin fan, but instead one of his guests, eToro CEO Yoni Assia, embraced Buffett’s value-investing approach.
  • Assia read the definitive book on the subject written by Buffett’s mentor, hired a value-investing consultant, and became a bigger proponent of in-depth research and longer investment horizons, Bloomberg reported.
  • The boss of the social-trading platform also tweeted that value investing is a “hidden magic that reveals itself to you only after 20 years of making 15-20% and compounding it.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Cryptocurrency executive Justin Sun shelled out $4.6 million for a charity dinner with Warren Buffett in a vain attempt to convert the billionaire investor into a Bitcoin believer. Instead, one of his guests embraced Buffett’s signature value-investing strategy, Bloomberg reported on

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Investing In Black Women Tech Founders Is An Investment In Innovation And Growth

Female founders are not monolithic. The intersection of gender and race has a multiplier effect on the challenges Black women face as founders starting and growing technology companies. 

To better understand Black women tech founders’ challenges in building scalable businesses, Black Women Talk Tech, the first chapter-based association of Black women tech founders, and its nonprofit arm, Talk Tech Association, undertook research. Results are based on 671 responses from Black women tech founders. 

The New Face of a Founder: Uncovering Black Women as the Next Billion Dollar Founder was commissioned by Samsung NEXT, Surdna Foundation, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Report highlights Black women’s strengths and resilience and highlights their companies

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Silver Lake was labeled the ‘Warren Buffett of tech’ for investing billions during the pandemic. It’s emulating Buffett again with its new 25-year strategy



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  •  Silver Lake is launching a 25-year investment strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
  • The private-equity giant is becoming even more like Warren Buffett with its longer investing timeframe.
  • Silver Lake has invested billions of dollars in Twitter, Airbnb, Expedia, and other businesses during the pandemic, similar to how Buffett handed cash to the likes of Goldman Sachs and General Electric during the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The firm has also emulated Buffett by lending money at lofty interest rates and securing equity warrants.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Silver Lake pulled from Warren Buffett’s playbook when it injected cash into ailing companies during the coronavirus crash this year. The private-equity giant is emulating the famed investor once again with the launch of a 25-year investment strategy.

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Abu Dhabi’s sovereign-wealth fund, Mubadala, is acquiring a sub-5% stake in Silver

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