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People Are Looking To Invest In This Emerging Startup, But It Doesn’t Exist



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Tahmima Anam’s new novel, The Startup Wife, revolves around an incubator named ‘Utopia’, which helps launch promising startups. With its sleek website and functional contact page, it appears to be just like any other Silicon Valley firm – but it doesn’t really exist.

Out of all the startups Utopia helped launch in the novel, one has caught the attention of venture capitalists and investors who are interested in funding it, for real.

The fictional company, ‘EMTI’, is touted as a “subscription business designed to give people control of their possessions.”


How it works: each month, subscribers will receive an empty box of a particular shape and size, containing an ancient philosophical Buddhist message about “letting go.”

The customer will then place possessions they wish to get rid of in the box, and post it back to the company, who will dispose of the objects “in the most thoughtful, sustainable way possible.”

While this sounds like a lovely Marie Kondo-esque idea, Utopia and EMTI are both fictional, and part of Anam’s satirical novel.

According to Inc., other non-existent startups featured on Utopia include ‘Obit.ly’, a company envisioned to manage your social media accounts after your death, and ‘LoneStar’, which is depicted to be preparing a vaccine to prevent people from consuming dairy or meat in order to aid climate change efforts.

While the other startups might come across more obviously as fictional, there are people who have been serious about investing in EMTI.

“Occasionally, when I’ve been talking to people in the startup world, as a joke, I will just give them the website address and not tell them that it’s fake. For some reason, EMTI has been the one that people are most interested in investing in,” Anam told NPR.

In the novel, the protagonist is a part of a new startup named WAI, meaning “We Are Infinite,” that she started with her husband. The firm offers customized rituals for customers, allowing them to connect with their loved ones more based on those rituals.

However, the industry views her husband as the company’s main spokesperson, while she works quietly in the background. Anam said that the novel was inspired by her own experience working in Silicon Valley.

Her husband (in real life) had founded a music technology startup named ROLI, and while she was a fixture on the board from the very beginning, she experienced gender bias when people wouldn’t take her as seriously as her male counterparts.

“I really enjoyed thinking about writing this book the entire time that I was on that board. Any time someone cut me off or ignored me or didn’t take me seriously, I thought, ‘I’m going to write that down,’” Anam explained.

“I think the tech world promotes the idea of the male visionary. If you think about all the people who are now basically in charge of our lives, it’s mostly a series of white men, whether it’s Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg. I mean, we may not worship them as people, but we’re so dependent on them.”

[via Inc., cover image via Kelli McClintock / Unsplash (CC0)] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414819/People-Are-Looking-To-Invest-In-This-Emerging-Startup-But-It-Doesn-t-Exist/

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10 Golden Rules Of Personal Branding

Creating a personal brand can be a daunting, mythical task. And one of the easiest ways to get lost in the process is to not know where to start. Even Oprah Winfrey began by going through several style iterations on a small local show before defining her voice into one of the most influential personal brands in the world.

In both our look-at-me cultural shift and evolving job market, it’s both helpful and necessary to stand out when applying for a job or starting your own company. A personal brand is for (almost) everyone. So here are 10 golden rules for creating an engaging, unique, and inviting personal brand.

1. Have a focus.

“Too many people are unfocused when it comes to press and coverage, trying to be “everything to everyone.” Decide what your key message is and stick to it,” says Cooper Harris, founder and CEO of Klickly. Her personal brand has undergone a dramatic shift—from working actress to respected tech entrepreneur and she has handled this shift by only focusing on one message at a time. Keeping your message focused for your target demographic will make it that much easier to both create content around your personal brand and have others define you.

In fact, Adam Smiley Poswolsky, millennial workplace expert and author of The Breakthrough Speaker, takes it one step further when he’s advising speakers: “Carve a niche, and then carve a niche within your niche. The best personal brands are very specific.” And Juan Felipe Campos, VP of tech and partner at Manos Accelerator, goes one step further to focus on communities that he targets with his large-scale clients. “Keep your message and content consistent to one niche topic to become memorable within a targeted community.” The narrower and more focused your brand is, the easier it is for people to remember who you are. And when it comes time to hire a speaker or a new employee, your narrowed-down brand will be what they remember.

2. Be genuine.

There’s an easy way to have an original personal brand—and that is to be genuine and authentic. Millennial influencer and head of marketing at Popular Demand, Monica Lin, says “People can see right through a disingenuous act.” The more obviously a brand is a copycat, the more the audience will call out the perpetrator for it. Monica’s personal brand experienced a huge amount of growth after she began engaging with her audience more meaningfully on Twitter.

“Be genuine. It will make it much easier to manage your personal brand on a daily basis,” explained William Harris, Facebook ads expert at Elumynt. Your personal brand should be an easy daily filter that you create content and reach out to your audience with. And finally, Justin Wu, founder of CoinState says “Be a master of your craft, skillset or industry before starting a personal brand. Then your content will help amplify who you are.”  When initially building his personal brand, he garnered a reputation of being an expert in his field while simultaneously amplifying on social media that same renown. If you’re deeply skilled in one area, your reputation alone will help you build the brand you want.

3. Tell a story.

If your personal brand isn’t telling a story, you’ve already lost half of your potential audience. Allen Gannett, chief strategy officer at Skyword and author of The Creative Curve explains it best:” The most effective personal branding strategy these days is to build a true narrative – single character monologues are boring in Tinseltown, and even more boring for your personal brand.” No one wants to hear you shout about your brand into the social media void, so create a story around your brand that your audience can engage with. Allen regularly meets and chats with his audience in airports around the world, further developing his warm and friendly personal brand.

One of the best ways to tell that story is through written content or video. For Pelpina Trip, social video strategist, this is definitely the case. Her own video channel on LinkedIn sees some of the highest levels of engagement across the platform. “The most personal way to communicate online is with video. Simply use your smartphone to video message your clients, make a personal connection with prospective clients and connect with co-workers. After all, you always have your smartphone on you!”

4. Be consistent.

Being consistent is very similar to having a narrow focus—it’s much easier to get recognized for one topic if you consistently create content and brand voice around it. “Ensure that your personal brand promise stays consistent, both online and offline,” explains Fyiona Yong, director and millennial leadership coach (ICF ACC). She regularly works with millennials in a corporate context to help them define their more conservative work goals. “You have to demonstrate consistency across your communication, gravitas, and appearance. Don’t underestimate how tiny inconsistencies can derail personal brand effectiveness.”

On the opposite, creative side, CyreneQ, a top storyteller on Snapchat, suggests “something consistent either visually or personality wise. Something unique that people can associate with your brand and know it’s you. For example, a sidekick mascot or having a catchphrase you say after every video – something people can fall in love with.” Her sidekick mascot, Ele, has garnered millions of views per Snap for brand work, allowing her fun personal brand to represent big box brands like Walmart and DC.  So whether you’re creating a wild, incredibly out-there fun brand or one that’s a bit more on the conservative, corporate side, consistency is key.
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Personal Branding & Marketing Agency

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Mike Armstrong runs a personal branding & marketing agency under his MA Consultancy brand in conjunction with Laws of Life llp!

This personal branding & marketing agency works to the same strategy that Mike Armstrong the Welsh Dragon, (#MikeArmstrong #WelshDragon), has used and followed to become a key person of influence in the Digital Marketing, Sales, Entrepreneurship & Global: Networking, Podcasting and Speaking & Event space (google Search Mike Armstrong & #MikeArmstrong Global and #MikeArmstrong in any social media!

As this personal branding & marketing strategy required a lot of work Mike has become the UK licensee of USA Digital Marketing, Media and Events Agency, Laws of Life llp out of Boca Rohan in Florida.

Utilising this proven Personal Branding & Marketing Strategy and a large resource of specialist digital, media and event practitioners can help you to grow your personal brand, elevate you as a key person of influence in your sector, and become a top industry and/or global brand.

How do we grow your personal brand!

We can grow your personal brand and elevate your position as a key person of influence in your sector by providing the following digital marketing, branding, multi media and web services including Podcasting, Webcasting, Blogging, Events, TV, Training and so much more.

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If you are ready to grow your personal brand and you have a decent budget to do so then please feel free to contact me on 07960872549 / 00447960872549? I can provide the strategy for allowing you to do this yourself or the strategy and outsourced services based on your budget to help you to do this for you. (#TeamWorkMakesTheDreamWork)!

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Meet the Wolf of Wall Street, Online in April

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PRSNTS offer Corporate Business Events for Global Entrepreneurs for the Networking, Technology & Sports Hospitality Sectors.

After 10 years of experience as MD of a global networking & events company, Paul Smolinski uses his years of experience and vast network of high level global entrepreneurs and speakers to provide global world class speaker events.

After working with the likes Sir Richard Branson, Lord Sugar, Grant Cardone, Michelle Mone, Hilary Devey, Les Brown, Dr John Demartini, Brian Tracy, Sharon Lechter, Kevin Green, Jairek Robbins, Tom Zigglar, Kevin Harrington from Shark Tank, many Apprentice winners & Dragon’s Den stars, Paul has a number of high profile Events lined up for 2021 including this Wolf of Wall Street online event in April 2021, featuring Jordan Belfort.

Event Details – Meet Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort on Thursday 22nd of April 2021 from 7pm to 9pm (UK time)!

Click here for more info – https://thewolfofwallstreet.prsnts.co.uk

The Headline Sponsor for this event is Lanelay Hall Hotel & Spa

Other Events

PRSNTS have previously done Rugby, Football and Rugby Hospitality events including Rugby away trips, Corporate Rugby Hospitality Six Nations Events & Six Nations Launch events, as well as Corporate Football Hospitality Events and Corporate Golf Events, all featuring Sports Stats and Sporting Celebrities etc. And we will be providing more of these sports hospitality events as well as Premier League Football Hospitality events from 2021 onwards.

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PRSNTS also provide sports away trips, as well as exclusive annual meet Richard Branson, Necker Island trips and cruises etc.

If you are interested in known more please see the Wolf of Wall Street event details via the link or feel free to contact Paul Smolinski on 07920772707 or email: paulsmolinski68@gmail.com.

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Work From Home Passive Income Event hosted by Introbiz for UK

Join the Forex Work From Home Passive Income Event to see how to create a passive income team-building opportunity in the Forex Trading Market, which you can build whilst you work from home:

Passive Income – Make money whilst you sleep
Multiple Streams of Income – Don’t have your eggs all in one basket / Spread your risk
Work from home – Earn money around your lifestyle not instead of it.
90,000 members so far but a huge global opportunity to recruit lots more members
Currently in 185 Countries – Global Opportunity
Build a business, not a career
COVID & Recession Proof!
Be part of the World’s Largest, Most Profitable Industry the Forex Trade (worth £3 Trillion
Learn proven successful team-building strategies
Hear from a number of Introbiz Members who have been in the business since March 2020 and are already making thousands of pounds on their small initial investments from just £300.

The Work from Home Passive Income Event will be held on Zoom and all registrants will be emailed the link.

This is a recurring passive income event that will run weekly on a Wednesday Evening up until Mid December, so new members can use the event to encourage and train their team members and network who are interested in joining or need more information before they decide.

For more about Introbiz see the Introbiz YouTube Channel or the full Introbiz Events section.

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Morning Networking Event Online – #IntrobizGlobalSummit

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Please join us this morning for our daily pre-summit morning Networking event from 9am to 11am (UK time).

You need to join the Introbiz Global Summit Facebook Group and find the networking zoom link there!

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Also feel free to watch the speakers from yesterday summit, this morning.

The videos are available in the Group until the end of the summit (and the weekend) and then only in a full recording of the event following that!

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Just over 1 week to go until The Introbiz Global Summit • #IntrobizGlobalSummit

The Introbiz Global Summit
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Introbiz Global Summit 3-Day Virtual Event from 25th – 27th November 2020

Introbiz Global Summit is going to be “The online business event of 2020”, where you get to meet and greet, online, global entrepreneurs & speakers, whilst meeting like-minded business owners & entrepreneurs from across the globe during our additional online networking opportunities. 

Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs will be joining us online, connecting across the planet, and learning about Health, Wealth, Success, Relationships and Connections. The Introbiz Global Summit will be a truly unique event with Global Masters who will teach you how to adapt and thrive from this life-changing year.

Find out more about the Speakers
See 35 of the world’s top Entrepreneur Keynote Speakers online. 

Surround yourself with many of the world’s greatest speakers including Les Brown, Sharon Lechter, Dr John Demartini, Brian Tracy, Jairek Robins and many more… 
Learn new strategies to grow your business from industry leaders. 
Network with like-minded entrepreneurs.
Attend VIP exclusive networking online events with the keynote speakers
Listen to the online recording of WorldClass speakers (at your own leisure)
Build new partnerships and relationships with entrepreneurs from across the planet
Includes a number of Free business networking session online throughout the event.
Book your FREE tickets to the online global event to create real relationships globally via the link below and please register for the pre-summit networking breakfast events here:

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Forex Passive Income Training Event

Join the weekly Forex Passive Income Training Event to learn how to create a passive income team-building opportunity in the Forex Trading Market, which you can build whilst working from home #WFH:

Passive Income – Make money whilst you sleep
Multiple Streams of Income – Don’t have your eggs all in one basket / Spread your risk
Work from home – Earn money around your lifestyle not instead of it.
90,000 members so far but a huge global opportunity to recruit lots more members
Currently in 185 Countries – Global Opportunity
Build a business, not a career
COVID & Recession Proof!
Be part of the World’s Largest, Most Profitable Industry the Forex Trade (worth £3 Trillion
Learn proven successful team-building strategies
Hear from a number of Introbiz Members who have been in the business since March 2020 and are already making thousands of pounds on their small initial investments from just £300.

The Forex Passive Income Training Event will be held on Zoom and all registrants will be emailed the link.

This is a recurring passive income event that will run weekly on a Wednesday Evening up until Mid December, so new members can use the event to encourage and train their team members and network who are interested in joining or need more information before they decide.

For more about Introbiz see the Introbiz YouTube Channel or to see the full range of our business events please see the Introbiz Events section where you can register for the next event that fits in with your schedule.

Send any enquiries or your email address to mike@introbiz.co.uk and I can send you a zoom link for the weekly meeting!

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Seven Ways To Keep A Cool Head During Lockdown

On Saturday, Britsh prime minster Boris Johnson announced that the U.K. would effectively be entering a second national lockdown from Thursday. This lockdown, which came as a surprise to many, is due to last for four weeks, ending on 2 December. 

In this environment of extreme uncertainty, leaders will need to keep thinking positively and draw on their resilience in order to keep a cool head. So, how can they do this? Here, seven successful entrepreneurs, mentors and business owners offer their top tips for remaining resilient through a second national lockdown.

1.     Believe that NO means Next Opportunity

“The secret of my success was to always think of the corridor concept and believe that with the right determination and persistence, doors would always open for me,” says Darren Lewitt, businessman, mentor and author of Dream, Create, Believe, Achieve. “Why not challenge yourself and decide which doors and corridors you ultimately aim to conquer? Sometimes a door will be shut firmly in your face, but you must not let that set you back. I have always believed that if someone says ‘NO’ it simply means ‘Next Opportunity’. Stay positive and believe that things happen for a reason and you’ll do just fine.”

2.     Don’t take setbacks personally, see them as feedback

“Life is a constant test of character, belief and ideals,” observes Leonard Sekyonda, an entrepreneur, mentor and author of Be Your Own Hero Again. “Throughout life we are presented with many obstacles and challenges that will test us, but it is only through resilience that we are truly able to go after what we aspire to achieve in life. To be resilient is to not give up, just pick yourself up and try again. So many people stop at the first few obstacles they face and, as a result, never get to discover their true capability. I believe resilience is the ability to not take our setbacks personally but instead to see them as feedback.”

3.     Be prepared to pivot 

“Life as a business owner is very tough and not for the faint-hearted,” argues Tracey Smolinski, founder of global business network Introbiz and co-author of Inspirational Women of the World. “As soon as Covid-19 hit, we had to make very fast decisions to alter and pivot the business. From doing all our business 100% face-to-face we had to shift, learning the skills of Zoom and other online platforms. It is so important to have a good network around you in these challenging times.”

4.     Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – none of us are perfect

“Over the years I have made a lot of mistakes that have cost me time and money, millions sometimes,” says Gian Paolo Aliatis, a serial entrepreneur and co-living property expert. “From mistakes comes wisdom, however. In the long run, my mistakes will save me 10-fold in profit compared with what I lost making those initial mistakes. I am still surprised by the level of business and industry knowledge that I have managed to acquire.”

5.     Accept that you can’t control everything

“Try to accept the situation you’re in, rather than put energy into fighting or questioning things,” advises Blake Auden, a graphic artist and poet. “It takes time, but once we come to accept what’s going on, we can focus on taking positive steps to improve the things we can control. I try to count the things I’m grateful for once a day, limit my exposure to the news and negative social media, and do all I can to actively seek out positive stories. Lastly, I try to focus on my art: on turning everything I’m feeling into something creative. Every day I make time to write, draw, journal, paint – anything that gives the day some structure and allows me to forget the outside world for just a little while.”

6.     Choose to be joyful and positive 

“Something I remind myself of every single day is to choose joy and positivity over anything else,” reveals Emilia Ohrtmann, serial entrepreneur, designer and author of It’s Your Life: How to Choose Confidence. “Whether it’s enjoying some special bonding times with your children, connecting with old friends via the internet, trying something new like baking or a new yoga posture, being a child again or dancing in the living room to loud music, look for the little things that bring joy.”

7.     Get reacquainted with nature… and your partner

“Take advantage of the opportunity to exercise outdoors,” recommends Suzanne Pool, a women’s empowerment expert and author of Discipline: A Secret Code for Women in the Bedroom, Boardroom and Beyond. “A brisk walk every day is great for mental health. It’s an opportunity to process our thoughts and release pent-up energy. A walk also provides some structure in the day – it’s a useful anchor when many of our routines have been taken away from us. My other tip is to have some fun with your other half. Lockdown means we’re spending far more time with our partners, but that’s a useful chance to get to know each other again, and possibly rekindle some dwindling flames.”

The next four weeks are set to be a testing time for U.K. leaders, who will be expected to maintain the morale of their teams without knowing exactly what lies ahead. By focusing on these seven tips, they can help to enhance their own resilience so they emerge from the latest lockdown in a good state of mind.

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Welsh Business News – Welsh Government to support small businesses with innovative ideas #WelshBiz

The Welsh Government is making funding available to support businesses with innovative products and services that will help communities and the public sector adapt to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which can offer up to £50,000 to promising projects able to start in January 2021 and complete by the end of March, will also be important for schemes that can support the public sector after the EU Transition period.

The focus will be on creating better lives closer to home, by delivering against three key objectives that support the Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan. These are to:

Build Back Green – enabling businesses and communities to adapt to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 with a focus on a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable Wales. We are looking for solutions that enable people to continue to work closer to home, considering accessibility and safety whilst maintaining a sense of community and connection.
Create sustainability and security in supply chains – supporting place-based and needs-led driven business supply chains to secure jobs for the future and to safeguard against further supply chain disruptions so that communities have access to healthy food sources.
Support mental and physical wellbeing for all generations – developing new products and services to address mental health, improve access to care, and support the resilience of communities throughout the pandemic and beyond.
Solutions could include ways to use emerging digital and smart technology to support the mental wellbeing of people within communities; reduce the impact of emissions on health; tackle the impacts of food poverty; or reduce unemployment and the need to commute.

Minister for Economy, Transport, and North Wales, Ken Skates, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest public health emergency this country has ever faced. We need people with expertise, entrepreneurship and innovative thinking to work with us and help deliver sustainable solutions to the challenges it poses to the long term wellbeing of our communities and economy.

“I am incredibly proud of the ingenuity and sense of community Wales has demonstrated in dealing with the impacts of coronavirus virus, but there is much more to be done as we continue to adapt to the ever changing landscape in which we live and work.

“The Small Business Research Initiative provides important funding for firms to link with the public sector and deliver important solutions to specific challenges. I encourage those with an interest to get involved.”

Lynda Jones, SBRI Centre of Excellence manager, said: “COVID 19 has affected us all, and for this challenge we are seeking innovations that will help support long term health and wellbeing whilst supporting communities and the economy.

“Successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to collaborate and work closely with a team of experts from the relevant sectors to help develop their solutions.”

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) has a total of £250,000 available to offer successful projects.

Businesses have until 12pm on November 27, 2020 to submit their ideas.

For more information, e-mail: SBRI.COE@wales.nhs.uk

For more information and to submit a project for consideration, visit: sdi.click/betterlives
— Read on www.wales247.co.uk/welsh-government-to-support-small-businesses-with-innovative-ideas/

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