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Why We Shouldn’t Worry About the Declining Number of Public Companies

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stock exchanges has declined by almost 50% from its peak in 1996, despite dramatic increase in aggregate market capitalization. firms gravitate towards digital strategies, firms have less need for elaborate finance, marketing, production, distribution, accounting, and human resource departments. Such acquisitions become more lucrative with rising first-mover advantages, pace of technological development, and network externality. westend61/Getty Images.

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The Hidden Costs of Initial Coin Offerings

Harvard Business

More recently, it has gained attention as a way to finance new ventures, through what is known as an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Less noticed, though, is ICOs appear almost antithetical to the standard approach to financing a risky venture. Blockchain startups raised over $5 billion in 2017 through ICOs and over $12 billion through the first three quarters of 2018. Today, Ethereum’s market capitalization is $24 billion. Renee Comet/Getty Images.


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What Investors Need to Know About Zimbabwe After Mugabe

Harvard Business

This is promising for a market formerly dubbed the “breadbasket of Africa.” ” Once one of Africa’s most developed markets – with a solid education system, good infrastructure, and a relatively large middle class – decades of mismanagement have cost Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa’s first actions in office underscore how important he views economic recovery. ALEXANDER JOE/Getty Images.

A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

Harvard Business

Thirty percent of early AI adopters in our survey — those using AI at scale or in core processes — say they’ve achieved revenue increases, leveraging AI in efforts to gain market share or expand their products and services. Long-term: Work with academia or a third party to solve a high-impact use case (augmented human decision making in a key knowledge worker role, for example) with bleeding-edge AI technology to potentially capture a sizable first-mover advantage.