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Decoding Sustainability
By Matthew Yamatin whose consulting company besides of Fortune 500 companies such as Unilever, Biogen, Whole Foods, State Street, or Westinghouse also consults smaller local players such as ISB (International School of Beijing).

HAG
Agrachina  Sustainability  Consultancy  Beijing  China  Expert  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  ecological  Risk_Management  Strategy 
april 2019 by eocas
Not For Sale
Creates businesses (restaurants, shoe-repair shops, etc.) whose profits are used to help victims of human trafficking.

About:
"We grow self-sustaining social projects and purpose-driven business to end exploitation and forced labour.


These enterprises create opportunities, and return revenue to those who need it most."

Mentioned 20190317 by Alex Crawford as positive example of a social enterprise at Huadao Eco-village conference.

HAG
Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  community  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  sustainablecompany  sustainable  Sustainability  Inspiration 
march 2019 by eocas
Tetrate | Enterprise Service Mesh with Envoy & Istio
Helps companies with digital transformation to public clouds (cloud-native) to finally manage microservices at scale. That includes mastering challenges around networking APIs, HTTPS handling and modeling service interactions (from outside the Istio mesh).

Tetrate's three pillars of added value are:

1. Intelligent Traffic Management
Enhance reliability with dynamic, QoS-aware, decentralized routing controls.

2. Continuous Security
Secure inter-service communications with built-in service identities and powerful AuthN/AuthZ policies.

3. From Edge to Workload
From ingress to service, run our infrastructure on any abstraction and any cloud.

As founders, maintainers and core contributors to "serverless" open-source software like Envoy, Istio and the broader CNCF ecosystem are they well recognized in the industry and got substantial founding by Dell, INTEL and Google.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Cloud_Development  cloud_providers  Cloud_Service_Providers  serverless  opensource  USA  Business_Advisory_relevant  Ecosystem  Networking  devops  Security  PaaS  IaaS  API 
march 2019 by eocas
Open Source Guides
About:
"Collection of resources for individuals, communities, and companies who want to learn how to run and contribute to an open source project.
[...]
Open Source Guides were created and are curated by GitHub, along with input from outside community reviewers, but they are not exclusive to GitHub products.
[...]
Our goal is to aggregate community best practices, ... we try to use examples and quotations from others to illustrate our points."

TOC:
- How to Contribute to Open Source?
- Starting an Open Source Project
- Finding Users for Your Project
- Building Welcoming Communities (which encourages people to use, contribute to, and evangelize your project)
- Best Practices for Maintainers
- Leadership and Governance
- Getting Paid for Open Source Work
- Your Code of Conduct
- Open Source Metrics
- The Legal Side of Open Source

HAG
Startupinthecloud  community  opensource  Tutorial  Education  Best_practice  Documentation  Legal  Business_Advisory_relevant  Finance  Management  Governance 
march 2019 by eocas
Status as a Service (StaaS) — Remains of the Day
An in-depth analysis of social media platforms through the lens of social capital theory and why we should think of them as “Status as a Service” businesses.

Ironical title of a lengthy but brilliant, extremely comprehensive analysis of underlying psychological, societal and economical motives for using and operating social networks.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Social_Networks  Social  Analysis  Research  Social_Media  Sociology  Psychology  Ecosystem  Business_Advisory_relevant  blog  Expert 
march 2019 by eocas
Althea - Faster, cheaper, decentralized internet
About:
"Althea is a system that lets routers pay each other for bandwidth. This allows people to set up decentralized ISPs in their communities. In an Althea network, instead of one ISP at the top collecting monthly payments, many different people can earn money by expanding and strengthening the network."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  decentralization  Networking  Monetization  Business_Advisory_relevant  Innovation  via:tobym 
march 2019 by eocas
Software Freedom Conservancy
About:
"Software Freedom Conservancy helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects.
[...]
Once joined, the “member project” receives most of the benefits of existing as a non-profit corporate entity without engaging in the arduous work of forming a separate, new organization. Conservancy aggregates the work of running a FLOSS non-profit for its many members.

Conservancy provides many important services for its member projects. Member projects can take directed donations, which allows donors to earmark their donations for the benefit of a specific FLOSS project. Conservancy provides fiscal oversight to ensure that these funds are spent in a manner that advances the project and fits with Conservancy's 501(c)(3) mission to promote, advance, and defend software freedom.

If the member project's leaders want, Conservancy can also hold other assets and titles on behalf of the projects, such as copyrights, trademarks, domain names, online hosting accounts, and title and ownership of physical hardware. Also at discretion of the project's leaders, Conservancy can assist in defending the rights represented in these assets. For example, Conservancy is available to assist member projects in enforcing the terms of the projects' FLOSS license.
[...]
Conservancy opposes the notion of patents that cover software, and urges contributors to its member projects not to apply for patents."

Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in New York.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Legal  NGO_NPO  community  Business  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  opensource  open-data 
february 2019 by eocas
Solar Impulse Foundation - Bridging the gap between ecology and economy
About:
"One of the first to envision ecology through the lens of profitability, Bertrand Piccard has always advocated that protection of the environment would become a reality only if it was perceived as economically viable and requiring no financial or behavioural sacrifices. He actively speaks out against the absurdity of old and polluting devices and systems, and promotes the benefits of new existing efficient technologies and solutions to motivate governments and industries to take action. A way to prove that solving climate change – rather than an expensive problem – is a fantastic market opportunity."

One of the main programs of the Solar Impulse Foundation is their Label:

"For the first time a label proves the economic profitability of solutions that protect the environment
[...]
selecting 1,000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and awarding them the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label.

This label serves as a new and credible symbol that can be applied to products, processes and services and serves as a guarantee of quality to those looking to implement clean solutions, and affords a competitive edge to the innovators behind them.

Assessed by independent experts for their technological feasibility, environmental and socio-economic benefits, and economic profitability, a portfolio of these solutions will be brought to decision-makers to encourage them to adopt much more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies."

HAG
Agrachina  Energy  Energy-saving  Sustainability  Label  award  foundation  Switzerland  Innovation  Environment  environmentalism  Technology  SocialEntrepreneur  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  ecological  Economy  climatechange 
january 2019 by eocas
License Zero
About:
"License Zero is a new way to support open software developers.

Contributors can choose from two new licenses, Parity and Prosperity, that make their work free for not-for-profit or open-source users, then sell private licenses to other devs who want to use for profit or in closed source. Everything happens through a simple, dev-friendly interface.
An explainer graphic with a row for Parity and for Prosperity, with open and locked doors for for-profit user, open source, and closed source

licensezero.com works like a vending machine. Developers stock licensezero.com with licenses for for-profit and closed-source work. licensezero.com sells those licenses to users on developers’ behalf, and sends the proceeds directly to developers’ Stripe accounts."

fyi - opinion piece "The Fair Share Clause - A thought experiment for sustainable open source." by Erlend S. Heggen about License Zero, Tidelift: https://blog.erlend.sh/the-fair-share-clause-d891c5c2dc30

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Software  Software_Engineering  opensource  Legal  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Intellectual_Property 
november 2018 by eocas
Tidelift | Open source software you can depend on
About:
"Simply put, our mission is making open source work better—for everyone.
[...]
Open source software is incredible, but it’s got some issues. For open source maintainers, a project can feel like a full-time job even when it isn’t—a labor of love, with little direct financial reward. For professional software teams, building on top of open source components can be risky business—especially without the assurances they expect from traditional commercial software.

So we asked ourselves:
How could open source work better for everyone involved?

First, software development teams should be able to depend on the open source software they incorporate into their projects. They should be confident that it is reliable—professionally supported, more secure, easy to integrate, and properly maintained.

Meanwhile, open source maintainers and core teams should be compensated for the value their projects create. They should have easy access to paying users and to the tools necessary to deliver a professional software experience.
For us, it’s as simple as that. Create a win-win proposition, where everyone sees the benefits.

The end result? More, better software that our entire planet depends on."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  USA  SocialEntrepreneur  opensource  Service_Provider  Consultancy  Legal  Organization  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business  community  support  CRM  Software  Software_Engineering  Business_Model  Intellectual_Property 
november 2018 by eocas
Collective Responsibility - Asia's Leading Sustainability Strategy Firm
About:
"Based in Shanghai, Collective Responsibility is a strategic advisory firm founded by Richard Brubaker, one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership.

Founded with the fundamental belief that that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst and facilitator between stakeholders.

We at Collective view sustainability as a holistic process of action and a change in vision among corporations, from the new entrant workers to the founders and visionaries of the company. Change for a more efficient and productive planet starts with the private sector, and we’re here to help our clients move towards that future through consulting, research, training, and engaging their stakeholders.

Our mission is to:

Create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia.

Develop tangible interests, engagement and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal).

Build bridges between local and foreign resources to ensure knowledge transfer, program scalability and growth.

Develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises."

HAG
Agrachina  agency  Shanghai  China  Sustainability  sustainablecompany  entrepreneurship  Collective  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  environmentalism  civilsociety  Business_Advisory_relevant  Education  Innovation  sustainable  development  Social 
october 2018 by eocas
Marketing in China: Industry Interviews
Excerpts:

Paul Lin, OMD
"The hottest channel that all of our clients are asking about is Douyin. [...] Little Red Book can be a place for product discovery [...] sense of Chinese nationalism, the growing strength of the country and the pride that it has instilled in citizens. Brands that can tap into this can align themselves with the zeitgeist."

Jerry Clode, Resonance
"Ideally, a brand should focus on one to two holidays per year which make sense from a storytelling perspective. Then ensure that these events are promoted and communicated as a phased media engagement. There is little value in trying to cover the entire calendar. [...] ROI metrics are increasingly defined by brand sentiment. Also, due to the increasing sophistication and integration of e-commerce, ROI metrics are now encompassing sales conversion. [...] WeChat and Weibo remain dominant, but 2018 is the year of video. One of the biggest video-sharing platforms, Meipai, receives eight billion views a month. Chinese influencers and celebrities love to use these apps to create a closer connection to fans. The growth of these platforms suggests brands should consider integrating short video and live-streaming into their marketing strategies. [...] The Little Red Book are especially suitable for cosmetic or fashion brands because of their concentration on selfies and cosmetic sharing. [...] Platforms like Douyin and Bilibili index very young, below 24 years old. The strategy for this platform is very different to WeChat or Weibo – not only the content execution, but also the tone of voice and tactics. [...] With more WeChat official accounts launching mini-programmes, it has become much easier for consumers to shop and a sales ROI can be more closely tied to a social media campaign."

Ashley Dudarenok, Alarice and ChoZan
"Lucky draws are the most common campaign type on Chinese social media. Generally, in a Weibo post or at the end of a WeChat article, a topic is raised for discussion and readers are encouraged to leave a comment or send a private message to the official account for a chance to win a lucky draw. These are effective in encouraging user interaction, attracting new followers and increasing loyalty.

User-generated content is another type of popular campaign strategy. Brands can encourage users to create something, like a themed photo of themselves with the brand’s merchandise, and upload it to a campaign page to win a gift. Brands also cooperate with KOLs who encourage their followers to participate.

This type of campaign is another kind of lucky draw. The core difference is that visual user-generated content is more persuasive than written testimonials. It helps brands collect high-quality original content from their followers that can be used in other marketing activities."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Marketing  Report  Market_Report  Communication  Advertisement  Business_Advisory_relevant  Strategy  Branding  China  Video_Platform 
july 2018 by eocas
Letter from Shenzhen
Article about the Chinese 山寨 (shanzhai) copycatting culture.

Intro by CB Insights:
"In her piece for Logic Magazine, Xiaowei R. Wang says that traveling to China is like time-traveling. Even in the most rural villages, technology is there.

Wang describes the ubiquitous WeChat and QR codes that can be used to pay for everything, from street food to train tickets to massage chairs.

She also describes the Shanzai economy, which Wang calls “open-source on hyperspeed.” It has evolved from knock-off Louis Vuitton bags and Friends on DVD to people creating original products — like a cell phone with a compass that points to Mecca — and building on each other’s work “in a decentralized way.”

Wang says this “extreme open-source” offers a glimpse into the future — and starkly contrasts American technology, which is becoming more and more proprietary.

It’s tempting to draw comparisons between tech in the US and China, but it might not really be an apples-to-apples comparison. Maybe technology is more cultural — and less universal — than we think."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Business_Advisory_relevant  Culture  Technology  Legal  Rural_Development  China  shenzhen  Economy  Innovation  Ecosystem  opensource 
july 2018 by eocas
YOHO!
Nanjing-based e-commerce and content platform which is an instrumental player in Chinese trend culture ecosystem. Subsidiaries in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Venture capital investment by CDH Investment, Singapore Temasek Cheung Fung Fund, Softbank Safran Fund, Dachen Venture Capital.
ompany's main projects:
1. Print magazine and electronic platform "YOHO! Trends" and "YOHO! GIRL"
2. App "Yoho!Now"for iOS and Android platform.
3. "Yoho!Buy" (https://www.yohobuy.com) online shop targeted at young people with roughly 1400 brands covering men's and women's clothing, shoes and hats, accessories, children's wear and creative lifestyle items. The brands sold by Yoho!Buy are directly signed with the brand to maintain the sales agreement with the international and domestic physical stores.
4. Curated Location-recommendation platform / app "Mars" (http://www.yohomars.com). City guides for Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and other.

Similar to Hong Kong's MILK magazine.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Platform  China  Online_Shop  e-commerce  Fashion  Trends  accessories  Content_Curation  Travel  Apps  App  Business_Advisory_relevant  Jiangsu  Magazine  blog 
july 2018 by eocas
Circular Systems
About:
"Circular Systems S.P.C. (Social Purpose Corporation). We are a clean-tech new materials company, focused on the development of innovative circular and regenerative technologies.

With our waste-to-fiber platforms; Texloop and Agraloop, and the revolutionary new Orbital Composite Yarn technology, we offer break-through solutions for the most efficient management of textile/apparel and agricultural waste streams."

Circular technologies portfolio:
"Agraloop - Bio-Refinery transforms food crop waste into high-value natural fiber products in a cost competitive and scaleable way, providing sustainable and regenerative benefits. The Agraloop can utilize a range of feed stocks including oilseed hemp and oilseed flax straw as well as pineapple leaves, banana trunks and sugar cane bark.
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Orbital - Hybrid Yarns are a revolutionary new yarn technology capable of producing high-performance yarns using recycled fibers. The resulting yarns have low pilling, high strength, and moisture management properties.
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“TEXLOOP - Lightest-Touch™️" processing strategies help to preserve maximum embedded energy in recycled materials. We upcycled textile and garment waste into valuable new materials."

Won 2018 H&M's Global Change Award innovation challenge.
Yitzac & Samuel Goldstein on board as well.
Based in Shenzhen / China.

HAG
Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Recycling  Sustainability  sustainablecompany  SocialEntrepreneur  Business_Advisory_relevant  hemp  linen  pineapple  Banana  sugarcane  Energy-saving  Fibres  Textile  up-cycling  shenzhen  China 
july 2018 by eocas
Metro - Data Crowdsourcing for AI and Machine Learning >>> Generate and sell your own data
About:
"Anybody can use our community-made plugins, "DataSources", to generate data and sell it in real-time to a Project. (free for now) A Project could be a groundbreaking new AI, a research study, or someone's curiosity project.
[...]
Artificial Intelligence is fueled by data, so innovation is monopolized by those who control data.
[...]
Our philosophy is "Empower, Don't Restrict". Let users control and monetize their data.
[...]
We want to create a transparent and fair system of sharing any kind of data where both the producer of data and the buyer of data have the power they deserve. Right now, the middle-man has all of the power and that is why the world is dominated by Google and Facebook. This is a fair and honest system which will be built without imposing unreasonable restrictions upon what can and cannot be done.
[...]
We are not a data collection company. We're a data energizing company.
[...]
We have created a Chrome/FF extension to which users can attach "DataSources" - simple community-made pieces of code which allow users to generate their own data. Our website hosts "Projects", which are pieces of work which want to crowdsource data from users using specific DataSources. DataSources are made and curated by the community, not by us, and they are open source so anybody can verify them. This gives the community direct access to raw data with its intrinsic innovative value for the coming AI revolution, while giving individual users direct access to the monetary value."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  AI  machine-learning  Data  Platform  open-data  opensource  Crowdfunding  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Business  Project_Information_Platform  community  Marketing  UrB 
june 2018 by eocas
OCRmyPDF
OCRmyPDF adds an OCR text layer to scanned PDF files, allowing them to be searched.

It makes use of PDF/A, an ISO-standardized PDF version specialized for use in the archiving and long-term preservation of electronic documents. PDF/A differs from PDF by prohibiting features unsuitable for long-term archiving, such as font linking (as opposed to font embedding) and encryption. The ISO requirements for PDF/A file viewers include color management guidelines, support for embedded fonts, and a user interface for reading embedded annotations.

Example use case:
https://medium.com/@treyharris/converting-a-scanned-document-into-a-compressed-searchable-pdf-with-redactions-63f61c34fe4c

HAG
Startupinthecloud  opensource  tools  Business  Business_Advisory_relevant  Storage  Security  Safety  Standardization  DMS  Editor 
june 2018 by eocas
26 Practical Demand Generation Strategies For Startups
Excerpt:
"The goal of demand generation is to build and nurture key prospect and customer relationships for the long term, and that requires your marketing and sales teams to be aligned.

For a startup or small business, this means your marketing team will identify and attract prospective customers or clients using content, community management, email campaigns, in-person events, and other inbound marketing strategies.

Meanwhile, your sales team will qualify those prospects with lead scoring systems, identify high-quality prospects, and then nurture them into your sales funnel. At some companies, marketers may also help qualify prospective customers in order to provide the sales team with higher-quality leads.
[...]
Inbound marketing is all about creating content and viewing yourself, company, etc. as a publisher of content, that when combined with other inbound marketing best practices, can generate quality inbound leads for your business, inside and outside sales teams."

Strategies separated into 5 categories:

6 Content Strategies
5 Social Media/Community Management Strategies
4 Email Strategies
5 Paid Advertising Strategies
3 Public Relations Strategies
3 Bonus Strategies

HAG
Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Marketing  Education  Startups  Business  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Planning  Communication  Sales_&_Distribution  Strategy  Template  Tutorial 
may 2018 by eocas
Le Wagon
Coding school with bootcamp approach which aims to empower creative people with technical skills. French founders. Ruby-leaning. Branches in Shanghai and Chengdu.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Creative  Programming  Education  Ruby  France  Software_Engineering  Tutorial  Startups  Business_Advisory_relevant 
may 2018 by eocas
blockhive
About:
"blockhive is an ecosystem based on blockchain technology in which participants can develop businesses through partnerships and joint projects.
[...]
A new structure developed called "Initial loan purchase" ("ILP") will be used to issue loans.

By signing a credit agreement with blockhive through an ILP, participants receive Hive tokens, which in turn confer access to a loan agreement. After entering into a loan agreement via smart contact, creditors are entitled to an interest payment on the loan — 20% of blockhive’s annual operating profit.

blockhive will provide the following services:

- Help businesses raise funds using the ILP structure

- A wallet, enabling the management of assets, making payments and transfers

- Later it is planned to introduce an airdrop function enabling users to find restaurants, cafes and shops, offering discounts and to accumulate loyalty points or tokens that enable acquiring hash-power from mining enterprises and other benefits."



HAG
Startupinthecloud  estonia  blockchain  Ecosystem  Finance  Business_Advisory_relevant  Collaboration  Fundraising 
april 2018 by eocas
Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN)
Belongs to USDA and for example checks on China's pesticide residues policies to monitor the risks for tainted food imports.

About:
"Provides timely information on the agricultural economy, products and issues in foreign countries since 1995 that are likely to have an impact on United States agricultural production and trade. U.S. Foreign Service officers working at posts overseas collect and submit information on the agricultural situation in more than 130 countries to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which maintains the GAIN reports.

Production, Supply, and Distribution (PSD) data in GAIN reports are NOT official USDA data, but represent estimates made by FAS Attachés. Official USDA PSD data are determined after analyzing all overseas reports and drawing on additional sources, including more than 1,500 documents received from private and public sources around the world, global weather information, and satellite imagery analysis. After this analysis, official USDA data are released in USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates monthly report and in FAS' World Production, Market, and Trade reports."

HAG
Agrachina  Business_Advisory_relevant  USA  Analysis  Directory_Database  Networking  Pesticide  Report  SupplyChain  importer  export  BI  Agriculture  Agricultural_Publication  Agricultural_Trade  Agricultural_Development 
april 2018 by eocas
YCloset 衣二三
At YCloset, users can enroll for a monthly fees of about $72.3 and rent clothes and accessories free of charge. Founded in 2015, the Beijing-based online platform operates in about 40 cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Completed a US$50 million fundraising round led by Alibaba Innovation Ventures, Softbank China and Sequoia China.

Tries to embrace circular economy, although still seem to be quite far away from zero-waste because the whole logistics and packaging processes along the rental supply chain make the overall environmental foodprint questionable.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Rent-Runway-Dress  circulareconomy  Textile  repair  upcycling  China  Beijing  Business_Advisory_relevant  vintage 
march 2018 by eocas
Denim Alliance
About:
"The Alliance for Responsible Denim (ARD) is an initiative from House of Denim, Made-By, Circle Economy and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. ARD brings denim brands together to collectively take steps towards improving the ecological sustainability impact of denim production. These first steps include establishing measurements, benchmarks and standards for resource use (e.g. chemicals, water, energy) and recycled denim."

Two of their major major projects are:

Wet Processing Benchmark - Improving the environmental impact of denim finishing and focussing on the Never-Out-of-Stock styles.

Post-Consumer Recycled Denim Standard - Developing a preferred industry buying standard, defining a business model and roadmap for the introduction and scaling up of Post-Consumer-Recycled-Denim (PCRD) production.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  circulareconomy  Netherlands  NGO_NPO  Platform  Education  Industry  denim  jeans  Sustainability  Manufacturing  Recycling  Chemicals  water  Energy  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Standardization  Framework 
march 2018 by eocas
OrganicExportInfo
About:
"OrganicExportInfo informs on legal requirements and certification schemes relevant for exporting organic products into different target countries.For each country, you find information on:

1) mandatory organic standards and labels,
2) important voluntary organic standards and labels,
3) approved certification bodies/control bodies,
4) import requirements

Each chapter covers a short summary as well as a commented list of links on relevant websites where you can receive further information.

This export information service by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau) is part of the project “Consolidation of the Local Organic Certification Bodies” (ConsCert), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), which aims at facilitating access to international markets."

HAG
Agrachina  Organic  Business_Advisory_relevant  certification  Switzerland  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  export  Trade  regulation  Policy  Sustainability  Platform 
february 2018 by eocas
Apex Farms Corp
Excerpts from pitch deck:
"Vertical Farming System [...] comprised of one reservoir, one water pump, and multiple rows of cylindrical pipes used to flow nutrient-rich water for growing plants.
[...]
Two options: 1. Setup Services, 2. Licensing: Available in one- and two-year periods, plus renewal options.
[...]
System price ~10,000US$ + 7,000US$ construction. Recurring maintenance fee for service & support ~200US$ per month."

https://app.microventures.com/crowdfunding/apex-farms

HAG
Agrachina  Vertical_Farming  farming  Business_Model  Hydroponic  USA  Business_Advisory_relevant 
february 2018 by eocas
Blockchain for Social Impact (BSIC)
About:
"BSIC incubates, develops, and implements confederated blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We aim to inspire, federate, and create bridges between NGO’s, and government agencies, foundations, impact investors, philanthropists and technologists by focusing on the following focus sectors:

Financial Inclusion
Supply Chain
Identity & Vulnerable Populations
Energy & Environment

We promote the creation of Ethereum blockchain solutions and applications which address social and environmental issues. By working to shift economic and social paradigms through blockchain technology, we increase the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.

We are currently pursuing opportunities in each of the below areas:

Consulting
Research and publications
Hackathons
Meet-ups
Annual Conference
Speaking Opportunities

The Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition is an initiative of ConsenSys, a venture production studio based in Brooklyn, NY."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  incubator  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Planning  Business  blockchain  Social  Environment  NGO_NPO  foundation  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Finance  SupplyChain  Sustainability  Consultancy  Conference  Research  Tech  Venture_Capital 
january 2018 by eocas
FASHIONTECH.BERLIN
About:
"Berlin Fashion Week’s platform for all the uprising ideas and business models that influence the way fashion is designed, produced, financed, distributed, marketed and sold.

A conference presenting deep-insight panels and talks supplemented by product presentations and workshops revolving around topics like wearables, smart-shopping and digital fashion business models."

Organized by PREMIUM, SEEK Berlin & re:publica and in 2018 in same building as Bright, Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, Greenshowroom and Show & Order.

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Fashion  fashionshow  fashionweek  fashion_forum  Conference  workshop  Tech  Technology  Smart  e-commerce  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Germany  berlin  creation  Marketing  Business  exhibition 
january 2018 by eocas
Liberapay
About:
"Liberapay is a way to donate money recurrently to people whose work you appreciate.

Payments come with no strings attached. You don't know exactly who is giving to you, and donations are capped at €100.00 per week per donor to dampen undue influence.

Donations are public. By default, the total amount you give and the total amount you receive are public (you can opt out of sharing this info).

Liberapay does not take a cut of payments, the service is funded by the donations to its own account. So, recipients get the full value of the donations, but there are payment processing fees when moving money in or out of Liberapay."

Commonly used to fund open-source free software projects.

HAG
Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Finance  Fundraising  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  creation  Creative  opensource  Donations 
january 2018 by eocas
Patreon
Wiki:
"Membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons." It is popular among YouTube videographers, webcomic artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, and other categories of creators who post regularly online. It allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art."

HAG
Finance  Agrachina  Fundraising  creation  Creative  Business_Model  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business  Donations 
january 2018 by eocas
Pool of Experts - International Business Experts
Directory with experts of all kind of industries in all kind of countries. I'll be part of it as an expert for agriculture in China. It will be interesting to see, what kind of requests we will get.
Main founders in 2006 were Swiss General Enterprise (OSEC), AMCham and Fargate.
20090518 /HAG

Edit 20180104: Website was http://www.poolofexperts.ch and later got renamed-rerouted to expertdirectory.s-ge.com.

FYI - http://expertdirectory.s-ge.com/de/search#!/location/59/ (China-filter is applied which boils down to 11 entries from 355)
Networking  import_agrachina  import_googlebookmarks  Agrachina  Business  Business_Advisory_relevant  China  Switzerland  Legal  Finance  Expert 
january 2018 by eocas
DAO IPCI (Integral Platform for Climate Initiatives)
Seems like a government-initiated DAO to operate, sustain and developing carbon markets.

About:

"Decentralized Autonomous Organization operating, sustaining and developing the Integral Platform for Climate Initiatives, smart contracts and blockchain technology-based independent ecosystem designed for carbon markets, societal costs mitigation instruments, including carbon compliance units’, carbon-offset credits, other environmental mitigation credits, environmental assets, rights and liabilities.

DAO IPCI – truly decentralized public blockchain ecosystem is authentically private nonprofit project independent of government, corporate, business or NGO particular interests.

On May 24, 2016, the Russian Carbon Fund has officially unveiled the Integrated Program for Climate Initiatives.
[...]
designed to develop a distributed network of mitigation contributors based on common principles, rules and criteria, as well as provide an accounting platform, which can achieve absolute emission reduction targets in compliance with quantitative emission limitation commitments. The goal is to integrate corporate and regional mitigation initiatives.

The Integrated Program for Climate Initiatives derives from ongoing subnational and corporate climate initiatives and aims at providing for common investment instruments, which are based on climate change mitigation outcomes including high quality carbon offset credits.

The Integrated Program for Climate Initiatives has served as DAO IPCI genesis program."

HAG
Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Russia  government  blockchain  decentralization  Sustainability  Localization  Local_Governments  Carbon_Trade  NGO_NPO  Ecosystem  Technology  climatechange  Business_Advisory_relevant 
october 2017 by eocas
encode.org
Tech and consulting company which helps progressive organizations by providing the legal constructs and agreements needed for self-organization. The purpose of encode.org is “Going Beyond Employment. Liberating Purposeful Work”.

About:
"We took the learnings of pioneering models of self-organization like Holacracy and plugged them into a legally grounded context, combined with new dynamic equity models and new social agreements."

Currently an agency, later maybe will develop a software framework.

HAG
Organization  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Legal  Employment_Research  agency  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Business_Planning  HR 
october 2017 by eocas
CASVI - China Alliance of Social Value Investment-Shenzhen (社会价值投资联盟)
About:
"First licensed non-profit-organization specializing in social value (impact) investment promotion in China. Initiated by 50 prominent institutions led by YouChange Social Entrepreneur Foundation, United Nations Social Impact Fund, Investment Association of China, Tsing Capital Investment.
[...]
The pursuit of social value, sustainable returns and measurable evaluation should be attached with the same importance, and the economic incentives and social goals should be combined. Hence, the enterprises, social organization, masses and government can be encouraged to work effectively and jointly push forward the sustainable development of the economy and society.
[...]
social issues like polarization between the rich and the poor, environmental protection, climate change
[...]
effective approach is to unite the government, market and social departments for joint social innovation action, and guide the good capital or patient capital to enterprises or organizations which are adept in identifying social issues and provide sustainable solutions. Only in this way can the antagonism between the society and commerce be broken, and a new social ecological system developed.
[...]
Supply-demand analysis framework report on the diversified subjects and mechanisms that promote social value investment in China."

Key elements:
- Implementation rules for the government to purchase public service from the society
- Infrastructure construction in relation to social value investment market
- Researches on the concept framework and ecology of social value investment
- Responsible consumption and procurement should be advocated
- Social value investment should be introduced to the reform of state-owned enterprises and public institution.
- Laws and policy systems concerned should be improved, market players and service organizations (incl. Advisory Committee) should be developed.

Investment fields:
- Inclusive Financing
- Intelligent Manufacturing
- Green Agriculture
- Health & Pension
- Green Energy
- Education Quality

Three-A Model for social value investment:
1. Aim,
2. Approach,
3. Action.

Policy recommendations in consideration of:
- Definition difficulty,
- Imbalanced participants,
- Incomplete chain development
- Undefined system framework
- Inadequate tools

Based in Shenzhen.

HAG
China  Agrachina  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Business_Advisory_relevant  NGO_NPO  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  development  Sustainability  Environment  goodgovernance  Policy  Research  Finance  Manufacturing  Green-New-Wave  Greentech  GreenArchitecture  Energy  Education  Innovation  Ecology 
october 2017 by eocas
Indie.vc
About:
"Real businesses make products and sell them for a profit. They focus on customers, revenue and profitability not investors, valuations and the next fundable milestone. Real businesses prioritize their customer’s needs over their customer’s eyeballs. They have a functioning business model, not a believable financial model. Real businesses want to stay in business, not run for the exit. They create their own source of funding and don’t have to ask anyone for permission to exist. We believe real businesses make really great investments."

Mostly tech or tech-enabled industries. Their main terms are basically these two components: an equity option and profit sharing.

* Equity Option *

Only if or when you decide to raise additional capital or sell your business do we become shareholders of your company. In short, our investment will remain non-dilutive until you choose otherwise. To break this down:

If you raise $500,000, or more, in a preferred equity round, our investment converts into preferred shares at the new round's pre-money valuation.
If you sell, we convert into common shares at the pre-determined percentage.

* Profit Sharing *

Should you choose to run your business profitably, you never sell or raise more capital, we have the right to participate in cash distributions on a monthly basis, after month 36 from the time of the initial investment.

The amount of distributions will be based on the greater of Net Revenue or of Net Income."

Additionally, two important notes:

"Cash distributions are capped at 3x max the initial investment, e.g. if you raise $500,000 with a 10% equity option, cash distributions are capped at $1,500,000.
If you pay back the 3x in 3 years or less, the option is halved, e.g. if you raise $500,000 with a 10% equity option and pay back $1,500,000 in 3 years or less, the equity option becomes 5%.

HAG
Venture_Capital  Agrachina  Technology  Investor_Relations  Finance  SocialEntrepreneur  Business_Advisory_relevant  usa 
september 2017 by eocas
Start-ups shouldn't try to be unicorns—they should be zebras
Intro:
"The current technology and venture capital structure is broken. It rewards quantity over quality, consumption over creation, quick exits over sustainable growth, and shareholder profit over shared prosperity. It chases after “unicorn” companies bent on “disruption” rather than supporting businesses that repair, cultivate, and connect."

Excerpts (slightly modified by HAG to include non-internet companies too):
"Unicorns stand for exponential growth instead of sustainable prosperity in case of Zebra [...] monopoly vs plurality [...] competition vs cooperation [...] more vs enough/better [...] quantity-metric vs quality-metric [...] customer acquisition vs customer success"

Common challenges facing which zebra companies are facing:

"1. The problem isn’t product, it’s process.
(help institutions adopt, deploy, and measure the success of innovation, apps or otherwise)

2. Zebra companies are often started by women and other underrepresented founders.
(start 30 percent of businesses, yet receive only 5 percent of small-business loans and 3 percent of venture capital)

3. You can’t be it if you can’t see it.
(lack heroes to emulate, so they default to the “growth at all costs” model)

4. Zebras are stuck between two outdated paradigms, nonprofit and for-profit.
(existing imperfect structures like hybrid for-profit/nonprofit, Public Benefit Corps, B-Corps, L3Cs can be prohibitively expensive)

5. Impact investing’s thesis is detrimentally narrow and risk-averse.
(mostly limited to verticals like clean technology, microfinance, or global health)"

HAG
Investor_Relations  SocialEntrepreneur  Agrachina  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Venture_Capital  Fundraising  NGO_NPO  entrepreneurship  Social  Business_Planning 
september 2017 by eocas
NEM – Distributed Ledger Technology
About:
"NEM is the world's first Smart Asset blockchain. Built from the ground up for enterprise-grade performance, NEM's blockchain technology delivers a world class platform for management of almost any kind of asset: currencies, supply chains, notarizations, ownership records and more. NEM’S power is exposed through a straightforward and secure developer interface so that you can deploy your blockchain solution in record time. Whether you are building the next best mobile app or bringing blockchain into your existing business infrastructure, NEM makes blockchain work for you.

NEM’s Smart Asset system allows anyone to completely customize how they use the NEM blockchain, with a robust set of features including domain-like namespaces and full on-blockchain Multi-signature control. Any application can access these features through NEM’s simple API allowing easy integration within mobile apps, existing business infrastructure or contract logic. The NEM public blockchain provides an open and self-scaling platform for developers.

Powered by the NEM.io Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in Singapore with members across the globe. The Foundation is dedicated to the ongoing development of NEM blockchain technology and the promotion of a vibrant ecosystem of NEM users and developers in governments, academia, industry, and the public at large."

HAG
blockchain  Legal  Ecosystem  Framework  Singapore  NGO_NPO  Finance  Software  Software_Engineering  Application  Security  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model 
september 2017 by eocas
Hyperledger
Smart contracts based on blockchain.

About:
"Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology."

HAG
import_simplenote  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Blockchain  Linux  Collective  Collaboration  Standardization  Ecosystem  fintech  Industry  Technology  Finance  IoT  SupplyChain  Manufacturing  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business 
april 2017 by eocas
Risky business: instability and lack of local knowledge hold back Chinese firms in Africa, report says
Excerpts:
"China has greatly expanded its infrastructure, energy, mining and manufacturing businesses in Africa in recent years, but the investment environment there has many risks and many companies’ operations are flawed, according to the annual report on development in Africa by the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
[...]
Regional wars and conflicts have cost Chinese enterprises massively in countries such as Libya, Ivory Coast and South Sudan, while investment in the oil industry is going to areas where extremist groups like Boko Haram are ­expanding."

HAG
Africa  China  Business_Advisory_relevant  Local_Governments  Rural_Employment  rural_development  Rural_Economy  Legal  tax  Report  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
september 2016 by eocas
The Natural Step - Accelerate the transition to a sustainable society
NPO founded in founded in Sweden in 1989 by Karl-Henrik Robèrt.

They attempt to draft the following definition of sustainability:

"The Four System Conditions of a Sustainable Society - A Science-Based Definition of Sustainability:

-> Framework For Strategic Sustainable Development revolves around a robust, science-based definition of sustainability. “Robust” means that the principles contained in this definition are both necessary and enough to achieve sustainability. They are also applicable to any activity at any scale and they don’t overlap (each principle covers its own domain).
[...]
Scientifically ... four system conditions ... basic sustainability principles:

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing …

1. … concentrations of substances from the earth’s crust (such as fossil CO2 and heavy metals),

2. … concentrations of substances produces by society (such as antibiotics and endocrine disruptors),
3. … degradation by physical means (such as deforestation and draining of groundwater tables),

4. ... in that society … there are no structural obstacles to people’s health, influence, competence, impartiality and meaning."

They developed the ABCD PROCESS to help interested companies to apply the rules for sustainability to their core business model, to improve long-term value creation. Steps:

A. Awareness: ‘whole-systems’ definition to build a vision

B. Baseline assessment: Conduct a sustainability ‘gap analysis’ of the major flows and impacts of the organisation. Assist organisations to identify critical sustainability issues, their business implications, and strategic opportunities for change.

C. Creative solutions: Innovative ways to realize vision by re-shaping mission, strategy and organization.

D. Devise a plan: Milestone plan with first steps, “low hanging fruits” and longer term planning."

Have branch offices and partners in Sweden, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, China, Israel, Germany.

In Switzerland their org
Sustainability  Ecobalance  Ecology  environment  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Switzerland  Sweden  Consultancy  research  Report  Netherlands  Germany  China  Israel  civilsociety  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  SocialEntrepreneur  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
september 2016 by eocas
Climate, Energy, Economy: Pick Two (Resilience Is The New Black)
Article by Dr. Nelson Lebo, a serial permaculture property developer about the world's dilemma, with resiliency in mind as possible way out (e.g. with permaculture). Excerpts:

"We used to have this saying that if someone asks you to do a job good, fast and cheap, you’d say: pick two. You can have it good and cheap, but then it won’t be fast, etc.
[...]
when it comes to our societies we face a similar issue with our climate, energy and the economy.
[...]
Everything that is not resilient to high energy prices and extreme weather events will become economically unviable.
[...]
Investments of time, energy, and money in resilience will become more economically valuable.
[...]
Most people will experience climate change as a quality of life issue, and quality of life is related to a certain extent to disposable income. Acting or not acting proactively or reactively on climate change is expensive and gets more expensive every day.
[...]
Resilience Is The New Black.
[...]
Smart communities recognize challenges and respond accordingly. The best response is to develop resilience in the following areas: ecological, equity, energy and economic.
[...]
Pope Francis has identified climate change and wealth inequality as the greatest challenges facing humanity.
[...]
The knowledge, skills and experience gained while developing resilience are the ultimate in ‘job security’ for an increasingly volatile future."

HAG
Permaculture  Energy_Production  Energy-saving  Ecobalance  Ecology  Business_Model  Business_Advisory_relevant  Sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange  Business_Planning 
july 2016 by eocas
We Belong Foundation - BELONG 论坛
About:
"Platform for action supporting sustainable businesses. Founded in 2013, We Belong (formerly Belong & Partners) is a platform dedicated to bringing together businesses from around the world to deal with the challenges of sustainable development and its innovations.

We Belong has chosen to locate primarily in Asian countries. The first host country is China.

It provides three core activities that rely on a Scientific and Technical Experts Committee:

1. An annual international forum providing access to communities of strategic influence

2. An operational consulting arm to help businesses build sustainable brands

3. Business networking with stakeholders involved in sustainable development"

HAG
NGO_NPO  Beijing  China  Sustainability  foundation  Business_Advisory_relevant  Branding  Networking  Forum  Conference  Innovation  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Can Fintech Startups Carry Out Crowd-Funding in Hong Kong?
Excerpts:
" In view of the maturation of Fintech (Financial Technologies) ecology, the concept of crowd-funding is appealing to the general public as an option for start-ups to raise funds on web or mobile based platforms. The two areas of financial innovation that have seen strong growth in recent years are:
1. equity crowd-funding
2. peer-to-peer lending (P2P lending)
[...]
HK's Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) names risks:
- Default or failure of the investment project or business
- Illiquidity and dilution of stock value
- Platform failure
- Fraud
- Information asymmetry and lack of transparency
- Cyber security
- Illegal activities
[...]
Some studies predicted that the global investments in Fintech may surge from US$12 billion in 2014 to over US$46 billion in 2020.
[...]
- HK Government will set aside HK$2 billion to set up an Innovation and Technology Venture Fund for co-investing in local technology start-ups with private venture capital funds on a matching basis
- HK$200 million to launch a Cyberport Macro Fund for investment in its ICT start-ups"

HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Finance  technology  Fundraising  investor_relations  Legal  HongKong  Hong_Kong  China  Venture_Capital  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
june 2016 by eocas
The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding
About:
"Looking to build a successful Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign? This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about crowdfunding and the transition to a successful business afterwards."

Introductory blog post:
www.shopify.com/blog/15210205-the-ultimate-guide-to-crowdfunding

HAG
Crowdfunding  tutorial  Finance  investor_relations  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  import_startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Business_Planning 
june 2016 by eocas
Founders' Agreement Template - With Vesting
About: "This template is provided as a general guide to pre-incorporation business associations. It allows people to collaborate on speculative, early-stage business projects on fair terms, without a lot of hassle or paperwork. The founders should replace this with a traditional structure if the company obtains significant outside funding, customers, revenue, or takes on other obligations. This form is drafted from a New York perspective, and may not be appropriate to parties in other jurisdictions. You should consult with your own attorney for advice prior to using this form." HAG
Business_advisory_relevant  Business_Registration  Legal  investor_relations  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
april 2016 by eocas
What does it really take to launch a fashion brand? - Talent, Connections, but more than anything: a lot of money.
Not agriculture- or China-related but the article and the critical voices show up interesting entrepreneurial options.

While there lies truth in the "capital ist most important aspect", the commenting article www.startupfashion.com/fashionista-what-it-takes-launch-fashion-brand pointed out: "I found it to be a rather narrow view of the definition of a 'fashion brand'. [... ] It only addresses a certain kind of fashion brand launch; the traditional kind, where the designer follows a predefined “roadmap” instead of their own creative path. [...] Things like fashion show venues, expensive consultants, and the best photographers are not a necessary part of launching a fashion brand. Even things like lower minimums can be negotiated or creatively solved by keeping collections tightly edited. [...] If bootstrapping and hoping that all of your efforts and ideas and creativity will help to sell the collection is the only way it’s going to happen, then do it!"

HAG
Business_advisory_relevant  entrepreneurship  textile  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2016 by eocas
Global Shapers Community
About: "The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. An Initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF)." HAG
community  Business_Advisory_relevant  Investor_relations  China  Networking  Social_Networking  politics  policy  Trade_Policy  Switzerland  education  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  SocialEntrepreneur  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
Global Shapers Beijing
About: "Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a network of city-based Hubs (450 cities around the globe) developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities. Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference." HAG
community  Business_Advisory_relevant  Investor_relations  China  Networking  Social_Networking  politics  policy  Trade_Policy  Switzerland  education  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  SocialEntrepreneur  Beijing  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
Landportal.info - Land Portal Foundation
About: "Information, resources, innovations and networking on land issues. Improving land governance and securing land rights for landless and vulnerable people The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking." Many reports on China, especially regarding their land-use-scheme. Original scope: www.landportal.info/sites/landportal.info/files/LandPortal_BusinessPlan_Sept2014-Web.pdf HAG
Netherlands  Land_Grab  Stakeholder_Management  Trade  Trade_Policy  Legal  Directory_Database  Innovation  Frugal  rural_development  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Trade  goodgovernance  Networking  foundation  NGO_NPO  policy  China  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
march 2016 by eocas
Tau Investment Management
About: "TAU is a private equity firm established to generate above-market returns by upgrading global supply chains. Through its transformational approach, TAU seeks to increase manufacturers’ profitability and scale, improve the environment and the lives of workers, and deliver superior returns to investors. By upgrading and de-risking supply chains, TAU uses capitalist solutions to solve capitalism’s worst failure – the undervaluation of human and natural resources. By investing to enhance the operational performance of manufacturers, TAU delivers value to all stakeholders, including investors seeking both superior returns and social and environmental benefits." Their mantra is to: Transform > Disrupt > Catalyze > Accelerate. UNPRI-cofounder James Gifford is working here to lead TAU's impact strategy, embedding effective and sustainable environmental and social practices in garment and textile factories. HAG
Investor_relations  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  Business_Advisory_relevant  HongKong  Bangladesh  Textile  sustainability  Organic_Textile  import_agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  usa  supplychain 
february 2016 by eocas
Rocket Internet
About: "Rocket's mission is to become the world’s largest Internet platform OUTSIDE of the United States and China. Rocket identifies and builds proven Internet business models and transfers them to new, underserved or untapped markets where it seeks to scale them into market leading online companies. Rocket started in 2007 and now has more than 30,000 employees across its network of companies, which are active in more than 110 countries across six continents. [...] identify proven business models that FOCUS ON BASIC NEEDS. We quickly BUILD companies for these business models using highly standardized and optimized processes and then scale these companies to a leading position in our markets. [...] Assets: Global infrastructure, Standardized processes (functional experts from IT, SEM, SEO, BI, CRM etc. build companies from scratch), Proprietary technology, Network of companies. [...] Based in Berlin / Germany. [...] References: Foodpanda, Home24, HelloFresh, ZALORA ..." HAG
Venture_Capital  Investor_relations  incubator  Business_Advisory_relevant  e-commerce  platform  Micro-Financing  Travel  Germany  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
Startupblink
Interactive global startup ecosystem map with entities listed including Startups, Co-working spaces, Accelerators and Events. By 201510 listed 126 startups in Beijing. HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  Investor_relations  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
october 2015 by eocas
China Slashes Import Tariffs on Selected Consumer Goods
China Briefing News article on the reduction which takes action on June 1 2015. Intro: "China will slash tariffs by 50 percent for 14 categories of goods. These relaxed tariff rates come at a time when the government is playing with fiscal policy in order to increase domestic consumption." Excerpt: "However, critics have stated that the tariff cuts alone may not be enough to significantly increase domestic consumption of imported products. [...] that VAT and distribution and department store costs are largely responsible for the high prices of imported goods. Reducing import tariffs by 50 percent would only be able to reduce the actual retail prices of items like Western-style suits, fur clothes, and boots by three to six percent. Furthermore, international brands that are produced in China would not be affected by the changed import tariff rate." Related article on Chinese Tariff system: www.china-briefing.com/news/2013/03/11/import-export-taxes-and-duties-in-china.html HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  tax  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
september 2015 by eocas
Top 10 Business Plan Templates
Quite US- and UK-centric but might still be useful for international ventures. Also it's practical since also text+spreadsheet templates can be downloaded. HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  Template  Best_practice  Investor_relations  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
september 2015 by eocas
23 diagrams reveal how to negotiate around the world
National communication patterns analyzed according the two main parameters word base and clarity. Including Japan and China. HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2015 by eocas
Buffer
Social media post planning/scheduling dashboard tool for Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin.

Btw, living progressive "Default to Transparency" business ethic, such as demonstrated in Buffer's Transparency Dashboard (https://buffer.com/transparency):

Equity
Buffer's equity formula and individual breakdown.

Salaries
All our salaries are public.

Revenue
Our real-time financial dashboard.

Pricing
What each cent of your purchase goes toward.

Fundraising
Every detail of our latest funding round.

Values
The 10 principles that guide us.

Emails
Each email we send can be seen by any teammate.

Diversity
How our team is growing in terms of gender, ethnicity & age.

Open Source
All our code, free for anyone to use.

Product Roadmap
Everything we're researching, building, and shipping for you.

Editorial Board
All our content ideas and upcoming articles.

HAG
Social_Media  Advertisement  Marketing  Productivity  Dashboard-Mashup  Analysis  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  Transparency  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Business_Planning  Ethics 
july 2015 by eocas
GMOs and The Role Of The Agronomist in United States Agriculture
How GMO business has changed the farming (input industry) world, from the viewpoint of a agronomist in the role of a "certified seed advisor". HAG
GMO  Report  Market_Report  Seeds  Biodiversity  Consultancy  Business_Advisory_relevant  Corporate_Farming  Agro-Chemicals  Marketing  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2015 by eocas
Retail in China’s Second and Third-Tier Cities - Nanchang
Considering purchasing power, location, lifestyle, sophistication and legal aspects. HAG
Market_Report  Marketing  China  Jiangxi  retail  Business_Advisory_relevant  Legal  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2015 by eocas
Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies
Excerpt: "Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups." [...] "The payoff for the public would come in the form of major pollution reductions, but only if solar panels and electric cars break through as viable mass-market products. For now, both remain niche products for mostly well-heeled customers." The subsidies consists of: - Factory built by government for $750m, leased for 1$ by company - 10 years no taxes, equivalent $260m - $498m direct grants from Treasury Department - Customer subsidy: Grants and tax credits to cover 30% of the cost of solar installations, equivalent $1.5b - $1.3b billion incentives to help build battery factory - $517m from competing automakers by selling environmental credits - $20m economic development subsidies for launch platform HAG
analysis  Stakeholder_Management  Investor_relations  Business_Advisory_relevant  government  Local_Governments  Fundraising  tax  sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
june 2015 by eocas
Reformation banks $12M for cool girl eco-friendly clothes
Excerpt: "Reformation is a fashion brand with an eco-conscious focus. [...] expand the company’s growth by building more stores in the U.S., expanding Reformation’s manufacturing capabilities and putting money into technology that will help the team at Reformation better their customer service trough things like in-store returns for products their shoppers purchase online. [...] planning sustainability initiatives for 2015, which will incldue making more washer-friendly clothing, and finding more sustainable fabric dyers and printers for the clothes they create." HAG
Investor_relations  Textile  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2015 by eocas
GRAYGHOST VENTURES
Invests in global markets with the objective of serving the financial needs of companies that create value in a sustainable, ethical, and fair way. HAG
Investor_relations  Finance  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2014 by eocas
Red Pagoda Resources | Exceptional Talent for Visionary Enterprises
About: "Our business expertise enables us to research, define and articulate the critical requirements for success in your key vacancies. Our experience in recruiting means that we can quickly and efficiently produce the candidates you need. We do this by working hard with our clients to define clear requirements of who and what you need to make an impact in your company." Beijing-based, founded by Andy Mok, who also founded Beijing Tech Hive / Beijing Startup Hive. HAG
Expert  Business_Advisory_relevant  HR  Investor_relations  China_Investment  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2014 by eocas
Chinaccelerator (a Global Accelerator Network member)
About: "Chinaccelerator, China's longest running and most successful accelerator program, is now accepting applications for 10 places in its 7th program starting March 2015 in Shanghai. The accelerator is a US-style three-month program focused on pairing startups with our great team of 70 mentors to grow in china and internationally." Located in Dalian, backed by SOSventures (the "Accelerator VC") a US$235m evergreen fund with 6 accelerators in San Francisco, New York, Dublin, Shenzhen and Shanghai tha investing in 120 companies per year. The program is looking for 10 awesome teams and provides US$30k in funding per team plus the 3 month program for 7% equity. Application deadline is Jan 16th, 2015 and the program will kick off on March 2nd, 2015. Application: http://www.f6s.com/chinacceleratorbatchvll Further inquiry: william.bao.bean@sosventures.com HAG
Investor_relations  Business_Advisory_relevant  Expert  Social_Networking  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Agrachina 
december 2014 by eocas
Xberts
About: "A World-class Expert Network To Solve Your Business Challenges Post your start-up problems to instantly crowd-source expert opinions from the world's leading industry veterans." Andy Mok from Beijing Startup Hive describes them as: "Curated and gamified Quora meets LinkedIn for SMEs whose vision is "to build the best expert think-tank to supercharge productivity for every micro, small-medium sized enterprise no matter where they are."" HAG
Consulting  Expert  Business_Model  Consultancy  Business_Advisory_relevant  IT  Technology  China  import_agrachina  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
december 2014 by eocas
500 Startups | Blowing Up Startups Since 2010
Silicon Valley-based start-up incubator with angel and vc funding managers & mentors. 500 startups are also member of the Beijing Startup Hive. HAG
Investor_relations  China_Investment  Business_Advisory_relevant  incubator  Venture_Capital  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
december 2014 by eocas
Joint Establishment of a swissnex-TusPark Platform for Sino-Swiss Startup Entrepreneurs
TusPark is a high-tech incubation park in Zhongguancun/Beijing with more than 30 branches all around China. Companies in are high-tech enterprises, MNC and R&D centers. It manages over 150 M USD capital and assets which focus on early-stage, hi-tech investment. Excerpt: "On Nov 20th 2014 Mr. Mauro Moruzzi‎, from SERI and Dr. Martin Muller from CTI, along with swissnex and TusPark signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the collaboration platform at TusPark incubator and provide soft-landing services for start-up entrepreneurs, for example TusPark will help connect with local community for incoming Swiss visitors, arrange temporary desk or space for Swiss entrepreneurs who want to explore Chinese tech market, more importantly is that TusPark will serve as a bridge for Swiss and Chinese tech people ( entrepreneurs and academics) who are interested in business match making." HAG
Startups  Tech  News  Business  Planning  Business_Advisory_relevant  IT  Technology  Networking  government  Investor_relations  China_Investment  incubator  import_agrachina  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  Information_Platform  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
december 2014 by eocas
Venture Leaders China – Couldn’t Be Better as the First Edition
Intro: "Inspired by 13 years of success with the venture leaders USA program, venturelab decided to expand its offer and give new market opportunities to the most innovative Swiss startups. For Swiss startups, China is a key market to explore. With growing opportunities and exciting market prospects, as well as the necessity to strengthen the visibility of Swiss high tech in China, swissnex was thrilled to collaborate for this first edition of the Venture Leaders China. As part of the program, the venture leaders were required to face local entrepreneurs in pitching competitions in Beijing and Shanghai. The Global Pitchfest on September 10th attracted around 200 participants and 18 local start-ups." Hans Martin Galliker contributed with an impulse presentation about marketing in China. July 2015 Update with detailed infos about the participating ventures: www.venturelab.ch/Swiss-startups-ready-to-conquer-China HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  education  Investor_relations  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2014 by eocas
A look inside China’s VAT system
Understanding how the regime works to effectively manage VAT risks and opportunities. HAG
VAT  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
july 2014 by eocas
[CH Tips] How to: Freelancers and Fapiaos
Intro: "A tax law expert breaks down how freelancers in China can pay tax, provide clients with fapiaos and maybe even get tax deductions...legitimately." HAG
Marketing  tax  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
may 2014 by eocas
Brands need to keep up with changes in China’s luxury consumption patterns
Excerpt: "This is not to say that Chinese luxury consumption will not keep a few key specificities. For instance, more than half of all luxury goods are purchased as business or personal gifts, not for the buyer's own consumption, and this trend is set to remain. Similarly, the Confucian perception that luxury represents a social glue that binds together rather than separates people is here to stay." HAG
Market_Report  Marketing  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2014 by eocas
Creating a Strong Company Culture
Excerpt: "When hiring, it is tempting to employ someone who has done it before. You actually don’t want that person. You want someone who is about to do it. After all, if they’ve done it before, why would they do it again? Either they’re not ambitious, not growth-oriented, or weren’t that good in their previous role. No matter which it is, you don’t want them. This is one way to screw up your culture — experience-based hiring leads to bringing in those who have the right credentials, but not the right fire in their soul." HAG
HR  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2014 by eocas
Amendment to the Company Law in China: A New Registered Capital Registration System
From May 2014 on, [for Chinese nationals] it will be possible to register a company in China without registration capital. HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Registration  Legal  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
april 2014 by eocas
苏州科赛城镇投资发展集团有限公司 - Suzhou Kesai Urban Investment and Development Group Co., Ltd.
The founder of Kesai is one of the richest Chinese. His growth model is to build free housing and public infrastructure in large scale, in exchange demanding the land-use right for land that is not yet built on. Sources (WHA) told me that land got stolen from farmers and given to Kesai to make these 'development projects' happen. HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2014 by eocas
Venture Capital Forum
List of business angels, venture capitalists (VC) and private equity (PE) companies that cover China. Usually there is not much indicator whether they have an environmental / sustainainability focus. Another interesting link: http://www.boogar.com/resources/venturecapital/asia_pacific2.htm HAG
investor_relations  Finance  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
september 2013 by eocas
China: The sleeper awakens (part 1 of 5)
Series of blogs from Berkley professor Steve Blank who teaches entrepreneurship about the Chinese startup- and VC-scene in Beijing's Zhongguancun. Overview series: - China: The sleeper awakens (part 1 of 5) - China’s Torch Program: The glow that can light the world (part 2 of 5) - The rise of Chinese venture capital (part 3 of 5) - Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (part 4 of 5) - China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5). These insights will flow into the book "创业者手册:教你如何构建伟大的企"业 (Startup Owners Manual) http://www.amazon.cn/dp/B00AR8T2MC/ Combined download: http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/china-has-risen-rev-5 HAG
investor_relations  Business_Advisory_relevant  China_Investment  Venture_Capital  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
april 2013 by eocas
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From their About: " WHAT IS BARCAMP / BARCAMP 是什么 BarCamp is an international, user-generated conference featuring short presentations, open discussions and demos by people from a diverse range of industries, backgrounds and walks of life. BarCamp Beijing caters to a network of start-ups, designers and techies, bringing to life cutting-edge ideas from the community. BarCamp 是一个由参与者主导的国际化活动。活动由简短发言、开放性讨论和小型展示组成。参与者来自北京多个领军行业,具有多元化背景及生活领域。北京 BarCamp 致力于为创新者提供社交网络和社区并为其带来各行业的前沿理念。" HAG
Business_Advisory_relevant  Marketing  Publicity  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2013 by eocas
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