"The conversations I have with early-stage founders have to do with how deeply they understand the pain points of their customers." (Sumaiya Balbale, CMO, Sequoia Capital)
"Our growth at all costs mindset is no longer viable." (Tom Wehmeier, Partner, Atomico)
“Our world is in big trouble. Divides are growing deeper; inequalities are growing wider; challenges are spreading father... we need hope... we need action across the board.” (UN's Secretary-General, António Guterres)
More equal societies are more resilient, they are more likely to invest for the many not the few, and to have robust political institutions and consistent policies. And few would disagree that a society that provides opportunity for all of its citizens is more likely to thrive than one which favours an elite, however defined. (Mark Carney, Value(s). Building a better world for all).
"Empirical research shows that start-ups that are more innovative tend to attract greater interest from crowd investors (Le Pendeven and Schwienbacher, 2018). This finding contrasts with reward-based crowdfunding, where Chan and Parhankangas (2017) document that the crowd has a preference to support less innovative projects, perhaps because they face a greater risk if they are not able to deliver the promised reward." (Schwienbacher, 2019)
"Systemic shifts require collective intent - something that is still scarce in business communities across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly changed that, and has created the necessary conditions for collective intent. The human race is at a crossroads, and the choices we make now will define future generations and their way of life."
“The economy is not a machine that can be simply turned ‘on’ and ‘off’. It is a complex system, dependent on billions of relationships that are falling apart.”
The Entrepreneurs Network