Bizzabo Study Reveals Future Trends and Best Practices For Events Industry

Bizzabo, the all-in-one event success platform, unveiled The “Event Professionals of Tomorrow” Survey revealing that 85% of event planners see email marketing as the key marketing tool, attendee satisfaction is the most significant indicator for event success and more than half of event planners spending less than 10% of their budgets on event technology. The study sought to gather information regarding event planning best practices through direct insights from event professionals. The company has joined forces with award winning industry leaders such as: Bizbash, Catchbox, Glisser, CrowdMics, Eventopedia and TechsyTalk to reach higher coverage and greater results to directly empower the event planners community. Please click here to download the full study and visit for more information.

With the Arrival of Three Senior Banking Executives, Starts off 2016 by Making a Splash in the Internet Finance Industry

Loh Long Hsiang, the former Deputy Head of Origination and Client Coverage at Standard Chartered Bank (China), Feng Ruibin, the former Deputy Chief Risk Officer at Ping An Puhui Finance, and Zhou Lili, the former General Counsel at HSBC (China) all joined the well-known Chinese internet finance company in the first week of 2016, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Credit Officer (CCO) and Board Secretary & General Counsel, respectively.


Such a personnel change has invited open speculations since China’s Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council just released its Provisional Measures for the Administration of the Business Activities of Online Lending Information Intermediaries (Exposure Draft) (also known as the P2P Regulatory Rules that the industry has been paying close attention to) last week and is now seeking comments from the public.


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Graduway partners with Zeidman Development

Graduway today announced a strategic partnership with Zeidman Development, a leading Blackbaud product services company. Zeidman Development will provide a range of plugins to Graduway’s clients to ensure seamless flow of data between the Graduway platform and Blackbaud products such as Raiser’s Edge and BBCRM.


David Zeidman, Managing Director of Zeidman Development commented, ‘’We are delighted to be working with Graduway more strategically. We have already built and deployed a great plugin, Importacular, that makes it easy for Graduway universities and schools to feed contact and activity data directly from their Graduway platform into their The Raiser’s Edge. We look forward to expanding the product suite in 2016. ’’


Daniel Cohen, CEO of Graduway commented, ‘’Graduway and Zeidman are both technology partners of Blackbaud so it was natural for us to work together. We look forward to delivering excellent technology solutions for our mutual clients using Blackbaud products.’’

From Lending Club To China: Soul Htite Builds Top Chinese P2P Lending Site Dianrong

China is known as a difficult place for U.S. technology companies. Local market quirks have led Uber and LinkedIn LNKD +0.02% to operate differently here, while censorship rules have forced the likes of Google GOOGL -1.49%, Facebook FB -1.30% andTwitter TWTR -4.48% out of the country. But that didn’t stop Lending Club’s American co-founder Soul Htite from going to China. As the pull of the Chinese market became greater, Htite left the U.S. peer-to-peer lending site after its board didn’t fully support branching out to the country. He went ahead and in 2012 launched Chinese online lending site Dianrong with former lawyer and fund manager Kevin Guo, a long-time friend who is “instrumental” in convincing him of moving to China, Htite says.


Now with three million registered users, Dianrong has brokered about 7 billion yuan ($1.08 billion) in loans so far this year, a 16.7% increase compared with last year, according to Htite. It accepts investments as little as 100 yuan($15.48) and promises an annual return from 4.5% to 10%, according to its website. Htite says he wants Dianrong to broker about 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) in loans in about a year.


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