Bizzabo Partners with CoinDesk and Brings Bitcoin Payments to Conferences

Today Bizzabo and CoinDesk announced a partnership to allow event attendees of Consensus Conference to pay for their event registration with Bitcoin.


Bitcoin is a fast growing alternative currency that is poised to play an increasingly important role in online transactions. According to, the number of Bitcoin transactions has increased by approximately 110% between September 2015 and September 2016.


Seeing a sizable market opportunity, and wanting to alleviate the frustration faced by a growing number of organisers and event goers, Bizzabo, a pioneering events management tech startup, updated their event registration system to be able to accept Bitcoin payments. The company launched this innovative feature by teaming up with CoinDesk to allow their 1,500 Consensus Conference attendees to actually pay for a ticket with Bitcoin for the first time in the event’s history.


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Ipsy is focused on content creation and the individuals who create it — even if that content doesn’t directly generate revenue. Almost all of the company’s $150 million in revenue last year came from the $10 monthly fee from its 1.5 million members, said Jennifer Goldfarb, Ipsy’s president and cofounder along with Michelle Phan, the pioneer of the beauty influencer movement online, and Marcelo Camberos. “It’s important,” Goldfarb said of the company’s personalized subscription service. “But more powerful is the creators and working with the community of creators we work with. She [Phan] inspired a generation. It’s amazing the world she’s opened up. Today you can tell your parents I want to be a beauty content creator.”
On Friday, the company hosted its first Creator Day in New York at the Dream Hotel to foster the growth of aspiring influencers and build its community of engaged, beauty content creators. The event was part of Generation Beauty, a two-day beauty event sponsored by Ipsy that took place Saturday and Sunday at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn had representation from 34 beauty brands and 4,000 attendees.

For Creator Day specifically, Goldfarb said 300 individuals with varying sized followings were invited to partake.


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Bizzabo and TINT have partnered to allow event planners to turn the content generated by attendees into something meaningful. TINT makes it easy for organizers to display social media content on the web, or on a display at your event in order to bring your target audience closer to what’s happening online.

TINT is a platform that collects community’s content and then makes it easy for an organiser to curate the best posts and display them anywhere via their Social Wall. (See below for an example).


Read more at The Bizzabo Blog

CtrlShift enters new phase with leadership shuffle



New management team at CtrlShift tasked with cementing company’s position as an audience solutions company. Marketing solutions company CtrlShift has announced three new appointments to its management team, just under two years after it’s initial formation. Deepika Nikhilender has been named its new chief executive officer (CEO), while former CEO and co-founder Rene E. Menezes will join fellow co-founders Pete Yoong and Reza Behnam on the company’s board of directors. Shelly Maneth joins as chief financial officer (CFO), while Serm Teck Choon, currently head of product, has been given the additional responsibility of country head of Malaysia.

Dianrong Named “Leader in China’s P2P Lending Segment” by U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce released the 2016 Financial Technology Top Markets Report, a market analysis report on the global FinTech sector, affirming the significant role played by China’s P2P lending industry that has attracted much attention and confirming the rapid growth of China’s P2P lending market.

Chinese P2P lending platform is specifically mentioned by the report, singled out by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a model in China’s P2P lending industry, “leading the segment” of China’s P2P lending market.