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.


Bizzabo’s Tips to Form a Culture That Takes Your Startup to Excellency

Over the past few years Lirone Glikman, the author of the article, Business Relationship Expert, Keynote Speaker & Blogger | Honorary adviser to the UN NGO Committee on Sustainable Development,  has been following one of her favorite events related startups: Bizzabo, an all-in-one SaaS platform for organizers of professional events. She saw Bizzabo evolving from an event-networking app to a robust holistic solution for marketers and event planners. She watched them as they grew from a team of a few people into a global company with offices in both New York and Tel Aviv. What she always noticed about Bizzabo was the unique culture they were able to develop alongside their global success.


As a company that puts so much emphasis on event participants’ experience, the author was sure they would have a lot to share about the experience they are making internally for their employees. She talked to their co-founder and CMO Alon Alroy to understand how they’ve formed a great culture that really benefits the employees and their company (aside from sharpening their ping-pong skills).


Based on his vision and experience, Alon shared the key components that make up an excellency-driven culture that all companies can embrace:


1. Understand what your culture is

2. Find people who are a value fit vs. a social fit

3. Emphasize effective communication through creative engagements

4. Invest in human capital

5. Create an A-Team feeling through rituals


Read more at The Huffington Post


DOUCCE Announces Partnership With ipsy’s Generation Beauty

Doucce, the New York based indie beauty brand, announced today a strategic partnership with ipsy’s revolutionary Generation Beauty events. Already well partnered with ipsy through their subscription beauty boxes, Doucce has quickly become a fan favorite and developed a cult-like following with rave reviews across the board.


Generation Beauty, one of ipsy’s endeavors, is an awesome new event that brings makeup artists, stylists, influencers, and beauty fans together across North America in cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Charlotte, and Toronto. Attendance includes the who’s who of the beauty world including Michelle Phan, Desi Perkins, Lustrelux, ItsJudyTime, Meghan Rosette, Miss Glamorazzi, and more. Together the stylists, influencers, and guests in attendance include over 5000 beauty fans and 400 of the top beauty creators with over 66M followers across social platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others.


From startup to standout, Doucce was created with Parisian elegance and NYC attitude to help women and artists the opportunity to Discover Your Individuality. Doucce’s Vice President of Marketing, Bash Naran, commented, “Generation Beauty is the perfect platform to bring Doucce’s trendy tres chic products to customers across North America! With our growing cult favorite status, this is the best way for our brand to interact with our customers on a personal level.”


Read more at Hawaii News Now

Kevin Guo explains how Dianrong went from 2 to 2,800 staff

Kevin Guo, co-CEO of, now one of China’s leading online finance companies, launched the peer-to-peer lender only four years ago with partner Soul Htite, co-founder of American P2P company Lending Club. Now he employs 2,800 people across 26 offices in China, and he’s still recruiting.


Aided by crowd-funding finance from Silicon Valley, Guo and Htite started building a management team. “We didn’t have experience recruiting and managing hundreds of staff, so we hired senior people from the banking sector to help us expand step by step.”


Dianrong and rival online lenders such as Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Tencent’s WeBank are tapping growing demand from consumers and corporates who would otherwise struggle to get finance from traditional banks. Guo says the sector’s growth means it hasn’t been difficult to hire 2,800 people over the past four years. Of the current headcount, about 2,000 work in sales, 400 in technology, and the remainder in call centres and support roles.


Read more at eFinancialCareers