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
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.”
Kevin Guo, co-CEO of Dianrong.com, 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.
Ever Adventure, the gamified casino operator, announced a new partnership with William Hill which will see the businesses collaborating to bring the next generation of digital casino to life, implementing new ways to engage casino players and appeal to the wider, more casual casino market.
Ever Adventure and its Slotser casino brand (www.slotser.com), have operated since late 2014, exploring ways in which gamification can create a more entertaining play experience for the recreational casino player. The business has a custom built casino platform as well as a growing number of both in-house built and 3rd party games content.
The partnership will see William Hill and Ever Adventure working together on a collaborative roadmap of new casino product ideas brought to life through www.slotser.com. The partnership will soft launch through William Hills Affiliate United platform during the summer of 2016 and accelerate later in the year as the Ever Adventure product roadmap is revealed.
Chinese peer-to-peer (P2P) lender Dianrong.com is mulling a share float as early as next year, once Beijing’s crackdown on illegal online fundraising takes full shape, according to the company’s co-founder and chief executive Soul Htite. The company prefers to list its shares near China but it has not yet decided where and when to do the share offering.