Richard Liu Qiangdong is the founder and CEO of JD.com, the largest retailer in China. Liu was born in Jiangsu province of China, and his parents owned a small coal shipping business. He attended the People’s University of China and graduated with a degree in sociology. He taught himself computer coding and other computer science disciplines and secured employment with Japan Life as a director of computers after graduation. He worked with Japan Life until 1998 when he left to start his own computer accessories business. Even as he concentrated on selling computer accessories, Richard Liu was determined to come up with easy methods of transacting, obtaining better customer service methods and utilizing technology in streamlining the operations of the business.
Although he faced competition in this business, Richard Liu Qiangdong managed to set himself apart from the rest by selling genuine products. China’s e-commerce industry had a negative reputation over price cheating and fake items. Richard Liu Qiangdong recognized the problem and decided to come up with a solution. He earned trust and loyalty from customers who relied on his business for authentic and high-quality products at the right price. In a span of five years, Richard Liu had managed to open up 12 physical stores in different parts of Beijing. In 2003, there was a SARS outbreak that creating a huge shift in the retail business environment. Many small businesses including that of Richard Liu suffered greatly. However, Liu was quick to realize that there was a change in customers’ behavior and moved quickly to embrace e-commerce as the exclusive mode of doing business.
In two years, Richard Liu Qiangdong closed to the physical stores and embarked on online business only. Since 2004, Liu has been building JD.com. Today, it is listed among NASDAQ-100 and Fortune Global 500. When the company launched its IPO in 2014, its stock value increased by 15 percent. It has attracted numerous stakeholders such as Google. The company is currently expanding to other locations in Asia and Europe. As the founder of this company, Richard Liu is committed to making the e-commerce industry even more effective by applying innovative technologies that will address the pertinent challenges that consumers face. Already JD.com is using drones to deliver products to its customers in the fastest time possible.
Most political campaigns experiencing many challenges before it can turn successful. It requires funds as well as strategies. In addition, successful fundraising for a campaign requires well-orchestrated coordination at all levels whether local or national levels. Fundraising generates many data, which is not only time consuming but also complicated. The data require high tech and other tools for useful analysis. In case the campaign team lacks the proper equipment for analysis, then it will have information overload, which might create a backlog and distract success of the campaign.
— NGP VAN (@NGPVAN) May 16, 2018
In a recent report compiled by Federal Election Commission in 2016, on the average, a Senate candidate needs to spend around $10.4 million to win during an electioneering period. The candidate for the House of Representatives uses at least $1.5 million during the campaigns. At all levels, the price of winning are high and cost as well strategies of running a winning campaign are complex.
Most campaign managers are therefore looking for campaign tech to enhance monitoring of campaign spending as well financed. Technology startups are striving to provide solutions in the political arena. One of such firms is NGP VAN. The institution is a technology provider for non-profit firms, Democratic campaigns as well as Progressive campaigns. VAN and Digital 8 can help campaign managers organize information by utilizing dashboards, which have charts as well as graphs to arrange information from campaigns. NGP VAN software empowers most Democratic campaigns such as Barack Obama fundraising.
NGP VAN integrates strategies such as email, SMS, and social media platforms to enhance fundraising. The consolidation of donations ensures that even individual donors can contribute consistently until the end of the campaign. Using the platform managers can come with a detailed list of sponsors and use the technology to expand the network. The tech can also help to convey the donation requests to more people.
Additionally, the technology is providing a new outlook to political fundraising. The tech emphasizes that donors contribute to political campaigns based on priorities as well as on political interest not as charity. The donors contribute towards the campaign of a candidate with similar political views. NGP VAN encourages donors to view contributions as an investment towards the achievement of certain goals as well as priorities. NGP VAN employes around 200 employees.
NGP VAN introduced NGP 8 to enhance compliance as well as fundraising in campaigns. NGP 8, which works seamlessly with ActBlue pages, allows grassroots fundraising via online platforms. Using ActBlue donors can view contributions instantly as well as anywhere while using a mobile device.
Swiss banker Mike Baur may not look like a harsh individual, but he is determined to whip Switzerland’s entrepreneur’s into shape. Since 2014, his company has been taking in small business people and helping them turn their startup business into a long-term successful one.
The title of this article comes from his own words. He says that, before he first started Swiss Startup Factory, he had an idea to create a kind of “boot camp” for startup business owners. The goal was simply to boost the performance and success rate of Swiss startups. Of course, he doesn’t have them out in a field marching around or doing push-ups, but he is teaching them the art of business management in a controlled environment with the best and most qualified people guiding it. in 2014, Baur along with business partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, founded a company based on that idea. their 3-month “boot camp” has proven to be pretty successful.
Mike Baur is originally from Freiburg, Switzerland. He graduated from Bern University with an Executive MBA. Then, he attended the University of Rochester and graduated with an MBA. From there, he went to work as an apprentice for the Union Bank of Switzerland. He would later work for Clariden Leu bank for about 6 years as well. Between these two jobs, he has about 20 years worth of banking experience.
During his time as a banker, he worked for a time as an early-stage startup investor. Naturally, this involved hearing a lot of business pitches from a lot of different people. According to Baur, there were simply too many of these ideas that were not good enough. He says that he didn’t just want average ideas, he wanted great ideas, and set about making a plan to start a new company based on that need.
Some of Baur’s best tips for new startups:
These are problems faced by new businesses in relation to finance. Financial management is one of the first things to plan effectively when starting a new business and according to business expert Glen Wakeman failure to do so is the first step to the financial crisis. There’re some financial risks and crisis that are typical in new business and can be managed.
Underestimating business expenses is a serious problem for new businesses. Glen suggests always keeping some cash for some emergencies like unexpected bills, marketing, or adding some assets like a computer. He is a big believer in having a financial cushion, just in case an emergency arises. This helps new businesses avoid a potentially fatal financial episode.
Overestimating cash flow coming into a new business is just as dangerous as underestimating expenses. To help in avoiding a financial crisis, it’s good to be conservative when estimating the cash from sales. An expert in business says that you should be aware that completing sales does not guarantee the use of cash but it depends on when the collection is done. At times a new business owner might discouraged because the influx of cash is low and because customer turnout low and growing. However, it requires patience to responsibly manage spending and not overestimating cash flow. This will help lead to sustainable growth in the future.
Financial liquidity is the life blood of any business. Glen believes in the importance of keeping track of your liquidity as a new business owner in order to avoid a potential financial crisis. Always have a access to your financial institution and ensure that you have a track of all transactions related to your business. Losing track of business financial transactions will lead to a giant crisis that might ultimately cause business failure or bankruptcy. As Glen Wakeman says “Don’t wait until the last minute to solve financial problems”, always solve the problems when they occur.
Having an in depth knowledge of all financial matters in a business will assist in solving a financial crisis. Being reliable, committed and having a firm understanding of how cash is managed in a business will play a large role in the all future success.