Friday, September 22, 2017
Novo Banco sale postponed.
Negotiations have failed between Novo Banco and its buyers Apollo, Anbang, and Fosun. Rumors seem to indicate Banco de Portugal to re-enter negotiations with Apollo before the final decision to postpone the sale to 2016. The last standing bid offer from the Chinese Fosun company was 1.5 billion Euros ($1.7 billion) that was about half the required original offer amount...
David Steinberg interview
David A. Steinberg was the speaker of the "50 first data points" talk at the Lisbon Web Summit. The talk was about how to efficiently manage the vast amount of data available to advertisers with the participation of the speakers: Eric Salama, Jonah Goodhart and Kate Kaye. ...
Luis Caixado ViaNews interview
Right at the heart of the Web Summit we met with the co-founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado. JustEnjoy is about delivering memorable moments for families during their holidays. They have a ready to use package with a specially selected group of toys and props to help the children engage with the city on their terms. It's delivered to the hotel...
Portuguese new legislation for short term property rentals.
More rigorous legislation was approved in Portugal to regulate short-term rental properties. From July 1, 2017, properties posted on Airbnb, Booking, Homeaway and other platforms will need to be enrolled on the national tourism register. To be allowed to advertise on such platforms, property owners will have to fill in a required field with the registration number of their accommodation....
Miguel Carvalho - President of the Federation for Business Angels Network.
Miguel Henriques is the president of the Portuguese Federation for Business Angels' Network (FNABA). FNABA has 17 affiliate clubs, including the Lisbon's Business Angels Club which is now celebrating its third anniversary. We met with Miguel Henriques for an interview where he talked about entrepreneurship, the kind of investment business angels look for, and the participation of women in...
London Eye - How the OECD sees the UK leaving the EU.
April 27 - the OECD published a report analyzing the economic consequences of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union. According to the OECD Policy Paper, the outcome of the referendum to be held on 23 June "would be a major negative shock to the UK economy, with economic fallout in the rest of the OECD, particularly other European countries."...
Euro - Image credits Mick Carvalho
This Friday the Eurogroup agreed to the third Greece rescue package of € 86 billion ($ 95.5 billion). The 3-year bailout first tranche of € 26 billion ($ 28.9) will be used to repay debt and recapitalize the banking system. According to the Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotosthe, a depositors money bail-in is out of the question. The Eurogroup president,...
Exploded Samsung note7.
Samsung has halted all Note7 production after new reports of replacement phones getting overheated and having battery problems. All major carriers in the US are now allowing customers to return their phones. After the Samsung's Note7 problems, the company is now turning into the new galaxy S8 with more cutting edge features. It all started in early September with reports of...
Isabel Neves Interview - Lisbon Business Angels Club President
Isabel Neves is the president of the Lisbon Business Angels Club (LBAC) and one of the investors in Shark Tank Portugal. We met with her for an interview during the third anniversary of the LBAC, in which another round of startup pitches took place. It was a full house event where angel investors and startups got the chance to...
James Cooper Web Summit 2016
James Cooper, Adweek Editorial Director, gave VIANews an interview at the Web Summit where he shared his thoughts about the Web Summit, Adweek, the media business, and entrepreneurship. James Cooper, Adweek Editorial Director, interview. "Advertising and technology marketing is full...
Sergio Gonçalves interview - Lisbon Business Angels Club
The Lisbon Business Angels Club hosted another round of startups pitches where entrepreneurs showcased their projects to investors. According to Sergio Gonçalves, the former project manager for the Lisbon Business Angel Club, "about 30% of the event attendees were investors and the event outcome was, once again, extremely positive". ...
Invest HK Deputy Head of Fintech, Thorsten Terweiden, at Money Conf in Madrid.
Right at the heart of the Money Conf in Madrid we met with Mr. Thorsten Terweiden, the Deputy Head of Fintech for InvestHK. InvestHK is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government department responsible for foreign direct investment. They have set up a dedicated Fintech team in Hong Kong with correspondents in London (Mr. Thorsten Terweiden) and San Francisco. ...

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Rally for hunger striking editor-in-chief of the Vranjske newspaper.

Hospitalized Serbian Journalists Get Unequal Treatment From Government

Serbian journalist Vukasin Obradovic, owner and editor-in-chief of “Vranjske” weekly started a hunger strike on Monday, after he was forced to shut down his newspaper. “Vranjske” is a prominent weekly in Southern Serbia, famous...
Serbia gay parade, 2017.

Belgrade Pride: Serbia Embraces Change as the Country’s Prime Minister Attends Gay Parade For...

Colors, balloons, and cheerful smiles were spotted a few days ago on the streets of Belgrade, as the 4th Pride Parade took place. Marching under the slogan “We want change", the partakers of the...
Nick and Sally Rowe in an interview for "Cristian Concern".

Parents’ Reaction to Gender Fluid Pupil Causes Controversy

An Isle of Wight couple are taking their son’s school to court over a decision to allow another pupil to attend classes dressed as either a boy or a girl. Nick and Sally Rowe, who...
Theresa May.

Theresa May Faces Further Problems After Juncker’s Speech

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is heading into deep water as she faces making two speeches on Brexit which will require very sensitive handling. Firstly, she will speak to the European Union itself in...
Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine.

The growing IT-Sector in Kyiv, Ukraine

For the last decade, the IT industry in Ukraine reached its heyday. Currently, 100 000 IT specialists are employed in Ukraine, and 13 national IT companies were included in the list of TOP-100 best...
EU and UK flag.

Brexit: An Unbiased Analysis

On the 23rd of June 2016, the British public walked down to their local polling stations and cast their vote in a simple question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European...

Politics

RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
From left to right: Branislav Nedimovic, Ana Brnabic, Igor Mirovic. Photo by:mediaportal.vojvodina.gov.rs.

Is Serbian First Female Premier a Disappointment?

Two months ago, newly elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic appointed Ana Brnabic to succeed him as Prime Minister. Many were surprised, and some had great expectations. Serbia got its first female PM in post-communist...
Chavista allegedly by Guarimberos.

Understanding Venezuela Today: From US Best Provider to National Threat

On the 18th of August, United States President, Donald Trump, threatened to impose sanctions against several members of President Nicolás Maduro’s office. In 2016, his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had issued an executive order...
Kenyatta wins Kenyan elections.

Wave of uncertainty as President Kenyatta wins heated Kenyan elections

There has been widespread unrest in some parts of Kenya following the announcement of the presidential election results, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which essentially granted Uhuru Kenyatta a second term...
Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted From Office Based on Corruption Charges

The 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, resigned, following a decision from the supreme court disqualifying him from office. Mr. Sharif was just a few months away from becoming the first prime minister...
McCain Health Care vote

McCain’s Dramatic Vote Kills ‘Repeal and Replace’

The floor of the United States Senate is not known for riveting drama. Typically the outcome is already known before Senators vote for any given bill. Recently, with the exception of rare cases, most...

Business

Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine.

The growing IT-Sector in Kyiv, Ukraine

For the last decade, the IT industry in Ukraine reached its heyday. Currently, 100 000 IT specialists are employed in Ukraine, and 13 national IT companies were included in the list of TOP-100 best...
RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
Great Hall of the People. Photo by: Thomas Fanghaenel.

Blockchain Loses a Link: What the Chinese Crackdown Means for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

For years, China has had a famously tight grasp on the value of its currency. In 1994, the Chinese government pegged the yuan to an $8.28 exchange with the US dollar and have since...
Kenya election riots.

Business Slow After Elections in Kenya

This year's elections have been peaceful, but there are claims and counter claims regarding the results. From the day leading up to elections, companies reduced operations or shut down temporarily to allow staff to go...
Brett King Via.news interview

“Does Banking have a Future?” Brett King, CEO of Moven, explains

Brett King hosts one of the most popular FinTech Radio Show in the world, "Breaking Banks," and founded the New-York based start-up called "Moven" with its concept of a downloadable bank account. Mr. King...
Invest HK Deputy Head of Fintech, Thorsten Terweiden, at Money Conf in Madrid.

“We want companies to grow, expand and be successful in Asia via Hong Kong.”...

Right at the heart of the Money Conf in Madrid we met with Mr. Thorsten Terweiden, the Deputy Head of Fintech for InvestHK. InvestHK is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government department responsible for...