Wearables market rocks: +172% in a year
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     According to analysts from International Data Corporation, the world market of wearable devices has demonstrated a significant rise in the fourth quarter of 2015, which can be totally granted to the growing popularity of fitness trackers and smart watches. From October till December 2015 tech manufacturers produced around 27.4 million items of electronic wearable gadgets. As a result, the total wearable tech market volume reached 78.1 million, which is 172% higher than the previous year scale.       Why is it so noteworthy? Because wearables market now represents a very promising development trend for vendors – with…

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Latest investment travel destinations
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     For years, managers in most investment funds, especially the ones located in emerging markets, have concentrated a big part of their assets in BRIC countries, widely recognized as commodity-heavy economies. However, there is a new investment preference now, coming into the trend among funds and capitalists – technology-centric economies, including so-called TICK countries (Taiwan, India, China, South Korea). Not only does it mean that fund investments move to tech-heavy economies, but it also implies assets’ reallocation towards tech companies that are grabbing considerable shares in individual baskets. Some experts explain such a crucial reallocation of funds by a…

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Seedstars World pushes the limits of startups
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     For those who are still obsessed about the Silicon Valley buzz, it might be quite unexpected to learn that emerging markets are creating a very positive vibe in the startup world today. Very few people think about innovation and business development when they hear about the countries of the CEE, MENA, LATAM regions, Africa and Asia, which is actually a mistake. Seedstars World, an exclusive startup competition, gathering startups from 55 countries in emerging markets and organized by enthusiastic and talented people, is trying hard to open the rich potential of the higher mentioned areas to the whole…

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Alexander Turkot indicates the key investment trends
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     Maxfield Capital is one of the world famous VC companies, widely known for its literally global approach and a number of success stories built on cooperation between experienced entrepreneurs and top-notch technical talents. No wonder MaxfieldCapital is the object of permanent media attention: company’s founder and general partner Alexander Turkot, as well as the whole team of professionals with rich backgrounds in tech, investment and innovation industries, is often asked for an objective outlook on the investment industry trends.       Alexander Turkot has repeatedly mentioned Maxfield Capital’ focus on European startups: there are numerous strong hubs…

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The most popular startup ideas in 2016 according to CEE analysts
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      Regional experts, working in investment funds and constantly staying in touch with the local startup community, recently named the leading industries, where most of the 2015 startup ideas originated in. This information may also partially reflect the development trends for 2016.       First of all, analysts of the Russian investment fund, LETA Capital presented their yearly report on startup investments and disclosed the origins of applications. The report was built on a sample of more than 1800 projects at the seed stage. Among the leaders are various search services, aggregators and classifieds, together with a…

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