Want to know more about Crowdfunding and how innovative investment models can be integrated into your business? Subscribe to our newsletter or contact us to know more.
As some of you have undoubtedly noticed, the Grow VC front page has just been updated to reflect the company’s progress in the global securities and peer to peer crowd funding market. Don’t be alarmed, it’s only a cosmetic change that brings the front page of growvc.com to communicate what is operationally already active.
The Grow VC Group continues stronger than ever to develop new funding models for the transparent and open marketplaces around the world, with even more precision as the company’s many operations have been established in their own areas of focus with committed management in place. The units, such as Grow Advisors and Crowd Valley, are already servicing global customers and will have more to report from each of their respective websites. There are clear changes in the financial markets and in building global companies. The Grow VC Group is dedicated to seeing a new world emerge, with more transparency and efficiency.
In case you have any questions, please do reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s also not everyday one makes it to the list of Top 100 Digital Influencers. The Grow VC Group Chairman Jouko Ahvenainen has been voted by the web community and a jury of digital experts to be among the NEXT 100 digital trendsetters. The NEXT Conference and T3N Magazine, both highly respected in Europe, had undertaken the process of public nomination, voting and jury deliberation in the run-up to the final list for 2013.
Jouko Ahvenainen, a serial entrepreneur, investor and crowdfunding pioneer feels making this coveted list is not only a recognition of his work but an endorsement of crowdfunding and innovative finance models across the internet.
Though Grow VC began with crowdfunding, today it has an overreaching influence across many business areas through several companies, many of which people are steadily getting to know of. The Group also has a strong global presence with its network of over 50 business and investment professionals spread across 6 continents.
On Equity Crowdfunding, while Mr Ahvenainen understands its importance and keen to see it become mainstream, he wants to further expand the same model for many other assets and investments, some of which the Grow VC Group has worked out along with its partners.
Honored to be part of this exquisite list, the Grow VC Chairman says this distinction will encourage him to work much more to influence the future. He would like to thank the Grow VC team for influencing the many finance and startup related activities around the world in the past 3 years as well as the Grow VC community and partner companies for this endorsement. Stay connected to know which of the Grow VC Group’s activities can work for you.
This is a guest post by Christopher Wallace. He is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Amsterdam Printing, has more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing. He regularly contributes to Amsterdam Printing’s Marketing blog.
The desire for Internet to be in the palm of our hands is growing; more people than ever are using smart phones, iPods and other portable devices to check out favorite sites, download files and pretty much do the things that, not so long ago, would have taken place at a desktop computer. As people’s schedules get more hectic and demanding, many business owners have responded by ensuring that their mobile websites are accessible, user-friendly and just as efficient as their regular sites. If you own a small business, or work for yourself in a creative capacity, it’s smart to consider your mobile site’s design.
We get it; you’re comfortable with the website you’ve had for ages and you’re wondering if implementing a mobile site is completely worth it. Well, here are the reasons you should take the migration to mobile seriously.
More and more people are going mobile
Smartphones aren’t just for high-powered business folk anymore; everyone, even your 11-year-old cousin, has one. In fact, smartphones have begun outselling personal computers! That means that you literally cannot afford to take a chance on someone missing your site by not making it mobile.
Lots of people search on the go
Let’s suppose you own a boutique of ladies’ clothing and you don’t have a mobile site. Think about how many women–your potential customers–are driving around town on Saturdays with iced coffee, looking for a place to buy a dress. They’re using their smart phones to determine where to shop, and your site needs to be available. Having a mobile site means that your business will appear on a search and potential clients will find you.
Mobile websites are easier than apps
People love apps, but developing an app is a much more complicated process than simply having a mobile site. For one thing, you have to develop an app for Apple, Android and BlackBerry markets. With a mobile site, potential clients can find you through a search engine like Google and not need to download anything that will require phone memory or wait time.
It’s only going to become more popular
Mobile sites are only going to gain momentum, so why shouldn’t you and your business find out what the fuss is about? Old technology doesn’t necessarily disappear completely, but it’s wise to understand new technology and make it work to your advantage.
If you’ve been contemplating how your regular website needs updating, or a fresh look, why not implement a mobile site instead? Mobile sites are visited more and more frequently and it’s well worth your time to consider a mobile site as a new way to meet new clients. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when designing a mobile site.
Simplify your site as much as possible
Naturally, mobile sites are quite different from regular sites–or should be. If your regular site is already pretty minimal then you may not need to worry. But otherwise, be sure to pare down the graphics, menus, text and overall look of your mobile site. Make sure that everything is easy to navigate and read on a small screen; visitors to your site will feel frustrated if they can’t easily find what they’re looking for because your site is too complex for mobile use.
Limit the scrolling to one direction
On a mobile site, make it easier on clients by making sure they only have to scroll in one direction to read or find what they need. It’s aggravating to scroll both up and down and sideways in order to view a page on a touch screen.
Avoid pop-ups and windows if possible.
On a mobile site, it’s best to avoid pop-ups and extra windows, which can interfere with the browsing ease and experience on a phone.
Make sure navigation is easy
Nothing is worse than a bunch of barely-readable links to click with your finger on a mobile device. With that in mind, make sure that your mobile site allows easy navigation by making links larger, allowing space in between “clickable” areas and anything else that helps those who are viewing your page navigate it easily.
Don’t use too many images
We’ve been taught that images are great for marketing and that they entice users to your site. That’s all true, of course, but when it comes to mobile sites it is best to use few images–maybe even just your logo. After all, when viewing a mobile page, the point is to get the information necessary, not admire the page’s complex graphics.
Don’t forget to link the standard site to the mobile site
If your clients are navigating your site from something slightly more sophisticated, like a tablet, they may want to see your full site. Give them that option by linking it from the mobile version. This way, they’ll be able to choose what suits them best at that time.
Good luck, and remember that any successful business must keep up with the times. A mobile site will let your clients know that you’re reaching out to a modern audience.
Infocomm Investments adds another feather to its cap of successful startup exits. The latest being Singapore tech security startup DS3 acquired by Gemalto, a globally renowned digital security company for an undisclosed sum.
Data Security Systems Solutions (DS3) main product ‘DS3 Authentication Server’ helps financial institutions prevent electronic data and information theft. At the time of its acquisition DS3 had a clientele of over 100, including several banks, government institutions and other businesses.
The company had been funded by Infocomm Investments in 2010, and much earlier during its inception by Infocomm’s parent agency IDA. According to an SGE article, the company which began operations in 1998, got a major breakthrough in 2009 after securing a partnership with IBM, helping the sale of its products globally. Now with offices already in Asia and North America, DS3 is currently looking to expand to Europe and South America.
The Grow VC Group, partners with Infocomm Investments, with its knowledge of global startups and understanding of Asian markets has enabled the setting up of growth-stage ICT startups in Singapore, for R&D and software development operations. A leading business center, Singapore offers a hassle-free environment, a vast pool of developer talent besides its proximity to major markets such as China, India and the rest of South-East Asia. Contact us for more information.