by: jouko ahvenainen
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Next week, one part of our operations slows down for a week. A meaningful portion of our software and business development team is in Asia and as we are moving from the year of Rabbit to the Year of The Dragon, it is time to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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The year of the Rabbit you could catch your breath and calm your nerves.  It’s a time for negotiation, not to try and force changes. It has been exactly that for Grow VC too. We have now prepared new things and we have talked with many people around the world. But we have also realized, it is still the early days of crowdfunding and new marketplaces for startup funding. It has also been an important year to see and progress new crowdfunding regulation proposals.

Now we enter The Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Dragon is for “doers” – to take action and achieve power by getting things done. It’s also Grow VC’s theme for this year. We want to accomplish many new things, but really to translate crowdfunding and our open global marketplace to all people around the world so they can learn about these new models, participate in and support startups. We are also developing our own communication to reach a much broader audience to learn about new opportunities.

People who are born in The Year of Dragon have natural talent and abilities that should stand out with great results. We believe the same also matters for startups that are born in The Year of Dragon. Therefore, it will be a great time to start a company or start investing in startups. We at Grow VC want to help you to do this and we want to make it global. You don’t have to come from Silicon Valley or London, you can do it in Vietnam, China, Singapore or wherever you are. There are great entrepreneurs and investors all around the world. The Year of the Dragon is a great time to breathe fire and start to build something big.

It’s the time of the year to spend time with the family and prepare to face new challenges of the next year.

一本萬利 in the Year of the Dragon.

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jouko ahvenainen Jouko Ahvenainen is a serial-entrepreneur, e.g. co-founder of Grow VC Group, a pioneer in new funding solutions, including equity p2p investments. He participated in changing US finance regulation, getting the Senate and President to allow crowdfunding and has worked with EU finance regulation. Jouko started his work with crowdfunding models in 2008. Jouko has been listed Top 100 Influencer in Digital Industry and Top 100 Of The Most Influential Thought Leaders In Crowdfunding.


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