Dr. Joe Johnson of Welfont – Serial Entrepreneur And Venture Capitalist Gets Another Homerun!

 

Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage in America

Winning the prestigious INC 5000 award for the Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage in America over a three year period is no small accomplishment, but for Dr. Joe Johnson, growing up a missionary kid in Brazil, it’s truly a dream come true.

Johnson, a competitive swimmer in college and captain of his swim team seems to run his business with a heads down and swim for the finish line manner. So, when Johnson saw in year three, that his startup venture, (Welfont) stood a very real chance of placing high in the INC 5000 standings, he and his team put their heads down and in 2017 went all out to finish strong and by year end amassed an astonishing 11,359 percent three-year growth rate. To understand how Welfont got to where they are today, it helps to better understand the journey of Johnson’s life. He started his first business, a landscaping company, while still in high school. He had a truck and earth moving equipment but wasn’t old enough to get a driver’s license. But obstacles like these were just minor inconveniences to him. The solution was simple. Improvise. He just hired kids a little older than him who had their drivers license and he was in business.

Early Bankruptcy

Armed with more enthusiasm than business sense, by age 21 his vision and sales far outpaced his financial and staff resources as well as his operational processes. As he is quick to admit, “Out of pure incompetence, by the time I turned 21 years old, I went bankrupt.”

After Johnson went bankrupt at age 21 (on his lawyers’ recommendation), he worked other jobs and eventually earned enough money to pay off the creditors that he was no longer obligated by law, to pay. Somewhere along the way, Johnson had come to learn that a good name is more important than wealth.

 

First Turnaround

Upon graduating from college, Johnson mailed out 2000 resumes applying for the position of CFO. He received four requests for an interview and exactly one job offer from a failing $12 million tech company which he quickly turned around and was sold for a handsome profit. Doing things on a big scale became the hallmark of his storied career, including earning his doctorate at age 41, in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Regent University.

More Turnarounds

Johnson took over the reins and re-launched the struggling SUCCESS Magazine with a new team, which won “Best Design Launch of the Year Award” and gained over 500,000 in print circulation and was subsequently sold for millions of dollars. It was this type of success that fueled his desire to become a venture capitalist and enjoy more of the fruits of his labor.

That opportunity came in 2011 when he bought an insolvent real estate training company, making it wildly successful, earning a seven figure profit in just the first quarter.

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But fast forward to 2012, when the opportunity came to buy his former employers flagship company, Get Motivated Seminars, Johnson leveraged his previous success and went “all in”. Unfortunately, the previous owners were in a bitter divorce, greatly complicating the transfer of ownership. By year end, it was over, and the doors closed for good.

Down, But Not Out

Johnson’s love of real estate had become deeply ingrained into his psyche. In 2014, he began a consultancy helping nonprofits utilize the tax laws in Section 170 of the IRS code to acquire underutilized commercial real estate assets. It was the beginning of what became known as the Welfont Group of Companies. It soon became apparent that he could help a lot more folks and build a solid business by adding commercial real estate brokerage to the services his company could provide. Within 36 months, transaction volume grew to hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the history of the Inc 5000.

Success is a Journey

Over the years Johnson, now 43, has created hundreds of jobs through various start-ups and turnarounds while earning his MBA and PhD, personally funded over 15,000 microloans in over 80 countries for underprivileged entrepreneurs, saved one of America’s oldest and best loved business magazines from bankruptcy, acquired over 10 million square feet of real estate nationwide and most recently not only ranked in the INC 5000 as the Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage in the country, but also ranked #16 in the top 20 fastest growing companies of all types.

 

 

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The Top 5 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Out For

From the ever-evolving world of mobile to the rapid development in artificial intelligence; digital marketing is in a constant state of flux. It is a real challenge for digital marketers to keep up with the latest trends and stay in the loop, with cutting-edge technologies and strategies. Here are 5 digital marketing trends that will reshape the industry this year.

 

1) Marketing through live video using Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat

Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat are allowing businesses to connect with their target audience in real-time. Live video has become an essential component of social strategy as it helps to humanize a brand.

Periscope is a live-streaming app owned by Twitter and it allows broadcasts to be auto-published on Twitter accounts, as well. Followers can engage in real-time communication and the broadcasts can be viewed for 24 hours on mobile devices, as well as, desktops.

Snapchat is a semi-live streaming app, which removes the pressure of watching a video right here, right now. But, once the video is viewed, it disappears. Also, this app has a feature called ‘story’ allowing a user to create a collection of video to be viewed for 24 hours. It even allows viewers to save the video and upload it to other channels.

Instagram, on the other hand, combines the best elements of Periscope and Snapchat. On Instagram Live, followers can watch a video while it is being broadcasted and remove access, once the broadcast is completed.

2) Personalized Marketing via Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics is playing a major role in moulding digital marketing campaign and enhancing sales effectiveness. A full service digital marketing company can help you collect data, such as customer information, demographics, interests, behaviors and other relevant business information. The data collected will help you identify shopping & demographic trends and income levels while helping to customize your marketing strategy for meeting specific customer expectations. Big Data will help you in identifying the propensity to convert different behavioral patterns and characteristics of the consumers.

3) Marketing via Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality may be a craze among gamers, but it also has huge potentials in marketing. This technology has fundamentally altered the way businesses interact, with their target audience and market their products. While augmented reality (AR) uses 3D model to augment the real, physical world; virtual reality (VR) creates an environment,which is completely different from the one that you are in standing in.

In 2016, OnePlus utilized the VR marketing strategy to launch its flagship phone, OnePlus 3. OnePlus teamed up with AntVR, the VR specialists, to create 30,000 Loop VR headsets that were gone just as soon as they hit the markets. The chinese smartphone manufacturer showcased the launch of it’s flagship phone with the help of VR.

This marketing strategy went down well with the consumers and the comfortable VR headsets created all the buzz necessary around OnePlus.

4) Marketing using Wearables

The use of marketing via wearables is one of the emerging digital marketing trends, due to its wide demographic appeal and the ability to be integrated, with smartphones. It allows marketers to tap into the market by interacting and sharing relevant information to consumers through a personal channel. The market for wearable technology is estimated at a whopping 31.27 billion USD by 2020. With its presence on social media, wearables are a huge push to the healthcare and the marketing industry.

 

5) Marketing using Artificial Intelligence Bots

Artificial intelligence (AI) and digital marketing bots may not be able to replace humans, but can be utilized to supplement human knowledge and experience. Marketers, via AI, can unlock deeper insights into consumer base and communicate with prospective customers more effectively. It can help eliminate impersonal and monotonous aspects of a marketer’s job.

Bots can replace humans in places, such as online customer interaction and answering queries. From virtual shopping assistants to personalized content suggestions, AI is making great strides into the digital marketing industry. For instance, Facebook is making the use of artificial intelligence bots for helping users book a flight, providing answers to health-related questions, providing latest financial news, and so on.

The above-mentioned are the top 5 digital marketing trends in 2017 that you need to incorporate, right now, in your digital marketing campaign.

 

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How to Begin Investing as a College Student

College Students And Investing

You might think that your college budget doesn’t allow for a variety of things, such as making investments. It’s going to be tricky, but your student years are one of the best times to start investing. After all, you’re on a learning curve and not afraid of making mistakes.

Unfortunately, there are no college courses on how to build your wealth. You’ll be pleased to know, however, that it’s not going to require thousands of dollars in capital to start your investment journey. You do need to know how to do it, and how to do it best. Below is an introduction to some of the most popular options for college investors and the best ways to get you started.

5 Main Ways to Invest Money

  1. Cash in the bank is considered to be one of the safest options, but it’s not a great investment. Interest rates paid by banks tend to be lower than inflation. Certainly don’t leave your hard-earned money under the mattress because if you’re burgled, you’ve lost the lot.
  2. For most people, property is the single best investment. It’s one you can start as soon as your income allows, simply by buying your own home. Once you’ve got your foot on the property ladder, you can climb your way up.
  3. Antiques, art, wines, and collectibles can be a very interesting way to invest. Collectibles are often cheap, making them an affordable form of investment. However, it’s not the easy path to riches you might think. You need to be an expert in the things you collect to avoid being taken for a ride.
  4. Equities can provide the beginner with the opportunity to make sizeable profits. They are a stake in a company, with shareholders often getting paid a dividend. Shares, stocks, and equities provide good growth potential. Equities allow you to invest smaller amounts, while also being cheaper to hold.
  5. Bonds are the fifth option. They have a guaranteed interest rate and a date on which they’ll be redeemed. Bonds issued by governments are considered safer than company bonds.

Tips for College Students Who Want to Invest

If you want to invest in any of the options mentioned above, you should learn as much as you can. It’s possible to gain enough knowledge by reading books and articles online, and the information you gain will help you become a successful investor.

Any debts you have need to be paid off before making any kind of investment. Finding out how to refinance student loans will help you to repay these quicker. Making risky investments while you’ve still got high-interest loans to repay will only make your financial situation worse.

Making investments will require a brokerage account, so you need to find a reputable brokerage firm to handle your investment transactions.

A sensible thing to do when making investments is to diversify your portfolio. Don’t invest all your funds in one single company. Instead, put invest in various industries and investment types.

Investing is not only for rich people. You can make money, even if you’ve only have a small amount to invest. Practice makes perfect, and before you know it, you’ll be making more money. Start small, and any money you make can be used for further investments, and increase your learning.

 

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The Five Biggest Business Plagiarism Scandals

Throughout history, plagiarism has always been present, but never more so than in the current digital age. Where the internet is filled to the brim with content, with more being posted each and every day, it can be difficult to truly know whether what you are reading is original content. However, while most plagiarism cases are dealt with easily or float under the radar, there are some higher profile cases that certainly haven’t had that benefit! From the likes of Amy Schumer, to Melania Trump and even The New York Daily News, the following certainly could’ve done with a plagiarism checker! Without further ado, here are the five biggest plagiarism scandals of recent years.

The New York Daily News

The New York Daily News case was one that taught editors and writers across the globe a valuable lesson – keep drafts, notes, and ensure you save any relevant emails! They might not seem like much once the piece is done and ready to go, but you never know just when it might prove useful.

On April 19th 2016, journalist Shaun King had an article published that readers noticed was very similar to one published much earlier by The Daily Beast. Of course, this was immediately accused of being plagiarised, but there was an unexpected twist to come! King took to twitter after the accusations with evidence of timestamped emails that contained his original submission, and it turned out it was in fact an editorial issue! Jotham Sederstrom edited out the attribution that had been put into the piece before it went online! As a result, he was fired for the mistake.

Joe Biden

Many of us known Joe Biden as the much-loved vice president to Barack Obama, but long before he filled that role, Biden tried his own hand at the top spot. In 1987, Biden was running his presidential campaign but it was swiftly cut short when the accusations of plagiarism came rolling in. It soon surfaced that Biden had stolen a speech from a British politician by the name of Neil Kinnock. Soon after his academic work came under fire for plagiarism also. His withdrawal from the presidential race was, of course, announced soon after.

Amy Schumer

Laughter is a language that every person can speak, and jokes are often a great way of spreading said laughter around – well, if they don’t receive a groan instead! But in 2016, Amy Schumer came under fire when she was accused of plagiarising the jokes she was using in her stand-up performances. Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan and Wendy Liebman all claimed that Schumer had ‘stolen’ their jokes and passed them off as her own without firing a single thank you in their direction. This story didn’t come to any conclusion, however, as Schumer only denied the claims, and it wasn’t taken any further.

Melania Trump

While this one might not be the tip of the ice-burg when it comes to thinking about the most words plagiarised, it certainly does for one of the worst possible places to do it. Also taking place in 2016, Melania Trump’s plagiarism scandal came about when she took to the stage to give a speech on the President’s behalf at the Republican National Convention. However, as great as the speech may have appeared to some, it pricked the ears of Obama fans, who quickly realised that Melania’s speech sounded strangely similar to Michelle Obama’s speech that was given in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention. Melania’s speech writer was blamed, and while she apologised and went on to try and resign, Trump refused to accept it anyway.

Vladamir Putin

1997 brought about Putin’s turn to face public criticism following accusations of plagiarism. Putin’s 1996 dissertation titled ‘Strategic Planning of Mineral Resources Replenishment at a Regional Level in Market Economy’ fell under scrutiny when it appeared to bear unavoidable resemblance to a book written by William Kind and David Cleland’s book ‘Strategic Planning and Policy’. Granted, no one’s approached Putin to question it directly, but the accusations have been made all the same.

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Med-X Inc. Resumes Equity rowdfunding

Medical cannabis-focused Med-X, Inc. has resumed its equity crowdfunding campaign through StartEngine.com in a bid to raise $14.1 million through a minimum $420 per 700 shares.The manufacturer of non-toxic insecticide and pesticide for marijuana cultivators and publisher of The Marijuana Times relaunched the campaign on Sept. 28, 2017 following the lifting of its Securities and Exchange Commission temporary suspension arising from a late filing last year.“We have been qualified by the SEC and believe we are in full compliance to resume our Regulation A+ crowdfunding efforts once again,” said Chief Operations Officer Matthew Mills.

 

Med-X Inc. became the first cannabis company to launch a Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding campaign provided in the 2012 JOBS Act. It is also the first company involved with cannabis that StartEngine allowed to raise capital through its platform.”They let us jump on their platform, as we agreed not pursue handling the plant until it’s legal to do so,” said Mills. Mills said FundAmerica is handling the campaign that has raised under $1 million so far.The management team has been diligently working on its business model and continues positioning the company in accordance with its initial plan of operations.”The primary focus will be on the Nature-Cide product line for natural pest control in cannabis cultivation, along with the continued development of the popular online cannabis industry publication, The Marijuana Times,” according to Mills.

 

Nature-Cide

With cities in California and other states legalizing marijuana cultivation and manufacturing, the number of legal indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products is expected to increase driving demand for improving the quality and safety of local marijuana.Med-X has begun supplying Nature-Cide Pest Management and All-Purpose formulations to the cannabis agricultural and provisioning industries. It is also preparing for distribution its newly developed Nature-Cide insecticidal soil product for all types cultivators. The formulations are a proprietary all-natural essential oil insecticide/miticide/nematicide that repels and kill a wide variety of pests commonly known to damage cannabis crops. Nature-Cide products are listed on the “Approved for use in the Cultivation of Marijuana” by the Colorado, Washington and Oregon state Agriculture Departments. The listing is supported by Med-X’s 18-Month Nature-Cide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cannabis Cultivation Report released in March. “The 18-month report began in 2015 shortly after realizing that the Nature-Cide pesticide products were being recognized by multiple state agricultural departments as a product that is approved for use in medical and recreational marijuana cultivation,” said Mills.

 

Growth advantage

 The legal cannabis industry grew 30 percent in 2016 in North America alone to reach to $6.7 billion because of high growth prospects in the U.S. and Canada, data from Arcview Market Research showed. Arcview is projecting a 25 percent annual growth rate with sales in North American reaching $20.2 billion by 2021. Med-X is in great position to take advantage of the opportunities in the legal cannabis space.While primarily in the business of research and development of commercial medicinal applications of cannabis, Med-X Inc. plans to address other needs required to support the fast-paced emerging cannabis industry, including compound identification and extraction from cannabis oils, along with pharmacy automation beginning with cannabis products and eventually for various pharmaceuticals.According to its SEC filings, Med-X Inc. plans to cultivate and sell high-quality cannabis for the consumer and commercial markets in areas where it is legal and when they are fully licensed to do so. “Due to our management’s hands-on background in the fields of medicine, large-scale cultivation, commercial pest management as well as operations in internet-based wholesale and retail outlets, we feel we have a tremendous advantage, and can use that skill set to climb into a growth position more rapidly than most,” said Mills.

 

About Med-X, Inc.

 Med-X, Inc. is a Nevada corporation formed in February 2014 to support the fast-paced emerging cannabis industry through such activities as compound identification and extraction of the identified cannabidiol (CBD) compound for the present medical industry demand. The company’s digital magazine, The Marijuana Times, publishes quality media content for the medical cannabis community to generate revenue from advertisers as well as sell industry related merchandise to consumers. The company is ready to bring various products to market in the cannabis, agricultural and ancillary services industries through manufacturing partnerships. For more information regarding Med-X, Inc., please visit www.medx-rx.com, email info@medx-rx.comor call 818-349-2870.

 

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Med-X Inc. Resumes Equity Crowdfunding

 

Medical cannabis-focused Med-X, Inc. has resumed its equity crowdfunding campaign through StartEngine.com in a bid to raise $14.1 million through a minimum $420 per 700 shares.

The manufacturer of non-toxic insecticide and pesticide for marijuana cultivators and publisher of The Marijuana Times relaunched the campaign on Sept. 28, 2017 following the lifting of its Securities and Exchange Commission temporary suspension arising from a late filing last year.

“We have been qualified by the SEC and believe we are in full compliance to resume our Regulation A+ crowdfunding efforts once again,” said Chief Operations Officer Matthew Mills.

 

Med-X Inc. became the first cannabis company to launch a Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding campaign provided in the 2012 JOBS Act. It is also the first company involved with cannabis that StartEngine allowed to raise capital through its platform.

“They let us jump on their platform, as we agreed not pursue handling the plant until it’s legal to do so,” said Mills.

Mills said FundAmerica is handling the campaign that has raised under $1 million so far.The management team has been diligently working on its business model and continues positioning the company in accordance with its initial plan of operations.

“The primary focus will be on the Nature-Cide product line for natural pest control in cannabis cultivation, along with the continued development of the popular online cannabis industry publication, The Marijuana Times,” according to Mills.

 

Nature-Cide

With cities in California and other states legalizing marijuana cultivation and manufacturing, the number of legal indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products is expected to increase driving demand for improving the quality and safety of local marijuana.

Med-X has begun supplying Nature-Cide Pest Management and All-Purpose formulations to the cannabis agricultural and provisioning industries. It is also preparing for distribution its newly developed Nature-Cide insecticidal soil product for all types cultivators. The formulations are a proprietary all-natural essential oil insecticide/miticide/nematicide that repels and kill a wide variety of pests commonly known to damage cannabis crops.

Nature-Cide products are listed on the “Approved for use in the Cultivation of Marijuana” by the Colorado, Washington and Oregon state Agriculture Departments. The listing is supported by Med-X’s 18-Month Nature-Cide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cannabis Cultivation Report released in March.

“The 18-month report began in 2015 shortly after realizing that the Nature-Cide pesticide products were being recognized by multiple state agricultural departments as a product that is approved for use in medical and recreational marijuana cultivation,” said Mills.

 

Growth advantage

 The legal cannabis industry grew 30 percent in 2016 in North America alone to reach to $6.7 billion because of high growth prospects in the U.S. and Canada, data from Arcview Market Research showed. Arcview is projecting a 25 percent annual growth rate with sales in North American reaching $20.2 billion by 2021.

Med-X is in great position to take advantage of the opportunities in the legal cannabis space.

While primarily in the business of research and development of commercial medicinal applications of cannabis, Med-X Inc. plans to address other needs required to support the fast-paced emerging cannabis industry, including compound identification and extraction from cannabis oils, along with pharmacy automation beginning with cannabis products and eventually for various pharmaceuticals.

According to its SEC filings, Med-X Inc. plans to cultivate and sell high-quality cannabis for the consumer and commercial markets in areas where it is legal and when they are fully licensed to do so.

“Due to our management’s hands-on background in the fields of medicine, large-scale cultivation, commercial pest management as well as operations in internet-based wholesale and retail outlets, we feel we have a tremendous advantage, and can use that skill set to climb into a growth position more rapidly than most,” said Mills.

 

About Med-X, Inc.

 Med-X, Inc. is a Nevada corporation formed in February 2014 to support the fast-paced emerging cannabis industry through such activities as compound identification and extraction of the identified cannabidiol (CBD) compound for the present medical industry demand. The company’s digital magazine, The Marijuana Times, publishes quality media content for the medical cannabis community to generate revenue from advertisers as well as sell industry related merchandise to consumers. The company is ready to bring various products to market in the cannabis, agricultural and ancillary services industries through manufacturing partnerships. For more information regarding Med-X, Inc., please visit www.medx-rx.com, email info@medx-rx.comor call 818-349-2870.

 

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Generation Z – Their Approach to Work and How to Handle Them in the Business Environment

Following Millennials, generation Z is represented by today’s tweens and teens buzzing with novel ideas and holding great promise for tomorrow’s business. Tapping into their approach to work and how to handle them in the business environment is vital.  They go by many names, ‘iGen’, ‘gamers’, the ‘App generation’, the ‘Selfie generation’, ‘post-Millennials’ and the list may continue. What sets them apart from previous generations, generation X, Y, Baby Boomers and Millennials is their unique approach to work.

Born between 1995 and 2012, generation Z comprise of 1% of today’s American working population and is estimated to grow to 7% by 2020. Making their first steps into the era of booming technology, it’s no surprise at all that they are digital natives, learning to use the tablet before they even talk.

Learning to use digital technology and social media from very young ages, gen Z-ers are extremely versatile when it comes to work. Growing up with successful online businesses like Booking.com, Airbnb, Uber, Facebook, and already old Google, Apple or Microsoft, not to mention digital marketing, they already have a very clear idea how to generate income online and how to run a successful online business.

According to Sean McDowell, Ph. D., professor of Christian apologetic from Biola University, iGens are entrepreneurial thinkers and individualistic by definition. Statistics indicate that 72% of them are more likely to reject the ‘shackles of employment’ and start their own business.

Inborn progressive thinkers, generation Z are constantly on the lookout for quick recognition and validation through social media, which is why they tend to be rather withdrawn from society. Does this mean they can’t work well in a team? No, not at all, they simply have a different approach to teamwork. Forward-minded as they are, they have an innate ability to multitasking. So, for them juggling between tasks comes naturally. After all, they’re gamers and as such they’re also strong team players, socio-psychologists suggest (learn more from getabstract.com).

Who says that generation Z only enjoy working with their peers and resent cooperation with authority figures? On the contrary, gamers are keen users of social media, which for them has a double purpose – networking and research tool. This means they are open to collaboration and above all, communication and feedback, which can be implemented in the business environment easily. Additionally, remember that they were born and educated in a world promoting diversity and equality regardless of race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation (some may have even been raised in same-sex families). Therefore, they value acceptance and togetherness despite the differences between individuals, expecting to find the same at the workplace. Here are a few tips how to handle generation Z employees.

How to Handle Generation Z in the Business Environment

Tapping into gen Z psyche is not easy. One thing is unquestionable about generation Z employees, and that’s CREATIVITY. They want to stand out through innovation. At the same time they are perfectly aware of the pitfall that ditched Millennials, therefore, they have a clear understanding that the key to success is hard work and perseverance offline. This is why they seize every opportunity they can to prove themselves.

Imaginative as they are, gen Z-ers would fit perfectly in a business environment where they are able to explore, experiment and nurture innovative ideas. At the same time they’re on a constant lookout for opportunities to develop their skills or acquire new ones, which is why mentor-ship will always come before financial reward for a generation Z employee. However, as gamers, they will always be looking for a challenging business environment and more gamified incentive systems. Having a sharp sense of criticism, these ‘new kids on the block’ just about to enter the workforce are constantly seeking ways to manage and improve their image both on- and offline.

Being constantly connected with the ‘outside world’, they know exactly what is trending at the moment. With a very short attention span (8 seconds), they have the ability to quickly discern what is worth their attention and effort and what not, and this is what stirs their imagination and how they can contribute revolutionary ideas to your business and push it to the top. They may not have decision power within the organization as yet, but they hold big promise.

 

Highly Individualistic and Independent

Highly individualistic and independent as they are, App generation employees will appreciate constant feedback from their superiors (which is where working with authority figures comes into play). As a good leader and manager, if you wish to retain a gen Z-er you should probably reconsider your employee evaluation system to accommodate (if not replace altogether) the formal, annual appraisal one-on-one sessions with ongoing, informal reviews.

Much as they favor the idea of being their own boss, sociological studies suggest that this digital generation’s ostensible tendency towards entrepreneurship is the manifestation of a survival mechanism rather than the desire to be rich and famous. What these youngsters need is actually something stable to rely on like a secure job that earns them a decent and steady income.

 

What Sets Millennials Apart

What clearly sets them apart from their Millennial predecessors notorious for their lack of focus, generation Z are planners. With a rich generational heritage from their sell-supporting generation X parents, gen Z-ers look for jobs in less-automatized areas like sales or education. With stability in mind, they seem to always have a very well developed plan B available to help them stay afloat in an ever-shifting economic environment. That is why more often than not, they will opt for a career that offers them financial stability. The ideal workplace for a gen Z-er is therefore one where he can enjoy autonomy, flexibility, support for personal development and initiative, and honesty.

Considering all the aspects revealed about this intriguing new generation, the take-away is this: a gen Z employee is a must-have asset for any business as they can bring a whole set of fresh ideas, hard work, ambition to succeed and eagerness to learn and grow with the company. To incentivize generation Z employees, nurture the differing values and traits that define them, help them succeed and integrate in your multi-generational workforce, and they will give you the best they have to make your business great.

 

 

 

Traders Now Opting for Social Trading Platforms

 

Pure social trading has been around since the advent of markets. The concept of social trading is vested in the collective mindset of the trading community. With social trading, anyone can mimic the activity of successful traders, since everything operates in a transparent fashion.

Social trading is known by many names, including copy trading, social finance, and social investing. A form of social trading – angel investing – takes place when wealthy investors pool their resources together because they believe in one another’s methodology. Social trading really came to prominence after the global financial crisis, and thanks to social media it is firmly established in modern culture.

Community Oriented Trading

Self-directed traders have been using the social trading avenue as an effective way to manage their financial affairs. By pooling their resources with fellow traders, they can spot lucrative opportunities and act on them. Since all traders are in it to win, there is zero conflict. The community of traders provides the crowd wisdom that individual traders can profit off.

While social media is relatively ‘old’ by tech standards, online social trading is not. These social network platforms are designed primarily for traders and it uses social media functions and features to allow traders to communicate with others.

The purpose of social trading is to learn from the actions of fellow traders. Social trading functionality includes messaging, real-time financial updates, information sharing, copying and profiting accordingly. While the number of credible social trading platforms is rather limited at present, they are of exceptionally high quality.

The rise of social trading has grown in leaps and bounds, thanks to the benefits of this new technique. These include a reduced learning curve, plenty of friends with similar interests, and less need for research. The world’s leading social trading platforms opt for a combination of transparency, simplicity, and interaction. Since social trading is predicated on FinTech, it’s important that innovative technology continues to drive this revolution.

 

A Social Trading Leader: Ayondo

The strengths and weaknesses of individual social trading platforms are apparent after conducting an extensive review. For example, a detailed Ayondo review confirms that easy execution of a wide range of financial products is possible. The company, like many other social trading platforms, is incorporated in the UK. It operates an integrated broker platform, with Yondo GmbH providing the social trading services. Traders can dabble in the financial markets with a retail trading hub for CFD trading on iOS and Android devices. The other option available to traders is the Copy Trading component.

 

While the terms Copy Trading and Social Trading are largely interchangeable, there are differences between them. Traders get to leverage their capital but all funds are automatically divided among traders. Loss prevention methods are possible, but no closer than 10%. There are limitations in terms of the contribution that a trader makes to your financial portfolio, and there is room for improvement in terms of customization.

 

This social trading company currently has 1500 Top Traders for clients to choose from, a small number compared to the market leaders in social trading. Despite its shortcomings, Ayondo has grown significantly in recent months and is a dominant player on the scene.

 

The Future of FinTech

The social trading scene is heavily reliant on big data, and mobile communications. The most successful virtual trading platforms are accessible across multiple channels including web and mobile. Social trading is geared towards tearing down barriers to the financial markets by making it easy for anyone to trade at any time.

Gone are the days when the suited and reputed brokerages were the only institutions available to day traders. The success of social trading platforms is vested in the simplicity of the trading experience. By connecting people on social trading networks, it’s possible to make decision making as easy as possible.

Copy Trading is unique in that it allows traders to literally copy the trades of active traders in a passive way. The World Economic Forum regards social trading as the future of FinTech and a defining element of investment management.