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Banking: The American Dream By The Provocateur Network

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>One more greatly done animated film on the eternal theme of how the global banking system works. It has everything – great animation, conspiracy theories, history, JFK’s death and more…..

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USA: Elizabeth Warren at the Democrats in Massachusetts

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Elizabeth Warren at the first debate of Democrats in Massachusetts:
“…Everyone has to follow the law. That has to be the story in place. But no one understands better what the frustration is right now.

The people on Wall Street broke this country, and they did it one lousy mortgage at a time. It happened more than three years ago, and there is still no basic accountability, and there has been no real effort to fix it…”

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Life: We are the 99 percent

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This is not about right versus left … about the poor versus the rich … It’s about right versus wrong. When people are loosing their homes, their pensions or their jobs having worked whole lives often multiple jobs at the same time while those very few who profit from the current “business climate” often have never really worked all their life, breaking and bending the law left, right and back, not paying or paying nearly no taxes while those who have nearly nothing pay most, something is substantially wrong and must change very quickly before the overall situation explodes. But this is maybe what some of those few “really” want besides bringing back fascism and slavery…

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Portugal: Where you have to study to be a slave – Parva Que Sou – Deolinda

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Not only in the Arabic world where young protesters have overturned regimes installed decades ago and kept alive by generous aid from abroad and oppression of their citizens, this summer also in Europe young people in many countries were filling the streets with their protest and anger.

In Lisbon, Portugal earlier this year about 300’000 people were protesting against so-called austerity cuts and the way how current politicians want to remedy the damages from the global financial crisis on the back of the poorest and the young. These were the biggest protests in Portugal since the Carnation Revolution in 1974 that overturned dictatorship.

A song that got accidentally famous on the Internet in Portugal is currently making its way across Europe. It strongly expresses the feelings of …

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Finance: The Indian Venture Capital Industry – Interview with Pravin Khatau

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Mr Pravin Khatau, a native Indian and a former Executive Director with Goldman Sachs, has a distinguished track record in Venture Capital investing globally and particularly into the Indian markets. He was previously on the board of a well known VC firm in India and is currently also serving as a Board member of the MVCA in Europe.
Mr Pravin Khatau was kind enough to share his insights into the Venture Capital industry with Duvet-Dayz as part of our Venture Capital series…

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Finance: Are technology VCs coming back? (Part 1)

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After quite a few years of dull runs since the 2000 IT bubble burst and together with it many hopes and portfolios of high flying Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley, it seems they getting back again into full swing.

While many of the smaller VCs still struggling to get new funds in, last week’s successful placement of a new USD 650 Million fund by Andreessen Horowitz, basically tripling their capital for investment, speaks a different language.

With nearly zero return on treasuries, negative yields on TIPS and very low coupons on newly emitted corporate bonds, the huge increase of capital available through Quantitative Easing and money presses running non stop around the globe, more and more capital seems to seek investments that provide income beyond such meager returns. Private Equity and Venture Capital funds have demonstrated this in the past.

Investors putting money into Private Equity or Venture Capital funds that are considered an illiquid asset class, do certainly believe that holdings in companies even within the less mature ones VCs normally invest into will provide (more) tangible assets for their money than by investing into such companies via the stock markets which in the U.S. have endured an constant outflow of retail investors funds over the last year.

And the battle for investments between VC funds looks like heating up again (like it’s 1999 ???) when following the bidding war of various VC funds over a 6 month old small New York start-up called GroupMe that Khosla “won” during the last days by valuating it at a hefty USD 35 million.

There are nevertheless many changes since the 2000s – particularly for VCs investing into technology start-ups.

First with cloud services from Amazon and …

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