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We create Massive Business Models from your prototype(s) or productive idea(s) to attract venture capital investments.

Experienced Entrepreneurs understand the difficulties of getting resources from Venture Capitalists and the same is for Venture Capitalists to find the “Right” businesses to fund. Massive Wisdom is here to help.

Massive Wisdom acts as an early business model partner and investor, typically providing actionable business model before the company’s first or second outside capital from venture capital investments. We invest our knowledge, experience, time and energy in potentially scalable start-up businesses (idea, conception, prototype and inception) and accelerate them with proprietary intellectual property and technologies, potentially large markets, strong management teams, a well-developed business model and sustainable competitive advantage.

In brief, the qualities of the companies / teams that Massive Wisdom will invest in are/have:

Ability to develop disruptive technologies in high-growth markets

Potential for Pre-Seed, Seed & early stage high tech start-ups

Singapore / Asia Brand with potential global or regional target markets

Furthermore, Massive Wisdom will evaluate each of these investments on specific criteria and coach the founding team to produce:

  1. Product Proficiency Model with sustainable differentiation.

Example 1: Deliver significant differentiation in your niche market (may include IP).

Example 2: Product evolution to compete in the mainstream market.

  1. Market Model with sustainable profitability.

Example 1: Profitability of the targeted customers segment.

Example 2: Scalable business mapping to addressable large market.

  1. Leadership / Managing Team Model.

Example 1: Leadership execution on the business plan (1-3 years).

Example 2: Leadership commitment to the cause.

  1. Financial Model.

Example 1: Clear and achievable staging milestones to reach series A funding.

Example 2: Risk profile for investment to financial return mapping.

Beyond investing in pre-seed stage start-ups from the private sector with or without an existing management team, Massive Wisdom also works with various worldwide venture capital fund houses and research institutes to invest in potential spinoffs and can even assemble a strong “A-Team” management team to license promising intellectual property to create a new spinoff.

Regards,

Bringing you closer to the white knight investors, we are the Dark Night Business Model Craftsmen. Massive Wisdom.

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How crowdsourcing can boost green chemistry

Launched in 2001, InnoCentive offers a set of finely tuned products and services used by companies, government agencies and nonprofits to ramp up their innovation programs. InnoCentive’s online crowdsourcing platform hosts technical challenges that they broadcast out to their own network of 300,000 problem solvers, also known as InnoCentive’s Global Solver Community. Through its new partnerships with Nature and Scientific American, the company can reach an even larger community. These solvers compete to provide novel ideas and solutions in exchange for a monetary award for the solution selected by the challenge.

SOURCE LINK:http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/02/07/how-crowdsourcing-can-boost-green-chemistry

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Top 6 Crowdfunding Updates

Massive Wisdom observed the latest happenings in Crowdfundings this month. Crowdfunding can also refer to the funding of a company by selling small amounts of equity to many investors.

 

Source: Silatech hosts seminar on crowd-funding in Cairo | Gulf Times

Silatech has recently sponsored a seminar on crowd-funding in Cairo, Egypt, with the objective of unlocking innovative new sources of investment capital for Egyptian entrepreneurs.Organised by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, “Crowd-funding: Sparking Entrepreneurial Growth” brought more than 70 attendees from the private, civil society and government sectors together to learn from Egyptian and international experts.

Source: SME corner: how effective is crowd funding? | The National

Crowd-funding platforms attract members forming an online community of potential donors.Usually a project initiator also has a social network, such as Facebook. These two globally connected online communities are a natural reservoir to draw capital for a project that just a few years ago might have struggled to find more than a few donors.Crowd investing follows a similar trajectory. Platforms invite submission of business plans and legal documentation for vetting. Whether the initiator is looking to start a new business or expand an existing one they will need to build a compelling business plan to attract investors.

Source: Star Citizen breaches $35 million in crowdfunding | TweakTown

Star Citizen has passed over $35 million in crowdfunding, with the new stretch goal sitting at the easily-reachable $36 million. Considering we saw $33 million raised at the end of November, we’re seeing millions pour into Roberts Space Industries’ coffers.

Source: Sell Your Product Before It Exists | HBR Blog

There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding. While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new crop of businesses are using the platform for as a wholly different business model: selling their product before it exists.

Source: Crowdsourcing Social Problems | Reason.com

Ahn’s latest crowdsourcing project allows people to learn a foreign language while simultaneously translating huge chunks of the Internet. Duolingo, launched in late 2011, teaches six languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese) by giving students short translations to complete based on their current language level. Every time one of these translations is completed successfully, a small part of the Web (say, Buzzfeed’s English-language site) gets translated into the language in question.

Source: Social media Santas crowd source Christmas for those in need | CBC

Michelle Wolthers asked a local website for help.“I had gift cards and food and bags and bags and boxes of food and clothes and toys and just school supplies. It was just unbelievable,” she said.In December, the social media Santas started a Facebook page called Helping Hands.They post Christmas wishes from families and ask for help.“We’ve had a number of people donate cash amounts, or they’ve gone to the store and actually picked up the item for us to give to the family. It’s really worked out really well. It’s been overwhelming, the community support that we’ve had. They’ve been very generous.”

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What will this become? Elance and oDesk Set to Merge in the New Year

Elance and oDesk, two leading online labor marketplaces, announced yesterday that they plan to merge in the new year.

The companies jointly count eight million workers (three million for Elance and five for oDesk) and around two million clients between them, though there may be some overlap in those numbers. For the foreseeable future, the two companies plan to retain separate branding and websites, meaning the workflows for freelancers and employers alike will remain the same.

The terms of the deal were not announced, and it must still be cleared by regulators before going through. The companies do expect for the merger to take place sometime in Q1 2014. Fabio Rosati, Elance’s CEO, will become the CEO of the merged company, while his counterpart at oDesk, Gary Swart, will remain involved as a “strategic advisor.” oDesk’s executive chairman Thomas Layton, meanwhile, will take up the same post after the merger.

The two firms are on course to earn $750 million in 2013, and hope to use their combined know-how and cash to advance the online labor industry. The companies say the major benefits of the merger will be “significant investments in technology,” “higher quality results for all customers,” and “accelerated growth and scale.”

oDesk and Elance’s executives surely know each other well, being two major players in this space. However, talks of a merger began only a few weeks ago, according to VentureBeat: “If it’s meant to be, it happens very quickly,” Rosati said.

Any merger tests the strength of an executive team, and that will be the case here, too. Given that both companies specialize in managing millions of workers across the world, however, they may be better prepared than most when it comes to consolidating their own workforces.

The joint company will take on the likes of Freelancer.com (which has nearly ten million workers) and Fiverr, as well as more niche online labor and crowdsourcing platforms like 99designs.

The merger represents further consolidation and maturity within the online work sector: only a few weeks ago, CrowdSource announced the acquisition of Serv.io. These companies operate in a much more specific field, written content creation, than either oDesk or Elance. But the trend of rivals joining together to advance the online labor industry as a whole seems like it will be a big storyline in 2014.

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JOBS Act – Challenges and Opportunities for Communications Professionals and Marketing Firms

Recent changes in the securities legislation in the US (particularly,lift of the ban on general solicitation) have provided new opportunities for PR and marketing firms. Many investment funds and private companies will increase their marketing budgets for 2014. But to be able to benefit from this additional cash flow, the communications professionals need to learn rules of the game. On the other hand, in-house IR and PR specialists will have to adjust their skill set to communicate efficiently with a company’s stakeholders using social and traditional media and advertisement channels.

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Kickstarter Makes Some Changes to Search

Kickstarter adds search and social features to their site today. Anything new?

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Duolingo Named Apple’s App of the Year

Duolingo, the crowdsourced language-learning app, earned Apple’s app of the year award for the iPhone.

It’s a well-deserved accolade for Duolingo and a great way to round out its big year. Created by Luis von Ahn of Carnegie Mellon University, the company makes use of gamification to entice people to learn new languages.

Duolingo launched in mid-2012 and has grown quickly in popularity since then. It offers courses for learning Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English, with other languages on the horizon.

In October, the company announced the launch of language ‘Incubators’ that allow the community to take charge in designing new courses. And only a few days after that, Duolingo revealed that it had been contracted by BuzzFeed and CNN to translate articles into French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Von Ahn is one of the most well-regarded entrepreneurs when it comes to crowdsourcing. Previously, he developed the CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA software. Those tools help to protect sensitive information by asking users to enter bits of seemingly random text before being allowed to enter a site. Those bits of text are words taken out of books that Google is digitizing and putting on the web. Any text that Google’s software doesn’t recognize, the crowd can (usually) easily decipher.

It’s certainly been an eventful year for the startup, and you can expect more news coming up in 2014 as it begins to mature and add new languages to its roster. It will be particularly interesting how Duolingo deals with tongues that do not make use of the Latin alphabet, like Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Arabic, which are in high demand.

For now, however, Duolingo and its users deserve to take a step back and embrace the success they’ve earned thus far as one of the most popular and useful crowdsourcing apps around.

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CrowdFunding’s Ins and Outs

People in general have raised concerns about people stealing ideas or even intellectual property in crowdfunding. What are your thoughts on this?

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Career Opening – Business Director

Career Opening – Business Director

Responsibilities

A Chance to BE YOUR OWN BOSS!
  • Overseeing the complete STARTUP business operations.
  • Report to management on P&L performance.
  • Set directions for the strategies and operation of the STARTUP business model. Stage processes and streamline work flow.
  • Set up links with potential and strategic business partners and build necessary channels for business collaboration.
  • Execute, feedback and enhance business plans.

Requirements

  • Hands-on experience in STARTUP.
  • Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree any field.
  • At least 5 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
  • Preferably Senior Managers specializing in Corporate Strategy/Top Management, Marketing/Business Development or equivalent.
  • Possess strong business acumen with a mindset for continuous improvement and productivity and most importantly, ENTREPRENEURSHIP!
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and able to develop good working relationship with internal and external parties.
  • Dynamic, adaptive and fluid individual with strong strategic thinking skill.

Company Overview

Massive Wisdom LLP acts as an early business model partner and investor, typically providing actionable business model before the company’s first or second outside capital from venture capital investments. We invest our knowledge, experience, time and energy in potentially scalable start-up businesses (idea, conception, prototype and inception) and accelerate them with proprietary intellectual property and technologies, potentially large markets, strong management teams, a well-developed business model and sustainable competitive advantage.
Massive Wisdom LLP is a Singapore-based company right in the centre of Asia. We are the market leader in IT development and management. Having 19 years of past knowledge in IT development, Massive Wisdom have established many niche businesses.Ever since then, most of them have formed the core of its activities, the Group has many companies associated with it worldwide and Massive Wisdom  has the ultimate plan to expand from Asian markets as well.Massive Wisdom’s main platforms are community based, such as marketing and advertising sites, job sites, technology sites, social community websites, information sites, etc.

Why Join Us?

- Competitive Salary plus performance bonus
- Long term service bonus
- Retirement benefits
- Stock options
- A Conducive environment for your growth
- Five day work week
- Flexible working hours
- Friendly Executives
- Company gatherings
- Great Atmosphere
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Career Opening – Marketing Manager

Career Opening - Marketing Manager

Responsibilities

To develop, establish and maintain marketing strategies to meet organizational objectives. Effective management of the marketing, advertising and promotional activities of the organization.
  • Manage and coordinate all marketing, advertising and promotional staff and activities.
  • Expand and develop marketing platforms.
  • Manage the productivity of the marketing plans and projects.
  • Monitor, review and report on all marketing activity and results.
  • Conduct market research to determine market requirements for existing and future products.
  • Analysis of customer research, current market conditions and competitor information.
  • Determine and manage the marketing budget.
  • Deliver marketing activity within agreed budget.
  • Report on return on investment and key performance indicators.
  • Create marketing presentations.
  • Liaise with media and advertising agencies.
  • Monitor industry best practices.
  • Bottom line driven.
  • Develop pricing strategies, balancing firm objectives and customer satisfaction.
  • Identify, develop, and evaluate marketing strategy, based on knowledge of establishment objectives, market characteristics, and cost and markup factors.
  • Formulate, direct and coordinate marketing activities and policies to promote products and services, working with advertising and promotion managers.
  • Direct the hiring, training, and performance evaluations of marketing and sales staff and oversee their daily activities.
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors and distributors to manage product distribution, establishing distribution networks and developing distribution strategies for products assigned.

Requirements

  • Candidate must possess at least a Diploma, Advanced/Higher/Graduate Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Professional Degree, in business or marketing-related or any field.
  • At least 3 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
  • Required skill(s):
    • Experience in all aspects of developing and managing marketing strategies
    • Proven experience (relevant product knowledge) in customer and market research
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Very good presentation skill
    • Hands-on with organization planning skills
    • Possess an entrepreneurship spirit
    • A strategic thinker and problem analysis.

Company Overview

Massive Wisdom LLP acts as an early business model partner and investor, typically providing actionable business model before the company’s first or second outside capital from venture capital investments. We invest our knowledge, experience, time and energy in potentially scalable start-up businesses (idea, conception, prototype and inception) and accelerate them with proprietary intellectual property and technologies, potentially large markets, strong management teams, a well-developed business model and sustainable competitive advantage.

Massive Wisdom LLP is a Singapore-based company right in the centre of Asia. We are the market leader in IT development and management. Having 19 years of past knowledge in IT development, Massive Wisdom have established many niche businesses.Ever since then, most of them have formed the core of its activities, the Group has many companies associated with it worldwide and Massive Wisdom  has the ultimate plan to expand from Asian markets as well.Massive Wisdom’s main platforms are community based, such as marketing and advertising sites, job sites, technology sites, social community websites, information sites, etc.

Why Join Us?

- Competitive Salary plus performance bonus
- Long term service bonus
- Retirement benefits
- Stock options
- A Conducive environment for your growth
- Five day work week
- Flexible working hours
- Friendly Executives
- Company gatherings
- Great Atmosphere
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Career Opening – Project Manager

Career Opening – Project Manager

Responsibilities

  • Managing and leading the project from start to end.
  • Recruiting project staff and consultants, also business ideas.
  • Managing co-ordination of the partners and working groups engaged in project work.
  • Detailed project planning and control including:
    • Developing and maintaining a detailed project plan.
    • Managing project deliverables in line with the project plan.
    • Recording and managing project issues and escalating where necessary.
    • Resolving cross-functional issues at project level.
    • Managing project scope and change control and escalating issues where necessary.
    • Monitoring project progress and performance.
    • Liaises with, and updates progress to, project board/senior management.
    • Managing project evaluation and dissemination activities.
    • Managing consultancy input within the defined budget.
    • Managing Business Plan generation for projects, as individual entities.
    • Managing Partners of individual Project Entities to be successful and rendering Experts for help during Business Planning and Research.

Requirements

  • Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Professional Degree, specializing in Marketing/Business or equivalent.
  • At least 3 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
  • Required skill(s):
    • Business developement
    • Finance and investments
    • Start-up management
    • Team player
    • Hiring And Recruitment
    • Entrepreneurship mindset
  • Maintain and manage group of portfolio companies, coordinate documentation when needed.
  • Arrange Partner training and align training with customer goals.
  • Introduce New People with idea to the concept and explain them the benefits
  • Maintain timelines and target dates.

Company Overview

Massive Wisdom LLP acts as an early business model partner and investor, typically providing actionable business model before the company’s first or second outside capital from venture capital investments. We invest our knowledge, experience, time and energy in potentially scalable start-up businesses (idea, conception, prototype and inception) and accelerate them with proprietary intellectual property and technologies, potentially large markets, strong management teams, a well-developed business model and sustainable competitive advantage.

Massive Wisdom LLP is a Singapore-based company right in the centre of Asia. We are the market leader in IT development and management. Having 19 years of past knowledge in IT development, Massive Wisdom have established many niche businesses.Ever since then, most of them have formed the core of its activities, the Group has many companies associated with it worldwide and Massive Wisdom  has the ultimate plan to expand from Asian markets as well.Massive Wisdom’s main platforms are community based, such as marketing and advertising sites, job sites, technology sites, social community websites, information sites, etc.

Why Join Us?

- Competitive Salary plus performance bonus
- Long term service bonus
- Retirement benefits
- Stock options
- A Conducive environment for your growth
- Five day work week
- Flexible working hours
- Friendly Executives
- Company gatherings
- Great Atmosphere
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