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Weekly Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week

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Here are the top 10 highlights for this week.

1. Have Tencent Shares Bottomed Out After Losing $150B This Year?

Tencent [TCEHY] investors have had a rough year so far as shares of China’s internet giant have declined close to 30% this year. Here’s an analysis on the stock.

2. Lyft Is Trying To Beat Uber To The IPO Punch

Word just got out that Uber is trying to go public at a $120B valuation. But it looks like Lyft is trying to beat its arch-rival to the punch!

3. TED Talk: How I Learned To Read AND Trade Stocks In Prison

Financial literacy is empowering. More than being touted as skill, it’s a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with our money.

4. How To Hustle Your Way To $150M Like 50 Cent

From New York’s boroughs, rap mogul 50 Cent has hustled his way through building a media empire and creating a fortune through his aggressive business mentality. Here’s how he did it.

5. Cannabis Scorecard: Top 5 Stocks Gained Over 15% This Month

With cannabis stocks beating the stock market by a whopping 221% this year, the industry is riding a high. Here, we look at the top 5 marijuana stocks and their performance this month.

6. Uber, Lyft And Top VCs Are Pouring Billions Into ‘Micromobility’—Here’s Why

Nowadays, to Uber somewhere has pretty much become a verb in the English language. But less than 10 years ago, no one even knew what Uber was. And Uber is rumored to be worth $120B on the public markets, should they IPO in the near future.

This might be the reason investors are flocking to bike – and scooter-sharing startups in the so-called “micromobility space.”

7. This $15B E-Cigarette Startup Is The Fastest Growing In History

The global startup space continues to attract investments. Venture Capitalists are pouring in big money into companies that have a huge total available market (or TAM). The latest to join the growing list is e-cigarette startup Juul.

8. NBA Star Chris Paul: ‘Here’s How I Deal With Change’

Over recent years, NBA’s star basketball player Chris Paul had to cope with a lot of changes that were thrown his way. Despite winning multiple accolades, and ranking third across NBA’s history, Paul tells he dealt with a lot of anxiety and learnt to deal with the changes.

9. How To Launch Your Business In Less Than 30 Days

Got a great business idea that you think might be the next big thing? Despite the uncertainty and the risks tagged to becoming an entrepreneur, you wouldn’t know until you try. Besides, it takes less than a month to launch a product or service. Here’s how you make that happen.

10. Battle Of The Stocks: Canopy Growth Vs Aurora Cannabis

Several investors wanting to gain a foothold by purchasing cannabis stocks in the last few months. Here’s our stock pick. 

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How To Launch Your Business In Less Than 30 Days

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Got a great business idea that you think might be the next big thing? Despite the uncertainty and the risks tagged to becoming an entrepreneur, you wouldn’t know until you try. Besides, it takes less than a month to launch a product or service. Here’s how you make that happen.

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Millennials To Gen Z: 5 Ways They Differ In The Workplace

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(Editor’s Note: The following article is a guest post by superstar entrepreneur and tech investor Jonathan Schultz.) 

There has been plenty of focus on millennials in the past few years, but it’s now time to redirect our attention to Gen Z. Right now Gen Z is entering the workforce and are ready to become the face of corporate America.

While there are plenty of similarities between Gen Z and Millennials, let’s look at a few ways they differ.

Gen Z is more competitive

Millennials have been said to be collaborative and teamwork focused and want to operate in an environment where they feel included and part of something bigger. Gen Z is said to be more competitive and want to be judged based off of their individual performance.

Gen Z also understands that there is a need for consistent development in skills in order to compete. This generation will do whatever it takes but certainly wants to reap rewards for it.

Gen Z is highly idependent

Gen Z typically likes to work alone and many of them would rather have their own office space as opposed to working in open and collaborative environments. This generation also prefers to manage their own projects, so their unique skill sets can be exposed.

Gen Z does not want to depend on others to get things done.

Gen Z prefers face-to-face communication

Millennials love to communicate via email, text, and anything other than face-to-face. The Gen Z group are huge in-person interactors and prefer it over the less personal email or text.

Millennials have received a lot of “bad press” for being so attached to their phones and Gen Z wants to transition out of that shadow. This generation will want more in-person meetings to discuss projects, etc.

Gen Z knows technology

Gen Z has known nothing other than technology their entire lives. They grew up with Facebook, texting, etc. Millennials still grew up with landlines and dial-up internet.

While Millennials are tech-savvy, Gen Z has been living in a world of smartphones for as long as they can remember. This generations relationship to technology is almost instinctual rather than learned.

Gen Z expects the workplace to conform to their needs

Gen Z wants everything to be catered to their needs. This is why companies have had to re-think the amenities they offer and how they structure their offices in order to meet the needs of this young workforce.

Companies now have to appeal to this younger mindset and have a less cookie-cutter approach to the environment they create for their employees. While millennials also expect the workplace to conform to their needs, for Gen Z, it could mean the difference between accepting a job offer or not.

There are obviously very clear differences between these two generations. Yes, every member of a generation will have their own unique traits and characteristics, but overall you will see that Gen Z is a more independent and technologically-advanced group in comparison to Millennials.

Jonathan Schultz is an entrepreneur, real estate tech investor and influencer. He’s the co-founder of Onyx Equities, a leading private equity real estate firm, and has been voted one of the most powerful people in real estate. Follow Jon’s blog here

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GRAPH: 63 Fintech Startups That Are Targeting Millennials

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Many fintech startups are leveraging existing technologies already popular among young adults such as social networks and mobile messaging.

Project crowdfunding sites GoFundMe and Andreessen Horowitz-backed Tilt, for example, mirror or take advantage of social networks and are largely popular among college audiences. Google Ventures and General Catalyst-backed HelloDigit transfers money directly via text message.

The graphic below breaks down the set of primarily US-based fintech companies appealing to the millennial generation including RobinhoodAcornsWealthfrontEarnest and more. (As we’ve also highlighted separately, startups in the digital banking market have attracted more than $10B since 2010.)

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