Badr Berrada is a tech entrepreneur & international best-selling author. As a Founder & CEO of BBN Times, he manages a team of more than 150 renowned industry experts. He has been featured in renowned publications such as Forbes Magazine, Yahoo! News, Thrive Global, Irish Tech News, Herald-Tribune and IdeaMensch. He co-authored The Growth Hacking Book: Most Guarded Growth Marketing Secrets The Silicon Valley Giants Don’t Want You To Know, The Growth Hacking Book 2 : 100 Proven Hacks for Business and Startup Success in the New Decade and Innovating at Ten. Badr holds a master's degree in Economy, Risk and Society from the London School of Economics and bachelor degree in Finance from Cass Business School.
World leaders are currently facing a major dilemma: How to sustain current living standards and poverty alleviation whilst battling climate change.
17 November 2019. That date will forever be ingrained in the history books.
Politicians. Journalists. Car salesmen. What do these three professions have in common?
As an early stage start-up, growing a loyal customer base and retaining them are at the forefront of your strategic goals. To outsmart your competitors even with a small budget, you need to follow a set of rules and techniques in order to thrive online. Trending on LinkedIn or Twitter does not require lack or magic. There is a science behind why influencers share your content. That’s where growth hacking comes to play.
Microchips implanted in human bodies could transform the way workers tackle everyday tasks. In Sweden, for instance, some employees are already volunteering to have chips injected into their hands to reduce the amount of personal items they need to carry. However, as beautiful and simple as it may sound, the controversial trend could put your privacy at risk.
Sovereign wealth funds from the Gulf States and big corporations such as Apple & Qualcomm are backing SoftBank’s Vision Fund to develop the next big banking revolution. Masayoshi Son, Softbank's CEO and founder, doesn’t do anything small nor does he do things in a simple way.
Brazil’s economy is witnessing one of the fastest reversals of fortune in the emerging world. Political uncertainty and endless corruption investigations are the main reasons behind the country’s economic turmoil. Has the Brazilian economy reached the bottom, or will it continue to fall even further? The country’s best chances of slowing its recession are still one year away. The recent deep cuts proposed by the Brazilian interim government suggest worrying signs for the future.
Africa is standing on the cusp of much-awaited change, its metamorphosis being driven largely by civil society. Whether domiciled within the continent or spread out in diaspora, young Africans across the world are developing a new-found love for their heritage, motherland and its blossoming yet somewhat troubled evolution.
As the struggle to raise profitability continues, innovations like blockchain could offer investment banks a lifeline. Blockchain – a catchall phrase for distributed ledger technology – is a new type of database system which enables multiple parties to share access to the same data, at virtually the same time, with an unprecedented level of confidence.
As competition for digital advertising heats up, Instagram is unveiling new features to prove how often its app drives sales. Once known for its pretty filters, the photo app expanded significantly, allowing its 300 million active users connect with 8 million businesses.
Growing demand for its exchange traded funds helped BlackRock pull in $104bn of new client money in the second quarter, taking the pool of cash run by the world’s largest asset manager to a total of $5.68tn. The company’s second-quarter earnings had risen 9 percent as investors continued to pour money into the company’s expanding fleet of exchange traded funds.
The United States' strategy has been to isolate Russia internationally. Evidently, it is Washington that is becoming more isolated on the global stage. This week in the run-up to the G20 summit in Germany, the reverse in fortunes could not be more glaring.
While innovation flows freely in every industry, from time to time the media latches onto a particular tech wave or flavour. Flavours of the week have gone by with the seasons, from FinTech to LegalTech. But one of the most lucrative and untapped markets is in what we put into our stomachs: FoodTech.
In the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, more than 300 cities have pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in line with the Paris targets. Green bonds have become more popular, witnessing an unprecedented global surge in issuance in a bid to reconcile investment opportunities and climate change. It is a difficult trade-off to achieve in a future that could be perhaps greener than ever.
Online retail giant Amazon is buying Whole Foods (WFM) in a $13.7 billion deal that marks its biggest push into traditional retailing yet. Amazon, which has long eyed the grocery business, will buy the upmarket supermarket for $42 a share.
The Federal Reserve lifted on Wednesday its fed funds rate by 25 basis points to a range of 1% to 1.25%. It marked the fourth interest-rate hike since the financial crisis. The Fed increased interest rates despite declining inflation, setting up a plan for balance sheet reduction.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed relations with Doha last week, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-enemy Iran. Several other countries later followed suit. The recent dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbours is the most serious dispute among them in years, and has the potential to further destabilise an already turbulent region. But the crisis also presents a potential opportunity.
The U.K. has officially begun the formal process of leaving the European Union. It promises to be a messy breakup, with wrangling over shared assets, finances and the future of trade. Top EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned that Britain faces severe disruption to air traffic, nuclear fuel shortages and delays in moving goods across the channel if an agreement on Brexit cannot be reached.
According to the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) established by Fama in 1965, it is possible to make profits by trading on the market but it is impossible to make abnormal profits consistently without falsifying the hypothesis.
Ask anyone what the most important day of the year is to them and you will get answers ranging from their birthday to Election Day. How many will say their mother’s birthday? For some unknown reasons, mothers get overlooked or down played a bit.
The problem with the news found on social media is that they are not often true. In its early days there used to be a saying about the internet: one-third commerce, one-third quack remedies and one-third nuttiness. The proportions may have changed a little since, but conspiracy theories are as prominent as ever.
Under constant pressure to slash costs and boost returns, investment banks are set to replace humans with artificial intelligence. Wall Street firms are facing a slump in stock trading commissions having to cut down on their own research teams, under pressure from falling profitability.
Following a disappointing mini-investment boom, the 3D printing market is finally back in the spotlight. Led by an ever-growing number of machines that allow anyone to print nearly any physical object they can imagine, the 3D printing market is set to defy expectations in the next up-coming years.
Located on Africa’s east coast, Kenya has been labeled the “cradle of humanity”. From a young age, children’s eyes are open to the real world, where they are taught to stand on their own feet by making their own decisions to survive in the wild. The country has the potential to become one of the most prominent African success stories thanks to its new constitution, dynamic private sector and growing youthful population.
Following the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 owing to exploding batteries, the top-end of the phablet market is open for the first time in years. Huawei plans to bring a new high-end smartphone - The Mate 9 - to American consumers for the first time.
Airbus expect 2017 to be a challenging year, with weak cash flow and program hurdles to cross, but above the previous one's levels. The aircraft’s troubles overshadowed the rest of the group’s performance, where the overall result was ahead of expectations.
For over a year now, Twitter has serious financial issues due to a lack of growth. It has virtually stalled and there is now no contest. While Facebook has powered ahead beyond 1.5 billion active users, Twitter has virtually stalled and there is now no contest.
The recent attacks in France, Belgium, Syria and Turkey earlier this year followed by the devastating mass shooting recorded in Orlando sent shockwaves around the world. Besides, conflicts in the Middle East and heightened tensions in the South China Sea have helped push global defence spending to a record high.
Morocco’s steady growth and political stability represent major factors of the country’s growing influence in Africa. Since 1999, King Mohamed VI has initiated major political and economic changes with a focus on renewable energy and sustainable development.
The recent and widening meat scandal is shaking the Brazilian corporate sector in a big way, already struggling with the worst recession to hit Latin America`s biggest economy. The country’s meat selling scandal has brought to the fore BRF and JBS, two of Brazil’s most successful companies, which are currently under investigation.
After eclipsing General Motors (GM) to become the most valuable car company in the US, Tesla is ready to strike while the iron is hot by announcing the future release of convertible sport cars and electric trucks. The new vehicles will be launched within two years. The company expects to deliver 47,000 to 50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles combined in the first half of 2017. But Tesla still has some way to go to becoming the world’s biggest carmaker. The Japanese carmaker Toyota is currently leading the race with a stock market value of over $170bn.
Venezuela is besieged by international scorn and popular protests as its government has grown increasingly dictatorial. President Nicolas Maduro claims that his country is a victim of an "economic war" led by opposition businesses.
The transfer market is one of the most exciting aspects of the football season, as the changes made to a team can make or break the future performance of the club. Football is largely dictated by the financial markets that operate beneath it. You only have to look at Arsenal FC to realise that football is less about winning titles and more about the revenues behind it.
2017 could turn out to be a huge year for Russia. The significant involvement in Syria means that the country is back on the map, as a major force to reckon with. As it stands, the Kremlin is still concerned about the economic recovery. In addition, Donald Trump’s presidency adds a whole new dimension to the situation, and one has to wait and see the future relationship between Russia and the US. Commodity prices and the new geopolitical landscape are likely to swing in Russia’s favour.
Standard Life has struck a deal to acquire rival Aberdeen Asset Management for £3.8bn, creating the UK’s largest asset manager. The two companies confirmed this Monday morning the all-share deal which marks a further step in Standard Life’s evolution from a traditional insurer into an investment powerhouse. After the deal, the combined group would be Europe’s second-largest fund manager with £660bn in assets under management. Both firms combined their strengths to create a world class investment company.
There are few bigger attractions for expatriates seeking a top-paying job in the oil-rich Gulf than the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. But as Abu Dhabi implements a string of cost-cutting measures even Adia’s staff are starting to feel the pinch.
Germany leapfrogged the United Kingdom to become the most active European commercial property market in 2016 with transactions totalling €59 billion. Although investment volumes declined 14% year on year, the country has still managed to become Europe’s number one real estate investment market.
Apple and Facebook, two of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, are secretly working on augmented reality (AR) technology. It may take some time before Apple is going to reveal its efforts in the space, but Facebook may give us a glance at its AR research as early as next month. Both companies currently involved see huge profits ahead as the perfect reason to join the race with Magic Leap and Microsoft.
Vodafone has merged its Indian business with Idea Cellular, India's third-largest network, to create the country's largest operator. The combined company will have almost 400 million customers, accounting for 35% of the market share. The deal involves consolidation of businesses, transfer of shares, appointing officials and synergising operations.
Uber has lost two major top executives amid a series of scandals at the car-hailing company, with its head of ride-sharing and a key architect of its autonomous driving efforts the latest to depart. Uber faces a series of controversies including allegations of sexual harassment, rows with regulators over testing of self-driving cars and a lawsuit from Waymo, Google’s autonomous car unit, alleging theft of intellectual property.
MuleSoft shares popped 46% in their trading debut, beating Snap for the best first day IPO gains so far this year. The company priced its 13 million share offering at $17 a share on Thursday, above the expected range of $14 to $16. Shares closed at $24.75 a share, after reaching a high of $25.92. The San-Francisco software company raised money from investors like Salesforce Ventures and Lightspeed Ventures Partners.
This past Monday, HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, appointed insurance veteran and AIA Group boss Mark Tucker as chairman to replace Douglas Flint, who plans to step down in 2017. A one-time professional footballer who has held several leadership jobs including running Britain's Prudential, Mr Tucker will take over as group chairman designate from 1st September and as non-executive group chairman on 1st October.
Women have a long way to go on Wall Street, and nowhere is this more true than in the hedge fund industry, where only 15% of CEOs are female. However, there is a positive news, hedge funds run by women have outperformed a broader benchmark of alternative investment managers over the past five years, raising fresh questions about why there are so few female portfolio managers.
During the past couple of months, the eurozone is witnessing a wave of populism following the rise of terrorism and the continuing sovereign debt crises. By entering the european monetary union, countries have not just given up their national currency, but have also equally given up their monetary policy freedom, leaving them only with fiscal policies to counter various shocks to their economy.
The German bank is preparing for a potential capital increase of about 8 billion euros, seeking to strengthen its balance sheet and free up funds for strategic investments after years of restructuring. Deustche bank is also examining several strategic measures, including an initial public offering of a minority stake in its asset management business as well as retaining its Postbank unit and integrating it into its other German retail business.
The PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Oscar mix up has dominated social media in the last couple of days, with many financial analysts claiming that Envelopegate could be a major hit to PwC's long-term reputation. The Oscars mistake casts unwanted spotlight on PwC. Not only did the firm’s Academy Award auditors accidentally mix up envelopes, causing chaos when the Best Picture Oscar was handed to the wrong film, but it is also under investigation in different audit cases. PwC's darkest week continues.
India faces an uphill battle to become a low-inflation economy where growth and inequalities are important issues. The current government believes that inflation is an acceptable tool to pay for faster growth.
When you think of the biggest cloud players in the world, one company you might not consider is Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that held a record $25 billion U.S. IPO in 2014. Alibaba entered the cloud computing business in 2009, just three years after Amazon launched its cloud division, AWS — and Alibaba’s cloud computing efforts are among the ambitious projects that the Chinese e-commerce giant is pursuing aggressively.
Kraft Heinz, the consumer products group owned by 3G Capital and backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, has withdrawn last week a $143bn bid for Unilever — the world’s 4th largest consumer goods company by sales, with revenues of €52.7bn. Unilever's largest shareholders have spoken out after the failed takeover attempt by Kraft Heinz, calling for a break-up of the consumer products giant, which may impact its food brands, including Marmite and Ben & Jerry's, being separated off from its personal care division. Important lessons could be drawn in the failed Kraft Heinz - Uniliver Takeover.
The rise of environmental consciousness and decrease in oil supply created a need for electric vehicles as oil-based fuel automobiles have become outdated. Amongst the most promising and exciting success stories so far is Tesla, which aims to reshape our driving experience thanks to its Eco friendly system.
It is no secret that Japan’s population is getting older, but it’s not alone in facing a grey tsunami of ageing. By 2050, the number of people in the world aged over 60 is projected to reach 2bn. In order to overcome this issue, the country is investing heavily in artificial intelligence, hence the debate on the use of advanced robots at home and the workplace
Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia's fourth-largest economy.
The Indian automobile industry has tremendous potential, emerging as a phenomenal source of high-quality supply for global technology. Amongst its leading ambassadors, Tata Motors, which is deeply embedded into the global engineering supply chain.
97% of the people who quit too soon are employed by the 3% who never gave up. Wall Street is considered one of the most iconic financial places on earth, where all dreams come true. It is the only place that people ride to in a Ferrari to get an advice from those who take a Subway.
Large investors, including Fidelity International, Aberdeen Asset Management, Calpers, Standard Life and Henderson Global Investors are expected to crank up pressure on boards to reduce excessive pay and introduce greater transparency in 2017.
Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines, is set to report the biggest headline loss in its history next week, as it absorbs the impact of its £671m settlement with regulators for past bribery and corruption as well as a weaker pound.
The French presidential election has been full of surprises—from former Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s failed Socialist primary bid to the financial scandal plaguing the campaign of François Fillon, the center-right candidate. No one has benefitted from these surprises more than Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, where a win of the extreme right wing candidate is looming over the bond markets.
Two months after its parliamentary elections, Morocco has not yet assembled a governing coalition. Its economic problems are piling up and causing anxiety amongst foreign investors. As 2016 coughs and splutters to its inevitable conclusion, it is time to take a look back over Morocco’s economic performances within the past 12 months and take stock a bit. So sit back in your armchair, grab your mint tea and slippers, and let us delve deeper into the story.
Donald Trump has begun his presidency with a series of policy interventions, taking aim at Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy, raising the prospect of a new US missile defence system and ushering in a new period of American protectionism. His presidency is likely to bring big policy shifts across several key aspects of American life.
A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves a thousand moments of regret. The same night that Donald Trump stunned pundits and became America’s President-elect, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped a bomb of his own when he announced that his country’s 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would become worthless little slips of paper.
The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. It is a great thing to aspire to. But, the most difficult part is actually doing it. Discussing Islam, Hinduism or Christianity with intolerant individuals means questioning their credibility.
Last year, president-elect Donald Trump vowed to make America great again by setting new global trends. However, long before his rise to power, China, Russia and Turkey had already established the fashion for nostalgic nationalism, a movement which will continue in 2017.
Snap Inc. aims to reach the next upper echelon by evolving from a messaging platform into a content and media powerhouse that could one day eclipse its $25 billion initial public offering valuation in 2017. Evan Spiegel, the company’s 26-year-old founder, is expected to figure prominently in conversations with investors during the marketing process, known as a roadshow, claiming that they are the next Facebook, not the next Twitter.
Over the past decade, technological progress in trading systems has changed the trading landscape forever. The significant growth of algorithmic trading and the introduction of new high-speed trading platforms are challenging more market operators including investors and regulators.
Nike, the world's leading sportswear manufacturer, has posted better-than-expected profits following a rebound in its basketball business amid heightened sportswear competition. Its quarterly profit rose 7% thanks to a stronger demand in China and the United States, where executives were pleased about the company’s performance.
Antigovernment protests flared in Congo after Joseph Kabila reshuffled his government to bolster his bid to remain president until scheduled elections in 2018. He formed an expanded 65-member cabinet headed by opposition-leaning Samy Badibanga as prime minister.
JP Morgan Chase ranked largest US bank by assets, is one of the most complex and diverse companies thanks to its universal banking model. Even recently, when the bank has been under regulatory pressure due to advanced capital constraints and other regulatory requests, the international bank has been able to earn a return on equity of 11.28%.
The United Kingdom has taken a deep plunge into surveillance with a far-reaching new law. The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 officially became law this past Tuesday 29th, offering unprecedented new powers to police and spy agencies in the UK for keeping tabs on British citizens.
When people think of economics, the temptation is to think of old men and women, sitting around on green benches debating the most boring of issues. When they think of football, they think of the glitz and glamour of the Premier League – young millionaire men driving fast cars and living the life most people can only dream of.
Cocaine is one of the most profitable businesses in the world. With its plain strategies of demand and supply, key market players have been able to demonstrate the futility of prohibition for decades. Despite the billions of dollars that the Colombian government alone has thrown at the ballooning industry, drug trafficking has prevailed.
Aramco is expected to double Alibaba’s IPO by offering 5% of the company to institutional investors, initially in Riyadh and possibly raise a record $100 billion. In the past few months, Saudi Arabia set the investment world on fire over the possible sale of shares in the world’s largest oil company, Aramco.
Following the success of ‘Orange Money’ in the MENA region and its recent status of majority shareholder in Groupama Banque, the French telecommunication giant will offer from the beginning of next year a 100% mobile banking service that reflects the changing consumer behaviour and preferences
The landscape of mergers and acquisitions is littered with some catastrophic business flops and highly visible disasters that were often hugely hyped before their eventual doom. Fifteen years after the worst merger of all time between AOL and Time Warner, AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire the latter.
Opining about the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the recent Brilliant Minds event at Symposium Stockholm, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discarded warnings from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk about the dangers of AI, by claiming that both renowned individuals are not computer scientists.
From a continuously surging number of Syrian migrants seeking refuge on its shores and this week’s terrorist attack to being an important part of the Brexit debate, Turkey is witnessing a mountain of uncertainty. It is reshaping the fabric of Europe.
The European Monetary Union (EMU) is the largest and most ambitious monetary union attempted so far. It is a continuous process, whose value derives from the ever-changing, dynamic and often polarising relationships between member states that sustain the circulation of the euro.
Bitcoin is taking the world by storm. The digital currency most fervent supporters celebrate it as something akin to a monetary messiah. Money is changing as electronic and mobile communication devices have become a new interface for storing, spending, paying and keeping track of transactions. We are heading to a new era of digital non-state currencies.