Antanas Bernatonis on EU funding opportunitiesHead of Business Development @Montonio |Fintech|POS|B2BSales|BD3 months ago
🚀EIT calling innovators! 🚀 🔉Great opportunity for startup's and SME's to get financing for the further development of their innovations. Check it out:
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Andrew Lim Mao Tung on How to find your passion.Windows System Admin with a passion to motivate and likes Technology.about 1 month ago
Got problem, solve problem, and not create problems. Solve it, and get rewarded with opportunity.
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I used to like to envy people, and like to compare, why do people so rich, has nice dress, car, or have a big family, only to find out the price of having them: Goal. Price Credit Card. Debt Good paycheck. Health issues Family. Being looked down Relationships. Being used High Education. Debt Then one day, God took away my ability to walk, i got an accident, i was unable to walk for 4 months, in the hospital i think to myself, when i was able to walk there are so much things i could do. Now i have learned to appreciate myself more and not to compare, be grateful of what we have, and take responsibility for our life. People just care of their needs, once they cannot see any value in you, they will leave you. Be wise not to take the blame in other people's mistakes. Refer Maslow Pyramid. Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman on Blinkist. Blinkist offers the best knowledge from nonfiction in powerful, memorable packs. So be smart, not to lose out, and have a constant learning, update and adapt to new technology and things. So that you are not left behind.

Thomas DesimpelAngel Investor, Polyglot, Real Estate Investor
Thanks for sharing this insight. As an avid reader I didn't know about Blinki but will sure start to use it👌👍👍👍
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Andrew Lim Mao Tung on How to find your passion.Windows System Admin with a passion to motivate and likes Technology.19 days ago
Love what you do.
Andrew Lim Mao Tung on How to find your passion.Windows System Admin with a passion to motivate and likes Technology.about 1 month ago
Never take revenge on other people, take 100% responsibility on our life.
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Hannah Binti Azlan on The Importance of EQthinks too much about thinking too much | mental health3 months ago
Relating is not the same as equating. Before you scroll away from this, think about it: you can relate to someone’s experiences without equating their pain to yours, because you don’t know what they’re feeling and it’s not up to you to tell them how to feel. You can however, relate a similar experience without being cruel about it, empathise with them without diminishing their experience or pain, and be mindful enough to avoid playing pain olympics. Everyone has different thresholds for different types of pain - wouldn’t it make sense that we should be mindful enough to avoid forcing our feelings, insecurities or standards on others? Where’s our freedom to feel, or even the possibility of processing these feelings without it?
Nerijus Mačiulis on MacroeconomicsEconomist, investor, teacher, runner, diver.about 2 months ago
In 1976 Jean Monet famously said that “Europe will be forged in crises and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.” In 2001, Romano Prodi, the then EU commission president, said “I am sure the Euro will oblige us to introduce a new set of economic policy instruments. It is politically impossible to propose that now. But some day there will be a crisis and new instruments will be created”. EU is in a deep crisis, and not just economic crisis that needs quick medicine. EU leaders’ failure of confront the reality is disappointing. It’s time to brush their differences aside and fix Europe.
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Antanas Bernatonis on 5 steps to improve your B2B sales processHead of Business Development @Montonio |Fintech|POS|B2BSales|BDabout 2 months ago
🌐 Today EU Parliament confirmed a very important definition of what qualifies as green or sustainable activities to boost the shift toward eco-friendly investments in EU. 🚫It was necessary to do so because of the small and big scale greenwashing activities across various businesses, when they represent themselves as socially responsible and eco-friendly but they are not. This definition will help to optimise the investments to actually meet the targets. ✅Talking about the targets, it is estimated that Europe needs around €260 billion per year in extra investment to achieve its 2030 climate and energy targets, which is a lot! But having in mind European Green Deal and dream of EU free of Carbon Emission by 2050 it might be achievable. 📌 To sum up, Parliament outlines six environmental objectives and allows economic activity to be labelled as environmentally sustainable if it contributes to at least one of the objectives without significantly harming any of the others. Meet the objectives: 🌱 Climate change mitigation (avoiding/reducing greenhouse gas emissions or increasing greenhouse gas removal) 🌱 Climate change adaptation (reducing or preventing adverse impact on current or expected future climate, or the risks of such adverse impact) 🌱 Sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources 🌱 Transition to a circular economy (focusing on the reuse and recycling of resources) 🌱 Pollution prevention and control 🌱 Protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems 💡So, can you call your business environmentally sustainable?
EU defines green investments to boost sustainable finance | News | European Parliament
Sunday morning not feeling very insightful. However, sharing a pic of my first surf & turf. Shrips are sourced from, a local in-land shrimp farm - highly recommend them if you are in EU - they taste as good as in Thailand, and come fresh vs boiled. Any food picture from anyone else?

Povilas PetrauskasExecutive coach helping leaders create great tribes
My biggest issue - I eat my food quicker because its so tasty and then... I remember the photo!!! Just a plate is empty :)
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Dominyka Venciūtė on PERSONAL BRANDINGPersonal Branding & LinkedIn Consultant | Marketer | Educator21 days ago
Even though we may find many executives on social media today, only a small fraction of them actually create content. The others remain invisible, losing an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and become known in their industry or to their target audience. Some time ago I write an article on why and how executives should build their personal brands on social media. Check it out below ⬇️
Building a Strong Personal Brand for Executives on Social Media. Why and How?

Mangirdas AdomaitisArtificial inteligence, Data science
Thanks for sharing! Same reasons seems to apply for specialists. But in my circles i don’t see specialists building their brands. Do you know success stories for specialists brand building?
Julius Poliakas on Investment professionalHead of Investment / UK Immigrant / Investment Professional / Motorhead3 months ago
AstraZeneca (AZN) just received $1 billion from U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and secured an agreement for US to receive 40% of the whole AZN’s year capacity. AZN said some time ago that it will be able to produce 1 billion doses if trials are successful. Interesting that US BARDA funded French pharma giant Sanofi. It seems that will do everything to get most of vaccines at all the costs. But what does it mean for stock price like AZN? AZN price today (21/05) has fell 1,3% in the morning despite news. Is this a good opportunity? Maybe. As of now it is difficult to know which vaccine maker will be the one. One strategy - diversification amongst several most promising. Another - pick one and hope for best.
Agne Nainyte on Crash course on LEANDigital Transformation | Process Excellence | Women Empowermentabout 1 month ago
It's an interesting read on HBR magazine about how Cobra's chairman CHRISTOFFER RUDQUIST turned an Indian beer into a global brand, which is currently exported to nearly every EU country, Japan, Canada and Australia. The company survived a couple of crises and Mr. Rudquist shared his learnings what made them successfully expand to international markets: - Vision which was never wavered - create the finest Indian beer sold everywhere. - Creative flexibility - always willing to learn, adapt, grow and innovate. - Integrity. "It's better to fail doing the right thing than to succeed doing the wrong one". What are your favorite examples of local brands which successfully expanded in international markets?
Justinas MačiulisHead of Legal & Finance at Qoorio3 months ago
I wonder where would the stock prices be right now if quantitative easing measures were not imposed. Central banks of US, Japan, EU, UK and Canada are set to spend 6,1 trilion USD on buying assets in an open market to provide liquidity and keep the markets roling. US Fed is spending around 41 billion USD a day alone. But this is not all roses and unicorns as governments put pressure on “bailed” companies to axe dividend payments and drop share buy-back plans in such a way compromising one of the core privilege of owning a share - entitlement to profit distribution. Could this lead to more regulation and state pressense in private sector? We’ll see.
Philanthropy vs Corporate Social Respondibility While both philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have the potential to be very effective and are indeed relied upon by those in the charity and not-for-profit sectors, they are very different. The differences between the two can be measured in the return that flows back to the giver. Businesses who engage with the charity sector like to believe that they are doing more than just donating a portion of their net profit to their chosen charity, and in effect have a corporate social responsibility program in place. Truth be known, many businesses who believe they are engaged in CSR, are really only engaged in corporate philanthropy. What is the difference between the two? Philanthropy is often defined as using wealth to bring about social change. A ‘philanthropist’ is a bit like a venture capitalist in the not-for-profit sector; they make a decision to invest a portion of their wealth to bring about social change in something they believe in. There may be an investment of their time and knowledge, but more often than not, the support is financial. The philanthropists desire to participate beyond that can vary, but often they are happy to support from an at arms length. While they will likely seek to find out the impact their funds have achieved for the charity, they will usually not get involved beyond that. For businesses of all sizes that engage in CSR (this domain is not limited to corporate enterprises as the name might suggest), it is in their interest to be involved beyond simply giving money. If a business can turn their CSR into a profit centre, then they are more likely to deepen their engagement, stay strong during hard economic times, and—as they see their CSR have a positive impact upon their own business—give more. A CSR program that is built on the back of a shared experience—wherein there has been the opportunity to engage with a charity beyond a monetary transaction—is likely to return business benefits such as improved morale, increased staff retention, status as an employer of choice, attracting new business, and differentiation from competitors. These benefits are seldom achieved through the donation of money and money alone. If corporate CSR program is limited to the CEO greenlighting donation request received, then in fact it’s not a CSR program, but rather corporate philanthropy. Neither are wrong and one is not better than the other, but if a business engages in a more engaged form of giving with clear objectives in terms of KPIs and ROI from the program, all of those involved will benefit, and therein lies the magic.
Small market: curse or opportunity? In my opinion, frequent mistake for founders is aim for very big market immediately. While prominent tech figures champion approach "go big or fail", I argue that each startup has some growth stages which it needs to complete before it can proceed to the another step. Your goal should be to become monopoly, as otherwise it is a very tough space to be as startup and become 10x better than other existing solutions. Therefore, initially you should define your market as narrow as possible - the strategy which may sound counterintuitive. For example, our product - real estate map - quickly became a leading platform to find new construction home in Vilnius. The market is restrained, since 30% of transactions are in new primary market (new construction) and 80% in Lithuanian sales in its capital, Vilnius. Such strategy allowed us to win and we can now expand to other markets. So many startups tried to compete with major listing real estate portal and failed, since they were doing exactly the same thing for same large market. When you are a monopoly, good things start to happen - word of mouth, referals, negotiating and pricing power. My advice to all other founders would be to redefine and narrow your market until you become a monopoly and stay here as long as possible. Good luck :)
A great opportunity to start learning UX on your own. University of Michigan is giving away 14 hour online course full of quality insights. Here’s what you can learn: - The skills needed for UX research and design
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Egle Dapkeviciutecreator of l seeker of creativity and deeper understanding
Thank you for sharing! You just gave me a direction where to continue learning 😉
Nice read from Erik Bernhardsson about the opportunity cost and prioritization. Resonates with my frustration when some things don’t happen in my team. He says, that prioritization is the most value creating activity in any company. Generating ideas and executing things is of course also important! But what he has seen to set apart great teams from good is a brutal focus on prioritization. This means generating an absurd amount of ideas and throwing 99% of them out of the window, to focus on the 1% that have the highest impact. When an option is chosen from alternatives, the opportunity cost is the “cost” incurred by not enjoying the benefit associated with the best alternative choice. The question remains how to choose wisely and enjoy the maximum benefits with the choice?
Never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by opportunity cost
Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
10 years ago my first novel "Neišsipildymas" was published (sorry, no English translation yet). It wasn't a best seller, but stirred quite a wild debate in literary circles and got shortlisted for Most Creative Books of 2010 Award. ❤️ This winter we did a small anniversary edition with a minimal, yet classy red cover which I love ❤️ The story is set in pre-social media Europe and depicts wild times in Parisian squats and the darkness of Barcelona streets. Two young women travel, create music and desperately try to define their identity longing to find their own voices. ❤️ However, now I'm over 30 and this story no longer belongs to me, so I have invited Vikę and Mariją (tagged in the comments below, go and check their profiles) to create communication for the new edition. ❤️ They did a wonderful job depicting the fragile and wholesome nature of youth. There is something very delicate about their pictures and quotes from the book they have chosen to share. ❤️ As an artist I do not want to be in control of my work and wish for the stories to live on, change meaning and become fluid, so it was a very good experiment to learn how to let go. ❤️ Young people see the world in a unique way, so I really encourage you to engage youth via Qoorio or other channels. By sharing your life learnings or inviting to help with a project, you not only give an opportunity to grow for the next generation, but learn a lot yourself.

Marija MireckaitėPhotographer. Curious person.
Gabija, it is still one of my favorite projects to this day❤️ Thank you for your trust
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Recently I watched the documentary I recommend watching to all current or new c2c marketplace founders. It is called 'The Third Industrial Revolution.' Well, the word 'revolution' sounds like something far away from our current lives, however, the author Jeremy Rifkin in simple language explains what triggered industrial revolutions in the past, and how the recent technological advancements are pushing us to a new, unprecedented, revolution. In essence, Rifkin says that two main factors trigger a massive change in all industries: (i) the new source of energy and (ii) the new communication technologies. Revolution is triggered once (i) and (ii) merge. The (i) discovery of coal and (ii) invention of the printing device triggered the first industrial revolution. Coal was a source of cheap energy (heat). It was the main fuel for the invented steam engine, which was put on wheels and in boats. It created the logistics never seen before in the history – massive rail and ship networks. Transportation became cheap and accessible. Printing devices allowed information to be replicated and copied cheaply on a scale – something never seen in history before. The (i) discovery of oil and (ii) invention of the phone triggered the second industrial revolution. Oil was a new, much cheaper energy. It was the main fuel for the internal combustion engine. It was put into cars and allowed the creation of a new kind of logistics – personal, cheap, and agile. The phone allowed people on two different locations to communicate in real-time - something was never seen in history before. I love Rifkin's view on the economy from a thermodynamics point of view. The amount of energy in the closed system is constant, and energy only changes forms. He argues that oil, gas & coal fuel the majority of our current economy. These fossil fuels are the primary sources of electricity production. Oil is the primary source of energy for logistics. The more injection of fossil fuels to the economy leads to more GDP. Well, the oil extraction per day peaked in the '80s, and oil price peaked in 2006, which was a massive shock to the whole economy (will not elaborate in this post). What is happening today? We see an emerging new source of energy - renewables, which Rifkin argues, at scale, will become the much cheaper and primary source energy. Emerging new communication technologies like 5G will allow unprecedented connectivity among not only humans but things (known as the Internet of Things, IoT). Cheap, clean energy merged with IoT will be the foundation for new, fully autonomous networks of logistics. This 21st-century smart digital infrastructure is giving rise to a radical new sharing economy that is transforming the way we manage, power, and move economic life. It is where massive opportunities lie for future c2c networks. I genuinely believe Qoorio is one of them. Watch the film here: Read the book here: NB. It is one of those rare cases when I found the movie better than the book. The book has too many political stories and other things which I account as sales pitches for Rifkin's consulting firm's services, IMO. Rifkin itself is an impressive person. According to The "European Energy Review," "Perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American' visionary' Jeremy Rifkin. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing in October 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, but taken it to heart," he and his colleagues have incorporated ideas from this book into the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan. According to EurActiv, "Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany's transition to a low-carbon economy, and China's strategic acceptance of climate policy." Credit goes to Justinas Mačiulis for the film's recommendation. Happy watching!
Watch VICE’s New Documentary, the Third Industrial Revolution
Berta Čaikauskaitė on Efficient communication: #1 baldnessTeam Leader of Berta& I Communications expertabout 20 hours ago
Have we really learnt the lessons of the #coronacrisis, and are we ready to make use of its opportunities? It is clear that the #pandemic has impacted the operation of nearly every sector and has strongly affected news flows in the news #media – headlines about the rampaging virus have made more acute the already high levels of public concern, and have overshadowed the previously dominant themes surrounding various crises and scandals. There was active communication of retained job positions and staff safety, and extra benefits granted to staff during the pandemic. #Leaders also voiced their opinions or openly spoke about their companies’ painful losses. I share my take on this unorthodox time in the latest 15min article. Read more here ⬇ #communication #crisiscommunication #insights
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