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7 Famous Failures in Business



Bill Gates Microsoft

Failing is difficult. The second you realize that you’ve failed at something you worked on, you’ll want to flip a table, cry, or give up. It is one of the hardest feelings to stomach, and the longer it sits, the chances of starting again gets slimmer. To think that failure can be good for you may sound crazy, but think about it. Successful ideas come from many small mistakes. The road to achieving goals are riddled with obstacles, but the twists and turns teach you something new with each step you take.

Stephen King

The story of a girl covered in pig’s blood would not exist today if Stephen King gave up his will to write. Carrie was rejected 30 times before it was published by Doubleday & Co. Prior to his career as an author, he and his wife Tabitha lived off of his earnings from an industrial laundry and her school loans and savings. Today, Stephen King is a renowned horror genre author with a few film adaptations as well.

The Beatles 

Their music rings to this day, far surpassing musicians of their time. We know The Beatles with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as the English rock band that shook the music industry. However, their earlier days were not as friendly. They were famously rejected by Dick Rowe, saying “guitar groups are on the way out.” The group later signed with George Martin of Parlophone and the rest is history.

Oprah Winfrey 

Her name gets thrown around often and we know exactly who she is. It is surprising that she was once put in a position where she was often humiliated and put down. Oprah began her career as an anchorwoman for WJZ in Baltimore, right next to Jerry Turner, a star of his time. According to the Baltimore Sun, she quickly learned that she was unwanted for prime time news and was placed in the morning cut-ins. She moved to Chicago and began her venture as the star of her own talk show. Today, you can find her face on television, covers of magazines, and hear her name everywhere you go.

J.K. Rowling

This world famous author is no stranger to rejection. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected by an agent before it got picked up by Christopher Little. He sent it to 12 different publishers and finally ended up in Bloomsbury. At the time, she and her daughter were living on benefits, and had no money to purchase simple supplies like folders. We see her as a billionaire children’s author, but even J.K. Rowling has come across many instances of rejection, but perseverance pushed her to the top, where she has stayed ever since. Recently, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany wrote a two-part West End stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The fantasy lives on.

Bill Gates

The man behind Microsoft was also a Harvard University dropout and co-owner of the failed business Traf-O-Data. However, he took what he learned from the business and a few years later created Microsoft. Bill Gates had a passion for computer programming and turned it into the world’s largest software company. He brought his vision to life and people around the world are using his product.

Walt Disney

Snow White, Bambi, and Pinocchio would not exist if it was not for the hard work of Walt Disney. His life was filled with rejection towards his creativity, but that did not stop him from trying. The early films were not financially profitable, especially during World War II, yet are now some of the most celebrated films to date. Walt’s advice to entrepreneurs would be, “Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.” Disney is now a household name with theme parks, movies, television shows, branded merchandise, and much more.

Jack Ma

This is a man who understands humble beginnings. Employers rejected him often. In an interview with Bloomberg, he revealed, “I even went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went for the job. Twenty-three were accepted. I was the only guy…” The day he learned about the Internet was when his life changed forever. It was his calling and after a few years, he created Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company that has passed Walmart as the largest retailer. He encourages entrepreneurs of all ages to start their own businesses instead of relying on others.

Many of the most successful people in the world failed before they got to where they are today. Their perseverance and faith in what they believed in allowed for their dreams to become reality. Entrepreneurship is a combination of elbow grease, tears, and a few bumps along the way. Continuing on and reaching success is completely up to you.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.

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The Shift Towards Banking-As-A-Service



The changing times and the pandemic have created a significant shift in how we bank. In addition, our expectations from banks have also differed through the years. The digitalization of the financial services industry has furthered the plan to get free access to banking data. This is in connection with the Open Banking initiative and the dramatic rise of fintech companies and neo-banks.

The market space that the traditional banks once dominated has now given new players the opportunities to compete alongside them. Indeed, the commoditization of bank services has inevitably begun.

A void to connect banks and these new players has been filled in the form of banking-as-as-service (or BaaS for short) providers. It’s only logical that a service such as this emerges. It’s the order next in line to streamline the customer experience and provide products that are built to engage the modern world. 

What exactly is banking-as-as-service?

The easiest way to explain what banking-as-as-service is is through a few examples, these are:

  • Bank accounts
  • Lending systems
  • Credit card payments

The digital world is changing the relationships of brands and businesses with their customers. It is rapidly shifting and improving that even non-bank companies have already integrated financial services to their customers. Established companies such as Walmart, Apple, Uber, or Amazon have already been doing this to add value to their products and services.

Why businesses should take the banking-as-as-service opportunity

To those in the know, banking technology is a complex matter. Developing it from the ground up can be laborious and expensive. Add to that the challenge of getting a bank license which turns off those trying to get in that niche. What banking-as-as-service does is to connect businesses with banks that take care of the requirements and provide the technology they need to provide financial services through a slew of digital channels.

This process will make banking services more engaging and less transactional. Businesses can now integrate services throughout the buying journey without redirecting them to a different platform. This means customers will no longer do the rigamarole of going from one channel to another. They will get what they need when and where they need it.

And statistics show that it is working. Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services are steadily climbing at a rate of 39% per year for approximately 10 million Britons making their online purchases. 

What now for traditional banks?

Since traditional banks have little appetite for risks, they weren’t built to handle the demands for embedded finance. BaaS companies make it faster and easier for fintechs and other companies to increase their offerings by embedding digital banking services directly into the purchase. Instead of seeing this as competition, traditional banks should collaborate with BaaS to benefit from this embedding.

What can Banking-as-a-service do?

With the help of banking-as-a-service, new players in the finance industry will have the capability of targeting niche communities and coming up with slimmer product sets. Also, the solutions that BaaS offers can give valuable insights to businesses on how they can improve their products or services. They will have the much-needed data to learn about industry trends, saving and spending behaviors, and general engagement with their offerings.

All these means that businesses can have more information on how they can improve the overall customer experience. This also means companies can deliver products and services that are more targeted towards the right customers. The possibilities that banking-as-a-service offers are endless in terms of innovation in the banking and financial services market.

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Playrcart Gives You What You Want – Immediately



We’ve all watched ads and immediately thought, “I want that. Right now.” Some of us wish we could jump right into the TV and into that sexy Ford F-Series quicker than we can have a second thought. But how many of us have gone to make a purchase only to be discouraged by the needlessly complicated payment process? “Too many,” says UK-based startup Playrcart

We believe this is the future of advertising.” 

Founder Glen Dormieux, along with CTO, Richard Mason, created Playrcart born of that very frustration.

What we’re seeing right now is fairly traditional – they’re doing the same thing time and time again.

Currently, when viewing an ad, you have to go through several pages in order to complete a purchase. How many sales are lost in that time-consuming process? “Too many!” say business owners in a Mr. Krabs-esque demeanor. 

How Does Playrcart Work?

Playrcart has designed its platform to convert digital assets into instant transactions within the ad itself. How is that possible? Technology, stupid. 

You can actually make the transaction go directly within the asset itself. So you engage with the ads, you interact with the purchase within the ad without ever leaving that same piece of content.

It effectively dilutes numerous clicks that you normally have to navigate through. The average of reduction clicks is about 75 percent.

With Playrcart, you can watch the trailer for a new Spider-man movie and buy tickets before it’s even completed. You can schedule a test drive in the Ford F-Series as you’re watching a professional drive it on a closed course. 

Consumers will now have the option to purchase something when their emotional response to an ad is at its peak. You can see an ad for a major event and as you’re riding that emotional wave you click and purchase tickets. As the ad concludes, you can emotionally conclude with it – satisfied. 

You can see Playrcart’s technology in action here

Playrcart is capitalizing on our instant gratification society, and they’re doing it with modesty and innovative advances in technology. 

We want to hit them instantly while you’ve got their attention.

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Crazy Things That Happened in 2021



Although 2021 would probably go down in history as one of the craziest years in recent times, 2021 is looking like it’s catching up. Here are a few of the crazy things that happened this year:

Capitol Hill Riot (January)

Early January saw a massive riot happen at the US Capitol. Former President Trump was charged with incitement in his impeachment trial in the Senate. This resulted in a mob that was pro-Trump, breaking into the building. This forced members of Congress to evacuate and left five dead.

Battle of the Billionaires (January)

Elon Musk has surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the richest man in the world. This, thanks to the increase in Tesla’s share price giving him a net worth of more than $185 billion. Bezos was the holder of this title but went down with his $184 billion worth.

Trump Impeachment (January)

A call for Former President Trump’s impeachment happened twice this year. Some Democrats and members of the progressive group, The Squad, called for his impeachment. This, after his supporters stormed the US Capitol.

Frigid Weather in Texas (February)

Brutal winter storms ravaged Texas for more than seven days. It caused unprecedented devastation that claimed the lives of at least 26 people.

The Grammys Breaking Records (March)

Records were broken in this year’s Grammys, with Beyonce winning more awards than any in the award-giving body’s history. Along with Megan Thee Stallion, they became the first female artists to win best rap performance, breaking records. BTS also made Grammy history by being the first foreign act to perform solo and the first KPop group to be nominated.

The Free Britney Movement (April)

Pop icon Britney Spears has been under a conservatorship by her father since 2008. In April this year, the hashtag #freebritney gained traction as fans cried for the singer to be free from the legal binding. 

The Friends Reunion (May)

Not really a follow-up to the lives of the Friends character, but a reunion in which the main cast members reminisced about the good ol’ times. The fans were treated to a recreation of the set along with some table reads from scenes that were rehashed. 

Bitcoin Price Plunge (May)

After hitting a record high of $64,829 in mid-April, Bitcoin prices plunged to around $30,000 at one point. All this is in connection with Elon Musk’s Tesla’s suspension of purchase with the cryptocurrency, citing environmental concerns over the mining process.

The End for Keeping Up With The Kardashians (June)

The month of June saw the end of the reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. After 20 seasons on the air, the show ends with a two-part reunion special. However, this isn’t the end for the Kardashians-Jenner, as they will star anew in a Hulu reality series later this year.

On another note, the year also saw the divorce of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West after six years of marriage.

All Eyes on Simone Biles (July)

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was held in 2021 due to the pandemic. And on this one, all eyes were on Simone Biles as she has proven that she’s not superhuman after all. The celebrated gymnast withdrew from the team gymnastics finals citing the “twisties” and her efforts to focus on her mental health.

Facebook Name Change (October)

From Facebook to Meta, the rebranding was announced in October in an attempt to own the metaverse. The company says that the new name is reflective of their ambitions that go beyond being a social media platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg considers the move as a nod to the metaverse, the concept of a three-dimensional version of the internet.

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