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FE International Newsletter September 20, 2019: Stripe, Amazon & the Fed

Hello and welcome to the FE International newsletter bringing you most important updates in the world of online business. Following a week of announcements at Stripe Sessions, the SaaS payments leader has announced it is raising $250 million to continue its powerful growth trajectory. Stripe’s new valuation of $35 billion for this round of fundraising represents a 55% increase from where it was valued during its last fundraising round earlier this year.

This week, the e-commerce world is seeing Amazon test a new product feedback process by way of one-tap ratings. The new review feature is Amazon’s attempt to drive up the number of shoppers who leave useful reviews, as this is a driving force behind product sales for merchants on the platform. For now, a select group of Amazon customers will have access to the feature, which will be made available from a variety of places including “Your Orders” and “Write a Review.” While this is likely to encourage the number of positive reviews merchants see due to varying levels of motivation to write positive vs negative reviews, merchants should be attuned and respond to low-star reviews inquiring after why.

Our friend David Hauser, the founder of Grasshopper, just launched his first book Unstoppable: 4 Steps to Transform Your Life. If you’ve heard of Grasshopper, you know David has no problem reaching his business goals. But after years of diet and exercise, he couldn’t get a grip on his health goals — until he started applying business principles to his own body and mind. This book gives you the framework he used to succeed. To celebrate the launch, follow the link on the FE blog to grab a copy for under $1 until Monday.

Finally, international news saw French President Macron commit a €5 Billion Investment from insurers and asset managers in French technology startups. The funding comes from c.40 venture capital firms and funds in the country, with the goal of creating 25 or more €1 billion French technology companies by 2025. Recent tax cuts had not proven effective enough to help burgeoning startups, which brought about this new initiative which, according to Macron, is intended to “create [France’s] champions.”

New in FE exclusive App listings this week we have a Wellness and Improvement App Portfolio listed at the $288,000 price point. This diverse portfolio of c.140 mobile apps has garnered millions of lifetime users due to its effectiveness and popularity. With over 2.7 million lifetime downloads and an incredibly high product rating of 4.7 stars, this business has seen steady revenue growth of around 187.5% compound annual growth rate over the 2015 to 2018 period. Please follow the link above to request a prospectus.

In events news, we are pleased to present the first in a series of “HOW TO” online business meetups, How to Build an 8-Figure Technology Business panel event! Join CEO Ismael Wrixen, Founder Thomas Smale and the FE team to hear from expert panelists who have built successful technology businesses and are ready to share their proven skills. Ticket Tailor Founder Jonny White and SaaStock Founder and CEO Alex Theuma, among others, speak on the panel before we open the floor for no-pitch networking with the fellow founders, entrepreneurs and investors in attendance. Doors open at 6pm, so make sure to head over to the Technology Entrepreneur Meetup page hosted by FE International to RSVP!

Thanks for tuning into this week’s top stories. For more updates throughout the week you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss an update! From all of us at FE, we’ll see you next week.

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SC expunges SAT’s adverse comments against Sebi in investor complaint case

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The Supreme Court has expunged adverse comments made by the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) against market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in a recent order pertaining to handling of an investors complaint.


“We have no hesitation in stating that the Sebi as a regulator in the instant case has not performed its duties and has kept the complaint pending for more than six years which speaks volumes by itself. The tribunal fails to fathom as to why the complaint could not have been decided unless Sebi officials had a vested interest in not deciding the matter,” SAT had observed in an order dated November 14, 2019.



The market regulator had challenged the order before the SC on the ground that a computer-generated response by Sebi cannot be regarded as an order. Further, it argued that SAT had exceeded its jurisdiction in making the adverse remarks against Sebi.


After hearing the matter, the apex court agreed to expunge the adverse remarks made by SAT. The court also allowed a period of four months for disposal of the case.


“We are of the opinion that certain observations made in the impugned order were not called for, such as “the computer-generated disposal of a serious complaint speaks volume on the conduct of the respondents” as well as the part of the order relating to “vested interest in not deciding the matter” were not at all called for,” SC said.


“May be there was some remiss on the part of Sebi to act as a regulator, but casting aspersion was not warranted in the facts and circumstances of the case. As such, the adverse observations made in Paragraph No. 20 are hereby diluted,” it further said.





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