Robinhood balances investment, gambling, and entertainment, European tech IPO outshines Spotify, and the IDEB culture shift
Every week, SmartCompany Plus brings you The Best of Everything, From Everywhere. This week, we’ve brought you a mix covering how gamification and user design made Robinhood almost too good; Europe’s biggest tech export since Spotify; and an optimistic piece that sees the potential for diversity, equity, and inclusion measures to finally see real results.
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An obscure software firm from Romania raised US$1.3 billion in its recent IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, valuing the robotic process automation company at US$30 billion. It is indicative of the trend of early-stage venture deals being spread more equally around the world, instead of being dominated by the US.
By examining the intersection of good user design and the gamification that makes apps habit-forming, Robinhood has blurred the lines between investing, entertainment, and gambling.