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Paul Brescia

Robinhood balances investment, gambling, and entertainment, European tech IPO outshines Spotify, and the IDEB culture shift

Paul Brescia
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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.

Want to read a story of how crucial digital investment was for New York restaurants surviving COVID-19? Check out the third link.

Europe’s most successful tech export since Spotify

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.

How Robinhood made trading easy — and maybe too hard to resist

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.

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