The news of this IPO caused mixed reactions: some people are enthusiastic about it, others are afraid it could be another “dot com bubble”. Even though we cannot predict the future and markets sometimes seem to work irrationally, Crowd Valley has been observing and operating in the sector for long enough to see how things are evolving. In particular, we get to see every day who there is behind these emerging crowdinvesting platforms: we are approached daily by many traditional finance professionals, for example asset managers, broker-dealers and private equity funds, which see the crowdfunding technology as an enabler of efficiency for their original businesses. This means that the technology we provide them with changes the means through which they operate, but does not change the substance of their work. And for this reason we believe that they will be able to keep doing their job and grow their companies professionally, while embracing a new technology that is bringing about a paradigm shift.
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Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Irene is an International Business graduate, with a strong interest for innovative ideas that can simplify our lives.
During her studies, she co-founded an online community for sportspeople and worked in marketing positions at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and at the European Business Angel Network, in Brussels. She is a passionate blogger about crowdfunding and the startup ecosystem.