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The once acclaimed Cool Japan fund fights for survival; an ode challenging Governmental nannying

What can possibly go wrong with a venture fund generously financed by the tax payer topped up by token contributions from a selection of corporates? Quite a lot it seems. Japan and specifically modern Japanese culture like animé, media, fashion and food were cool. Why not brand and fund them to promote the growth of …

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High profile Rent-the-Runway IPOs. Is it the pin-up for Do Good capitalism?

Rent-the-Runway subscribers can browse luxury fashion online and rent attire. Its accessories, handbags and jewellery come from over 750 designer brands.  The business meets a consumer need of wanting ‘new’ styles and since the goods are returned after a month, is arguably more responsible environmentally. The company was founded in 2008 and has around 120,000 …

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Hollywood celebrities-cum-investors hunger for plant food start-ups, but does it matter?

There is no shortage of celebrities who besides the day-job, are turning green and punting big on plant food. Madonna has invested in Vita Coco, a coconut water business, Leonardo DiCapriccio owns a stake in Impossible Foods (and is a brand ambassador) and Serena Williams has gone into Baby food. A few months ago news …

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