Δευτέρα, 16 Νοεμβρίου 2015

More taxes more austerity

The current problems of the Greek government are directly related to decreasing public expenditures through imposing more and more taxes upon its citizens and domestic economy. Under constant pressure from EU's bureaucrats in order for Greece to receive a new round of loans and re-capitalize its banks, the limited time left to find alternative sources for tax revenues, create a hostile environment for the private sector and the real economy. 

Imbalances in the government's budget, negatively distort the real economy. Companies remain non-competitive because of the amount of taxes they have to pay and because they can not be financed in a healthy way anymore.  Even if a myopic political party achieves to present a significant decrease in the government's deficit, it can irreversibly hurt thousands of small and medium size businesses, further increase unemployment and establish a new problematic status quo for the employer (more taxes and insurance contributions) - employee relationship (short term job contracts, uncertainty in the workplace, etc.).

There is only one way to properly increase tax revenues and this is the adoption of a national plan for the economy's growth which can return the fruits of real job creation and enough tax revenues to positively shift Greece's government budget imbalances and deficits. Greece needs a sustainable tourism and agricultural industry that creates jobs, exports new products & services and pays a fair amount of taxes similar to other developed countries. Imposing more taxes with the side effect of enlarging an existing black market, will only extend the austerity.

In times like the ones that Greece is going through, the cost of desperately attempting fiscal consolidation means Greece's GDP will continue to decrease and the official unemployment statistics increasing. 

-Stathis Kassios
Co-founder of Hellene.gr 
Operations Consultant Moovit Greece
Economist & Web Consultant

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Παρασκευή, 6 Νοεμβρίου 2015

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Παρασκευή, 11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015

Κυριακή, 5 Ιουλίου 2015

The Mediterranean model of start-ups - Domenico Nicolò

The Mediterranean model of start-ups work, because it is simple and consistent with our anthropological characteristics and those of the ecosystems of the South, in which institutions and markets do not function efficiently. 

The guiding principle is very simple: to foster the creation of partnerships between small businesses specialized, autonomous but interconnected. A kind of collaborative economy, very different from the EU meant, too bureaucratic, it has never worked and never will work. 

The enterprise is market, anarchy, freedom, not stupid bureaucracy. The Anglo-Saxon model, applied in the South due to the systematic repayment of funds to the EU. The funds spent, then, are awarded to people who have no business experience, but they have consultants very good to write "dream books" they call business plan. 

The states should not give money, but: 
- Stimulate demand for Hi-tech innovative products and services; 
- Encouraging meetings between entrepreneurs and established entrepreneurs; 
- Provide advisory free services and assistance to startupper; 
- Fight the mafia and the occult organizations that move decisions on tables other than those of democratic institutions, often called to ratify decisions already taken; 
- delete laws and regulations 

Southern countries may grow by exploiting their reputation and their resources: the creativity, beauty, environment, quality food products, the lifestyle, the culture, the cultural and artistic productions, fashion and design , tourism, scientific research. In the new era, the nations will have to specialize doing what they do is taking advantage of their reputation (brand). 

The Mediterranean countries must focus on the cooperation between small family businesses, independent but interconnected. It makes no sense to think of the Anglo-Saxon model of startups, venture capital, the stock markets, the exit. 

These things are so simple that few people understand them. 

Domenico Nicolò

Τρίτη, 23 Ιουνίου 2015

Interview with Sergali Adilbekov, founder of Swiss Social

Please introduce yourself to the readers of this blog and update us on your latest ventures.

My name is Sergali, I am originally from Kazakhstan, educated in the USA, and now living in Switzerland. My career brought to many different industries such as private equity, agricultural and construction equipment, all vertical chain of oil & gas businesses, and accumulating many social contacts through work and travel I decided to start a few social initiatives that would let me share interesting things among the people that I know and offer them a platform to network with each other at a cardinally new high-quality level. That's when I started my two latest ventures - I'm the Founder & Curator of TEDxLugano conference and the Founder & Owner of Swiss Social networking club.

The goal and purpose of Greek Social Network Club and introduction to the wider global organization? 

Greek Social is one of the daughter projects of Swiss Social (that became quite viral and successful in Switzerland). Our vision is to create local networking clubs that would allow all-inclusive membership, which means - people are not discriminated towards like it's done currently in all other networking societies - we do not exclude anyone due to their specialized interests (expats, professionals, students, women-only societies, etc.) and instead offer everyone a chance to come and build their own personal networks through our resources. One of the biggest breakthroughs that we have introduced is we require our event organizational team to study the profiles of the people coming and connect them by making the first introductions, that way people avoid feeling the discomfort of having to that themselves. The organizers prepare and know who to introduce to who, raising infinitely the probability of a good friendly/professional relationship match.

Do you see opportunities nowadays in the Greek economy? Your opinion on the Greek startup ecosystem? 

The Greek economy is objectively in a dire state at the moment, therefore people need to reorganize in order to find a way to make it work again. If someone wants to have new results, he/she has to think in new ways. Greek Social offers a completely new plane of interactions, free of politics or economics, which would enable the new cohesion within the society. Imagine the "active networking" as a potential instrument to re-stitch the society from within into a better organized circles of connections which will function much better than before, when people grew their personal networks through sporadic family or professional contacts.

The startup eco system in Greece plays a very important role here - these are the advanced guys with a vision into the future, only they can change the country's situation, only they can offer to be the best examples of structured builders of their own social circles. I believe Greek Social's main target is of course the entrepreneurs who have a love for all new ventures and would probably find it very interesting to participate in our social project.

Please close this interview the way you see fit.

At the moment, the Swiss Social team has done an experimental first networking event in Athens and has seen the huge potential in it as the people who came, expressed their desire to know more and to come to the upcoming events. We are looking for dedicated people locally who could be interested to enter our team of organizers in Athens to continue our networking events. The positions are all volunteer in our organization, but at the same time very rewarding as it gives the organizers an amazing visibility over the social scene locally.

We will be happy to receive the CVs of people interested to apply for these positions to info@swiss-social.com.




Thank you very much for this interview Sergali! - Stathis Kassios