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Into The Fox’s Lair!®

What a great day in Leicester yesterday! I was invited by the marvellous Edwina Goodwin to be a panel member for Fox’s Lair!® – De Montfort University’s panel format for judging of Year 1 pitches in the Leicester Business School. I attended what was Leicester Poly as a student at the end of the 70s. …

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A more meaningful mathematical puzzle

Instead of all the incessant “only a genius can solve this” type posts, which can be easily solved if you know the mathematical order of operations,  I thought I’d share a simple maths puzzle which seemed to confuse a start-up I was helping yesterday. I totally understand why, and I simply helped them understand the …

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One hour a day

Imagine only having internet access for 1 hour a day. And when you did have access you could only view but not respond, reply, like or send a new message. This is the self-imposed digital exile I have just enforced upon myself for one week. I did it to take a break from work for …

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The future’s bright – hear more @digitaldoughnut #DLUK Trends Briefing

On September 24th I will be presenting at the Digital Leaders Trends Briefings 2015 on the topic of technologies set to impact on business. Ahead of this event I had to reflect on what I have seen recently and what I have learned. In an average week (when do we have one of those?) I …

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Conkers (or acorns if you prefer) and investing in startups

In the early 1970s, British Railways ran excursion trains at weekends for families to get away for the day. For the most part they went to known destinations, but there were also “mystery trains” where you knew the duration of the journey but not the destination. In 1972, my family (Mum, Dad, Sister & I) …

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Grim Fairy Tales – Part VI

This is the final part in a six part set of blogs about “how not to raise money for your start-up”. The grim stories you read here are based on real life events – meetings and conversations I have had over the years, and will no doubt form the basis for my next book. So …

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Grim Fairy Tales – Part V

This is the fifth in a six part set of blogs about “how not to raise money for your start-up”. The grim stories you read here are based on real life events – meetings and conversations I have had over the years, and will no doubt form the basis for my next book.     …

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10 things you shouldn’t put in your business plan…

            … but probably will anyway! 1. “The numbers are conservative” Of course they are. They are a guess. So make them realistic not pessimistic/optimistic. 2. The entire product brochure/manual with long lists of bulleted features I want to hear more about the market and how you will address it …

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Grim Fairy Tales – Part IV

Wishing On A Star

This is the fourth in a six part set of blogs about “how not to raise money for your start-up”. The grim stories you read here are based on real life events – meetings and conversations I have had over the years, and will no doubt form the basis for my next book. So far …

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Grim Fairy Tales – Part III

This is the third in a six part set of blogs about “how not to raise money for your start-up”. The grim stories you read hear are based on real life events – meetings and conversations I have had over the years, and will no doubt form the basis for my next book. So far …

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