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Doing your duty

As some of you know I have been on jury duty for two weeks, ending today (June 8th). I really didn’t know what to expect, so for those of you yet to serve, here is my story. As Aneurin Bevan once said, “This is my truth, tell me yours”. I had already had a deferment of service because my …

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Grim Fairy Tales – Part II

You learn something new every day (they say) and I certainly find this to be the case. Whilst I am often asked how to raise money or attract investors, I find it is easier to demonstrate how not to do it, based on my own experiences (and those of people I know). Last week for …

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Grim Fairy Tales – Part I

You learn something new every day (they say) and I certainly find this to be the case. Whilst I am often asked how to raise money or attract investors, I often find it is easier to demonstrate how not to do it, based on my own experiences (and those of people I know). Last week …

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Spirit of the Age

There can be no escaping the economic climate; for all but a rare few, its impact is being felt daily and affects our quality of life, employment, trading and confidence. We are adjusting to this slowly but surely – cutting our cloth accordingly. The basic steps are survive, thrive and exceed expectation and for many the survival …

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No scale? No investment.

Scalability

Professional investors in early stage companies will talk about scale and scalability as much as, if not more than, other important considerations such as management and valuation. Lack of scalability is a deal breaker and you will often hear these businesses described as “life style” companies as if that is a bad thing. It might …

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RIM for relegation?

Smartphone

Like a Barclays Premier League football club, RIM have sacked the manager in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation. In fact they sacked two Chief Executives (so called co-CEOs – which sounds like your problem right there). They both remain on the board however. I am of the opinion that the board is responsible for …

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Underground Poems

Poems

If you travel on London Underground, you have probably noticed Poems on the Underground. On several occassions I have taken note of a poem and looked it up later online. Today it was Futility by Wilfred Owen (see here). Apart from being a sad & poignant elegy for a fallen soldier in World War 1 …

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