Finding your true North

Richard North, Managing Director of Wow! Stuff, provides some great advice for entrepreneurs: “You are either an employee and you are prepared not to take risks and end up with a bonus or you become an employer, you take risks but you also end up with the rewards” Despite selling his first business for a … Read moreFinding your true North

A key reason why many start-up businesses fail

Here my short (impromptu) video on why I believe many business start-ups fail. The old adage that “cash is king” remains as true as ever today, however, there is something else that I am increasingly seeing that can put the future survival of new businesses in jeopardy. This issue is that: many startups fail to define upfront … Read moreA key reason why many start-up businesses fail

7 tips for start-ups seeking VC funding

I’ve been reflecting on the key business learning points emerging from the BVCA’s excellent recent event Financing & funding the digital age held in Manchester on 16 September 2010. It was a full day of fast moving panel discussions and keynote speeches that kept coming at a relentless pace until almost 6pm – plenty to chew over hence the … Read more7 tips for start-ups seeking VC funding

Seeking Seed Funding: 12 tips for early stage startups

I was recently put on the spot at a Technology event and asked how much I would charge for assisting a tech startup in preparing a business plan to secure investment funding. I answered “it depends”. A cop-out? Not in my opinion. Why? Because it depends on where you are in the investment cycle. If … Read moreSeeking Seed Funding: 12 tips for early stage startups