Richard Mills

FGB001 – Richard Mills, CEO of Sleepcogni – Kickstarter

Fast Growth Businesss

We are pleased to welcome Richard Mills, CEO and Founder of new UK startup Sleepcogni to the first episode of the Fast Growth Business podcast.

Before we dive into this insightful interview on launching a product business via Kickstarter, we should introduce the aims and objectives of the Fast Growth Business podcast.

Fast Growth Business Podcast – Objectives

Fast Growth Business is aimed at UK entrepreneurs and founders seeking to start up a new business with the aim of scaling to exit fast – aka a fast growth business. We’ll aim to share interviews and tips from entrepreneurs plus advice and strategies from professionals such as VCs, lawyers, accountants etc with a focus on:

  1. Raising funding – including VC, business angels (SEIS / EIS), crowdfunding e.g. Crowdcube, Seedrs etc; pledge funding e.g. Kickstarter, Indiegogo etc
  2. Building a team
  3. Scaling your business
  4. Preparing for exit

Who are we?

Being as it’s the first episode, we should explain who we are…..

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Get interactive!

Enough about us, this podcast is all about you and we want you to be as interactive as possible with your views, questions and feedback – reach out via Twitter to @iptaxsolutions and / or use the hashtag #fgbpodcast so that we can round up your tweets and perhaps give you a shout out on the podcast if you too are a fast growth UK business!

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Interview with Richard Mills, CEO of Sleepcogni – launched on Kickstarter

In this interview, Richard outlines his approach to building his latest venture, Sleepcogni, and launching it via Kickstarter.

His approach to finding the right people and specialists to help him build his team is summarised plus Richard explains how the Kickstarter launch process helps focus the entrepreneur’s mind on the most important factors and how it helps ensure that momentum is maintained. Richard also explains the added benefits of crowdfunding in terms of testing product viability and building a following of fans.

You can find the Sleepcogni Kickstarter campaign here.

The campaign runs until 10 December 2015 so get over there quick to lend your support!

Looking for your input

Please get in touch with your questions and feedback via Twitter: @iptaxsolutions and/or #fgbpodcast

If you are a UK entrepreneur and would like to share your story, please get in touch as above. Also, if you are involved in advising entrepreneurs on building scalable businesses, we would be delighted to hear from you and to get you involved if you’re the right fit.

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