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At SixBerries we are working to build an inclusive, international organisation with the goal of helping early stage business all over the world execute on their vision. I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing people with diverse backgrounds, who hail from different cultures and who speak different languages. This, however, poses a set of challenges that took us a while to negotiate and mitigate.

During the pandemic, more teams have had to work remotely. There has been a lot written about the mental health and physical challenges of working remotely. …


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I think a lot about how to be a better leader. I am just a code monkey who would be happy if you locked him in a room and fed him twice a day (ok well maybe six times if chocolate is involved). However, since starting SixBerries and being responsible for people who look to you for advice and well, leadership, it’s been a baptism by fire. Here are some of the things I’ve learned.

Be less boss and more mentor

Being the boss is great, you get to do what ever you want and no one can tell you what to do right? Wrong! Your…


Improving is always something I have always strived towards. As a deeply flawed human, I have worked to be better and I believe that I am still at the bottom of the mountain. It is hard to identify the things that are suboptimal traits within yourself and changing them is even harder. Reading has been one of the exercises I have grown to enjoy. I rarely read fiction, even though I am starting to fit more into my schedule. I read things that gives perspective to different situations and challenges. Today, I have been listening (audible, it’s still reading right?)…


I’ve been on a reading rampage recently and finished a number of books that should be read by every start-up founder. The books range from strategy, to leadership to product development, all of which are needed by good founders. On the product development front many of the principles are derived from Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion but refine the ideas and reveal practical examples of the techniques so that you can build awesome products. …


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Being an entrepreneur is hard but to me the hardest part of being an entrepreneur is using the word “no”. To some, saying no comes naturally, to me, not so much. As a result, I have become a “yes” man. My default instinct and answer is to say yes. I know I’m not the only one and the lack of use of the word no is causing your business to fail.

What, then, is so wrong with saying yes? Surely being helpful is not a bad thing, right? As the proverb says “The road to hell is paved with good…


With the passing of Stephen Hawking I have moved this up the list of posts since this is one of my favourite reads. I was never a big reader growing up, I read what was absolutely necessary for school and that was it. I had a good grounding in science with Chemistry being my favourite. When I went to university though my first year brought be back in touch with Physics and especially Quantum Theory a subject about which I took a great interest. My career and education though took me on a different journey and I abandoned the traditional…


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One of my favourite TV ads is the Reed.co.uk “Love Mondays” ad. The premise is that for you to love Mondays again you need to find the right job. This makes perfect sense and the people who came up with that should have received a bonus! But, is a job what you need?

In London there is a huge push for people straight out of school to be the new rockstars which is great but there is something to be said for slugging it out in a profession for a few years. …


My background is technology and I’ve struggled for many years with understanding the financial side of business, but as every entrepreneur knows if you don’t know your numbers you’ll quickly crash and burn. How to talk finance was a revelation with it’s understandable language and easy to follow examples.

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How to Talk Finance — Ted Wainman

How to Talk Finance: Getting to grips with the numbers in business by Ted Wainman

The book gives you a gentle introduction about how a company is structured before progressing through the various elements of financial management necessary for running a business. It answers questions such as, what is a balance sheet? What are management accounts? How much retained profit does the company have? …


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The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about my brand, SixBerries. “So, why SixBerries?”, he quizzed. My answer didn’t impress him and we had a discussion about what makes a good story for your brand.

My story is simple and personal. I was born with twelve fingers, six on each hand, so when I was picking a name for my company I wanted that to some how be represented. That part I knew for sure. I was deliberating for weeks afterwards, yet every morning, while still at my day job, I would go to…


I was recommended this book years ago by a mentor and even though I bought it I never actually read it. I recently got a chance to read it and as a result it has changed my perspective on life. There have been a handful of books that have had as profound an effect on me. The habits contained in the book are a toolkit for life and should be applied by everyone.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The seven habits outlined in the book are guidelines for success in all parts of your life. The message that really shook me was the concept of…

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