Lost? Confused? Frustrated? Navigating the investment landscape as a new tech start-up can be a big challenge for budding entrepreneurs. For investors, evaluating start-ups is often considered more of an art than a pure science.

However, that said there are a number of relatively concrete criteria that need to be…


I feel very fortunate to have experienced a live talk from the motivational speaker, Rob Moore. Rob’s speech stands as one of the most inspiring and educational speeches I have heard to date and I suspect will continue to do so for a long time.

As Rob taught me, when…


In the blog post on Finding Business Ideas we said that buying a business is often the quickest and easiest way to become an entrepreneur. Well, like buying a house, you don’t want to pay for fancy fixtures or a fresh lick of paint. You want the cheapest house in…


Avoid Becoming A Start-Up Statistic

Start-ups are inherently vulnerable because they don’t have cushy income stream propping them up or a stockpile of cash that they can dip into if things go awry. Therefore they must ensure that they are successful 90% of the time and that failures are hard and fast.

The odds are…


“OK thanks for the advice on motivating my non-existent employees and optimising my theoretical product mix, but can someone please explain to me how I actually start a business!?” …


Right, you’ve stress-tested your business idea, convinced your co-founders about this incredible new plan and drawn up some basic legal agreements. At some stage you’ll need to start thinking about expanding the team.

To be clear, we are dealing with expanding your team, not plugging the deficiencies of the founders…


Prior to launching your business it is advisable to get your legal house in order. Having the tough conversations now will likely save many relationships and may shave years off your retirement age! Now remember that when you start a business, everyone is positive, happy and friends.


In June 2016 I attended the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) High-Growth 2016 conference at Hilton London in Park Lane.

There were some thoroughly impressive speakers and, as I do, I took the liberty of taking some notes to share with you all.

Originally, I intended to…


The most valuable lesson I learned at Business School was that you do not need to personally make mistakes in order to learn that something is a bad idea. In other words, learn vicariously.

This is a seemingly simple piece of advice, however it is extremely powerful and can save…


Now, this is quite a lengthy blog post because there is lots to cover here but arguably it is one of the most important parts of starting a business so worth the upfront effort. Here goes! …

Alexander Leigh

The Tippy Top Blog: Technology VC Investor — Helping entrepreneurs through mentoring, advice and money.

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