Building a sustainable, scalable, and ethical business is not easy. In fact, it could well be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. And then, just when you think you’ve got it figured out, a pandemic starts.
Things are about to get tough.
The negative effect of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown will have on the global economy is significant. Industries will disappear and people are going to lose their jobs in the millions. You may be one of them (I hope not).
Now be just the right time to scratch that entrepreneurial itch and start a side hustle that turns into a hustle. Here’s a couple of businesses that were born in recession to get you pumped — Microsoft, Disney, General Motors, Google, and Facebook. …
Lockdown has been unimaginably tough for startups. Fact. And although there has been some solid efforts by various governments to try and provide support, and lots of VC’s are ‘open for business’. But in reality, the government support is for established, revenue generating businesses and VCs are principally concerned with trying to prevent their existing portfolio from turning to dust.
The stories of deals being withdrawn are a plenty, and the angel market has largely been drier than an evening reading Tolstoy.
But it’s not all tears and alcohol abuse, things are still happening. …
Disclaimer: I am not an expert. I am someone who has reached Level 1 of the podcast game, and I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned and the techniques that have worked.
If they’ve worked for someone who is as podcast- and promotion-incompetent as me, they can definitely work for you.
What is Level 1?
This is a level I made up, and it’s 1,000 listeners. It was hard. I had to release eight episodes and put in ten-ish weeks of pure graft. So let’s look at that as entry grade. Level 2 is winning advertisers. Level 3 is breaking even. I’m unsure what the levels after that are. …
Lessons from Eamonn Carey the MD of Techstars on how to become a Startup winner, where the smart money is going to be invested next and why Spider-man may be responsible for his success.
Bear with me for a moment, it’s going to be hard to believe, but there was once a time when we didn’t spend upwards of four hours a day mindlessly scrolling through our phones and brimming with jealousy at photo-shopped images of Natasha from high school who is now living the dream as an ‘influencer’. …
Startups fail often. And it’s not just because they didn’t raise twenty million with a sexy VC, their Total Addressable Market wasn’t forty-five squillion or they weren’t the Uber of this or the Airbnb of that. It’s often because they took some awful advice, overlooked something critical or made a completely avoidable mistake.
In 2017, I was selected for the Microsoft Accelerator. It’s a three-month semi-intense, a three-quarter glamorous startup program that is designed to accelerate startup growth. On the whole, it was a pretty solid three months with good content, and provided the true value of all accelerator/incubator/reactor programs — it connected me with potential customers and future investors. But, what it also did, was plunge me into the startup world. …
In 2019 I had that pivotal life moment where I started a conversation with ‘wouldn’t it be cool if…’ and before I consciously knew what I was doing, I’d founded a startup.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably in the same boat. It’s an intoxicating feeling; for maybe the first time in your life, you are in complete control of your own destiny. Inspiration fuels you like a performance-enhancing drug and you scribble down ideas faster than an actor playing a genius in a biopic. …
In April of this year, I came up with a business idea. Having already had the experience of being on the leadership team of a successful startup, I decided to back myself and go for it.
I did the sums and to get the company off the ground, I was going to need some external investment. So I embarked on what would technically be called an Angel Round at Ideation Stage or Pre-Seed. The earliest of the early in investment terms.
Before we start, there are a few things to get out of the way.
Lessons on stability from the man who ran deal-flow at Microsoft and launched his own Venture Fund.
Startups are fragile constructs. There are countless forces at play that could topple them at any moment. So what can make them more stable? What builds the right foundation and means when the hurricane hits, the monolith you’ve created emerges victorious?
One man who knows a thing or two about the subject is Kevin Monserrat. He started his career as a firefighter saving lives, and after running is own startup he moved to Microsoft where he helped save Startups. …
A former CEO of Microsoft’s startup program said that starting a company was like being kicked in the teeth every single day. And he’s right, it harder than spelling onomatopoeia backward whilst doing bur-pees on a tightrope.
But it’s in times of the greatest vulnerability that we show our truest selves. And nobody is closer to this and sees this more often than early stage investors. One such investor is Alex Dunsdon. Partner at SaatchInvest, founder of The Bakery and a bonafide LinkedIn Megastar.
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realise how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us .”— …
How to figure out what success is for you and how to achieve it, from the former Citibank trading floor legend and now hedge fund owner.
Success is complicated. I think primarily because it’s so hard to quantify. The OED defines it as ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’ but what’s the aim? What’s the purpose? It’s an important question. Mark Twain famously said -
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” — Mark Twain
So how do we figure this out? Well, my guest on the show this week was Emma Davidson. Who by definition of achieving an aim or purpose, is incredibly successful. There isn’t enough space available on my laptop to list all her accomplishments, but a few headlines — she was one of the youngest ever Directors at Citibank, she launched her own company that outperformed her peers by eye-watering amounts and she’s launched a hedge fund…whilst being a new mother of two. To top it all off, she’s humble, completely self-aware and has a laugh more infectious than the plague. …