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Springboard London 2012 – end of part 1

May 20, 2012


So the first phase of Springboard, Shape, has come to and end. Springboard is a mentor led accelerator programme structured in three parts: Shape, Build, Sell. The first four week period of madness has finished. Four days a week were spent with mentors, and one day a week at an off site corporate visit. Here’s a […]

Founding Team Structure

May 18, 2012


I was recently at an event near London’s new building, the Shard, and it made me think about the elements required in a startup team, and which are most important. – the key elements – The Shard needed an architect to design it. Then a construction team had to build it. And then a sales […]

The importance of the ecosystem

March 29, 2012


Ecosystem used to be something I only heard in biology class, but is today an oft overused word. It’s hard to get through a few tech articles without it being mentioned at least once. In fact using it in a blog article title should probably earn me a fine of some sort.   But two […]

UK tech accelerator programs

February 10, 2012


Accelerator programs are becoming increasingly popular for tech startups to apply to, and there an increasing number in cities across the UK (and Europe). Generally heavily over subscribed, accelerator programmes offer start ups intensive mentoring, product and business development and access to contacts – all over a short period. While the structure of each one […]

London area angel networks and pay to pitch

February 8, 2012


Pay to pitch angel networks are always sure to get tech startups’ heckles up. But the reality is they often  represent the only channel for early stage businesses lacking a good network of contacts. At a recent talk on angel investment I was interested to discover that UK angel networks are only estimated to cover 20-30% […]

You know where you can stick that idea

January 7, 2012


Developing a new product inevitably throws up many ideas. We could add this feature, perhaps it could work with this service, lets plug in this API and store data in this particular way. Capturing these ideas is vital (c.f. the episode of Mad Men where Paul Kinsey forgets a great idea he had, and everyone […]