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10 Lessons Learned. My personal list.

10 Lessons Learned. My personal list.

I was asked to give a project update to fellow ‘tenants’ at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst yesterday. It was actually an interesting exercise for me because I decided to summarise my life’s work on one pictorial slide, and summarise what lessons I had learned along the way on another.

I don’t propose to share the pictorial CV here, though I would recommend the exercise of creating it (for mine I included “value over time”, “jobs”, and “companies founded”). Not pretty! In ...

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Team Kapital raises £3.9m for CompanDX in China

Team Kapital raises £3.9m for CompanDX in China

CompanDX Limited, the Nottingham Trent University spinout applying novel bio-informatics technology to the issues of personalised medicine, is pleased to announce the raising of 39,600,000 Renminbi (CN¥) for development of products in China. CompanDX was advised by Team Kapital: TK founder Simon Haworth is currently operating as CEO of CompanDX Limited.

“This is an extraordinary step for an early stage technology company and allows us to put a significant capital sum to work,” says Chief Executive Dr Simon Haworth. “The China ...

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Making your luck, and securing your next career step

Making your luck, and securing your next career step

For years I have been helping mid-career business folk make a successful change of direction or simply revitalise a flagging job search. Perhaps, as we stumble out of recession, the August-long national summer holiday behind us, it is time to share the approach that I call “Making Your Luck” to see if others can benefit?

If you are looking for a new role, or thinking about a change of direction then read on.

So … what is the issue? Well ...

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China beckons

China beckons

So the joke in China this week is all about quality of life: “The quality of life in Beijing,” they say “is so good that you don’t even have to buy cigarettes anymore. You simply open your window and smoke to your heart’s content, thanks to the government. And the government has been even more considerate in Shanghai: Turn on the taps in Shanghai and they feed you with delicious pork soup.”

We all know about the terrible smog in Beijing ...

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Seed investors leave whilst party in full swing?

Seed investors leave whilst party in full swing?

With the festive season upon us we should remember that sometimes it is best to encourage bleary-eyed, slightly worse-for-wear friends to leave the party when it is in full swing. And in the sober hours of New Year we might remember to apply this to investees in our companies.

Venture Capitalists are notoriously keen to ensure that no-one takes money off the table before they do. Later stage investors thus tie early investors (and founders) in until sometime after the dawn ...

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