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Better Startups? Bring back the Grand Tour

Better Startups? Bring back the Grand Tour

The great country houses of Britain are full of beautiful art from other countries, but the UK’s great technology clusters have to paint their own. It is time to start thinking ahead and to put this right because successful startups are the masterpieces of today. Technology is the artefact of our time.

For 200 years up to around 1840 it was customary for well heeled young men to set off from Britain on a Grand Tour around Europe in search of ...

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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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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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Jonah Lupton and the Entrepreneurs

Jonah Lupton and the Entrepreneurs

I know. It sounds like a 1980s rock band. Luckily its not. Whether Jonah can sing or not I don’t know. But I do know that he is someone that entrepreneurs should listen to.

Luckily for me I was invited in as guest blogger on Jonah’s excellent site www.jonahlupton.com/blog so my work is already done. All you need to do is follow the link to the Guest Blog below. But if you are a budding entrepreneur, new founder or just interested in the innovation markets ...

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