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September 6, 2016

What Millennials Want From The Workplace

Who are they? Millennials. Love them or hate them, they are everywhere. Or at least they will be soon. According to recent studies, by 2020 over half of the global workforce will be part of the generation known as ‘millennials’.

So what do these smartphone wielding, cereal cafe eating, snapchatters want when it comes to the workplace? Here’s a rundown to help your startup attract the best Gen Y talent.

Work life integration Work life balance is dead. It’s all about work life blend. In a recent survey by the intelligence group, it was discovered that 88% of millennials want work-life integration in their careers.

Millennials don’t mind firing off emails on a [...]

 
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September 3, 2016

Ellie Knows

Podcast to listen to Some podcasts can be quite hit and miss, but those from BBC World Service Radio are always guaranteed quality. Programmes like Documentary of the Week, The Science Hour and Click never fail to thrill and entertain, with mind-blowing explorations into various human endeavours across the world. What an awesome job to be on those research teams! More recently, I’ve got into another BBC offering: Radio 4’s All In the Mind. Given that entrepreneurs are often guilty of being ‘too busy’ to look after their own mental health, this might be worth a listen – and besides, neuroscience is fascinating. Recent nuggets include the psychology behind self-driving cars, [...]

 
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September 1, 2016

Student Entrepreneurs: Nucleus

thestudentnucleus.com is a platform that makes the life of university students simple.

Students can buy and sell textbooks, find scholarships/funding available and connect with students who have different skill sets. The free platform works across every university and is being used by 1000’s of students. We have won three awards so far, including the Best Social Enterprise at The Grad Factor.

The initial idea came after my first year of university, I had £200 of textbooks I didn’t need next year. The only options were posters around campus or unsearchable posts on Facebook buy/sell pages. I thought: there’s got to be a better way to do this. The concept then expanded into a [...]

 
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August 30, 2016

Fashion Mind

Fashion is all about experimenting with ideas and the creation of new trends and being a student at London College of Fashion allowed me to study and work at the same time. 

Working in retail broadened my understanding of fashion trends and customers’ behaviour and I was lucky enough to partake in internships, which allowed me to see the processes and challenges incurred as a fashion designer. 

To develop my collection, ‘Vaulted’, I looked into Gothic architecture and incorporated it into my designs. My objective for this line was to challenge normal clothing and produce pieces that would stand out from the ordinary apparel. I also wanted the line to evoke female empowerment [...]

 
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August 27, 2016

Expert words: what does a growth hacker do?

Every month, Disrupts will leave an expert talks about his job, whatever he does. So, what do you do?

Role in life Growth hacker / Community management advisor.

What you’re supposed to do Grow companies. Create a profile for myself so companies know what I do and how I can help them. Growth hackers are like bank robbers- you never catch a good one.

What you actually do Spend hours at my laptop finding secret techniques, tactics, and pieces of software which can get ideas in front of thousands of people virtually overnight. My motto is “everything runs to a system, and every system can be beaten.” I distill this knowledge and either work with my agency [...]

 
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August 25, 2016

Student entrepreneurs: Green Trade Solutions

Jairon Francisco, CEO Green Trade Solutions, currently studying Engineering Projects and Systems Management MSc at Kingston University

What is your business in a few words? We assist coffee farmers in making their coffee production process more efficient and environmentally friendly, enhancing and improving the quality of the product using novel biotechnology techniques. This is a sustainable idea that requires relatively low investment and is easy to implement.

How did it all begin? I opened my coffee processing business in Dominican Republic two years ago. But I noticed the coffee farms’ production was decreasing and this was a worldwide issue due to Climate Change. I [...]

 
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August 23, 2016

The Next Workplace Revolution Isn’t Technological, It’s Cultural

In 2014 management consultancy Hay Group reported that only 15% of workers in the United Kingdom consider themselves to be ‘highly motivated’ at work, and estimated that reduced productivity as a result of workplace disengagement costs the UK economy £340 billion every year.

There are 4 million employee jobs in London alone, and 85% of people doing them wish they weren’t. They’re calling it a ‘crisis of motivation’. Consultancies, banks, law firms and accountancies, once the pinnacle of professionalism, are all suffering from increasing rates of employee turnover and decreasing levels of employee engagement. 

Escape The City, an organisation that runs career transition [...]

 
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August 20, 2016

A recent encounter

Let me tell you about a recent encounter I had with a business owner (to save his blushes, we’ll call him Pete) whom I met at a networking event last week.  

Over a beer, Pete was explaining to me about his business (a “B2C” software-as-a-service startup that had been trading for four years). Pete was proud how the gross profit margins were high and increasing, customer satisfaction was tremendous and staff were great.

The issue that Pete was facing however, was that he needed more cash to invest in marketing and research & development.  He said he needed the cash now, as competitor products were appearing and he wanted to stay one step ahead.

As the conversation [...]

 
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August 18, 2016

Are you cyber savvy?

Barely a week goes by without the media reporting a fresh hacking incident or data breach suffered by a major brand.

In addition to reputational damage and the potential to take a business down completely, cybersecurity incidents can also lead to significant remedial costs, regulatory fines and compensation claims from affected individuals.

Startups should be investing time and resources building security and resilience from the ground up rather than attempting to patch and retro-fit after the horse has bolted. What’s more, cyber risk is becoming an increasingly important due diligence issue for potential investors and acquirers, and if you are a B2B model, you may find that [...]

 
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August 16, 2016

Student Entrepreneurs: MindMate

Every day is a school day.

We started MindMate one year ago while all four of us were still students. It changed everything. Suddenly, we had a vision that went way beyond the dissertation deadline and that inspired us more than any “regular” job ever could.

We spend every free minute with building the business and although it was hard, the initial effort definitely made the difference.

Dissertation, what? MindMate was just more important than our degree and what started as “Uni work first.” turned into “Dissertation work awaits after all the work on MindMate is done.“

Is this your university project? Young entrepreneurs are often [...]

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