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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 19, 2016

The Future of Fintech: REVOLUT

Brexit was an outcome I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the UK fintech community was neither desiring or expecting, but whenever there is change and uncertainty, there is opportunity.

Now that the dust is settling, it is time to take a dispassionate view and focus on the positives and opportunities that the situation might create, rather than the negatives. This approach is after all one of the key traits of the entrepreneurial mindset. To quote Dale Carnegie, “If you have a lemon, make lemonade.”

Brexit could actually prove to be a boon to fintech innovation in the UK. One possibility [...]

 
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August 13, 2016

London Taxi War 2016

The battle to win the hearts, minds – and pockets – of modern commuters when it comes to their preferred taxi booking service seems no closer to ending, so what does the future hold for the UK taxi market? 

Jonathan Kettle, founder of Taxicode provides his views on what will happen next in what he describes as the ‘great taxi war’. 

When the swords are drawn, who will break first? Do you know something, the irony is that the first victims of Uber’s rapid expansion won’t be taxis or minicabs; it will be Hailo or Gett, or maybe even both. Looking at the information available in the public arena it would seem that Hailo and Gett’s UK loses have increased somewhat and [...]

 
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August 11, 2016

Student Entrepreneurs: Altruist

I started my business to make a difference.

At the age of 10, I developed a series of anxiety disorders which caused me problems as a child. Once I had recovered at the age of 17, I made it my mission to raise awareness of stress and mental health problems and reduce the stigma surrounding this issue.

Whilst studying for my A-levels at sixth form, I set up my first business called “WATS Mental Health?”, a social enterprise which provided interactive mental health awareness workshops in schools. I decided that this was a great time to start a business as although I lacked experience, I am ambitious, I had more time and I still lived at home.

From then, I then [...]

 
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August 9, 2016

Early Metrics: Study Case

Early Metrics is the first rating agency for startups that aims to identify and rate young innovative ventures, providing the analytical report to its clients which are global corporations, investment funds and banks.

Rating is free of charge for startups and based on financial and non-financial metrics: management, project and market.

Study Case: MISHIPAY 

Launched in 2015, Mishipay has developed an innovative retail payment  technology to transform the retail store experience and maximise in-store  process efficiency.

The app integrates POS, inventory and security systems and uses RFID tags. Partnered with Cisco, Mishipay has managed an almost  immediate [...]

 
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August 8, 2016

Fintech is alive and well in Scotland, with Edinburgh leading the charge

The tech sector in Edinburgh now accounts for 1 in 8 businesses, and according to the 2016 Tech Nation Report, Edinburgh is the largest technology cluster outside London in terms of productivity. 

It’s not just the burgeoning startup scene and growing infrastructure that makes Edinburgh an attractive proposition for entrepreneurs and their kin.  The city is fondly referred to as one of the most liveable cities in Europe. The average cost of renting, say, a 1 bed flat in Edinburgh comes in at £525, compared to £1,430 in the English capital. Not exactly insignificant. With a population of 500,000, Indeed, those looking to attract the ambitious and [...]

 
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August 4, 2016

Beware: BYOH, a condition to be avoided…

Running your own business requires many skills, not least bravery, persistence and endless amounts of passion.

It is obviously very tough, hence why so few people take the plunge and instead choose to stay close to the shore, protected by the regular monthly salary and the corporate pension.

However, this boundless optimism can sometimes lead you to be infected by the dreaded BYOH (Believe your own hype) bug.  If infected, this is a condition that can go on for sometime and in some cases can prove fatal (business-wise). There is no medical cure for this illness, apart from a heavy dose of ‘reality’ and a heavy swallowing of ‘ones pride’ – in some cases, numerous doses have to [...]

 
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July 30, 2016

Student Entrepreneurs: KOMPAS

As the number of people travelling is increasing worldwide, we are looking for a way to understand a city’s history, see its true personality, and understand cultural differences.

Travel platforms are becoming quickly outdated, and many are looking to blogs or personal views as an alternative. As a result, too much time is being wasted searching on where to go, and how to get there. That’s why we’ve creating KOMPAS: the pocket guide to the world’s urban jungles. From a blog that started in Munich, we’re now building travel recommendations based on interests and locations, and we’re using disruptive technologies such as machine learning and narrow intelligence to do [...]

 
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July 4, 2016

VCs respond to Brexit, talking advice, appetite and talent

The referendum decision for the UK to leave the EU has sent shockwaves through Silicon Roundabout. Whilst the message from UK investors is one of pragmatic optimism – “Don’t Panic, but…” – the UK startup ecosystem faces an uncertain future. Questions are being asked, risks assessed and due diligence toughening up.

Friday 1st July saw a concerned cross-section of the London startup scene gather at Wayra UK, an accelerator funded by Spanish multi-national Telefónica. Panels of entrepreneurs insisted that their innate resilience and canny resourcefulness would see them through the challenges that lie ahead, but it was when the investors [...]

 
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July 4, 2016

Law firm Penningtons Manches helps RoketSpace UK landing

RocketSpace, the San Francisco technology campus that has been the home to tech startups including Uber, Blippar, and Spotify, is expanding to the UK.

A Penningtons Manches multidisciplinary team led by the firm’s San Francisco partners, James Klein and Hamish Corner, advised RocketSpace on its deal with the campus’ development partner, the Royal Bank of Scotland, to open and operate a large tech campus in the Regents House in Angel, London.

London is San Francisco-based RocketSpace’s first location outside the US and the UK campus will initially house up to 1,500 people at its opening in early 2017. Since its founding five years ago, [...]

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