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 [...]
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 [...]
Why is this?
From one perspective it’s very simple to answer: every player in the insurance market has been enjoying 10-20% net margins for over a century, so why would they want that to change? Lloyds of London tried bringing into their organisation technology innovation with Kinnect in 2002 but after £70m investment and 5 years, it was shut down. Hence, until the rise of fintech, insurance companies felt very [...]
StartupHome, the first co-living for young entrepreneurs in London, was co-founded by two mentors of Level 39, and is currently divided in two chapters: StartupHome in Whitechapel and StartupHome Greenwich dedicated to Fintech.
“It was important to have the Fintech home as close as possible to Canary Wharf where Level39 resides.” Tells Stefano Tresca, one of the founders.
“We’ve been looking for the best houses in the best locations. Take StartupHome in Whitechapel for example. It is literally 7 minutes slow walking from Second Home in Brick Lane and 20 minutes from the Google [...]
This is that moment. That moment when your phone has a nervous breakdown and decides to leave you alone. That moment when you realise you have to find someone who can repair it. That moment when you realise you’re freaking busy but you have to take your afternoon to go to Whitechapel or further to repair your phone. That moment. When you realise how annoyed you are…
But wait, there’s some good news, and it’s called Repairly.
Founded by two cool Uni classmates, Fraser Williams and Tom Young, this ‘white glove’ sexy and cool service comes to you to pick up your phone-tablet-laptop and bring it back within two hours, all brand new. The idea behind it is simple: make [...]
“Be My Eyes is connecting people like Uber or AirBnB. It’s a service that connects someone in need and someone willing to help” says the founder, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, himself reached with blindness.
After several years of intense work, the concept won an innovative project award and been outsourced from Denmark to San Francisco to be part of the research program of the Silicon Valley University. The app has become global in 2015 and already counts 25 000 blind [...]
So, we have set out below some critical issues you may want to consider:
(1) Shareholders’ agreement These agreements anticipate certain possible key changes and provide reasonable solutions which protect the legitimate rights of all shareholders and make less likely future damaging disputes between them. Some of [...]
We love London, we really do. Only when we find ourselves being 28 years old with a great career and still sharing a flat with 3 other (not very tidy) people, stuck on the tube for 2 hours daily, working way too hard, feeling really tired and not having time for anything fun… that’s when we understand what level of living actually means. And also that there must be better places for that.
Edinburgh is the one. The Level of Living Capital, it is also a second largest financial centre in the UK, extremely startup friendly and has almost London level of salaries with everything else significantly cheaper. It is also compact and charming and full of history and [...]
Reflecting back over my first 2 years as an entrepreneur, I personally have learnt some key lessons. Please find listed below, my 6 key tips to success as your own boss:
Have a daily routine and stick to it…. Having a daily routine is very important. For me, my daily routine ensures that I always spend time doing the right things at the right time everyday. Do you have a certain time of the day when you read emails, look on Twitter, check the bank balance – maybe you do, maybe you don’t, maybe you should?
Remove your foot from the pedal Nothing is [...]