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Mentors and startup founders - 5 rules of the road

A friend and fellow mentor recently suggested I write a blog on how startup founders should relate to mentors, and vice versa.  She made the suggestion because, in her role as a mentor, she had experienced what she saw as ...

Robert Mollen
01 Oct

Mentors and startup founders - 5 rules of the road

A friend and fellow mentor recently suggested I write a blog on how startup founders should relate to mentors, and vice versa.  She made the suggestion because, in her role as a mentor, she had experienced what she saw as ...

Robert Mollen
01 Oct

My 5 S for future Innovation: Smart, Stacks, Scale, Storage, and Software

Technology is radically altering our need for innovation. We see increasingly innovation is feeding off the “digital responserate” Connecting technology and innovation is altering how we should re-access organizations ability to build out. We are in the middle of a ...

Paul Hobcraft
26 Sep

Investing in seed stage startups - risk management

When I talk to family offices and high net worth individuals about seed stage investing in startups, they frequently say, “but that’s very risky, isn’t it?” Yet the same investors are sometimes prepared to pay high premiums for ...

Robert Mollen
17 Sep

Optimism in Innovation, Thinking About Risk Differently

For me, there is never enough talked about innovation risk. Innovation is held back so often because the quantification of it’s risk cannot fit into an organization’s current assessment and measurements of risk. Innovation is often too intangible, ...

Paul Hobcraft
13 Sep

Selling to US Corporates – a Guide to the Perplexed

I’ve previously written that non-US emerging tech companies setting up their first office in the US need to consider carefully where they should go (read here). There are a number of factors that influence this decision, including the industries ...

Robert Mollen
04 Sep

Network Operating Model: How To Design, Build & Embed An Agile Operating Platform Geared For Mounting Complexity & Rapid Change...

Setting The Scene Perched in Starbucks, I was humming away reading a John Kotter book called XLR8. The thrust of the book focused on the creation of a Dual Operating System designed to handle today’s business-as-usual in a traditionally ...

Ian Ure
29 Aug

Next-Generation Hi-Level TOM Design

Try as I may, I’ll never be able to recreate my wife’s secret sauce. It turns even the plainest dish into a masterpiece. It’s a science – a tried and tested formula that took her years to master… ...

Ian Ure
22 Aug

Common Pitfalls to avoid when launching your Crowd Sourcing Innovation Programme

Over the years I have collaborated with many organisations to launch their Crowd Sourcing Innovation Programmes. Some of these launches have been amazing and truly inspiring. One of my favourites was Li & Fung, who are one of the biggest ...

Matt Chapman
20 Aug

The chance to think differently about Ecosystems for Innovation

Thinking about ecosystems certainly allows us to go out of our normal scope of invention, innovation and being creative. The ability to tackle those larger societal problems within an ecosystem, or combine unique resources to overcome a complex challenge you ...

Paul Hobcraft
13 Aug

How (and why) to find the right co-founders

The more that I work with tech startups and scale-ups, the more I recognize the critical nature of the composition of the founder team – having one or more co-founders, and the right co-founders. I’ve seen many companies fail to ...

Robert Mollen
06 Aug

How (and why) to find the right co-founders

The more that I work with tech startups and scale-ups, the more I recognize the critical nature of the composition of the founder team – having one or more co-founders, and the right co-founders. I’ve seen many companies fail to ...

Robert Mollen
06 Aug
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