The practical difference between the two categories, risk and uncertainty, is that in the former the distribution of the outcome in a group of instances is known (either through calculation a priori or from statistics of past experience), while in…

Think back to what it feels like to start a new job. You have a lot to take in. I've had some fantastic experiences joining new teams. I've also had some poor experiences. The good experiences didn't happen by accident. Someone took care to mak…

This is a blog post I recently wrote for TechCityUK where I am a Scale Coach on their 2016 Upscale programme. "Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent" – Adoniram Judson Adoniram Judson was not a Chief Operating Offi…

It turns out that we all have different ways in which we innovate. If you can identify your default style you can use it to your advantage by putting yourself into situations where that style is most useful. And if you're an entrepreneur or work w…

In a candidate's market, speed matters. "I had a great developer, a fantastic candidate", said the tech recruiter of a startup I was chatting with last night. "He had another offer. He was keen on the other company and so I had to move fast. I spo…

How do you turn an idea into a valuable business in 12 months? That's the question at the heart of a new framework that we launched today; The Path Forward. The Path Forward describes the journey of ecommerce and marketplace startups from raw idea t…

Not all marketplaces are created equal. They all need liquidity to thrive, but liquids come in different flavours. Chicken and Egg One of the challenges in growing any marketplace is getting up and running in the first place. Investors often refer…

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As a teenager I couldn't quite get my head around business terminology. Words like operations, marketing, supply chain and procurement meant nothing to me. It seemed that business was complicated. My Mum was a Pharmacist and my Dad an Electrical En…