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…

Consider these two statements... I'll make time to do it I'll find time to do it If you asked someone to do something, which response do you think is more convincing? I'll make time, right? When someone says they'll make time to do somethin…

In any system you get out what you put in. Online marketplaces are systems that bring together buyers and sellers. The sellers are varied and have different products. Bringing all of this product together on one platform is how a marketplace provi…

I received an email the other week from an entrepreneur introducing his startup idea to me. It was a perfectly reasonable idea although I didn't take a meeting because it wasn't a fit with our investment strategy. (We specifically focus on early st…

As an investor, I am often asked for my opinion on a startup idea. The truth is, my opinion actually doesn't matter. My opinion is not going to be the reason why a startup succeeds or fails. My opinion is just that, an opinion. In the grand sche…

Online businesses often handle a significant amount of personal data. There is a significant amount of legislation around handling personal data and as a Director of your business you are responsible for handling this data correctly. This article i…

150 years ago, British Mountaineer Edward Whymper led a party of 6 climbers to the summit of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. At 4,478m, the Matterhorn is not the highest mountain in the Alps, or indeed in Switzerland, but it's distinctive shape (foun…

When I say phone hacking I don't mean the scandal that's hit the UK tabloid press in the last few years, tapping celebrity phones. Although there's probably a great startup opportunity for someone who can stop phone spam. So what has the telephone…

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