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Reflections on Successful Companies

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to listen to an inspiring presentation by Duncan Logan, the Founder of www.rocketspace.com .  He left Scotland for California about ten years ago and became the Founder and Chief Executive of Rocket Space in San Francisco.  In the past seven years approximately a hundred Rocket Space companies have raised in the region of $US 20 Billion and there are no fewer than seventeen unicorns amongst them.  Having seen companies of all shapes and sizes, success and failure, he offered us a few reflections on the constant themes he has observed in those companies...
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5 Legal Pitfalls Every Start-Up Should Avoid

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CivTech Challenges - A Great Opportunity

The purpose of this Blog is quite simply to promote a fantastic new idea which is being developed by Alexander Holt who has been working closely with the Scottish Government over the past year. The public sector has countless challenges across every area of its activities to streamline and improve its services - https://civtech.atlassian.net/wiki/display/CIV/HOW+TO+APPLY.

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Doing Business in Europe

The Brexit debate has made me realise the extent to which our technology companies tend to focus on the American market for sales, finance and exit opportunities rather than the European market which is (still) our home market. I had a very interesting meeting with Dr Carsten Rudolph, the Director of www.baystartup.de the other day. It was very interesting to compare notes on the start-up scene in the UK and Germany. We face similar challenges, particularly with access to later stage finance but we both agreed that there ought to be more we can do to encourage our technology companies...
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R&D Tax Credits

Over the years I have written numerous blogs and articles about financing high growth companies covering debt, equity and crowdfunding. However, I have never touched on R&D Tax Credits which I have always assumed are the preserve of accountants. However, I recently caught up with my (nearly) namesake Sandy Findlay of www.jumpstartuk.co.uk . They are a niche consultancy company who specialise in claiming tax credits. They work on a completely contingent basis with their income based on a percentage of the amount they recover from HMRC. This could be of substantial benefit to pre-revenue start-ups as, almost by definition, most...
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