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A FORGOTTEN TRUTH

A FORGOTTEN TRUTH Posted on May 07, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: climate change , renewables , green energy  | 0 Comments I recently attended an outstanding Innovation Forum Conference in Cambridge – www.inno-forum.org .  There were 18 excellent two minute pitches followed by a gentle “interrogation” from a high profile panel which was an excellent way of drawing out the key elements of the presentations. However, the one presentation which really stuck in my mind was a presentation by Martin Lees who is a UN adviser on climate change.  He delivered a very calm, measured address with detailed slides...
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A FLIGHT TO CAPITAL?


A FLIGHT TO CAPITAL? Posted on Jul 27, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments   Those of us who worked through the crazy days of the dot.com boom and bust will remember the astonishing amount of capital which went into dot.com companies, many of which were ill-thought out, went to IPO far too early at grossly inflated values and subsequently crashed with the extraordinary destruction of wealth which followed.   However, there is always a silver lining and, as Tom Friedman observed in his great books “The World is Flat” and “Hot, Flat and Crowded”, the world was wired up...
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TECH NATION

TECH NATION Posted on Feb 10, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: digital media start ups , technology , investment , start ups  | 0 Comments London thoroughly deserves its well earned accolade of “Tech City” or “Silicon Roundabout”.  Recent reports over the past year suggest up to three-quarters of the EIS money and half of the available early stage venture capital goes into companies registered in London and the South East. However, the recently published Tech Nation Report paints a rather different perspective.  It suggests that digital media is the fastest growing sector of the economy and indicates that about...
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BUSINESS ANGELS – THE NEW BAND OF ANGELS

BUSINESS ANGELS – THE NEW BAND OF ANGELS Posted on Feb 08, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: angel investment , investment , Scottish investment , startups  | 0 Comments As angel investing increases in popularity we are witnessing an enormous shift in the profile of the angel community:- The average age for a business angel in the UK is now 43; The number of women angels has doubled in the last few years from 7% to 14%; and Far more angels are coming from different ethnic backgrounds. A recent report http://www.ukbusinessangelsassociation.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/files/erc_nation_of_angels_full_report.pdf is an important body of work which shows the...
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Scaling Up

Scaling Up Posted on Feb 05, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: startup , entrepreneur , entrepreneurship  | 0 Comments I read recently that it is far easier to make babies than it is to turn them into successful people.  That is a sentiment to which I am sure parents everywhere will be able to relate. There is a of course a very clear parallel between that and the challenges involved in starting a new business and turning it into a company of scale.  The recently published www.scaleupreport.org is an important piece of work which merits careful study by anyone interested...
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