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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 with an amazing fibre optic...
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TECH NATION

TECH NATIONPosted on Feb 10, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: digital media start ups, technology, investment, start ups  | 0 CommentsLondon 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 72% of digital start ups...
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BUSINESS ANGELS – THE NEW BAND OF ANGELS

BUSINESS ANGELS – THE NEW BAND OF ANGELSPosted on Feb 08, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: angel investment, investment, Scottish investment, startups  | 0 CommentsAs 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%; andFar 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 extent to which the profile of business angels is...
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Scaling Up

Scaling UpPosted on Feb 05, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: startup, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship  | 0 CommentsI 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 in the challenges of building businesses...
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Money In – Money Out

Money In – Money OutPosted on Dec 12, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 CommentsAs experienced investors know only too well, it is far easier to put money into a company than it is to get it back out.  Some worrying figures produced earlier this year by the Office of National Statistics suggested that M&A activity had slipped to its lowest level since they began keeping records. There are, however, signs that things are changing.  Over the past year there have been some technology exits at breathtaking prices (more so in America than Europe) and it has been a great year for...
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