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Doing more with Less

Doing more with Less Posted on Apr 20, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson  |  At the age of eighty seven he stood in front of an audience and delivered and outstanding address with a PowerPoint presentation. He talked about the geriatric and paediatric areas of the world and showed some extraordinary statistics about the impact of the population explosion.  In his book “Hot, Flat and Crowded”, the American author Thomas Friedman suggests that by then, each of America and China will have created new middle class population equivalent to the entire population of America. With only 5% of the world’s population, America today consumes about...
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Engage – Invest – Exploit

Engage – Invest – Exploit Posted on May 19, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments The Investment Conference at the School of Informatics is the biggest event of the year for all of us involved in technology investment in Scotland and we are very fortunate to have such a buzzing entrepreneurial eco-system.  The research report which has just been published on university spin-outs across the UK which places Edinburgh at the top of the list is a testament to its achievements in commercialisation.I am privileged to have been asked to do one of the key note speaking slots with Stuart...
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Investor Preferences

Investor Preferences Posted on Jul 04, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments What are they?  Why are they needed?  How do they work?It would be quite wrong to suggest that investor preferences are the subject of a raging debate.  At best, it is a whimper but it is nevertheless one of the most important issues facing the early stage investment community.  The recent “Thin Markets” report produced by NESTA suggests that the “funding escalator” is broken and this is one of the main reasons.  As the supply of venture capital has gradually dried up at the bottom of the food...
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Is God Redundant?

Is God Redundant? Posted on May 03, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson  | As Edinburgh gathers for its annual celebration of science I listened to a fascinating presentation by the Padre of Heriot Watt University at the annual Science Festival Service in St Giles.  With people everywhere being made redundant in occupations ranging from the Army to the Zoo, he asked whether God was also redundant.With people everywhere being made redundant in occupations ranging from the Army to the Zoo, he asked whether God was also redundant. Not surprisingly he came to the conclusion that, at least until the great debate about creation...
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Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It Is Due Posted on Dec 13, 2010 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments The Government recently published its response to the representations received on its consultation paper “Financing a Private Sector Recovery". Despite all the threats of swingeing cuts the Government appears to have understood the importance of the enterprise economy both to economic growth and job creation. The Government’s response was therefore a pleasant surprise. While the demise of the RDAs has been well trailed, the various Government funding programmes for enterprise appear to have been largely maintained and enhanced with a proposal for the creation of...
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