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What Startups Can Learn From The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics


What Startups Can Learn From The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics Posted on Aug 01, 2012 by  | By Dug Campbell(Photo via Department for Culture, Media & Sport under 2.0 Creative Commons Attribution Licence)I couldn’t let a global sporting event as significant as the Olympic Games take place in this country without doing my best to jump on the sporting bandwagon. This is, of course, not yet a recognised sport. But given the amount that has been written about the XXX Olympiad so far, I remain fully confident of its inclusion by the time that Rio 2016 rolls around. The general view appears to have...
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"Be An Angel" - Launch of the BBAA Campaign

"Be An Angel" - Launch of the BBAA Campaign Posted on May 27, 2012 by  | 0 Comments By Dug CampbellIn 2010-2011, business angels invested around £850 million in early-stage businesses. That’s around 2.5 times more money than venture capital invested at that stage. Now, just pause to think for a minute - what might happen to the country if that figure (for example) doubled? How would that affect the growth rates for small businesses, job creation and the economic regeneration of the nation as a whole? The answer, I’m sure you’d agree, is obvious. But where can we possibly find that...
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Closing an Investment Deal by Text Message

Closing an Investment Deal by Text Message Posted on May 15, 2012 by  | 0 Comments By Dug CampbellAs I worked my way through the relentless advance of the RSS feeds on my Google Reader account over breakfast on Tuesday morning , one article stood out. As some of you may have read, it was an article in TNW reporting that Dave McClure has just completed a $1m financing round by simply sending a text. On a closer read, the author does let slip towards the end that McClure did actually also use the same mobile for a couple of phone conversations...
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Have You Ever Read Your Articles?

Have You Ever Read Your Articles? Posted on Apr 17, 2012 by  | By Dug CampbellWhen it comes to sitting down to read your company’s Articles of Association, there are two types of entrepreneurs in this world – those that don’t enjoy doing it and those that pretend to. Let’s be honest – in many cases, the wording can be opaque, painful to read and full of bewildering cross-references. To the uninitiated, the document can sometimes appear to be little more than a game of mental gymnastics invented by lawyers with nothing better to do.Over the years I’ve heard people ask...
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Payment in Shares: A Case of Jam Tomorrow?

Payment in Shares: A Case of Jam Tomorrow? Posted on May 01, 2012 by  | 0 Comments By Dug CampbellWorking with entrepreneurs in the early stages of a business can be addictive. Enthusiasm is infectious and it’s rare to meet a founder who isn’t the first cheerleader for a new venture. But it’s also important that founders don’t overlook a few fundamentals in those early days whilst focusing on future aspirations.One area to be crystal clear on is exactly who your shareholders are and what rights they have going forwards. An obvious statement perhaps but it’s not uncommon for a founder...
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