Coming up with a new idea with huge potential is only half the battle. Equally important is finding one that fits you. I try to explain that even the most innovative idea will fail if it is not a good fit for you at this time, so the question I ask is “why you now?” rather than “why this...

Startup founders focus on their product but often forget that building a business around it requires many stages. Unfortunately, these two are rarely closely coupled, and navigating all the stages of building a business is typically the more challenging task. But I’m not one to rain on your...

One of the characteristics that every good investor looks for in an aspiring entrepreneur is resilience, or the ability to learn from and bounce back after a failure. You don’t have to have previous startup problems to show resilience – everyone should have a story of tackling a tough challenge...

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide and contains around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information...

Attracting the right customers is the key to success in business, whether you have a startup or you’ve been in business for years. In my role as an adviser to entrepreneurs, I often see businesses make the mistake of trying to be too many things for too many people. For example, Xerox tried...

Listen in to hear how Sebastian Starzynski, CEO of TakeTask, has created a system to manage tasks when you have a geographically dispersed labour force or freelance partners working for you. You can communicate with them via the mobile application. Complex tasks can be preceded by in-app...

How to develop soft skills

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Earlier this year, LinkedIn released a list of the five most in-demand soft skills for 2020. They were determined by examining the skills listed on the profiles of the people on the network getting hired at the highest rates.The ranking...

When I meet with new startup founders, the one question I get asked about is ‘raising money’. This is smart of them as fundraising is an essential core competence of any startup. As much as I enjoy talking about funding, I rarely –almost never– heard from these entrepreneurs on ‘what...

These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is...

In my work with new startups, I often find people who believe that the terms “entrepreneur” and “inventor” are interchangeable. Yet I find a big difference between “starting a new business” and “creating a new product.” In my experience, most successful entrepreneurs have indeed...

Zapflow’s story started when CEO and Founder Mikko Pirinen ran the M&A and CVC departments of a telecommunications firm with more than 80 transactions under its belt. In his role, Pirinen and his team experienced first-hand the pain of managing large amounts of data using Excel, rather than...

Fundamentals of deal flow

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Plenty has been written on venture capital (VC), private equity (PE) and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) as subsets of the financial industry. Despite the extensive coverage the concept of deal flow (sometimes written as dealflow or even deal-flow) remains vaguely formalised – partly due to lack of...

Discussion on how Zajil works on the integration of tech and jewellery that is not utilitarian but focuses on the sentimental value of the human experience, using jewellery as a reservoir of the most important messages or moments of our lives.— This article was first published on...

Aument is developing a solution for the increasing pressures on primary care healthcare resources across Europe which are negatively impacting patient outcomes. With the use of advanced analytics and intelligence amplification, we provide a venue for primary care physicians to transpose their...