Year by year more parts of our lives are becoming impacted and influenced by technology. It has made us more connected than ever but arguably also less social (in the real sense of the word). But love or loathe 'this sort of' technology it is fair to say that most of us couldn't now live without it without taking a serious drop in our standard of living.
Being an innovator is terrifying. You're only as good as the next great idea and, if you're an entrepreneur, you'll have that inbuilt expectation and belief that that idea will be your own. But how to go from concept to outcome?
eaders are those that are happy to speak out, proactively offer new ideas, question the status quo and will always be the first to volunteer when needed.
Today Virgin Media Business is launching '#VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015', a nationwide hunt for the most innovative and creative business people across the UK. Finalists will have the chance to pitch their idea to Richard Branson himself for a chance to win a share of a £1m prize pot - the biggest accelerator prize in British business history.
Mat's artistic career has included drawing cartoons, being a commercial artist, working in advertising and as a fine artist. However, his current passion is reinterpreting discarded materials he finds in second-hand shops, in skips and in walks by the river.
How did a high tech startup, headquartered in Scotland's historic capital, become the global travel gateway it is today? And how does it maintain that startup culture, seemingly so crucial to its success, now that it is much more than a dream etched on a beer mat?
Looking at different addictions, not every habit is dangerous. You can become addicted to learning, or addicted to working out, or even addicted to working. Anything in an overabundance can be unhealthy and unbalanced.
Entrepreneurs see potential, both large and small, before others even conceive the possibility. So, if you've ever thought of a good business idea, seen a gap in the market or noticed a better way to do something, then you already have the right mindset.
You've heard people talking about PR, 'oooh you MUST use PR in your marketing' or 'I'm going to outsource my PR' but what does it even mean? PR is public relations. Which still doesn't really mean anything.
If you are doing any of the 5 things below, you're at best wasting your time on a Facebook page that's just not going to do you justice and at worst heading for trouble, even getting your page shut down.
In my view there is nothing quite as empowering for women as real life examples of other women's success. And it's important to look across the age spectrum to find examples of inspiring women.
Freelancing/contracting used to be reserved for the very best in the field, but with online platforms and sleek looking websites fooling us all in to thinking that any start-up can be specialist, I'm starting to see the market saturated with novices. Begging the question - When did everyone become an expert?
The future isn't set in stone, however it is clear that technology will highly impact the working population, in some cases for the better and in others for the worse, and the reality is that everyone is vulnerable to these changes.
There have been small lessons (like learning the hard way that it isn't clever to Skype in your skivvies). And there are the big lessons that might make the difference between making it from one quarter to the next.
Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.
Trying to keep up? Here's how to translate your current resources in to the tools you'll need to keep up with the New Age.