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Six things I did right in my first startup

Will Bancroft | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

You know how low the success rates are for startups. Make yourself as valuable to your business as you possibly can and you'll end up making your self more employable outside of it. Doing so also helps drive your business forward.

Why I Love Volunteering in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Volunteering is a great thing. In search of a little more meaning and reconnecting with with my country boy, Devon roots, I volunteered for Trees for Cities in London, for a time. Planting trees is a therapeutic process in its own right, but the best thing is watching what you planted, grow, take shape and become a part of the landscape.

What I Did Wrong In My First Start Up

Will Bancroft | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

What did I do wrong in my first startup? What didn't I do wrong! I probably did more wrong than right, but I got out the other side with some skills, earning power and am able to tell the tale. I'll take the hard earned lessons with me onto the next one, hopefully executing much more artfully and smartly next time.

Six Things I've Learnt From Six Years in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

I never took a normal job after university. I went into tech startups instead; fin-tech to be precise, in London. Six years on, someone recently asked me what I'd learnt from choosing that path.

How One CEO Launched a Successful App company with £8 and no code

Heather Irish | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech
Heather Irish

I haven't seen Cally Russell in four years and in that time he's founded two startups. This Edinburgh-based entrepreneur is the founder of the award-...

Why You Should Keep Showing Up, Even When No One Else Does

Stephanie Holland | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK
Stephanie Holland

This morning I hosted a free online class {live webinar} to which not one of the registrants showed up. How would you respond to the same situation?

How to Startup With the Right Idea

Stephanie Holland | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Stephanie Holland

You have an idea, maybe more than one, so which one do you start with and how can you be sure it's the right one?

These (Male) Techies Want To 'Bio-Hack' Your Vagina

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Tech

Two men have unveiled a nightmarish plan for 'probiotic supplements' that will 'enable' women to 'biohack' their genitals into smelling like peaches. ...

Five Things I Need to Know Right Now (as An Aspiring Entrepreneur)

Stephanie Holland | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Stephanie Holland

The gap between the hindsight of successful entrepreneurs and the need-to-know of aspiring entrepreneurs is light years.

How to Channel Your Inner Richard Branson

Stephanie Holland | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

When we finally break free from the 9-5 something pretty funny happens: We bring the same habits and routines into our startup, including whatever version of the 9-5 we have been living.

An Entrepreneurial Scotland May Not Be a Scotland for Entrepreneurs

Doug Richard | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Yogi Berra, the famous baseball coach once said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." Scotland is free to choose its identity; but the rhetoric in support of the Yes vote conflates two very different courses of action, which are at odds with one another.

Chat: A Serious Business

Matthew Hussey | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

While Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and the like are locked in an arms race to help users send photos and videos with increasing speed (and discretion), one London based startup is looking to capture a more niche part of the chat market: sending money.

What Makes a Good Mentor?

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

Many years ago I was given a tip from a fellow entrepreneur. He said one of the best ways to combat stress and feelings of isolation as a business owner is to find someone who needs your help and support, and offer it out to them. Good old fashioned mentoring!

If Djokovic and Federer Did Start Ups

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

Djokovic slipped a number of times - he took a tumble, shook it off and got back up. Federer's cool demeanor is majestic - the man is almost completely unflappable... If you treat each win (and each loss) as a single step in a long journey then a stumble is temporary, a rejection an opportunity to learn and a criticism a chance to improve and tweak.

What Is Hijacking Your Headspace?

Stephanie Holland | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

In a switched-on world it's not about calming your mind. It's about tricking it into feeling like everything is under control. At least at first. Because overwhelm takes no prisoners, and new business owners are often dazzled by the excitement of getting started.

Techstars London Diary: We Are Your Family Now

Vincent Dignan | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

"Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly." I can think of no more accurate phrase to describe the process of running your own business. It's a quote from Paul Graham, founder of startup accelerator Y-Combinator.

Entrepreneurs Have Careers Too

Malcolm Bell | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

Cruising around in a yacht, the sun is shining, and I'm with Playboy bunnies. That's what I had in mind when I decided to be an entrepreneur. I was 15. It's easy to imagine successful entrepreneurs living the good life. Fast cars, private jets, yachts, St.Tropez, champagne, sunshine and rainbows, and for me girls in bikinis, lots of girls in bikinis.

Why Britain's Got Talent

James Caan CBE | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

Almost half a million businesses have been set up in the UK so far this year. That proves there is a huge amount of entrepreneurial spirit in this country. I was delighted to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with the announcement of the 10,000th loan awarded by the government-funded Start-Up Loans, of which I am chairman.We've lent £51million to entrepreneurs in under 18 months, ensuring people who are passionate about business can play their part in reviving the economy and creating jobs. But GEW has also reminded me why I want to challenge Britons to do even better.

How to Start Your Business on a Budget

Tom Raffe | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK
Tom Raffe

Starting a business can be expensive, but it doesn't need to be. If you're cash strapped you can get set up and ready to trade for much less than you think. Here's a few money-saving tips on how to start your own business on a budget.

A New Deal for New Business

George Freeman | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
George Freeman

Every good business knows that you can never let a crisis go to waste. To turn this crisis into our opportunity we must, like Mr Meyer and his fire station, start from the basics. The first flagship and most daring policy of an entrepreneurial public sector would be making Britain the best place on earth to start a new business.

How to Get That Elusive Work-Life Balance

Jess Shanahan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK
Jess Shanahan

It soon dawned on me that I was doing all that work for nothing. When I wasn't working I was sleeping so that didn't leave much time to spend the money I was making. I decided I needed to make more time for myself.

New Start-up Businesses Booming in Tech City

Reno Charlton | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Tech
Reno Charlton

London's Tech City, which is in the EC1V postcode, has become the UK hub for new start-up businesses. Recently released figures have shown that more than 15,000 new businesses were created in the area in the past year, which was higher than any other area within the UK.

Why Is the Press Reluctant to Promote Startups?

Hannah Lippitt | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Tech
Hannah Lippitt

Despite the ongoing media hyperbole about startups, entrepreneurships and how these creative, disruptive businesses are going to change the everyday nature of our lives, it seems that we as a nation are extremely slow on the uptake of new technology and quite cynical about trying anything new.

Charlie Thomas

Policy Maker Turned Entrepreneur On Why The Government Must Modernise To Help Start Ups (INTERVIEW)

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

Helen Keenan is the founder of toddlers and children's clothing range Little Punk London. A driven and tenacious woman, Keenan uses the lessons she le...

London: Europe's Start-up 'Nation' in the Making

Priyam Sharma | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Tech
Priyam Sharma

Since our time working in the startup scene and attending countless entrepreneurial presentations and events in London and abroad, we have been getting a clear sense of what makes London a truly special place to build a startup.