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An Interview With Yaron Galai: Founder Of Outbrain

Yaron Galia talks to Hatty Stafford Charles about cautious VCs, good timing and the potential of the Forward button. read more


 

Tristram Mayhew Business Success

In normal circumstances, turning to your mother for a £40,000 loan to stop your business from going under after a single year would be a bad omen, but not for [b]Tristram Mayhew, founder and CEO of Go Ape[/b], who did exactly that to save his fledgling business, and then turn it into a national success. read more


 

Simon Woodroffe Talks About Yo! Sushi

Where are They Now – Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe talks about his Rock and Roll years, sushi and capsule living. read more


 

The challenges of developing a new business in an established market

The challenges of developing a new business in an established market. read more


 

An Interview With Jamie Murray Wells: Founder Of Glasses Direct And Hearing Direct

Jamie Murray Wells, Founder of Glasses Direct and Hearing Direct talks to Hatty Stafford Charles about the support of Business Angels, finding a niche and Start-up Britain. Jamie Murray Wells, the youngest person ever to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, is a perfect example of an entrepreneur commercialising a concept so obvious that we all kick ourselves for not thinking of it ourselves. He is modest about his ability to spot an opportunity, saying that anyone can be an entrepreneur, but he just happens to be one of those people who can see a gap in the market, find a way to fill it and do it right so that his business grows until it is selling a pair of glasses every couple of minutes. read more


 

Dan Somers: From Serial Entrepreneur To Turning The Tables On Traditional Models Of Angel Funding

How throwing out the angel funding rule book can boost entrepreneurs’ success rates and investor returns alike Many of you might have come across Dan Somers. From a career in management consultancy he became a serial entrepreneur before turning to angel investing. Today, based on his experiences of how challenging pre-venture capital funding can be (from both an entrepreneur’s and an investor’s perspective), he has decided to turn the tables on the traditional models of angel funding. What he is doing is fascinating, not least because, whilst it’s early days, it appears to be working. read more


 

Business Development - Paul Callaghan's Innovative Approach, CEO of DCB Venture

Recently I sat on a train heading from Sheffield to Edinburgh between two events in our National Tour of our Pitching for Management series. Just after the train pulled out of Darlington I glanced right out of the window and acknowledge to myself that soon, very soon, I will be adding a new city to our northern tour — Middlesbrough. I have not yet been to Middlesbrough, but since coming across DCB Ventures, I am now busting to pay the City a visit. Any town that can give birth to a smart team like the DCB gang deserves some attention! read more


 

Beer & Young - An Interview With Nick Young

Spring is here, the sun is now shining more often than the clouds drop rain on our heads, but the wind can suddenly get a bit blowy making it feel more like January than April. At work it’s busy, very busy, but like the changeable weather, whilst the economy is clearly nothing like as bad as it has been, we are not yet in the long hot days of summer. Angels are now the destination of choice for SMEs needing funding. And with demand comes supply, across the industry networks are reporting healthy growth in volumes of new angel investors. Meanwhile experienced angels have new challenges, partly responding to the increased demands for funding from potential investees, but also to requests from their existing ones for more cash to see them through. read more


 

The Story Of Jeremy Harbour

Jeremy Harbour talks about an early start, his never-ending supply of opportunities and how the pursuit of customers can cost more than it makes. We have featured a number of “born” entrepreneurs over the months, but Jeremy Harbour is possibly the most relentlessly and enthusiastically entrepreneurial deal-maker of them all. Catching him between Singapore and Brazil, we asked him about the lure of the next project. read more


 

Metro Bank - An Interview With Craig Donaldson

How often do you get the chance to interview the CEO of a British bank? And how often do you get the chance to interview a man who was a fundamental part of raising £125m of seed capital in 2010? The odds of having the opportunity to do both in one go must be unique. And yet last week, that chance came to me in the form of an interview with Craig Donaldson, the CEO of new British bank, Metro Bank. read more


 

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