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Warner Yard Launches

The UK Tech scene has never been hotter, with startups sprouting up daily to complement the raft of more mature, proven companies. My pal, Federico Pirzio-Biroli, has been an active angel investor for a while now, with over 20 companies in his portfolio. He’s now taken his commitment to UK tech to a whole new […]

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TechStars is Coming – Apply Now!

I’ve been involved in mentoring startups for some time with the excellent Springboard Accelerator programme. A few months ago, Springboard was turned into the world renown TechStars – the grand-daddy of Accelerators. This was great news for the UK Tech startup scene and represents considerable endorsement and recognition that we are truly a global player. […]

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How To…..Write a Request for an Introduction

I was doing some mentoring this week at Springboard’s Internet of Things Accelerator and was talking to the legendary Bindi Karia on the train home. Bindi has been the go-to person at Microsoft for the last 8 years and has now taken over as a VP at Silicon Valley Bank in London. She came up […]

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You’ve Got a Bad Case of Acute Digital Syllogomania

Once upon a time, Dear Mobilist, in an age we’ve almost forgotten, there were no Smartphones, no Tablets and not even any Computers – it’s hard to believe now, isn’t it? In those days, there was a price for keeping all our photos, documents, energy bills, letters (what they used to call email), music collections […]

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Should You Pay Your Advisors and Non-Execs?

Much of my work these days is in the form of advising relatively early stage companies. I have four models I use: 1. Free For very early startup companies (pre-funding) I work for free. Mainly (but not exclusively – sometimes it’s with friends, or friends of friends) I do this via Springboard, the London-based Accelerator […]

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