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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups



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Authenticity cannot be achieved solo

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:03:28 +0000

I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity recently. The first thing to say is that it’s a woolly concept. As an individual I am clearly me, and therefore of...



Entrepreneur to scale-up CEO: two very different skill sets

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:46:47 +0000

Growing from a founder to a scale-up CEO is challenging. Thinking up game changing ideas couldn’t be more different to running a large business. Many transitions are required along...



The devil in the detail…

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:36:05 +0000

A common mistake founders make at the early stages of a company is to put too much detail into their business plan. Sometimes we see a level of detail which...



Change: The beguiling nature of exponential curves

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:35:29 +0000

Consider the three charts above. They are all representations of the same exponential function where the Y value is equal to two times it’s previous value. The first chart...



The importance of being an expert-generalist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:09 +0000

I am in the Elon Musk fan club. It’s hard not to be in awe of what he’s achieved – four multi-billion dollar companies and he’s only in his...



The Enlightenment, the lean startup and Steve Jobs

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:31:57 +0000

As a keen observer of startups over the last 17 years, one of the most remarkable and welcome developments has been the application of scientific method to building startups....



The evolution of AI

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:28:05 +0000

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you will have noticed there’s a lot of heat around AI as an investment theme right now. Octopus’s recent announcement of a...



The art of authentic positivity

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:16:50 +0000

A couple of times recently I’ve found myself coaching people to stay positive. In both cases they very reasonably pushed back, saying great idea, but they didn’t want to...



Enough with the unicorn bashing

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:14:18 +0000

It’s fashionable in certain quarters now to slate some of the billion dollar startups that have been created recently and the investors that helped them get there. Zebras Fix What...



Assessing product demand – top down and bottom up

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:20 +0000

It’s common for VCs to look at the market size for a potential investment from a top down and bottom up perspective. The top down perspective takes market research, often from...