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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:34:50 +0000


Uncertainty: startups’ unfair advantage

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:34:50 +0000

I just read a review of a new Wiley book Design a better business which argues that: better businesses are ones that approach problems in a new, systematic way, focusing more...

Retail foot traffic is dropping like a stone

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:44:01 +0000

When I read in David Kelnar’s ‘Respect your elders’ and five other powerful trends shaping consumer retail that in the US retailers suffered a 48% decline in shop visits between 2010 and...

The learning and growth trade off

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:10:44 +0000

I’ve finally got round to reading Andy Grove‘s High Output Management, widely regarded as a classic on management that was originally published in 1983. The Foreword to the latest...

How we can find our ‘flow’

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:58:30 +0000

‘Flow’ is the almost magical state of extreme creativity and productivity. Most often associated with artists and developers, but I believe applies to a lesser extent to all of us....

Sports fans, founders and the psychology they share

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:08:42 +0000

I just read an old post by Nir Eyal about The psychology of sports: How sports affect your brain. Nir makes the point that our obsession with sports is...

Monetisation: Why it matters

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:07:03 +0000

I read two great posts advising founders on fundraising this morning. The first was a deck with pointers on fundraising from Jason Friedman of LionBird, which made two points...

Dollar Shave Club and the bull case for eCommerce

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:01:35 +0000

The cue for this post was Harry Stebbing’s 20MinuteVC interview with David Pakman, the partner at Venrock who led the Series A and Series B rounds at Dollar Shave Club and recently...

Helpful cognitive biases and their interplay with rational thought

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:38:02 +0000

In November 2013 I saw the headline Five cognitive distortions of people who get stuff done, and thought “wow – all the cognitive biases I know get in the way...

How our rational brains justify our intuitive decisions

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:07:20 +0000

I’m sure you’ve heard about how unless we’re careful we very often make our minds up about things in just a few seconds – decisions on candidates in job...

Four reasons why startups fail

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:25:37 +0000

We see a lot of startups that fail, it’s the nature of the beast in an environment that is so incredibly fast moving and competitive. These are some of the...