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Russian to judgement…

A winter’s tale of my failure to find anything good and new to justify international expansion in a Russia-British trade event… Highgate, North London. Dark, bitterly cold, snow in the air. I slowly pulled into a driveway I’d passed so many times, but never noticed before. Guards approached. Greatcoats, dour expressions. All they were missing […]

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Global Thinking for Digital Health and MedTech

I’m getting ever more excited by the new businesses that I’m seeing in the healthcare sector. Whilst the introduction of new drugs largely remains with established companies, there’s a proliferation of new technology and software, promoted by some really smart entrepreneurs, that will bring real benefits to all of us. The most visible are physical […]

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Timbale of Spicy Tuna, Avocado and Smoked Salmon

My food artistry skills are limited, but I do think that making a meal look attractive actually makes it easier to accept the fact that it’s diet-conscious. Although oily fish like tuna and oily fruit like avocado are relatively high in calories, they contain lots of things that are good for you, and this dish […]

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Chicken Afghani Kebab

This recipe was inspired by my favourite Indian restaurant in Mumbai, Gaylord. It’s not that it is a particularly good restaurant, but it’s rare in being the only one in the centre of town that has three things I like – an outside terrace (Indians crave air-con!), they have non-veg food and they sell alcohol. […]

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Frustrations of an Angel Investor #4 – Some Angels rush in where fools fear to tread

Where one leads, others follow. New start-ups are therefore desperate to get one or two substantial initial investors, especially those that they can “name drop” to motivate others to invest too. This has led to a proliferation of “assistance”, some clearly very professional and helpful, but much of it just parasitical. The growing numbers of […]

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Frustrations of an Angel Investor #3 – Brilliant Inventors, Copycat Deniers, Lazybones and Serial Failures

Angels meet them all. In my experience, too few of the first, and too many of the others. Of course, it’s not necessary to be a brilliant inventor to have a wonderful business idea, and, with the help of Angel funding, go on to success. There is very little that is new under the sun, […]

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Diet-conscious Spare Ribs

It’s barbecue season, and even if it weren’t, you might, like me, find yourself craving ribs now and again. On the face of it, this should be a complete no-no for those conscious of their diet. Pork meat may be relatively low in calories compared to other meats, but ribs have lots of fat (bad) […]

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Superfood Salad

The simplest and quickest of all diet-conscious meals, requiring no culinary skills at all, but utterly delicious, and psychologically satisfying as it ticks all the boxes! The Asian-influenced dressing spices it up. It feels a bit silly including this as a recipe, as it doesn’t involve any cooking at all, and the ingredients are imprecise […]

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Duck with Blackberries

Duck is fatty and bad for you, right? Wrong – if you’re very careful about the preparation. A duck breast with skin is over 400 calories, but without skin and fat is just about 200 calories – no more (and according to some listings, less) than skinless chicken breast. And, unlike chicken breast, it’s much […]

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Frustrations of an Angel Investor 2: More thoughts on Business Plans

In the last month alone I have received 4 proposals from start-ups for Angel funding, seeking between £150,000 and £750,000. Not one of the principals presenting their decks could explain exactly how the money would be spent, or detail what revenue was expected, or when, or how. The problem is, of course, that neither they […]