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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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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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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 […]

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Frustrations of an Angel Investor – Introduction

In the last two or three years, I’ve been fortunate to have some money to invest, and was quickly attracted to becoming an “Angel”. In my twenties, I was a reluctant entrepreneur – there was a terrible recession and few good jobs to be had, and, faced with redundancy and a young family, went into […]

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Frustrations of an Angel Investor 1: 80% of new businesses fail, so why take the risk?

Why do investors keep pumping in money when most start-ups fail?  To an extent, it’s blind faith, but a lot can be attributed to the EIS tax avoidance system. This was perfectly illustrated in a recent presentation I attended. This isn’t exactly what was said, but I think it’s a fair illustration: An investor puts […]

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Welcome to my world

This is my new blog site, where I’ll be adding some of my recipes, travel experiences and anything else that occurs to me and that friends sometimes ask me to write up. I’m a bit concerned about it, because perhaps it’s presumptious of me to think that anyone may be interested. But I’m just doing […]