Investment Portfolio and Exits

Here's the list of my current portfolio and exits.  Broadly, these go from oldest to newest.  The information given is: sector; instrument type, exit type; last known status.  Founder shares are marked*. Facilities management; partner*; trade sale; N/A Payments processing; ordinary shares; MBO; trading/expanding Virtual tour; ordinary shares; MBO; trading Virtual estate agency; share option; option buyback; trading/expanding Art eCommerce; ordinary shares; ...

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Cheapskates, thieves – and why you should encourage them

Everyone likes a bargain - but some are prepared to go further than others.  People have a sliding moral scale.  Few will smash-and-grab at a jewellery store, but if an insurance firm accidentally paid us twice for a watch stolen out of a gym locker, many of us may overlook the bonus.  Sadly for digital entrepreneurs, the ...

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What cottaging can teach you about product-market fit

In my youth, it was a common sight to find men's phone numbers scrawled into the walls of public toilets, often accompanied by indecent proposals. Many of these were probably written by lads pranking their straight friends, but a significant proportion must have been serious attempts to reach out to gay men in the area. So ...

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Cool Growth-Hacking Tools

Here’s a list of cool growth-hacking tools.  I've not used them all myself, but I've had strong recommendations on each of them. Formisimo.com – Ever given up on an online form because it’s such a hassle? You’ve felt the pain Formisimo is trying to fix. They work out what is and isn’t working on your forms, ...

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The bus stop test

One of the tests I frequently use with startups is the "bus stop test". This is a good way of removing confusing drivel from your pitches, which prevents people understanding your proposition. Far too many decks I see are full of jargon, long sentences and obscure words.  Resorting to pompous or technical language is often ...

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