Careful – you might just become Frank Underwood

March 7, 2015

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself watching, analysing, and comparing some rather strange fictional characters. From Lou Bloom, the main character in Nightcrawler, to Christian Grey, to Frank Underwood, these guys are all similar – all trying to get things done while facing constant, intense pressure, and neverending setbacks. Whenever a season […]

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Being a true leader – why my dream is still a mission to Mars

January 17, 2015

Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to build a space company. My mother was an applied mathematician whose PhD was focused on solar energy collection for spacecraft, and who worked on the Soviet space programme at a time when space travel was close to science fiction. I didn’t realise it at the […]

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The instinct sharpening continues – Key Decision Analysis Part 3

January 1, 2015

In what has become one of my favourite annual traditions, I woke up early this morning to go and dig out my pink “Key Decision Analysis” notepad, and have a look at what I have learned from analysing the decisions made in 2013 – just as I did last year, and the year before. For […]

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How I raised an oversubscribed $2m angel round for my SaaS startup – with 10 key takeaways

November 15, 2014

Ever since we were featured in TechCrunch, twice, with what the journalist described as a “party round, with no obvious lead investor, though it’s hard to argue that this is anything other than an impressive list of entrepreneur-backers from the ecommerce, retail and SaaS worlds”, I regularly get asked to give some guidance to startups […]

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How people who are exceptional at what they do can still really screw things up

October 19, 2014

For pretty much this whole year, I’ve been truly struggling with two companies I’ve been working with. One is a service provider to me directly, and the other is a service provider to my company, Ometria. And the two situations were so similar that I couldn’t help trying to work out how things went so […]

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It is that common, it does happen to every guy, and it is a big deal. (I mean burnout. Not whatever you were thinking..)

July 19, 2014

For the past few weeks, the subject of burnout has been firmly on my mind. I watched a team member go through an acute burnout, and it made me realise that I should be more careful with my own balance. As I formulated my thoughts on the matter, I couldn’t help thinking back to this […]

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We Are Ometrians – The Ometria Culture Deck

June 8, 2014

A while ago, I read a fascinating article which compared a startup to a cult. The author defined a cult as a “group of super high quality people who trust each other and have similar ways of thinking, learning, reacting, problem-solving and working together”. Reading it, I immediately knew that that described the exact kind […]

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What Happens To The Founder Of A Company Backed By Angel Investors, If It Fails?

May 24, 2014

Last Saturday, I woke up early as usual and sat down to write. Checking my e-mails, I came across a weekly Quora summary, and a question that was interesting. The question was “What Happens To The Founder Of A Company Backed By Angel Investors, If It Fails?” I had some views on this, so I […]

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One core rule to prevent all arguments

May 10, 2014

As groups grow, it becomes exponentially harder to keep everyone happy and aligned. This applies to companies, families, holidays – anything where there are multiple individuals all in regular contact and sharing responsibilities and goals. In a startup, this is a particularly important issue, because expectations are high, dedication is high, and hence tensions are […]

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‘Delete’ – How unexceptional people apply for jobs

April 19, 2014

We’re in the middle of another hiring phase at Ometria, doubling from a core team of 8 to 16 within just a few months, and that means I’m placing a lot of ads and looking at a lot of inbound applications. Every time I do this, I’m struck by quite how bad most people are […]

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