Why lunch meetings are the key to success – and when to say no

September 7, 2013

About a year ago I decided to take to heart the advice given in a book called Never Eat Alone. I never actually read the book – I figured the title explained the point well enough. Previously I’d mostly eat lunch at my desk, and head home after the day was done to do some […]

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On angels, entrepreneurs, playboys and table hos

August 24, 2013

Disclaimer. This article is a metaphor – it is only for entertainment, no disrespect is intended to anyone. For a few years now, I’ve been in the somewhat unique position of being both an entrepreneur and an active angel investor. I’ve watched the challenges that both sides face, and experienced them as an insider. During […]

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A lesson about success from one terrible and one great consultant

August 3, 2013

I normally approach any situation as one that I am in control of, and when things don’t go to plan I blame myself for not having been smart enough to guide it to a successful conclusion. If you think like this, you may be disappointed on occasion, but each of those occasions will turn into […]

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Entrepreneurs feel fear too – just not when it comes to their businesses

July 13, 2013

A few minutes ago, I took off from Heathrow on a short flight to France, and noticed once again the intrinsic and uncontrollable fear that went through my mind and body as the plane went through its usual period of turbulence. I remember, very clearly, never being afraid of this as a child. I looked […]

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Hack your diet to become a better entrepreneur

July 6, 2013

All over the internet, there are blogs dedicated to life hacking. Half of my posts are about it – strategies to be more efficient, to get more done in a shorter period of time, to over-achieve. But there is a dark side to all of this. I remember a while ago a friend of mine, […]

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Holidays aren’t just for people with nothing better to do

June 22, 2013

In companies like mine, holidays are seen rather differently than they are by the rest of the world. Rather than excitedly looking forward to being able to get away from the monotony, or the incessant stress, of work – as it seems almost all of my friends want to do – we worry that we […]

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Go big or go home

June 8, 2013

For a few years now, I’ve been investing in technology startups for a very specific reason. I’ve built a number of businesses, but when I turned my attention to the online software space, I quickly discovered that it required a completely different approach to anything I had done before. Creating a property development business or […]

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Your startup shouldn’t be a company – it should be a cult

May 26, 2013

For the past few months, my main focus at Ometria has been instilling a lasting company culture. We are up to nine people now, and hiring to fill the tenth role, and this means that very soon the company culture will come out of my hands and take on a life of its own. At […]

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Three lessons from three failures

May 18, 2013

Over the past decade I have founded a number of companies – seven, in fact. All of them are still running, even though not all have gone well. Some I started on my own, others with a co-founder, and others still with several co-founders at the same time. As with any skill, repetition leads to […]

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How to raise your children to become successful entrepreneurs

May 12, 2013

Looking back on it, from the day I was born I was raised to become an entrepreneur. My mother was a scientist, and my father was a “businessman”, which was used then in exactly the same way as “entrepreneur” is now. They both had PhDs from the Soviet Union, which is actually a further degree […]

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