• Can you learn how to be an entrepreneur?

    There are pretty much two camps when it comes to this question. Those that believe you either are born with an entrepreneurial ability, and those that believe you can be taught how to the be next Richard Branson. What if they’re both right? Well I’m going to put this theory to the test by both running a business and learning how to start a business at the same time. What? Madness I hear you say. I know, I know – what can I say, I’m a rebel! Learning how to run a business: As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been accepted onto the 2015 cohort of the New…

  • A room full of crazy geniuses part 1

    People who know how work for people who know why. What happens when you take 35 21-29 year olds wantrepreneurs put them up in a hostel without WiFi and tell them they have two days to bond? You want to say genius right? WRONG. You get a group of individuals that go so crazy they resort to building bumble hives and leaning towers of success. So my title was slightly misleading but my first two days of the NEF programme (the New Entrepreneurs Foundation) felt like an introduction into both crazy and genius and has led to the acceptance that in order to be a great entrepreneur, or more importantly…

  • The right to be forgotten, forgetting and resolving the conflict that lies between

    So it’s been a while since my last post. Two months to be precise. And contrary to my title, it’s not that I’ve forgotten to post, but rather I’ve just been so incredibly busy. I have managed to get sidetracked with all of the amazing opportunities that have come across my path, but like a kid in a candy shop (a human variety not the goat kind) I’ve stuffed myself silly and can’t remember why I entered in the first place! During my absence some really cool things have happened. The first is the European Court of Justice’s ruling in THE Google cases. You know – the one that means…

  • Failing

    Fail to prepare = prepare to fail So the tech scene is really big on failing. By that I mean they really encourage you to experience failure, talk about failure and then ( and what is more than likely the most important reason for the importance placed on failure) is to learn from your failure. This works for me as one of my favourite sayings, and it really is something I try to adhere by everyday is A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it, otherwise it’s a lesson! With this in mind, I think it’s time for me to own up to some failures on my…

  • Work business life balance

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted (apologies folk) but it actually ties in nicely with this week’s post. Achieving a work business life balance. Now I’m working I’m finding it a lot harder to still attend tech events and work on Packed Munches. Luckily the work on Packed Munches hasn’t stopped but it has made me think about how to achieve a work business life balance. I haven’t really had much of a work business life balance because the reality is that when you’re starting up I think there is no such thing. Your start-up has to be your baby. If it doesn’t consume you and take all of…

  • I pledge to be fiercer

    Tonight I went to an event hosted by the London Evening Standard where Richard Reed (one of the co-founders of Innocent) gave a talk on the ups and downs of running a business. Whilst not tech focused it was an interesting talk and there were two things that really stood out to me.. Although they’re concepts that you’ll come across a lot when starting a business, and normally concepts I wouldn’t pay much attention to, for some reason they really resonated with me tonight: Don’t take no for an answer; and Create a team with a shared set of values: have a central organising principle. I’ll focus on the first…

  • Digital progression = Free:formers

    It’s taken four months but I’ve now added some legitimacy to my claim to be a techie. Which reminds me, I guess I should at some point declare that I am fully fledged trekkie. I’m talking old school Star Trek not the new stuff (don’t get me wrong, I love the new films too but you can’t beat Captain Picard controversial I know). Anyway back to the topic, as of last week I became the latest trainer for Free:formers. Free:formers essentially help businesses to engage with the digital world through workshops. So what I hear you ask?  Well, they’re also pretty amazing. The workshops aren’t your typical workshop but are fun and…

  • Entrepreneurs Anonymous

    Last Wednesday I attended my first Entrepreneurs Anonymous meeting. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s the entrepreneur version of alcoholics anonymous. No, before the smart-alecs comments, we’re not addicted to being entrepreneurs. Nor do we indeed suffer from any addictions. But we do suffer. One of the hardest things about trying to start your own business is not only being the boss, but also not having others to go to for answers, or to bounce ideas off of, or even just for support. Poor us I know! Entrepreneurs Anonymous, or just Anon as I like to refer to it (let’s admit it’s a bit of a mouthful), is the brainchild of…

  • “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

    “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” This was originally said by Madeleine Albright, but on Wednesday night it was reiterated by Eleanor Mills, the Editorial Director of The Sunday Times. It’s a hell of a statement and as you can see from the picture below it was delivered to a room full of women. It wasn’t just said as part of a cliched “women unite” but was said during, what my notes describe as, a fiercely powerful speech. Wednesday night, on the recommendation from the Free:formers crew, I attended an event held by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation aimed at encouraging more women into entrepreneurship.…

  • Networking styles and Level 39

    Last night I went to an event held by the UKTI Global Entrepreneur Programme at Level 39. Now I’m not a member of Level 39 or the Global Entrepreneur Programme so I guess I should say “Last night I snuck into an event held by…” Level 39 is one of the latest accelerators (and event spaces) in London and it distinguishes itself by aiming at financial tech start-ups. It takes up a whole floor or One Canada Square (the tallest building in Canary Wharf) and as you can see from the above picture the views are breath-taking (I wish the event had been during the day – as someone that…