Annabel Palmer meets Valentina Lisitsa, the pianist who mortgaged her house to fund her career
CONFESSIONS of a SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Annabel Palmer talks technology, investment, and skiing with Six Degrees founder Alastair Mills
CONFESSIONS of a SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Just don’t expect it to do all the work
Annabel Palmer talks to Andrew Rugasira, the Ugandan entrepreneur with a new book and a Good African story to tell
ACCORDING to technology consultancy IDC and IT firm EMC, the global digital universe will expand tenfold between 2012 and 2020, reaching a difficult to comprehend 40 zettabytes.
IMAGINE you invent the pen in a world of only pencils. You are so excited – you are going to change people’s lives! Pens are easier to write with, easier to read, and don’t need sharpening. You dream of success.
SOME entrepreneurs stumble upon their calling accidentally. Not this one. The founder of one Britain’s few contemporary retail success stories describes himself as the archetypal entrepreneur.
IN A study released last year, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) found that British companies that export see a 34 per cent increase in productivity within their first year of selling abroad.
JASON Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer, founders of the overnight internet sensation Fab.com, were almost too busy for our conversation to take place. That may be an occupational hazard if you’ve made it your mission to “change the world”.
I THINK I closed my eyes as the other boy pounded my face, punch after punch. It seemed I had no defence. Trying to hit him back or to block him was just useless. The minister eventually broke us up, and it was only then that I burst out crying.
ENTREPRENEURS found start-ups. Being entrepreneurial means starting a new company, with an original idea, or a more efficient process. Or so the old story goes. But does it need to be this way?
YOU may have seen Clippy McKenna’s eponymous preserves on your supermarket shelves.
WHAT are the three words in the English language beginning with Dw? Our boozey boys’ lunch suddenly took an intellectual turn when someone lobbed in this cracker of a question.
ERNST & Young has just opened nominations for its UK Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
LAST November, Nick Clegg hit headlines when he made a speech on flexible working. His proposal may only have extended the right to request flexible working hours to all employees, but this phenomenon is here to stay.
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO
Q How has “bring your own device” (BYOD) helped companies and their employees?
WORKING culture in the UK has seen a notable change in recent years. No longer are we focused on a prescriptive work mentality, where 9-5 hours and a career for life are the norm.
CROWDFUNDING started in the 1990s and aimed to bring together people with similar interests to fund a project or business. Since 2008, however, following the decline in bank lending to small businesses, it has found a new face.
THE disillusioned young worker struggles out of bed at dawn and heads off to a menial and mindless job, offering only pitiful pay, poor treatment, and long hours. Happens in Asia, right? Africa? Well it happens here too.
THE debate about business financing has reached an unpleasant standstill.
THE Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter is widely considered to be the professional credential of choice for the investment industry.
THE Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme aims to produce individuals with a good understanding of the key techniques, major asset classes, and ethical and professional standards most needed in today’s investment industry.
WHEN Michael Comish and Adrian Letts first met, they prefaced everything they said with “just so you know I’m not stealing your idea, here’s what I think”. They needn’t have worried.
I LOOKED like something out of a Frankenstein movie, but it was going to be a fun party and I didn’t want to miss it. Fingers were soon being jabbed towards my forehead by friends who looked puzzled and slightly repulsed.
THE British public has a reputation for nostalgia, and its reaction to the failure of HMV last week showed that this isn’t limited to culture or history. Despite its problems, HMV’s brand identity gave it a valuable connection with its audience.
TAKING a masters in finance or management can be tempting for many graduates, especially given the need for a competitive edge in today’s tough City jobs market. The data lends some support to this view.
Involvement with the EU on legislation and regulation is crucial
MOST people would laugh at someone in their mid-twenties with ambitions of launching their own investment bank. That was the reaction Manish Madhvani received.
IT COULD’VE been the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done, but I decided to do it anyway. The offer was to appear on the TV series Celebrity MasterChef, and the main problem was that I could cook about as well as I can speak Swahili.
FIGURES from the British Retail Consortium tell a story familiar to any casual high street visitor.
Despite a struggling economy, business schools are continuing to see a high number of applicants for their MBA programmes, as candidates seek career change and acceleration.
LAST year’s employment market was characterised by insecurity, scarcity of supply, and job losses in once buoyant sectors. Previously good reasons for staying in a City job could now be gone.
THE girl was absolutely gorgeous and I was thrilled to be chatting her up. It was about 2.30 in the morning and I sat with her in Jimmy’z in Monaco, a very expensive nightclub, drinking Cristal, a very expensive champagne.
LAST week, the government announced the expansion of its start-up loan scheme, headed up by serial entrepreneur James Caan.
NETWORKING has always played an important role in career and business progression, but it has seen a significant transformation in recent years.
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO
Q How have advancements in the internet and online networking helped businesses through the difficult economic period?
LIKE all smaller companies, FusePump has found networking technology essential for gaining business as well as enabling it.
A GOOD quality leather satchel was a rare find four years ago. The schoolbag market was dominated by canvas and velcro record bags that Julie Deane, founder of the hugely successful Cambridge Satchel Company, found “shabby”.
MY MATE and I were thrilled when a beautiful young lady, Sarah, sat down between us with a smile. As two Aussies, we immediately battled for her attention with our attempts at cool charm and quick wit.
FIGURES from the 2011 census revealed that 27 per cent of London’s population – some 1.9m people – is foreign-born.
KRISTO Kaarmann and Taavet Hinrikus are the two Estonian founders of TransferWise, the peer-to-peer platform for transferring money. Parallels between TransferWise and Skype abound, not least because Hinrikus was Skype’s first employee.
I DON’T want to study rocks!” My teenage son Tom looked at me like I was an ugly alien.
ONE of the most striking pro-business announcements in last week’s Autumn Statement was the increase in the tax relief afforded to company investment in plant and machinery equipment.
NICK and Tim Green are executive director and chief executive respectively of Tangent Communications, an alternative investment market (AIM)-listed digital printing and marketing company.
WHEN I started swallowing water, I gave up hope. I was so tired I didn’t want to swim anymore.
A SLEW of new government tax measures, aimed at assisting start-ups and their investors, has reportedly seen minimal take-up.