I WAS shocked when a good friend in Australia mentioned he’d invested $100,000 into a new business, planning to export kangaroo meat. It was a lot of money for him, and he came to me a little concerned that things weren’t right.
FOR anyone who has waited on the pavement, praying that the next car to turn the corner is a black cab, Hailo could prove a godsend. Founded in 2010, Jay Bregman’s business lets you hail a black cab through your mobile phone.
ON HOLIDAY in India in 1995, I was very popular with the locals. Before flying from London, I had splashed out about £1,000 for one of the first digital cameras for the consumer market. Nowadays it would seem Stone Age.
WHEN Jessica Ennis skips down from the podium next weekend, clutching her gleaming new heptathlon gold medal and wiping a tear of joy from her eye, don’t be surprised to see her reach for her phone – she’ll probably be texting Barrie Wells to say
THE word legacy is somewhat overused. But Visi – the real-time energy monitoring technology, installed by EDF Energy at sports venues across the Olympic Park – has a business case that reaches beyond the Games.
THE British Innovation Gateway (Big) is Cisco’s programme to support hi-tech business and innovation, and is a major part of its Olympic involvement as the official network infrastructure supporter for London 2012.
THE TWO charming young people sitting opposite me beamed with enthusiasm about their new business. “We’re graphic design artists and web designers,” they said as they handed me a brochure. Then it got confusing.
NOT MANY outside the insurance industry know the name Stephen Catlin. But he is one of the most successful UK businessmen. Over the last 30 years, he has turned a two person reinsurance company into a £3.5bn international firm – Catlin Group.
IT WAS depressing: the business was making continual losses. We’d tried everything we could think of, but nothing seemed to work. We’d made many mistakes and had an unfair share of bad luck. We reached a decision: find a buyer and sell it.
WHEN Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pitched up to his IPO in a hoodie, some criticised him. However, to get to that stage he had already convinced plenty of private investors that he was worthy of their cash. Clearly the hoodie hadn’t bothered them.
WHAT’S a successful personality? I am one of 11 children born in the outback of Australia. My father was an itinerant farm labourer, so sometimes we were given accommodation and sometimes we stayed in a big tent.
SUSAN Cooper is founder of Accutrainee, a start-up that aims to reduce costs and increase flexibility for law firms by outsourcing their trainee solicitor needs. The company employs the trainees and seconds them out when required.
PHYSICAL FUELS TRADER
A leading UK energy plant is looking for an entrepreneurial candidate to join its physical trading operations. Applicants must have at least 12 months commercial experience in fuels.
FOR some time now, the accountancy profession has been actively engaged in the debates on sustainable development and climate change, at least in respect of those areas that impact on accounting and business.