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Happy Independence Eve, America from the Brits.

The 3rd of the July is the day to celebrate, not the 4th of July, if you are British.  But it could have been SO much better for the Americans if the Brits had won all those years ago.  And this is why..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1YvJBwC4xQ However, the ad above was run by Newcastle Brown last year. And … Continue reading Happy Independence Eve, America from the Brits.

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The most important factor for start-ups

The most important factor in the success of a startup is TIMING, more important than the other 4 factors; idea, team, business model or funding.  Too early means too much educational marketing, but too late means there is too much competition.  On balance innovative companies are early rather than late.  Which is why our recent book … Continue reading The most important factor for start-ups

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What did $1bn businesses look like at the beginning?

Tod Francis from Shasta Ventures has written a fascinating blog where he has looked the early years of a number of the Unicorns ($1billion+) consumer companies and tried to identify some common traits. His summary: There are large companies to be built by offering new, innovative and superior customer experiences to large markets, regardless of how competitive … Continue reading What did $1bn businesses look like at the beginning?