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Software Companies Failed By Funding & Support Structures: New Research Findings

Posted by MalcolmEvans on Tuesday 26th of July 2011 | 1 Comment(s)

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Our recent research has shown conclusively that there is a dearth of funding and specific support for early stage software companies in the North West.

We have come to this strongly evidenced conclusion following extensive engagement with promising companies and through an ongoing analysis of the practices of individual funders.


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Want to learn Ruby and Rails?

Posted by RicSwirrl on Tuesday 19th of July 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Tekin Suleyman and I will be delivering a 3-day, affordable Ruby on Rails bootcamp at the MadLab in Manchester, on 17th-19th of August, as part of the Omniversity programme.


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Don't Be Afraid To Ask

Posted by MalcolmEvans on Sunday 17th of July 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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When dealing with potential investors it is vital that you either rapidly establish the outline basis of a deal, or you disengage.

Sad to relate, the North West is full of people who will listen to you all day long - all year long in fact - and still neither commit nor walk away.

Those of us who spend our lives building business know how incredibly energy and time consuming it can be to keep breaking off to perform functions such as chasing investment.

Besides this potential waste of energy, the other risk is that by stumbling into a protracted and ultimately futile process, you can miss the sweet spots of funding requirement within your growing project.


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The Quality of Money

Posted by MalcolmEvans on Saturday 9th of July 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Much of the debate around earlier stage investment revolves around the so-called "funding gap".

There is, indeed, a shortage of funds in certain areas, although the issue is much more subtle than any shortage of capital per se.

A related issue, which we feel is almost completely overlooked, is that of the quality of money, whether investment carries with it benefits over and above the raw monetary value of the sum invested.

How can one tranche of £250K investment be different from another tranche of £250K? A friend asked me this a couple of days ago as he considered which of two offered packages to accept into his fast growing business.


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Business Model Innovation Masterclass, 12th July 9:00am-1:00pm

Posted by corridorconnections on Wednesday 6th of July 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Enhance the value of your business proposition by introducing new and innovative business models.Many businesses fail to understand that product-based innovations are easily copied by competitors and made obsolete in a short period of time. Novel business models are much harder to replicate by competitors as they involve fundamental change to the way you do business. Corridor Connections will help you change and improve your business model to gain, and maintain, edge.


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Business Transformation Masterclass - Friday 8th July, central Manchester.

Posted by James-Crawford on Friday 1st of July 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Whether you are in a startup, an established TechCo or a more traditional organisation you need to continually transform your business to survive.

So what is transformation? By definition it involves more than doing the basics well – every part of the organisation must work together in a new way to meet new client needs and embed a culture of systematic continuous improvement. Involving strategy, people development, process improvement and change management, you should see its impact clearly in your business results.


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Recommended Reading List - July 2011 by Techcelerate

Posted by superuser on Friday 1st of July 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Recommended Reading List - July 2011 by Techcelerate


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Best of Eric Ries - Lean Startup Methodology

Posted by Techcelerate on Saturday 25th of June 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Eric Ries is the author of the popular blog Startup Lessons Learned and the creator of the Lean Startup methodology. He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup, which has today has over 40 million users and 2009 revenue over $22 million. An entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School and a frequent speaker at business events, he advises startups on business and product strategy using the Lean Startup approach.


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Recommended Reading List - June 2011 by Techcelerate

Posted by superuser on Wednesday 15th of June 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Recommended Reading List - June 2011 by Techcelerate


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Round up of Northern Tech Stories - June 2011 by Techcelerate

Posted by superuser on Tuesday 7th of June 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

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Here is a round of Northern tech stories in June 2011


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