Finding a Mentor
No matter how great your idea, how wonderful and disruptive your business concept ~ everybody needs someone to turn to for an independent perspective, sound advice, seasoned reasoning or previous experience. Entrepreneurs the world over can all do with that little extra help along the way, from Steve Jobs to Richard Branson we’ve […]read more
Digitisation is barely started…
All the constant discussion about digital disruption turning incumbent enterprises into yesterdays dinosaurs and tomorrows unicorns into masters of entirely new businesses might lead you to think this is history ready made. The reality is quite different; digitisation has barely started nor too has the upheaval that will come hand in hand with […]read more
Fossil fuel cars to become dinosaurs
The Tesla Model S has 18 moving parts, around one hundred times less than a traditional petrol engined car. Maintenance is all but zero which is why Tesla is able to offer unlimited mileage, unlimited timescale warranties. No more agonising over petrol versus diesel cars Buses and trucks will be electric everywhere in the […]read more
Now is the time for Business Leaders & Government to get ahead of transformation
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the automobile. In so doing, it will transform much more than that. Given how central automotive transportation is to our cities, commerce, and daily lives, saying that AI will change life as we know it is not an understatement. To comprehend where this new mobility dynamic might take us, it’s […]read more
Macron & the first round
Emmanuel Macron, is favorite to win next month’s run-off Election following the first round of votes. This ex-Banker has pledged on the campaign trail to be “pretty tough” on the British “because we have to preserve the rest of the European Union.” He also promised to coax “banks, talent, researchers and academics” to relocate to France. Should […]read more
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) “smartphone will be replaced with AR glasses”
The most prevalent theory in tech currently is that smartphones will one day be replaced by normal-looking glasses that display virtual information onto the real world. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes this technology, known as augmented reality, could eventually replace all screens, including TVs and says that when you can display virtually anything onto the world […]read more
Apple Automated System
Apple has developed an “Automated System” for self-driving cars, which the company is planning to put developers through training programmes to operate, ahead of testing on Californian roads. Apple obtained permits to test self-driving cars on California’s roads earlier this month. But the company has kept details of its efforts highly secret, having never openly discussed […]read more
Light Field Augmented-Reality
There are still a few enterprises showing off augmented-reality headsets that do a good job blending digital imagery with the real world, among them Microsoft’s Hololens and Meta’s Meta 2. Now, there’s a new start-up about to join in called Avegant which already sells a personal-theater headset – the Glyph – for $499. Avegant […]read more
Digital disruption is the profound and accelerating transformation of business activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society – in a strategic and prioritised way. In order to understand the process at work in digital disruption however, you need to […]read more
Autonomous vehicles – where are we?
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent the most important disruption since we moved from horse-pulled carriages and are about to revolutionise mobility as we now know it. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to drastically reduce human casualty — we are the cause of around 90% of road deaths. Autonomous vehicles will foster the development of mobility as a service, […]read more
The argument for transformational strategy
I’m reposting a blog I wrote way back in July 2013 as it is interesting to reflect on some history to the now “too often” banded around phrases of “transformation” and “disruption”. The latter in particular having formal definition as a result of Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard’s work over more than 20 years, […]read more
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
Scientists have discovered nearly 3,500 planets that circle a star other than our sun. And, yet, something about the announcement of seven new exoplanets this week seemed to have struck a chord with millions of people in ways the previous thousands did not. Even a friends six-year-old daughter Elizabeth caught the buzz, “going nuts over […]read more
THE FUTURE – it’s here now!
A recent presentation by Dr Martin Stillman-Jones Today I’m going to talk about some of the things which are about to start knocking on your door. Things that will change your lives. Things that are being referred to as the next “Industrial Revolution”. What’s sometimes referred to as “the internet of things” – the […]read more
We are in the early days of another transformative technology revolution. A new era where the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a world where up to 50 billion things (or devices) will […]read more
Connected Cars & Banks
The car is more wired than ever. But experts say late-model cars on the road today are just a precursor to truly connected cars just around the corner. In the near future this next generation of cars — loaded with sensors and screens, feeding back to third parties huge amounts of data on vehicle performance […]read more
So what is the IoT?
IoT is driving the development of new business models, leading to business transformation through the application of digital IoT has the potential to touch every part of our lives, the “Internet of Things” (IoT for short) is increasingly a topic of conversation, in work and out. But what exactly does it mean? […]read more
MEALS ON WHEELS
The fast food / home delivery market is the next subject to disruption – and Uber is delivering! Apparently Uber is expanding its on-demand meal delivery service “UberEATS” to six more major US cities, in addition to the nine already served. UberEATS will operate in Seattle, San Diego, Nashville, Philadelphia, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, […]read more
Top 20 VCs investing
VC valuations are big news these days, grabbing the attention of market optimists, bubble conspirators and everyone in between. Much of that talk has centered on the growth of the number of unicorns, almost neglecting the fact that valuations are up at every stage. In particular, Series B valuations have climbed each year since 2010, […]read more
Connected cars are all around!
Last week, BMW Group released its 2014 annual report; the company shipped 2.1 million BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce branded cars over the year. In their report, the company identified the importance of connected car technology and discussed how it will change the car industry. Here are some of the highlights: “The car as a […]read more
The second wave “Internet of Things”
So far the Internet of Things has largely focused on the connected home, moving then to the connected car, with attention on newly designed thermostats, lights, security systems, driverless tech, self parking, phones driving car on board systems and so on. Yet the connected home and to a lesser degree the connected car are just the first […]read more
The Connected Car is heading your way
I’m often asked in the context of the “Internet of Things” what that will mean to “the average man in the street” (whoever that may be in these data rich days). When will I see the IoT affect me? What’s going to be first? I typically answer that it’s already happened, that its spread increases […]read more
Implementing retail innovation in a connected economy
The rapidly accelerating rate of device adoption supported by behavioural adaptation by customers is outpacing the rate at which retailers are altering their own behaviour. The latest estimates are that £8.8 billion was spent online across all devices in the last year, where online sales were up 14% year on year and multichannel retails (those […]read more
Happy New Year? Recruit a Mentor!
There were a total of 4.8m businesses in the UK employing 23.9m people and having a combined turnover of £3,100bn in 2012. Over 99% of these were SMEs, employing 14.1m people with a combined turnover of £1,500bn. I’ve worked for global corporates and have wide experience of how they operate – what they […]read more
Connected Economy update
Britain spends more money online per head than any other developed country but the love affair with social media may be on the wane, according to research from the UK’s communications regulator. Consumers in the UK spend almost £2,000 online for goods each year on average — 50 per cent more than the next-highest valued […]read more
What gets measured, gets done!
The key to successful delivery of your business strategy is in its execution. To measure if you are executing effectively you need Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help drive success by staying focused on your priorities. The tactic here is to identify drivers that help accomplish goals for the quarter or year ahead […]read more
Richard Bransons top ten Leadership quotes:
1. Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others – Lao Tuz 2. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand – Colin Powell 3. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality – Warren Bennis […]read more
Get connected or get left at the roadside?
Today’s car has the computing power of 20 personal computers, features about 100 million lines of programming code, and processes up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour. Yet while automotive digital technology has traditionally focused on optimizing the vehicle’s internal functions, attention is now turning to developing the car’s ability to connect with the […]read more
Richard Branson’s guild to Mentoring…
No matter how smart you are, or how brilliant or disruptive your business concept might be, every entrepreneur needs a good mentor. Someone, somewhere, has already been through what you are experiencing right now, and he has come out the other side armed with invaluable insights. In fact, the difference between a budding entrepreneur who […]read more
Model T to 4G ~ the connected car!
The car industry is on the verge of its biggest transformation in over a century. Connected cars are set to revolutionise the car as we know it, with the overall number of vehicles with built-in connectivity expected to make up 90 per cent of the total market by 2020. Not since the Model T Ford […]read more
Raising Investment Capital
For lots of startups, raising investment is part of the journey. It’s almost a matter of course, a right of passage. You can grow organically and there are many who have but it’s difficult to compete with funded competitors and speed to market is often your competitive advantage . That requires cash. Angel Investors should […]read more
Do you need a web site?
Is there anyone out there who still thinks their B2B enterprise does not need a website? If you are answering ‘yes I do think that’ then it may be time to stop and ask what your company’s customers are up to. For businesspeople are people like any other, and their internet use has blurred totally […]read more
Social Media is Transforming Communications
Social media has transformed how individuals stay connected to their business, their team, their customers and their industry. With an ever-changing social media landscape, your social media marketing plan must continue to be dynamic. By being cognizant of the latest trends, it will help you design better strategies, use the most effective tactics and spend […]read more
Marketeers: time to get with the programme!
“Give us your email address and we’ll give you great deals.” These seductive words charm millions of customers every day eager to get a good deal from their favourite retailer. Unfortunately, soon after signing up for these deals, the emails often hit the junk mail folder, never to be seen by the intended recipient. […]read more
What employee type are you?
To meet the demands of today’s changing workforce, business leaders need to understand that a “one-size-fits-all” workforce just doesn’t cut it anymore. Whether you want to blame the launch of Facebook in 2004, the 2007 introduction of the iPhone or the boom of cloud technologies in the past few years, it’s hard to ignore […]read more
Interest Rates ~ all smoke & mirrors?
At the start of the year Mark Carney openly said the Bank of England would not look to increase interest rates for the next year or two. It was felt we would start to see possible increases in Q3 or Q4 of 2015. Since then we’ve seen the housing market take material advances and again […]read more
The need to think differently….
The world is changing very fast – are you changing with it? Is your business making the changes necessary to remain at the top of its game? As recently as 2008, 96% of all internet traffic was from a desktop PC, that dropped to 71% by the end of 2012. Mobile internet traffic as a […]read more
Taxing question; where’s it collected?
New figures have shown that people living in the wealthiest constituencies in and around London contribute more to UK tax revenue than the whole of Scotland, Northern Ireland and most English regions combined. HMRC revealed that individuals paid £156bn in tax in 2011-12, with the UK’s 10 richest constituencies contributing £13.8bn – about 9%. The […]read more
Government Funding available for SMEs
1. FUNDING CENTRAL Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. We list thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy. 2. START UP LOANS Start Up Loans is a government initiative providing funding, mentoring and support […]read more
Are you ready for a new way to work?
Here’s a short clip from the fantastically informative RSAnimate series produced by the Royal Society of Arts, offered as a little food for thought. In this clip Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, talks about just some of the changes heading our way. As Socrates said as long ago as 450BC “we cannot […]read more
The connected economy & taxation
Worldwide tax policies are still playing catch-up with innovation ~ and that issue is only going to get more challenging with the increased connectivity of the digital economy. Throughout the last hundred years or so, tax policy around the world was based on clear-cut geographical boundaries. Goods and services were taxed where they were […]read more
Why does one business achieve unprecedented success while its equally matched competitor fails?
The truth is, success is largely determined not by your products or prices, but rather by the way you run your business. And evidence shows that entrepreneurs who think less like small business owners – and more like large company CEO’s – have a better shot at achieving long-term success. To get you started […]read more
5 Myths About Teens & Technology
I’m posting this because there’s a chorus of adult voices who seem frightened by teenagers’ daily use of technology, in a variety of forms and too many parents willfully alienate themselves from their teens due to fear-mongering and technophobic myths that inundate them in mainstream media. Here are a few of the misconceptions about […]read more
The world is changing before our very eyes; take a look….
AGILE STRATEGY FOR THE 21st CENTURY
DESIGNING SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES IN A CONNECTED ECONOMY As a result of the revolution in markets and technologies over the past three decades, we are living today in the open world of the information age, a fundamental transformation from the protected world of the industrial age. The impact on society, organisations and individuals has been […]read more
A New Multilateralism for the 21st Century: the Richard Dimbleby Lecture By Christine Lagarde
Good evening. It is a great honor to be invited to deliver this year’s Dimbleby Lecture, and I would like to thank the BBC and the Dimbleby family for so kindly inviting me—and especially David Dimbleby for his warm words of introduction. This evening, I would like to talk about the future. Before looking […]read more
The power of Networking
When you hear about social networking these days, people typically mean the online version. But where you work, live, play and eat your meals also influences you and your network everyday. What if you made it a point to meet and connect with more people in person? This simple step can expand your current network […]read more
The economy…..what’s happening?
So what is going on? There has been a recovery in consumer spending on cars, eating out, hotels and construction projects. This has been financed by debt, windfall gains from the mis-selling of employment protection insurance, and a reduction in the savings rate. All economic recoveries are consumption led, and this one is no exception. […]read more
Managing the Funding Game
The venture industry is chattering about a “Series A Crunch”, it’s humming about how it’s getting progressively more challenging for seed companies to land follow-on financing. Why is this happening? A number of factors are coming together to create a crunch: A significant imbalance between supply/demand has emerged between seed and Series A financings coming […]read more
The 2008 financial crisis wasn’t just a crisis in the Banking Sector, the ramifications and reverberations were felt far and wide and called into question the very basis of Capitalism. Since that time, many from Governments to the Stoos Network have been asking the same question; ‘Does Capitalism Still Work?’ I’ve been considering this […]read more
Myth-busting the Venture Capitalists (VCs)
Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin: We celebrate these entrepreneurs for their successes, and often equally extol the venture capitalists who backed their start-ups and share in their glory. Well-known VC firms such as Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia have cultivated a branded mystique around their ability to find and finance the most successful young companies. […]read more