Born Global

Last month I took part in a technology commercialisation conference in Spain.  The question furrowing brows (European and north American, mostly) was a very focused and interesting one:  If most science based businesses are ‘born global’ by market niche, how do we...

Bring out your dying…

If you’ve been involved in startups for more than, oh, a week or so, you’ll have noticed there’s never enough resources in them.  And if you’ve been around a bit longer, you’ll also know that most startups die.I believe these are linked, and not in the way you may...

Why is there less innovation than there is creativity?

According to Theodore Levitt of Harvard Business School, “Creativity is thinking up new things.  Innovation is doing new things”.Tot up the number of university researchers and potting shed inventors, throw in the army of patent lawyers, TTO staff and others helping...

Startup management – exactly how is it different?

Almost all of us who work in technology innovation would agree;  This is very different to blue chip work.  But what exactly makes it so?  Is it the ability to get a lot done on a little money?  Is it flexibility?  Is it even the evident passion so many of us bring to...

Don’t Get Clever…

Don’t Get Clever…It’s axiomatic that the simplest ideas are often the best.  This can be true in technology, where complexity adds cost and often unreliability.  But it’s equally true of that other fiddly dimension of startups, the legal framework.Time and again we...