Posts Categorized: Startups

How the landlords aren’t moving fast enough

The latest Proptech roundtable on the transformation of the property market stressed the importance of landlords keeping up with increasingly fast-moving tech companies. Co-working could be one solution, but the roundtable also showed that it’s not just the landlords that are holding businesses back. Internet connectivity, insurance problems and exorbitant taxes on property development all were raised. Overall, businesses need to… Read more »

Women are leaders, not female leaders

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Given the wave of growth in of women entrepreneurs over the past few years, it seems that Sheryl Sandberg is right. As Annabel Denham shows in a Huffington Post article, the future looks bright for businesswomen, with women-led companies growing at explosive rates… Read more »

Huffington Post article: Small Business Taskforce is a big force for good

The Huffington Post has reported on the Small Business Taskforce – a group of 14 business bodies (including The Entrepreneurs Network) who have come together to ensure Britain remains a start-up friendly country after Brexit. The Small Business Taskforce is calling on the new government to work out trade deals, budgets and immigration policies that help small companies… Read more »

Why letting go matters: Philip Salter’s interview with entrepreneur Charlie Mowat

Around the Leap 100 roundtable, most people would admit to being control freaks. However, as Charlie Mowat points out, there comes a time when your start-up is simply too big to micromanage and, as a founder, you need to hand over responsibility. For Mowat, this meant hiring heads of department, focusing on strategy rather than day-to-day affairs… Read more »

Accelerating growth: Three entrepreneurs share their experiences

For entrepreneurs considering applying to an accelerator programme, what better than to hear from founders who have been there, done that. In his most recent Forbes column, Entrepreneurs Network director Philip Salter speaks to three entrepreneurs who’ve gone through Telefonica’s Wayra retail accelerator in London. Chris McCullogh (co-founder, RotaGeek), Imogen Wethered (co-founder, Qudini) and Ben Brown… Read more »

SwiftKey’s big investor on the Microsoft sale

There’s more to SwiftKey’s sale to Microsoft than the decision by an ex-founder to cash in his stake in 2008 to purchase a bicycle. Octopus Ventures invested in SwiftKey from seed through to Series B. In his latest Forbes column, our director Philip Salter catches up with Jo Oliver, member of Octopus Ventures and a non-executive director… Read more »

The entrepreneur behind a Revolutionary new fintech startup

In his latest Forbes column, The Entrepreneurs Network’s director Philip Salter interviews Nikolay Storonsky – who founded global money app Revolut. The app, connected to a multi-currency card, has over 55,000 active users and has processed more than $140m, equivalent to $1.3m a day since its launch in July. It has the backing of Venrex,… Read more »

MassChallenge UK: Five leading entrepreneurs from the 2015 cohort

In his most recent Forbes column, the Entrepreneurs Network’s director Philip Salter speaks to five ambitious startup entrepreneurs to find out about their business, challenges, and plans for the future. Read his interviews with Marco Del Lago (co-founder and CEO, CLARA Swiss Tech), David Hellard (co-founder, Zipcube), James Poulter (co-founder and CEO, Pronto), Weerada Sucharitkul (co-founder,… Read more »

The TEN Interview: Philip Salter speaks to YPlan’s Rytis Vitkauskas

YPlan, co-founded by Rytis Vitkauskas and Viktoras Jucikas, is the perfect business for the FOMO generation. The app helps users decide what to do that night, by matching them to tickets for a selection of West End shows, music gigs, food tastings and gallery exhibitions. Almost 90 per cent of YPlan’s sales are made within 48 hours of an event starting…. Read more »

Why the startup mentality may not be bound by age

History suggests that it’s never too late to innovate, a forthcoming thesis will say. According to Anton Howes (pictured), who is undertaking a PhD in Political Economy at King’s College London, many of the world’s great innovations have come from the mature mind. For his Forbes column, The Entrepreneurs Network director Philip Salter has been given a sneak… Read more »