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Control your digital presence and harness the vitality of web-based communication

Siona Wu-Murphy on 2020-01-08

A big part of my job is to bridge the gap between our portfolio companies and the markets they serve. I speak with potential customers on a daily basis about a particular novel technology and the possible value it can unlock; I have found that a large part of successful commercialisation and deal making is in the effective presentation and communication of the product, solution, or service. If it is worth putting in days of preparation...

Diversity unlocks innovation

Ellie Wolverson on 2020-01-08

Globalisation and advances in technology have radically altered the way that information is exchanged, ideas and innovations are diffused, trade occurs, and companies collaborate and grow internationally. The multiple dynamics of globalization—financial flows, migration of labour and work, technological innovations, environmental sustainability, and cultural dynamics—form a turbulent and complex environment for businesses to operate...

Competition versus compensation: the importance of speed to market in agtech

Alex Crichton-Miller on 2019-12-10

In any industry, executives and consultants prize the concept of ‘speed to market’ highly. This is usually the result of the belief that if you don’t do it, someone else will – and, as with at least a majority of oft-repeated business phrases, it contains a degree of truth. ...

From Dante to Decarbonisation

Jack Straker on 2019-10-23

Having left the world of science at school, I read medieval Italian poetry at university and thought to myself “finally – something I can study with real world application!” I slightly rued my artsy background when I took an MBA which involved some mathematics: the GMAT (“how is one not a prime?”), financial accounting (“how come income statements have expenses?”), Excel modelling (“how the IF does that work?”)… at least I was not being...

Getting ready for the waste revolution

Ellie Wolverson on 2019-10-18

Waste. Rubbish. Trash. Whatever you wish to name it, it litters the everyday landscape of our lives. Its ubiquitous presence flickers on the edges of our consciousness whether strolling down London streets, picnicking on beaches, or meandering through national parks. And this is simply the waste we can see. Even ‘pristine’ areas of wilderness have not been left untouched by the ramifications of anthropogenic activities,...